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United Said to Study Biggest Airbus A350 to Replace its Boeing 747's

United Said to Study Biggest Airbus A350 to Replace its Boeing 747's | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

United Continental Holdings Inc. is in talks with Airbus SAS about buying A350-1000 jets, a step toward the first U.S. purchase for the planemaker’s largest twin-engine model, people familiar with talks said.

The world’s biggest airline is considering the 350-seat plane to replace older Boeing Co. (BA) 747s, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. United already has agreed to buy 25 of the mid-sized A350-900 variant under a 2009 deal that included 25 of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners.

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Aviation Week Pilot Report: Airbus A350 - YouTube

Aviation Week chief aircraft evaluation editor Fred George flew left seat in Airbus’s new big twin, the A350, with Airbus chief test pilot Peter Chandler in the right seat and Christian Norden on the jump seat as safety pilot.

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Un nouvel itinéraire pour «Solar Impulse»?

Un nouvel itinéraire pour «Solar Impulse»? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse, bloqué depuis le 5 mai en Chine, pourrait changer d’itinéraire. Selon la RTS, l'équipe de l’avion solaire envisagerait de passer par le Japon pour rejoindre Hawaï.

La septième étape du tour du monde de Solar Impulse doit relier la ville de Nankin, en Chine, à Hawaï. Un survol du Pacifique attendu dont le départ a été repoussé plusieurs fois en raison des mauvaises conditions météorologiques.

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Solar impulse pilots prepare for worst case scenario - SWI swissinfo.ch

Solar impulse pilots prepare for worst case scenario - SWI swissinfo.ch | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Solar Impulse is about to embark on its record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific and stay airborne for five days using only solar power. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) 

The plane flies from the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing in a 120-hour flight to Hawaii. It's the longest leg of the round-the-world trip.

The team have waited several weeks for optimal weather conditions. They need as much sunlight as possible to adequately charge the plane's solar cells in-flight.

 
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Solar Impulse Poised for its Epic Pacific Crossing

Solar Impulse Poised for its Epic Pacific Crossing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

NANJING -- Solar Impulse is ready to take off. As is pilot Andre Borschberg.

It's now just a matter of waiting for the right weather window for the most ambitious and challenging part of the sun-powered plane's ambitious round-the-world journey -- five days and five nights across the Pacific to Hawaii.

"Is it going to work in the way we think its going to work? We just don't know," Borschberg told NBC News. "This one is the unknown."

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Airbus A400M Crashes During Test Flight | Defense content from Aviation Week

Airbus A400M Crashes During Test Flight | Defense content from Aviation Week | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An Airbus A400M military airlifter crashed in Spain on its first flight May 9, killing several flight test crew.

The loss, the first involving an A400M, occurred shortly after takeoff from Seville's San Pablo airport, the home of Airbus Defense and Space’s final assembly line and flight test facility for the aircraft.The aircraft came down on land near an industrial area north east of the airport at 1 p.m. Seville local time.

 
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May #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

May #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

If you enjoy airplane and aviation photos, this monthly feature is for you. And you told us as much in January after we rolled out a new monthly feature showing great aviation photos taken during the previous month. Now, by popular demand, the "#avgeek gallery" has become a monthly fixture in Today in the Sky.

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Quand un Airbus roule à l’électricité

Quand un Airbus roule à l’électricité | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

À l’heure où un avion solaire effectue un tour du monde, l’électricité, discrètement, investit les Airbus et autres Boeing. L’avion commercial du futur ne sera sans doute pas électrique, mais l’hydraulique et le pneumatique cèdent la place. Pourquoi ? C’est un gain de poids et de fiabilité, nous explique Serge Bérenger, de Labinal Power Systems qui travaille sur un projet en partie réalisé : faire rouler un avion de ligne avec un moteur électrique plutôt qu’avec ses réacteurs.

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The end of the Boeing 747 could be coming sooner than we thought

The end of the Boeing 747 could be coming sooner than we thought | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Boeing's jumbo jet, the 747, has struggled as the more efficient twin-engine gets gain traction with buyers. But a report out Thursday shows that Boeing could be preparing to end production of the jets sooner than many thought.

Boeing reduced the rate of production for its iconic 747 jumbo jets from 1.5 per month to 1.3 monthly last fall. At that rate, the company would finish up all the planes currently on order in 2 1/2 years, according to a Reuters report. It takes more than two years from the time Boeing orders the parts it needs for the aircraft to the final product, which means that the company could stop taking orders for the 747s sooner rather than later.

