Aircraft and Airline Articles from news sources

Israeli Company Working on Flying Car for Military, Rescue -
Rafi Yoeli has an unconventional solution to saving people from burning high-rises or rescuing soldiers trapped behind enemy lines: a flying car.

Gates-Backed Company Offers Very Light Microjets for Inexpensive Business Use -
Eclipse Aviation has made a major voyage with a very small jet.

Airline Blames Poor Lighting for Jet Mishap Involving British PM Blair -
British Airways blamed poor lighting at Miami International Airport for a commercial jet overshooting a runway with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family aboard, but airport officials said Wednesday that the lights were fine.

World's Largest Airliner, Airbus A380 Superjumbo, Is Safe to Fly -
The world's largest airliner, the Airbus A380 superjumbo, was officially declared safe to fly commercial services on Tuesday, capping six years of development marred by delays in deliveries to airlines.

F-18 crashes near San Diego - Houston Chronicle
An F-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Thursday, but the pilot ejected and escaped injury, authorities said.

'American Father of the Prius' Killed in California Plane Crash -
A Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) executive engineer described as the "American father of the Prius" and who was among the country's top experts on gas-electric hybrid vehicles died in a plane crash, officials said Sunday.

Korean Air to Buy 25 Aircraft From Boeing for $5.5 Billion -
South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air said Tuesday it will buy 25 aircraft from Boeing Co. for around US$5.5 billion.

US Airways Makes $8 Billion Bid to Acquire Delta Airlines -
US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) said Wednesday it has made an $8 billion cash and stock bid for Delta Air Lines Inc. in a deal that would create one of the world's largest carriers. The move came despite Delta's repeated statements it isn't interested in a merger.

Embraer sees aircraft demand from China, India - NDTV Profit
Brazilian plane maker Embraer aims to sell at least 200 regional jets in Asia, excluding China, over the next two decades and sees most of the demand for its aircraft from India, Japan and Australia.

Egypt?s Air Cairo receives its first aircraft ? an Airbus A320 -
Air Cairo plan to operate the aircraft on charter routes between Europe and within the Middle East. The airline is majority owned by Egyptair and Egyptian banks.

MIT-Cambridge Team Unveils 'Silent Aircraft' Design -
A U.S.-British team of researchers from academia and the aerospace industry believes the passenger aircraft of the distant future will not only be fuel efficient, but virtually silent.

NTSB: Wind Played Role in Yankees' Pitcher's Fatal Plane Crash -
A light wind blowing across New York City played a role in last month's airplane crash that killed Yankees' pitcher Corey Lidle and his flight instructor, federal investigators ruled Friday.

USAF Settles With N.J. Elementary School Accidentally Strafed by F-16 -
The Air Force will pay more than $500,000 to an Ocean County elementary school that was mistakenly shot by an F-16 on a training maneuver two years ago.

Planes bump on runway in New Jersey - CNN
Two commercial planes bumped into each other Tuesday on a Newark International Airport runway, delaying hundreds of passengers on a trans-Atlantic flight.

Durable Orders High on Aircraft Surge - Business Week
Boeing's (BA) hot streak is making its presence felt in some key U.S. economic data. According to a government report released Oct. 26, durable goods orders surged by a whopping 7.8% in September, spurred by a 27.6% jump in transportation orders. The September gain in the headline figure comes after a revised 0.1% decline in August (from -0.5% previously) and an unrevised 2.8% drop in July. Orders are up 11.4% year-over-year.

Airbus sells 65 A319 aircraft to new US low-fare flyer Skybus - The Raw Story
Toulouse, France- The new US low-fare carrier Skybus has ordered 65 A319 single-aisle aircraft from the European manufacturer Airbus, the Toulouse-based company announced Thursday. The planes will be used to accommodate passengers in a single- class configuration for Skybus, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, Airbus said in a statement. Skybus will enter service in early 2007 with a fleet of leased A319s.

Putin signs law allowing foreign capital in aircraft cos. - RIA Novosti
President Vladimir Putin signed a law Thursday allowing foreign capital to be placed in Russian aircraft companies.

