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Incredible aerial footage of Colorado wildfire tankers (radio chatter included). USAF National Guard C-130’s line up in positions behind the spotter aircraft.  This type of flying requires great precision. Brave crews doing dangerous work.

Most often we hear about passengers going nuts because of delays and other operational snafus.  But what happens when the flight attendant also “goes postal”? Take a look at this.

The use of the terms together seems an oxymoron. Passenger comfort in coach class is notoriously missing, despite the best efforts of the OEMs to design cabins that restore it.

As any passenger knows, it’s the airlines that ultimately decide the seating configuration. Interestlingly, the UK is the only country that has regulations defining the minimum size of passenger seats and the space between seats.

Boeing designed the 787 with comfortable eight abreast seating in mind and airlines immediately chose to narrow the seating and cram in nine abreast. The 777 was intended to have nine and airlines chose 10. None of this speaks to seat pitch.

Airbus, at its recent Innovation Days event spent significant time explaining how its cabin design team is offering the industry’s widest seats.

Even as Airbus touts these wider seats, reality among airlines is something different.  Researching at SeatGuru.com, we discovered that many… Continue reading

Wheeltug plc announced the successful installation and test of the first in-wheel WheelTug® system in Prague on a Germania 737-700. During testing, pilots were able to push the plane back, and taxi without waiting for a tug or powering up the engines. Pilots were able to move the airplane using motors located in the nose wheel powered solely by the aircraft’s APU. WheelTug anticipates savings to be greater than current average airline per-flight profits.

The four day system test was conducted at Prague Ruzyne Airport. The system performed on all pavement types as well as wet and oil-slicked tarmac. You see a short video of the test here.

“I’m excited about seeing engineless-taxi come to aviation. It was a great honour to be the first pilot to use WheelTug on a Boeing 737,” said Germania Captain Patrick Hintzen. “In particular, there are many delays on push back and it… Continue reading

This week AirInsight visited Montreal and Mirabel along with other media and analysts. The unedited videos below provide readers with some of the briefings. Continue reading

The launch customer for the Boeing 787, All Nippon Airlines, has approached Boeing to fix an emerging problem with the electric dimming windows on the 787, which apparently are not dark enough for it’s passengers to sleep comfortably.  Those windows darken significantly, but are not fully opaque, and apparently the additional light entering the cabin is enough to make sleep more difficult on some flights, particularly when the angle of the rising or setting sun is aligned with the fuselage.

Of course, the large size of the windows makes them quite popular with passengers who like to look outside, but the size also brings in more light than smaller windows, requiring more effective shading.  I find the large windows quite attractive, as I typically tend to look outside at several points during a flight.

Ryosei Nomura at ANA stated “for our passengers to have good sleep, we realized… Continue reading