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Air France to invest millions in cabin upgrades

Air France to invest millions in cabin upgrades | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Air France (AF) has detailed plans to invest “several hundred million euros” in an upgrade of its long-haul first- and business-class cabins. (but what about Economy?)

“These investments, made possible by the agreements signed within the framework of the Transform 2015 business plan, will be used to redesign the ‘La Premiere’ and ‘Business’ cabins on board the company’s Boeing 777 aircraft as from 2014,” AF said at the IFTM-Top Resa fair in Paris.

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Solar plane damaged by heat, won't fly until August

Solar plane damaged by heat, won't fly until August | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A record-setting trip across the Pacific overheated the batteries, forcing the Solar Impulse team to ground the plane.

The Solar Impulse 2's team says the batteries were over-insulated and became overheated on day one of the Japan-Hawaii leg.

The team said Saturday that it monitored the situation throughout the flight. But in a statement, the organizers said there was no way to decrease the temperature for the remaining duration of the flight, since each day the plane was required to ascend 28,000 feet and descend as part of its energy management plan.

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Evil plane seat design would ruin whatever good remains of air travel

Evil plane seat design would ruin whatever good remains of air travel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Viewed from above, a sitting human being looks like a T-block from Tetris. The shoulders jut to the sides, and the legs protrude forward in a narrow line. It's not the most efficient shape in Tetris, a game in which the goal is to fill all space with Tetris blocks, but fortunately humans aren't pieces in a video game. Or they weren't, until now.

Zodiac Seats France sees this human tessellation as opportunity. The airline seat manufacturer has patented with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the "Economy Class Cabin Hexagon," a truly nightmarish idea that lives somewhere between Saw and The Twilight Zone. Basically, the idea is to take the middle seat — already the worst seat on a flight — and turn it around 180 degrees so as to maximize space.

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A Look at Air France's New Business Class

A Look at Air France's New Business Class | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A year ago, Air France debuted nifty new business class seats for its Boeing 777s as part of a $500 million investment in new products and services. And now we've been able to see this pricey investment up close.

We recently flew in the new business class cabin on a 777-300ER plane from Paris Charles de Gaulle to JFK. The configuration of seats was shrunk from the normal 2-3-2 layout to a 1-2-1 layout (up in La Premiere there were just four seats).

The best features of the new seats are not just the lie-flat beds which extend to nearly 6.5 feet and come with full-sized pillows and soft duvets, but also the little things that surround it. Like the 16-inch touch screen TV. 

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Boeing dépose un brevet pour un réacteur nucléaire à laser

Boeing dépose un brevet pour un réacteur nucléaire à laser | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Washington (Virginie/USA) - Le constructeur aérienne américain Boeing vient de déposer un brevet portant sur le futur des moteurs d'avions, et plus globalement d'engins volants, qui n'utilisent plus de carburant fossile pour produire une réaction mais un système laser qui va vaporiser des particules nucléaires.

Ce système pourrait être utilisé dans tous les systèmes utilisant la réaction, missiles, roquettes et même vaisseaux spatiaux.

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Spending five days flying a solar-powered plane across the Pacific is a surprisingly zen experience

Spending five days flying a solar-powered plane across the Pacific is a surprisingly zen experience | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

YOU’D THINK ANYONE who spent 118 hours alone in a space the size of a refrigerator would go absolutely crazy. Not André Borschberg.

The Swiss pilot just crossed the Pacific in a solar plane with a cockpit so small he couldn’t stand, let alone walk around. And he loved it. 

Flying over so vast an expanse of sea, with no landmarks, was oddly soothing, he said. He felt utterly at peace. Everything—flying, sleeping, preparing his meals—was contemplative. Even using the toilet became a “very zen experience,” he says. (He didn’t offer details, and we didn’t ask.)

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Solar Impulse Airplane - Altran's simulation from the cold front to Hawaii - YouTube

In the final stretch of one of the most innovative projects of this new century, Altran’s role focuses on the Mission Control Center. Pilot safety during such long periods depends largely on the route defined by Altran and its simulation team: http://www.altran.com/about-us/altran...
Get more information about this flight on the logbook: http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-8-fro...

