World's biggest passenger plane finally flies from London to New York

Eleven years after it entered service, the world’s biggest passenger plane has finally been deployed on the planet’s premier long-haul route: London to New York. But the secondhand A380 will fly the route for only three weeks. The “SuperJumbo” has been chartered by Norwegian for its Gatwick-JFK operation. It is needed to cover for Boeing 787 Dreamliners which are out of service due to continuing problems with Rolls-Royce engines.

Delta passengers restrain unruly man threatening to 'take the plane down'

Two men aboard a Delta flight from Maine to Atlanta are being hailed as heroes after helping to subdue a passenger making disturbing threats.  James Tunnell, an ex-corrections officer, was aboard Delta Flight 1249 from Portland to Atlanta on Thursday, when he and his companion Ashley Decker heard another passenger causing a commotion from the rear of the aircraft. When the man locked himself in a restroom, Tunnell ran to the back of the plane, where he was joined by another man who identified himself as a member of the Coast Guard. A flight attendant provided the men with handcuffs, and the two then worked with crew to wrangle the man back into his seat.

Korean Air passenger dragged off flight, resisting several police officers

Bound passenger was reportedly dragged off a Korean Air flight from South Korea to San Francisco on Friday, allegedly because she refused to sit in her designated economy seat. In the video, the passenger can also be heard chanting “U.S. Marshall” and what sounds like “Korean Air stole my passport” as the officers pull her from what looks to be a business-class seat and push her down the aisle toward the front of the aircraft. A number of passengers also begin to applaud as she’s removed.

Plane missing since March 2014 is aviation's biggest mystery

Plane missing since March 2014 is aviation’s biggest mystery. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014, was probably steered off course deliberately and flown to the southern Indian Ocean, according to the Malaysian government’s safety report into the disaster. Experts mapped the Boeing 777’s course only after picking through hourly data hookups with a satellite. Extensive sonar searches of remote waters off Australia’s west coast failed to locate the wreckage. Monday’s report didn’t support either theory explicitly, but struggled to come up with a mechanical explanation for the aircraft’s deviations. A few pieces of wreckage from MH370 did wash up in Africa but no bodies have ever been recovered.

American airlines raises plane limits for extreme Phoenix heat

American Airlines is taking a proactive approach with the extreme temperatures in Phoenix. The flights were operated by Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, which operate the Bombardier CRJ 700/900 aircraft. Due to regulations, the aircraft could not depart Phoenix if the temperature was over 117.86 degrees. Within the past year, American worked with Bombardier and the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure that when the temperature rises, planes can still take off.

This is the Airbus whale-painted transport plane

A massive new transport plane from French airline Airbus smiles while it flies. Painted like an arctic whale, the brand new “BelugaXL” just completed its first successful test flight in Toulouse, France, Maxim reports. Designed to carry massive aircraft parts between France and Germany, passengers won’t be able to take a ride on one of these when they’re regularly up in the air in 2019.

A drone flies dangerously close to an A380 during take off

A drone flies dangerously close to an A380 during take off. The video shows an Airbus A380 taking off from the Plaine Magnien Airport located on the Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. The A380 is the largest commercial airliner in the world and can carry more than 500 passengers in a typical three class seat configuration and up to 850 passengers in a densified all-economy cabin version. As the jumbo jet takes off from the runway 14, the prepositioned drone films the plane passing dangerously close at about 300 feet from the tip of the left wing. The airliner belongs to the Dubai-based company Emirates. It seems to be the 4:35 p.m. flight EK702 on regular schedule to Dubai airport.

Passengers kicked off plane over dispute about cellphone's airplane mode

A Delta Air Lines passenger flying out of Fort Wayne International Airport says she was unfairly removed from a flight on Saturday. In a post on Instagram, Robyn Rodgers of New York said she was "unfairly ejected" from Delta Flight 4527 after an attendant asked her to turn her phone on airplane mode. The flight was operated by SkyWest Airlines, a regional airline that Delta contracts with to operate flights to smaller cities. Passengers often are not aware of the distinction because the flights are part of itineraries on Delta's reservation system.

