Troubled new Berlin airport won’t be a white elephant, official says

berlin_airport_2_wide-9073f5475e9b7bb8b0511d85e21fa3578c837342 REUTERS - Berlin's new international airport, repeatedly delayed due to red tape and technical problems, is on course to open as scheduled in 2017, a spokesman said on Sunday, denying a media report it could end up as a white elephant. The planned opening will be six years after the original target date following a series of costly setbacks that have dented Germany's reputation for strong engineering and organisational skills. Ralf Kunkel, a spokesman for Berlin airports authority, denied a report in Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday that the 5.1-billion euro Willy Brandt International airport might never be finished because its building permit expires in November 2016. The report, quoting internal documents from the project, said a law…

PHOTS/VIDEO: Avianca A318 aborted takeoff at Juazeiro Airport

IMG-20150523-WA0059 An Avianca A318 due to depart North Juazeiro Airport to São Paulo on Saturday had trouble a few minutes before takeoff and the flight had to be canceled. Passengers reported hearing a bang in the engine when the aircraft was positioned on the runway for departure. "There was an explosion. And I felt the aircraft brake immediately. Everyone panicked on the plane, said the receptionist, Lucilene Santiago. She said even seeing smoke inside the aircraft. The airline Avianca said 112 passengers and five crew were on the flight and the commander himself "aborted takeoff" after seeing the warning signal on the computers. Avianca also said that another aircraft was sent to the airport and passengers would leave on a new…

Irish government receives report on Aer Lingus sale

aer lingus The Irish government said on Sunday it had received a report by an expert group advising it on the possible sale of its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus (AERL.I) to British Airways owner IAG (ICAG.L), paving the way for a long-delayed decision. International Consolidated Airlines Group's (IAG) proposed 1.36 billion euro ($1.5 billion) bid was recommended by Aer Lingus' board in January but is conditional on the support of the airline's two main shareholders - rival Ryanair (RYA.I) and the Irish state. The government decision has been delayed for months by the preparation of the report, which could help the government win over some sceptical members of parliament and the airline's trade unions. The Sunday Business Post, without citing…

Next-generation plane engines take a LEAP towards delivery

d8ec8f9317e860bf46deef59774e4d1fde163821 Paris (AFP) - If there's one key selling point that aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have both been using in marketing their new aircraft, it is fuel efficiency. But neither of the two major plane makers are directly responsible for much of the promised improvement in fuel usage. It is in fact largely down to French company Safran and GE, whose joint venture CFM International is making the LEAP motors that will power most of the next-generation of the planes which will be the future workhorses of airlines. The promise of 15 to 20 percent fuel savings moved closer as LEAP engines made their first flight tests that are a key step for the Airbus320neo to enter service next year…

Alitalia Calls 24-Hour Strike ‘Disrespectful’ of Passengers

Alitalia: in corso sciopero piloti e assistenti volo MILAN (AP) - Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago. Alitalia said in a statement Saturday the strike is falsely evoking the threat of layoffs and that it was called based on issues that had already resolved with other unions representing the majority of pilots and flight attendants. The ANPAC union said it hadn't received adequate guarantees that jobs would be secured after contracts expire next February. The strike affects Alitalia and its regional subsidiary Cityliner but excludes the airports of Bari, Brindisi and Genoa. A fire two weeks ago at Rome's…

Plane crashes into pond after leaving Columbia Metro

7864392_G West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lexington County deputies say a small private airplane crashed into a pond off Old Barnwell Road in Lexington County on Saturday Morning. Major John Allard with the Lexington Sheriff's Department says the aircraft crashed into a pond near the Pine Grove Sports Complex. Kaela Harmon with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport says the small plane took off from the airport en route to Asheville at 9:15 a.m. Saturday Morning. Shortly after 9:20 a.m., the tower was notified of a loss of contact with the plane. Maj. Allard said the National Transportation Safety Board has been contacted and will investigate. The investigation is considered active and ongoing. Very little information is known at this time. You can…

