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  • WORLD's LARGEST AIRPLANE :

    World’s Largest Airplane Makes First Successful Test Flight - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 17 April 2019
    "The world’s biggest airplane, called Stratolaunch, makes its first successful test flight in the United States."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "Stratolaunch makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, April 13, 2019."



  • Delta Air Lines kicks US family off flight after row over toddler - 5 May 2017
    "US airline Delta is facing a public-relations problem after a family claimed they were kicked off a flight for refusing to give up a child's seat."
    + Video: Can you be 'bumped' off a flight against your will?
    (BBC)

 

  • India to fine airlines for 'dropping' poo - 21 December 2019
    "Airlines in India will be fined 50,000 rupees ($736; £594) if their planes release human waste from toilets in the air, a court has ruled."

    (BBC)

  • Iran Air Signs $16 Billion Plane Deal with Boeing - Text + Audio - 12 December 2016
    "Iran’s main air carrier Iran Air has signed a deal with American manufacturer Boeing to buy 80 passenger planes.
    The $16.6 billion agreement was announced Sunday. Boeing will provide 50 737 planes and 30 777 aircraft to Iran Air over the next 10 years."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Airlander 10: Longest aircraft damaged during flight - Article + Photos + Video - 24 August 2016
    "The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight.
    The 302ft (92m) long aircraft - which is part plane and part airship - was damaged during the flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • How airline pilots beat jet lag - 15 March 2016
    "Nothing can take away the enjoyment of a long-haul holiday more than jet lag.
    But how do the people who do it week-in, week-out cope? BBC Future finds out."

    (BBC)
  • Pope's plane reports laser flash during Mexico landing - 18 February 2016
    "On Sunday, a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York from London Heathrow Airport turned back following take-off after a laser was shone into the cockpit...
    Nearly 9,000 incidents involving lasers and aircraft in the UK were reported to the country's Civil Aviation Authority between January 2009 and June 2015...
    "Modern lasers have the power to blind and the potential to dazzle and distract pilots during critical phases of flight..."
    + What types of laser are pointed at planes?

    (BBC)
  • How dangerous are lasers to planes? - Article + Photos + Video - 15 February 2016
    "A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to return to Heathrow Airport after being struck by a laser beam - most likely from a hand-held laser pointer. But how dangerous are these devices? And what does the law in the UK say about their use?"

    (BBC)
  • Solar-Powered Plane to Fly Around the World - Article + Audio + Video - 3 February 2015
    "Pilots flew an earlier model of the plane from Switzerland to Morocco and across the United States.
    They plan to fly the new version, the SI-2, around the Earth in 25 flying days over a five month period.
    The project will show renewable energy and clean technologies can be used anywhere."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Plane laser attacks probed by FBI terrorism unit - 19 October 2013
    "The announcement came along with a report that laser attacks against inbound flights at New York airports have increased 17 percent so far this year, a rising threat because lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew, the FBI said...."

    (foxnews.com)
  • Lighter-than-air craft rise again - Article + Video - 24 September 2012
    "A behind the scenes look at the project to build a radical new airship that could soon criscross our skies...
    The Aeroscraft, as it is known, is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak and has been made possible by advances in materials and computer control systems...
    The airship in the hangar is being built to test various key components of a design that could one day contain a hotel, casino or spa...
    One of its biggest markets could be transporting freight from hard-to-reach locations or, for example, carrying wind turbine blades."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • NYC Plans Geese Cull To Prevent Air Accidents - 12 June 2009
    "New York officials have annouced a cull of 2,000 wild geese in the wake of January's air accident.
    Canada geese will be captured and killed on city-owned property within five miles of the city's two airports and three other sites."
    (news.sky.com)

 

  • Plane crashes in New York river - 16 January 2009
    "A US Airways Airbus A320 passenger plane carrying at least 150 people has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City."

    (BBC)

    Pilot hailed for 'Hudson miracle'
    "The pilot of an airliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River has been hailed a hero after all 155 passengers and crew were rescued."
    - with a video

    (BBC)

     

  • With Wings as Eagles - From Fantasy to FLIGHT
    "Use these Resources from the Library of Congress documenting the history of flight
    — the dreams, fantasies, experimentation and inventions that came before and after the historic achievement of the Wright brothers."

    Download a PowerPoint slideshow! (11.6 Mo)
    (international.loc.gov)

 

  • Mobile phone use on planes

 

  • Super jumbo's first commercial flight - Article + Audio - 26 October, 2007
    "The world's biggest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has landed in Sydney at the end of its first commercial flight
    from Singapore..."

    (BBC)

 

  • Pet Airways - "a pet-only airline dedicated to pet-friendly travel."
    (petairways.com)

 

 

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