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Virgin Galactic Space Tourists Shed Pounds (and Fears) on Zero-G Flight - NBC News

Virgin Galactic Space Tourists Shed Pounds (and Fears) on Zero-G Flight - NBC News | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

NEWARK, N.J. — Flying on a zero-gravity airplane makes anyone feel like an astronaut — and for Virgin Galactic's future space tourists, there's the chance to prepare for the even bigger doses of weightlessness ahead.

Most people who go into zero-G experience a sense of disorientation and even nausea — a phenomenon known as "space motion sickness." Anti-nausea medications can help. But as much as New Zealand entrepreneurDerek Handley was looking forward to the flight, he had a nagging worry about how he'd feel afterward.

More than 700 people have signed up for Virgin Galactic's suborbital space rides, with tickets currently going for $250,000 a seat.

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Solar Impulse 2 from Chongqing to Nanjing - Departure postponed by weather conditions

Solar Impulse 2 from Chongqing to Nanjing - Departure postponed by weather conditions | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the flight planned for tomorrow morning (April 16th) The weather window allowing a landing at Nanjing is too small and risky. The Solar Impulse team would like to thank everyone who helped to prepare this operation, especially all the Chinese authorities, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) and ATC centers who gave us full flexibility for our planning.

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The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. 

Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Smaller planes cost less to fly than the stately, four-engine jumbos, which can carry as many as 525 passengers.

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Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax

Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
An Air France cargo jet with three people on board has landed safely at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport after declaring an emergency.

Flight 6738 departed from Paris on Tuesday evening and was scheduled to land in Chicago. Around 9 p.m. AT, an emergency was declared on board and the flight diverted to Halifax. The Boeing 777 landed around 9:35 p.m. without incident.

Peter Spurway with Stanfield International said one of the plane's two engines was not functioning but was still capable of flying.

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Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests

Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The co-pilot of a pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered by the sun, is being treated for migraine in his native Switzerland but will return to China soon, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday (Apr. 14).

Andre Borschberg had returned for a medical check-up for migraine problems but "he will be back in China in a few days," spokeswoman Claudia Durgnat told AFP by email.

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Solar Impulse pilots reveal what life is like at 28,000 feet and flying 5 days in a row non stop

Solar Impulse pilots reveal what life is like at 28,000 feet and flying 5 days in a row non stop | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Imagine spending five days in a cockpit with barely enough room to stretch your arms. That's what two Swiss pilots (Piccard shown) are currently doing on board the Solar Impulse plane.

The cockpit has no heating, and the pilots are not able to stand up or walk around - for up to five days on longer flights.

Instead, they can only recline in their seats to get a bit of exercise or rest.

A 'visit' to the toilet is pretty uncomfortable too - they simply use a hole in their seat.

‘You need to develop habits and know exactly what you want to do, because it’s very tiny inside,’ explains Borschberg.

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▶ Solar Impulse 1 in Paris at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie: "making of"! - YouTube

In the heart of the Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Solvay is exhibiting the prototype Solar Impulse 1, the solar plane which carried out a large number of missions, including a flight across America in 2013 without using a drop of fuel.
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And at the same time Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB) is in China on its Round The World flight  without a single drop of fuel.

Follow this extraordinary event on: www.solarimpulse.com

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Ryanair planes clip wings while taxiing to runway at Dublin Airport 

Ryanair planes clip wings while taxiing to runway at Dublin Airport  | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Passengers escaped injury after the winglet of a Boeing 737 scraped the tail fin of another as they taxied to a runway. It's the second time in six months two Ryanair planes have collided at Dublin Airport.
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Solar Flight Around the World Reveals the Future of Energy

Solar Flight Around the World Reveals the Future of Energy | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

In the last few years, solar energy has become a real force in the energy industry. According to GTM Research, 29 percent of new electricity capacity installed in 2013 was from solar, and in 2014 that figure grew to 32 percent. But thus far solar energy capture has mostly been restricted to solar panels on rooftops or in deserts in the southeastern U.S.
In the future, solar energy may infiltrate many of the products we use on an everyday basis. Everything from cars to smartphones to roadways could harness electrical energy from the sun. The best sign of the progress taking place in solar energy is currently over Asia, making its maiden flight around the world.