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Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, Bertrand Piccard said in an interview published Thursday. Solar Impulse 2, which has been stranded in Japan for three weeks and had to postpone a planned take off this week due to bad weather over the Pacific, only has a short window for making the next leg of its journey.

"Before August 5, we must have crossed the Pacific or the Atlantic," Piccard said, adding that if the team is unable to do so they will have to find a permanent hangar where the fragile aircraft can pass the winter.

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Solar Impulse 2 resumes Pacific crossing today

Solar Impulse 2 resumes Pacific crossing today | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
A solar-powered plane delayed by weather and repair work is ready to resume its around-the-world journey, set to leave central Japan for Hawaii today if conditions permit.

Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to take off at 1:30 p.m. ET (17:30 UTC), which is early Wednesday morning in Japan.

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Japan airport readies for Solar Impulse unscheduled stop

Japan airport readies for Solar Impulse unscheduled stop | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An airport in Japan was readying Monday to welcome Solar Impulse 2 on an unscheduled stop after mission controllers decided the weather was not right for the sun-powered plane to cross the vast Pacific Ocean. The record-breaking aircraft was set to touch down in central Japan around 1400 GMT, the team said on its website. "On my way to Nagoya disappointed for not continuing but very thankful to the Japanese authorities for their support," pilot Andre Borschberg Tweeted.
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«Solar Impulse 2» tente un nouveau record

«Solar Impulse 2» tente un nouveau record | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
L'avion à énergie solaire a décollé samedi de Chine, en direction d'Hawaï. Un vol de 8 500 kilomètres qui doit durer cinq jours, une performance jamais atteinte par un pilote seul à bord et sans escale.
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Solar Impulse crossing the Pacific - 10 hours after take-off

Solar Impulse crossing the Pacific - 10 hours after take-off | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Already 10 hours since André Borschberg left Nanjing. Solar Impulse is now flying above the ocean, in the South Korean airspace, on its route to the north of Japan.

HEALTH: some fatigue, as he could only rest 60minutes so far during the night, but the mood is good and no sign of nervousness. He could eat a breakfast already, prepared by Nestle (specific cereals, yoghourt). O2 mask is now necessary in the unpressurized cabin, as #Si2 is above 12 000ft. Temperature is getting cold, close to 0°C inside the cockpit.

TECH: batteries have been charging since Solar Impulse passed Shanghai, and are now at 100% state of charge, providing a surplus of energy as we are still ascending at around 25kts (indicated airspeed)

Follow this epic flight on: www.solarimpulse.com

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Solar Impulse took off from Nanjing to Hawaii for its transpacific flight

Solar Impulse took off from Nanjing to Hawaii for its transpacific flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse took off for its seventh flight from Nanjing to Hawaii on Saturday May 30th at 18:39 UTC. André Borschberg will attempt to cross the Pacific on solarenergy only

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Salon du Bourget – 15/21 juin 2015

Salon du Bourget – 15/21 juin 2015 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Vous pouvez dès maintenant commander votre billet d'entrée pour le prochain Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace.
Pour rappel, le Salon est ouvert au Grand Public du vendredi 19 juin au dimanche 21 juin 2015, de 8h30 à 18h.
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You might be staring fellow passengers in the face on future flights if you fly economy - Pocket-lint

You might be staring fellow passengers in the face on future flights if you fly economy - Pocket-lint | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

French airline chair manufacturer Zodiac Seats has come up with a seating design that it believes will help its customers get more economy passengers onto its flights.

Called the "economy class cabin hexagon" collection, or "Project HD31", the new seating plan faces the middle seat of a row of three backwards, so passengers look at each other while flying. This optimises space on single aisle airplanes and therefore increases the number of available seats.

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After drone diverts fire-fighting planes, lawmakers want fines and jail time

After drone diverts fire-fighting planes, lawmakers want fines and jail time | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

In late June, the Lake Fire burned through 30,000 acres of California wilderness in San Bernardino county. In order to keep the flames from encroaching on an area of nearby houses, the US Forest Service sent three planes filled with fire retardant—a DC-10 and two smaller planes—to dump on an area of the fire. That cargo never reached its intended target, however, because the low-flying planes had to turn back when they encountered a drone flying about 800 or 900 feet off the ground. The DC-10 was able to deposit its flame retardant in another location, but the two smaller planes had to jettison their loads in order to land.

