Aviation

The Plimp is a plane-blimp mashup that promises safe air transport

The plummet-proof design is a drone for now, with dreams of carrying people<p>In 1908, five years after the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, U.S. Army Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge earned the dubious distinction as the first person to die in an airplane crash. In fact, the early years …

Drones

Airline passenger's bare feet turn woman's flight into nightmare scenario

You settle in for a long flight. You try to get comfortable. Get your complimentary ginger ale. Put your headphones in. And then, it happens.<p>You see toes. The passenger behind you has officially broken the sacred, cardinal rule of air travel: Never, ever put your bare feet up on a flight.<p>Why is …

Travel

The Boeing 747 Came In With A Bang And Now It Will Go Out With One

U.S. Airlines are vying for attention as the Boeing 747 leaves their fleets, just as they did when it entered their fleets in 1970.<p>And the world’s aviation geeks are watching closely.<p>United announced Monday that its final Boeing 747 flight will take place Nov. 7 with a celebratory recreation of its …

Fortune 500

Virgin Atlantic spends £10,000 flying a pilot to work on a Boeing 787

Not every passenger on Virgin Atlantic’s daily late-afternoon flight from Heathrow to Boston has enjoyed a smooth journey recently.<p>Last Thursday, …

Virgin Atlantic

A Flight In Honda's Wild New Jet

At last, a Honda that really needs its wing.<p>Strutting down the tarmac headed toward a brand-new HondaJet, I try not to think about Honda's current troubles with keeping a 1.6-liter V-6 running for the duration of a Formula 1 race, or that I'm trusting the same company that makes a pretty decent …

Aerospace

Airlines could cash in on a $30 billion opportunity that would make pilots obsolete

With autonomous driving on the way, the natural progression is to consider the possibilities of autonomous or pilotless air travel.<p>It's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. After all, most modern commercial aircraft possess some sort of semi-autonomous flight capabilities. However, …

Business

Ryanair pilot slams airline as a 'shower of s***' and says bosses offered up to £12k bonus if they CANCELLED hols

Fed-up staff at Ryanair are planning a mass exodus which could lead to further misery for travellers.<p>Bosses yesterday sent a plea to pilots offering …

Airlines

Bad behavior cost an airline passenger almost $100,000. It's about time.

A federal court recently ordered an unruly airline passenger to pay a fine of nearly $100,000 for disrupting a flight from Hawaii to New York City.<p>My reaction: Hurrah! It’s about time.<p>Instances of boisterous and uncontrollable passenger behavior on commercial flights are occurring with disturbing …

Business

Flight Diverted After Drunk Passenger Attacks Crew And Goes On Racist Tirade

A flight from Manchester, England, to Marrakech, Morocco, was forced to divert to Lisbon on Monday after a passenger allegedly assaulted cabin crew …

Business

New Zealand jet fuel 'debacle' disrupts election campaign and chokes off exports

Broken fuel supply pipe results in 3,000 people a day being affected by cancelled flights as fuel rationing is expected to continue until Sunday<p>New Zealand’s jet fuel crisis is worsening by the day with airlines restricting ticket sales, politicians limiting travel to essential flights only in the …

News

How flying seriously messes with your mind

Travelling by plane has become an everyday activity – but our bodies and brains are still affected by it. BBC Future finds out how it affects our minds.<p>With the tiny screen bouncing around in front of us, tinny sound quality and frequent interruptions, watching a movie during a flight is hardly an …

Wellness

United Airlines Set To Retire Iconic Boeing 747 Fleet On Nov. 7 With Vintage Honolulu Flight

Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet has been a staple of long-haul flight for more than 50 years, but as new, more efficient aircraft have reached the market, the onetime Queen of the Skies is slowly being replaced. This year, both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are retiring the aircraft within their …

Airlines

Report: Airlines have to know that cramming more people into smaller seats is unsafe

Somewhere in the mountain of regulations that govern commercial airline safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation has a graphic that unwittingly offers evidence that jamming more and more airline passengers into smaller seats and rows could be dangerous to their health.<p>The illustration — which …

Airlines

Piper Returns Grounded M600 Fleet to Service

It was a tense couple of months for Piper, but all 39 M600 single-engine turboprops that had been voluntarily grounded by the manufacturer in July …

Flying

Does Ryanair have a pilot shortage?

