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UK Airport Inspired by "Star Wars" to Fight Off Bird Strike

A UK airport has come up with a futuristic way to fight bird strike - and its all thanks to Star Wars. Scotland's Dundee Airport is using a space-age "lightsaber" to scare off birds that can often threaten the safety of the aircrafts departing and landing at the airport. The 8000 pounds (NZ$18367) hand-held gadget fires off a bright green light - that can emit for aro...

Where to see the Vulcan bomber farewell tour

The world's last flying Vulcan bomber, XH558, will this weekend perform fly-pasts around the country giving large crowds a chance to say goodbye to the Cold War bomber. Hundreds of thousands are expected this weekend to try to catch a farewell glimpse of the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber as the majestic Cold War jet makes fly-pasts around the country in a farewell tour. The dis...

Etihad brings forward its first A380 flight to New York

Etihad has brought forward the first scheduled flight of its Airbus A380 service to New York. The Abu Dhabi carrier was originally due to start the service to John F Kennedy Airport on December 1, but said that it has changed the first flight to November 23. “The updated arrival date and additional capacity for the A380 service comes in response to strong demand from Etihad Airways gue...

New-generation Su-35S fighters conduct exercises in Kamchatka

Newest fighters have conducted exercises over the Sea of ··Okhotsk off the coast of Kamchatka. They drilled support of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft of the Russian Pacific Fleet, the Eastern Military District press service reported on Friday. "The crews of the Sukhoi Su-35S fighters drilled escort of the Ilyushin IL-38 ASW planes of the Pacific Fleet’s naval avia...

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo approaching maiden flight

Construction of Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo is progressing quickly but cautiously with technicians fitting the main oxidiser tank into the suborbital spaceplane in preparation for its maiden flight, which is expected “soon”. This second vehicle carries the hopes of Richard Branson’s space tourism venture after the disintegration of the first spacecraft almost o...

KAI conducts maiden flight of KT-100 ab initio trainer

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the first flight of its KT-100 aircraft, the ab initio trainer variant of the KC-100 Naraon light aircraft. The flight took place on 5 October from KAI’s Sacheon factory, and last about one hour and twenty minutes, KAI says in a statement. The KT-100 variant features a video/voice recorder, identification friend-or-foe equipment, and other...

AVIC announces CNY20 billion general aviation base

AVIC plans to develop a CNY20 billion ($3.2 billion) general aviation base in the country’s central Hubei province. The development will cover 30 square km in Jingmen City, says a report in state newspaper China Daily. The work will be completed in eight years. “AVIC will build 50 such complexes across China to cover 90% of the country’s population in order to build a natio...

Russia has offered Egypt the helicopters developed for the Mistral

Russia has offered the helicopters developed for the Mistral to Egypt, which intends to purchase from France the helicopter carriers built for the Russian Navy, said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec Corporation. “If Egypt decides to acquire the Mistral ships, then of course we will offer them the helicopters that we adapted and created just for this ship,” said the head of Rostec Corp...

Technodinamika plans to be involved in the collaborative effort to build Russo-Chinese aircraft

Analysts at Technodinamika assume that the parts and components market for the Russo-Chinese wide-body aircraft project will grow to RUB 98.7 billion by 2020.  The holding company is set to join the collaborative effort to build a Russo-Chinese long-range wide-body aircraft that is being developed in conjunction between Chinese COMAC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. Today Technodinamik...

S7 Airlines opened sale of tickets for flights to Malaga and Ibiza

S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance, increases the number of destinations in Spain and opens in the summer schedule two new flights from Moscow – to Malaga and Ibiza. S7 Airlines will perform direct flights from Moscow to Malaga from the 30th of April 2016 twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flight S7-869 will depart from the Moscow...

