Electric airships project by Google founder Brin

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, build a massive electric airship which his Lighter Than Air (LTA) Research firm incorporated in 2014, and is preparing to launch new research later this year.  Brin is hiring hundreds of aeronautical engineers in Silicon Valley and at a location in Akron, Ohio known for its Goodyear blimps, to build airships…

Chaos for stranded passengers stuck abroad

  Thousands of travellers are thought to be stuck abroad after flight cancellations over the Jubilee weekend. The disruption is being driven by staff shortages across the aviation industry. Advantage Travel Partnership, a network of travel agents said 30 per cent of calls to its members were from people worried about future bookings. Julia Lo…

Harrison lands Cessna 208 safely

This is like a true Hollywood movie, Darren Harrison a passenger with no flying experience landed a plane in Florida after the pilot passed out.  Harrison can be heard telling air traffic control a “serious situation”. Then Robert Morgan, Air traffic controller at Palm Beach International Airport, who also teaches new pilots helped guide the…

Drones are here to stay

  The Royal Mail wants a fleet of 500 drones to help deliver the mail to remote communities across the UK including 200 drones to help carry the mail on 50 new routes with the Isles of Scilly, Shetland Islands, and the Hebrides within the next three years. The new services will of course need…

China Eastern Boeing 737crash kills 132

The China Eastern Airlines flight six-year-old Boeing 737-89P, crashed on Monday afternoon, after plunging 20, 000 ft ( 6,000m), with an enormous force disintegrating on impact. The Black box recovered was badly damaged. The second black box, which records flight data, has not yet been found. Sun Shiying chairman of the airline’s Yunnan branch, told…

Four people escape helicopter crash

Four passengers including an infant survived  a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter  crash landing in a built-up area, avoiding overhead power cables and building before it hit the street and slid into bushes outside a Methodist Church in Philadelphia. “The helicopter taken off from outside Philadelphia is believed to have encountered mechanical problems during the flight” a…

Regulators bending to Iconic Boeing’s will- to win-at-all-costs

How a broken corporate culture paved the way for catastrophe, with race to beat competition and reward top executives, Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines, and convinced and forced regulators to put planes into service without properly equipping them  or their pilots for flight, Peter Robinson, award-winning reporter for Bloomberg, looks…

21 people had a miraculous escape as plane crashes in Texas

A MD-87 jet heading to Boston carrying 21 people crashed near Houston Executive Airport, all escape with no injuries on early morning Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the incident  in a field in the southeast corner of Walker County, which is not too far from Houston Executive Airport/   The youngest person on…

Eight dead as private jet crashed into building in Milan

A private single engine Pilatus PC-12  plane bound for the island of Sardinia,  piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, 68, after take off form Milan’s Linate airport, has crashed into an empty office block in the northern Italian City of Milan, killing all eight people on board. The crash set the office block and several…