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This is really bad news for the "Queen of the Skies" ! .... but natural evolution.

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this is bad if true

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Solar Impulse: pushing technology to the limits - SWI swissinfo.ch

Solar Impulse: pushing technology to the limits - SWI swissinfo.ch | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Much more than a rich man’s toy, the Solar Impulse project is the driving force behind ground-breaking scientific innovations. Packed with cutting-edge technology, rather than becoming the plane of the future, the ambition of the Solar Impulse project is to push the boundaries of science technology and reveal new possibilities of harnessing solar energy.

“The aim is to develop a strong symbol capable of attractively promoting pioneering spirit and innovation, of motivating people to challenge themselves to ambitious goals, in particular in the area of clean and renewable energy technologies,” said pilot and adventurer Bertrand Piccard when launching the project in 2003. 

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Sans eux, l'avion de Borschberg et Piccard ne volerait pas

Sans eux, l'avion de Borschberg et Piccard ne volerait pas | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Le projet Solar Impulse, c’est plus de 150 personnes. Une PME qui voyage en même temps que la libellule en fibre de carbone.

Solar Impulse, c’est une aventure collective. Ingénieurs, traducteurs, cuisiniers, ils font le tour du monde avec le géant qui vole aux rayons solaires. Ces jours à Nankin, en Chine, en attendant le départ d’André Borschberg pour le défi fou de rallier Honolulu sans escale, la fébrilité monte. 

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The first Air Force One is wasting away in the desert - CNNPolitics.com

The first Air Force One is wasting away in the desert - CNNPolitics.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

In December 1953, an airplane named the "Columbine II" was on a flight over New York City, identified by air traffic controllers simply as "Air Force 8610." With President Eisenhower on board, it nearly collided mid-air with a commercial airliner also flight-numbered 8610. The near-tragedy prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to designate a call sign for any aircraft that the President of the United States is aboard. The Columbine II became the first Air Force One.

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The demise of the Boeing 747 is a sign of changing flight patterns

The demise of the Boeing 747 is a sign of changing flight patterns | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Boeing’s most famous plane is much-loved by pilots, but as orders fall, how much longer will we see it in the skies?

Dreamed up in another age, the 747 was in the skies before Concorde, before man reached the moon, and when the president of the United States was a child. Boeing’s most famous plane has been up there ever since, redefining the language of aviation as the original jumbo jet, carrying twice as many passengers as most other aircraft. Hundreds criss-cross the globe every day, and new 747s still slowly gestate on the production line. But it is now almost 18 months since the last order from a passenger airline, and the long flight of the 747 appears to be firmly in its descent.

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Boeing’s most famous plane is much-loved by pilots, but as orders fall, how much longer will we see it in the skies?

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Solar Impulse Prepares For 5 Days & Nights Crossing Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse Prepares For 5 Days & Nights Crossing Pacific Ocean | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

André Borschberg, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), has rejoined the Si2 team in Nanjing, China, and is preparing for the biggest flight for the solar-powered airplane to date.

It has been announced on Twitter that André Borschberg will pilot the most energy-efficient airplane in the world from the most populous country in the world, China, to the very small island of Oahu, Hawaii. This is a first in aviation history and will be a feat of human endurance for the pilots and the support teams that constantly monitor and plan for Si2’s route.

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Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner

Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The A350 is Airbus’s largest, longest-range, highest-flying and fastest-cruising twin. The A350-900, the first version now entering service withQatar Airways and other carriers, is a larger aircraft than Boeing’s 787. With nine-abreast economy seating, the A350 can fly 315 passengers 7,750 nm at Mach 0.85. The 787-9 seats 280 and has a maximum range of 8,300 nm.

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Photos: 2 Air France Airbus A380-861 in San Francisco

Photos: 2 Air France Airbus A380-861 in San Francisco | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Two Air France Supers in the same shot! AFR83 (F-HPJD) heads home while AFR084 arrives from Paris.

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Buenas noche.En primer lugar quiero agradecer su contacto.Autora Rosa Piñeyro gracia por amabilidad y vuestra Mencion.

un afectuoso saludo cordial.

