Every Saturday, over the next few weeks, we will be putting a three minute report, produced by our editorial team and entitled "Men and planes of the First World War" online. The First World War, which caused ten million victims over four years, led to the development of military aviation. Feel free to comment on these reports.
Last August 27th., we talked about BOC Aviation, a Chinese commercial aircraft sales and leasing company, who has placed an order with Boeing for 80 aircraft. But who are these big spenders ? How many aircraft do they have at their disposal ? Who are their clients ? What are the advantages of this business ?
Today, July 28th., marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The occasion for us to focus on military aviation during the conflict. In 1914, its role was relatively vague, but after only a short time several specialities began to appear : reconnaissance, observation, combat and bombardment.
On the occasion of Farnborough Air Show, in lieu of the initial 189-seater, Boeing announced the launch of a greater capacity 200-seater version of its 737 MAX-8. In order to do be able to do this, strangely perhaps, they will not have to enlarge the fuselage, but simply add a pair of additional doors. How come ?
With its Times Square, skyscrapers and 13,000 yellow cab, New York annually attracts more than 45 million tourists, some of whom, in wanting to see as much as possible of the "Big Apple", in as short a time as possible, often do not hesitate to go over the top, so to speak, as evidenced south of the city, by the incessant helicopters, toing and froing overhead…
The Extra 330-SC is the reigning world champion aerobatic title holder in all categories. This aircraft, which has been produced since 2010 by the German manufacturer Walter Extra, is a small technological jewel weighing under 600 lbs. (270 kg) capable of slicing through the air thanks to its 315 h.p. 6-cylinder Lycoming engine.
59 years after its maiden flight, the Caravelle has taken on its livery again, that of a former French airline. This aircraft, the last produced by Sud-Aviation, will soon join the Aeroscopia Museum scheduled to open in the second half of 2014. An occasion for us to take a brief look at its history.
On 18th. May, in all legality, five wing-suited members of the Red Bull Air Force flew over Manhattan. At a speed of over 110 mph, these "bird-men" flew over the skyscrapers of New York before their parachute landing on a platform specially installed for the event on the Hudson River. Flight duration: two minutes.
The third round of the Red Bull Air Race took place about twenty kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur on 17th., and 18th., May over the lake at Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia; and it was with the colossal Putra Mosque as a backdrop that 12 of the world's fastest globetrotters thrilled the spectators...