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How Will Oil Drive The Next Narrowbody Wave?
The drilling world may finally be facing its “peak oil” climax, but the rising price of oil is set to spur at least one more surge of new narrowbody deliveries, according to recent financial analyses.
The next five years could see a perfect storm of conditions driving demand for new single-aisle large commercial aircraft, thanks to rising oil prices and related factors, say new reports from financial and energy analysts.

Irkut MS-21-300 successfully completes certification test program in natural icing conditions
PJSC Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation of Rostec) has successfully completed certification tests of the MS-21-300 airliner (above) under natural icing conditions. The aircraft attained normal performance even when covered with 8 cm thick layer of ice. This fully complies with Russian and European aviation standards: according to certification rules, performance characteristics must be maintained with a layer of ice 7.6 cm thick.


Veteran Airline Exec Launching a New Airline on Heels of Pandemic Says Nothing Crazy About It
Andrew Levy sure sounds undaunted about the prospect of launching an airline in the teeth of the worst crisis for the industry in its century-long history. Is the former Allegiant and United executive crazy, or will time show the brilliance of his bold move?

How long will Emirates keep the A380s in its fleet?
The ongoing struggles with the Boeing 777X delivery are raising questions about the status of Emirates’ Airbus A380s, which are destined to be replaced with Boeing's yet-to-be-certified wide-body. How long will Emirates keep Super Jumbos in its fleet?

Flydubai returns UAE’s only Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service
The United Arab Emirates low-cost carrier flydubai returns five of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service.
The United Arab Emirates low-cost carrier flydubai returns five of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service. On April 8, 2021, the airline operated its first flight with the aircraft from Dubai International (DXB) to Sialkot International Airport (SKT).

UPS to buy up to 150 electric cargo aircraft
On April 7, 2021, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced plans to purchase up to 150 electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) cargo aircraft.
The express delivery giant, together with its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary, would buy the eVTOL cargo aircraft from Beta Technologies (BETA) to supplement its air services specifically for small and mid-size markets.

Ethiopian Airlines celebrates 75 years of flying
Ethiopian Airline Group, the largest Pan-African aviation group, celebrates its 75th anniversary today, April 8, 2021.
Ethiopian made its maiden international flight on April 8, 1946 to Cairo. Since then, the Airline overcame the ups and downs of the aviation industry and the challenges unique to Africa to become Africa’s largest, most profitable and award-winning Aviation Group.

Air Tunilik receives $5 million to support and improve air service north of the 49th parallel in Canada
The Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, is pleased to announce the allocation of $5 million of financial assistance to Air Tunilik in order to support its expansion project, which will ensure better air services for tourists wishing to visit northern Québec.

Belavia takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8
Belavia Belarusian Airlines (Minsk) on April 7 took delivery of their first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, registered as EW-528PA (msn 43344, ln 7602).
Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of one new Boeing 737-8 aircraft on long-term lease to Belavia Belarusian Airlines. Featuring CFM LEAP-1B engines, this is the first of five new Boeing 737-8s confirmed to deliver to Belavia from ALC’s order book with Boeing.


Changi Airport launches online concierge service to support passengers during COVID-19
Planning air travel into Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic is now easier and more seamless following the launch of the new Safe Travel Concierge (STC) by Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Seattle-Tacoma Airport introduces sensory and prayer rooms for passengers
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has introduced unique customer amenities to better serve the airport’s diverse community of travellers.
Marking World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2021, the airport unveiled a new Sensory Room, designed to reduce the stress of travel for those with neurological or developmental disabilities. The airport also unveiled its new Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room.


Unlikely to rejoin, US retires Open Skies Treaty aircraft
The United States is unlikely to rejoin the Open Skies Treaty, which allows mutual aerial monitoring of military movements and strategic installations of the signatory countries, according to a diplomatic note seen by Defense News. US President Joe Biden’s administration is concerned that reintegrating the organization would send the “wrong message” to Russia.

USAF officially unveils F-15EX, names it Eagle II
“Undefeated in aerial combat, the F-15 Eagle epitomized air superiority in the minds of our enemies, allies, and the American people for over 45 years, but it was not meant to fly forever. We heard the demand signal from our warfighters,” United States Air Force top acquisition official Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson said.

Four Greek pilots begin training to become Rafale instructors
Four pilots of the Hellenic Air Force started their training in France to become accustomed to the Dassault Rafale fighter jet, recently acquired by Greece. Three of them were formerly flying the Dassault Mirage 2000 while one flew the General Dynamics F-16, according to the Greek media Pentapostagma.

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The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.

- Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939.

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General Trivia

1. Most pilots likely believe that it is safer to ditch a low-wing airplane with retractable landing gear than a high-wing airplane with retractable landing gear. What are three advantages, however, of ditching a high-wing airplane?

2. A four-engine Avro York, the Ascalon, was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s personal transport and flying conference room. It was supposed to carry “Churchill’s Egg” but never did. What was Churchill’s Egg?

3. What clever ploy is used on some of the Canadian Air Force’s McDonnell Douglas F/A–18 fighters to improve their combat effectiveness?

4. If you place a buzzard in an eight-foot by six-foot pen that is completely open at the top, why, despite its ability to fly, will the buzzard be imprisoned within the pen?

5. It used to be common practice on fighter aircraft for every fifth round of ammunition to be a tracer as an aid in aiming. Provide three reasons why using tracers was not such a great idea.

6. Who invented the conventional four-way control stick and rudder pedals?

7. Pilots often “pickle the trim” when activating an electrically operated elevator trim, and fighter pilots talk about “pickling a round.” How did the word pickle come to be used in reference to pushing an electrical switch?

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