" ); } header( "HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found" ); } } else { header( "Location: $homepage" );

Boeing and Airbus News


Homepage  Wonders of Nature    Photo Album


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fly’s for the First Time





The newest member of the Boeing family of commercial jetliners took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 10:27 a.m. local time. After approximately three hours, it landed at 1:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and Capt. Randy Neville tested some of the airplane's systems and structures, as on-board equipment recorded and transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team at Boeing Field. After take-off from Everett, the airplane followed a route over the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Capts. Carriker and Neville took the airplane to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and an air speed of 180 knots, or about 207 miles (333 kilometres) per hour, customary on first flight. “Today is truly a proud and historic day for the global team who has worked tirelessly to design and build the 787 Dreamliner - the first all-new jet airplane of the 21st century," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We look forward to the upcoming flight test program and soon bringing ground-breaking levels of efficiency, technology and passenger comfort to airlines and the flying public."

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the first Boeing 787 will be joined in the flight test program in the coming weeks and months by five other 787s



British Airways Buy 12 Airbus a 380 and 24 787s


The airline is buying 12 Airbus A380 super jumbos and 24 Boeing 787s. It also has options for a further seven A380s and 18 of the 787 planes..  They will be delivered between 2010 and 2014 The new aircraft will replace 34 of BA's existing long-haul fleet. The new planes would be "greener, quieter and more fuel efficient" with much lower CO2 emissions, BA said,  All will be fitted with Rolls Royce engines. The A380 will be used to provide more passenger spaces in key markets, particularly in flights from Heathrow These new aircraft will continue our commitment to deliver the best travel experience to our customers," said BA chief executive Willie Walsh.

"This order builds upon our recent investment in improving the customer experience through (Heathrow) Terminal 5",



Airbus a380 arrives at Heathrow for the First Time




Bringing Airbus Commonality to the 555 seat airliner


  The growing numbers of pilots already qualified on Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft will feel right at home in the A380 flight deck.as the new 555-seat Airbus airliner uses the same cockpit philosophy and operating procedures as the A320 and A330/A340 Families, while also benefiting from advances in technology for displays, flight management systems and navigation The A380 cockpit will have eight identical large interactive displays on the main instrument panel, with cursor control provided through a track-ball. The displays provide a much larger screen area with clearer presentations, and they are augmented by a HUD (head-up display) that increases pilot situational awareness, particularly during the approach and landing phases.



Brake to Vacate


...braking: The Brake-to-Vacate system, designed by a multinational Airbus team, will help ease airport congestion and reduce the amount of time an aircraft remains on the runway. Enabling pilots to select a runway exit while the aircraft is making its landing approach, Brake-to-Vacate uses the auto-flight, flight controls, and auto-brake systems to regulate deceleration after touchdown. This allows the aircraft to reach a specified exit at the correct speed under optimum conditions. The system will be offered as an option on all A380s by 2007, and will be followed by retrofits available on all of other Airbus aircraft Families.



 Airbus A380 arrives in Canada




Airbus A380 Undergoing Cold Weather Testing





 How They Measure Up




Which Aircraft Will Win?

 Airbus entire future (debt) has been bet on the Airbus A380.  Its biggest Order has come from Emirates based In the UAE


Etihad Brand new A340-600 Written Off





An A340-600, which was set for delivery to Etihad, ploughed into a wall at Airbus HQ during ground testing, injuring 10 people. The plane was undergoing final ground testing before being delivered to Etihad based in the UAE.  Etihad had considered cancelling all future orders with Airbus because off the accident.  The plane future is unknown




BA Boeing 777 Crash at London Heathrow






Report on Boeings 777 Crash at London Heathrow


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an urgent safety recommendation calling for a redesign of a Rolls-Royce engine component in the plane, following two engine rollbacks - sudden power losses - last year. It came as a UK accident report showed how a build-up of ice on the fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE) could have caused the incident at Heathrow in January last year that left one person seriously injured among the 150 people on board. The BA flight from Beijing just cleared a perimeter fence at Heathrow before crash landing short of the runway.


