Archive | February, 2010

Lego A380

Forget Composites, Build an A380 with Legos

We were much excited to see Airbus’s A350 XWB 3D cutaway model at last April’s Aircraft Interiors show at Hamburg, but this model of an A380 competes on a very different level.It’s made out of Legos–and has a touch screen that can move the wheels and other parts. Gizmodo says: The PC program running on […]

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Military Boneyard in Detail, Thanks to Google

Aircraft boneyards like Victorville and Marana are popular with aviation enthusiasts for the commercial aircraft stored there, but the boneyards for military aircraft–B-52s, F-14s–are much less accessible. Until now.With a hat tip to the BBC, Google Maps now shows the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, […]

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ANA Women Only Loo

ANA To Join Women-Only Loo Club

Responding to customer requests, Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways announced it will join V Australia and Korean Airlines in having a dedicated women-only lavatory on its aircraft (above).V Australia premiered its women-only loo this time last year during its launch of services. V Australia’s women-only loo, however, is in business class and only for females […]

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Pope Weighs In On Full Body Scanners

You can add the pontiff to the list of people who have an opinion about full body scanners at airports.The National Post reports about the Pope’s speech at the Vatican to 1200 airport workers: Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against airport body scanners, insisting that “human dignity must be preserved.” Althoughthe pontiff did not […]

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Iran Demands Airlines Change IFE Map

Iran is taking a break from denouncing Israel and homosexuals to pick on in-flight entertainment. Yes, that’s right. IFE. The country is in a fury that route maps on IFE screens label the body water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran as the “Gulf” or worse, the “Arabian Gulf”. It says the correct term is […]

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Santa Finnair MD-11

Final MD-11 Flight for Launch Customer Finnair

Taken by AirSpace user erwan_ei Launch customer Finnair reports that flight AY022 from Delhi to Helsinki on Monday 22 February is the final scheduled flight for its passenger MD-11 aircraft. The carrier says there is a possibility the aircraft may join its freighter fleet.The retirement leaves KLM as the only scheduled operator of MD-11s, with […]

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Jo’burg’s finest send off Air France’s A380

It’s not the greatest photo ever taken* but this tail-camera shot does offer an unusual perspective of the A380, this one being Air France’s F-HPJB taxiing through the mist of a firefighters’ water arch for its first departure from Johannesburg on 18 February.   Flight AF995 for Paris Charles de Gaulle weighed in at 490t, […]

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Don’t Try to Sneak On Board an Aircraft

Now that we’re clear you shouldn’t Tweet and make bomb threats, let’s move on to another topic: sneaking on board an aircraft and hiding in the wheel bay.The Chicago Tribune reports: About five times a year, somewhere in the world, someone sneaks intothe landing gear of a parked jet and then attempts to survive anincredibly […]

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Don’t Tweet and Make Bomb Threats

A Briton arrested last month for Twittering a bomb threat to an airport will be charged “with sending by a public communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003″ the South Yorkshire police said.The offending Tweet? The Star […]

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Civil Helicopters in the archive

Have a look at this Flight article from 1957 on the development of the Fairey Rotodyne. Further on in the article you can marvel at the intricacies of the craft in our cutaway drawing. There are some great illustrations of the World’s (retro) Helicopters published in 1953. Flight ponders what the future holds for civil helicopters. Journalist Ian Parker wrote in […]

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