United to return to NZ from July 2016

United is returning to New Zealand for the first time in 13 years with a new San Francisco-Auckland service due to start on July 3 2016. The flights will initially operate three times a week with Boeing 787-8s before increasing to daily from October 30 2016 with the larger 787-9 Dreamliner. United said its flights would be operated in coordination with fellow Star Alliance member Air New Zea...

CAAC Nods to Name New Chengdu Airport "Chengdu Tianfu International Airport"

Chengdu has been given the green light to name its new airport "Chengdu Tianfu International Airport", local media SCTV news reported. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has agreed to name Chengdu's new airport "Chengdu Tianfu International Airport", an airport to be located at the Lujia town of Jianyang city, 51.5 kilometers away from the center of C...

Malaysia Airlines to Trim Pilots by Seconding Them to Other Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is gearing up to trim its number of pilots by embarking on a secondment exercise. Aviation International News (AIN) Online, an aviation industry news portal, reported that the airline was planning to offer 100 to 200 Boeing 737-800 pilots from its narrow-body fleet for secondment next year to interested airlines. If that plan fails to materialise, the...

Air France Pilot Union Says Ready to Resume Talks with Management

Air France's main pilot union SNPL is ready to resume talks with the carrier's management over a planned restructuring, a union spokesman said on Thursday. The airline's unions are up in arms over plans to cut 2,900 jobs at the struggling airline, a move that triggered a fracas on Monday with executives hounded from a meeting, their shirts torn from their backs. Air France-KLM Ch...

Boeing Wins 182 Commercial Plane Orders in Third Quarter, Delivers 580

Boeing Co booked 182 commercial aircraft orders in the third quarter and delivered a record 580 planes, putting it on track to easily hit its delivery target for the year and keep its title as the world's biggest plane maker. However, Boeing's order tally, released Thursday, remained far below arch-rival Airbus Group. Boeing has booked 507 orders this year, compared with 875 for Ai...

Air New Zealand Teams with United Airlines to Help Fend Off Qantas Challenge

Air New Zealand and United Airlines have launched a pre-emptive strike against the Qantas and American Airlines trans-Pacific alliance, with United announcing it will begin flying Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Auckland to San Francisco from July. Qantas has been pressuring its Kiwi rival with the launch of Jetstar regional domestic flights in New Zealand, and by announcing this week new...

Philippines to Modernize Aging Manila Airport, Boost Capacity

The Philippine government is considering bringing in investors to modernize Manila's 33-year-old airport as President Benigno Aquino tries to upgrade the country's infrastructure. Companies will be brought in on 15- to 20-year concessions to invest more than 120 billion pesos (US$2.6 billion) to upgrade Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Transportation Secretary Joseph...

The World's First Airport for Drones Will Be Built in Rwanda

Rwanda is on track to build what's being billed as the world's first airport for drones next year. This week, Rwanda's Civil Aviation Authority said it is drafting regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles to be submitted to the government's cabinet. Officials hope regulations will be in place by 2016, when a pilot project for cargo drones is set to break ground. Transpo...

Passengers on Flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur Stuck in Airport Limbo

Passengers of a cancelled Malaysia Airlines flight have spent the last day in limbo at Auckland Airport. Flight MH130 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to depart on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. An Auckland woman, who was booked on the flight, said departure was initially delayed by half an hour. Then it was an hour, then three. Eventually, staff told the waiting passenge...

Delta Flight Turns Back, Lands Safely After Striking Bird

A Delta Air Lines flight headed from Seattle to Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon has turned back and landed safely after striking a bird, officials with the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said. The airbus A330 struck a bird shortly after takeoff, affecting one of the engines, airport spokesman Kevin Jeffries said. An alert was issued for Flight 281 about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Th...

Brégier: Airbus confident of A320neo delivery in 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is confident the European manufacturer will meet a year-end deadline to bring its A320neo into commercial service. The statement followed last week’s “minor damage” to one of the test aircraft’s engines. MSN6101, the first A320neo prototype equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G, was affected. The A320neo test plane wa...