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Premium Plus, Nice-New York, Dreamliner : United Airlines, plus forte que jamais (vidéo)

Nouvelle classe premium, ouverture de Nice et Boeing 787-10 sur Paris : l’IFTM Top Resa a été l’occasion pour la géante United Airlines d’avancer un peu plus ses pions sur le marché français.

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association Sues Boeing Over Grounding Of 737 MAX

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a lawsuit against Boeing for "deliberately misleading the organization and its pilots about the 737 MAX aircraft."

Iran, aereo cargo si schianta a Teheran: almeno 15 morti - VIDEO

Un aereo Boeing 707 si è schiantato nell'aeroporto di Karaj, non lontano da Teheran. Il velivolo cargo era partito da Bishkek, in Kirghizistan. L'aereo avrebbe preso fuoco dopo lo schianto e, stando alle immagini diffuse sui social, sarebbe completamente carbonizzato. Solo un membro dell'equipaggio è sopravvissuto, i morti sono almeno 15. Il velivolo ha terminato la propria corsa contro alcuni palazzi residenziali prima di incendiarsi. Stando quanto emerso, il pilota del Boeing 707 cargo è atterrato nell'aeroporto sbagliato ed ha perso il controllo del velivolo sfondando il muro di cinta dello scalo. L'aereo era partito era diretto all'aeroporto di Payam, una città a sudovest di Karaj, circa 35 km da Teheran.

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Iran, aereo cargo si schianta a Teheran: almeno 15 morti - VIDEO

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

What supersonic travel means for you

There was a time when the possibilities of air travel seemed limitless. Boeing's 747 "Jumbo Jet" supersized commerical aviation, then Concorde took it supersonic.

A swanky new product for Starlux that doesn’t match the market


Upstart Taiwanese carrier Starlux plans to fly early in 2020 and finally unveiled details on its first aircraft configuration. It is a swanky offering that beats the competition, but at what cost?

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Netflix su Sky Q. Boeing. Microsoft e gli eventi della settimana

Le notizie che dovete assolutamente conoscere, selezionate per voi dalla redazione

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to perform at 2020 air show in Dayton


DAYTON, Ohio — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be the featured performers at an Ohio air show next year.

Vectren Dayton Air Show officials say the Blue Angels will return to perform at the 2020 show on June 27-28 at Dayton International Airport.

The 110-member squadron will fly six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during a tightly choreographed demonstration. The group's fighter jets are known to fly as little as 18 inches (46 centimeters) apart while going as fast as 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) per hour.

The Blue Angels performed at the air show in 2017 and 2018. Their 2016 performance was canceled after a crash killed a pilot during a practice show in Tennessee.

Officials say last year's air show drew an estimated 62,000 people, up from around 44,000 in 2017.


INCIDENT JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 JA824J suffered a port engine collision with an airbridge


Japan Airlines Dreamliner took damage to its left engine casing when it came into contact with an airbridge on taxiing to its gate at Taipei-Taoyuan Airport. The Boeing 787-8 (reg. JA824J) was being towed to the gate for boarding as #JL802 to Tokyo Narita.

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Boeing Sued by Southwest Airline Pilots

Forum: Non-Sports (Mostly Politics & Religion) Posted By: jthomas666 Post Time: October 7th, 2019 at 07:33 PM

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding - NPR

  1. Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding  NPR
  2. Boeing sued by Southwest Airlines pilots over $100 million in lost pay due to the 737 MAX grounding  CNN
  3. Southwest Pilots Union Sues Boeing Over Alleged Lost Wages From 737 Max Scandal  The Daily Beast
  4. Southwest pilots sue Boeing over 737 Max grounding, say plane maker 'deliberately mislead'  USA TODAY
  5. Boeing Sued by Southwest Pilots on ‘Rush’ to Sell Unsafe Max  Bloomberg
  6. View full coverage on Google News


Obama's New Commerce Secretary Nominee: Not So "Squeaky Clean"


The left-leaning Seattle Weekly newspaper notes that Locke presided over a $3.2 billion tax break for Boeing while "never disclosing he paid $715,000 to -- and relied on the advice of -- Boeing's own private consultant and outside auditor." Then there's the tainted matter of Locke's "favors for his brother-in-law (who lived in the governor's mansion), including a tax break for his relative's company, personal intervention in a company dispute, and Locke's signature on a federal loan application for the company." Locke's laces ain't so straight.

The glowing profiles of Locke have largely glossed over his troubling ties to the Clinton-era Chinagate scandal. As the nation's first Chinese-American governor, Locke aggressively raised cash from ethnic constituencies around the country. Convicted campaign finance money-launderer John Huang helped grease the wheels and open doors.

In the same time period that Huang was drumming up illegal cash for Clinton-Gore at the federal level, he also organized two 1996 galas for Locke in Washington, D.C. (where Locke hobnobbed with Clinton and other Chinagate principals); three fundraisers in Los Angeles; and an extravaganza at the Universal City, Calif., Hilton in October 1996 that raised upward of $30,000. Huang also made personal contributions to Locke -- as did another Clinton-Gore funny-money figure, Indonesian business mogul Ted Sioeng and his family and political operatives.

Sioeng, whom Justice Department and intelligence officials suspected of acting on behalf of the Chinese government, illegally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to both Democratic and Republican coffers. Bank records from congressional investigators indicated that one Sioeng associate's maximum individual contribution to Locke was illegally reimbursed by the businessman's daughter.

Checks to Locke's campaign poured in from prominent Huang and Sioeng associates, many of whom were targets of federal investigations, including: Hoyt Zia, a Commerce Department counsel, who stated in a sworn deposition that Huang had access to virtually any classified document through him; Melinda Yee, another Clinton Commerce Department official who admitted to destroying Freedom of Information Act-protected notes on a China trade mission involving Huang's former employer, the Indonesia-based Lippo Group; Praitun Kanchanalak, mother of convicted Thai influence-peddler Pauline Kanchanalak; Kent La, exclusive distributor of Sioeng's Chinese cigarettes in the United States; and Sioeng's wife and son-in-law.

Locke eventually returned a token amount of money from Huang and Kanchanalak, but not before bitterly playing the race card and accusing critics of his sloppy accounting and questionable schmoozing of stirring up anti-Asian-American sentiment. "It will make our efforts doubly hard to get Asian Americans appointed to top-level positions across the United States," Locke complained. "If they have any connection to John Huang, those individuals will face greater scrutiny and their lives will be completely opened up and examined -- perhaps more than usual."

That scrutiny (such as it was) was more than justified. On top of his Chinagate entanglements, Locke's political committee was fined the maximum amount by Washington's campaign finance watchdog for failing to disclose out-of-state New York City Chinatown donors. One of those events was held at NYC's Harmony Palace restaurant, co-owned by Chinese street gang thugs.

And then there were Locke's not-so-squeaky-clean fundraising trips to a Buddhist temple in Redmond, Wash., which netted nearly $14,000 from monks and nuns -- many of whom barely spoke English, couldn't recall donating to Locke, or were out of the country and could never be located. Of the known temple donors identified by the Locke campaign, five gave $1,000 each on July 22, 1996 -- paid in sequentially ordered cashier's checks. Two priests gave $1,000 and $1,100 respectively on Aug. 8, 1996. Three other temple adherents also gave $1,000 contributions on Aug. 8. Internal campaign records show that two other temple disciples donated $2,000 and $1,000 respectively on other dates. State campaign finance investigators failed to track down some of the donors during their probe.

But while investigating the story for the Seattle Times, I interviewed temple donor Siu Wai Wong, a bald, robed 40-year-old priest who could not remember when or by what means he had given a $1,000 contribution to Locke. He also refused to say whether he was a U.S. citizen, explaining that his "English (was) not so good." Although an inept state campaign-finance panel absolved Locke and his campaign of any wrongdoing, the extensive public record clearly shows that the Locke campaign used Buddhist monks as conduits for laundered money.

