Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Today, a Condor Boeing 757-300 (D-ABON) aborted its takeoff from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA). Reason is still unknown but according to several eye witnesses (fellow spotter ...
MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

While search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, CNN reports, that the flight may have been hundreds of miles off course, traveling westwards in ...

Thank You Fantasy of Flight

Thank You Fantasy of Flight

Today marks a very sad day for the worldwide aviation community but also for Florida tourism. World’s largest and, without a doubt, world’s most beautiful private aircraft collection is closing its doors. Founded in 1985 as the “Weeks Air Museum” located in Miami, it moved to Polk City and re-opened 1995 as “Fantasy of Flight” after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. The collection contains over 140 civilian and military planes, most of them in perfect ...
Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Today, a Condor Boeing 757-300 (D-ABON) aborted its takeoff from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA). Reason is still unknown but according to several eye witnesses (fellow spotter friends) it was pretty violent. Photos provided by retina-photo.net
MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

While search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, CNN reports, that the flight may have been hundreds of miles off course, traveling westwards in the opposite direction from its original destination. According to a Malaysian Air Force official, who wants to remain anonymous, the plane’s transponder apparently stopped working at about the time flight controllers lost contact with it, near the coast of Vietnam. The Malaysian Air Force lost track of the plane over ...
Turkey – First Boeing Peace Eagle Aircraft

Turkey – First Boeing Peace Eagle Aircraft

Boeing is helping Turkey improve its self-defense capabilities with the recent delivery of the first Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received from Boeing. “The Peace Eagle program is an example of great cooperation among the Turkish government and our excellent Turkish ...
Video – Airbus A350 XWB visits Qatar

Video – Airbus A350 XWB visits Qatar

Airbis A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has made its premiere appearance at Doha’s new Hamad international airport, on its way to the Singapore Airshow. The visit is part of the Entry-into-Service preparations between Airbus and Qatar Airways, the A350 XWB launch customer, who will take delivery of its first A350 XWB in Q4 this year. During the visit, the aircraft was welcomed by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker as well as government officials, ...
Photos – Boeing 747-8F with Seattle Seahawks Livery

Photos – Boeing 747-8F with Seattle Seahawks Livery

Boeing revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area. This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks ...
Pilots May Fly Commercially to Space in 2014

Pilots May Fly Commercially to Space in 2014

I remember being a kid and watching Han Solo sitting in the Cantina scene on Tattoine, shortly after he fried Greedo (Han definitely shot first, by the way). I remember his co-pilot, Chewie, and the old man and annoying kid that he was set to transport to Alderaan—and I remember the ship. The Millenium Falcon, the only ship to have made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, was perhaps the coolest part of ...
Munich Airport (MUC) is producing a contemporary opera

Munich Airport (MUC) is producing a contemporary opera

Munich Airport (MUC) currently produces the world premiere of the opera »This New Ocean« by composer Nélida Béjar and stage director Björn Potulski (myself). As far as we can see, this artistic venture is with few or even no equals in the aviation industry. »This New Ocean« premieres on 30 May 2014 at the Cuvilliés Theater, a renowned baroque opera house in the city centre of Munich. The performers are what make this opera truly ...
The Simplest Things Could Make Airlines Better

The Simplest Things Could Make Airlines Better

Author Bio: Chris Oquist of Banyan Pilot Shop prefers to fly his own planes. When he does travel on commercial airlines, he prefers the best experience possible. One of the things I love most about being a pilot is that I get to fly without having to deal with commercial airliners too much. Don’t get me wrong, commercial airlines are awesome, they’ve allowed the average human being to get anywhere on the earth in a ...
The Pros of Electric Aircraft

The Pros of Electric Aircraft

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly electric aircraft have been around for over 40 years now. Granted, the early incarnations of the 1970s were simply experimental projects but the idea has been in the public consciousness as well as research and development for a good four decades now. An electric aircraft is defined by the use of electric motors rather than internal combustion engines so the electricity to power the machine derives from solar cells, fuel cells, batteries ...
Photos of A350 MSN2 with Special Carbon Livery

Photos of A350 MSN2 with Special Carbon Livery

On 2nd January 2014 Airbus rolled-out its third Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 (F-WWCF), from the paint shop in Toulouse. The plane features a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fibre fuselage. MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the ...
Zhejiang Loong Airlines – First Airbus A320 (Photo)

Zhejiang Loong Airlines – First Airbus A320 (Photo)

