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Photos: Qantas Airbus A380-842 taking-off from Sidney

Photos: Qantas Airbus A380-842 taking-off from Sidney | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

VH-OQF (cn 029) QF11 to LAX getting underway on a beautiful autumn afternoon here in Sydney from runway 34L (Nikon D3)

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Solar Impulse Airplane - A Mobile Hangar That Protects Solar Impulse 2 - #Discover - YouTube

It is essential that Si2 is protected from the elements even when sheltering in a traditional hangar is not available. The mobile hangar travels with the team and can be rapidly constructed to protect the plane.

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Boeing Patents Futuristic Force Field

Boeing Patents Futuristic Force Field | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aerospace and defence firm Boeing has just been granted a patent for what looks like the forerunner to the kind of force-fields you typically see in sci-fi movies.

The “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” isn’t quite the all-purpose energy shield you see around spaceships in movies like Star Wars, but it’s definitely in that ball park.

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Callum Dunlop's curator insight, March 28, 8:27 PM

In trying to relate OHS to the Defence industry I discovered this article about futuristic type force fields for protecting troops from the shock wave of a blast. It is pretty interesting stuff to suggest that a lot of second stage trauma from blasts is cause by the subsequent blast wave. This relates to me and my 5 year career through the ongoing protection we try and afford our troops. As the article says, it won’t stop direct bombs or projectiles, but it is a stepping stone to a larger protective system. OHS isn’t always about the perfect world situation, we need to broaden the mind in regards to minimizing risk and damage in some of the more challenging situations.

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Solar Impulse 2 RTW: Leg 5 will probably take place on Sunday 29th

Solar Impulse 2 RTW: Leg 5 will probably take place on Sunday 29th | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse 2 expected takeoff on Sunday 29th at 22PM UTC for Flight 5 from Mandalay (Myanmar) to Chongqing (China). 

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Micah Schulte's curator insight, March 27, 6:37 AM

The aviation industry has, for its relatively short existence, been entirely reliant on the use of non renewable fuel sources. Solar Impulse 2 will demonstrate sustained flight using renewable energy and act as a technology demonstrator for the industry. In the next five years the industry will need to deepen its understanding of alternative energies and step toward a future of safety and sustainability.

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Lufthansa CEO: 'stunned' that co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane | News

Lufthansa CEO: 'stunned' that co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane | News | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A noticeably shaken Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr (above right) described his devastation at learning the latest developments. Earlier on Thursday, a public prosecutor in France said the co-pilot of Tuesday's crashed Germanwings flight deliberately initiated the plane's descent. He was alone in the cockpit and ignored the pilot trying to get back in.

Spohr said he was "speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed," describing it as the most terrible event in the company's history. All 150 passengers aboard the plane - which was traveling from Barcelona to Düsseldorf - were killed when the plane crashed in the French Alps.

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Hainan Airlines 737-800 makes biofuel flight

Hainan Airlines 737-800 makes biofuel flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Hainan Airlines has become the first Chinese carrier to trial locally-sourced biofuel on a passenger flight.

The flight took place on 21 March from Shanghai to Beijing, and involved a Boeing 737-800 powerd by a 50:50 mix of conventional and cooking oil based biofuel mix. The trial was supported by Boeing, and the biofuel was supplied by Sinopec.

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Micah Schulte's curator insight, March 27, 9:08 AM

The development of bio fuels over the next five years will direct the aviation industry toward sustainability. The use of non-renewable fuel is becoming an economic burden on airlines which pass costs on to passengers. Test flights using bio fuel will demonstrate that alternate fuels are safe, viable options and will promote confidence in the sector.

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BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot DELIBERATELY crashed Flight 4U9525 into mountain to 'destroy the plane' after locking his captain out of cockpit, reveals French prosecutor

BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot DELIBERATELY crashed Flight 4U9525 into mountain to 'destroy the plane' after locking his captain out of cockpit, reveals French prosecutor | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Black box voice recorder reveals final chilling moments of Airbus A320

Prosecutor: 'Death was instant. You only hear screams in final seconds'

Co-pilot was named today as 28-year-old German Andreas Günter Lubitz  

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to 'destroy the plane', it was sensationally revealed today.

French prosecutor Brice Robin gave further chilling details of the final ten minutes in the cockpit before the Airbus A320 plunged into the French Alps killing 150 people.

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Solar energy could soon get a 2-for-1 boost with tandem cells | ExtremeTech

Solar energy could soon get a 2-for-1 boost with tandem cells | ExtremeTech | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
While Europe has embraced solar power technology to the point that an eclipse can cause mild panic, the efficiency of the best solar cells is still hovering around a mere 25%. That’s a lot of free energy that isn’t being harvested. Past research has pointed to a plentiful mineral known as perovskite as a possible solution to the poor performance of solar cells, and now a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University have put theory into action by constructing tandem silicon-perovskite solar cells.
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Danny Boy's curator insight, March 26, 11:34 PM

Perovskite is a cheap crystalline organometal mineral which can increase the observed efficiency of solar cells by working in tandem with silicon solar cells by 50%.