The longtime reluctance to press Locke -- who became a high-powered attorney specializing in China trade issues for international law firm Davis, Wright & Tremaine after leaving the governor's mansion -- on his reckless, ethnic-based fundraising will undoubtedly extend to the politically correct and cowed Beltway. Supporters are now touting Locke's cozy relations with the Chinese government as a primary reason he deserves the Commerce Department post. Yet another illustration of how "Hope and Change" is just another synonym for "Screw Up, Move Up."


Southwest pilots sue Boeing for misleading them on 737 MAX

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) said on Monday it had filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co alleging that the planemaker "deliberately misled" the airline and pilots about its 737 MAX aircraft.


Airbus sold 41 jets in September, targets record fourth-quarter deliveries

Airbus sold 41 jets in September and processed cancellations for nine jets including five originally sold to Norwegian Air , leaving the European firm ahead of Boeing Co in a relatively slow year for an industry distracted by safety and trade headlines.


Southwest pilots sue Boeing over alleged lost wages from 737 MAX grounding

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) said on Monday it filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co alleging that the grounding of the planemaker's 737 MAX aircraft had caused over $100 million (81.3 million pounds) in lost wages.


Southwest pilots sue Boeing alleging over $100 mln in lost wages from 737 MAX grounding

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) said on Monday it has filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co alleging that the grounding of the planemaker's 737 MAX aircraft has caused over $100 million (81.3 million pounds) in lost wages.


Airline went into records after Max crash, engineer says


Airline went into records after Max crash, engineer saysEthiopian Airlines' former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year, a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included fabricating documents, signing off on shoddy repairs and even beating those who got out of line. Yonas Yeshanew, who resigned this summer and is seeking asylum in the U.S., said that while it is unclear what, if anything, in the records was altered, the decision to go into them at all when they should have been sealed reflects a government-owned airline with few boundaries and plenty to hide. "The brutal fact shall be exposed ... Ethiopian Airlines is pursuing the vision of expansion, growth and profitability by compromising safety," Yeshanew said in his report, which he gave to The Associated Press after sending it last month to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other international air safety agencies.


«Морской старт» собрались перенести из США в Россию

Пусковую платформу проекта «Морской старт» подготовили к транспортировке из США в Россию. С нее уже сняли все иностранное оборудование — американский информационно-связной блок компании Boeing и оборудование украинского производства для ракеты «Зенит».

Самолет экстренно сел из-за невыносимой вони

Пассажирский самолет авиакомпании Air Canada Rouge совершил экстренную посадку из-за невыносимого запаха на борту. Инцидент произошел в самолете Boeing-767, следовавшем из Монреаля в Ванкувер. После того как запах распространился по всему салону, пилоты вернулись в аэропорт вылета. Источником вони оказался дуриан.

Американский «Летающий штаб» заметили у границ России

Американский самолет дальнего боевого управления и целеуказания Boeing E-8C Joint Stars 7 октября совершил продолжительный полет рядом с границами России, сообщает мониторинговый ресурс Plane Radar. Это воздушное судно называют «летающим штабом» из-за его многофункциональности.

Schlaglichter: Pilotengewerkschaft klagt wegen 737-Max-Debakel gegen Boeing


Dallas (dpa) - Dem US-Luftfahrtriesen Boeing droht wegen der nach zwei Abstürzen verhängten Startverbote für den Flugzeugtyp 737 Max weiterer rechtlicher Ärger. Die Pilotengewerkschaft der US-Fluggesellschaft Southwest Airlines gab bekannt, Klage gegen Boeing eingereicht zu haben. Der Hersteller habe falsche Angaben zur Flugtauglichkeit der Maschinen gemacht. Durch die Startverbote im Zuge der beiden Abstürze mit 346 Toten mussten laut Gewerkschaft über 30 000 Southwest-Flüge gestrichen werden. Dadurch seien den Piloten mehr als 100 Millionen Dollar an Einnahmen entgangen.


Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

Southwest pilots' union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

DALLAS – The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is suing Boeing, saying its pilots are losing money because the company rushed an unsafe plane into service only to have the 737 Max grounded after two deadly crashes.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said in the lawsuit filed Monday that Boeing misled pilots and airlines by not telling them about a new flight-control system called MCAS that is now at the center of investigations into the accidents.

The lawsuit, filed in a Texas state court in Dallas, could make it harder for Boeing to gain public confidence in the plane. Chicago-based Boeing hopes to use pilots in a campaign to reassure travelers once regulators approve changes that the company is making to the plane.

Southwest had more Max jets than any airline when the plane was grounded in March. It has canceled thousands of flights through early January as a result.

The president of the pilots' union said in an interview that the lawsuit followed failed negotiations with Boeing over compensation for income that pilots have lost due to canceled flights. Also at issue were the union's expenses to comply with a subpoena from the Justice Department, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Boeing's representations to regulators who certified the plane.

The union leader, Jon Weaks, said he believes Boeing will make the plane safe and pilots will resume flying it.

"When the plane comes back, it will be one of the most examined airplanes ever," he said. "The problems they had with MCAS are being engineered out of it."

The lawsuit, however, uses harsh language in condemning Boeing for what it told airlines and pilots about the Max, which went into service in 2017. Boeing sold the plane as a more fuel-efficient but otherwise lightly modified version of the 737, which has flown since the 1960s.

"Those representations proved to be false," the union says in its lawsuit. "The 737 MAX now is grounded worldwide because it is unsafe, unairworthy, and contrary to Boeing's representations, distinct from the 737 family of aircraft that preceded it, which SWAPA pilots have flown for years."

Crashes involving Max jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. The company faces dozens of lawsuits filed by passengers' families and has settled a few for undisclosed terms. In July, it announced a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover compensation it expects to pay airlines in coming years to cover canceled flights.


Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash

SEATTLE – Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year, a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included fabricating documents, signing off on shoddy repairs and even beating those who got out of line.

Yonas Yeshanew, who resigned this summer and is seeking asylum in the U.S., said that while it is unclear what, if anything, in the records was altered, the decision to go into them at all when they should have been sealed reflects a government-owned airline with few boundaries and plenty to hide.

“The brutal fact shall be exposed ... Ethiopian Airlines is pursuing the vision of expansion, growth and profitability by compromising safety,” Yeshanew said in his report, which he gave to The Associated Press after sending it last month to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other international air safety agencies.

Yeshanew’s criticism of Ethiopian’s maintenance practices, backed by three other former employees who spoke to AP, makes him the latest voice urging investigators to take a closer look at potential human factors in the Max saga and not just focus on Boeing’s faulty anti-stall system, which has been blamed in two crashes in four months.

It’s not a coincidence, he said, that Ethiopian saw one of its Max planes go down when many other airlines that fly the plane suffered no such tragedy.

Ethiopian Airlines portrayed Yeshanew as a disgruntled former employee and categorically denied his allegations, which paint a blistering counterpoint to the perception of the airline as one of Africa’s most successful companies and a source of national pride.

Yeshanew alleged in his report and interviews with AP that Ethiopian is growing too fast and struggling to keep planes in the air now that it is carrying 11 million passengers a year, four times what it was handling a decade ago, including flights to Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Newark, New Jersey. He said mechanics are overworked and pressed to take shortcuts to get planes cleared for takeoff, while pilots are flying on too little rest and not enough training.

And he produced an FAA audit from three years ago that found, among dozens of other problems, that nearly all of the 82 mechanics, inspectors and supervisors whose files were reviewed lacked the minimum requirements for doing their jobs.

Yeshanew included emails showing he urged top executives for years to end a practice at the airline of signing off on maintenance and repair jobs that he asserts were done incompletely, incorrectly or not at all. He said he stepped up his efforts following the Oct. 29, 2018, crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia that killed all 189 people on board. One email Yeshanew sent to CEO Tewolde Gebremariam urged him to “personally intervene” to stop mechanics from falsifying records.

