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Airbus A380 Makes Maiden Flight (2005)

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Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier recently said something very honest about the Airbus A380. In his opinion the aircraft was “almost certainly introduced ten years too early.” If Airbus had progressed with Brégier-defined pace, the aircraft would have flown for the first time this year, but in reality it did ten years ago on April 27. (aviationweek.com) More...

A look back at 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

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It was a much different time when the Hubble Space Telescope took off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on this day in 1990. But much like how we've ditched our Umbros for Under Armour and traded our slap bracelets for Apple Watches, Hubble has come a long way since then. (www.theverge.com) More...

Wizz Air to debut A321 operations this November

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Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) is planning to commence A321 operations with effect from November 20 onwards ch-aviation can exclusively reveal. Information at hand indicates the Hungarian budget carrier will deploy its maiden aircraft of the type on a 3x daily Budapest-London Luton service while the second aircraft will be used on daily flights from Budapest to Brussels Charleroi, Eindhoven, and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen from December 16 onwards. Thereafter, effective February 26, the third twinjet will… (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Boeing 787 unit loss declines, but deferred costs rise

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Cost control on the Boeing 787 programme showed some improvement on a unit basis in the first quarter, but the company remains far from break-even. If deferred production, unamortised tooling and other costs are factored in, Boeing lost an average of $30 million on each of the 30 787s delivered in the first quarter. That represented an 11% decline from a $34 million unit loss on each of the 35 787s delivered in the fourth quarter of last year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

New PiAware hardware, higher performance and easier than ever to build!

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FlightAware's PiAware now include dozens of improvements in the last few months and supports the all-new Raspberry Pi 2. (flightaware.com) More...

Sweden opens world’s first remote air control tower

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Sweden on Tuesday inaugurated the world’s first remote air control tower at the northern Ornskoldsvik airport, air traffic authorities said. “The first Remote Tower Services landing!,” Sweden’s Air Navigation Services (LFV) announced on Twitter, under a picture taken from the plane before it landed around noon (1000 GMT). The plane flew from the town of Sundsvall to Ornskoldsvik, around 150 kilometres (95 miles) to the north. Both the take-off and landing were guided by the air traffic control… (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

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easyJet and Airbus have celebrated their successful partnership at a ceremony in Hamburg to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programmes, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at the event. To celebrate the 250th delivery, easyJet unveiled its newest A320 with a unique livery featuring 250 miniature… (www.airbus.com) More...

Aruba Airlines is coming to Miami

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Aruba Airlines (Aruba) is expanding to Miami. The airline is planning to add the Aruba – Miami route starting on July 2 with five weekly Airbus A320 flights according to Miami International Airport (MIA). (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Boeing Warns Of Job Relocations If US Ex-Im Bank Goes

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Boeing may have to relocate US-based engineering and manufacturing jobs overseas if Congress eliminates funding for the US Export-Import Bank, chief executive Jim McNerney said. "Most of my engineering and manufacturing jobs are in the United States and I'd like to keep it that way. But without Ex-Im financing, you'd have to start asking the question" about where they should be, McNerney said at a conference sponsored by the US export credit agency. (news.airwise.com) More...

Why does London have so many airports?

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The history of every airport in London, including some that have disappeared, and some that don't really count. (www.youtube.com) More...

Component flaw delays GEnx engine shipments to Boeing

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A “production quality” problem in the first quarter caused GE Aviation to miss scheduled shipments for 29 GEnx engines, but so far the delay has not affected deliveries for the 787 and 747-8, says GE and Boeing officials. GE Aviation plans to deliver nearly all of the delayed engines during the second quarter and meet a yearly target of shipping 275 to 300 GEnx engines, GE senior vice-president and chief financial officer Jeff Bornstein said on a 17 April earnings call. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Poland Pre-Selects the Airbus H225M

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The Airbus H225M has been ordered by Poland. Deliveries are expected to arrive in 2017. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Incident: JAL Boeing 787 enroute on Apr 20th 2015, lost tyre pressure

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A JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 787-800, registration JA829J performing flight JL-728 (dep Apr 19th) from Bangkok (Thailand) to Osaka Kansai (Japan) with 183 people on board, was enroute when the crew received indication that one of the left main gear tyres had lost pressure. The crew continued the flight to Osaka for a safe landing with emergency services on stand by. (avherald.com) More...

Hacker on a Plane: FBI Seizes Researcher’s Gear

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The FBI seized equipment from noted security researcher Chris Roberts on Wednesday, alleging that Roberts may have tampered with the systems aboard a United flight to Chicago, based upon a tweet he made about purportedly being able to access the aircraft's EICAS system. Roberts denies the claim. (securityledger.com) More...

The A380: 10 years at the forefront of air transportation

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Airbus’ 21st century flagship has “shared its love” with passenger and airlines alike in the 10 years since it performed its maiden flight in April 2005. The 21st century flagship highlights Airbus’ passion for aviation as a true game-changer for travellers, with its unrivalled space and comfort aloft, while generating significant revenue for operators. Thirteen operators now fly the double-deck A380 – with the jetliner taking off or landing somewhere in the world every four minutes, on average. (www.youtube.com) More...

United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

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(Reuters) - United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) would make the swap, which allows it to move aircraft on to different routes to better fit customer demand. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

787 Seat Supply Delays Continue But Solution Is Close

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes and French seat supplier Zodiac have not settled all the problems that led to Dreamliner delivery delays in the first quarter, but Boeing CEO Jim McNerney expressed confidence on Wednesday that the partners will resolve all of what remains largely unnamed “issues” by the end of this year’s second quarter. Speaking during the company's first quarter earnings conference call, McNerney also echoed assurances from CFO Greg Smith that the delays of shipments of the first… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Northrop X-47B perform maiden autonomous aerial refueling

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Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refueled in-flight. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

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