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Premier vol réussi de l'avion solaire Solar Impulse 2

Premier vol réussi de l'avion solaire Solar Impulse 2 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
SCIENCES - Solar Impulse 2 devra pouvoir voler plus de 120 heures d’affilée...

L’avion suisse Solar Impulse 2, uniquement propulsé à l’énergie solaire, a réussi tôt lundi son premier vol d’essai sur la base aérienne de Payerne, une première étape dans un long processus avant le départ en mars 2015 pour une tentative de tour du monde.

Son premier vol autour de la base dans le centre de la Suisse a duré 2h15, une demi-heure de plus que ce qui était initialement prévu. Avec aux commandes le pilote d’essai allemand Markus Scherdel, l’avion s’est élancé sur la piste, propulsé par ses quatre moteurs électriques alimentés par 17.200 cellules solaires. Markus Scherdel avait aussi effectué le premier vol de la précédente version de l’avion en juin 2009.

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This Air France ad is the top travel brand video of 2015, so far, says Google - Tnooz

This Air France ad is the top travel brand video of 2015, so far, says Google - Tnooz | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Air France for having created a video that has been more viewed than any other promotional video by any other travel company so far in 2015, says Google.

Congratulations (or, we should say, félicitations ) to Air France for having created an advertisement that has been more popular than any other video from any other travel company so far in 2015, according to Google. A review of YouTube clips by Think with Google, the search giant’s market research arm, finds that Air France’s promotional video “France is in the Air” was the most popular video created by a travel brand and shared online so far in 2015. 

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Humour: Turbulences before take-off

Humour: Turbulences before take-off | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Passenger leg-room fights increasing

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Airline to Begin Weighing Passengers for 'Flight Safety'

Airline to Begin Weighing Passengers for 'Flight Safety' | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airline to set up a “special weighing machine” at the departure gate.

Uzbekistan Airlines announced a new policy that involves weighing passengers shortly before take off.

A statement by the airline announced a decision to install a “special weighing machine” at departure gates, where passengers would be weighed along with their luggage.

“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety,”

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First Boeing 727 readied for final flight

First Boeing 727 readied for final flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

EVERETT, Wash. - At the Museum of Flights's restoration center at Paine Field, engineers and mechanics are preparing a plane that hasn't flown in nearly 25 years ready for one last flight.

They've nearly finished restoring it for its move to the Museum of Flight's main campus at Boeing Field.

The plane is Boeing's very first 727, which rolled out of the company's Renton factory in late November of 1962. By the time production ended, more than 1,800 had been built.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Airliners of All Time

The 10 Most Beautiful Airliners of All Time | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Sleek, streamlined and sexy, these are 10 of the most aesthetically pleasing machines ever created.
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Déjeuner sur Lufthansa comme au restaurant

Déjeuner sur Lufthansa comme au restaurant | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Lufthansa a décidé de franchir un nouveau pas dans le service en classe affaires. La compagnie allemande propose désormais, depuis le 1er août et uniquement sur A380, un service à table au moment du repas, les plats étant servis directement depuis le galley et non plus transportés sur chariot. 

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Airbus just patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour

Airbus just patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
In July, Airbus engineers patented a hypersonic jet capable of flying at 4 1/2 times the speed of sound.

In other words, Airbus just patented a hypersonic jet.

Airbus expects the jet to reach speeds as high as Mach 4.5 — or 4 1/2 times the speed of sound.

According to PatentYogi's Deepak Gupta, this means the Airbus jet could make the trip from London to New York in just one hour. That's a significant improvement over the 3 1/2 hours it took for the now retired Mach 2 Concorde to make the same trip. The Concorde was a joint venture between Airbus' two predecessors, France's Aerospatiale and British Aerospace.

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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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Fleets in Russia & CIS to more than double by 2034

Fleets in Russia & CIS to more than double by 2034 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), the Russia & CIS air passenger market will more than double in the next 20 years, with over 2,000 aircraft needed by 2034, compared to the 922 in operation today to meet the countries’ growing demand for air travel. Airbus’ forecast shows that over 1,280 of these aircraft will be new deliveries, valued at US$150 billion, comprising 1,100 single-aisles, 160 twin-aisles and 24 very large aircraft. These additional aircraft will satisfy both fleet replacement needs and future growth for the intra-regional CIS and international market.
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This Is the Safest Place to Sit on a Plane

This Is the Safest Place to Sit on a Plane | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Where you should sit next time you get onboard.

Statistics show that the middle seats in the rear of an aircraft historically have the highest survival rates.

This is based on a study of aircraft accidents in the last 35 years. TIME went through the Federal Aviation Administration’s CSRTG Aircraft Accident Database looking for accidents with both fatalities and survivors. We found 17 with seating charts that could be analyzed. The oldest accident that fit our criteria was in 1985; the most recent was in 2000.

The analysis found that the seats in the back third of the aircraft had a 32% fatality rate, compared with 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third.

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Airbus Has a Tech Accelerator That Could Make Flying Better for Everyone

Airbus Has a Tech Accelerator That Could Make Flying Better for Everyone | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus’ new BizLab technology accelerator program has announced its selection for the first five start-ups which will participate in a six month mentoring program to grow ideas into businesses.

Among the five companies selected is James Lee’s seat design firm, Paperclip Design, Hong Kong which has developed a number of clever solutions to the sticky issues of cabin crowding.

We’ve written about Lee’s elbow-friendly PaperClip armrest, the passenger-friendly economy Meerkat seat, and the convertible business class Butterfly seat design. Lee’s seating innovations have won design awards, but remained in a hold-pattern waiting for backing by an industry manufacturer.

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Boeing sees strong jetliner demand; focus on cost-cutting

Boeing sees strong jetliner demand; focus on cost-cutting | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Boeing Co is still seeing strong demand for civilian aircraft and pressure to increase its production rates, despite concerns about slowing growth in China and several years of record aircraft orders.

Cutting production costs on the 787 Dreamliner is a top priority at the Chicago-based company. The 787, which costs about $260 million at list prices, is Boeing's most recent commercial jet. It is loaded with high-tech features, but continues to lose money.

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NASA: 10 Favorite Ways To Celebrate National Aviation Day |

NASA: 10 Favorite Ways To Celebrate National Aviation Day | | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Whether it’s because you received an overnight shipment, travelled by air to visit friends or relatives, or your job is part of the multi-trillion-dollar global aerospace industry, aviation touches all of our lives every day.

It’s something worth celebrating. In fact, long before there were commercial jet airliners, President Franklin D. Roosevelt thought so too. In 1939 he issued the first presidential proclamation designating Aug. 19 as National Aviation Day.


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Voici le successeur du Concorde imaginé par Airbus

Voici le successeur du Concorde imaginé par Airbus | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Le constructeur aéronautique européen vient de déposer aux Etats-Unis un brevet décrivant le fonctionnement et le design de cet avion supersonique capable de traverser l'Atlantique en... 60 minutes.

Airbus a déposé le 14 juillet dernier aux Etats-Unis, un brevet qui fera date. Le constructeur aéronautique européen y décrit la technologie et le design d'un avion qui battrait le Concorde à plate couture. Une fois atteint son altitude de croisière, il volerait à la vitesse de Mach 4,5. Autrement dit, quatre fois et demi la vitesse du son, ce qui équivaut à près de 5.500 km/h.

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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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