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....In the picture the solar plane "Solar Impulse 2" but not to forget when another Swiss explorer "Planet Solar" achieved a RTW on his sailboat !

www.planetsolar.org

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A brand new world in coming!

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Germanwings crash prompts Lufthansa insurers to set aside $300M for claims

Germanwings crash prompts Lufthansa insurers to set aside $300M for claims | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.
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Turkish Airlines plane diverted after 'bomb' threat - CNN.com

Turkish Airlines plane diverted after 'bomb' threat - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

(CNN)A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 256 passengers was diverted Monday after a note with the word "bomb" written on it was found in a lavatory, the airline said. 

Turkish Airlines Flight 15 departed Istanbul en route for Sao Paulo, Brazil, until the note was found. 

The plane, a Boeing 777, landed safely in Casablanca, Morocco, the airline said. 

No explosives were found on the plane, the airline said. 

The airline said this was the second time in two days that a flight was diverted because of a similar threat.

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Ravitailler les avions de ligne en vol ? C’est possible...

Ravitailler les avions de ligne en vol ? C’est possible... | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Selon une étude de faisabilité européenne, ravitailler les avions de ligne en vol est possible. A la clef : une économie de carburant de 20 %, une réduction des émissions sonores et des vols très longs sans escale.

Une petite révolution s’annonce dans le ciel. Les avions de ligne pourraient être ravitaillés en vol, peu après le décollage, ce qui permettrait d’économiser le carburant tout en maintenant les conditions de sécurité et de navigabilité actuelles, selon une étude de faisabilité européenne avec participation suisse.

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Aviation is fast approaching the post-pilot era

Aviation is fast approaching the post-pilot era | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Aviation experts envision an end to the era of pilots – at least pilots in cockpits – just as inevitably as elevator operators became redundant, expensive and far less precise in the operation than computerized systems.

Pilotless aircraft aren’t a distant sci-fi concept nor the wishful dreams of bean-counters at big airlines where the nattily-uniformed flight crew is a big cost just waiting to be cut.

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Solar Impulse 2 - Flying over China

Solar Impulse 2 - Flying over China | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse 2 is approaching Kunming and flying at an altitude of 24,710 Ft. 

Image showing the Solar plane and an Airbus 319 approaching Kunming whose pilots should be having an excellent view of SI2 ! 

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Solar-powered plane gets stuck in China - CNN.com

Solar-powered plane gets stuck in China - CNN.com | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China.

What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay.

"You can believe that your will can influence the weather," says pilot Bertrand Piccard, who comes from a long family line of explorers. But "then you'll be really disappointed because it doesn't work.

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25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan

25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The Asiana Airlines plane approached the runway so low that it clipped a 20-foot-tall wireless communication tower that stood almost 1,000 feet before the runway.

South Korea said Wednesday that it would review the qualifications of all the pilots of AirbusA320 passenger jets flown by carriers based in the country, one day after one of the airplanes skidded off a runway while landing at Hiroshima Airport in Japan.

Twenty-five people had minor injuries in the accident on Tuesday, according to the South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines. 

 

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The terrible, claustrophobic airplane seat redesign that could soon be how we fly

The terrible, claustrophobic airplane seat redesign that could soon be how we fly | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

That crammed airline passengers are duking it out for minimal reprieve on airplanes isn’t stopping the industry from making the experience more hellish.

 This week, at an aircraft interiors convention in Hamburg, Germany, the airplane manufacturer Airbus unveiled a new seat configuration, coming in 2017, that would place 11 seats per row in the economy section of its A380 superjumbo.
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Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation?

Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Can the solar industry sustain itself if you subtract government subsidies from the equation? And, is worldwide grid parity a reality, or an elusive, somewhat fanciful projection?
These questions gain significance in light of Solar Impulse 2, the world’s first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying during the day and the night without consuming a single drop of fuel, setting off on it’s historic around-the-world flight initiated in Abu Dhabi.