Flight from LA sent into nosedive for 10 seconds after hitting vortex

Flight from Los Angeles sent into nosedive for 10 seconds after hitting vortex. Hundreds of horrified travelers held hands ­believing they were about to die as the aircraft suddenly dropped over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. The dramatic ordeal afflicting passengers on the QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne is understood to have been caused by a vortex, or “wake turbulence,” caused by another aircraft that took off just two minutes earlier.

Drone racers battle it out for shot at national titles

Drone racers battle it out for shot at national titles. Some of Canberra's best pilots will be taking to the skies this weekend, but their aircraft will be far too small to take any humans on board. Qualifying events will take place on Sunday to determine which four drone pilots will represent the ACT at the national drone racing championships later this year. About 20 drone pilots will be put through their paces at the Weston Creek Archery Club in a series of races, testing their speed and skill.

Kilauea volcano: Soar over active summit in drone footage

United States Geological Survey scientists flew a drone over the active summit of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which is too dangerous to observe on foot. According to the USGS, an average of two large explosions a day are sending ash as high as 10,000 feet above sea level, though smaller emissions of ash occur more often. There are currently more than 20 fissures associated with Kilauea, and they've fountained lava that has poured across the Hawaiian landscape and destroyed 41 homes and dozens of other structures. Thousands of residents have been impacted by evacuation orders as lava continues to flow, entering the ocean at three different points as of May 26.


Plane crashed in Havana, shortly after takeoff

A Cuban-operated airliner with at least 110 people on board crashed into a cassava field just after takeoff from Havana's international airport on Friday. There appeared to be mass casualties as Cuban officials said three people had survived, but had yet to give an official toll. Authorities said there were 104 passengers and nine foreign crew members on the flight that was headed to the eastern city of Holguin. Witnesses said they saw a thick column of smoke near the airport. Authorities are still gathering information about the crash and cannot confirm if Americans were on the flight or not, a U.S. State Department official said Friday.

The newest commercial drone technologies on the Horizon

Four panelists offered the packed auditorium in Amsterdam a variety of insights and perspectives around the future of drone technology, data gathering and data processing, security and many other topics. The ability to inspire young people to enter the field and become the voices of the future is his driving force. The drone industry should follow in the footsteps of larger markets such as autonomous cars and mobile phone industries, arguing that their respective budgets and access to resources stood orders of magnitude above that of the drone industry as a whole.

Southwest plane quickly landed after engine failed

Southwest pilots righted plane quickly after engine failed. When the engine on the left wing broke in mid-flight, the pilots of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had to deal with a 737 that suddenly banked left on its own, well past any angle they would use. The plane was pitched at an angle of more than 40 degrees for a few unnerving seconds before it leveled out and began an emergency descent, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Drone industry predictions

Drone Industry Predictions. The FAA has released the newest Aerospace Forecast, and there is no surprise that major growth is predicted for the drone industry. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems section of the Forecast reflects both concerns and optimism for the sector.  The FAA says that while “robust growth” in the sector and the introduction of UAS into the NAS “has opened up numerous possibilities, it has also created unique operational challenges. Despite these challenges, the UAS sector holds enormous potential, with commercial applications ranging from aerial photography to package delivery.”

Canada lent a family $41 million to buy a luxury jet

Canada lent a family $41 million to buy a luxury jet. Now the jet is missing. The jet belonged to South Africa's notorious Gupta family, whose alleged corruption helped trigger the scandals that recently forced President Jacob Zuma out of office. But the Guptas bought the plane with help from a $41 million loan from Export Development Canada, or EDC, Canada's state-owned export-import bank. EDC was helping Bombardier Inc., the Canadian aerospace firm, land the jet sale. But that turns out to have been a poor bet: EDC now says the family defaulted on the loan in October and still owes the bank $27 million.

Plane slides off runway because of snow at Wisconsin Airport

A passenger plane slid off an icy runway at an airport in eastern Wisconsin after it was diverted from Minnesota because of heavy snow. Officials say no injuries were reported among the 180 passengers and seven crew members on United Airlines flight 878. Investigators say it slid about 75 meters off a runway around 3 a.m. Friday at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay.