SpaceX launched ten satellites into low orbit on 14th January in the first phase of a constellation network of 81 satellites. By early 2018, these Iridium NEXT satellites could transform air traffic control, making it possible to know the exact flight position in real-time of all aircraft equipped with the GlobalBeacon system. Watch the launch video without comment. Read the article.
All Tupolev Tu-154s are grounded in the wake of the crash of a Syria-bound Russian aircraft on 25th December, moments after take off from the resort town of Sochi. Over 900 models of the Russian three-engine jet have been built since the first one was developed in the early 1960s. aeronewstv takes a look at the aircraft.
In the aftermath of the LaMia airlines BAe 146 crash in Colombia, investigators favour the theory that the plane ran out of fuel. Analysis of the aircraft’s black boxes will shed more light on the tragic accident that left 71 dead, including members of a Brazilian first division football team on their way to the final of the South American cup.
"Sully", Clint Eastwood's latest film tells the story of the legendary emergency landing by the US Airways Airbus A320 on New York's Hudson River, and the subsequent inquiry and investigation. As the film is released in Europe, listen to the pilot-in-command of Flight 1549, Captain Chesley Sullenberger.