The Solar Impulse 2’s engines have had to be engineered to be extremely energy-efficient — the four motors on the plane only lose about 3 percent of their energy as waste heat, whereas conventional motors lose about 70 percent — and this new efficiency grade spurs advancements in the solar applications industry.

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Drone pilot training sought by aviation office - The Local

Drone pilot training sought by aviation office - The Local | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The federal civil aviation office (BAZL) in Bern wants to introduce stricter laws to regulate the use of drones, which are becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland, a media report says.

A requirement for mandatory training to acquire a drone pilot's licence is being proposed, at least for the operation of larger drones, the Blick newspaper reported on Thursday.

A growing number of private individuals are using the remote-controlled craft for recreation and to take aerial videos.

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Solar-powered plane's pilots to spend month in China preparing for risky, non-stop Pacific flight

Solar-powered plane's pilots to spend month in China preparing for risky, non-stop Pacific flight | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The fuel-free Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its two Swiss daredevil pilots will have a month-long stopover in China before attempting a historic five-day non-stop flight across the Pacific.

Andre Borschberg, who will pilot that leg, said the China stop would be "the most important" for their project to fly around the world using just solar power as they believed the country was well on the path to becoming the world leader in green technology.

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Eastern Air Lines: Ready to Fly Again?

Eastern Air Lines: Ready to Fly Again? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The original Eastern Air Lines shut down in 1991, but a group of investors is getting ready to bring back this historic airline name. While Eastern will remain a private company for now, it's worth examining for its potential impact on the aviation industry as a whole.

Rebirth of Eastern
Eastern Air Lines was originally founded in 1926 and grew to be one of the major airlines through most of the 20th century. But by the 1980s, the airline was running into trouble competing in the deregulated airline industry.

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Lufthansa cancels 60th anniversary celebrations over Germanwings crash

Lufthansa cancels 60th anniversary celebrations over Germanwings crash | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT, Germany – Lufthansa said Tuesday, March 31, it will cancel celebrations marking the German airline's 60th anniversary in the wake of last week's deadly crash of an Airbus jet from its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings.

"Out of respect for the crash victims of flight 4U9525, Lufthansa is cancelling the festivities for the 60th anniversary of the company, which were planned for April 15," the airline said in a statement. 

 
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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Chongqing !

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Chongqing ! | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

"Atterrissage sportif" according to Pilot Bertrand Piccard as he just stated to Prince Albert of Monaco. In fact the landing was tricky at the end because windy conditions and density of air traffic.

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Solar Impulse lands in China

Solar Impulse lands in China | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Bertrand Piccard departed towards Chongqing (China) this morning attempting the most challenging flight since the beginning of the #RTW journey. Watch the live coverage of the pilot’s landing in Chongqing International Airport. Conor will take us through the takeoff and inflight experience, including the live coverage that has happened on social media.

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About Chongqing the next destination for Solar Impulse 2

About Chongqing the next destination for Solar Impulse 2 | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Chongking is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in China. Administratively, it is one of China's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China.

The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province. As of 2010 census, the municipality had a population of 28,846,170. According to this census, Chongqing is the most populous Chinese municipality, although the urbanized area is estimated to have a population of only 6 or 7 million, whereas the built-up area made up of 8 out of 9 urban districts (all but Beibei not yet built-up) was home to 6,777,229 inhabitants at the 2010 census. Chongqing is the largest direct-controlled municipality in China, and comprises 21 districts, 13 counties, and 4 autonomous counties.

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Solar Impulse 2 left Mandalay and is now flying to Chongqing

Solar Impulse 2 left Mandalay and is now flying to Chongqing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse departs for its 5th and most challenging flight to date on the Round-The-World attempt. The anticipated 19 hours will be physically demanding for Bertrand Piccard, due to the prolonged use of oxygen required in the unpressurized cockpit, in which he will face temperatures descending to minus 20 degrees celsius. The pilot has limited time allowed for high altitude preparation as #Si2 will fly over the Himalaya. Once in China, the weather forecasted is mainly clear skies – a rare situation in the region. However, strong, low level winds up to 40 knots are expected in Chongqing, which will require the pilot to tackle these challenging conditions.

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