Nigerian Airlines Cancel Flights Amid Fuel Crisis

Nigeria Fuel Crisis LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday as a months-long fuel shortage worsened, aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa's biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed Saturday. One station owner said he had fuel but strikers are threatening to set fire to any stations selling it. He insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals. Police were arresting black marketeers selling fuel at roadsides at four times the regulated 87 naira (40 cents) a liter. Chaos reigned at bus stations where vehicles stood idle and at Lagos' Murtala Muhammad International Airport as one flight after another was canceled. "All flights…

First-ever direct flight from Newcastle Airport to New York takes off

JS64370166 Holidaymakers have jetted off to New York - on the first direct flight from Newcastle Airport. A total of 169 people boarded the first-ever United Airlines flight from Newcastle to Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday. The plane departed at 9.10am and was due to arrive in New York at midday. Among the travellers were Phil Dodsworth, 40, his partner Coleen Hunt, 40, and their nine-year-old daughter Lily, who were setting off on a week-long holiday in America. Mr Dodsworth, an operations manager, of Redhouse, Sunderland, said: “This is the first time we are going to New York and we are very excited about it. “I think it’s excellent that we can fly there directly from Newcastle rather than having…

Deploy The Anti-Goose Drones! And More From The Future Of Flying

maxresdefault What will those crazy kids think of next? Airbus persistently asks just that, soliciting students from around the world to submit ideas that can help make commercial air travel more efficient and sustainable someday. The contest, which is held every other year, attracts a mix of students from engineering, business, finance, and the arts. The 2013 winning idea, from a team at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, proposed a baggage system that would load and unload aircraft cargo holds more efficiently with an air cushion akin to the technology of an air hockey table. Five teams are headed to Airbus’s engineering headquarters in Hamburg on Wednesday, each to be given 25 minutes to present its proposal before a jury…

Two banks to buy 33.4% stake in bankrupt Skymark

b-skymark-a-20150520-870x580 The Development Bank of Japan and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. are in the final stages of negotiations to purchase a combined 33.4 percent stake in the rehabilitation of bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc., sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. With a combined stake of over one-third, the governmental bank and Sumitomo Mitsui will be able to secure voting power to veto management decisions if necessary. ANA Holdings Inc., parent of Japan’s biggest airline All Nippon Airways Co., is expected to take 16.5 percent, the sources said. Skymark said last month that ANA Holdings would take up to 19.9 percent. ANA Holdings will refrain from obtaining the maximum stake to reduce the public image that it will have a strong influence…

Boeing exec talks about future of Gary airport

ct-ptb-gary-airport-st-0310-20150309 Boeing Co. is the world's largest aerospace company, producing aircraft and components for commercial, military and space purposes — with its 2014 revenues surpassing $90 billion. And Gary represents a spoke in that multinational business. Courtney Thompson, Boeing's vice president of governmental relations for the Great Lakes, spoke about Gary/Chicago International Airport serving as home to Boeing's executive fleet before the Gary Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on Wednesday at Majestic Star Hotel and Casino. Six airplanes help transport Boeing executives all around the world. About 75 employees are based in Gary, including pilots, flight attendants, schedulers and maintenance crews. Thompson gave an overview of Boeing's wide-reaching business operations, but the future of the Gary airport was the subject of…

Military aircraft goes off runway at Naval air station near San Diego

Military Plane Into Bay (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. The jet remained half-submerged near the Naval Air Station North Island, and the pilot was taken to the hospital for evaluation, said U.S. Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant Reagan Lauritzen. "The pilot was released and is ambulatory and in good condition," Lauritzen told Reuters. The gender and identity of the pilot have not been released. Lauritzen said only one person had been onboard the jet at the time. She said the pilot was flying a T-45C aircraft…

Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Helicopter Achieves Successful First Flight

