American Airlines Pilot Dies During Flight

The pilot of American Airlines Flight 550 from Phoenix, AZ to Boston, MA passed away during the flight on Monday. According to a medical examiner, Captain Michael Johnston, who was 57 years old, died of natural causes. The aircraft’s co-pilot declared an emergency and quickly diverted the Airbus A320 to a safe landing… »10/06/15 7:00pm47 minutes ago

Here's A New Angle On An Airbus A380 Landing In A Crosswind

Two weeks ago, Flight Club brought you video of an Emirates Airbus A380 landing in a crosswind in Düsseldorf, Germany. Now we’ve got another Emirates A380 landing at the same airport, but this time filmed from the rear. Watch how much that enormous rudder pivots to align the massive jet with the runway. »10/05/15 4:55pmYesterday 4:55pm

Airbus's Perlan 2 High Altitude Sailplane Soars For The First Time

The Airbus Perlan 2 glider made a successful first flight on Wednesday, paving the way for a promising future of high altitude soaring. The manned aircraft was towed to an altitude of 5,000 feet before it was released from its tether, but next year the Perlan Project aims to break records by sending it nearly 20 times… »9/25/15 7:20pm9/25/15 7:20pm

This Is How The Pope Will Fly In America

Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. yesterday for a six-day multi-city historic visit aboard an Alitalia Airbus A330, at which point he transferred to a Fiat 500L. But the Holy See of the Catholic Church will be flying aboard a chartered American Airlines Boeing 777 throughout his tour of America, an airline which a Pope… »9/23/15 5:51pm9/23/15 5:51pm

Watch The World's Largest Airliner Land In A Crosswind 

Conditions in Düsseldorf, Germany (DUS) were windy and wet over the weekend, making for a crazy-looking maneuver as this Emirates Airbus A380 (the world’s largest passenger airliner) returned to terra firma. Watching the giant aircraft’s weight transfer to its wheels somehow actually makes the superjumbo appear small. »9/21/15 7:30pm9/21/15 7:30pm

Airbus Just Confirmed Its Largest-Ever Order For 250 Jets

IndiGo, which is a popular budget airline in India, just finalized an order with Airbus worth $26.5 billion for a whopping 250 new A320neo airliners. While the deal was first announced last October, the confirmation makes it the largest order in Airbus’ history in terms of the quantity of aircraft.… »8/17/15 5:09pm8/17/15 5:09pm

Airbus Makes Beautiful Crosswind Landing At The End Of The World

The approach to Ushuaia International Airport in Argentina, near the southern tip of South America, is known for being windy. Last week, an Airbus A340-300 made a beautiful cross-wind landing there, kicking the crab out with a little cross control to keep the wings level and the aircraft from drifting off centerline. »8/12/15 10:06am8/12/15 10:06am

Airbus Patents Mach 4+ Aircraft With Turbojets, Rockets AND Ramjets

Ever since Concorde retired in 2003, commercial flight hasn’t been as insanely fast as it used to be. That doesn’t mean aerospace engineers have given up on getting you from New York to London any faster, though. Airbus recently filed patent documents for a new hypersonic aircraft with no less than three engine types… »8/04/15 8:00pm8/04/15 8:00pm

This Vintage United Air Lines Training Film Is A Time Warp To 1969

Many aviation milestones happened in 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left footprints on the moon, the Boeing 747 flew for the first time and the U.S. Navy announced that the F-14 would join its fleet. This 1969 video shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at the United Air Lines training center in Denver,… »8/03/15 4:13pm8/03/15 4:13pm

Watch A 'Scared Shitless' Tom Cruise Dangle Off The End Of An A400M  

Tom Cruise is now a well-known stunt junkie and his addiction is on full display in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. In the scene, Ethan Hunt (played by Cruise) hitches a ride on the outside of an Airbus A400M transport that quickly leaves the ground. Sure, there were safety harnesses, but that doesn’t make it a joy… »7/14/15 6:45pm7/14/15 6:45pm

Airbus E-Fan Flies Across English Channel, So Does Home-Built Kit Plane

The Airbus E-Fan prototype technology demonstrator successfully completed a trip across the English Channel yesterday, a major milestone for electrically-powered aircraft. But was the multinational manufacturer upset by an electric kit plane that crossed the channel just hours before?
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Electric Airbus Kills Your Excuses For Not Having A Pilot's License

You will soon be able to fly silently and with zero emissions in electric aircraft, just like electric cars. (But not flying cars, because that’s a terrible idea.) Airbus has developed a futuristic new prototype to demonstrate emerging green technologies. Even if you would never dream of stepping foot in such a small… »6/12/15 4:23pm6/12/15 4:23pm

Watch The 787-9 Tear Up The Skies Like A Fighter Jet 

Boeing is preparing to make a big splash with its stretched Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show this year. How do they plan on doing this? The old school way, by putting the 300,000 pound beast through its paces in front of a huge crowd, max performing the carbon fiber jet like it was an F-15, as seen in the video below: »6/11/15 2:10pm6/11/15 2:10pm

Airbus A330 Flies For 25 Minutes Over The Pacific With Both Engines Out

On May 23rd, Singapore Airlines Flight 836, an Airbus A330-343 flying from Singapore to Shanghai, was cruising through inclement weather at 39,000 feet with 188 passengers and 12 crew aboard. While over international waters, both Rolls-Royce Trent turbofan engines experienced a total loss of power. »6/03/15 3:25pm6/03/15 3:25pm

Brand New Airbus A400M Atlas Cargo Plane Crashes In Spain

Airbus has confirmed that one of its A400M transports has crashed near Seville, Spain. The huge turboprop was on its first check flight after assembly and was scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in June. Four out of six people onboard are confirmed dead, two others have been taken to the hospital with… »5/09/15 7:38pm5/09/15 7:38pm

Why Exactly Is A Saudi Arabian Airliner At Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport?

In what is an unbelievably rare, if not unprecedented occasion, a Saudi Airlines Airbus A330 landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport today for technical reasons. The aircraft was empty, on a return trip from Brussels and it remains unclear if the stop was actually planned or part of an in-flight emergency. »5/06/15 3:42pm5/06/15 3:42pm

Broken Booms: Why Is It So Hard To Develop & Procure A New USAF Tanker? 

I was catching up on the KC-46 Pegasus program when I read this story and this story, among others, discussing further delays and issues with the USAF’s long awaited new tanker. All this reminded me of a question I have asked for so long: Why has it become so hard for the USAF to develop and procure a new tanker?
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It's Incredibly Easy To Lock A Pilot Out Of A Plane's Cockpit

At a press conference earlier this week, a French prosecutor stated that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 most likely deliberately crashed the plane. The co-pilot was alone when the aircraft began its slow descent and the door to the cockpit had "locked automatically." Many questions are being asked about how… »3/27/15 10:29am3/27/15 10:29am

World's Biggest Planes Are Endangered As Orders Dry Up

This week, the world's largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 each made the kind of news that manufacturers don't like to make. Both Airbus and Boeing signaled their biggest jets might be nearing the end of their production lives, as orders for their large twin-engined planes cannibalize orders for the… »12/12/14 12:13pm12/12/14 12:13pm