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Video of Airbus 380 landing at KJFK for the first time
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Posted by: Admin
on Sunday, March 25, 2007


F.A.A. Calls for a Runway Mapping System
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WASHINGTON, March 23 — The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday that it had asked the industry to design a device for the cockpit of a plane that shows the plane’s position on an airport map to help pilots avoid becoming confused and using the wrong runway or taxiway.

The agency acted in advance of a National Transportation Safety Board symposium on runway safety on Tuesday. An electronic map display like those commonly found in cars, relying on the global positioning satellite system, would be “a breakthrough application,” said Marion Blakey, the aviation agency administrator.

Last August the crew of a jet trying to take off in Lexington, Ky., picked the wrong runway, which was too short. The jet crashed into a field, killing 49 of the 50 people on board.

Ms. Blakey would not speculate about whether that crash could have been avoided by a moving map device, but said that it could help drive down the number of cases of “runway incursion,” in which a plane is in potential conflict with another plane, truck, car or other vehicle.

In poor weather, pilots can use cockpit instruments to find the runway and land safely, but those instruments cannot help them navigate over the taxiways to the terminal.

Pilots have been involved in harrowing close calls when they have mistaken one runway for another, one taxiway for another, or a taxiway for a runway. For years, aviation experts have said that a global positioning map system is an obvious solution.The safety board has called for development of a system that would warn pilots in their cockpits of impending collisions on the ground. But the aviation agency says that is beyond reach for now because it would require knowing the intentions of planes at the airport. So it is seeking development of a device intended only to show each crew its own position, and not the position of other planes.

Published March 24, 2007

Posted by: YETIV8R
on Sunday, March 25, 2007


Airbus jetliner lands at JFK Airport
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NEW YORK - The latest jetliner to claim the title of world's biggest passenger aircraft completed its maiden voyage to the United States on Monday, flying on football field-length wings and a prayer that the American airline industry will want to buy the double-decker jumbo jet.

The four-engine Airbus A380 touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 12:10 p.m. EDT, to the cheers of onlookers gathered to watch the arrival. As the plane taxied, a pilot waved an American flag. Minutes later, a separate A380 arrived in Los Angeles, with just a crew and no passengers.

Click here for full article on Yahoo news

Posted by: YETIV8R
on Monday, March 19, 2007


6 imams sue airline for removing them
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Six Islamic leaders who were removed from a US Airways flight in November are suing the airline for discrimination.

The imams were returning from a religious conference in November when they were taken off a plane in Minneapolis, handcuffed and questioned. They had prayed on their prayer rugs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before the flight, and after they boarded, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant.

When the men returned to the airport the next day, they said, the airline refunded their fare but refused to sell them another ticket.

US Airways Group Inc. has said prayer was never the issue. A passenger reported overhearing anti-U.S. statements, and the men got up and moved around the airplane, the airline said.

The men said they had done nothing that should have been suspicious.

US Airways released a statement saying it hadn't seen the lawsuit, filed Monday, but that its initial position had not changed: that its employees "acted appropriately, and we continue to back the actions of our crew and ground employees in this case."

Imam Omar Shahin, one of the detained imams and the president of the North American Imams Federation, declined to comment ahead of a news conference planned later Tuesday in Washington.

The incident prompted the Muslim Public Affairs Council to complain to the Transportation Department, and the Homeland Security Department's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties said it would investigate.

Posted by: YETIV8R
on Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Radical new Boeing aircraft takes flight
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The company's new blended-wing plane prepares for its first test, carrying with it the airline's hopes for fuel-saving planes.

It would be a dream come true for the airline industry: A plane that uses up to 30 percent less gas to reach its destination, compared with today's jets.

That's the promise of the blended-wing, a radically new kind of aircraft set to take to the skies for the first time this month. Originally conceived by McDonnell Douglas and developed by NASA, the blended-wing merges fuselage and wings and eliminates the tail, reducing drag. That makes it vastly more fuel-efficient than regular "tube-and-wing" jets, according to Boeing (Charts) engineer Norm Princen.

Posted by: YETIV8R
on Wednesday, March 14, 2007


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