A Second Chinese Military Aircraft Crashs, Several People Killed - The Epoch Times
According to Hong Kong based Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy, on October 19 a Chinese military "Transport Aircraft 7" crashed into a wheat field close to Heshui City, Hebei Province, where it is estimated that at least seven people were killed in the accident.

Raytheon Wins DHS Contract To Demonstrate Aircraft Protection System - Quick Facts -
Monday, Raytheon Co. (RTN | charts | news | PowerRating) said it has been awarded a $4.1 million contract, with a priced option for an additional $1.2 million, by the Department of Homeland Security to demonstrate the suitability of its Vigilant Eagle Airport Protection System to function in a civilian environment and its ability to protect aircraft from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles.

5 Dead in Arizona Plane Crash -
A twin-engine plane carrying five people on a flight to photograph a vintage Soviet jet fighter crashed Wednesday, killing everyone on board, a federal official said.

BA unveils plan to buy new long-haul aircraft - Reuters
British Airways Plc plans to buy new long-haul aircraft and is looking at models made by European planemaker Airbus and by its U.S. rival Boeing, it said on Tuesday.

Passanger aircraft makes emergency landing - KTEN
A Northwest Airlines passenger aircraft made an emergency landing in Tulsa tonight after experiencing problems with its controls.

Search team looking for missing aircraft - KTEN
The Civil Air Patrol says a search has been launched in southeastern Oklahoma for a twin-engine airplane that disappeared from radar this afternoon.

Small Aircraft Crashes Into New York City High-Rise Building -
A small plane apparently registered to Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle crashed into a 50-story luxury high-rise building on Manhattan's Upper East Side Wednesday, igniting a raging fire, killing at least four and initially trapping people on the floors above the point of impact.

Engineers Study 'Morphing Aircraft' Idea - ABC News
It's a bird. It's a plane. Or it might turn out to be a little like both. Researchers are aiming to find ways to enable aircraft to change shape during flight to improve performance or efficiency. The University of Dayton project is funded by a $580,000 defense contract to further the development of "morphing" aircraft.

New version of jump jet unveiled - BBC News
The latest version of the Harrier strike jet is being officially unveiled at a ceremony in Rutland.

BAE Says It Won a $450M Navy Contract - Houston Chronicle
British aerospace company BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday it won orders with the U.S. government worth at least US$669 million (euro531.1 million).

Volvo to Expand Aircraft Engine Plant - Houston Chronicle
Swedish industrial conglomerate AB Volvo on Monday said it plans to invest $15.3 million in its aircraft engine parts plant in Newington, Conn., an expansion that would add about 40 jobs.

Swedish industrial conglomerate AB Volvo on Monday said it plans to invest $15.3 million in its aircraft engine parts plant in Newington, Conn., an expansion that would add about 40 jobs. - ABC News
Spraying the bubbles from sparkling wine across the enormous gray bow of the USS George H.W. Bush, the Bush family on Saturday christened the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier named after the 82-year-old former president.

EU & US reach air passenger data deal - RTE
After marathon overnight talks, EU and US negotiators clinched a deal today allowing more US law enforcement agencies to have access to data about air travellers heading to the US.

Northwest buys 36 aircraft from Bombardier, maybe 96 more - Toronto Star
Bombardier Inc. announced last night it has received an order for 36 CRJ900 regional commercial jets from Northwest Airlines and possibly an additional 96 planes, in a deal that could be worth up to $5.18 billion (U.S.).

Aircraft Crash ? Bathurst - NSW Police Online
Police and the Air Transport Safety Bureau are investigating the circumstances surrounding an aircraft crash in the state?s central-west yesterday.

Boeing sells 57 aircraft in one week, including 16 new 747s and four 767s, as A380 delays hit Airbus - Flight
The new orders, which also include 36 737s and one 787, bring the total aircraft booked this year to 723, a pace that could see Boeing beat the record setting 2005, when the manufacturer recorded 1,002 net orders for the year.

Typhoon wins gun dogfight - Telegraph
The RAF has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on its policy of not allowing pilots of the new Eurofighter Typhoon to fire their gun.

