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Germany grounds Merkel's helicopter after fatal Norway crash

The German Defence Ministry decided on Friday to ground the three Airbus Cougar AS532 helicopters used to transport Chancellor Angela Merkel, after a Europe-wide grounding of the civilian version of the aircraft, a ministry spokesman said. An Airbus H225 Super Puma helicopter ferrying passengers...

Boeing Names John Bruns as President Boeing China

The Boeing Company named company veteran John Bruns president of Boeing China, effective July 1.  He will be based in Beijing.  As president of Boeing China, Bruns, 51, will serve as Boeing’s senior in-country executive and lead company-wide activities. He will be responsible for...


Ashley Bryant’s Olympic hopes in doubt after airline loses his pole vaults

The Rio Olympic ambitions of Great Britain’s top decathlete Ashley Bryant could be dashed because his pole vaults failed to arrive in Götzis due to an airline cock-up. The 25-year-old finished the two days of competition in Austria with 8,056 points – an agonising 44 short of the 8,100 required to make it to Rio. The pole vault proved to be the difference as Bryant struggled to...

Nicole Kidman sells Etihad Airways in virtual reality movie

Nicole Kidman is flying high. The Australian Oscar winner stars in a just-released ad campaign by Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The commercial, a five-minute 360-degree virtual reality film, showcases the deluxe service and accommodations of the new Airbus A380. It also raises a couple of burning questions. How do you get a falcon on the UAE’s national...

Ryanair Appoints New Non-Exec Director Capt. Mike O'Brien

Ryanair Holdings plc, confirmed that Capt Mike O’Brien has joined the Board as Non-Exec Director with oversight of Air Safety. An Irish national, Capt O’Brien has a long and distinguished career in the aviation industry having just retired as Head of Flight Operations with the Maltese Civil Aviation Authority whom he joined in 2001, having previously served for 10 years as the Head of...

Why private jets ‘have to get away from the Hollywood image’

You could say that Thomas Flohr, founder, chairman and owner of the executive jets business VistaJet, has an affinity with his product. “I fly as much as 700 hours a year, so I know what our clients want. They want luxury and comfort, of course, because they have certain lifestyle expectations. But they also want efficiency, because their time is a premium. That’s what we aim to giv...

Female British aviator survives desert plane crash

British adventurer on a round-the-world journey has escaped without serious injury after her 1940s bi-plane crashed in the Arizona desert. Tracey Curtis-Taylor suffered only bruises to her thigh after the vintage Boeing Stearman aircraft turned upside down after hitting a bush during takeoff at Winslow, where it had stopped for re-fuelling. Ewald Gritsch, Ms Curtis-Taylor’s Austrian pa...

Former head of Google’s Project Ara on leaving to start Airbus’ new Silicon Valley lab

At this point in Silicon Valley’s history, it’s nearly impossible to walk down the street without tripping over some incubator or accelerator created by a major corporation hoping to magically capture a little bit of the region’s innovative pixie dust. Most of these efforts don’t amount to much more than sightseeing trips, however. And nobody knows that better than Paul...

Ryanair’s CEO Isn’t Afraid to Scare a Few People to Keep Britain in the EU

Ryanair Holdings Plc Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary, emerging as one of the strongest business advocates of Britain staying in the European Union, said the anti-Brexit campaign should be ready to scare voters to secure victory in June 23’s referendum. Asked what he would do to bolster the “Remain” cause if the outcome of the poll is still in doubt 10 days b...

Etihad Airways CEO Hogan to Head Wider Group in Management Revamp

The parent company of Etihad Airways promoted the airline’s chief executive officer to lead the broader group, while giving his position to the chief commercial officer as part of a revamped management structure. James Hogan becomes president and CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, having led the airline since September 2006, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said Sunday in a statement...

Fly Blue Crane, First Airline Founded By A Black Woman, Is Preparing For First International Takeoff

Fly Blue Crane, the first airline established by a black woman, is already spreading its wings and expanding onto bigger and better horizons. Launched by CEO Siza Mzimela in September 2015, the airline has been operating domestically in South Africa since its inception. However, Fly Blue Crane will be taking off for its first international flight on May 13 with service between Cape Town and Windho...

Clive Jackson - Founder Victor Aerospace

Tell us about your career I started out in corporate finance, running my own businesses around commercial property, debt financing and providing financial advice to ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI). However in the early 1990s I saw the potential of the internet and moved on from finance to create Global Beach, one of the first UK digital agencies. Global Beach grew quickly. Clients i...

'El Chapo' Guzmán had more airplanes than the biggest airline in Mexico

Before he was recaptured in January, Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán ran the largest airborne operation in Mexico. Between 2006 and 2015, Mexican authorities seized 599 aircraft — 586 planes and 13 helicopters — that the cartel used to ship drugs throughout Mexico and Latin America, according to information from the Mexican defense ministry (...

Franky Zapata zooms past farthest hoverboard flight record

A couple of weeks go we revealed the Flyboard Air, jet-ski champion Frank Zapata's latest attempt to launch himself skyward. The Air ditches the jet ski, the hose and the tether of the original Flyboard in favor of a jet-powered board that's reportedly capable of a potential top ground speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). And now it has carried Zapata into the record books for the farthest flight b...

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