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Airbus Thinks Big With Small Electric Plane

Airbus Thinks Big With Small Electric Plane | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus Group, the international consortium that makes huge jetliners, has debuted a new kind of aircraft: a tiny, electrically powered plane called the E-Fan.

The experimental plane is a two-seater and measures a mere 19 feet in length, with a wingspan of just over 31 feet. The twin-engine E-Fan’s power comes from 120 250-volt lithium-ion polymer batteries that can move the craft at speeds up to 136 mph.

“It's a very different way of flying,” said Jean Botti, chief technical and innovation officer at Airbus Group. “Absolutely no noise, no emissions.”

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Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China not before the 11th of May

Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China not before the 11th 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 probably on the 11th 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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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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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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Solar Impulse, c'est Piccard, Borschberg et quelques autres

Solar Impulse, c'est Piccard, Borschberg et quelques autres | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Gregory Blatt est le troisième homme de cette course autour du monde.

Gregory Blatt est en somme le négociateur en chef de Solar Impulse. «Les autres m’appellent le ministre des Affaires étrangères. C’est moi qui vais discuter pour obtenir des autorisations et aplanir les soucis dans tous les pays traversés.» Il y a l’échelon politique à convaincre, puis la multitude d’obstacles techniques à balayer. 

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Lufthansa confirma que cerrará Germanwings en octubre

Lufthansa confirma que cerrará Germanwings en octubre | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Lufthansa lo había anunciado, pero el miércoles se han disipado todas las dudas. El grupo aeronáutico alemán ha anunciado que Eurowings es su apuesta en el segmento de bajo coste en Europa. El anuncio tiene una coda: supone cerrar Germanwings, la filial low cost que sufrió un accidente fatal en marzo.

En su discurso en la Junta General de Accionistas celebrada el miércoles en Hamburgo, el consejero delegado, Carsten Spohr, ha dejado claro que Lufthansa “debe fortalecer aún más su posición en el mercado”. Para ello prescindirá de Germanwings, cuya marca está ahora asociada con la tragedia, que acabó con la vida de 150 pasajeros.

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The Cockpit of Solar Impulse 2 Is Not For the Faint-Hearted 

The Cockpit of Solar Impulse 2 Is Not For the Faint-Hearted  | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse is heading toward one of the most difficult phases of its around-the-globe flight: crossing the Pacific Ocean. That means the pilot will have to sit for five days and nights in the confined cockpit of the plane. As you can see, it’s not particularly luxurious.

The plane recently landed in Nanjing, China and the next flight is due to start on May 5th, when Solar Impulse will take off for its seventh flight to Hawaii. The lonely pilot, Bertrand Piccard, will fly the zero-fuel airplane about 8172km (4412 nautical miles) for an estimated time of 120 hours.

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Airbus, Boeing Set Sights On Synthetic Vision

Airbus, Boeing Set Sights On Synthetic Vision | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Virtual reality will make its way into commercial airliner flight decks in the next five years as part of a voluntary safety upgrade movement spurred by the government and industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). Synthetic vision, a 3-D rendering of runways, terrain and obstacles that gives pilots a sunny-day virtual view of the flight path ahead, is already standard fare for new general aviation and business jet cockpit displays and even for many portable devices
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Airbus 380... was just having its first flight 10 years ago !

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Time goes so fast !

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Airbus tips demand for bigger planes as airlines squeeze in more passengers

Airbus tips demand for bigger planes as airlines squeeze in more passengers | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Airbus insists airlines will increasingly order larger aircraft due to congested airports and soaring demand for travel, despite lacklustre sales of its flagship A380 superjumbos.

On the 10th anniversary of the first A380 flight, Airbus strategy marketing analysis director Andrew Gordon said the company saw a trend towards larger passenger planes.

"The trend is definitely moving to larger aeroplanes [and] putting more seats in aeroplanes," he said in Sydney on Monday. 

