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Wright brothers flew 2 years after Gustav Whitehead, researcher claims

Wright brothers flew 2 years after Gustav Whitehead, researcher claims | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An Australian aviation historian claims he has photograph proof Gustav Whitehead flew over Connecticut in 1901-- more than two years before Orville and Wilbur Wright.
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Were we wrong about the Wright Brothers?

That's the shocking claim by Australian aviation historian John Brown, who told FoxNews.com he has photographic proof that German immigrant Gustav Whitehead flew over Connecticut in 1901 -- Orville and Wilbur were second.

 

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Experience travel through a piece of aviation history

Experience travel through a piece of aviation history | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Most people probably think of Ford as the name most synonymous with building cars on the assembly line.

But, did you know Ford also produced a commercial airliner?

WINK News was on board a 1920s era Ford Tri-Motor that flew out of the Naples Airport.

Charles “Smokey” Connally was about one of about ten people aboard an airplane that those in the ‘aviation know,’ say defined the course of commercial aviation history.

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Airbus assures on A380 break-even this year - Flight Global

Airbus assures on A380 break-even this year - Flight Global | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus Group has assured that its A380 will achieve production break-even this year, as it unveiled a strong full-year commercial aircraft performance.

The manufacturer said that 2014 had been a “remarkable” year during a financial results briefing in Munich.

Commercial aircraft earnings increased by 68% to €2.6 billion ($2.9 billion) as revenues rose by 7% to €42 billion.

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Solar Impulse in Abu Dhabi on final preparations for RTW flight

Solar Impulse in Abu Dhabi on final preparations for RTW flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse made its first flight from Abu Dhabi (Al Bateen Executive Airport, AUH/OMAD) in the United Arab Emirates, to Muscat (Muscat International Airport, MCT/OOMS) in the Sultanate of Oman. The pilot flew the zero-fuel airplane on about 400km (215NM) for an estimated time of 12 hours. Masdar, Host Partner for the round-the-world, hosted Solar Impulse during the reassembly of Si2 and the final flight preparations. Masdar City is an example of the shared vision for the use of renewable energy and clean technologies.

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Emirates Plans $1 Billion Bond Sale to Expand A380 Fleet

Emirates Plans $1 Billion Bond Sale to Expand A380 Fleet | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Emirates, the world’s biggest airline by international passenger traffic, plans to sell $1 billion of Islamic bonds to pay for superjumbo jet deliveries, according to two people with knowledge of the offering.

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Solar Impulse est un projet très ambitieux au niveau technologique.

Solar Impulse est un projet très ambitieux au niveau technologique. | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Le projet est très ambitieux au niveau technologique. C’est un avion expérimental qui va voler dans des conditions difficiles.
Bertrand Piccard: Dans mon rêve, j’espérais développer un avion biplace qui volerait non-stop, sans carburant. La réalité des technologies aujourd’hui ne nous permet d’avoir qu’un seul pilote à bord et nous impose de faire des escales pour en changer. Nous avons donc renoncé à une partie des ambitions initiales. Mais peut-être cela justifiera-t-il de construire un troisième avion…

André Borschberg: Nous souhaitons être une source d'inspiration. 

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Solar Impulse : un tour du monde en 25 jours de vol

Solar Impulse : un tour du monde en 25 jours de vol | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Après 12 ans d'aventures et d'exploits, l'avion Solar Impulse est sur le point de réaliser le premier tour du monde avec l'énergie solaire pour seul carburant. 
 Le 1er mars, Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg s'envoleront à bord de l'avion solaire suisse pour un périple d'environ 5 mois au cours duquel ils traverseront l'Inde, la Chine, le Pacifique via Hawaï, les États-Unis, l'Atlantique, puis reviendront à Abu Dhabi via l'Europe ou l'Afrique du Nord, un parcours de 35 000 kilomètres effectué en 25 jours de vol. À quelques jours du départ, Joël Le Bigot s'entretient avec l'aventurier et cofondateur du projet, Bertrand Piccard, qui est impatient de passer du stade d'entrepreneur à celui de pilote. 

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Vive la France! Six ads that have us dreaming of aviation's golden age

Vive la France! Six ads that have us dreaming of aviation's golden age | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Have you noticed the ravishing visions of France peering down at you from billboards across Dublin lately?

The ads are part of an advertising campaign called 'Air France, France is in the air', created by the agency BETC for the airline, and which originally ran in 12 countries including France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, China and the US.

The visuals are designed to surprise "by mixing heritage and modernity, while echoing Air France’s past as a renowned poster specialist," according to the airline.

