Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330. The aircraft, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways at special ceremony in Toulouse Thursday. Cathay Pacific together with its sister airline Dragonair is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service.
The Independent Pilots Association ("IPA"), a US-based labor union representing 2,600 UPS airline pilots, has gained membership in the International Transport Workers' Federation ("ITF,") a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers.
Pegasus Airlines has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 75 firm, 25 option A320neo/A321neo aircraft. The airplane order was announced in December 2012 and the airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the aircraft in 2016. Total LEAP orders now stand at more than 5,300 engines.
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s July 25 mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its full payload “stack,” consisting of the Alphasat and INSAT-3D spacecraft. Encapsulated in its ogive-shaped protective fairing, Alphasat was lowered into place yesterday over INSAT-3D – which was installed atop Ariane 5’s cryogenic core stage during activity earlier in the week.
Airline Has Placed A Firm Order For 20 Of The Airplanes
UTair, one of Russia’s leading carriers, took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. The brand-new A321 was handed over at a ceremony held at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is part of a firm order for 20 A321s signed by UTair in July 2012, which is today the largest single order for this type in Russia.
NASA, Partners Say ISS Gives Emergency Responders A 'Unique Vantage Point' In Triage Efforts
The International Space Station (ISS) partner agencies released a statement Wednesday on the benefits of the space station during natural disasters on Earth. Flying 250 miles above the planet and circling it every 90 minutes, the orbiting outpost provides a unique vantage point from which images of Earth can play an important role in helping emergency responders know what areas are most in need during natural disasters.
New Systems To Allow Real-Time In-Flight Data Updates
The first B-52H Stratofortress departed Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, July 16 is en route to the depot at Tinker AFB, OK, for the Combat Network Communications Technology, or CONECT, upgrade. The CONECT upgrade will allow B-52 crews to receive and send real-time digital information such as updated intelligence, mapping or targeting information while the aircraft is in flight.
Program Remains On Track For Initial Operational Capability In 2015
Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with full-rate production, the Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $113.7 million advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
Aircraft To Be Put Through Their Paces At The Royal International Air Tattoo
The missions of helicopters will have a starring role in this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) air show, demonstrating the unique capability of its rotorcraft to provide vital police, ambulance, fire and rescue support through the interoperability of equipped UK emergency services. During the RIAT event at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds on July 20-21, a rescue scenario will be enacted using three aircraft from Eurocopter’s mid-sized, twin-engine helicopter family.
Looks Ahead To All-Composite Construction Of Army Aircraft
In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready. Part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center's, or AMRDEC's, Engineering Directorate, the Prototype Integration Facility's, PIF's, Advanced Composites Lab has successfully designed and made repairs on damaged composite aircraft components for several years now.
Also: Oshkosh Day One Coverage -- Part One Of Five Part Rod Hightower Interview
Looking Back At Oshkosh 2012--Part One: It was a big opening day at AirVenture 2012. At a news conference early in the day, we were introduced to the new owner of Glasair, Chinese investor Mr. Fang Tieji. Mr. Fang has many business interests in China, including FBOs but Glasair is his first foray into aviation manufacturing. He and former owner Mikael Via said the airplane would continue to be produced in the U.S. American Champion took the wraps off its new Extreme Decathlon. The airplane has more horsepower and incorporates composite materials to o
Korean Pilots Association and Asiana Pilots Union Issue Statement
The Asiana Pilots Union (APU) and Air Line Pilots Association of Korea (ALPA-K) have issued a statement on the events and investigation surrounding the crash of Asiana Flight 214 -- and they don't sound happy -- no doubt prompted by rumors of the possibility of criminal actions against the flight crew from South Korea. “Accidents that occur in aviation are not due only to a single cause, but from many causes. The list of causes often includes defects in aircraft, airline policies, pilot duty hours, working environment, issues which hinder the safety in the aerodrome area, weather conditions, ATC situations, and pilot error...”
We've all done it ... that is something silly when there is a camera nearby. And now with the Internet, well, let's just say that if you don't want it to show up on Facebook, you'd better not do it. So when this gem of former Cessna president and current EAA board chairman Jack Pelton surfaced, well we knew that we just couldn't pass it by. After seeking and obtaining Jack's permission, we wanted to give you a chance to try to guess what's on his mind.
So ... have at it.
BRS Will Use The Parachute Refurbishment Facility That Supported The Shuttle Program
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has signed a new partnership agreement with Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc., or BRS Aerospace, of Miami, FL, for use of the Parachute Refurbishment Facility, or PRF.
Reaching Out To The Non-Aviation Community To Draw Them In
One of the best ways to rejuvenate general aviation is to reach out to the non-aviation community and draw non-aviators into an introductory relationship with you. There are a lot of people out there that have always wanted to fly, but don’t know the variety of opportunities that are available to them.
Contributions Sought For Vital Modifications To The Airplane
At precisely 13:00 on Saturday, July 13, the sound of jazz bands and multi-million dollar classic race cars was buried under the howl of four Olympus jets as the last flying Vulcan appeared low over the trees at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Piloted by Falklands legend Martin Withers, the magnificent delta-winged Cold War veteran lifted all eyes to the sky as she was put through a dramatic new display routine that shows-off the aircraft’s fighter-like agility.
Moon Express, The International Lunar Observatory Association Plan Access For The General Public
Plans for the first-ever mission to the South Pole of the Moon were announced Thursday by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc. The private enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, and will deliver the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) to the Moon's South Pole aboard a Moon Express robotic lander, establishing permanent astrophysical observations and lunar commercial communications systems for professional and amateur researchers.
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Primarily refers to an elongated area of shallow high pressure at the earth's surface. It is generally associated with cold air east of the Rockies or Appalachians. It is another name for a ridge, ridge line, or ridge axis. Contrast with a trough. Wedge is also a slang term for a large, wide tornado with a wedge-like shape.
“Through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) and the Air Line Pilots Assn., Int'l (ALPA), APU and ALPA-K have conveyed our concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the accident, due to NTSB's press conferences which only give prominence to the possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related materials to the public."
Source: Part of a statement issued by the Korean Pilots Association and Asiana Pilots Union, in response to their concerns over public statements and disclosures by the NTSB.