Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis on KLM flight refused to wear masks and blocked both aisles to pray
Passengers were surprised to see Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis praying and blocking both aisles of the KLM plane.
The KLM flight #KL642 departed New York JFK on April, 6th to Amsterdam.
Turkish NF-5 jet crashes during aerobatic training, the pilot killed
A Northrop NF-5 belonging to the Türk Yıldızları (Turkish Stars), the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force, crashed during a training flight near Konya Air Base in central Turkey on April 7, 2021. The pilot was killed.
EASA certifies Ryanair’s high-density Boeing 737 MAX 8200
On April 6, 2021, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted certification for the Boeing 737 MAX 8200 aircraft, the high-density variant Boeing developed for the low-cost market.
Following in the footsteps of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European regulator approved the commercial use of the MAX 8200, a variant of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which was specifically designed to maximize the seating capacity on the single-aisle aircraft.
Boeing’s revenue down by nearly 50 percent since 2018
Boeing is one of the biggest companies in the world, but the airline giant has had a very tumultuous last couple of years. Even before 2020’s Coronavirus pandemic, the company was already experiencing sharp declines in various metrics due to a major global controversy around one of its aircraft.
According to the latest industry analysts’ data, Boeing’s revenue of $58.16 billion in 2020 was a 42.5% decrease compared to 2018’s record-high revenue of over $101 billion – a CAGR of -24.16%.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic call for transatlantic flights opening
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are pushing the country’s government to establish an air bridge between the United Kingdom and the United States, expecting it to start working from May 17, 2021.
Airlines Ready to Put Green Shoots Behind for Permanent Recovery
A year ago, airline industry leaders were excited by “green shoots” of emerging demand for summer travel. After a relatively busy summer season, the Covid pandemic surged, showing it wasn’t done, and those green shoots withered. Now, with increasing vaccinations and rebounding economies worldwide, the industry is more cautiously optimistic that the shoots they see now will endure and grow.
Xiamen Airlines prepares for Boeing 737 MAX comeback?
Xiamen Airlines, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines (ZNH), reportedly is preparing its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for a return to service, a sign that the 737 MAX might soon be recertified to operate in China.
On April 6, 2021, Xiamen Airlines told the Chinese media outlet the Global Times that it was modifying its Boeing 737 MAX airplanes after the technical guidelines issued by Boeing.
Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 “Erfurt” will become climate research aircraft
Predicting the weather even more accurately, analyzing climate changes even more precisely, researching even better how the world is developing. This is the goal of a globally unique cooperation between Lufthansa and several research institutes.
TAP Air Portugal passengers can now be tested at Lisbon Airport
TAP Air Portugal, in partnership with UCS, the Group’s Health Care Unit, now offers all TAP passengers a COVID-19 testing service at Lisbon airport.
The results of the tests are sent directly to the passenger by e-mail within 30 minutes in the case of the Rapid Antigen Tests; and between 6 to 8 hours in the case of PCR Tests.
San Francisco Airport extends plastic-free policy to tackle use of plastic bottles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles.
In August 2019, SFO became the first airport in the world to prohibit the provision or sale of single-use water bottles in plastic or aseptic paper packaging. This policy has now been expanded to prohibit the sale of any beverages – including sodas, teas and juices – in plastic or aseptic paper packaging.
Prague Revamps Airport to Be Friendlier to Remote Workers Flying for Team Meetings
Prague’s airport has debuted new perks and processes to boost its appeal as a transfer and stopover hub. The Czech capital hopes to attract more off-site gatherings and business retreats.
US Air Force fails first ARRW hypersonic missile launch test
The United States Air Force was unable to demonstrate its advancement in hypersonic weapons as the ARRW AGM-183A missile, due to be carrying out its first flight test on April 5, 2021, failed to launch.
I suppose I'm as good as the next guy, but that's about all. Only reason I'm still flying while a lot of other great guys are gone is because I've had the breaks so far. I believe though, that the breaks are going to continue my way. The minute a flyer gets the notion that his number is up, he's finished. I start out, and know I'm coming back, and that's all there is to it.
Fear? You bet your life. But it's always on the way up. Then you get to thinking about a lot of things, but that all leaves you as you reach combat. Then there's a sense of great excitement, a thrill you can't duplicate anywhere. Then there can be no fear, no thought of life or death, no dream of yesterday or tomorrow.
What you have at that moment is — well, it may sound strange, but it's actually fun. The other guy has his chance, too, and you've got to get him before he gets you. Yes, I think it is the most exciting fun in the world.
- Lt. Col. Robert B. "Westy" Westbrook, USAAF, one of the leading aces of the Pacific, 'Los Angeles Examiner,' 20 June 1944.
On This Day
What large aircraft was considered so slow that its pilots used to say the navigator needed a calendar more than a chronograph?
Normal, Utility and Aerobatic category aircraft are stressed for 3.8, 4.4 and 6 Gs, respectively. What is the maximum allowable load factor for transport category jetliners?
Many airplanes are equipped with electrical inverters. What is the purpose of an inverter?
A pilot on a cross-country flight looks down and sees the tallest waterfall. Where is he?
Many multi-engine airplanes are equipped with ice protection plates. Where are they installed and what is their specific purpose?
What did aircraft designers Larry Bell, Donald Douglas and James McDonnell have in common?
What was the only American-built airplane to see action in WW1?
The simple square knot is one of the best to use when tying down an airplane with rope. True or False.
The circumnavigating Rutan Voyager, and the Spirit of St. Louis and at least one thing in common. Neither of them had brakes. True or False.
Two space shuttles are orbiting the Earth at the same speed and altitude. One however is a thousand miles behind the other. For the laggard to catch up with the leader, he should add thrust in the direction of travel. True or False.
Flutter can destroy an airplane and is a function of:
Calibrated Air Speed
True Air Speed
Which of the following does NOT belong:
With respect to pilot qualifications, which of the following does not belong?
Engine with more than 200 hp
Retractable landing gear