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The Evolution of Engine Starting: From Hand-Propping to Button Pushing

Cold cranking an Ilyushin Il-14 – Photo: Aleksander Markin | Flickr CC Excerpt was written by David J. Williams, who is a former airline captain and currently involved with aviation safety, on For many of us, our first understanding on how to start an airplane was when Bugs Bunny started the engines of [...]Show More Summary

An Intro to Vietnam Airlines – the Next “It” Carrier in Southeast Asia?

The initial A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines rolled out of Airbus’ Toulouse paint shop on 6 March 2015, displaying the airline’s updated blue and gold lotus livery Vietnam Airlines, the government-owned national flag carrier for Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is on the cusp of its first major international expansion in over a decade. The [...]Show More Summary

PED chips more vital in MH370 mystery than in Germanwings crash?

Nothing more has been heard for some days of the mobile phone chip claimed to have been recovered from the Germanwings crash site, showing the chaotic last few seconds of the flight that ended in a crash in the southern French alps on 23 March. However there could be more than 100 such chips in [...]

Germanwings marks difference in crime and safety probes

If there is one thing that stands out apart from the utter horror of the Germanwings crash, it is the speed with which the blame was placed on a pilot. But less widely recognised is that this was inevitable when the air crash investigator, the BEA, handed over the transcript of the flight data recorder [...]

Aerial Firefighting Part Two: The Different Planes Converted, and One Big Red Button

An AT-802F Air Tractor (check out the “fire words” on the nose) – Photo: Julian Cordle Last November, I brought you an initial introduction into the world of Aerial Firefighting. That article focused on the concept, tactics and state of aerial firefighting. I promised a second look at the aircraft of Aerial Firefighting, so [...]Show More Summary

Flight Review: To Santiago & Back with LAN’s 787-8 Premium Business Class

LAN 787-8 Dreamliner at takeoff – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Recently, LAN Airlines invited me down to their headquarters in Santiago de Chile, Chile, to check out their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. While LAN was the first carrier in the Americas to operate the 787-8, the new stretched 787-9 offers an all-new Premium [...]Show More Summary

Jetstar responds to super rumours

There has been some buzz today about Jetstar conducting a ‘payroll review’ to correct errors in superannuation payments. In part this is true, but apparently the necessary adjustments will be small. A spokesperson for Jetstar said “”We recently conducted a review of our payroll system and found underpayments and overpayments of pay, superannuation and leave. [...]

Australia, Singapore ramp up Thai air safety scrutiny

Safety regulators in Australia and Singapore have now joined Japan and South Korea in increasing their scrutiny of Thai flag carriers following an ICAO audit that raised questions about air safety regulation in Thailand. This is what the Australian regulator CASA said this afternoon. CASA is aware of the issues raised by the International Civil [...]

Howzat! Air safety body catches crashing drone at cricket

Unseen it seems by everyone but the country’s air crash investigator at last Sunday’s victory by Australia over NZ at the world cricket cup final at the MCG was a crashing drone. The ATSB is now investigating what is understood to have been fairly damaging collision with the ground outside the famous sporting venue by [...]

Going Above & Beyond: Taking a Flight to Nowhere to Check out Alaska Airlines’ Passenger Product

It’s not every day that you see any sort of 737 in the Museum of Flight parking lot – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Over the past few years, Alaska Airlines has been making gradual enhancements to its overall product. New seats from Recaro, in-seat power, Wi-Fi from Gogo, Starbucks coffee, and tablet-based in-flight [...]Show More Summary

Far Western Sydney Airport to generate heat, light and jobs

In what  government insiders say will be marketed as a broadening of the vision for Sydney’s future, Prime Minister Abbott will later today unveil his Far Western Connect project, an extension of what was formerly known as the WestConnex road for the Future until the language police  prevailed. The key element is a 60 kilometres [...]

Thai carriers under threat of air safety downgrade

Thailand is at risk of an aviation safety downgrade by ICAO and is taking urgent action under martial law powers to avoid the damaging commercial consequences that would follow such a decision. It’s a story that ought to be of concern to Australian international carriers, given factors that could also cause a similar outcome because [...]

Water cannon salute foams Virgin Atlantic A330 costs ££££££

Apparently there is a button on airport firefighting equipment that says FOAM not WATER.  It was accidentally pressed during a water cannon salute for a new Virgin Atlantic A330 flight at Manchester Airport earlier today, and the damage bill is eye watering. There are 257 passengers who more than half a day later are in [...]

NZ leaning control tower plan may be a day too soon

Today’s notable aviation image comes from New Zealand, with not a jet in sight. It’s an air traffic control tower for Wellington airport that totally outdoes the leaning tower of Pisa, and, it may be a day too soon. This is the story that is all over NZ this morning. Given the strangely non-committal email [...]

“France is in the Air” Inaugural Flight to Vancouver

Air France’s inaugural Paris to Vancouver flight touches down on YVR’s Rwy 08L, just after noon on a rainy Sunday C’est magnifique! Air France’s first flight to Vancouver Internal Airport (YVR) touched down in a huge spray of water on a soggy Sunday afternoon. The Boeing 777-200ER landed on YVR’s Runway 08L, after a [...]Show More Summary

Australia to monitor cockpit rule change for unintended issues

Safety authorities in Australia will monitor its adoption of the two-persons-in-cockpits-at-all-times rule which was announced today for future unintended consequences. In saying this Warren Truss, the Deputy PM and Minister responsible for aviation, appeared to be acknowledging the depth of the consultations that saw Australia embrace the rule changes with less haste than seen [...]

Australia also adopts two crew always in cockpit rule

Australia has also mandated a minimum of two approved people, at least one of them a pilot, to be in the cockpits of  its international and domestic airliners at all times, and with immediate effect. More details are to be given at a press conference called by Warren Truss, the Deputy PM, and Minister responsible  [...]

Where did Qantas levy-workers-for-future-strikes idea come from?

Had it not been for Germanwings the story of the last week would have been Qantas seeking powers to dock employee pay for articulating naughty thoughts about going on strike at a future date. It seems that too many sugar cubes were put in Alan Joyce’s tea on this occasion, but let’s go along with [...]

SimpliLeader: Sanjiv Kapoor, COO at SpiceJet, on Branding, Social Media, & How the Airline is Being Turned Around

As part of our SimpliLeader series, through which we showcase the best minds in aviation, we met the Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet, Sanjiv Kapoor. Sanjiv has been at the forefront [...] The post SimpliLeader: Sanjiv Kapoor, COO...Show More Summary

Germanwings aftermath is more about pilot heart attacks than madmen

The original main reason for some airlines adopting a two-people-in-a-cockpit-at-all-times rule wasn’t as much about terrorist threats but medical emergencies. That rationale has been largely overlooked in discussions of the aftermath of this week’s Germanwings crash in France, which is now a criminal rather than technical investigation. Show More Summary

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