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Airbus inaugure l'usine d'assemblage du futur A350

Airbus inaugure l'usine d'assemblage du futur A350 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
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Triple Decker and Zero-Emissions Super Jumbo Plane: Flight of future?

Triple Decker and Zero-Emissions Super Jumbo Plane: Flight of future? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Solar Powered and zero-emission three decker AWWA-QG Progress Eagle Airplane: Would we be flying this plane in 2030?

Designer and aviation enthusiast, Oscar Vinals is little obsessed in designing concept.

Oscar Vinals has designed a triple-decker concept plane called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle, which he envisions to be implemented by 2030. Last year, he came up with the design for the AWWA Sky Whale, a futuristic aircraft that he said would transform green air travel and carry a astounding 755 passengers. Now, he has outdone himself.

With his newest design, the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle, he conceives the future of travel as a triple-decker aircraft with zero carbon emissions.

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Solar Impulse 2 preparing for crossing the Pacific in Nanjing

Solar Impulse 2 preparing for crossing the Pacific in Nanjing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Latest news: Next leg is the epic crossing of the Pacific without a single drop of fuel but powered by the Sun. The Pilot from Nanjing to Hawaii will be André Borschberg and take off may happen on the 5th of May.

Stay tuned on: www.solarimpulse.com

 

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Solar Impulse appeal is selfie-evident

Solar Impulse appeal is selfie-evident | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Selfie sticks have been banned in many public spaces, but Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard clearly likes the idea – catching this snap of himself piloting the solar-only aircraft over 1,344km and 17hr 22min from Chongqing to Nanjing, the sixth leg of a 12-hop round-the-world adventure that began in Abu Dhabi on 9 March.

Bertrand Piccard and the support team will now be recharging their batteries before setting off for Hawaii – a crossing that could take up to six days.


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Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg : «Nous sommes bien préparés, même au pire»

Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg : «Nous sommes bien préparés, même au pire» | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE - Les deux pilotes suisses de l'avion Solar Impulse ont répondu au Figaro.fr pendant leur escale dans la ville indienne d'Ahmedabad. Pendant une heure, ils ont raconté leurs angoisses avant la traversée des océans, mais surtout la façon dont ils concoivent le défi de leur tour du monde à la seule énergie solaire.
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Solar Impulse 2 on final approach to Nanjing

Solar Impulse 2 on final approach to Nanjing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse will land in Nanjing at 3:20PM UTC in the People's Republic of China, after a delay of 3 weeks. Soon after takeoff, Si2 went through turbulences. ATC gave the green light for Bertrand to climb up to 14,000 feet, which is higher than planned. Since then, the flight has gone smoothly, lifting the spirits of our Solar Team!

The aircraft is approaching Nanjing, where it will remain for an average of 10 days before the first possible takeoff to cross the Pacific, most challenging flight since the beginning of the #RTW.

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The MCC had the honor of hosting Christian Masset, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who spoke with Bertrand about #futureisclean.

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The Future of aviation industry by American Airlines CEO

The Future of aviation industry by American Airlines CEO | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The CEO of American Airlines said Monday night the increase in mergers between airline companies will lead to more competition and better experiences for passengers in the long run. Parker said airlines are still struggling to transform following the airline industry’s deregulation by the federal government in 1978. Prior to this, he said, airlines were treated as a public utility, but now function more like private businesses. However, he said American Airlines is leading the industry out of its lengthy transitional period.

 

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Bertrand Piccard took-off for RTW Flight 6 on Solar Impulse 2

Bertrand Piccard took-off for RTW Flight 6 on Solar Impulse 2 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A few hours ago, Solar Impulse took off from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport for its #RTW #Flight6 to Nanjing Lukou International Airport in the People’s Republic of China. The flight is estimated to last 17 hours. Because of winds and clouds in higher levels, Bertrand Piccard will fly at a maximum altitude of 12,000 feet and won’t be able to use the Stabilization Augmentation System, sort of auto-pilot. Si2 is expected to arrive overhead Nanjing at 15:00 UTC.

More on: www.solarimpulse.com

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Solar Impulse 2 taking off for Nanjing

Solar Impulse 2 taking off for Nanjing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Bertrand Piccard is taking off from Chongqing, China. As André Borschberg is resting in Switzerland to prepare for the first leg of the Pacific crossing, Bertrand Piccard is replacing him for this 6th flight to Nanjing. Planned to last around 17 hours, #Si2 will go up to 12,100 feet maximum due to medium level clouds. Our pilot will face challenging weather conditions and could even encounter snow.
Click on the link below to watch SiTV and follow the takeoff Live!

