Black Boxes Will Reveal the Truth about FlyDubai FZ981 Crash

Reading Time: 1 minute Investigators probing the crash of the FlyDubai passenger jet in Russia have released images of the plane’s badly damaged black boxes which could provide vital clues as to why the plane went down. The investigating group, which will comprise experts from several different countries, is set to consider two possibilities – either the crash was […]

Bad Weather, Human Error & Technical Fault: Flydubai FZ981

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Russian Investigative Committee is studying two possible versions of why the Flydubai flight FZ981 crashed in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, that killed all 62 people on board, including human error amid severe weather conditions and a possible technical fault. An ad hoc committee, set up by the Interstate Aviation Committee, is investigating the […]

Boeing to Build 20 P-8A Submarine Hunter Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Reading Time: 2 minutes U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft experts are making plans to order 20 new Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for U.S. and Australian military forces. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $2.5 billion contract modification on 28 Jan. to the Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) in Seattle 20 […]

UK to Australia Biplane Flight by Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Reading Time: 2 minutes A British adventurer has completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from the UK to Australia in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October. She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 […]

Condor’s Airbus Fleet Upgraded with Vortex Generators

Reading Time: 2 minutes Condor’s entire fleet of Airbus aircraft, seven Airbus A321 and nine Airbus A320, is now equipped with Vortex generators. The upgrading process was started in November 2014. The company’s six new Airbus A321-211 aircraft already had this additional feature upon delivery. Vortex generators are aerodynamic devices that are attached to the wings to aid in […]

Volocopter VC200 Commences Flight Tests

Reading Time: 2 minutes The German company e-volo GmbH has commenced flight testing of its two-seat, electric-powered helicopter, the Volocopter VC200. According to an e-volo press release, multiple unmanned test flights were conducted in November on the airfield adjacent to the company’s workshop in Karlsruhe. The flights provided the opportunity to try out various technical innovations that don’t exist […]

X-47B Passes Unmanned Refueling Test

Reading Time: 3 minutes The U.S. Navy’s X-47B is the first unmanned aircraft to successfully refuel midflight—a feat test pilots found more challenging than landing it on an aircraft carrier. The aircraft only had a matter of inches in which it could moveversus a number of feet on the aircraft carrier,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeff McLean, Air Test and […]