The plane's captain Peter Burkill and co-pilot John Coward were hailed as heroes for their skilful handling of the aircraft.


A second incident involving a Boeing 777 occurred 10 months later when a Delta Air Lines plane experienced a single engine rollback while cruising over Montana en route to Atlanta. In both cases, a build-up of ice on the FOHE restricted the flow of fuel to the engine, resulting in the engine rollback. As a result, the NTSB has called for a redesign of the FOHE that would eliminate the potential of ice build-up. Rolls-Royce has said that a new version of the component is already under way and it is estimated that it will be ready to be fitted within 12 months. But until then, all Boeing 777s will have to operate with the suspected fault. There are currently 220 Boeing 777s in operation, 15 owned by British Airways. 

Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the NTSB said: "With two of these rollback events occurring within a year, we believe that there is a high probability of something happening again." Air accident investigators in the US have warned there is a "high probability" that a fault leading to the crash landing of a BA jet at Heathrow will strike other Boeing 777s



Airbus A320 Ditched in the Hudson River in New York




What might have been a catastrophe in New York — one that evoked the feel if not the scale of the Sept. 11 attack — was averted by a pilot’s quick thinking and deft manoeuvres, and by the nearness of rescue boats,


 A combination that witnesses and officials called miraculous.  As stunned witnesses watched from high-rise buildings on both banks, the Airbus A320, which had risen to 3,200 feet over the Bronx and banked left, came downriver, its fuselage lower than many apartment terraces and windows, in a carefully executed touchdown shortly after 3:30 p.m. that sent up huge plumes of water at midstream, between West 48th Street in Manhattan and Weehawken, N.J.


On board, the pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, unable to get back to La Guardia He had made a command decision to avoid densely populated areas and try for the Hudson, and had warned the 150 passengers to brace for a hard landing.


Most had their heads down as the jetliner slammed into the water, nose slightly up, just three minutes after take-off on what was to be a flight to Charlotte, N.C. Many on board and watching from the shores were shocked that the aircraft did not sink immediately instead, it floated, twisting and drifting south in strong currents, as three New York Waterway commuter ferries moved in.


Moments later, terrified passengers began swarming out the emergency exits into brutally cold air and onto the submerged wings of the bobbing jetliner, which began taking in water. As the first ferry nudged up alongside, witnesses said, some passengers were able to leap onto the decks. Others were helped aboard by ferry crews.. 


Soon, a small armada of police boats, fireboats, tugboats and Coast Guard craft converged on the scene, and some of them snubbed up to keep the jetliner afloat. Helicopters brought wet-suited police divers, who dropped into the water to help with the rescues. Over the next hour, as a captivated city watched continuous television reports and the Hudson turned from gold to silver in the gathering winter twilight, all of the passengers, including at least one baby, and both pilots and all three flight attendants, were transferred to the rescue boats a feat that unfolded as the white and blue jetliner continued to drift south. When all were out the pilot walked up and down the aisle twice to make sure the plane was empty, officials said


Boeing 747 Eats Baggage Cart on Runway in LA




A large metal baggage container was sucked into the engine of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on Monday as the giant jetliner prepared to depart with 245 passengers from Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. when Flight 61 to Narita, Japan, pulled back from Gate 101 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Airport officials said the vacuum created by the air intake of the left outboard engine was so strong it pulled the empty container off a baggage cart that was either parked or driven too close to the aircraft.


Thomas Cook Boeing 757 Fuel Leak Alert





A Boeing 757 belonging to Thomas Cook the holiday company had to make an emergency landing at Turin Caselle airport on 21 February 2010 because of a major fuel leak.  The plane had just taken off from the airport en route to Birmingham, UK when it was forced to return to Turin.  If it had continued, the plane would not have had enough fuel to complete the journey. Passengers and crew stayed at a nearby hotel overnight and completed their journey safely, following repairs to the plane, on 22 February 2010.  The runway had to be closed for two hours while the fuel was cleaned up and several flights were diverted.


