Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to conduct the maiden flight of its giant carrier aircraft within the next few months. The six-engine, twin-fuselage aircraft, built by California-based Scaled Composites, is designed to carry rockets up to high altitude and launch them to space from there. The alternative to conventional rocket launches could provide an affordable and efficient way to place satellites in orbit. The aircraft has been through two taxi tests so far at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. If three more tests go smoothly, Stratolaunch will move … Continue reading Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Russia’s aviation safety record – an annotated infographic

The crash of a Russian Antonov An-148 plane near Moscow earlier this month, which killed all 71 people aboard, is one of the country’s worst-ever aviation disasters. Russia has suffered 11 air disasters since 2008, claiming 893 lives, according to Airsafe.com. The chronology of tragedy among Russian carriers contains a number of recurrent themes. The leading cause of fatal accidents appears to be a combination of severe weather and poor pilot decision-making. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Russia’s aviation safety record – an annotated infographic

.@BellHelicopter V-280 Valor tiltrotor #helicopter for #USArmy ready to take first flight – an annotated infographic

Bell Helicopter’s advanced V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype, developed to replace the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters, is scheduled to make its maiden flight before the end of 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading .@BellHelicopter V-280 Valor tiltrotor #helicopter for #USArmy ready to take first flight – an annotated infographic

#Airbus Perlan II glider aims for new heights and rare scientific data – an annotated infographic

The Airbus-sponsored Perlan II mission is in Argentina for a second year of flight operations in a bid to set a new glider altitude record by riding so-called “mountain waves” created by powerful gusts of wind over the Andes Mountains. The team hopes to reach a height of 16,700 metres using a custom-built pressurized sailplane – breaking the current glider record set by Perlan I in 2006 – while also gathering valuable scientific data on high altitude flight and climate change. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Airbus Perlan II glider aims for new heights and rare scientific data – an annotated infographic

Airbus to fit deployable flight data recorders – an annotated infographic

Airbus will fit new fixed and deployable combined flight data and voice recorders as standard on long-range aircraft starting in 2019 in a bid to make it easier to find aircraft wreckage in the event of an accident over the sea. Honestly, given the significant loss of life in on-water plane crashes, you have to wonder how this has been so long in coming. Where on earth is Flight MH370? L3 Aviation Products will design and manufacture a lighter and more compact fixed, crash-protected cockpit voice and data recorder (CVDR), which will be able to record up to 25 hours … Continue reading Airbus to fit deployable flight data recorders – an annotated infographic

.@Boeing orders top @Airbus orders at #ParisAirShow – an annotated infographic

Boeing has topped Airbus in the air show order haul for the first time since 2012, driven by 336 orders and commitments for its new 737 Max 10 narrowbody aircraft alone – worth up to $40 billion at list prices. The biggest buyer at the Paris show was General Electric Co.’s GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS), which ordered 100 Airbus planes valued at $10.8 billion. GECAS also converted 20 Boeing options to the Max 10 from Max 8 and MAX 9 versions. In total Boeing secured 336 MAX 10 commitments, including around 200 conversions from other MAX versions. Canada’s Bombardier … Continue reading .@Boeing orders top @Airbus orders at #ParisAirShow – an annotated infographic

Orders at #ParisAirShow top $55 billion – an annotated infographic

Boeing continued the momentum for its new 737 Max 10 single-aisle jet, while Airbus, ATR, Bombardier and Embraer also announced more deals with total orders valued at $55.5 billion. Boeing landed a string of new deals for its 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, bringing orders and options to 696 planes worth $41 billion, though customers routinely negotiate discounts. Airbus also won lucrative promises for 122 of its A320neo family worth $10.5bn. Canada’s Bombardier Inc. announced that it had secured a letter of intent from India’s Spicejet for 50 Q400 turboprop aircraft worth … Continue reading Orders at #ParisAirShow top $55 billion – an annotated infographic