Turkish Airliner Hijacked Over Greece, Lands in Italy -
A Turkish Airlines plane carrying more than 100 passengers from Tirana, Albania, to Istanbul, was hijacked Tuesday to protest a planned visit of the pope to Turkey next month, airline officials said. The plane later landed at Italy's Brindisi airport.

Amazon air crash 'was collision' - BBC News
A passenger plane which crashed in a remote Amazon region collided with another aircraft, Brazilian aviation officials have confirmed.

Adam Aircraft's A500 gets added certification - Denver Post
Adam Aircraft's A500 twin-engine propeller plane has been certified to fly pressurized and at night, the company announced Friday.

Singapore Airlines, Boeing sign $4.52 billion aircraft deal - MarketWatch
Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG) said Monday it will buy 20 aircraft from Boeing Co. (BA) worth a total of $4.52 billion.

Unmanned aircraft systems provider seeking IPO - Reuters
AeroVironment Inc., which supplies unmanned aircraft systems the U.S. Department of Defense, on Thursday said it is planning an initial public offering of as much as $115 million in common stock.

First production of H-1 aircraft upgrade program -
Bell Helicopter H-1 upgrade program, delivers first production aircraft, AH-1Z attack helicopter and UH-1Y utility helicopter, to the United States Department of Defense.

Piper Aircraft to unveil new plane at NBAA - The Wichita Eagle
Piper Aircraft is expected to release details of its next-generation aircraft -- thought to be a single-engine very light jet -- next month at the National Business Aviation Association's convention, according to Aviation International News.

AirTran delays delivery of 8 aircraft - Reuters
AirTran Holdings Inc. (AAI.N: Quote, Profile, Research), parent company of discount carrier AirTran Airways, on Wednesday said it was pushing back delivery of eight aircraft.

Warren Buffett's NetJets places US$1.1 billion aircraft order - International Herald Tribune
Warren Buffett's NetJets Europe said Tuesday it agreed to buy 24 Falcon 7X jets from Dassault Aviation in a deal worth US$1.1 billion (?861 million).

Thailand likely to be aircraft maintenance centre of Asia - MCOT
The Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) will propose that an aircraft maintenance centre be established in order to help promote Thailand as a regional hub providing airlines with full service.

IAF to showcase 66 aircraft in air display - Monsters & Critics
In one of its grandest displays ever, a staggering 66 aircraft of the Indian Air Force will participate in a stupendous aerial display Oct 8 to mark the 74th anniversary of the IAF, serving notice that the force has not only come of age but is more than prepared to face the challenges of the future.

Russian MP Lebedev calls for end to foreign aircraft duties - Russian News and Information Agency
Import duties for foreign aircraft that have no counterparts among Russian planes should be lifted, a senior member of the lower house of Russia's parliament said Tuesday.

Kyrgyz plane hits U.S. cargo plane during take-off - Reuters AlertNet
A Kyrgyz passenger plane hit a U.S. military cargo plane and smashed off part of its wing before taking off at Bishkek airport on Tuesday night, a Kyrgyz government source told Reuters. No one was injured.

FedEx Fleet Moving to Larger Aircraft - Houston Chronicle
FedEx Corp. on Monday announced a $2.6 billion, multiyear plan to replace FedEx Express' narrow-body fleet with larger, more fuel-efficient planes.

India looking to accommodate more aircraft in its airspace -
Seeking full utilisation of the Indian airspace, civil aviation authorities are in the process of training pilots and ATC personnel and introducing advanced technology to gradually reduce air distance between two aircraft from 50 nautical miles to 15.

New aircraft fuel could be pie in the sky - Guardian Unlimited
Richard Branson has pledged to fund research into alternative fuel for aircraft, but what lies behind the announcement?

African airlines need 640 new aircraft - Angola Press
African airlines will need at least 640 new passenger aircraft, including 17 A380-size large planes, over the next 15 years to absorb continued growth in international, regional and domestic traffic, and to replace costly and obsolete inventory.

Two dead in crash of light-sport aircraft - Rutland Herald
A maroon helmet lay on the ground in a wooded area of Cornwell Thursday morning, about 20 yards from the heavily charred remains of a light-sport aircraft that crashed the previous night, killing two Addison County men.