Those pleas were ignored, he said. And after the March 10, 2019, nosedive crash of an Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max outside Addis Ababa that killed all 157 people on board, Yeshanew said it was clear the mindset had not changed.

Yeshanew said in an interview that on the day after the crash, Ethiopian’s Chief Operating Officer Mesfin Tasew openly agonized that the airline could get blamed because of its maintenance “issues” and “violations,” and he ordered that records on the downed Max plane be checked for “mistakes.”

“We pray to God that this will not point to our fault,” Yeshanew quoted the COO as saying.

That same day, Yeshanew said in his report, someone logged into the computerized maintenance record-keeping system, specifically on the records from the downed plane that detailed a flight-control problem – “a roll to the right” – that pilots had reported three months earlier. Yeshanew included in his report a screenshot of a directory of the records related to the problem that showed a final entry that was time-stamped March 11.

Yeshanew said he didn’t know what was in the records previously or if they were changed, only that the records were left to say that tests had been done and the issue had been resolved. While he doubted that the flight-control problem brought the plane down, he said any changes to the records would call into question the actual condition of the airplane at the time of the crash as well as the integrity of the airline as a whole.

Aviation experts say that after a crash, maintenance records – specifically, log books and task cards containing notes by pilots and fixes by mechanics – are required by international air safety regulators to be immediately sealed off, and any attempt to manipulate them is a serious violation tantamount to trampling on a crime scene.

“If there is an accusation that you went into records, it means you’re hiding something, you have something to hide,” said John Goglia, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and an expert in aircraft maintenance.

In its response to AP, Ethiopian denied a history of tampering and shoddy maintenance, and denied its COO or anyone else ordered someone to change the maintenance records on the downed 737 Max. It said that as soon as the accident happened, those documents were sealed, stored in a secure place and delivered to Ethiopia’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. It added that while “a technician tried to see the aircraft records,” its review found no data was changed or updated.

Ethiopian is Africa’s biggest airline, is profitable and is one of only a few on the continent that have passed the tests necessary to allow their planes to fly into Europe and North America, with a relatively good safety record.

The company confirmed Yeshanew served as director of aircraft engineering and planning but said he was demoted because of a “serious weaknesses in leadership, discipline and poor integrity.”

“He is a disgruntled ex-employee who fabricated a false story about Ethiopian Airlines, partly to revenge for his demotion while working in Ethiopian, and partly to probably develop a case to secure asylum in the USA,” the airline said in an email to AP. “We would like to confirm once more that all his allegations are false and baseless.”

Yeshanew and his attorney, Darryl Levitt, said that he was never demoted and, in fact, his steady rise through the ranks over a 12-year career at Ethiopian continued even into this year when he was tapped to oversee a new venture making aircraft parts and investigate two pilots who botched a landing in Uganda and nearly skidded into Lake Victoria. Yeshanew said his recommendations after that incident – fewer inexperienced pilots in cockpits and better training – went unheeded.

Yeshanew also attached internal emails to the report that he contends show faulty paperwork and repairs, and investigations from parts suppliers that point to similar errors, including ones that led to two cockpit windows shattering in flight, a de-icing mechanism burning, and missing or incorrect bolts on key sensors.

“I personally saw that many task cards are signed without even doing what is written in the instruction,” Yeshanew wrote to COO Tasew in 2017. “Such violations may even result in a serious safety issue.”

Others have made similar claims. In 2015, an anonymous employee told an FAA safety hotline that mechanics often cleared planes for takeoff with “unresolved” mechanical issues. It was unclear if the complaint led to any action by the FAA or the airline.

Three other former Ethiopian employees made such allegations to AP, including one who provided documents that he said show faulty repairs and paperwork errors stretching back years, and another who said mechanics felt they had no choice but to “pencil whip it” – industry jargon for signing off on repairs never done.

“They would actually lie about it,” said Franz Rasmussen, who flew for the airline for two years before leaving in 2016. “There was a philosophy: You can’t ground an airplane – it’s go, go, go.”

Among the allegations in Yeshanew’s report is that Ethiopian maintains a jail-like detention center on the grounds of its Addis Ababa headquarters that it used to interrogate, intimidate and sometimes beat up employees who got out of line. Yeshanew said he knows of at least two mechanics beaten up in the past three years after falling out of favor with the company, and he feared the same fate awaited him.

Yeshanew said in the report and later interviews with AP that he was taken to the single-story, dirt-floored detention center in July on suspicion he was talking to news organizations, and after 10 hours of questioning was told he would be thrown into jail “like all the other persons before” him if he didn’t keep quiet. He took that as a threat of torture.

“If you are in jail, it means you’ll be beaten, you will be tortured,” he told AP. “There is no difference in the current political system of Ethiopia.”

Four days later, Yeshanew fled to the U.S. with this wife and two children and settled in the Seattle area.

A former spokesman for the airline union, Bekele Dumecha, told AP that he met with more than a dozen workers over six years who had been beaten at the same detention center, including one of the alleged victims identified by Yeshanew. Dumecha said he saw that person an hour after he was released, bruised and staggering.

“He couldn’t walk properly,” said Dumecha, who is now living in Minnesota and also seeking asylum. “He was mentally and physically destroyed.”

Human Rights Watch said in an April report that torture in jails and “unmarked detention centers” have long been a “serious and underreported problem” in Ethiopia, and its former researcher there said he personally interviewed three airline workers who alleged they were tortured by the government, the most recent three years ago.

“It was all about ensuring the positive image of the company and the country is kept intact,” said HRW researcher Felix Horne. “Many people who tried to speak out against government-controlled companies were inevitably thrown in prison and beaten up.”

In its statement, Ethiopian Airlines denied that a detention center for torture exists and offered to show an AP reporter around the grounds. But after AP sought such a tour this past week, Ethiopian officials said it would take several weeks to arrange.

Yeshanew’s allegations are the latest to cast a light on factors other than what has become the overriding focus of the Max crash investigations – a system on the plane called MCAS, for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, that automatically pushes the plane’s nose down when it is at risk of stalling.

Preliminary reports indicate it misfired in both fatal crashes, with pilots losing control of the planes as they fought against it. Regulators have grounded nearly 400 737 Max planes while Boeing tries to fix the problem.

Another whistleblower from Ethiopian, veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin, told the AP in May that after Indonesia’s Lion Air crash, he pleaded with Ethiopian’s top executives to give pilots better training on the Max, predicting that if pilots are not sufficiently drilled on Boeing’s protocols for how to disable the autopilot system in the event of a misfire, “it will be a crash for sure.”

Ethiopian has said the pilots followed all the steps Boeing laid out. But the preliminary report on the crash showed they deviated from the directives and made other mistakes, notably flying the plane at an unusually high speed and inexplicably reactivating the anti-stall system shortly after manually overriding it. Six minutes into the Max flight, the plane with passengers from nearly a dozen countries cratered into the ground about 40 miles from the airport.

For the 39-year-old Yeshanew, the decision to become a whistleblower has come at a heavy price. He is leaving behind relatives and a job that he called “the dream of my life,” one with prestige and a big enough salary for him to buy a three-story house. He is not sure of what kind of job he can get in the U.S., or if he will even be granted asylum.

Ultimately, he said, he has dreams of returning to his native Ethiopia and even going back to work at Ethiopian Airlines.

“I have to reveal the truth, the reality to the world, so that the airline will be fixed,” he said, “because it can’t continue like what it is doing now.”


Condon can be reached on Twitter at @BernardFCondon.


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Key points from an Ethiopian Airlines whistleblower’s report


Key takeaways from the story on a former top engineer at Ethiopian Airlines who filed a whistleblower complaint that the carrier went into maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year:

— Yonas Yeshanew said in his complaint filed with regulators that while it is...


Regulators weigh ''startle factors'' for Boeing 737 MAX pilot training - Transport Canada executive

Global regulators are looking at "startle factors" that can overwhelm pilots as they consider revised protocols for the Boeing 737 MAX.

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

PLL leci do Singapuru

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT od maja przyszłego roku uruchomią bezpośrednie połączenie na trasie Warszawa-Singapur - poinformowała spółka w czwartek PAP. Lot na tej trasie potrwa ok. 12 godzin i będzie wykonywany przez najnowocześniejszy samolot LOT-u, czyli Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Falklands/Sao Paulo air-link will be serviced with a Boeing 767, Argentine sources


LATAM Brazil must present details of the flight, such as official fares, to the Argentine Civil Aviation Administration. (Image: David Alvarez) The Argentine media has revealed some additional details about the coming weekly airlink between the Falkland Islands and the South American continent, scheduled to begin “sometime in the second half of November”.


Southwest Pilots Sue Boeing For Lost Wages From 737 MAX Grounding

The lawsuit claims pilots lost more than $100 million in wages.

APG 394 – Trumpet Players Make Better Pilots


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Bell Unveils Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Design

Bell's Model 360 "Invictus" with feature "proven technologies" the company says
October 2, 2019, 6:42 AM

Bell took the wraps off its long-anticipated entry into the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program this morning. The two-seat aircraft is called the model 360 Invictus and it relies on what Bell calls “proven technologies,” including a main rotor system design based on the Bell 525 Relentless super-medium civil twin currently in advanced flight test.

The Bell 360 will deliver advanced battlefield situational awareness, as well as lethal options, in support of the maneuver force at an affordable cost, said Vince Tobin, executive vice president of Military Business at Bell. Aircraft features include a cruise speed greater than 185 knots, a combat radius of 135 nm with greater than 90 minutes time on station, and the ability to hover out of ground effect (HOGE) at altitudes of 4,000 feet in 95 degree F temperatures. Other attributes include a lift-sharing fixed wing, a supplemental power unit to increase power during times of high demand, fly-by-wire flight controls, ducted tail rotor, and an articulating main rotor with high flapping capability to enable high speed flight.

The aircraft's stealth styling resembles that employed by the canceled (2004) Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. Weapons include a 20 mm canon, integrated munitions launcher, advanced sensor technologies, and a modular open systems approach (MOSA) enabled by a “digital backbone” from Collins Aerospace.

Bell 360 Invictus


U.S. Congress Approves Thai AH-6i FMS

Thailand has been approved to receive the light attack helicopter, which is sought to provide special forces support.
September 27, 2019, 3:36 AM

ThU.S. Congress has approved a potential deal for eight Boeing AH-6i light attack helicopters for Thailand, worth around $400 million. The foreign military sales (FMS) package would see the AH-6i armed with 50 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles and 200 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rockets. This kind of precision-guided munition will be new to the Thai arsenal. Also included are 10 M134 Miniguns, GAU-19/B 0.50-inch machine guns, AN/APX-123 IFF, and a range of avionics and systems.

The notification commented that the AH-6i will replace the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) seven Bell AH-1F Cobras, but AIN understands that the light helicopters are for a separate program for the Royal Thai Army’s Special Warfare Command and that the AH-1 replacement program has slipped in terms of priority. Bell is promoting its AH-1Z Viper as the natural replacement for the Cobra. The RTA later also revealed that the budget for the program is around $138 million, meaning a downsized package either in terms of airframes or munitions and systems.

The proposed sale follows the delivery of the first pair of M1126 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles in mid-September and would be the first arms deal between Washington and the kingdom since the Thai general election in March 2019. Thailand could become the second nation to order the AH-6i, following Saudi Arabia, which ordered 24 for the National Guard in 2014. Jordan had earlier announced an intention to buy the AH-6i, but no subsequent progress has been reported.



Pilot Report: Leonardo TH-119

AIN flies the Leonardo TH-119 IFR training helicopter.
September 27, 2019, 12:29 AM

Thirty-two years ago I started my helicopter training at Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey, England, sponsored by the global oil industry giant Bristow Helicopters. I completed my commercial pilot's license course on the even-then venerable 1960s-vintage Westland-Bell 47 G4A. The “avionics suite” included an RMI with an ADF, a VOR OBS indicator, and a VHF radio. After 120 hours on the -47, the next step to IFR pilot came on the 9.6-tonne, 19-passenger AS332L Super Puma, a transition I remember well.

Unsurprisingly, in the past 30 years, things in the rotary training world have moved on considerably, and in front of me now, standing in the late summer sunshine on the north ramp outside Leonardo’s Northeast Philadelphia Airport facility, is the Leonardo TH-119, a 21st century solution to training helicopter pilots from ab-initio to instrument pilot and beyond. Leonardo hopes to be successful in pitching this helicopter in the U.S. Navy’s TH-73 competition (previously known as TH-XX) to replace the Bell 206-derived TH-57B/C Sea Rangers based at NAS Whiting Field in Florida. If so, the TH-119 will be training future USN helicopter pilots for perhaps the next 30 years.

Andrew Gappy is Leonardo's director of Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and federal programs as well as Team TH-119 campaign manager. He's also a graduate of the USN facility at Whiting Field. In a thorough preflight and program briefing, he described how, since the cancellation of the proposed EFIS upgrade to the TH-57D Sea Ranger in 2012, Leonardo had been developing the TH-119 concept to meet the future USN requirement with a single aircraft offering. As Gappy and many of his team had cut their teeth on the TH-57, the enthusiasm and excitement to be a part of the program that could replace this aircraft was plain to see. Enzo Galli, director of engineering, was on hand to answer any technical queries during the brief and add further detail about the program. Peter Wagner, a Leonardo ground training instructor, led me through a systems brief and a comprehensive overview of the Genesys EFIS installed on the TH-119.

The Walkaround

The TH-119's dimensions from rotor tip to tail rotor, height of the vertical tail, and fuselage length are almost exactly the same as those of the Bell Long Ranger. The helicopter looks familiar as, apart from the smart orange and white USN training color scheme, there is little externally to differentiate it from the utility AW119Ke and Kx Koala from which it is derived.

Internally, however, is where the difference lies. With the Genesys AeroSystems IDU-680 EFIS displays and helicopter systems architecture inherited from the twin-engine AW109, Leonardo has been able to certify the single-engine machine for IFR, the first single to be so certified by the FAA in around 30 years. Dual air-data systems, including two ADAHRS and two pitot-static systems, ensure that in the event of a PFD failure, replacement attitude data will be automatically displayed without any crew action required. The dual hydraulic systems are almost identical, except that the number-two system does not boost the tail rotor servo. The redundancy ensures that any single failure does not require immediate action or disconnecting the stability augmentation systems, which would cause a dangerous distraction during IFR flight.

The one system on the TH-119 that required further modifications to meet IFR criteria was the electrical system. With the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B-37A turboshaft, electrical power came from a single starter-generator. But a previous customer for the AW119 Koala, who was carrying out geological survey work, requested a second generator. So an STC was already available to provide the needed electrical redundancy.

Patrick McKernan, an experienced AW119 instructor and chief of flight operations at Leonardo, demonstrated the TH-119 to me and delivered a military-standard “out brief,” discussing the profile and route to be flown, the weather to be expected, each of our roles and responsibilities both in normal and emergency scenarios (if we lose the engine, whoever gets the collective down first, wins), and threats and errors to be encountered and mitigated.

