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American Looks To Cut Pilot Workforce

American intends to furlough up to 175 pilots over the next six months, although it is negotiating with the pilots’ union to reduce the total through various voluntary options. The carrier is talking with the Allied Pilots Association to “develop possible furlough mitigation.” The carrier is contractually obliged to offer a “stand-in-stead” program where pilots […]

Industry Hoping For Stability In 2010

Source: Aviation Week Stability is the best the aerospace and defense industry can hope for in 2010: a year in which airlines catch their breath for a predicted upturn, commercial aircraft orders should begin to recover, and defense sales could plateau before beginning a threatened decline. Business aviation had a horrible year, but for most […]

Boeing Reports Strong 2009 Revenue & Cash Flow

Source: Boeing The Boeing Company reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.3 billion, or $1.75 per share, as revenue rose 42 percent to $17.9 billion. Current period results reflect solid performance across core businesses and represent a significant improvement over the year-ago quarter, which included a labor strike and a charge on the 747 program. Revenue […]

Boeing 787: Freezin’ in Florida

In April, the average temperature in Florida is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So, why is the 787 Dreamliner in the “Sunshine State” testing for freezing temperatures? There’s a good explanation: Florida is home to the largest refrigerated hangar in the world. Located at Eglin Air Force Base, the McKinley Climatic Laboratory can simulate temperatures as low as -65 degrees […]

Air India Crew Slug It Out At 30,000 ft

Source: Times of India The Maharaja witnessed his first in-flight Mughal-e-Azam at 30,000 feet above sea level on Saturday, as two members of the cabin crew—one male and one female—slugged it out with the pilot and co-pilot. Endangering the lives of 106 passengers and grossly violating safety norms, the airline staffers came to blows in […]

UN Plane Crash In Haiti Kills All On Board

A surveillance plane assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti crashed into a mountain Friday, killing all 11 military personnel on board, the United Nations said. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas in New York said the Uruguayan CASA212 aircraft went down in rugged terrain west of Fonds-Verrettes near the border with the Dominican Republic, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) […]

Lockerbie Bomber Set To Be Released

Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the man responsible for blowing up a Pan Am Boeing 747 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie as it was flying from London to New York on December 18, 1988, is about to be granted freedom on compassionate grounds, the final decision resting with Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill. With the […]

Crash Iranian Il-62 Due To Too High Landing Speed

The Iranian Ilyushin Il-62 that crashed on July 24 while attempting to land at Marshhad was reported to have a landing speed that was much too high. The aircraft, owned by private company Aria, landed with a speed of approximately 170 mph while 140-150 mph is recommended by the manufacturer. Furthermore, Iranian minister of transportation Ahmad Majidi […]

Near Miss Between Southwest 737 And News Helicopter

On May 2nd, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 operating flight WN-1322 from Houston to Baltimore was close to a collision with a news helicopter taking-off at the same time. The Southwest 737 had been cleared for take-off from Hobby Airport’s runway 12R and had just rotated when the crew spotted a helicopter ahead and above […]

Final: World’s Biggest Airline Created By United And Continental

Star Alliance carrier United Airlines and Continental Airlines have confirmed plans to merge, under a holding company known as United Continental Holdings. Both airlines today agreed to a $3 billion merger that will create the world’s largest airline and will be based in Chicago, with Continental’s Jeff Smisek serving as chief executive and United’s Glenn […]