Tag: innovation

World’s Biggest Plane Taxis Closer to Takeoff

Reading Time: 2 minutes The hefty, double-bodied Stratolaunch airplane — its wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters) is the widest in the world — recently reached a new milestone that brings it one step closer to leaving the ground. In runway tests conducted on Sunday (Feb. 25) at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, Stratolaunch achieved […]

Iron Bird Power On: CityAirbus Reaches Next Milestone

Reading Time: 1 minute The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion […]

Airbus’ “BLADE” Laminar Flow Wing Demonstrator Makes First Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus’ A340 laminar-flow “BLADE” test demonstrator aircraft (A340-300 MSN001) has made its successful maiden flight for the EU-sponsored Clean Sky “Blade” project. The aircraft, dubbed “Flight Lab”, took off from the Tarbes aerodrome in southern France at local time 11:00, and after a series of successful tests it landed at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse Blagnac. […]

Dubai Airports CEO: Too Many Issues With The Circular Runway

Reading Time: 1 minute Dubai Airports CEO has said that the circular runway has too many issues with it to be feasible. In conversation with Aviation Business last month, Paul Griffiths said, “I think there are too many issues with it. I think a large aircraft turning landing effectively with a constant turning radius will put a lot of […]

Russia Prepares To Create New Aircraft Needing No Land Infrastructure

Reading Time: 1 minute Russian scientists are preparing for a breakthrough in creating a new manned aircraft capable of liftoff without land infrastructure, Boris Satovsky, the chief of Russia’s Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI), told Sputnik in an interview. “Birds do not need airports and runways. That is why, the real breakthrough will take place when an aircraft capable […]

Paperless Cockpit in Sight

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lufthansa has now taken the decisive step on the way to a paperless cockpit. Beginning of April, the electronic flight folder (eFF) app largely replaced the paper briefing. For the first time, pilots are primarily using the tool for briefing. On 1 May, electronic flight documentation will be obligatory on all routes. “Following our test […]

Malaysia Airlines to Adopt Joint Solution for Real-Time Flight Tracking

Reading Time: 1 minute Malaysia Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a revolutionary flight tracking partnership. Under the agreement, all Malaysia Airlines aircraft will have access to minute-by-minute, 100% global, flight tracking data, delivered by SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker. This solution will enhance the existing SITAONAIR AIRCOM FlightTracker by adding Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast […]

JetBlue Introduces Special Embraer E190 Livery

Reading Time: 1 minute JetBlue Airways has rolled out a special Embraer E190 livery and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year. The New York-based airline said it is introducing the new paint schemes in celebration of its 17th anniversary this month. According to a JetBlue statement, the carrier “has a long tradition of […]

Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First LM-100J Commercial Freighter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lockheed Martin has officially introduced the world to the latest member of the C-130J Super Hercules family: the LM-100J commercial freighter. Employees who designed and built the aircraft celebrated this new Super Hercules with a traditional “rollout” ceremony held at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility located here. Team members walked this LM-100J out of the building […]

2017 – the Year of Drones

Reading Time: 3 minutes Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and […]