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  • Brazil’s TAM takes a step into the virtual world of Second Life


    <P>Following in the footsteps of retailers, car makers and even a newswire service, <A href="http://www.tam.com.br/b2c/jsp/default.jhtml" target=_blank>Brazilian&nbsp;carrier TAM</A> is to enter the <A href="http://secondlife.com/" target=_blank>virtual&nbsp;world of Second Life</A>.</P> <P><BR>The first airline to sign up in the cyberworld, TAM says it will soon start offering virtual flights between several of the online world’s island. England, Milan, New York and Paris are the first destinations named by TAM. </P> <P><BR>The flights will be free because the characters in Second Life - known as avatars - can already fly. However those who chose TAM can earn frequent flyer points and virtual gifts.</P> <P align=center><IMG style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 1px solid; WIDTH: 445px; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px solid; HEIGHT: 297px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=17218" border=0></P> <P><BR>A TAM lounge will be set up on Second Life’s Berrini Is


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  • Picture: Messier-Dowty delivers first Boeing 787 nose gear


    <P>Messier-Dowty has delivered the first nose landing gear unit for the <A...


  • Canada reveals new aerospace R&D scheme


    <P><A href="http://www.conservative.ca/" target=_blank>Canada’s&nbsp;new conservative government</A> has revealed plans...


  • Pilots sue US FAA Administrator to expedite change to ‘Age 60’ rule


    <P>A spotlight has again been shone on the USA’s ‘Age 60’ rule after three US Airways pilots filed a lawsuit against...


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  • 50-seaters find new homes

    News | 22 May 2007 00:00 | Darren Shannon

    <P>It has been almost 18 months since the collapse of Independence Air threatened to depress the regional jet market with a glut of used 50-seaters. But on the eve of the Regional Airline Association annual conference on 21-24 May in Memphis, Tennessee, the threat appears to have dissipated, thanks to a concerted effort by several companies with vested interests.</P> <P>Almost 150 50-seat jets have entered the used market in the past two years, and all but a handful are either in service with new tail colours or about to be refurbished for new operators. All but 26 of the 135 or so Bombardier CRJs on the market have been accounted for and the Brazilian air force has taken most of the 11 Embraer ERJs available.</P> <P>According to data provided by Flight's ACAS database only six or so aircraft have been scrapped for parts and, notably, almost all the Bombardiers have been placed at airlines - an eventuality that even the manufacturer did not expect when it first addressed the issue ofhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/50-seaters-find-new-homes-213924/
  • Picture: Messier-Dowty delivers first Boeing 787 nose gear

    News | 13 Apr 2007 13:39 | Darren Shannon

    <P>Messier-Dowty has delivered the first nose landing gear unit for the <A href="http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787family/specs.html">Boeing 787</A>.</P> <P>The gear will now be shipped to Wichita, Kansas where it will be installed into the forward fuselage section of the aircraft. Once installed the whole assembly will be transferred to Boeing’s Everett, Washington final assembly plant in the <A href="http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/02/19/212121/pictures-boeings-second-747-400-large-cargo-freighter-for-787-parts-begins-flight-testing-in-full.html">747 Large Cargo Freighter</A>.</P> <P><IMG style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 570px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=17228" border=0></P> <P> “The next major delivery milestone for Messier-Dowty will be the first production main gear in April 2007,” says Messier-Dowty.</P> <P><A href="http://www.messier-dowty.com/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=30">Messier-Dowty’s manufacturing facilities</A> based in Bidos, France; Gloucester, Uhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Picture-Messier-Dowty-delivers-first-Boeing-787-nose-gear-213240/
  • Brazil’s TAM takes a step into the virtual world of Second Life

    News | 13 Apr 2007 10:21 | Darren Shannon

    <P>Following in the footsteps of retailers, car makers and even a newswire service, <A href="http://www.tam.com.br/b2c/jsp/default.jhtml" target=_blank>Brazilian&nbsp;carrier TAM</A> is to enter the <A href="http://secondlife.com/" target=_blank>virtual&nbsp;world of Second Life</A>.</P> <P><BR>The first airline to sign up in the cyberworld, TAM says it will soon start offering virtual flights between several of the online world’s island. England, Milan, New York and Paris are the first destinations named by TAM. </P> <P><BR>The flights will be free because the characters in Second Life - known as avatars - can already fly. However those who chose TAM can earn frequent flyer points and virtual gifts.</P> <P align=center><IMG style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: 1px solid; WIDTH: 445px; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px solid; HEIGHT: 297px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=17218" border=0></P> <P><BR>A TAM lounge will be set up on Second Life’s Berrini Ishttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Brazils-TAM-takes-a-step-into-the-virtual-world-of-Second-Life-213217/
  • Senior pilots sue FAA over its age limit ruling

    News | 10 Apr 2007 00:00 | Darren Shannon

    <P>A group of US Airways pilots has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration’s head Marion Blakey, seeking an immediate extension to the existing upper age limit of 60 for commercial pilots to 65. The three pilots, part of a pressure group called the Senior Pilots Coalition, will all reach 60 by 20 January 2008, at least a year before the FAA is expected to relax its age restrictions to 65. </P> <P><BR>They want individual waivers of the age 60 maximum which they say is within the FAA’s existing powers. The FAA has already signalled its intention to harmonise with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s implementation last November of a new standard raising the recommended age from 60 to 65.</P> <P><BR>Under current FAA guidelines, any change will not be retroactive, but it has left the door slightly ajar on whether airlines might be able to rehire pilots aged 60-65 after the rule change, saying: “This will be addressed as we draft the notice of proposed ruhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Senior-pilots-sue-FAA-over-its-age-limit-ruling-213119/
  • Delta invests in electric wheel drive

    News | 10 Apr 2007 00:00 | Darren Shannon

    System will enable pilots to back off stands and taxi without aircraft engines or a tug and should be 'fuel neutral'http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Delta-invests-in-electric-wheel-drive-213150/
  • Canada reveals new aerospace R&D scheme

    News | 03 Apr 2007 10:49 | Darren Shannon

    <P><A href="http://www.conservative.ca/" target=_blank>Canada’s&nbsp;new conservative government</A> has revealed plans to invest almost C$900 million ($785 million) in aerospace and defence over the next five years. </P> <P>The announcement was welcomed by the Canadian aerospace industry, which had been concerned that the government might not replace the original Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) initiative, which was closed at the end of 2006. </P> <P>The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) is a risk-sharing partnership described by <A href="http://www.aiac.ca/" target=_blank>Aerospace&nbsp;Industries Association of Canada</A> chairman, Don Campbell, as “critical to sustaining the more than C$! billion a year our companies invest in aerospace R&amp;D in Canada”. </P> <P>When in opposition, the conservatives were critical of TPC, only two-thirds of which went to aerospace and defence, wheras SADI will focus entirely on the sector. Industry minister Maxime Bernier shttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Canada-reveals-new-aerospace-RD-scheme-213068/