A380engine explodes in mid-air all 459 on board escape




Qantas grounds entire Airbus A380 fleet for investigations as passengers say engine blew up and 'shot a hole through wing'  A mid-air explosion followed by a shower of debris led many to fear the worst yesterday for a Qantas Airbus A380 that had just taken off from Singapore.

15 minutes into the flight passengers heard a boom and the A380 Airbus shook violently. Flames shot from the number two Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine as part of it disintegrated and a tore a hole through the engine casing and wing.  The plane made an emergency landing, trailing smoke from a blackened engine – and raising questions about the superjumbo's safety.The grounding of the fleet has triggered serious safety concerns about aircraft maintenance.

Qantas immediately came under attack from the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, which linked mechanical problems to the outsourcing of maintenance work. Qantas said it stood by its safety record. The A380 Airbus was carrying 440 passengers, 26 crew had taken off from Changi Airport at 9.56am, bound for Sydney.

Aviation experts said last night that it was a lucky escape because had the metal shards been shot out horizontally and not vertically, they would have sliced through the plane's fuselage It can only get worse for Qantas the day after the A380 scare a Qantas 747 jet also suffered engine failure on route from the US with the same flight crew from the A380 incident

Emirates did not ground their fleet of A380 as they are not fitted with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines


United Airlines Flight 497 makes emergency landing




A United Airlines flight was forced to land 'blind' after an instrument failure caused the cockpit to fill with smoke. Flight 497 carrying 109 passengers took off from New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong airport and experienced problems 20 minutes into the flight. Voice recordings of the pilot talking to air traffic controllers reveal how the pilots were guided by the air traffic controllers so that they were able to land the plane safely after the Airbus 319 lost all its electronics. When the plane landed it ran off the runway because it had lost its anti-skid braking and nose-wheel steering. In order the get the aircraft back to the terminal air traffic controllers had to guide the plane by means of visible landmarks such as the Mississippi river.  A controller said ‘United497, just continue the left turn, I will tell you when to stop, sir.'

The pilot then says: 'We've got water contact. What vector are we from the airport.'

The plane needed a longer runway than usual because the backup systems did not have the stopping power that the plane normally has.  The longest runway at the airport – runway 19 – had construction work taking place on it so it was a race against time to clear the runway so that the plane could land.

After ten minutes of talking the plane back to the airport the Air Traffic controller says: 'You going to make it sir.'

The pilot responds calmly: ‘Yes’



More Bad news for the A380 Fitted with RR Engines


Up to 40 Rolls-Royce engines on Airbus A380 superjumbos worldwide will need to be replaced, according to Australian airline Qantas.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was speaking two weeks after a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on an A380 exploded in mid-air, forcing an emergency landing.

Qantas has grounded its six A380s since the incident.

The Trent 900 engines are used on A380s operated by Qantas, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Between them the three airlines operate 20 A380 planes, each of which has four Rolls-Royce engines.

Mr Joyce told reporters at Sydney airport the airline had already replaced three engines on its planes.

"We've been talking to Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we understand that the number [of engines to be replaced] is around 40," he said.

"We'll have a daily dialogue with Rolls-Royce to determine which engines actually need to be taken off," he said.

'Specific component'

Investigators believe an oil leak inside the engines may have caused the fire on the Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney on 4 November.

Rolls-Royce has said the engine failure "was confined to a specific component" which led to an oil fire and loss of turbine pressure.

The plane was forced to return to Singapore shortly after take-off.

All 459 passengers and crew were unharmed, but analysts said it was the most serious incident in the three-year history of the Airbus plane.

All six of Qantas' A380s have been grounded while safety checks are carried out.

Singapore Airlines, with 11 A380s, said it has replaced three Trent 900s. Lufthansa, with three of the aircraft, said it has replaced one engine, but the reason was unrelated to the Qantas explosion.

Other A380 users Emirates and Air France do not use Rolls' engines(story from the bbc)




Flight from East Midlands to Turkey Using Airnav Radar Box









Please e-mail me at



Sign my Guestbook from Bravenet.com
This webpage is powered by free green solar power

HomeSun - Free Solar Panels & SolarShare From The Market Leader

Page 2

© Puddy Inc 2012