Monthly Archives: July 2013

FAA significantly enhances pilot qualification standards

by Devesh Agarwal The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it is increasing the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. The rule requires first officers – also known as co-pilots – to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours total time as a pilot. Previously, first officers were required …

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Images: Singapore Airlines unveils new cabin product for its Airbus A350XWB and Panasonic eX3 IFE for 777

Small portion of existing Boeing 777-300ER (77W) fleet also to be refitted. by Devesh Agarwal National carrier Singapore Airlines unveiled its next generation of cabin products, which will be deployed on its Airbus A350 XWB aircraft which recently celebrated its first flight on June 14th, and is due to enter service in late 2014. The airline will also initially introduce …

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Infographic: The Boeing 777 is Safe

by Bangalore Aviation Staff After the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International airport this past Saturday, a media firestorm erupted around the Boeing 777 aircraft involved in the crash. Fears grew among much of the traveling public and non-aviation media that the 777 was in fact an unsafe aircraft to fly. This is simply not the case. …

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Infographic: Boeing 777 engine manufacturers’ shares

by Devesh Agarwal The Asiana Boeing 777-200ER which crashed at San Francisco International airport was powered by Pratt and Whitney PW4090 series engines. Three engine manufacturers have offered power plants for the Boeing 777. Pratt and Whitney offered the PW4000 series. Rolls Royce offered its Trent 800 and General Electric offered its GE90 series. The infographic below shows the share …

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BREAKING: Asiana Airlines 777 crash lands at San Francisco International Airport

[Last updated on 04:30 UTC]by Vinay Bhaskara and Devesh Agarwal Asiana 777-200ER Image Credit: Wikimedia Earlier today, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 with service from Seoul Incheon Airport to San Francisco crash landed on arrival at San Francisco. The flight was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Latest reports put the death toll at two. Initial reports are that the …

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Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER crashes at San Francisco airport

by Devesh Agarwal Asiana Boeing 777-200ER. Image courtesy Wikimedia An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER bearing registration HL7742 has crash landed at San Francisco International airport (SFO). Flight OZ 214 from Incheon airport Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco, California, USA, appears to have touched down short of runway 28L. Major portions of the aircraft broke apart, fuselage, tail, landing gear, …

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Vested interests shaping government policy helped AirAsia partner Tatas too

AirAsia India first Airbus A320 with Sharklets VT-ATF

Aviation insiders have known for many years what AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes dared publicly state the day before yesterday, after his meeting with civil aviation minister Ajit Singh. Vested interests have shaped, nay, distorted Indian civil aviation policy. One of the more shameful rules of Indian civil aviation is the policy of allowing Indian carriers to operate international flights only …

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Boeing 2nd quarter deliveries point to slow recovery from 787 fiasco

by Vinay Bhaskara Chicago based airframer Boeing S.A. reported a 13% rise year over year in aircraft deliveries for the second quarter of 2013, after the resumption of 787 Dreamliner deliveries in May following its grounding earlier this year pushed the total to 169 aircraft, up from 150 a year prior and 137 in the first quarter of 2013. Boeing delivered 116 737 Next-Generation narrow-bodies …

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Air India to commence Australia service with 787 Dreamliner in late August

by Devesh Agarwal After many a false start, it appears national carrier Air India is scheduled to commence its Australia service at the end of August. The airline will use its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to operate the route. A schedule for a triangular service between Delhi, Sydney and Melbourne has been loaded in to global distribution systems, but inexplicably, the …

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Design evolution of the Bangalore Aviation logo

by Devesh Agarwal Over the years, with your support, Bangalore Aviation has evolved from a simple personal blog, to become India’s largest aviation blog, and in the “top 15” of the world. One the key drivers of this growth is our belief in “CIP” or Continuous Improvement Process. We believe in taking feedback from YOU, our dear readers, and trying …

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