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Oregon man who lives in a Boeing 727 that he plans to upgrade to a 747

Oregon man who lives in a Boeing 727 that he plans to upgrade to a 747 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

An Oregon man who turned a Boeing 727 into his home has now set his sights on an even bigger model in the hopes of building a second home in Japan out of a retired 747.

Bruce Campbell made the 727 his home in the suburbs of Portland and spends six months of the year there. 

Complete with wings, and landing gear resting on pillars, it is where Campbell spends six months of the year.

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25 Vintage Photos From The Glory Days Of Aviation

25 Vintage Photos From The Glory Days Of Aviation | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Wonderful photos that exemplify the glamour of early air travel. 

Once upon a time, air travel was exciting. 

Transatlantic flights were novel, and passengers often dressed to the nines -—a far cry from the sweatpants-and-flip-flops travel wardrobes of today. Aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes were national heroes, and airline stewardesses were considered to have some of the most glamorous jobs in the world. 

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Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport

Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of Dubai International last year. That's a 6 percent increase over the 66.4 million that the Gulf city's main airport handled in 2013.

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Take a look inside the Airbus Beluga cargo aircraft

Take a look inside the Airbus Beluga cargo aircraft | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Airbus A300-600ST, featuring one of the most voluminous cargo hold of any aircraft, civil or military, has been taking of from Wales to destinations across Europe.

The Airbus A300-600ST is better known as the ‘Beluga’, nicknamed because of its resemblance to the white Arctic whale, offers a unique method for transporting oversized air cargo.

So if you have ever wondered what it looks like inside, view our gallery of photographs supplied by Airbus.

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Emirates Is Now Giving Airbus 43 Billion Reasons To Build A New Superjumbo Jet

Emirates Is Now Giving Airbus 43 Billion Reasons To Build A New Superjumbo Jet | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Emirates CEO Tim Clark announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos that his airline will buy 100 Airbus A380 superjumbos if Airbus offers upgraded engines.

Emirates wants an A380 "neo" — a superjumbo with newer, more fuel-efficient engines.

("Neo" is the designation that Airbus gives to aircraft models that have had their engines and aerodynamics upgraded.)

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Old planes refurbished to offer taste of luxury

Old planes refurbished to offer taste of luxury | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The select handful of guests dressed in evening wear bracketed their gourmet dinners with caviar and baked Alaska and washed them down with 16 cases of chilled Dom Perignon poured smartly by liveried stewards.

They lounged in roomy seats, touched up their makeup in vanity mirrors in the lavishly appointed bathrooms, and chatted while the attentive stewards made up their beds for the night.

That’s what high society looked like in 1946. The highest society, in fact, since this star-studded party was aboard the most lavish commercial passenger airplane ever built: the Lockheed Constellation, “Queen of the Air,” which soared only briefly before speed trumped comfort with the advent of the jet.
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Britain at serious risk from terrorist drone attacks, experts fear

Britain at serious risk from terrorist drone attacks, experts fear | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Terrorists could use swarms of drones to bring down passenger aircraft, disperse chemical or biological weapons and target a nuclear power plants in Britain because of our lax aviation rules.

The stark warning comes from former Labour security minister Lord West, who is urging tougher laws to stop jihadists taking advantage of the “march of drone technology” to pull off a low-cost, high-impact attack using drones available for just £300 on the high street.

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SOLAR IMPULSE - The First Round-The-World Solar Flight

SOLAR IMPULSE - The First Round-The-World Solar Flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

After the Solar Impulse prototype’s 8 world records, when it became the first solar airplane ever to fly through the night, between two continents, and across the United States, it is time for Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg to move on to the final phase of the adventure: the 2015 round-the-world flight.

A great historic first: for such an adventure, as for any premiere, there are no references. We were, and will be, faced with a number of challenges, leading us to push the limits of technological, human and piloting performance.
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Lufthansa Is Having A Tough Time With Labor Strikes

Lufthansa Is Having A Tough Time With Labor Strikes | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa and cabin crew have agreed to mediation in a dispute over retirement benefits after talks failed on Friday, adding to the risk of further costly labor strikes at the German airline.