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Solar-powered plane gets stuck in China - CNN.com

Solar-powered plane gets stuck in China - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China.

What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay.

"You can believe that your will can influence the weather," says pilot Bertrand Piccard, who comes from a long family line of explorers. But "then you'll be really disappointed because it doesn't work.

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25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan

25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Asiana Airlines plane approached the runway so low that it clipped a 20-foot-tall wireless communication tower that stood almost 1,000 feet before the runway.

South Korea said Wednesday that it would review the qualifications of all the pilots of AirbusA320 passenger jets flown by carriers based in the country, one day after one of the airplanes skidded off a runway while landing at Hiroshima Airport in Japan.

Twenty-five people had minor injuries in the accident on Tuesday, according to the South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines. 

 

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The terrible, claustrophobic airplane seat redesign that could soon be how we fly

The terrible, claustrophobic airplane seat redesign that could soon be how we fly | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

That crammed airline passengers are duking it out for minimal reprieve on airplanes isn’t stopping the industry from making the experience more hellish.

 This week, at an aircraft interiors convention in Hamburg, Germany, the airplane manufacturer Airbus unveiled a new seat configuration, coming in 2017, that would place 11 seats per row in the economy section of its A380 superjumbo.
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Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation?

Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation? And, is worldwide grid parity a reality, or an elusive, somewhat fanciful projection?
These questions gain significance in light of Solar Impulse 2, the world’s first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying during the day and the night without consuming a single drop of fuel, setting off on it’s historic around-the-world flight initiated in Abu Dhabi.

The Solar Impulse 2’s engines have had to be engineered to be extremely energy-efficient — the four motors on the plane only lose about 3 percent of their energy as waste heat, whereas conventional motors lose about 70 percent — and this new efficiency grade spurs advancements in the solar applications industry.

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Drone pilot training sought by aviation office - The Local

Drone pilot training sought by aviation office - The Local | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The federal civil aviation office (BAZL) in Bern wants to introduce stricter laws to regulate the use of drones, which are becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland, a media report says.

A requirement for mandatory training to acquire a drone pilot's licence is being proposed, at least for the operation of larger drones, the Blick newspaper reported on Thursday.

A growing number of private individuals are using the remote-controlled craft for recreation and to take aerial videos.

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Charles Lindbergh - From New York to Paris 1927 - YouTube

Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20-21, 1927 is seen as one of the most important events of the 20th century, but memories have dimmed and, in an age when jet airplanes routinely cross the Atlantic Ocean with hundreds of passengers, we have lost sight of its significance. 

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Lindbergh was the first explorer to fly across the Atlantic. We are now ready to face a similar feat with the Solar Impulse plane almost ready to cross the Pacific without a drop of fuel.... but powered by solar energy. 

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Solar Impulse à «l'heure de vérité» de la traversée de l'océan Pacifique

Solar Impulse à «l'heure de vérité» de la traversée de l'océan Pacifique | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

«C'est ce qu'on appelle le moment de vérité.» C'est une manière comme une autre de décrire le survol d'un océan pendant cinq jours et cinq nuits entre 50 et 100 km/h. Depuis la Chine, André Borschberg, l'un des pilotes de Solar Impulse, a évoqué ce vendredi la folle traversée du Pacifique prévue pour le début du mois de mai par l'équipe de l'avion à énergie solaire engagé dans son tour du monde par étapes.

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EasyJet célèbre la livraison de son 250ème Airbus

EasyJet célèbre la livraison de son 250ème Airbus | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

La compagnie aérienne low cost easyJet a fêté hier la livraison de son 250ème Airbus, un A320, quatre ans après avoir reçu le 200ème. En revanche aucune décision n’est en vue pour une éventuelle commande d’A321.

La livraison du 250ème monocouloir européen à la spécialiste britannique du vol pas cher s’est déroulée le 22 avril 2015 à Hambourg, l’A320 étant pour l’occasion paré d’une livrée spéciale formant le nombre 250 avec autant d’avions miniatures sur la partie arrière du fuselage.

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Solar Impulse : les confidences des pilotes avant la traversée du Pacifique

Solar Impulse : les confidences des pilotes avant la traversée du Pacifique | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIF - Avant la traversée du Pacifique, qui doit durer cinq jours, les deux pilotes ont raconté leur aventure sur Solar Impulse. Entre les risques encourus et les contraintes météo, les aviateurs n'oublient pas les pionniers qui, avant eux, ont traversé les océans.

