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A flying saucer that fights fire with sound

Fighting forest fires can be a huge challenge, as they're often in remote areas, hard to reach. One inventor thinks a flying saucer might be the answer – using sound waves to quell the flames. Despite the conspiracy theories, the first time we actually encounter a hovering disc in the sky equippe...

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The Victorians who flew as high as jumbo jets

It was one of the most foolhardy flights in history, and only a stroke of luck at 37,000ft prevented them drifting up to their deaths at the edge of the atmosphere. The dead pigeons should have been James Glaisher's warning. On 5 December 1862, the scientist was taking one of his first balloon fl...

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US mulls tech to disable rogue drones near airports

US politicians are considering new legislation that would allow authorities to intercept or shut down drones that get too close to airports. The US Senate passed the measures, part of a general aviation bill, on Tuesday in response to rising concerns about drone safety. It follows a suspected col...

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Boeing Selects Supplier for 777X Full-Flight Simulator Suites

SEATTLE, April 19, 2016 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today it has selected TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. company (TRU) as its supplier for the first 777X full-flight simulator suites for Boeing’s pro forma campuses. Pro forma training is offered to customers as part of the airplane sale.

Each simulator suite will include a full-flight simulator and a high-fidelity, flat-panel classroom trainer. TRU will also provide a simulator to assist with Boeing’s engineering development of the 777X. The suites are scheduled to be operational in 2019.

“Our customers depend on high quality training assets and very reliable full-flight simulators to train their pilots,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services, “We are proud to once again work with TRU to create state-of-the-art training devices.”

This is the second contract awarded to TRU to manufacture simulator suites for Boeing. In 2014, Boeing awarded the company a 737 MAX simulator contract, and Boeing currently has four full flight simulators on order.

“We are delighted with the continued trust Boeing is placing in our company, which clearly identifies TRU as a leading supplier in the flight simulation and training industry,” said George Karam, Vice President and General Manager, Air Transport division, TRU Simulation + Training. “Boeing customers expect the highest standards of innovation, quality, fidelity and safety in their training programs, and Boeing has chosen TRU to provide exactly that.”

Until the suites are operational, 777X customers can train current pilots in the 777 full-flight simulator and take a short differences training course to transition to the 777X.

Boeing Flight Services provides flight, maintenance and cabin safety training to more than 400 customers through its network of 16 campuses on six continents.

The 777X has 320 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.

The 777X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition. In addition, the 777X will bring cabin innovations and improved levels of passenger comfort.


Innovative 3D printing solutions are “taking shape” within Airbus

20 April 2016 Feature story

Airbus is making significant investments in revolutionary additive layer manufacturing technologies (3D printing) – with expanding capabilities that are demonstrating the company’s pioneering spirit to create new and better ways to fly.

At the centre of Airbus’ innovative efforts is the company’s new additive layer manufacturing initiative – which creates a grouping of experts and competencies from the aircraft manufacturer’s engineering, manufacturing engineering and procurement operations. With this knowledge base, Airbus is well-positioned to define a vision, strategy and roadmap for applying 3D printing technologies.

This approach will accelerate the company’s technical and industrial competencies and bring together research and technology activities directly with programmes, said Jerome Rascol, who heads this additive layer manufacturing initiative. “I can see Airbus manufacturing a ‘bionic’ aircraft based on 3D printing in the future, so we’re taking a pragmatic, step-by-step approach,” he said.

A futuristic technology taking flight with Airbus

Additive manufacturing is a relatively quick process for creating three-dimensional parts from a digital model by adding successive thin layers of a base material. The technology results in lighter parts, with shorter lead times, fewer materials used during production and a significant reduction in the manufacturing process’ environmental footprint.

3D-printed parts already are applied in Airbus’ commercial jetliner product line – from the widebody A350 XWB to its single-aisle A320neo and the cornerstone A300/A310 Family. For example, some 2,700 plastic parts have been produced by additive manufacturing for the A350 XWB programme, with Airbus also working with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to qualify titanium components produced with 3D printing technology.

This innovative technology also has been utilized to produce pylon components for the A320neo (new engine option) developmental aircraft in support of the flight test campaign, and for out-of-production spare parts on the A300/A310 Family of jetliners.

“Printing tomorrow’s technology”

With its additive layer manufacturing initiative, the company is focused on taking its capabilities even further, Rascol explained. “There are surely applications and paradigm changes we have not thought of yet. We are thinking every day about ways to 3D print tomorrow’s technology for airframes, cabins and systems.”

This forward-looking strategy focuses on developing methods, tools and training for 3D printing; supporting the wider application of additive manufacturing technologies in Airbus’ supply chain; as well as cooperating with airworthiness authorities to quality materials and processes for certification.


First Airbus A321 Aircraft Produced in the U.S. For American Airlines Takes Flight. A350 XWB full-flight simulator installed at Airbus Training Center in Miami

The first Airbus A321 aircraft produced for American Airlines in the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has flown for the first time.
21 April 2016 Feature story

On April 19, the A321 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 1:32 p.m. CDT, performed its test sequences, and landed safely at approximately 5:10 p.m. CDT.

The aircraft was flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald. They were accompanied on the flight by Flight Test Engineer Nick Picconi, and Ground Test Engineer/Cabin Specialists Alexander Gentzsch and Mike Johns.

The flight lasted approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structure performance.

Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks in final production before being delivered to American Airlines.

Americas’ first A350 XWB simulator in the United States qualified to ‘Level-D’ by FAA, EASA
19 April 2016 Press Release

Airbus Training Center (ATC) in Miami – part of the growing worldwide network of Training by Airbus* facilities – has installed its first A350 XWB full-flight simulator. The A350 XWB simulator has received Level-D** qualification from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

This is the first A350 XWB full-flight simulator in the Americas and complements the Miami Training Center’s existing two A330/A340 and four A320 full-flight simulators. American Airlines and TAM are the first customers to train on the new equipment. The new simulator will also train flight crews from Azul, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and other A350 XWB customers from around the world.