"The position of Lufthansa fell short of what had already been agreed, so further negotiations could not bring any progress," Nicoley Baublies, the head of cabin crew union UFO, which represents 18,000 workers at Lufthansa, said in a statement on Monday.

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Indonesia proposes changes to aviation rules after AirAsia crash

Indonesia proposes changes to aviation rules after AirAsia crash | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Indonesia's transport minister proposed a number of changes to improve aviation safety standards at parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, just over three weeks after an AirAsia passenger jet crashed killing all 162 people on board.

Ignasius Jonan told the hearing a number of new rules regarding permits and safety, including health checks for flight crews and air traffic controllers, have been implemented since the crash.

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Solar Impulse heads to Emirates in pieces - The Local

Solar Impulse heads to Emirates in pieces - The Local | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
A Boeing 747-400 transport plane carrying disassembled pieces of the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Switzerland on Tuesday morning headed for Abu Dhabi, staging ground for the aircraft’s planned flight around the world later this year.
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KLM Is Renting Out a Spacious Airplane Apartment on Airbnb - Good Mood

KLM Is Renting Out a Spacious Airplane Apartment on Airbnb - Good Mood | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has placed a very unique accommodation listing on Airbnb, simply called ‘ Spacious Airplane Apartment ’.
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Expert pilots process multiple visual cues more efficiently, Stanford and VA scientists find

Expert pilots process multiple visual cues more efficiently, Stanford and VA scientists find | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
A new study has found that expert pilots’ brains process visual data more efficiently, allowing them time to make better decisions when landing.

Landing an airplane is one of the most difficult piloting techniques to master, and the stats show it: 36 percent of all airplane accidents and 25 percent of fatalities occur during the final approach and landing.

New research by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System reveals that expert pilots make better decisions during this phase than less experienced pilots because their brains behave more efficiently.

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Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define a New Chapter in the Future of Solar-Powered Aviation | Business Wire

Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define a New Chapter in the Future of Solar-Powered Aviation | Business Wire | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock-up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today the renewal of its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse SA and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the record-breaking, solar-powered, round the world airplane project. The Solar Impulse 2 airplane, revealed on April 9 and successfully test flown in June of this year, is designed using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Solar Impulse uses Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including its CATIA and ENOVIA applications, to design, build, and validate this second solar airplane. Solar Impulse 1 was a test bed for the incredibly complex new technologies required to fly day and night using solar energy alone. Solar Impulse 2 will carry the mission forward and fly around the world in 2015.

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Photo: Pan Am Boeing 707 with Stratocruiser flying together

Photo: Pan Am Boeing 707 with Stratocruiser flying together | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A Stratocruiser flies in the background and a Pan American Boeing 707 in the foreground. In 1950, Pan Am's propeller-powered Boeing 377 Stratocruiser flew from New York to London in 15 hours. Ten years later, Pan Am traded its Stratocruisers back to Boeing for the 707s that flew the same distance in seven hours.

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Lufthansa welcomes brand-new jumbo - Boeing 747-800

Lufthansa welcomes brand-new jumbo - Boeing 747-800 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Lufthansa Group is continuing with the modernization of its aircraft fleet in 2015. Following a nine-hour transfer flight from Seattle to its future home airport in Frankfurt, the newest “Queen of the Skies” joined Lufthansa’s jumbo fleet, replacing an older Boeing 747-400, which is being decommissioned.

Lufthansa’s 16th Boeing 747-8, whose tail number is D-ABYR, is one of four brand-new aircraft of this type that Lufthansa will acquire in 2015. Over the coming months, the state-of-the-art jets will arrive in Frankfurt one by one like a string of pearls. As well as the four Boeing 747-8s, Lufthansa will take delivery of two Airbus A380s, ten aircraft from the A320 family and a Boeing 777F freighter for Lufthansa Cargo.

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Know about 'Air Force One', the Boeing 747-200B Jumbo that carries the US President

Know about 'Air Force One', the Boeing 747-200B Jumbo that carries the US President | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

United States President Barack Obama will visit India to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest on January 26. The special aircraft, Air Force One of the 'The Flying White House' that carries the President the United States is a customized Boeing 747-200B Jumbo and has a bomb proof windshield. US military has two such aircrafts which cost $250 million each.