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Air France profits hit by its own Pilots strike

Air France profits hit by its own Pilots strike | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Air France-KLM is planning to speed up cost cuts and reduce investment after it reported a drop in full-year profits following last year's pilots' strike.

The strike followed a dispute with pilots over plans to expand the group's budget subsidiary Transavia.

The airline's pilot strike, which was the longest in 20 years, offset the benefits of lower fuel prices.

Earnings fell €266m (£172m) to €1.598bn, with the September's strike costing it €495m in lost revenue.

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Thanks so much !!  ... some arrogant Pilots ! (as usual ... a few incompetent ones )

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Goodyear Donates Blimp Gondola to Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

Goodyear Donates Blimp Gondola to Crawford Auto Aviation Museum | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

CLEVELAND, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  (NASDAQ: GT) announced today that it will donate the gondola from the Spirit of Goodyear blimp to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society here.

"It has been wonderful collaborating with Goodyear to add this blimp gondola to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum," said Kelly Falcone-Hall, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

"Adding this gondola to our Setting the World in Motion display will allow us to continue telling a complete story of the innovators and entrepreneurs of Northeast Ohio's transportation history," she said. "The display will bolster the exhibit, bringing to the forefront Goodyear's deep roots in Northeast Ohio's entrepreneurial background."

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Former Air Force One sits in Arizona desert, in need of new home

Former Air Force One sits in Arizona desert, in need of new home | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

TUCSON, Ariz. –  At a small airport outside of Tucson, Ariz., a forgotten piece of American history is deteriorating in the desert sun -- waiting for a new owner. 

The Lockheed Constellation, resting in a field at Marana Regional Airport, once carried President Dwight Eisenhower and was the first presidential aircraft to be given the Air Force One call sign. Dubbed Columbine II in honor of the state flower of first lady Mamie Eisenhower's native Colorado, the plane was state-of-the-art in its time. 

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Furniture made from retired planes take off via Aviation Afterlife

Furniture made from retired planes take off via Aviation Afterlife | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Instead of patio chairs, Jeremy and Tina Watts relaxed in chairs made from converted first class aircraft seats at last year’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Their “Rub Me Tender” booth also was furnished with a bar and service table made from a 330 Airbus.

Jeremy Watts, 37, is operations coordinator of Aviation Afterlife, which makes furniture and objects from retired aircraft. 

Aviation Afterlife is “reincarnation in its most exotic form so the airplane can continue to live on,”

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Retro Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYT First Flight Documentary

The Retro Livery of Lufthansa D-ABYT Boeing 747-8i Departs on its first flight out of Paine Field. It's always great to see a 747-8i looking a little bit different than the norm and this one is a beauty!

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Dassault Studying More-electric Architecture for Future Falcons

Dassault Studying More-electric Architecture for Future Falcons | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Dassault is researching and developing a more-electric architecture for a Falcon business jet that could enter service in the 2020 to 2025 time frame. Engineers from the company and partners in Europe's Clean Sky initiative are endeavoring to use fewer hydraulics and take less bleed-air from the engines, with the aim of improving overall aircraft efficiency.

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Lufthansa first airline using real-time flight cost data on digital ads - Travolution.co.uk

Lufthansa first airline using real-time flight cost data on digital ads - Travolution.co.uk | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Real-time data on flight costs being fed into digital advertisements is now offered to help airlines target travellers with personalised promotions that include the cheapest fares. 

Lufthansa is the first carrier to take up the price-driven solution, with initial results claiming to show a more than doubling of conversion rates.

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Solar Impulse 2 completes test flight ahead of round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse 2 completes test flight ahead of round-the-world trip | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg took off from Abu Dhabi and completed the first test flight of the Solar Impulse 2 plane (pictured) ahead of next month's round-the-world trip.

Next month it will attempt a round-the-world trip using just solar energy

SI2 will take off from Abu Dhabi, stopping in India, Myanmar and ChinaIt will then cross the Pacific Ocean, US and Europe

The 22,000-mile (35,000km) trip is expected to take five months

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Are Drones a New Platform for Innovation?

Are Drones a New Platform for Innovation? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Cory Booker, the gregarious junior senator from New Jersey, likes drones. He thinks they offer a host of economic growth possibilities to agriculture, infrastructure, and basic commerce. I didn't know he was into drones until he brought it up at a hearing last week on the "Internet of Things," a two-hour extravaganza examining the implications of computerizing and Web-enabling everything from refrigerators to insulin pumps.
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Photos: Lufthansa Retro Boeing 747-830

Photos: Lufthansa Retro Boeing 747-830 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Picture of the brand new Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 with retro livery

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Its is great to now that we as Maintenance Technicians can put our hands on this excellent machines!!

