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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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,”
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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