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How is the world's first solar powered airport faring?

As an airplane hovers over Cochin International Airport, one is struck by the dazzling array of reflective panels near the runway. Standing out in a field of green are more than 46,000 solar panels tapping the power of the bright sunlight and converting it into energy. Located in the southern state of Kerala, Cochin is now the first airport in the world to run completely on solar power. The airport started with a small pilot project by installing a solar energy plant with 400 panels on its… (www.bbc.com) More...

Alarmed by prospect of more Air France strikes, KLM staff speak out

Dutch employees of Air France-KLM, wary of becoming collateral damage in the company's escalating labour conflict, launched a petition on Wednesday calling on their French colleagues not to carry out any more strikes. The petition, which quickly garnered more than 1,000 signatures, is the latest sign of Dutch discontent with the trajectory of Air France-KLM. Air France, whose parent is Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM, announced 2,900 job cuts on Monday, prompting violent protests among its… (uk.reuters.com) More...

The amazingly difficult landings of the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane

The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady is a beautiful spy plane that flies at high altitudes (70,000 feet in the air) to provide reconnaissance for the military. It’s also a pain in the ass to land too, requiring an actual chase car on the ground to tell the pilot how far the U-2 is from the ground. Here’s a Sploid video showcasing those delicate and difficult landings of the Dragon Lady. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Fastjet Zimbabwe secures its AOC; to launch flights

Fastjet Zimbabwe (Harare Int'l) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) following demonstration flights around the country last week. The airline, which obtained its Air Service Licence from the Zimbabwean Ministry of Transport in March, can now apply for international route allocations as a Zimbabwean carrier. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Pope Travels in America on American Airlines (Behind the Scenes)

Watch the behind the scene's behind what it took to prepare the Pope's special charter flight. (www.youtube.com) More...

[Video] F-22 Raptor Full Afterburner Night Takeoff Spangdahlem Air Base

Four F-22 Raptors from Tyndall and approximately 60 Airmen assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany today to train with allied forces and U.S. services through mid-September. (www.youtube.com) More...

Aircraft Furniture At Marshall Aviation’s Office In The U.K.

Marshall Aviation’s Birmingham, England, office showcases aircraft furniture for sale by Intrepid Design. (aviationweek.com) More...

Storms Bring Northeast Air Traffic to a Standstill

Severe weather in the Northeast resulted in thousands of delayed flights, hundreds of cancellations, and tens of thousands of late-arriving travelers late Friday. The storms impacted airports from Washington, D.C. all the way to Boston.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

S-97 Raider debut at AUSA 2015

Sikorsky will debut its latest S-97 Raider scout and attack compound helicopter at the AUSA 2015 Exposition that will take place from Oct 12-14 at Washington. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

WestJet passenger finds beer, mystery clothes in bag after flight

An Edmonton woman's luggage arrived a little heavier than when she packed it after a Thursday flight to Kelowna, B.C., from Edmonton. Inside, she found some dirty men's clothing and five cans of Coors Light beer. The catch: She didn't put them there. The airline's initial response in a tweet? "What happens in Vegas …" (www.cbc.ca) More...

Virgin Atlantic jet was forced into emergency landing Since engineers set up a part of the landing gear UPSIDE DOWN

The lives of 447 travelers were put at risk when a attacked stricken Virgin Atlantic jet was compelled to create a amazing emergency landing because technicians set up a part upside down, researchers discovered (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Top Ten Worst Aircraft of WWII

For the most part, the aircraft at the top of the WW II era are easily accessible and known by anyone who has studied, or even lived, the era. However, it can be a little more difficult when trying to create a list about the worst aircraft of World War II. The number of lists for the worst aircraft could feasibly be as long as there are number of people with opinions, unless the list is compiled using specific facts, such as overall performance, number manufactured, kill ratio, etc. (www.ondair.net) More...

Alaska Airlines celebrates first Boeing 737 featuring new space bins

Alaska Airlines, launch customer for Boeing’s new Space Bins, celebrated their first 737 which comes with 48 percent more room for carry-on baggage. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

WestJet guests to enjoy speedier security checks

WestJet today announced it has sped up security processing for its guests by offering TSA Precheck to eligible travellers. This innovative program offers trusted guests a less-intrusive search when departing from U.S. airports. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

United Airline to order new 100 seater?

United Airlines plans to order a fleet of 100-seat jetliners from either Bombardier Inc. or Embraer SA if it can agree on terms for a two-year contract extension with pilots in expedited bargaining. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...


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