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Swiss Government supports Solar Impulse with CHF6m - SWI swissinfo.ch

Swiss Government supports Solar Impulse with CHF6m - SWI swissinfo.ch | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Swiss government has funded the Solar Impulse solar aircraft project to the tune of CHF6 million ($6.4 million) over the past eight years. In return, it gets to use the plane for promotional purposes. 

The funds include the use of two air bases in Switzerland and a financial contribution for a campaign in the United States in 2013, according to the government promotion agency, Presence Switzerland (PRS). 

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‘Solar Impulse’ – changing the perception of the impossible

‘Solar Impulse’ – changing the perception of the impossible | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An airplane flying purely on renewable solar energy may seem the project’s focal point. Indeed, the technology developed and perfected at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is truly groundbreaking. It also demonstrates Switzerland’s leading role as a center for innovation. But beyond the aeronautical dimension and its novel technology, the overriding aim is to encourage everyone to be pioneers in their everyday lives. Piccard and Borschberg are convinced that in the 21st century, adventure must continue.

...what is also needed are pioneers like Piccard and Borschberg, who show why surpassing personal limits makes sense, who push back the boundaries of the impossible and who maintain the drive to make new discoveries with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet.

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Retro Lufthansa 747-8I Takes Flight - Airchive

Retro Lufthansa 747-8I Takes Flight - Airchive | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

EVERETT, Washington – On Saturday just after noon, Boeing 39 copied taxi clearance and began to make its way to runway 34L to the delight of about a hundred spotters located all around Boeing Field. What was so special about Boeing 39? It is the flight number assigned to the all-new Lufthansa retro painted 747-8I.

As I was able to get my first peak at it in person, as phenomenal the pictures that fellow Airways contributor Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren were able to capture of this plane are exceeded by seeing the beauty and heritage that this plane in person.

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Why aren't more women flying high?

Why aren't more women flying high? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

"It's a career I absolutely love. There's nothing else I'd rather do for my job."

Helen McNamara is a senior first officer flying the Boeing 767 for British Airways. She's been flying for 14 years.

But despite it being nearly five decades since the first woman became a commercial pilot, she's still very much in a minority.

Globally only about 3% of pilots are women - that's about 4,000 out of 130,000 pilots worldwide.

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UAE ranks number 1 globally in aviation safety standards

UAE ranks number 1 globally in aviation safety standards | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The UAE accomplished an enormous and unprecedented achievement by ranking highest in the world in compliance with international aviation safety standards after intensive audit trough the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO )'s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program. The UAE scored a success rate of 98.86%, which is the highest rate in history given by ICAO.

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Arizona desert is graveyard, junkyard, and museum for old planes

Arizona desert is graveyard, junkyard, and museum for old planes | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Outside Tucson lies a boneyard of aircraft of all shapes and sizes. 

More than 120 massive airplanes — most outfitted with engines that, when revved, could make your teeth ache from half a mile away — are splayed on both sides of the airport’s 6,800-foot runway. Yet the place is so quiet you could hear a rattlesnake approach.

The shah of Iran’s private jet spent its last days here, parked next to aircraft the CIA used for covert missions in Southeast Asia and Central America.

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Wreck of Chilean plane which crashed in Andes 54 years ago found

Wreck of Chilean plane which crashed in Andes 54 years ago found | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of a professional soccer team.

The group said they came across the wreckage at an altitude of about 3,200m (10,500ft) about 215 miles (360 kms) south of Santiago, the capital. Expedition member Leonardo Albornoz told Chile’s Channel 7 they are keeping the exact site secret to prevent looting.

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Future passenger aircraft will fly in formation 'like flocks of birds' at hypersonic speeds

Future passenger aircraft will fly in formation 'like flocks of birds' at hypersonic speeds | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Scientific advancements in air travel outlined by the chief executive of National Air Traffic Services, Richard Deakin, has revealed the shape of things to come for airline passengers.

Deakin predicted that in the future airlines could fly their aircraft in formation like flocks of birds.

 "It won't take the wing-tip precision of the Red Arrows or Blue Angels, either. A safe flight separation of about 20 wingspans – far less than the four nautical miles that separates civil aircraft today but still over one nautical mile – is sufficient to reap the benefits," said an Airbus spokesman.
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