Spending bill funds 10 more Boeing C-17 aircraft - Belleville News Democrat
Funding for 10 new Boeing C-17 aircraft will be included in the annual defense spending bill, congressional lawmakers said Thursday, a move the will keep the production line open - for now - for the transport plane built in California and Missouri.

Fighters, aircraft in near-collision - Ahmedabad Newsline
PASSENGERS on board a Jet Airways Boeing 737 had a miraculous escape after it was involved in a near-collision with a formation of Sukhoi-30 Air Force fighter jets over the airport in Rajkot.

Qatar Airways showcases first Airbus A340-600 aircraft in Dubai - AME Info
High flying Qatar Airways showcased its brand new Airbus A340-600 aircraft to a host of VIPs, airport officials, senior airline management and media at Dubai International Airport.

U.S. airlines seek to stop aging aircraft rule - Reuters
U.S. passenger and cargo airlines on Tuesday sought to stop, or at least change, a Federal Aviation Administration proposal to overhaul management of structural fatigue in older aircraft.

Boeing studies idea of two planes to replace 737 - USA Today
Boeing is weighing options for replacing its best-selling 737 and one scenario might include separate aircraft for two markets, the company's senior marketing official said Wednesday.

Aeroflot confirms plans to buy Boeing, Airbus aircraft - Market Watch
Russian flag carrier OAO Aeroflot Russian Airlines (AFLT.RS) confirmed Wednesday plans to buy 22 Boeing Co. (BA) and 22 Airbus planes.

Sikorsky targets buyout of Polish aircraft maker - Reuters
U.S. aircraft maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research), wants to buy its state-owned Polish counterpart PZL Mielec, Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino said on Wednesday.

Pilot of small aircraft rescued from the North Sea off England - International Herald Tribune
A British Royal Air Force helicopter rescued the pilot of a Cessna plane that ran out of fuel and crashed and sank in the North Sea on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Conferees restore Army?s cargo aircraft money - The Hill
House and Senate conferees have agreed to give back money slashed by Senate authorizers from the Army?s coveted cargo aircraft program. - ABC News
In their time they were among the most striking sights in the sky ? great, floating airships, as big as ocean liners.

On Airplanes, Fiber Optics Poised to Reach New Heights - Newswise
In an effort to provide safer and more reliable components for aircraft, researchers have invented an optical on-off switch that can replace electrical wiring on airplanes with fiber optics for controlling elevators, rudders, and other flight-critical elements. The technology also has potential applications on the nation's highways, as a "weigh-in-motion" sensor for measuring the weight of fast-moving commercial trucks without requiring them to stop on a scale.

Bombardier business aircraft showcase at Jet Expo - jobwerx
Bombardier Aerospace will emphasize its full range of business aircraft at the first International Russian Aviation Exhibition, Jet Expo 2006.

Regional Toyota director, three others dead in Ukraine plane crash - Monsters & Critics
A regional head for the Toyota corporation and three others died in a Ukrainian plane crash, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

Landmark Aviation Adds NDT Aircraft Maintenance Testing Capabilities at Rochester, NY, Facility - Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Landmark Aviation today announced the addition of non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities at its Rochester, N.Y., (ROC) fixed base operation (FBO) and maintenance facility, including Level II services for eddy-current and fluorescent dye-penetrant inspection.

AFM retrieves tail of aircraft involved in collision - Malta Media
The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) have retrieved the tail of the Yak-55 aircraft which was involved in a collision with another plane during the Aero GP on Sunday. The crash, which took place over Marsamxett, left the Yak-55?s pilot, 45-year-old Gabor Varga, dead. The aircraft?s tail is considered as an important element for the ongoing investigation.

In-Flight Communication System On Tap For Boeing Aircraft - Tech Web
ECS, a Wisconsin company, will develop a retrofit system that will enable passengers on Boeing 737 aircraft to utilize in-flight telephony in a move that helps fill the void left after Boeing decided to shut down its 6-year-old Connexion service.