RAIDER_Press3 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary (NYSE: UTX), today announced the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. The first flight was conducted at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center (DFC) where the two-prototype RAIDER™ helicopter test program is based. “Sikorsky has a long tradition of pioneering new aviation technologies including the first practical helicopter. Today’s first flight of the S-97 RAIDER represents the latest leap forward for Sikorsky, our customers, and the rotorcraft industry,” said Sikorsky President Bob Leduc. “The industry has demanded high performance and high value from the products that execute critical missions, and, today, the…

Engineer killed himself after becoming obsessed with ‘irrational’ idea he caused AirAsia disaster

AP_AirAsia_plane_tail_bc_150110_16x9_992 An aircraft engineer who developed an 'utterly irrational' obsession with the idea he caused an air crash took his own life, an inquest has heard. Gavin Price Jones, of Saltney, Cheshire, had worked on Airbus A320 aircraft like that involved in AirAsia disaster, in which 162 died when the plane crashed into the Java Sea between Surabaya and Singapore last December. Family members at his inquest described how the engineer was 'driven mad' by thoughts that he may have contributed to the accident. Mr Jones's wife Louise found her husband - who worked for Airbus in Broughton, Flintshire - hanged in January 20 this year. A note had been left nearby. The hearing at West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard had…

Cancer-suffering pilot sentenced to jail over drug importation flight into Wollongong

5584806-3x2-940x627 A pilot has been sentenced to nine months in jail for taking part in an international drug ring by flying a small plane thought to have been carrying drugs into Australia. Wollongong father Bernhard Stevermuer, 43, pleaded guilty in February after a plane was raided by police at Illawarra Regional Airport last July, following a Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad investigation into drug supply in the Sydney metropolitan area. Police said Stevermuer had $70,000 in cash, his payment for flying the plane from the United States across the Pacific. Stevermuer's lawyer Mark Savic unsuccessfully argued that his cancer-suffering client took part in the deal because of his love of flying and wanting to secure his family's finances. Mr Savic said…

‘Nut rage’ airline executive free after South Korea court decision

Part-HKG-Hkg10181543-1-1-0 The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. That overturned the verdict of a lower district court, which had jailed Cho for one year in February. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said, handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for two years. After the hearing,…

Bell 429 chosen to operate in extreme Siberian weather

Bell-429_Website_Media-Gallery-04-pv_150505-R00 Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 at HeliRussia that will operate in extreme cold weather conditions in Siberia. “The Bell 429’s superior performance in extreme cold weather conditions was a key decision factor for our client,” said Alexander Evdokimov, general director, Jet Transfer. “This aircraft will provide our client with an extremely reliable, safe and comfortable aircraft that can cost-effectively operate in adverse climates.” With offices in Moscow, Jet Transfer is an independent sales representative of Bell Helicopter for Russia specializing in the management of charters and aircraft sales. The aircraft will be used for commercial use within the Siberian region. “This is the first Bell 429 sold…

Lufthansa CEO raises possibility of medical spot checks for pilots

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Boeing Delivers Transaero’s First Next-Generation 737-800

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Report: Boeing 737 night-time taxiway excursion at Zürich Airport

Thumbnail for 245387 Aircraft in the grass triangle between de-icing lanes F2 and F 3 (SUST) On 11 October 2013 a Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Tailwind, operated on a night time passenger flight from Antalya, Turkey to Zürich, Switzerland. After an uneventful landing, the aircraft taxied from runway 34 to taxiway E3 at Zurich Airport. The runways and taxiways were wet and nighttime conditions prevailed. At 04:40 UTC, the flight crew received the following instruction from the Zurich Apron ground movement manager: “Tailwind three two seven good morning taxi via Foxtrot and Charlie to stand Echo two six.” The crew immediately acknowledged this instruction. A few metres after the aircraft had passed the turn-off for de-icing lane F2 on taxiway F, a…

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PHOTS/VIDEO: Avianca A318 aborted takeoff at Juazeiro Airport

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Cancer-suffering pilot sentenced to jail over drug importation flight into Wollongong

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American Airlines flight returns safely to LAX after reporting issue in cockpit

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First-ever direct flight from Newcastle Airport to New York takes off

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Boeing exec talks about future of Gary airport

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