Propeller smashed through window (Photos)

Propeller smashed through window (Photos)

The right propeller of an Air Canada Express Bombardier Q400 smashed through the window, almost hitting one passenger. As the Q400 turboprop (C-GGBF) took off ...
Eastern is back!

Eastern is back!

Eastern Air Lines is really back! First images of their first Boeing 737 “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” emerged on the internet today! After an ...

Propeller smashed through window (Photos)

Propeller smashed through window (Photos)

The right propeller of an Air Canada Express Bombardier Q400 smashed through the window, almost hitting one passenger. As the Q400 turboprop (C-GGBF) took off from the Calgary airport en route to Grande Prairie (Canada), the airplane experienced a blown tire. Strong winds at Calgary made the crew decide to divert to Edmonton to carry out a forced landing there. During the emergency landing the gear on the right hand side of the plane collapsed, ...
Eastern is back!

Eastern is back!

Eastern Air Lines is really back! First images of their first Boeing 737 “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” emerged on the internet today! After an absence of over two decades, the newly re-launched Eastern Air Lines will shortly start operations out of Miami International Airport (“MIA”). Their first B737 previously served with Kenya Airways as 5Y-KYB and is due to become N276EA. More at airliners.net – Photo (c) Frankie Edward J. Wegel, the president and ...
100th Emirates 777-300ER Delivered

100th Emirates 777-300ER Delivered

Boeing has delivered Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all the 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of Emirates’ 213-strong fleet. “The Boeing 777-300ER is ...
Boeing Delivers 300th CH-47F Chinook to U.S. Army

Boeing Delivers 300th CH-47F Chinook to U.S. Army

Boeing has delivered the 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army. The CH-47F has a modernized airframe, Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpit that improves crew situational awareness and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS), which offers enhanced flight-control capabilities for the multitude of conditions in which the helicopter is used. “The Chinook provides a lifeline to soldiers,” said Steve Parker, Boeing vice president, Cargo Helicopters & H-47 program manager. “There are soldiers ...
Common Type Rating approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

Common Type Rating approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families. The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence their preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only. Enabling a significant reduction of costs for airlines, the differences training ...
A350 XWB Certification for up to 370 minute ETOPS

A350 XWB Certification for up to 370 minute ETOPS

The Airbus A350 XWB just became the first new airliner ever to be approved before EIS for “ETOPS Beyond 180 minutes” The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘Beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This achievement marks the A350 XWB as being the first new aircraft type ever to receive such a level of ETOPS approval prior to entry into service (EIS). Moreover, this ...
Airbus reducing A330 production rate

Airbus reducing A330 production rate

Airbus will be adjusting the production rate for its A330 Family from the current rate 10 to 9 aircraft a month in Q4 2015 as it transitions towards the A330neo. Since 2013, Airbus has been building 10 A330 Family aircraft each month, the industry’s highest ever production rate for this aircraft size category. “Our role as an aircraft manufacturer is to anticipate and adapt our output to ensure we continue to maintain a smooth production ...
Embraer – Roll out of KC-390

Embraer – Roll out of KC-390

Embraer has rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport. This will allow the Company to perform important ground tests prior to the aircraft’s first flight, planned to take place by the end of this year. Following the rollout, the aircraft will continue with initial systems evaluations leading to the first engine run, and then to the ground vibration tests and the other planned ground tests. This aircraft is the first of two ...
First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

75 years ago, Sikorsky founder Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event began a four-year test program that proved the efficiency of Sikorsky’s single rotor design, and gave birth to a global helicopter industry, changing the course of aviation history. Video: Beitrag von Sikorsky Aircraft. The VS-300 was test flown by Sikorsky on 14 September 1939 tethered by cables. In developing the ...
Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky will be revealing the new, top secret, S-97 Raider to the general public for the very first time on October 2nd! The Sikorsky S-97 Raider is a high-speed scout and attack helicopter based on the Sikorsky X2 demonstrator. The S-97 features coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller, making the S-97 a compound helicopter. The S-97 will be capable of carrying up to six passengers, in addition to a flight crew of two in ...
Stunning Video About Zurich Airport

Stunning Video About Zurich Airport

This is one of those videos that are an absolutely “must-have-seen” for any aviation enthusiast! It features airport operations at Swiss Zürich Airport, including close-up landings and takeoffs, tarmac and pushback operations. Simply “WOW”! One of the best videos you’ll ever see!
Why Airliners end up at the Boneyard

Why Airliners end up at the Boneyard

In many aviation online communities I see many of the same fundamental question: why did this one type of airliner outlast newer ones? Why did they get rid of this one type? When are they finally going to retire this plane? And so on. The reasons why some planes get sent sooner than others depend on the airline itself, why it got that type in the first place and whether or not that justification or ...
Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

This weeks Photo of the Week is this stunning shot of the daily Air France Airbus A340 taking off from Saint Maarten SXM. Photo (c) Ben_Senior (via Flickr) Did you know that your photo could be featured here, too? Just enter the Flightstory Flickr Photo Contest.
Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB travelled to Asia on the second trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the airliner flew from Toulouse, France to Hong Kong, and then operated multiple flights between Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Toulouse. The Asian trip allowed Airbus to evaluate the A350 XWB’s performance in hot and humid conditions, as well as showcase the aircraft for Cathay ...
BEA Trident Unusual 70s Seat Layout

BEA Trident Unusual 70s Seat Layout

Back in the times of late 1960s, early 70s BEA (British European Airways) used some strange, backwards facing, seat layout in its Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E.
Airbus A320neo Roll Out Photos

Airbus A320neo Roll Out Photos

Look at those huuuge engines! Airbus rolled out its first A320neo today after painting and mounting of the all new Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines was finished. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the Airbus A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015. The A320neo “new engine option” ...
White House Looking for New Air Force One

White House Looking for New Air Force One

CNN is reporting, that the White House is about to search for a replacement of current “Air Force One” Boeing 747-200B . On the surface the requirements are simple: it must be a wide body, four-engine, commercial aircraft – what actually breaks it down to only two possible aircraft types. And since lobbyist won’t let US government select an Airbus aircraft ever (remember the KC-45 farce), choice will fall on Boeing 747-8i. Robert Dorr, who ...
Etihad A380 Private Multi-Room Residence – Exclusive Photos

Etihad A380 Private Multi-Room Residence – Exclusive Photos

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 fleet will feature the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft. The Residence features a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room, and for the first time in the airline industry, a dedicated, trained Butler. Measuring 125 square feet in total area, The Residence will be located on the forward upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s and will be available for single or ...
Top 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production

Top 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production

A Look Into Our 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production Aircraft forms part of the engineering sector that is appreciated by people everywhere. The amazing variations in aircraft makes this a very exciting topic to explore and understand, it goes without saying that any form of aircraft undergoes an incredible and long process before it goes into mass production. Each aircraft design goes through stages of research that works out whether it would ...
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 ...