Air China Orders Rolls-Royce Engines -
British aircraft-engine maker Rolls-Royce PLC said Wednesday it has struck an $800 million deal with Air China to install its Trent 1000 engines in the 15 new Boeing 787 jets it has ordered.

Comair Warns Pilot About Old Airport Charts After Deadly Kentucky Crash -
Comair was using an outdated chart of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport when one of its planes took off on the wrong runway and crashed in flames, and the airline is now urging pilots to use "extreme caution," according to an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press.

Pilot in hospital after aircraft crash - EADT
A PILOT was being treated in hospital last night after the light aircraft he was flying crashed in a potato field near a main road and burst into flames.

Emirates-based consortium to buy aircraft services provider SR Technics for US$1.3 billion - International Herald Tribune
A consortium of three investors from the United Arab Emirates will acquire Swiss-based SR Technics in a deal worth 1.6 billion Swiss francs (US$1.3 billion; ?1.0 billion), the aircraft services provider said Thursday.

Researchers envision aircraft powered by solar, heat energies -
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research here recently awarded the University of Washington and three partner universities a grant worth approximately $6 million over 5 years to study the design of air vehicles capable of collecting and storing solar and heat energies.

Macair Announces Additional Aircraft, and Plans for Qld Route Expansion -
Queensland?s MacAir Airlines today foreshadowed a major expansion of its fly in ? fly out and scheduled air services, announcing the acquisition of two additional Saab 340B aircraft, the upgrading of some existing services, and plans for new routes and larger planes.

Plane goes down in Wareham after aircraft runs out of gas - WHDH-TV
It' s not a pretty picture for a pilot and passenger, who take off in a plane from Plymouth and plummet into a Wareham cranberry bog.

Cessna leadership update - jobwex
Largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes announces changes in its aircraft manufacturing leadership to better focus responsibilities for expected growth.

Memo: Ky. Airport Supervisor Warned About Short-Staffing in 2004 -
Nearly two years before the fatal crash of Comair Flight 5191, a control tower supervisor at the Lexington airport reported staff shortages that "can cost lives."

Frontier To Buy Aircraft For Regional Jet Operation - ABC News
Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to buy 10 turboprop planes from Bombardier Inc. for about $260 million as part of a plan to launch a low-cost service in the Rocky Mountains.

Diode lasers may help safeguard aircraft -
U.S. scientists say diode lasers might prove vital in preventing terrorists from using heat-seeking missiles to destroy military and civilian aircraft.

Atlantis awarded contract to provide CF-18 aircraft weapons load trainers - CNW Group
Atlantis awarded contract to provide CF-18 aircraft weapons load trainers.

Cell phones can put aircraft in jeopardy - Times of India
In the fracas leading up to and beyond the dramatic Northwest Airline return to Amsterdam, the ubiquitous cell phone has sprung into focus. The right and wrong of cell phone use on a moving airplane is of hottest debate.

Doomed Ky. plane cleared for proper runway - Reuters
Communications between the airport tower and the pilots of a commuter jet showed it was cleared to take off from the correct runway but took the wrong one and crashed, killing all but one of the 50 people aboard, an investigator said on Monday.

Boeing to sell 10 jets worth $700 million to India's Air Sahara - Seattle Times
Boeing Co. has won a firm order for 10 jets from India's Air Sahara, a company official said today, as the U.S. aircraft maker nearly doubled its forecast for India's airplane demand amid brisk economic growth and a boom in air travel.

Small, regional aircraft have reputation for safety - USA Today
Small, fast regional jets such as the Comair craft that crashed in Kentucky are among the safest and most widely used planes in the sky.

Russian Passenger Jet Crashes in Ukraine - Reuters
A Russian jet carrying 171 people, including 39 children, to St. Petersburg from a Black Sea resort caught fire in mid-air and crashed northwest of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk Tuesday afternoon, Russian and Ukrainian officials said.

Tourist Plane Sparks NATO Terror Alert - CBS News
A planeload of Polish tourists got a fright when their Turkish pilot mistakenly landed at a NATO air base, sparking a terrorist alert, officials said Thursday.

