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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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Fly For the Food: Air France Takes French Cuisine To New Heights

Fly For the Food: Air France Takes French Cuisine To New Heights | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

For the past two years Air France has elevated its in-flight cuisine in Premiere and Business classes by partnering with renowned chefs for its New York-Paris routes. The first of these chefs was Michelin-starred guru Daniel Boulud, who celebrated his two-year anniversary with the airline this summer

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Why In-Flight Entertainment Screens May Persist and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Why In-Flight Entertainment Screens May Persist and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airline in-flight entertainment systems never age well. They’re expensive, and they’re often heavy, so airlines burn more fuel having them on board. Why do they persist? Passengers — even those who bring their own devices — tend to like them. But can airlines keep installing these systems forever?

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Emirates Doubles Down on Luxury With Upgraded First-Class Cabins

Emirates Doubles Down on Luxury With Upgraded First-Class Cabins | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Emirates, which operates the world’s biggest fleet of long-haul aircraft, threw its weight behind the future of first-class travel, pouring millions into an upgrade of the ultra-luxury category on its Boeing 777 aircraft even as other carriers dispense of the biggest berths.
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Lufthansa rethinking IFEC experience with an eye on future-proofing - Runway Girl

Lufthansa rethinking IFEC experience with an eye on future-proofing - Runway Girl | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Lufthansa wants to find a way to future-proof its inflight entertainment, and to ultimately offer a streamlined IFE and connectivity experience for passengers. The German airline is an embedded IFE customer of both Panasonic Avionics and Zodiac Inflight Innovations.

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European Airlines Look To Long-Haul Growth Opportunities

European Airlines Look To Long-Haul Growth Opportunities | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

As growing pressure in Europe’s short-haul aviation market has caused the collapse of Air Berlin and Monarch Airlines and the bankruptcy of Alitalia efforts to focus on long-haul network growth by some of the region’s stronger carriers are in the spotlight. European carriers are pursuing long-haul growth to counter challenges such as geopolitical uncertainty, competition from LCCs and terrorist threats.

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First Class Is Shrinking but Here's Why It Remains Important

First Class Is Shrinking but Here's Why It Remains Important | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

First class cabins might be soon becoming an even more rarified luxury item. Eager to monetize the front of the plane, carriers are opting to put in more dense business class seat configurations, focusing on improving that product in a hope that customers (or those paying the bills) don’t care about the difference.

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Boeing says it is catching up on 777 aircraft production snags

Boeing says it is catching up on 777 aircraft production snags | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co is fixing production problems with its 777 wide-body jetliner but has not stopped production and does not expect the snags to delay deliveries to airlines, it said on Monday. The Chicago-based aerospace and defense company said it had given workers more time to catch up on “behind-work” on the 777 assembly line in its massive factory in Everett, Washington.

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Enhanced Flight Vision Systems: Now Landing

Enhanced Flight Vision Systems: Now Landing | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

A new FAA rule might improve the ability for pilots to see better in degraded visual environments. It’s a fact: enhancing pilot vision — especially in adverse weather conditions — can reduce the likelihood of accidents, especially on the runway. Runway safety-related incidents represent the highest number of accidents reported in the 2016 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Safety Report.

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Drones Get Flight Clearance | Construction Equipment

Drones Get Flight Clearance | Construction Equipment | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The drone industry has been weighed down because the UAV technology has developed much faster than the FAA has been able to formulate safety and security regulations that apply to the specifics of low flying unmanned aircraft. Program seeks to encourage drone industry with regulatory clarity and less red tape.

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The Tatas’ best aviation bet would be a buyback of the airline they founded: Air India

The Tatas’ best aviation bet would be a buyback of the airline they founded: Air India | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

It’s been a little over four years since India’s Tata group made a much-celebrated comeback into the country’s aviation sector. In 2013, after staying on the sidelines for over six decades, the salt-to-software conglomerate returned to India’s aviation sector through two joint venture (JV) partnerships with Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd and Singapore Airlines.

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Singapore Airlines signs $14bn Boeing deal

Singapore Airlines signs $14bn Boeing deal | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Singapore Airlines has finalised a deal worth $13.8bn (£10.4bn) to buy new Boeing aircraft to modernise its fleet over the next decade. The carrier will purchase 39 aircraft, including 777-9 and 787-10 models.

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Airbus’ Award-Winning Concepts Address Aircraft Cabin Waste Problem | APEX Media

Airbus’ Award-Winning Concepts Address Aircraft Cabin Waste Problem | APEX Media | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airbus is looking to improve in-flight cabin waste management with two of its Crystal Cabin Award (CCA)-winning concepts. The Mobile Vacuum Trash Compactor (MVTC) was developed with the Hamburg University of Applied Science (HAW) and placed first in the “University” category in 2015, while the Retrolley, which was developed with 3D Systems, won this year’s “Greener Cabin” category.

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Stratolaunch Fires Up Its Engines

Stratolaunch Fires Up Its Engines | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Stratolaunch, which is on track to be the world’s largest airplane, with a wingspan of 385 feet, has completed its first phase of engine testing, the company has announced. This puts the aircraft “one step closer to providing convenient, reliable, and routine access to low Earth orbit,” the company said.

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Getting Catering to the Plane is a logistic challenge

Getting Catering to the Plane is a logistic challenge | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Airline food isn’t always tasty, but passengers probably shouldn’t compare it to what they find in a restaurant. Delivering food to an aircraft is a logistical challenge, and it’s amazing the system works as well as it does: Airline Food Conundrum – Paid Meals Winning Out Over Freebies

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Airbus is looking towards a future where planes don't need pilots

Airbus is looking towards a future where planes don't need pilots | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
Airbus is looking to develop autonomous aircraft and technologies that will allow a single pilot to operate commercial jetliners, helping cut costs for carriers, chief technology officer Paul Eremenko said. “The more disruptive approach is to say maybe we can reduce the crew needs for our future aircraft,” Mr Eremenko told Bloomberg Television. “We’re pursuing single-pilot operation as a potential option and a lot of the technologies needed to make that happen has also put us on the path towards unpiloted operation.”
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Journey to the Future: Will engineers rise to the challenge of fulfilling transport dreams?

Journey to the Future: Will engineers rise to the challenge of fulfilling transport dreams? | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
From flying taxis to self-driving cars, engineers have grand designs on reshaping the way we travel. But is the infrastructure ready for all this new intelligent transport?
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Singapore Airlines Unveils a Massive First-Class Suite to Compete with Gulf Rivals

Singapore Airlines Unveils a Massive First-Class Suite to Compete with Gulf Rivals | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

When Singapore Airlines introduced its first suite in 2007, coinciding with the inaugural Airbus A380 passenger flight, it was a big deal. No airline had ever put a double bed on an airplane, and the product, with its opulent leather compartments, was so novel journalists asked if the airline would bar passengers from having sex on board.

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Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

As airlines double down on investment in business class, there are some experiential table stakes for customers paying the money to sit up front. Many carriers are emphasizing their dense, moneymaking business-class configurations, and the first-class product is becoming more rare.

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The man who built a plane on his rooftop

The man who built a plane on his rooftop | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Seven years ago, Amol Yadav announced to his family and friends that he would build an aeroplane on the roof of a boxy apartment building in the teeming Indian city of Mumbai. Incredulous friends and family members asked the young pilot how he planned to bring the plane down once it was complete. "I really don't know," he told them....

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This Fascinating Survey Reveals What We Really Want to Happen to Improve Air Travel

This Fascinating Survey Reveals What We Really Want to Happen to Improve Air Travel | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Recently published results from the annual Global Passenger Survey reveal what passengers from around the world think would really improve their air travel experience. And the main takeaway from the survey? Improvements in technology and the ability for individuals to take more control over their journey are the biggest concerns of passengers right now.

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New Hybrid Aircraft Push-Back Tractor Displayed at inter airport Europe

New Hybrid Aircraft Push-Back Tractor Displayed at inter airport Europe | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The HElP-BT has a downsized diesel engine and an electric driveline with a state of the art control system and energy storage device. It is an alternative to heavy-duty diesel tractors currently used to move aircraft before taking-off and after landing.
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A look inside Qantas' new 787-9 Dreamliner

A look inside Qantas' new 787-9 Dreamliner | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The airplane — named Great Southern Land and painted in the carrier’s recently updated livery — is the first of eight Dreamliners scheduled to be delivered to Qantas by the end of 2018 and will be used on the carrier’s route from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, beginning on Dec. 15, 2017.

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Renewable biofuel to power Qantas aircraft from 2020 | Aviation

Renewable biofuel to power Qantas aircraft from 2020 | Aviation | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

Qantas has entered into partnership with US based bio-energy company, SG Preston, to reduce the airline’s carbon emissions on its services operating between the US and Australia.

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The Soviet Union’s flawed rival to Concorde

The Soviet Union’s flawed rival to Concorde | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it

The world’s first supersonic airliner was not the Anglo-French Concorde but a Soviet design intended to show the world the superiority of the USSR. Its first flight comes three months before Concorde takes to the air. But the Tu-144 – dubbed ‘Concordski’ by Western observers for its similarities to its luxurious rival – never quite becomes a household name. 

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Aviation Gas Turbines Market Forecast Report by Future Market Insights Offers Key Insights 2017-2027 |

Aviation Gas Turbines Market Forecast Report by Future Market Insights Offers Key Insights 2017-2027 | | Aviation & Airliners | Scoop.it
The global aviation gas turbine market has been growing tremendously with staggering achievements over the last decade. The market is driven by factors, such as impressively high aircraft production and re-equipment cycles, along with aging fighters, and fighter-bomber aircraft on the military side. Manufacturing and supply chain merger, clubbed with the growing demand for airlines drives growth of the aviation gas turbine market.
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