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AirAsia QZ8501 flight missing

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An AirAsia Airbus A320-200 has gone missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, shortly after the pilots requested to change the flightplan because of weath, the airline said today. The plane, flight QZ8501, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement from AirAsia. It was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. local time. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Air Force Newest Tanker

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KC-46A-Today, December 27th, 2014, the winner of the long-fought and highly controversial KC-X contract rumbled out of its parking spot at Boeing's heavy airliner plant in Everett, Washington, and executed a series of taxi tests, including high-speed runs. The wide-body airliner-cum-cargo hauler-cum military aerial refueler should make its first flight very soon, with some rumors stating that it could happen as early as tomorrow. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Turkish Airline Fires Stewardess for Being Too Sexy

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This is the same airline that tried to ban its employees from wearing lipstick, and seems to becoming increasingly mired in its religious and right-wing approach. (www.weirdlife.com) More...

Boy Scout Troop Saves Crashed Pilot's Christmas

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The pilot of a downed Mooney M20 was lucky his bad day was met by a troop of scouts who lived up to their motto to always be prepared. Shortly after takeoff engine trouble required the pilot to ditch in the nearby Congaree River near Columbia, S.C. (planelopnik.com) More...

So Long AirTran Airways

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Four years after Southwest purchased the airline, the final flight will land in Tampa and AirTran goes away. (airnation.net) More...

7-hr trip turns into 60-hr nightmare

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NewDelhi: Over 200 passengers onboard Air India's Milan-Delhi flight had a harrowing time recently when their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft had to abort landing at the IGI Airport twice due to dense fog. The flight that was supposed to reach Delhi in seven hours finally landed after 60 hours, spoiling the Christmas plans of many fliers. The incident once again exposes AI's failure to have its Dreamliner aircraft certified for instrument landing system (ILS). Sources say AI's repeated failure… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

This time-lapse video from the ISS reveals a stunning view of our planet

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German astronaut Alexander Gerst recently returned from a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. Between conducting various experiments in Lower Earth Orbit as part of his Blue Dot mission, the astronaut managed to capture 12,500 strategic images of our little blue planet that have since been stitched together to create the stunning time-lapse clip embedded above. (www.techspot.com) More...

Armchair flying over the Christmas days

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to the "flightaware" aviation / pilots / spotter community a Merry Christmas & happy landings in the New Year. Guido a.k.a "okguido" (www.youtube.com) More...

American Airlines B738 at Boston M.A smoke in cabin

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 with rego N955NN with flight number AA 165 from Boston M.A to Los Angeles (KLAX) with 155 pax on-board, was climbing from runway 33L when crew smelt smoke in cabin (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Spirit airlines A319 near Kansas city pilot ill in flight

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A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-100 jet with registration N524NK and flight number 695 was en route from Baltimore M.D to Las Vegus with 146 passengers aboard when the pilot became ill. The aircraft was at FL340 and the crew decided to divert to Kansas City (www.aeroinside.com) More...