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Flightglobal’s excellent perspective on the Boeing 747 on it’s 40th anniversary

2010 is the 40th anniversary of the commencement of commercial operations of the venerable Boeing 747 ‘jumbo jet’. On this anniversary Flightglobal has put together an excellent historical perspective on the Boeing 747 which is well worth a read. Also do take the time to read Bangalore Aviation’s historical perspective on the 40 year old rivalry between Boeing and Airbus …

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Passenger sets off firecracker on board Northwest flight

News channels are reporting that a passenger aboard a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport set off firecrackers aboard Northwest/Delta flight 253 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, MI, USA, an Airbus A330-300, causing a commotion and some minor injuries. News reports quoting Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott the flight carrying 278 passengers, had just arrived in Detroit when the incident took place …

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Image: Airbus A400M transport lifts-off on maiden flight

Airbus Military’s all-new A400M took off for its maiden flight from Seville Airport in Spain from runway 09 at 10:15 local time (09:15Z). In line with the extreme delays on this program even the first flight was delayed by 15 minutes. At the controls was Chief Test Pilot Military, Edward “Ed” Strongman, 60, with Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo, …

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A string of aviation incidents in India in the last 24 hours — one extremely reckless

Over the 24 hours a string of aviation incidents have come to light across India. One is a minor mistake with major reaction, and one which can be only described as outright reckless. 1. Jet Airways. VT-JGC. On 20th October, a Jet Airways Boeing 737-900 registration VT-JGC performing flight 9W 332 from New Delhi Indira Gandhi International to Mumbai Chhatrapati …

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Spotting images: Deccan 360 Airbus A310-324 passenger converted freighter at Bangalore

Last Saturday we got a “heads-up” that Capt. Gopinath’s new cargo airline Deccan 360 had sent one of it freighters to Bangalore for flying practice. At the old HAL airport we caught VT-AIO doing touch and go’s. This plane commenced it’s career as 9V-STE with Singapore Airlines in 1994. In 2005 it was leased to Air India and was re-registered …

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GlobeGround driver hits, damages and grounds Gulf Air Airbus A320 at Bangalore – Update 1

Bahrain based Gulf Air had suspended it’s Bahrain Bangalore service in March this year. It resumed the service recently on October 24, and the resumption reached an unhappy situation last night. A driver of Gulf Air’s ground handling agent GlobeGround India drove his step-ladder in to the rear horizontal stabiliser of their Airbus A320-212 registration A9C-EN, damaging and grounding the …

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Airbus to introduce “Sharklets” on the Air New Zealand A320s in end 2012

Airbus has launched its version of the large wingtip devices called “Sharklet” for the A320 family. These devices are very similar looking to the AVP winglets found on the Boeing 737NG family. Airbus A320 “Sharklets” with CFM engines Offered as a forward-fit option, Sharklets are specially designed to enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family of aircraft …

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EASA certifies “Brake To Vacate” (BTV) and “Runway Overrun Warning & Prevention” (ROW/ROP) systems on the Airbus A380

Following recent successful development testing, “Brake-To-Vacate” (BTV) and “Runway Overrun Warning and Prevention” (ROW/ROP) have both been approved and certified for the Airbus A380 by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). BTV is an Airbus innovation in pilot aid to ease airport congestion and improve runway turnaround time, and ROW/ROP addresses runway excursion risk at landing. Both BTV and ROW/ROP …

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Photos: Airbus A330-200F freighter first flight

The new dedicated Freighter variant of the Airbus A330 Family, the A330-200F took to the skies today for a four hour maiden flight over Toulouse, France, marking the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification campaign, prior to delivery to launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010. The new A330-200F is designed as a medium sized …

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Images: First Airbus A330-200F freighter revealed

Image courtesy Airbus S.A.S. Click on image for a high res view. The first A330-200 Freighter test registration F-WWYE MSN 1004 was revealed as it emerged from the paint shop in St. Martin in Toulouse in preparation for the flightline. The aircraft should be handed over to the Airbus flight-test department in about 10 days and the maiden flight is …

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Spotting images: Smokin Touchdowns

This edition of Smokin Touchdowns consists of new Airbus A320 aircraft from two of India’s low fare carriers–A320-214 VT-WAJ of GoAir and A320-232 VT-INZ which till early September was IndiGo airline’s newest. Click on the images to visit the Bangalore Aviation Flickr site for a larger view. To see more Smokin Touchdowns, click here.

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Kingfisher Airlines ceases Airbus A330 operations from Bangalore commences Mumbai to Hong Kong and Singapore

This is one of the finest airplane spotting photos I have ever taken. The first Airbus A330-200 of Kingfisher Airlines VT-VJK in it’s beautiful red and white livery against the blue spring skies approaching Bengaluru International Airport. Sadly this is a sight we cannot expect to see in Bangalore for the foreseeable future. In a re-structuring of it’s international operations …

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