Zhejiang Loong Airlines became the latest Airbus operator in mainland China with completion of its maiden commercial flight using a leased Airbus A320. In addition the airline has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus, for 20 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo. Photo – First Airbus A320 operated by Zhejiang Loong Airlines “Today is a special day for Zhejiang Loong Airlines as we start passenger operation and order 20 Airbus A320 ...
Delta Boeing 767 Runway Excursion Madrid (Photos)

Delta Boeing 767 Runway Excursion Madrid (Photos)

Delta Air Lines flight DL415, a Boeing 767-332ER (WL) (N182DN), taking off from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), Spain, bound for New York-John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) suffered a tyre failure during takeoff. The airplane returned to land at Madrid were it went off the side of the runway. Runways 18R/36L were closed following the incident. Photos below show a ripped-off wing panel on the right wing above the wheel well. El ala del avión ...
Video – Last Flight of KLM MD11 “PH KCK”

Video – Last Flight of KLM MD11 “PH KCK”

Last flight of KLM McDonnell Douglas MD-11 “PH KCK” to Victorville aircraft boneyard. The aircraft named after Swedish actress “Ingrid Bergman” started her duty at March 1997. KLM now operates a total of 3 remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-11. Last to be retired 25 October 2014.
The Truth about Airline Crash Survivability

The Truth about Airline Crash Survivability

For many air travelers, watching Asiana Flight 214 crash onto the runway at San Francisco airport was the realization of their worst fears. They consider those that survived to be lucky to have escaped the impact and the fire that engulfed the plane afterward. In actuality, the crash of Asiana 214 was typical of most airline crashes, albeit tragic in that there was loss of life. How is that so? Let’s take a look at ...
Red Bull Air Race Returns in 2014

Red Bull Air Race Returns in 2014

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be back in the skies in February 2014 with a full seven-race World Championship staged in 6 countries on 3 continents. The return of the world’s fastest motorsport series was announced at a news conference at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre in Malaysia on Tuesday. “We’re delighted to announce that the new Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be launched on February 28th in Abu Dhabi (UAE),” ...
Some Shots from FRA – HDR Images

Some Shots from FRA – HDR Images

Submitted by Christian: Some quick shots from an Airbus A380 and another shot from Retro-Look Condor Boeing 767 with Registration D-ABUM. D-ABUM was ready for take-off and had to return from runway. One hour later, flight was started again. Images (c) http://www.retina-photo.net
First Delivery of Airbus Military A400M

First Delivery of Airbus Military A400M

Today, more than 700 people celebrated the delivery of the first production Airbus A400M new generation airlifter to the French Air Force at a ceremony at the Airbus Military Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Seville, Spain. The aircraft, the first of 50 ordered by France and of a total of 174 on order, will be based at Orleans – Bricy Air Base and initially used for training before being deployed on military and humanitarian missions. ...
First Flight of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

First Flight of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time today, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in mid-2014. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the first Boeing 787-9 will be joined in flight test by two additional airplanes, one of which will feature General Electric GEnx engines. Those airplanes are in the final stages of assembly in Boeing’s Everett factory. Over the coming months, the fleet will ...
Video – First Flight of the Bombardier CS

Video – First Flight of the Bombardier CS

The all-new Bombardier CSeries successfully took of for its maiden flight today. The Bombardier CSeries family, comprising of the 110-seat CS100, and the 135-seat CS300 competes with the Boeing 737 Next Generation 737-600, 737-700, Airbus A318, Airbus A319 and Embraer 195. Video: Image: Bombardier
Image – F/A-18 Hornet Top Gun

Image – F/A-18 Hornet Top Gun

Top Gun Tom Cruise always flies with you, even in an F/A-18 Hornet. Let’s rock Maverick! Screen cap taken from this awesome video: F/A-18 Hornet Vapor Fun
Schedule for Bombardier CS Maiden Flight

Schedule for Bombardier CS Maiden Flight

Pending optimal weather conditions and aircraft readiness, the first flight of the Bombardier CSeries – Bombardier CS100 flight test aircraft FTV1 – is expected to take place on Monday, September 16, 2013. The first flight taking off from Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility can be followed live via webcast at cseriesfirstflight.bombardier.com. The Bombardier CSeries family, comprising of the 110-seat CS100, and the 135-seat CS300 competes with the Boeing 737 Next Generation 737-600, 737-700, Airbus A318, Airbus ...