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Germanwings plane crash: Leaders visit Alps site

Germanwings plane crash: Leaders visit Alps site | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The German, French and Spanish leaders have arrived together in the French Alps to visit the scene where a Germanwings plane crashed on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board.

Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Mariano Rajoy were briefed on the rescue and thanked the workers.

One of the "black box" recorders has been recovered at the site near Digne.

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Lufthansa - Darksite after Germanwings Crash in France

Lufthansa - Darksite after Germanwings Crash in France | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

We must confirm to our deepest regret that Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf has suffered an accident over the French Alps. The flight was being operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, and was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Lufthansa and Germanwings have established a telephone hotline. The toll-free 00800 11 33 55 77 number is available to all the families of the passengers involved for care and assistance. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew members.

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Airbus A380: l’aéroport de Dubaï est son premier hub

Airbus A380: l’aéroport de Dubaï est son premier hub | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

L’aéroport de Dubaï a dévoilé hier les chiffres 2014 de son activité spécifique aux Airbus A380, dont il est sans surprise le premier hub au monde devant Londres-Heathrow et Singapour-Changi.

Dans son rapport annuel publié le 23 mars 2015, l’aéroport qui sert de base à la compagnie aérienneEmirates Airlines affirme rester au sommet du classement mondial des plateformes accueillant le superjumbo d’Airbus, selon les données publiées par les transporteurs (Qantas Airways est le seul autre à y poser un A380). 

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EN DIRECT. Un A320 de Germanwings s'écrase en France

EN DIRECT. Un A320 de Germanwings s'écrase en France | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
L'appareil reliait Barcelone et Düsseldorf, et appartenait à la filiale moyen-courrier de Lufthansa. Il embarquait 142 passagers et 6 membres d'équipage.
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Aviation Humor: Digital Instruments

Aviation Humor: Digital Instruments | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Tower: “Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o’clock, 6 miles!”
Delta 351: “Give us another hint! We have digital watches!”

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Next aviation war likely in foreign sector | Daily News & Analysis

Next aviation war likely in foreign sector | Daily News & Analysis | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Next aviation war likely in foreign sector - International revenues and profits of local airlines are growing more than double rate; seat load factor is better than domestic flights.

Consider this: In the third quarter of fiscal 2015, Jet Airways's domestic revenue grew 6.8% over the same quarter last year to Rs 2,113.7 crore while its international revenue grew at more than twice that speed of 17.4% to Rs 3,089.9 crore during the same period.

The full-service airline fared better on the international sector even in terms of number of passengers carried during the same period, with its seat load factor at 86.3% compared with 82% on the domestic sector.

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Facebook Developing Laser Drones To Bring Internet To 5 Billion People

Facebook Developing Laser Drones To Bring Internet To 5 Billion People | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Facebook is developing a fleet of solar-powered drones that will fly around beaming Internet down to users below through lasers.

The project is codenamed Aquila, and the drones weigh less than a small car and have a wingspan of a Boeing 767.

"We want to serve every person in the world," said head of Facebook's Connectivity Lab Yael Maguire. "Can we reach a point where everyone on the planet gets the same message at once? I'm looking forward to that day."

Facebook says that the goal of this project is to launch over 1,000 of the drones, which are capable of beaming high-speed Internet from between 60,000 to 90,000 feet using special lasers.

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Germanwings crash prompts aviation overhaul

Germanwings crash prompts aviation overhaul | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Germanwings air tragedy in France this week could push the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to advise airlines to make sure there are at least two crew members in a cockpit at all times.

An analysis of the plane's flight recorder recovered after the crash in the French Alps, in which 150 people were killed, appeared to show that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot on board the Germanwings flight, deliberately locked the commanding pilot out of the cockpit, and changed the plane's course to crash into French Alps.

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Discover the world of Solar Impulse 2 through the eyes of its pilots - The Economic Times

Discover the world of Solar Impulse 2 through the eyes of its pilots - The Economic Times | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Three's a crowd, but two makes an awesome team. Take 62-year-old Andre Borschberg, businessman and pilot, and 57-year-old Bertrand Piccard, psychiatrist and balloonist — the duo that is making headlines as it flies around the world in an aircraft completely powered by solar energy. 

As they pioneer a trail, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, pilots of Solar Impulse 2, reveal how self-hypnosis and teamwork have helped them achieve new heights.

 

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Crash A320: quels tests psychologiques passent les pilotes d'avion?

Crash A320: quels tests psychologiques passent les pilotes d'avion? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Le copilote de Germanwings responsable du crash de l'A320 a effectué les mêmes tests et visites médicales, une à deux fois par an, que tous les pilotes allemands ou français.  Mais certains pilotes ne sont pas convaincus de l'efficacité de ces visites.