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▶ Airbus Cockpit Experience (ACE) Trainer - YouTube

The Airbus Cockpit Experience (ACE) Trainer is a mobile cockpit simulator that simulates the A350 XWB cockpit and its associated systems in an interactive and realistic environment. It enables a trainee to acquire knowledge on system operation, as well as on normal/abnormal/emergency procedures
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It's a boy! Baby born on Air France flight to Paris - The Local

It's a boy! Baby born on Air France flight to Paris - The Local | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An Air France plane touched down in Paris on Tuesday with one extra passenger on board than when it took off, thanks to the help from a doctor who luckily happened to be on the flight.
Not many people can say they were born in the air, but that will be the reality for one young boy who came into the world aboard Air France flight AF 719 on Tuesday morning. French media reports have not yet mentioned exactly how pregnant the mother was, but evidently she was too far along to hold on and the baby was born in the skies between Dakar and Paris
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This is indeed an air born(e) baby!

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Crash d'un Airbus A400M en Espagne : ce qu'il s'est passé

Crash d'un Airbus A400M en Espagne : ce qu'il s'est passé | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Quatre personnes au moins sont mortes et deux ont été grièvement blessées dans l'avion militaire A400M qui s'est écrasé près de Séville. "L'Obs" fait le point.

Un avion de transport militaire A400 M s'est écrasé samedi 9 mai près de Séville, dans le sud de l'Espagne. Il y avait huit à dix personnes à bord, annonce le chef du gouvernement espagnol Mariano Rajoy.

L'avion militaire A400M qui s'est écrasé était destiné à la Turquie, a annoncé son constructeur Airbus Defence and Space dans un communiqué..


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Le vol de Solar Impulse 2 à nouveau repoussé

Le vol de Solar Impulse 2 à nouveau repoussé | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
L'avion solaire reporte une seconde fois le départ. L'avion entamera sa traversée de l'océan Pacifique lundi au plus tôt, selon une info publiée sur son site internet.
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Aircraft manufacturers have some wild inventions in the works - CNN.com

Aircraft manufacturers have some wild inventions in the works - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The future of flight looks... surreal, at least judging by the patents filed by Airbus and Boeing. They might not get off the ground soon, but we'd like to imagine a future of flight shaped by these far-sighted ideas.
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Airbus: Avianca firms up its order for 100 A320neo jets - Latin America's largest ever order.

Airbus: Avianca firms up its order for 100 A320neo jets - Latin America's largest ever order. | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Avianca, the Colombian flag carrier and second largest in South America has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history.

The agreement includes A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft, the wings for the jets will be made here in Flintshire at the Broughton factory.

The deal, worth nearly $11 billion at current list prices, will allow Avianca to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region as the airline aims to replace airplanes currently operating from their Bogota, Lima and San Salvador hubs.

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How aviation industry distracts fliers from cabin crush - CNN.com

How aviation industry distracts fliers from cabin crush - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Breaking news: Economy class passengers dread crowded aircraft cabins. Airlines and airplane manufacturers know this.

But instead of creating more room for passengers -- a move that'd likely lead to a reduction of profits -- the prevailing strategy when it comes to cabin upgrades is to distract fliers with better inflight entertainment systems and new seat designs that provide the illusion of enhanced comfort.

This, anyway, would seem to be the lesson from April's Aircraft Interiors Expo held in Hamburg, Germany.

The aircraft cabin show attracted nearly 15,000 aviation industry attendees.

So what products did suppliers unveil to help us forget about our crushed knees?

 
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André Borschberg to fly Solar Impulse 2 across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights - The Economic Times

André Borschberg to fly Solar Impulse 2 across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights - The Economic Times | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights in the plane that has more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings
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Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China not before the 9th of May

Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China not before the 9th of May | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Swiss explorers and pilots Andre Borschberg and Betrand Piccard announced Friday the would-be first plane to travel around the world only powered by solar energy, will take off for Hawaii from Nanjing, China not before the 9th of May.

Borschberg will pilot the Solar Impulse 2 for the five-day flight. The Solar Impulse 2 crew said, depending on weather conditions, the plane will land at the Kalaeloa Airport in West Oahu on May 9

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You are invited to follow its departure LIVE on: www.solarimpulse.com

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To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days

To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The 787 Dreamliner has been plagued with battery woes since its early days, to the point where the Federal Aviation Administration kept it from flying the skies in the past. And while those technical difficulties are apparently taken care of, Boeing's flagship airliner could be on the way to more trouble soon. According to the FAA, there's a software bug in the 787 Dreamliner that can cause its electrical system to fail and, as a result, lead to "loss of control" of the plane.

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