Pilot killed when aircraft crashes, passenger survives -
One man is dead after a small aircraft crashed today while trying to land in western New York.

Crash probe: Russian navy aircraft failed to pull out of dive - Interfax
The Defense Ministry on Tuesday cited investigators of the July 30 crash of a Russian navy airplane that killed its two-member crew as saying the aircraft hit trees before it was able to pull out of a dive it had made to get out of clouds.

Five new aircraft for Thomsonfly - easier Travel News
The UK's third largest airline Thomsonfly has announced the planned purchase of five new Boeing aircraft over as part of a series of investments and initiatives to increase the efficiency of its airline operation.

Crash of Air Alg?rie aircraft in Milan - El Khabar
A freighter belonging to Algerian airline Air Alg?rie crashed on Sunday, In Italy. All the crew members of the plane, which were flying towards Frankfurt, Germany, were killed in the crash.

BAE SYSTEMS Successfully Tests Skylynx II(TM) Unmanned Aircraft System -
BAE Systems successfully completed tests on its Skylynx II(TM) unmanned aircraft system at Yuma Proving Grounds on Aug. 9. During test flights it met key requirements including acoustic performance, endurance, and payload capability for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition missions. The aircraft was developed to support missions such as those critical to the U.S. Marine Corps Tier II (regiment-level) unmanned aircraft program.

Silverjet signs letter of intent for further Boeing aircraft - Life Style Extra
Silverjet PLC said that, ahead of its plans to launch its low fare, all business class airline, it has signed a letter of intent to secure two British maintained Boeing 767-200 aircraft from ThomsonFly Ltd.

New Security Concerns Could Prove a Boon for Executive Jets -
Heightened security in the United States and Britain could boost demand for executive jets, a sector expanding with more models, greater range, and cheaper seats on planes once the preserve of the super-rich.

BAE Systems enters 3rd phase of US commercial aircraft missile defence program - Life Style Extra
BAE Systems said it entered Phase III of the US Department of Homeland Security's program to protect commercial airliners against infrared guided-missile threats.

EDO to Make Aircraft Engine Ducts for GE - Houston Chronicle
EDO Corp., a maker of airborne electronic warfare systems and mine countermeasurement systems, said Wednesday it won a multi-million dollar contract by General Electric Co. to manufacture aircraft-engine ducts using advanced composite materials.

Aircraft Firm Takes Off After Hitting Market -
Shares of a Aircastle Limited soared yesterday after the Stamford-based aircraft leasing company's stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

India struggles to keep aircraft aloft - Asia Times
With airline passenger traffic recording record highs in India and new airlines opening by the week to accommodate an expanding flying public now estimated at 150 million, airlines are scrambling to recruit, hire and train enough pilots to keep planes in the air and maintain reasonable safety standards and profit margins.

Viking wants to revamp rugged Canadian aircraft -
Entrepreneur David Curtis passionately believes there is a huge demand out there for a new 20-seat version of the de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, one of the country's best-known and most rugged aircraft.

Geophysical Institute purchases unmanned aircraft system -
It only weighs about 40 pounds, but the Insitu A-20, an unmanned aircraft system, will provide a hefty boost to a variety of research projects throughout Alaska. The new system purchased by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a 10-foot wingspan and can fly more than 20 hours at a time. The aircraft is robotic and controlled by an operator through a computerized ground control system.

New aircraft will temper, not tame, jet fuel demand - Gulf Times
Jet fuel will take a growing share of global oil demand in the coming years as air traffic surges, despite the best efforts of airlines to burn less by flying bigger planes on longer routes carrying less garbage.

U.S. Airlines Raise Fares By Up to $10 Each Way -
U.S. airlines raised fares by up to $10 one-way for tickets geared at business travelers, taking advantage of robust demand at the tail end of the peak summer travel season.

Honda forms aircraft unit, aims to sell jet in 2010 - Reuters
Honda Motor Co. (7267.T: Quote, NEWS, Research) said on Tuesday it has set up a subsidiary in the United States to sell, produce and further develop its seven-person micro-jet, with a goal of delivering the first mass-production HondaJet in 2010.

