As Billions More Fly, Here’s How Aviation Could Evolve

THOUGH IT MAY have lacked the drama that accompanied takeoff at Kitty Hawk a century ago, a recent flight in the skies above Shanghai still marked a historic moment in aviation. On May 5 a plane called the C919 circled the city for an hour, with just five crew members aboard. The 168-seat jet is the first large commercial aircraft manufactured in China—its challenge to popular models from giants Boeing and Airbus. That first public test flight heralded the rise of Asia, and China in particular, in a radically evolving aviation…

The best Boarding way to accelerate the passengers

Introducing Better Boarding The feedback from customers and employees was clear: we needed to improve our boarding process. As part of our ongoing efforts to put customers at the center of everything we do, we identified boarding as an opportunity to improve the airport experience. We tested a variety of different boarding processes on thousands of flights across multiple airports. Best practices emerged from each test, and combined, they now form what we are calling “Better Boarding“. Media player Better Boarding consists of three key improvements Less time in line:…

Remotely-piloted Navy jet damaged in California accident

POINT MUGU, Calif. — An unmanned Navy reconnaissance aircraft was damaged in a belly-landing at a Southern California base this week. Navy officials tell the Ventura County Star a remotely piloted MQ-4C Triton was on a flight Wednesday when it experienced mechanical issues and was turned back to Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu. The jet’s landing gear failed to deploy and it skidded down the runway on its belly. Cmdr. Dave Hecht says the Triton sustained significant damage. Base spokeswoman Theresa Miller says the Triton costs approximately $110 million.…

 SECURITY ON THE AIRPORT CONCOURSE: FLYING’S BLACK HOLE?

Security measures within airports are constantly being improved and tested, but what happens on the concourse receives far less scrutiny. JULIAN TURNER asks LETICIA MONTEAGUDO, executive director for the Americas, at Smart Security Consultancy, whether there are security black holes L eticia Monteagudo is executive director of Smart Security Consultancy for the Americas. She is an expert on landside security, including passenger screening, terminal safety and infrastructure. She was formerly IATA regional manager, passenger facilitation and security for the Americas, and has collaborated with US Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Leticia…

Helicopter crashed in ISTANBUL, All occupants rescued..

Private Helicopter (BELL 430, TC HYU) under the operation of Turkish CAA crashed into the sea under unknown circumstances. Both occupants survived the crash and were rescued. A helicopter crashed off the coast of Bostanci neighborhood in Istanbul’s Kadiköy district on Sept. 6, injuring two passengers, Demirören News Agency reported. The injured one were taken to a nearby hospital. In a statement, the Istanbul Governor’s Office said the helicopter belonged to a private company. “The technical teams have carried out the necessary analysis at the scene of the crash,” the governor’s office said.   Demirören News Agency said…

No injuries reported in Turkish Cessna business jet runway excursion at Bourgas Airport

Operations at the Bourgas Airport on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast were briefly interrupted on August 31 after a Turkish-registered Cessna Citation Sovereign business jet suffered an apparent runway excursion, but no one was injured in the incident. Initial accounts suggested that the excursion occured prior to take off, but subsequent reports said it was during the plane’s landing that it found itself in one of the grass areas outside the airport’s runway. The incident shut down operations for half an hour between 2pm and 2.30pm local time at the Bourgas…