<b>Is Ryanair short of pilots? It's a critical question.</b><p>It could help explain why 400,000 Ryanair passengers are having flights cancelled over the next few weeks.<p>But it's hard to give a straight answer.<p>The company's boss, Michael O'Leary, is adamant that they don't have a pilot shortage. He says the …

Touch Screens in Cockpits Would Improve Airliner Safety, Research Shows

Cockpits featuring touch-screen controls, historically considered unreliable in severe turbulence, offer some of the most promising safety enhancements for future airliners, according to new European research.<p>The findings, portions of which are to be made public Wednesday at an international …

Russian military helicopter accidentally fires rockets at spectators during war games 'injuring two journalists'

A Russian military helicopter accidentally fired rockets near a crowd of spectators during war games in the west of the country, reportedly injuring …

War

Air Canada and AAR Conclude $500M CAD Agreement for Airframe Maintenance in Québec, Canada

• Work on 125 Airbus and Embraer aircraft to be performed in Trois-Rivières, Québec<br>• Further strengthens airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul …

Air Canada

Jennifer Lawrence Is Not The Person You Want To Be Trapped On A Plane With

For Jennifer Lawrence, the only thing more terrifying than being trapped on another movie set with Darren Aronofsky is being trapped in a tin can in …

Hollywood

Malaysia Order: Leveraging The Duopoly

Boeing 787-9 not to be used as a A330-300 replacement.<p>Airbus A330-900neo orders still highly likely.<p>Boeing 787-9 to serve secondary routes.<p>A few days …

Business

Trudeau adds fuel to Boeing dispute with renewed pressure to drop Bombardier trade complaint

Canada will carry on talks with the U.S. government over Boeing’s (BA) trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday according to Reuters, as the battle between the American company and the Canadian leader heats up.<p>A U.S. trade court is …

U.S. Department of Commerce

The end of air turbulence? Boeing laser technology could solve age-old bumpy flights problem

New lidar system can detect invisible clear-air turbulence from up to 10 miles away.<p>For air travel passengers turbulence is one of the biggest …

Embry-Riddle Relocates Fleet Ahead of Irma

As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, college campuses all over the state began shutting down in preparation for what was predicted to be the most …

Flying

Airbus Seeks Chinese Goodwill With First Overseas Wide-Body Site

Airbus SE is courting China with its first wide-body jet facility outside Europe, positioning the company to chase billions of dollars in potential …

Business

Dozens of flights cancelled or diverted as Auckland Airport's jet fuel crisis deepens

MORNING REPORT/RNZ<p>Jet fuel remains rationed to all airlines this morning, following the rupture in Refining NZ's fuel pipeline. Thousands of …

New Zealand News

CAA director resigns after airline grounding

The deputy chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority has resigned after an airline he's a significant shareholder in learned its competitor was about …

Monsoon rains paralyze air, street traffic in Mumbai

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Torrential rains lashed India's financial hub Mumbai for the second time in weeks on Tuesday, flooding low-lying areas and paralyzing traffic at the country's second busiest airport after a plane overshot the runway.<p>Low visibility, strong winds and slippery conditions caused the …

Environment

Ryanair shares regain lost ground following flight cancellations

Airline offers pilots €12,000 to forgo annual leave as it pares back losses of €1.46bn

News (Ireland)

Fasten your seat belt: Northern Ireland man who made 'lewd gesture' to stewardess put on probation

A Ballyclare man who made a "lewd gesture" to an air stewardess when she asked him to fasten his seat belt was put on probation for two years on …

News (Ireland)

Speed, slippery rails may have been factors in high speed line crash

Warnings about speed and slippery rails both preceded a crash on the Norristown High Speed Line in August, according to a preliminary report on the …

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