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Fleets serving Australia South Pacific to almost double by 2033

Fleets serving Australia South Pacific to almost double by 2033 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The passenger aircraft fleet serving the Australia South Pacific region will grow from some 700 aircraft today to over 1,200 by 2033, with a doubling in the number of widebody aircraft. With aviation growth comparable with other mature markets such as North America and Europe, the region has the world’s highest propensity to travel per capita. 

Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF) shows international traffic serving the Australia South Pacific region will grow annually at 4.5%. Traffic to and from neighbouring developing markets will grow even quicker with traffic to Asia growing at 5.1%, Latin America 6.2%, Africa 6.3% and the Middle East 5.4%, which are all well above the world average (4.7%)

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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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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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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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See the secret, tiny bedrooms flight attendants use on long-haul aircraft

See the secret, tiny bedrooms flight attendants use on long-haul aircraft | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

This is Boeing's official representation of the crew rest area on a Boeing 777. A room without a view.

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OK....but Staff need to rest during Long Flights, and I think this is perfect environment for that purpose. 

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KLM unveils its newest Boeing 777-300 ER in the new livery and new interior

KLM unveils its newest Boeing 777-300 ER in the new livery and new interior | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) welcomed its newest Boeing 777-300 featuring an all-new interior in its World Business Class and Economy Class. The exterior has already been decorated in the new company livery.

The new video below shows footage of the arrival and various features on board. KLM President and CEO Pieter Elbers gives a short rundown of the fleet renewal program, including the arrival of KLM’s first Boeing 787-9 in October.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVN (msn 44459) was handed over officially on March 27 and it is named Tijuca National Park – Nationaal Park Tijuca.

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Les bouts d’aile du Boeing 777X pourront se replier grâce à Liebherr Aerospace

Les bouts d’aile du Boeing 777X pourront se replier grâce à Liebherr Aerospace | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Liebherr Aerospace a annoncé qu’il avait été choisi pour participer au programme 777X de Boeing. L’équipementier allemand sera chargé de l’une des grandes innovations du nouvel appareil : il fournira le dispositif d’actionnement d’extrémité d’aile repliable, utilisable après l’atterrissage.
Ceci englobe les équipements d’actionnement, notamment un actionneur rotatif à servomoteur, et de verrouillage. Ils seront conçus, développés et produits dans les installations de Liebherr à Lindenberg, qui se chargeront également de la maintenance.

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Carplane, A Roadable Aircraft Designed For Drivability

Carplane, A Roadable Aircraft Designed For Drivability | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

In the land of the autobahn, drivability is a passion—even if the car is designed to fly. And the need for good road performance has driven the design of Germany’s Carplane flying car, the near-complete prototype of which was unveiled at the Aero Friedrichshafen general-aviation show on April 15-18.

Braunschweig-based Carplane is developing the prototype with funding from the EU and the German state of Lower Saxony. The prototype is expected to be complete by the time funding support ends in July 2015.

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Airbus A380 at 10 years: Does it have a future? - CNN.com

Airbus A380 at 10 years: Does it have a future? - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

So what do you get one of the world's biggest aircraft for its 10th birthday?

How about a future?

A decade after it first took to the skies with the promise of revolutionizing commercial aviation, the Airbus A380 has so far failed to deliver.

Sales, though initially strong, have tailed off in recent years.

And despite denials from the European manufacturer's top brass, speculation continues to mount about whether it can continue to produce this giant of the skies.

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Absolutely yes!....the A380 will be a key part in the future. Just remember the early years of the Boeing 747...not easy at all! ( and the "Queen of the Skies" is still my favorite plane)

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Consolidation predicted if airline alliances collapse

Consolidation predicted if airline alliances collapse | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A new round of aviation consolidation could be triggered if global airline alliances start to fall apart.

The prediction comes in a new report on the state of the air transport market by aviation analysts OAG.

John Grant, executive vice-president at OAG, told the Daily Telegraph: “There are currently more airlines than can realistically exist and alliances are no longer the only means of international competition.

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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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