“With the A350 XWB entering into service in the Americas, we anticipate an increase in demand for widebody full-flight simulator training, especially given the program’s success in the Americas,” said Joe Houghton, Airbus Vice President of Training & Flight Operations Support. “Our new A350 XWB simulator now broadens our service offering, allowing Airbus to continue to deliver the most comprehensive flight training services in the industry.”

In January, LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, started operating the first of its 27 A350 XWB aircraft on order, becoming the first operator in the Americas to fly the highly efficient widebody airliner. Additionally, Synergy Aerospace, Avianca’s main shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has ordered 10 A350 XWB aircraft and Azul Linhas Aereas has announced its intention to fly new international routes with a fleet of five A350-900s.

In the U.S., there are currently firm orders for 82 A350 XWB aircraft: American Airlines has 22 A350-900s on order; Delta Air Lines has ordered 25 A350-900s; and United Airlines has 35 A350-1000s on order.

The Miami ATC serves as a Center of Excellence for the Americas. Built in 1999, the facility complements other “Training by Airbus” facilities in Toulouse, Beijing, Hamburg, Bangalore, and the recently inaugurated flight-training center in Singapore. The custom-designed, 110,000-square-foot complex in Miami has a total of seven full-flight simulators, as well as cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms and seven flight training devices simulating A320, A330, A340 and now A350 XWB aircraft. Approximately 2,200 trainees from Airbus operators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America attend training annually at the Miami ATC.

Airbus, a division of Airbus Group, is the global leading commercial aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, comprehensive and efficient family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus has sold over 16,300 aircraft to around 400 customers and, in addition, provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network. Airbus employs some 55,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of 45.9 billion Euros/$51.4 billion (U.S.).

Notes for editors:

*Training by Airbus: is available via a global network of locations and support staff around the world. Airbus Training Centres (ATCs) provide courses certified by the world’s major international Airworthiness Authorities.

**Level-D flight simulator qualification: There are four levels of full-flight simulator, Levels -A to -D. ‘Level-D’ is the highest standard which facilitates ‘zero-flight-time’ training of civil pilots when converting from one airliner type to another.


Garuda Indonesia to receive 14 A330neo

New aircraft will support company’s business expansion
19 April 2016 Press Release

Garuda Indonesia has confirmed an order with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A330-900neo, the new re-engined version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner, to support the company’s growth and business expansion in the future.

The deal was signed at a ceremony in London in the presence of the President of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.

Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering cutting edge technology along with more efficient operations. The order replaces and extends an existing order for seven A330-300 aircraft, and the A330neo will be delivered from 2019 onwards.

“We are pleased to announce that we continue our long-standing relationship with Airbus. Both Garuda Indonesia and Airbus fully understand the aim of the deal as a long-term strategy to win the global challenge,” said Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia.

Arif explained, “The A330neo represents a more-efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order restructuring is believed to support our continued commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel service to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company.

“Furthermore, we are confident that this latest technology aircraft will support us to compete better in the industry.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This deal underlines the increasing importance of our ties with Indonesia - a fast growing economy and set to become the seventh largest in the world by 2030.

“We are the fifth biggest investor in Indonesia and our relationship has more untapped potential. We want to encourage more British businesses to seize on these opportunities and we will continue to support them by banging the drum for British skills and expertise.”

Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams said: “We are delighted to welcome Garuda Indonesia as a new customer for the A330neo.

“The A330neo will bring a range of benefits from unbeatable operating economics including significant reductions in fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and extended range capability. The aircraft will have Airbus’ all new Airspace cabin which will ensure the A330 continues to be a benchmark for passengers and airlines alike.”

The deal is the latest milestone in a long standing partnership dating back more than 30 years, when the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A300.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, long range widebody aircraft on the market.

In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.

Garuda Indonesia is already rated a five star airline in terms of comfort and passenger services.

Airbus launched its new Cabin brand “Airspace by Airbus” on 23rd March in London. At the heart of this new philosophy, Airbus connects the wellbeing for passengers with the operational performance for its airline customers. Representing the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, Airspace will offer a sophisticated, flexible canvas as a back-drop to enhance the airlines’ own brands. More information can be found at


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NASA Wants New Designs For Ways We Could Live In Deep Space

For the moon, Mars, and beyond How will humans live on Mars? Well, NASA's not really sure yet, but if you've got any ideas you can submit them now. The agency has just put out a call for proposals for "deep space habitation prototypes." In the 2016 funding bill, Congress called on NASA to get goi...

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[video] MagLev World Record

With the flick of a spark the 846th Test Squadron's magnetically levitated sled system, or MagLev, broke a world record. Followed by a plume of smoke, the rocket propelled sled zipped down the 2,100 foot track at 633 miles per hour.


Una de aviones eléctricos: un acrobático Extra 330LE, un ULM Magnus Aircraft, un Pipistrel Panthera


ICP presenta el Ventura, su nuevo cuatriplaza (parece un Savannah S ampliado a 4 plazas)

ICP, conocido por sus STOL Bingo! y Savannah ha presentado un nuevo miembro de la familia STOL, y parece un Savannah S cuatriplaza.

De construcción metálica, el Ventura se motorizará con motores de entre 100 y 160CV. Con su perfil alar GA 35-418 y esta motorización tiene una carrera de despegue y de aterrizaje con MTOW inferior a 250m y una velocidad de despegue/aterrizaje de 80km/h

Se certificará bajo las categorías S-LSA (600 kg MTOW), EASA VLA (750 kg MTOW), experimental (800 kg MTOW).