France

June 6, 2011 - 6:48am
Data found in the flight recorders indicate that the crew maintained pitch-up...

French BEA accident investigators on May 27 released factual information they have found in reading data from Air France Flight 447’s recorders, in hope of quenching speculation about responsibilities in the accident. But the information exposed an intriguing sequence of actions in the cockpit.

May 27, 2011 - 6:58am

A statement released today by the French BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses) on the July 1, 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 indicates that the airplane’s decent into the South Atlantic lasted three minutes, 30 seconds, during which the pilots at the controls maintained nose-up inputs.

May 19, 2011 - 7:20am

French helicopter lobby UFH and Alain Suguenot, a parliament member from France’s famous wine region, Burgundy, both have voiced concerns that the recent law banning most crop-dusting activities on environmental grounds may have counter-productive effects. According to Suguenot, for one hectare (about 2.5 acres) of vineyard, a helicopter uses only 16 gallons of liquid fertilizer, thanks to its pinpoint precision.

May 2, 2011 - 5:48am
Search teams found the FDR memory unit from the Air France A330 that crashed ...

U.S. scheduled airlines have gone three years out of four without suffering a fatal accident, the last coming in February 2009, when the crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 outside Buffalo killed 50. Preliminary statistics released by the NTSB on April 20 show that scheduled Part 121 airlines recorded 26 accidents last year all told.

April 15, 2011 - 10:15am
Search teams found large pieces of the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 at t...

Investigators from the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses) are preparing to recover the wreckage of Air France Flight 447, the remains of which search crews found on April 3. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio to Paris died when it crashed on June 1, 2009.

April 4, 2011 - 9:56am
In the most recent search to find the wreckage of Air France Flight 447, Fren...

The fourth campaign to find the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 has finally yielded positive results, as crews who resumed search operations on March 25 identified large aircraft subassemblies off the Brazilian coast on Sunday. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris died when it crashed on June 1, 2009.

March 25, 2011 - 10:25am
Debris from the missing Air France A330-200 recovered from the Atlantic Ocean...

A fourth search campaign to find out what happened to Air France Flight 447 on June 1, 2009, has begun off the Brazilian coast in the South Atlantic Ocean. Wreck-location operations will take place from the Alucia, a ship with three small, unmanned submarines onboard that left the harbor of Suape, Brazil, on March 22. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris died in the crash.

December 10, 2010 - 6:14am
Although the BEA has identified jammed pitot tubes as a contributing factor i...

The effort to find out what happened to Air France Flight 447 on June 1, 2009 seemed all but over in France, when the government announced the launch of a fourth search campaign and the airline pointed a finger of responsibility at Airbus. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio to Paris died when it crashed into the South Atlantic.

December 1, 2010 - 6:55am

The lawyer representing Air France in the June 1, 2009, Airbus A330 accident case has transmitted to the investigating magistrate in France a memorandum that endeavors to demonstrate the carrier did its best to rectify problems with its fleet’s pitot speed probes when they appeared in 2008. In the document, Airbus appears slow to answer Air France’s requests for fixing the issue.

August 2, 2010 - 5:54am

French president Nicolas Sarkozy in late June inaugurated Turbomeca’s new  plant (named after company founder Joseph Szydlowski) in Bordes, near Pau in southwest France. The plant, a U100 million ($125 million) investment, includes a factory and design offices. Thanks to simplified production flows, it expects to halve production lead times over the next three years.

 
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