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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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