Archive | August, 2010

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SAS to host world’s first in-flight same-sex marriage

On 6 December SAS flight SK903 from Stockholm to New York will see the A340-300′s 32-seat business class converted to a banquet hall for what SAS pitches as the world’s first in-flight same-sex marriage. The lucky punters? They’re not yet determined as SAS is holding a competition for US partners to nominate themselves and then […]

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Boeing 787 programme timeline

Boeing today confirmed a fresh delay to its 787 programme, citing compounded issues with workmanship problems with the aircraft’s Alenia Aeronautica-built horizontal stabilizer and its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. (read full story).We have put together a timeline of the Dreamliner story using Dipity:  Boeing 787 Programme on Dipity. Remember to follow FlightBlogger for all the […]

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A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for RAF rolled out of Madrid facility

Airbus Military released this image of its first A330 MRTT for the Royal Air Force leaving the hangar at Getafe, Madrid. Airbus Military explains the significance of this roll-out: “The A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) has completed in-door trials required prior to the aircraft’s maiden flight. The aircraft will perform out-door trials, such as […]

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In the Flight archives – Rolls-Royce Trent 1000

On 16 August, Flightglobal blogger FlightBlogger reported that a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powerplant, which powers the Boeing 787, suffered a failure during a routine test at the company’s Derby, UK facility, prompting an investigation into the incident’s cause. Here’s what we have on the Trent 1000 when it began to appear on Flight International’s news […]

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Size matters with new BBC Dimensions service

Have you ever wanted to know how big the Moon would be if positioned over your hometown? Or to plot how much space you would need to launch a Spitfire? Then BBC Dimensions is the website for you.Built in partnership with design company BERG, Dimensions utilises Google Maps functionality to allow you to get a […]

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That River Hudson approach chart in full

Can’t say I’ve seen much humour centred on aeronautical approach plates (at least since the great Portsmouth Airport arrival pattern), so here’s a rare bit of navigation-based amusement. Don’t say we’re not kind to you.

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Vertigo sufferers look away now – new glass bottomed hot air balloon unveiled at the 2010 Bristol Balloon Fiesta

If taking to the skies in the traditional wicker basket wasn’t enough for you then the first glass bottomed hot air balloon is sure to make the knees wobble. The balloon with a transparent floor, made its maiden flight at this years’ Bristol International Balloon Festa, Europe’s biggest balloon festival. The balloon is designed to […]

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James Bond autogyro creator unveils latest flying machine

A flying veteran, aged 94 has unveiled his latest flying machine according to a report from a UK daily news source. Ken Wallis who invented and pilot of the autogyro, took off in his miniature helicopter reaching speeds around 80mph. The autogyro, appeared in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, uses natural air to […]

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Raytheon wins SDB II contract, but what does this mean?

Raytheon has successfully held off competitors to secure a deal which will secure it $450m to develop the small diameter bomb, SDB II. The weapon will be put into action by the US Air Force. Raytheon has beaten the Boeing/Lockheed team to the contract despite appearing second to the Boeing team. SDB or small diameter bomb […]

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Flight attendant dramatically ends his JetBlue career

A JetBlue flight attendant seemed to have bit of a meltdown recently.  After a confrontation with another passenger, Steven Slater pulled the emergency exit chute and slid down it armed with a crate of beer. He was later arrested at his home facing charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. The incident occurred after flight 1052 from […]

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