McKernan took me through the preflight, which is relatively conventional with ready access available to all areas of the helicopter. Handholds and a step big enough for both feet make for a steady platform to inspect the main rotor hub, gearbox, and elastomeric bearings of the four main blades. They are of conventional, non-composite construction as is the majority of the airframe. That could be important in reducing airframe downtime as a training machine is going to suffer more than its fair share of tail stinger strikes during ab-initio maneuvers. The hydraulic system levels can be checked through two sight gauges beneath a panel on the starboard side of the aircraft easily visible from the ground. So is the auxiliary generator, which is belt driven and has a dedicated gauze-covered air intake and exhaust for cooling. As the auxiliary generator is permanently driven, one future modification that is in the pipeline is to upgrade this to a brushless generator to reduce wear during the long periods the aux generator is not required. The external power receptacle is on the right side of the forward fuselage, easily visible to the pilot-in-command, a fact that has positive safety implications for both the helicopter and the ground crew.[inline-image=”193941”]

Walking around to the port side of the machine, I notice the tail rotor gearbox has a sight gauge easily visible at head height. The prominent tailboom stinger, beneath the lower vertical tail, can also be readily inspected for signs of previous contact. To make this easier to note, tape has been applied to the bottom of the stinger. As this is an ab-initio trainer, a major part of the syllabus will involve engine-off landings to sliding touchdowns, often on hard runways. To cope with this, the skids are fitted with two-piece removable and replaceable skid shoes, the attachments of which can be inspected on the sides of the skids.

This side of the helicopter has a baggage bay door that provides enough space for any ground-handling equipment. Both main doors slide along external rails and lock and unlock easily. These are an improvement over the plug-door design found on other helicopters, as I find they can tend to become difficult to open and close over time.

The Flight Deck

Before we climbed onto the flight deck, we took a quick look into the spacious cabin to see the observer's or third pilot's seat situated behind and between the two pilots' seats. This seat has its own intercom controls and can be moved forward to provide a good view of the controls and displays. There is considerable value for a student to sit behind the pilots and observe a lesson before swapping seats and handling the exercise for themselves, enhancing training value and perhaps even reducing required training times. There is currently a three-place bench seat behind the observer's seat situated against the rear bulkhead, but McKernan suggests this will be replaced by a slightly different configuration of two seats outboard on each cabin side on production variants of the TH-119.

With the sliding doors closed, we climbed onto the forward step fixed to the skids and entered the flight deck. The cockpit doors are of conventional “car style” with a sliding DV section. Unlike production aircraft, this machine, N824BM, has no air-conditioning. Air-con on a military training machine might seem like a luxury, but a student and instructor would learn and teach much more effectively and efficiently in a comfortable environment. The cockpit seats do enhance that environment with their high backs and headrests. The harness is a simple inertia-reel four-point arrangement, and while I took a few minutes setting up my GoPro and voice recorders, McKernan joined me in the right “command” seat.[inline-image=”193936”]

I flew left-seat for the evaluation, as it had been several years since my last single-engine turbine flight. Also, my previous helicopter type, an AS355, had traditional “steam” gauges. The four-screen configuration and the USN specification that the visual references from the aircraft be the same from the left or right seat mean that there is little disadvantage to flying from either seat. The intended USN students who may fly the TH-119 will have already completed the all-digital, glass-cockpit equipped Beechcraft T-6 Texan II fixed-wing phase of their training before starting their rotary-wing course. So my own experience in glass cockpits from my fixed-wing time flying the Boeing 787 and my lack of recent experience in helicopters will in some way mirror this and provide a good baseline to assess the TH-119's future role.

McKernan had me read the checklist, an excellent way of allowing me to keep up with an unfamiliar type and at the same time take on board all the relevant checks and procedures. The PT6 can be controlled either electronically via the electronic engine control (EEC), mechanically via an Nr droop compensator (MEC), or manually using the twist grip throttle. The PFDs and MFDs begin their initialization processes once the battery switch is turned on, and any button press continues this process.

The rest of the checks are standard test items familiar to any digital cockpit turbine helicopter, addressing aural warnings; FCU and fire systems; fuel-valve and fuel-transfer pumps; and cycling the EEC/MEC engine control on the right side collective to test the EEC and the mechanical control systems.

The fuel system consists of two main tanks under the cabin floor and an upper tank behind the rear bench seats in the cabin. The upper tank gravity feeds into the right lower tank and the transfer pump moves fuel from the right to the left engine feed tank.

Getting in the Air

The engine start procedure is standard for a PT6. Having checked the external power was providing the required 28 volts, McKernan pressed and released the start button, checked the MFD to see the ENG START and IGNITER messages are displayed.  Once the N1 reached 12 percent and the ITT was checked at below 100 degrees on the MFD strip gauge, he moved the throttle to idle. The start took 20 seconds to reach an N1 of 43 percent and the starter automatically dropped out. If the ITT approached the start limit of 1,090 degrees, you are allowed 10 seconds above 870 and two seconds above 980 before the throttle would close and the start is aborted. However, in this case, the ITT did not trouble any of the limits, peaking at around 650 degrees.

As the blades started rotating, counterclockwise from above, we checked the hydraulic pressure to ensure it was rising. Five seconds after N1 passed 51 percent, the ITT gauge on the MFD reconfigured automatically to display cruise limits. The N1 stabilized around the recommended 61 percent and we checked the gearbox oil pressure before disconnecting the external power, which illuminates a momentary BATTERY caption that disappeared as soon as the generator was selected “on.” Subsequent check items include: inverters on, amps within limits, and the avionics master switch “on.” The engine can now be brought up to flight idle using the twist-grip throttle. While there is no limitation, McKernan keeps the torque below 30 percent as the Nr accelerates to 102 percent. All items with redundancy are now checked such as hydraulic servos, fuel pumps, SAS, ADAHRS, and engine control. Then we can turn our attention to the Genesys EFIS.[inline-image=”193946”]

My first impression of the six- by eight-inch screens was that they are adequately bright enough even on this clear sky, sunny day and the resolution is high enough that the displays are sharp and thus easy to read. The screens are divided into top and bottom, and for the start sequence, McKernan has the PFD show the primary flight instruments (PFI) on the top half and the map beneath. Meanwhile, his MFD showed the full ENGINE page, which displays Caution/Advisory/Status (CAS) messages in a block on the lower left. Time-critical warnings and cautions also appear on the PFD, while on the lower page, ITT/TRQ, and N2/NR are constantly displayed.

McKernan had already stored a simple route from KPNE and return routing via the Coyle VOR, to Ocean County, the nearest airport with an ILS, and then back to KPNE where the intention was to shoot an RNAV approach. This can be activated and viewed waypoint by waypoint via the FPL menu on the PFD, but routes can only be entered and modified via the MFD.

Before we contacted ground at Northeast Philadelphia, McKernan gave me my first introduction to inputting information on the Genesys. Using the radio page of the EFIS, I tuned the ATIS. The inputs and selections are controlled by eight hard keys down either side of the IDU bezels that coincide with soft selection options on the screen depending on the modes selected and four rotary “encoder” selectors along the bottom of the IDUs. The soft selection options are either ghosted triangles if no further menu levels are available or solid grey if selecting this option will produce further menu options. R1 key, in the top right of the bezel, will either display MENU or EXIT. If this button displays EXIT, it will always return the screen menu options to the top level. I quickly discovered that if an expected option could not be found, it was because I had not selected EXIT to return the menu to the top level after looking at a different screen. On the top-level menu, the L7 key will select RADIO. This opens an audio/radio menu box on the lower section of the PFD

The standby VHF frequencies on COM1/2 are boxed, white for MHz and magenta for kHz. These correspond with the same color-coding under two encoder rotary switches on the bottom of the IDU, and the frequency can be altered. The R7 bezel key is labeled SWAP and changes the standby to the active. The EXIT button R1, should then be pressed to go back to the top-level PFD menu. I have to admit, I found this process very fiddly, especially for a helicopter, but like any new system, it would soon become second nature. 