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▶ Solar Impulse Airplane Route Announcement : Press Conference - YouTube

Solar Impulse's team is reunited in Abu Dhabi for a press conference to officially announce in detail the route Si2 will be taking around the world starting ...
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Solar Impulse : l'itinéraire du 1er vol solaire autour du monde

Solar Impulse : l'itinéraire du 1er vol solaire autour du monde | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg, co-fondateurs et pilotes de Solar Impulse ainsi que leurs Partenaires ont annoncé lundi dernier les détails du tour du monde du Si2, premier avion solaire capable de voler jour et nuit sans carburant.

Le tour du monde commencera fin février - début mars, lorsque Solar Impulse mettra le cap sur Muscat à Oman; Ahmedabad et Varanasi en Inde; Mandalay au Myanmar; Chongqing et Nanjing en Chine; la traversée du Pacifique jusqu'à Hawaii, puis Phoenix aux Etats-Unis, une seconde ville américaine qui dépendra de la météo, et New York.

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Solar Impulse unveils round-the-world route - The Local

Solar Impulse unveils round-the-world route - The Local | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Swiss Solar Impulse team on Tuesday unveiled the route it plans to take to launch in less than six weeks’ time its sun-powered aircraft on a trip around the world.

From a staging point in Abu Dhabi the team’s co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg announced a 35,000-kilometre fuel-free itinerary, involving stops in 12 locations.

The large but lightweight aircraft, with four engines powered by electricity from solar panels, is set to take off the from the capital of the United Arab Emirates at the end of February or early March, returning by late July or early August.

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Air France-KLM Is at the Mercy of Middle East and Low-Cost Carriers

Air France-KLM Is at the Mercy of Middle East and Low-Cost Carriers | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Air France-KLM Group, after a year that saw three profit warnings and its worst strike in 40 years, said there’s little cause for optimism in 2015 as revenue comes under “very strong pressure” from low-cost and Gulf carriers.

Shares of Air France-KLM fell as much as 4.5 percent as Europe’s biggest airline said in a briefing that it faces “fierce competition” on both short-haul and inter-continental routes, creating a “difficult context” for the year ahead.

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Aviation geeks, rejoice! A350 makes first flight - CNN Video

Aviation geeks, rejoice! A350 makes first flight - CNN Video | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
To the delight of aviation geeks everywhere, the Airbus A350 has made its first passenger flight. CNN's Richard Quest was on board.
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Air France partners with Orange on project to expand wifi on its flights

Air France partners with Orange on project to expand wifi on its flights | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Last year, Airfrance-KLM rolled-out a very limited launch of wifi on its flights – Paris.New York (Air France) and Amsterdam-Panama (KLM) at a price of 10.95 eur for one hour and 19.99 eur for connectivity for the entire flight. Presumably, the first experiment proved to be enough of a success for them to establish a partnership with Orange and continue testing on additional flghts.  This time the focus, however, will be on short and medium-haul flights on 2 Airbus 380s. The tests will kick-off in summer 2015 and will take continue for a period of three months.

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Introducing the new Boeing 777X - YouTube

Learn more about the Boeing 777X, the world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The interior of the 777X is inspired by the comforts a...
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The revolution of flight !...I love this plane!

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The Secrets of Surviving the 10 Most Nightmarish Airports This Thanksgiving

The Secrets of Surviving the 10 Most Nightmarish Airports This Thanksgiving | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Frequent flyers reveal the tricks and tips that make flying through North America's most frustrating airports more tolerable.

Some 3.55 million people are expected to fly this Thanksgiving weekend, making this year’s busiest travel weekend the most crowded since 2007, according to AAA. (If it’s any consolation, the roads will also be jammed.) It’s going to be just as bad as it sounds: the new Bloomberg Airport Frustration Index reveals that some of the more annoying airports in North America—including LaGuardia, O’Hare, Miami, and LAX—are also among the most heavily traveled.

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Have a safe trip. Enjoy the holidays.