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Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing's Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler for a laser- and nuclear-driven airplane engine.

 With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by the engineers at Boeing.

Modern airliners such as the Boeing Dreamliner are powered by multiple turbofan engines. These engines deploy a series of fans and turbines to compress air and ignite fuel to produce thrust.

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Solar Impulse will not fly before August

Solar Impulse will not fly before August | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Despite having completed the longest and most difficult leg of the Round the World Solar Flight, #Si2 has suffered battery damages due to overheating.

 During the first ascent on day one of the flight from Nagoya to Hawaii, the battery temperature increased too much due to over insulation. And while the Mission Team was monitoring this very closely during the mission leg, there was no way to decrease the temperature for the remaining duration of the flight as each daily cycle requires an ascend to 28’000 feet and descend for energy management issues.

The damage to certain parts of the batteries is irreversible and will require repairs and replacements that will take several weeks to work through. In parallel, the Solar Impulse engineering team is looking at various options for better management of the cooling and heating process for very long flights.


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Solar Impulse on its 4th day non-stop flight to Hawaï

Solar Impulse on its 4th day non-stop flight to Hawaï | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse latest news - 

5am André is tired. With turbulence at 8'000 feet and a cold front close it is not possible for him tosleep tonight, and accumulated fatigue during the past 93 hours is making the situation challenging. 

Team in the MCC is working hard to find solutions quickly, and help André during this very stressful period. He is really tired, and needs his whole team's attention and support, on the other side of the world.

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Solar Impulse leaves Japan on delayed Pacific flight (Update)

Solar Impulse leaves Japan on delayed Pacific flight (Update) | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed 'the point of no return' Monday after it left Japan bound for Hawaii, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, left the city of Nagoya around 3:00 am (1800 GMT), five days after weather problems forced the organisers to cancel an earlier attempt.

"No Way Back! This is a one way ticket to Hawaii," tweeted @solarimpulse. "Andre Borschberg has passed the point of no return and must now see this 5 days 5 nights flight through to the end."

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Bye Bye Boeing 747

Bye Bye Boeing 747 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Il est beau, il représente toute une histoire et est parfaitement adapté aux pilotes Air France avec sa bosse au-dessus du cockpit pour que ces derniers puissent garder leur portefeuille dans la poche arrière de leur pantalon en vol (humour)… Un bel oiseau qui a fait le boulot depuis 1970 quand il a été mis sur la ligne Paris – New York d’Air France va définitivement quitter la compagnie aérienne Air France le 10 janvier 2016.

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Everything You Need to Know About Solar Impulse

Everything You Need to Know About Solar Impulse | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Solar Impulse 2, a plane attempting to fly around the world using solar power, was forced to land Monday in Nagoya, Japan due to inclement weather.

The experimental aircraft — flown and financed by Swiss businessman and pilot André Borschberg — is now two months into its quest to become the first solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the Earth.

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I think this requires some precision. The idea came from Bertrand Piccard and André is his Partner. Many financial Partners have joined this extraordinary adventure and should not be neglected as Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, Google,...and so many others (even small ones naming solar cells on the plane by their names !)

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Solar Impulse diverted to Japan

Solar Impulse diverted to Japan | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
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Solar Impulse flying above the Sea of Japan

Solar Impulse flying above the Sea of Japan | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse now heading to Japan.

www.solarimpulse.com

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse plane to begin Pacific flight - CNN.com

Sun-powered Solar Impulse plane to begin Pacific flight - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

(CNN)Five days, five nights, one pilot -- and no fuel; Solar Impulse, the plane aiming to fly around the world powered only by the sun, has taken off on the toughest leg of its round-the-world voyage.

The 8,000-kilometer (4,971-mile) journey from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii -- dubbed the "moment of truth" by alternating pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard --was delayed several times because of poor conditions over the Pacific.

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Erreur de saisie de poids pour un avion de Air France Cargo

Erreur de saisie de poids pour un avion de Air France Cargo | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Paris (France) - Un avion-cargo de la compagnie aérienne française Air France Cargo a bien failli ne pas pouvoir décoller de l'aéroport international Roissy de Paris (France) après que l'équipage se soit trompé dans la saisie du poids de l'appareil dans le système informatique et n'ait alors pas accélérer suffisamment.
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