The weather showed a 10-knot breeze from the west, clear skies, and a temperature of 70 deg F. With McKernan and me onboard and 400 kg (882 pounds) of fuel, N824BM weighed in at 2,422 kg, 428 kg below the maximum takeoff weight. McKernan had done performance figures before walking out, and the HOGE (hover out of ground effect) at max-continuous power was 4,000 feet; 7,500 feet at takeoff power.

With a VFR clearance to the southeast, McKernan lifted us into the hover using 60 percent torque, and we transitioned along Taxiway Juliet with a right turn. The takeoff profile of the TH-119 requires a five-foot transition to 30 knots, a 15 percent torque increase, and an accelerating climb to 60 knots to remain clear of the “avoid” curve on the height-velocity diagram. At 60 knots, McKernan handed me the controls, and we followed the Roncocas Creek out to the west. Immediately, the collective felt rather heavy and I was conscious of avoiding too-large power changes. The cyclic was slightly lighter, but with the force trim cancel button pushed on the left side of the handgrip, roll and pitch control were pleasant. With the SAS engaged and attitude-hold selected, the relatively heavy control forces prevented any tendency to overcontrol. Yaw control is light and will feel similar to any pilot familiar with the Jet Ranger or Sea Ranger.

I leveled off at 1,500 feet, setting the flight path marker on the PFI onto the horizon, and we accelerated to 120 knots. To sample high-speed cruise, I slowly added power toward maximum continuous torque of 100 percent, but we reached the ITT limit of 750 degrees at 93 percent torque, giving us an IAS of 150 knots, just below the Vne of 152. Although McKernan said he would sit at this speed all day on a long flight, as the ride was quite turbulent, I eased off on the torque to 65 percent and 120 knots where we were burning around 180 kg/hr of fuel. I tried some turns up to 60 degrees of bank and with FTR pressed and the helicopter handled well, but I needed to keep reminding myself to use my feet, needing more right yaw pedal than left.

Missed Approach

We selected VOR mode on the HSI on my lower map and I tracked towards the Coyle VOR while talking to McGuire AFB for traffic service. McKernan modified the route by selecting an ILS approach to Runway 6 at Ocean County, and we remained south of Lakehurst Airport on a left base for the localizer, allowing a good view of the Zeppelin hangars designed and built for the ill-fated Hindenburg, which crashed here in 1937. The northwesterly wind, now up to 26 knots as depicted on the PFD, initially blew me through the inbound course, so I made a left turn into the wind and corrected.

The flight path marker on the PFD is a useful tool, but with no heading markers on the horizon line of the PFD, it is not as surgical as it could be. The heading scale is located at the top of the PFD, which means that the scan from that, down to the localizer on the bottom, is a large one. However, a green track marker both on this scale and the HSI coupled with a green dashed line for track is very useful and once on course, it's easy to maintain the localizer. The glideslope display is on the right-hand side of the PFD, and I reduced power to follow it and maintained 90 knots.

The missed approach for the procedure is a climbing left turn back to the Coyle VOR, so we agreed we would arm the go-around mode (GA) and engage it at a minimum of 500 feet. On reaching this altitude, I pushed the GA button on the right of the cyclic and the mode display, situated on the top of the PFD, changed from armed (white) to engaged (green); we then coupled the autopilot. The helicopter pitched up and maintained the current selected heading, and I added power to climb away. On the control panel of the Sperry/Honeywell/Galileo SHZ-109A analog autopilot ahead of the right-side collective, there is no option to select a NAV mode that will track a GPS course. So the IDU menu has to be accessed to engage NHDG, which then captured the track back to the VOR. The displayed course turned from cyan to magenta, indicating this had occurred; as well as the green NHDG mode on the top of the PFD. The next active waypoint information is displayed on the bottom right of the PFD in magenta. I had been warned that the analog autopilot could be imprecise while maneuvering, and the heading oscillated slightly, needing a little manual input in yaw before it settled down on the course.

Things had all happened pretty quickly for me, so we left the autopilot coupled and set course, using the direct function on the PFD to fly to KABKE which is the IAF for the RNAV to KPNE. I took a few deep breaths. McKernan had selected the RNAV (GPS) approach for Northeast Philly and we leveled at 2,000 feet, the platform altitude. The PFD annunciated an LPV approach in green and the inbound course and deviation scale was displayed at the bottom. With the autopilot coupled, we flew the approach in IAS and NHDG modes, which enabled me to control the rate of descent by lowering and raising the collective and allowing the speed and track to be maintained by the autopilot.

As the active flight plan had altitudes pre-programmed, a green top-of-descent marker was shown on the MAP display. At this point, I lowered the collective

to set up a 400-fpm descent rate and followed the glideslope indications on the right with Highway in the sky (HITS) boxes showing on the PFD to fly through. As before with three axes coupled, a little pedal assistance was required at these slower speeds to keep the slip/skid indicator centered, but overall, the workload was relatively low and I could monitor the approach well.

The automated minimums call came at 380 feet, and I disconnected the higher modes of the helipilot system. At 75 knots and around 75 feet, I flared, aiming for the touchdown zone markings, which appeared in the synthetic vision on the PFD as we crossed them. During the landing, the aft section of the skids contacted first and then we settled onto the ground. The TH-119 was doing a good job of getting me back into being a helo pilot. Visual circuits were next, onto Runway 33 at KPNE, and I was getting into the swing of things. On base, while turning and lowering the collective, I had to concentrate on the strange sensation of adding a significant amount of right pedal while turning left as I reduced torque, which is perhaps an indication that this a powerful single-engine machine with up to 1,000 shp at my control.

After two patterns, McKernan offered to demonstrate an engine-off landing onto the hard runway, something I’d never seen before. After a couple of practice engine-offs in the hover and a gentle run-on landing to get his eye in, we climbed to 1,000 feet for the demo. Crossing the threshold of the runway, McKernan closed the throttle and dumped the collective. The NR dropped to 97 percent with a brief “rotor low” aural warning and then recovered. The minimum rate of descent speed was nailed on 1,800 fpm. As we passed 150 feet, McKernan pitched up to reduce the descent rate and leveled the skids, paused, and cushioned with the collective. We ran on at 15 knots, producing a ground slide of approximately 80 feet and a minimum NR of 67 percent.

I took control again to return to the ramp. On the way back, we tried some spot turns, sideways and backward, and the helicopter was nicely controllable with good visibility downwards through the chin windows. Even with the SAS disengaged, I was able to hover over a spot and set down. One nice EFIS feature to look at was the hover vector, which replaces the flight path marker on the PFD below a ground speed of 30 knots. It show two concentric circles of 10- and 20-knot radius. To prove this, I lifted to a 50-foot hover and started moving backward. A vector extended from the center of the PFD downward, its length proportional to ground speed. As it touched the first circle, our groundspeed, read off the PFD, was 10 knots. This function would be especially useful during a very high hover where visual references are reduced, especially at night, say, during winch operations.

We had been airborne for 1.5 hours, so it was time to head back to the ramp. Indicative of the qualities of this machine and McKernan’s stewardship was that I was able and confident to position between the main Leonardo hangar and a pre-production MH-139 on a convenient spot. If the U.S. Navy decides to go with the TH-119, and the contract decision is expected towards the end of this year, I have no doubt this machine and its Genesys EFIS system is going to provide a great teaching platform for instructors currently flying the 50-year-old TH-57. And the pilots it produces will be ready for the transition to the most advanced combat aircraft the 21st century has to offer.


