Archive For June 29, 2012

Brave pilots fight Colorado fires

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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. Related posts: Erickson’s Aero Tanker MD-87 Goodbye Martin Mars Wayne Coulson reflects on the Martin Mars

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Going Postal

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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. Related posts: Boeing Defection Day Continues Will AA Execute a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing? Alitalia out of the AEA Etihad Releases Study on US Airline…

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Coach Seating and Comfort

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Coach Seating and Comfort






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…

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WheelTug completes 737NG tests

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WheelTug completes 737NG tests






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…

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CSeries Update

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This week AirInsight visited Montreal and Mirabel along with other media and analysts. The unedited videos below provide readers with some of the briefings. Related posts: With Airbus Validation, the Pratt & Whitney GTF is Poised for Market Leadership Noisy Neighbors? Lufthansa’s EVP Corporate Fleet discusses NEO, CS, LEAP-X and GTF LCI’s Mike Platt, Unplugged

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Vampires Beware – Electric Window Shades on the 787 Aren’t Dark Enough!

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Vampires Beware – Electric Window Shades on the 787 Aren’t Dark Enough!






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…

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