Economy May Limit Airlines' Ability to Cope With Rising Fuel Costs -
Slowing growth has led analysts to question whether airlines are going to be able to continue to raise fares to offset higher oil prices.

S.Korea drops IAI, keeps Boeing in $2 bln plane deal - Reuters
South Korea has dropped Israeli Aircraft Industries from a 2 trillion won ($2.07 billion) project to build surveillance planes, leaving U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) as the only bidder, an official said on Thursday.

Lengthened runway at Albany airport helps aircraft performance in hot weather - The Business Review
Albany International Airport's new, longer runway paid off during the heat wave that swept through upstate New York this past week. Last summer, before the airport's runway was 7,200 feet, airlines would sometimes reduce the number of passengers carried, or the fuel load on the aircraft in order to take off on hot days, said airport spokesman Doug Myers. Now that the runway is 8,500 feet long, planes have a longer distance to takeoff in, which means they do not have to reduce the weight they carry when the weather warms up, he said.

ircraft Anti-Missile Systems Need More Work, DHS Says - Secrecy News
The potential threat to commercial aircraft from hostile use of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (Man Portable Air Defense Systems, or MANPADS) still does not have a satisfactory technological solution, the Department of Homeland Security said in a new report (pdf) to Congress.

Pictures: Boeing rolls out EA-18G Growler F/A-18 electronic attack variant -
The US Navy today rolled-out the first of two Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet test aircraft converted into EA-18G Growler airborne electronic-attack (AEA) variants (pictured below).

Textron Businesses Generate Strong Interest at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Annual Convention -
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its Cessna Aircraftand Lycoming Engines businesses have once again yielded strongcustomer interest and new business opportunities resulting fromproducts announced and/or showcased at the Experimental AircraftAssociation's 2006 AirVenture Oshkosh Show, held last week in Oshkosh,Wisconsin.

Turkey looks to buy 30 new F-16 fighters -
Turkey is considering buying 30 new F-16 fighter aircraft as a possible stop gap measure until such time as a new generation of tactical fighters become available.

Northwest, Flight Attendants at Impasse -
Northwest Airlines Corp. remains at contract loggerheads with its flight attendants union, an impasse that could lead to random work actions against the carrier and complicate its bankruptcy reorganization.

Pilot Charged With Reckless Flying for Tommy Lee Flight -
A pilot faced reckless flying and other charges for landing a helicopter on a public street to pick up Tommy Lee and take him to a concert, prosecutors said.

US Air Force helicopter award delayed until Sept. - Reuters
The U.S. Air Force has postponed plans to award a multibillion dollar contract for new combat search-and-rescue helicopters by at least one month until September, a spokeswoman said.

Turnaround act at UAL: Airline posts rare profit -
UAL Corp., the parent of United Airlines, reported its first quarterly profit in six years Monday, the beneficiary of higher fares, packed airplanes and cost-cutting measures. The carrier, based in Elk Grove Township, Ill., emerged from bankruptcy in February.

Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers First New Production UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter to U.S. Army -
In a rollout ceremony attended by hundreds of government officials, military personnel, and employees, Sikorsky Aircraft launched a new era today with delivery of the U.S. Army's first production UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter. Sikorsky is a United Technologies Corp. company.

Aloha Airlines checks out new jet -
Aloha Airlines executives kicked the tires of a new aircraft Tuesday as they consider what their future fleet will look like.

Aircraft Carrying Russian Navy Chief Crashes in Crimea, Casualties Reported -
A Tu-134 aircraft carrying Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Masorin has crashed in Ukraine?s Crimea Region. Several navy officers suffered burns as a fire broke out on the plane.

Russian plane crash-lands in Ukraine - Xinhua
A plane carrying the Russian Navy chief crash-landed in an airport in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula after engine failure, Russian news agencies said on Monday.

Global Aircraft Makers Lobby Defense Officials as India's Biggest Air Show Opens -
Aviation companies from around the world flocked to an air show in India Wednesday, hoping for a piece of the billions of dollars in defense contracts the South Asian country plans to spend in modernizing its military.