Leonardo TH-119


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Điểm Tin Thứ Sáu 04/10/2019 (ANM)

Hình minh họa.
Điểm Tin Thứ Sáu 04/10/2019 (ANM)
Anh Tuấn Phạm
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  • Việt Nam cần thoát khỏi ngã ba đường (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Quang Dy - Năm 2014, sự kiện dàn khoan HD-981 đã làm cả nước bị sốc, xô đẩy Biển Đông vào “khủng hoảng lần đầu” và thúc đẩy Việt Nam phải “đổi mới vòng hai” để thoát khỏi ngã ba đường. Nhưng 5 năm sau, Biển Đông lại “khủng hoảng lần hai”, trong khi Việt Nam vẫn chưa “đổi mới vòng hai”. Nói cách khác, Việt Nam vẫn chưa thoát khỏi ngã ba đường. Nay đã đến lúc Việt Nam phải điều chỉnh chiến lược và cải tổ thể chế trước ...
  • VNTB- Quy định kiểm soát quyền lực hé lộ ý định ‘ngồi tiếp’ của ai? (VNTB) - Thường Sơn (VNTB) - Tháng 9 năm 2019, ‘Tổng tịch’ Nguyễn Phú Trọng bất ngờ ký ban hành Quy định về việc kiểm soát quyền lực trong công tác cán bộ và chống chạy chức, chạy quyền. Cái cách hạ bút này xảy ra chỉ ít ngày trước khi diễn ra Hội nghị trung ương 11 của đảng cầm quyền - dự kiến tổ chức vào tháng 10 năm 2019.
  • Nho giáo cản trở tiến trình dân chủ hóa Việt Nam như thế nào (BoxitVN) - Mai Vũ Phạm - Trong bài này, người viết sẽ đưa ra dẫn chứng để lập luận rằng sự ảnh hưởng nặng nề của Nho giáo đã tạo ra các rào cản làm trì trệ tiến trình dân chủ hóa Việt Nam. Muốn lập luận Nho giáo không chống dân chủ, thì phải chứng minh được(1) các học thuyết Nho giáo giúp ích cho tiến trình vận động và thiết lập dân chủ, ...
  • VNTB- Việt Nam đang giam giữ 234 tù nhân lương tâm: Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (VNTB) - 03 tháng 10 - Thông cáo báo chí của Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (Defend the Defenders- DTD) Hà Nội, ngày 01/10/2019. Theo thống kê mới nhất của tổ chức Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền, chế độ độc tài cộng sản Việt Nam đang giam giữ 233 tù nhân lương tâm bên cạnh việc quản chế tại gia nhà hoạt động Huỳnh Thục Vy vì cô đang nuôi con nhỏ. Việt Nam vẫn là quốc gia đứng thứ 2 về số lượng tù nhân lương tâm ở Đông Nam Á, chỉ sau Myanmar.
  • Tù chính trị Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình không kháng cáo (RFA) - Anh Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình, tù chính trị đang thọ án 10 năm tù với cáo buộc ‘Hoạt động nhằm lật đổ chính quyền nhân dân', quyết định không kháng cáo vì cho rằng có kháng án cũng không thay đổi được gì.
  • VNTB- Thư gửi nữ nhà báo khí phách Nguyễn Thu Trang (VNTB) - Đinh Quang Minh - Thưa chị Thu Trang và quý độc giả Việt nam Thời báo IJAVN.ORG. Cùng quý độc giả báo Phụ Nữ TPHCM, Thưa quý vị! Ngạn ngữ phương Tây có câu: “Không ai nỡ đánh người phụ nữ, dù chỉ bằng một cành hoa”. Khi những kẻ đang tâm làm bút nô cho các tập đoàn kinh tế, chỉ biết đặt lợi ích của mình lên trên tất cả, chà đạp lương tri con người và sổ toẹt vào phẩm giá con người, bất chấp lợi ích cộng đồng xã hội, …thì họ đã mặc nhiên phạm vào điều tối kỵ của nghề báo, sẵn sàng vung bút để rao bán lương tâm, bất chấp đạo làm người để thực hiện hành vi ghê tởm “ngâm máu phun người”
  • Việt Nam nguy cấp! (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Ngọc Già - Tình trạng Việt Nam hiện rất nguy nan, đặt trong bối cảnh phức tạp của thế giới, đặc biệt cuộc thương chiến Mỹ - Hoa, cho đến nay đủ căn cứ để khẳng định: Không có một thỏa thuận tốt đẹp nào diễn ra cả. Nhất là tình hình Hong Kong đang “mất dần và mất hẳn” “tài sản Tự Do” vốn dĩ ...
  • Vì sao Việt Nam ‘đơn độc’ đối đầu Trung Quốc? (VOA) - Một học giả quốc phòng của Ấn Độ nói với VOA rằng chính quyền Việt Nam đã cố công vận động quốc tế, tiếp cận với các cường quốc để xây dựng một hỗ trợ chính trị lớn hơn nhằm ngăn chặn Trung Quốc xâm lược ở Biển Đông, nhưng nhiều khả năng Việt Nam sẽ không nhận được sự hậu thuẫn mạnh mẽ nào.
  • Ông Trọng, Bãi Tư Chính, Đại Hội Đảng và Nghị quyết “Cờ Mờ 4.0” (BoxitVN) - Quách Hạo Nhiên - 1. Đặt vấn đề - Truyền thống văn hóa ứng xử của người Việt vốn coi trọng người già, người có tuổi. Ông Nguyễn Phú Trọng - Tổng Bí thư kiêm Chủ tịch nước năm nay đã 75 tuổi. Giữ gìn phép ứng xử của cha ông và cũng là nguyên tắc ứng xử của cá nhân, tôi lúc nào cũng kính trọng ông ấy trong tư cách một người lớn tuổi hơn mình. Ngoài ra, tuy rất ghét kiểu tư duy “nước đôi”, “ba phải” gió chiều nào theo ...
  • ‘Quyền lực’ hộ chiếu (VOABLOG) - “Uy tín” của hộ chiếu Việt Nam nói chung vẫn giậm chân tại chỗ, tương tự sự giậm chân tại chỗ của việc xây dựng tín nhiệm Việt Nam đối với thế giới. Công dân Việt Nam vẫn còn sẽ bất mãn với việc bị khước từ visa chỉ vì mình đang...
  • Vấn đề không phải ở tiểu xảo đưa tin (RFA) - Nay là lúc Hà Nội phải “đi xa” hơn các âm mưu thường trực và thâm hiểm của Tàu thì mới có hy vọng hoá giải được các nguy cấp về an ninh và phát triển, cũng như thoát khỏi tình trạng “tứ cố vô thân” của quốc gia trong thời điểm dầu sôi lửa bỏng hiện nay.
  • Ủy ban Kiểm tra TW sẽ xem xét kiểm điểm ông Triệu Tài Vinh? (RFA) - “Ông Triệu Tài Vinh là cán bộ thuộc diện trung ương quản lý. Liên quan đến việc con ông được nâng điểm, khi nhận được báo cáo đầy đủ của Hà Giang, Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương sẽ xem xét tổ chức kiểm điểm.” Đó là nguồn tin từ Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương được Báo Pháp Luật đăng tải hôm 2/10/2019.
  • Hà Nội ‘ô nhiễm tím’: trách nhiệm với đồng loại đến đâu? (BoxitVN) - An Viên - Hà Nội đáng sống phải chăng người Hà Nội ‘mình đồng - da sắt’ trong sống mòn? Ô nhiễm tím vì nhiệt điện? Hà Nội đang ô nhiễm nghiêm trọng, với mức nâng tín hiệu từ vàng - đỏ - tím. Không chỉ Hà Nội, các tỉnh lân cận như Hải Dương, Hưng Yên, Hải Phòng, Bắc Ninh, Quảng Ninh, Bắc Giang cũng gặp vấn đề về chất lượng không khí. Đốt rơm rạ ở các cánh đồng được cho là nguyên nhân chính, nhưng khi mùa đốt rơm rạ đã qua, ...
