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how airplanes are made

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Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

A Day In The Life Of London’s Air Ambulance (video and story)

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Heavy British accents recount spending a day flying with the London helicopter ambulance, funded entirely by charitable donations. (londonist.com) More...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus Group tests laser-based airspeed sensor system

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Airbus Group has completed successful flight tests on a fiber-optic, eye-safe, laser-based sensor system that delivers accurate airspeed information in the three axis at low and even negative airspeed. (www.verticalmag.com) More...

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Gulfstream 650ER

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Man this thing is amazing! This little plane is kind of like a miniature concord!! (gulfstream.com) More...

Brussels A333 near Toulous Hydraulic failure

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A Brussels airline Airbus A333-300 with rego OO-SFN was enroute from Brussels to Ouagadougou at FL370 about 80nm north-east of Toulouse when the aircraft encountered hydraulic failure. The aircraft returned back and landed saftey. http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5084/brussels-a333-near-toulouse-on-dec-19th-2014-hydraulic-failure-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Air New Zealand crew resign after booze binge

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Well this puts the cream on the cake ah ha. Four air new zealand flight attendants have left the airline after a cloud fuelled night in Hawaii. After being assigned to fly stranded passengers from PHNL-AKL after a B772 of the carrier was diverted there to PHNL for engine trouble as revelled by the airline a few days later. My goodness here they are at being the world's number one ranked airline with drunken Kiwi crew http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377454 (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Qantas passengers forced to sleep the night at airport in Japan

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Another slip up for maintenance problems for the flying Kangaroo this time passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Tokyo's Narita airport after there QFA B744 had issues leaving passengers stranded. Not only that happened but a curfew was in place which delayed things further. The CEO of Qantas Allan Joyce was contacted but no where to be found after a $3 million profit. you can see why. The B744 did depart eventually to YSSY.… (www.9news.com.au) More...

Three Hawk fighter jets take up residence at Humberside Airport in preparation for new training academy

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Three Hawk fighter jets have taken up residence at Humberside Airport in preparation for the new £5 million training academy. The jets will give students the opportunity to learn first hand what a career working for BAE Systems alongside the Royal Air Force will be like. Read more: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Hawk-fighter-jets-residence-Humberside-Airport/story-25738562-detail/story.html#ixzz3MOzl9PKz Follow us: @GrimsbyTel on Twitter | grimsbytel on Facebook (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk) More...