Deux jours après le crash d’un A320 de Germanwings dans les Alpes, les autorités françaises n’ont aucun doute: le responsable est le copilote, Andreas Lubitz, qui était seul dans le cockpit au moment du crash. Le jeune pilote de 28 ans avait entre ses mains les vies de 150 personnes quand il a commis l’irréparable. Le procureur de Marseille évoque un suicide plutôt qu’un acte terroriste, hypothèse retenue par le PDG de Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr. Pourtant, la compagnie mère de Germanwings rappelle qu’Andreas Lubitz avait passé tous les tests psychologiques nécessaires avant d’être mis aux commandes.

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The Pilot Selection Process

The Pilot Selection Process | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Even under ideal circumstances, hiring pilots for a corporate operation is arduous. But when there’s a shortage of qualified pilots, the situation becomes even more difficult. Add in a slumping economy and stir in a liberal measure of the September 11 turmoil that has planted hordes of airline pilots on the street looking for work, and the decision about whom to hire can be overwhelming to even diehard aviation department managers.

With its individual attention to passenger comfort and safety by cockpit and cabin crewmembers, business aviation is poised for a dramatic climb, especially in light of the lengthy delays in airport security and service cutbacks surrounding airline travel. Charter flying was up markedly in the weeks and months following September 11

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Micah Schulte's curator insight, March 27, 9:43 AM

The pilot selection process now places a strong emphasis on psychology and the mental characteristics of candidates. Pilots need to prove they can perform well and show their motivation. The recent crash of Germanwings flight 9525 also calls into question the mental stability of pilots and whether pilots should be subjected to ongoing testing. I believe it would be appropriate to research the effectiveness of ongoing psychological testing in gauging the mental stability of pilots and their fitness for duty on the flight deck.

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus Jet, French Prosecutor Says

Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus Jet, French Prosecutor Says | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

PARIS — The crash of the Germanwings plane in the French Alps that killed 150 people most likely happened because the co-pilot crashed the jet deliberately, the prosecutor in France heading the criminal investigation said on Thursday.

The co-pilot began the plane’s descent for an unknown reason while he was alone in the cockpit, said the prosecutor, Brice Robin, describing the action as deliberate. Mr. Robin said he had opened an investigation for voluntary manslaughter.

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Germanwings Crash: 3 Possible Reasons the Plane Went Down

Germanwings Crash: 3 Possible Reasons the Plane Went Down | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The official cause of the crash is still a mystery but the biggest indicator of trouble comes from the plane’s increased drop in altitude in the minutes leading up to Tuesday  but experts have already been able to theorize about some of the most plausible reasons.

- Not Communicating with Traffic Control

- Lack of Cabin Pressure

- Emergency Descent

 

 

 

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Rina Evans's curator insight, March 26, 10:15 AM

“We mourn to this day for the souls of the 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash. The gruesome truth to the increasing number of plane crashes that recently occurred is frightening. It makes us think twice before getting a plane ticket; it makes us appreciate the people we love. For those who have lost their special someone, knowing what had happened to them before the crash might leave you with questions about the tragedy. We continue to search for answers, keeping ourselves updated, hoping for something that would tell us of any progress with the investigations on how it all happened; what could have caused it; and how to prevent it from happening again. A tragic event like this compels a nation to yearn for change.”---rjevans

 

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Germanwings A320 black box found in French Alps

Germanwings A320 black box found in French Alps | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
French rescue workers have discovered a flight recorder from the Germanwings A320 jetliner, which crashed in the in the French Alps on Tuesday, local media report.

France Info radio station cites parliamentarian Christophe Castaner, who said that one of the black boxes from flight 4U 9525 has been found. Same reports were broadcast by BFM TV and Le Monde.


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Emirates ready for timely launch of its app for Apple Watch

Emirates ready for timely launch of its app for Apple Watch | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

First airline in the Middle East and African region to offer an app for the Apple Watch.

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, announced the launch of its Apple Watch app. When the Apple Watch becomes available on 24 April, Emirates’ customers from around the globe will be able to enjoy the smart features and sleek interface of the Emirates app for Apple Watch, designed to complement the Emirates iPhone app. Emirates will be the first airline in the Middle East and African region to offer an Apple Watch app.

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Germanwings airliner crashes in French Alps

Germanwings airliner crashes in French Alps | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said.

The jet belongs to the German airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

The plane had reportedly been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was carrying 142 passengers and six crew.

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Air Mobility Mission - Cockpit Camera - YouTube

Mass launch of C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy, and KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base in California, to test ...
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Photos: Boeing 747-830 Lufthansa with Vintage Livery | Airliners.net

Photos: Boeing 747-830 Lufthansa with Vintage Livery | Airliners.net | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Picture of the brand new Boeing 747-830 for Lufthansa at Everett with the old livery.

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The Queen of the Skies is always so beautiful !

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