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Qantas forced to turn off engine during flight, again

A Qantas Airways Airbus A380 was forced to take a diversion from its scheduled flight from Singapore to London, due to an oil problem, causing one of its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to shut down. Flight QF31 flew for around two-and-a-half hours with only three functioning engines before landing safely in Dubai. The aircraft […]

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Making aircraft, good; flying them, less so

Further evidence of a surging civil aviation economy comesfrom systems supplier Goodrich. Overall, sales were up 16% at $2.03 billion andpre-tax profit gained 34.5% to $300 million, and for the full year Goodrichforecasts a 15% increase in large airliner original equipment sales, assumingBoeing 787 and 747-8 schedules are maintained. Meanwhile, on the operating side of […]

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Innovation where it matters most

Full marks to Lyon-Saint Exupery airport for deploying technology to good effect. Noting that “wait times to pass through security are often a source of stress for passengers”, the airport now features signs on the public side of the concourse indicating estimated time from the end of the queue to the security gates, to help […]

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787 Tenth Anniversary Report

To make a Boeing 787 requires 62 miles of wiring (that’s a real Boeing-supplied fact) and enough carbon fibre to stretch to the Moon (I just made that up but it’s probably not far off). Even more impressively, the aircraft’s remarkable features – carbon composite structure, all-electric systems, big windows, higher cabin pressure, global supply […]

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Last chance to vote for the brightest and best aviation minds

It’s fast approaching your last chance to vote for who you think has the best and brightest aviation mind in the Flightglobal Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards celebrate and recognise the finest individuals in the aviation and aerospace industries. You’ve only got three days left until voting closes for the Flightglobal Achievement Awards so we need you to choose who […]

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How 9/11 changed the world of airline and airport security

Since the two aircraft ploughed into the twin towers in New York and other attacks on the US Pentagon, airport and airline security has had to change to prevent hijacks and ground attacks. But it has affected the ease of people travelling. Flight has reported on developments from the security industry including a Honeywell device to be fitted to Boeing 787s […]

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BAe 146 first flight

  Image credit AirTeamImages.com BAe (British Aerospace) 146 performed its first flight on 3 Septmeber 1981 but the aircraft design is based on the Hawker Siddely HS 146 as described in an article in 1973. See also the cutaway drawing in the piece. In the article BAe 146 described, published in the 2 May 1981 issue of […]

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Pan Am TV series takes you back to when flying was the fun part of travel

  Remember when you could smoke in the aircraft cabin? Remember when the cockpit door was always open and you could request to go and have a chat with the pilot? Remember when you could show up five to 10 minutes before your flight, purchase your ticket and go, and air hostesses were hired for their looks […]

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PICTURES: Ash cloud: How the cloud has been moving and how it might move before 25 May

These maps show the spread of the ash cloud from 06:00 BST, 12.00 BST and predicted spread of the cloud at 18.00 BST and 00.00 BST tonight.   Art work by Tim Bicheno-Brown, Flightglobal’s senior editorial artist   Map 2 Map 3 Map 4

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Why is the AF447 search using our A321 cutaway?

Clearly visible in the background of this video about the AF447 flight-recorder retrieval is a cutaway drawing from Flightglobal‘s extensive collection of similar illustrations. But it’s a curious choice, the reason for which isn’t entirely clear: the aircraft in the diagram is not an Airbus A330, as might be expected, but an A321 – as the original image […]

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