D'ordinaire, un vol entre Nanjing et Hawaï dure un peu plus de 18 heures, escale à Shanghai comprise. Le voyage d'André Borschberg durera cinq jours et cinq nuits. «L'exploration va commencer là», affirme le pilote suisse. «Ça va être le gros moment de vérité», enchérit Bertrand Piccard, «jusque-là on n'a fait que des vols au-dessus de la terre ferme, et ils n'ont pas duré plus de 24 heures».

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The solid case for completely unaffordable air travel

The solid case for completely unaffordable air travel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airline travel is stressful — the fight for carry-on baggage space; tight and uncomfortable seating arrangements; no privacy in which to conduct business en route; delays and cancellations that include little information flow and even fewer options.

Many senior executives travel at least once each week. If their trip has only two legs, he or she will travel about 100 legs per year. A business jet requires at least one hour less per leg than do the airlines. This includes parking, baggage check-in, security checks, boarding processes, departure delays, en route time, arrival delays, baggage claim, and ground transportation. One hundred hours lost in bite-sized chunks still adds up to more than two and one-half weeks of lost productivity for the people most influential in a company’s business.

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The golden days of air travel: How glorious were they? - CNN.com

The golden days of air travel: How glorious were they? - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The crowds cheered as the pilots and flight attendants of Delta Flight 295 cut a ceremonial red ribbon before the television cameras.

Water cannons sprayed the first official flight out ofAtlanta's new international terminal this month as the airplane headed toward the runway, bound for Tokyo, leaving behind airport guests to eat from an elegant buffet of Asian-themed hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

For a brief moment, the glory days of airline travel had returned to the world's busiest airport. On this day at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the pilots were handsome, the flight attendants lovely and handsome (and no doubt could save a life) and the food and drink plentiful.

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Solar Impulse Plane Resumes Trek Across China After Delays

Solar Impulse Plane Resumes Trek Across China After Delays | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse 2 took to the air before dawn Tuesday for the sixth leg of a months-long, round-the-world fuel-free flight — after three weeks of delay in China due to risky weather.

"Finally in the air again!" pilot Bertrand Piccard, co-founder and chairman of the Swiss-led project, said as the ultralight, ultra-efficient craft rose from the runway at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. The 739-mile (1,190-kilometer) flight to the Chinese city of Nanjing was expected to take about 17 hours.

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Living in the Age of Airplanes | Imax | Smithsonian

Living in the Age of Airplanes | Imax | Smithsonian | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Not long ago,traveling between continents was a migration. Now, on any given day, 100,000 flights transport people and things between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours.
Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it explores the countless ways aviation affects our lives (even when we don't fly). With stunning visuals, the film renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world.

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Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is narrated by Harrison Ford

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The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. 

Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Smaller planes cost less to fly than the stately, four-engine jumbos, which can carry as many as 525 passengers.

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Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax

Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An Air France cargo jet with three people on board has landed safely at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport after declaring an emergency.

Flight 6738 departed from Paris on Tuesday evening and was scheduled to land in Chicago. Around 9 p.m. AT, an emergency was declared on board and the flight diverted to Halifax. The Boeing 777 landed around 9:35 p.m. without incident.

Peter Spurway with Stanfield International said one of the plane's two engines was not functioning but was still capable of flying.

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Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests

Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The co-pilot of a pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered by the sun, is being treated for migraine in his native Switzerland but will return to China soon, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday (Apr. 14).

Andre Borschberg had returned for a medical check-up for migraine problems but "he will be back in China in a few days," spokeswoman Claudia Durgnat told AFP by email.

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Solar Impulse pilots reveal what life is like at 28,000 feet and flying 5 days in a row non stop

Solar Impulse pilots reveal what life is like at 28,000 feet and flying 5 days in a row non stop | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Imagine spending five days in a cockpit with barely enough room to stretch your arms. That's what two Swiss pilots (Piccard shown) are currently doing on board the Solar Impulse plane.

The cockpit has no heating, and the pilots are not able to stand up or walk around - for up to five days on longer flights.

Instead, they can only recline in their seats to get a bit of exercise or rest.

A 'visit' to the toilet is pretty uncomfortable too - they simply use a hole in their seat.

‘You need to develop habits and know exactly what you want to do, because it’s very tiny inside,’ explains Borschberg.

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