Over the last few years some commercial aircraft have a bump that has appeared on their fuselages. What it is exactly and what it is for? Read on and watch the video.
On 7th January, a British Airways Boeing 777 flew from New-York to London in just five hours and 16 minutes, instead of the usual seven hours. An exceptionally short flight time for a subsonic commercial aircraft made possible by an exceptionally strong tail wind, in this case a jet stream, or fast flowing, narrow air current. Here’s how…
When the time has come to retire after twenty years spent in the air, airliners must be dismantled, like those here at the side of Tarbes airport, in south-western France. Since 2009, Tarmac Aerosave has specialized in the dismantling of aircraft, and in so doing, has recycled fifty aircraft of all types from a variety of backgrounds.
At the end of October Airbus announced that they have obtained a common type rating for their A330’s and A350 XWB’s; but in concrete terms what does this mean? Simply put, the US and European civil aviation authorities recently decided that the piloting and handling qualities of the A330 and A350 XWB were similar enough to allow pilots of these aircraft to transfer from one to the other without having to take a full conversion course.
Between a 1937 Dewoitine D338 and, a 1957 Lockheed Starliner, the difference is obvious. On the ground, the first ‘plane inclines with its tail on the ground, the second is horizontal. Why ? Due to their "conventional" or "tricycle" undercarriage, and their development has several interesting reasons.
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 ?
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 ?