Aviation

October 7, 2013 - 3:33pm

In a serious blow to Boeing, Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement covering 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s worth $9.5 billion at list prices. The deal, which also includes options on another 25 of the mostly composite widebodies, marks the first order from Japan for the A350 and Airbus’s first-ever order from JAL.

October 7, 2013 - 3:20pm

Emirates Airline has worked for more than two years to assist Boeing in the design of the 777X, the new airplane expected to begin replacing the phenomenally successful 777-300ER at the end of the decade, according to Emirates president Tim Clark.

October 7, 2013 - 3:10pm

The General Assembly of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) took place in Salzburg last week with a mixed picture of how airlines are managing, particularly with continued pressure from low-cost-carrier growth and regulatory burdens. In the ERA’s view, Europe has a major problem with central politicians who seem unable to understand the value of regional aviation that local politicians in its many outer regions have little problem appreciating.

October 7, 2013 - 3:05pm

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which has operated at a loss since 2008, expects to break even in the current 2013/14 financial year and to return to profitability the following year after cutting its losses from $75 million in 2010/11 to $25 million in 2011/12. At a press briefing in New Delhi last week, the Asian carrier’s CEO, Kevin Steele, announced plans to rationalize and double the size of its fleet from eight to 16 aircraft to allow it to expand its route network with new services such as Dhaka-New York starting next April.

October 7, 2013 - 1:40pm

Pilots seeking to improve their manual flying skills should consider trying gliders, according to Captain Sarah Kelman. The former women’s world gliding champion and EasyJet safety officer told the Royal Aeronautical Society’s recent International Flight Crew Training Conference in London that flying gliders is beneficial to upset prevention and recovery training.

October 7, 2013 - 1:10pm

The Friends and Partners of Aviation Weather (FPAW) is looking for feedback from business aviation pilots about the quality of the information delivered through the Aviation Digital Data Service (Adds). The group, founded in 1997, represents a collaborative effort trying to resolve how the aviation weather community can provide pilots the best possible information on conditions, such as adverse wind, low ceilings and visibility and thunderstorms.

October 7, 2013 - 1:00pm

The FAA published the new version of its Notices to Airmen (Notam) guide–JO 7930.2N–on September 25 to bring airport operators up to ICAO standards. For example, Notams must now include key words or phrases to make them easier to identify and sort. New terms might include {{BEGIN SMALL CAPS}} RWY, TWY, APRON, AD, OBST, NAV, COM, SVC, AIRSPACE, ODF, SID and STAR{{END SMALL CAPS}} among others.

October 7, 2013 - 12:40pm

The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), representing some 14,000 controllers in the region, said it has called off a planned October 10 strike over safety issues tied to the Single European Sky program. The group said it had received assurances that the European Union is willing to discuss those safety issues before implementation.

October 7, 2013 - 12:35pm

The captain of a United Airlines flight died after being transported to a local hospital in Boise, Idaho, on September 27. The pilot suffered a heart attack while in command of a Boeing 737 en route to Seattle from Houston with 166 people aboard. The flight landed safely under the command of the aircraft’s first officer, with no other injuries reported.

October 7, 2013 - 5:00am
The first production Learjet (S/N 23-003) being readied for delivery to Cincinnati’s Chemical and Industrial Corp. in 1964.

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence. Early Learjet owners included crooner Frank Sinatra and industrialist Louise Timken, and their aircraft were a far cry from the comfortable cabins of today.

 
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