  • Khó hạ nhiệt các vấn đề “nóng” tại TPHCM… (RFA) - Bí thư thành ủy thành phố Hồ Chí Minh Nguyễn Thiện Nhân phát biểu tại bế mạc Hội nghị lần thứ 32 Ban chấp hành Đảng bộ Thành phố rằng cuối năm 2019, thành phố sẽ giải quyết dứt điểm nhiều vụ việc nóng như thủ thiên, khu công nghệ cao, rác thải và đô thị thông minh…. Liệu mong mỏi của người đứng đầu thành phố có đạt được khi những vấn đề ông đưa ra thuộc dạng “dai dẳng” (!?)
  • Vụ Thanh tra Bộ Xây dựng nhận hối lộ đã giải quyết đến đâu? (RFA) - Công an tỉnh Vĩnh Phúc trong tháng 6 đã ra quyết định khởi tố vụ án, khởi tố bị can đối với 3 thành viên trong đoàn thanh tra Bộ xây dựng về tội nhận hối lộ của doanh nghiệp trên địa bàn huyện Vĩnh Tường. Bà Nguyễn Thị Kim Anh làm trưởng đoàn và bà Nguyễn Thùy Linh đang bị tạm giam, tuy nhiên trong một trả lời gần đây về vụ việc này khi được chất vấn sẽ mất bao lâu khi kết thúc thanh tra sẽ ra được kết luận, Phó chánh thanh tra Bộ Xây dựng lại cho rằng việc này khá phức tạp, lần đầu tiên xảy ra lại được dư luận quá quan tâm nên chưa biết như thế nào…
  • Công ty Đài Loan sản xuất linh kiện điện tử ở Việt Nam để giảm chi phí (RFA) - Công ty FIT Hon Teng chuyên sản xuất linh kiện điện tử thuộc tập đoàn Hon Hai của Đài Loan sẽ tận dụng dây chuyền sản xuất ở Việt Nam để sản xuất xe hơi điện nhằm cắt giảm chi phí hoạt động, đối mặt với việc phải tăng lương cho công nhân ở các xưởng hiện tại của công ty này.
  • Hạ Long trở thành đô thị lớn nhất nước (RFA) - Tỉnh ủy Quảng Ninh vào ngày 3/10 cho biết, Hội nghị Ban chấp hành Đảng bộ đã thống nhất chính thức sáp nhập huyện Hoành Bồ vào thành phố Hạ Long để mở rộng đô thị trung tâm tỉnh và đưa tỉnh này trở thành thành phố trực thuộc trung ương.
  • Việt Nam đánh thuế nhôm nhập khẩu từ Trung Quốc (RFI) - Bộ Công Thương Việt Nam vừa ban hành quyết định tạm thời áp thuế đối với nhôm nhập khẩu từ Trung Quốc, với lý do hàng Trung Quốc bán phá giá, nhưng thực ra, còn nhằm chứng minh với Hoa Kỳ quyết tâm ngăn chặn hàng Trung Quốc tái xuất từ Việt Nam vào Mỹ, trong bối cảnh đang diễn ra chiến tranh thương mại giữa Bắc Kinh và Washington.
  • Hương Miền Nam - đoàn cải lương độc nhất vô nhị ở ngoại ô Washington DC (VOA) - Có một căn nhà nhỏ ở ngoại ô Washington mà mỗi khi đến đây hầu như không lúc nào người ta thấy vắng tiếng đàn, ca và những câu chuyện liên quan đến nghệ thuật cải lương Việt Nam. Đó là căn nhà của nhạc sĩ Trịnh Phước Trí, người sáng lập đoàn cải lương Hương Miền Nam. Dù đã ở vào cái tuổi xưa nay hiếm và sức khỏe khá kém nhưng niềm đam mê với nghệ thuật cải lương của ông chưa bao giờ tắt, cũng giống như những cây đàn trong nhà chưa bao giờ ngừng tiếng dù đã đi theo nhạc sĩ nhiều thập kỷ trong hành trình bảo tồn nghệ thuật cổ nhạc Việt Nam nơi hải ngoại.
  • Brexit : Đề nghị mới của Luân Đôn chưa thuyết phục được châu Âu (RFI) - Thủ tướng Anh Boris Johnson vào hôm qua 02/10/2019 đã đưa ra một đề nghị mới để tìm kiếm một thỏa thuận với Châu Âu về Brexit. Ông đã gởi hai tài liệu đến Ủy Ban Châu Âu : Một bức thư cho chủ tịch Ủy Ban Jean-Claude Juncker và một bản ghi chú phác họa một thỏa thuận chia tay mới, thay thế cho thỏa thuận trước đây của bà Theresa May và điều khoản backstop.
  • Cuộc đọ sức Boeing - Airbus khơi mào thương chiến Mỹ-Âu (RFI) - Vụ kiện kéo dài 15 năm giữa hai ông khổng lồ của ngành công nghiệp chế tạo máy bay thế giới Boeing-Airbus bắt đầu tới hồi kết. Tòa án trọng tài của Tổ Chức Thương Mại Thế Giới (WTO/OMC) ngày 02/10/2019 cho phép Mỹ ghi được một bàn thắng quan trọng, khi nhìn nhận châu Âu cạnh tranh bất bình đẳng.
  • Pháp : Vụ cháy nhà máy hóa chất ở Rouen có thể làm phát tán dioxine (RFI) - Một tuần sau vụ cháy nhà máy hóa chất Lubrizol tại Rouen, đa số dân địa phương vẫn còn rất lo ngại về khả năng nhiễm độc môi trường sống. Hôm qua, 02/10/2019, tổng giám đốc Viện Nghiên cứu Quốc gia về Môi trường Công nghiệp và Rủi ro (Ineris) nói rằng, vụ hỏa hoạn này có thể đã làm phát tán chất dioxine rất độc hại, tuy nhiên cần phải có thêm phân tích
  • TT Trump chỉ trích phóng viên hỏi về cuộc điều tra luận tội (VOA) - Tổng thống Trump hôm 2/10 tiếp tục lên án cuộc điều tra luận tội về cuộc điện đàm giữa ông và nhà lãnh đạo Ukraine hồi tháng Bảy, trong khi các nhà lập pháp thuộc phe Dân chủ tuyên bố sẽ yêu cầu Nhà Trắng cung cấp hồ sơ về cuộc gọi.
  • Trung Quốc khoe DF-41, Mỹ cho thử tên lửa lướt biển ở Guam (RFI) - Vào đúng lúc Trung Quốc khoe vũ khí mới tại Bắc Kinh nhân lễ quốc khánh hôm qua, 01/10/2019, ngoài khơi đảo Guam, Hải Quân Mỹ đã lẳng lặng bắn thử một loại tên lửa chống hạm tối tân được gọi là tên lửa "lướt biển", có độ chính xác cực cao. Đây là lần đầu tiên mà Hoa Kỳ thử nghiệm loại vũ khí này ở khu vực Ấn Độ - Thái Bình Dương.
  • Thủ tướng Nga thăm Cuba (VOA) - Thủ tướng Nga Dmitry Medvedev bắt đầu chuyến công du kéo dài hai ngày tới Havana hôm 3/10 nhằm thể hiện sự hậu thuẫn của Moscow trong bối cảnh Cuba đối mặt với áp lực từ Mỹ, theo Reuters.
  • Sau 70 năm, Đảng cộng sản TQ ngày cành mạnh hay đang trên bờ vực? (VOA) - Sau 70 năm kể từ ngày nắm quyền tuyệt đối ở đại lục, Đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc hiện đang đối diện với những thách thức chưa từng có đối với quyền lực của họ bất chấp những thành tựu vượt bậc về kinh tế-xã hội, các nhà phân tích nhận định.
  • Trung Cộng phải thờ Mao hay thờ Đặng (BoxitVN) - Ngô Nhân Dụng - October 1, 2019. Tập Cận Bình đạo diễn thành công vở Tuồng Bắc Kinh phô bày lực lượng quân sự Trung Quốc trong ngày Quốc Khánh. Nhìn cảnh 15 ngàn binh sĩ cùng xe tăng, máy bay, hỏa tiễn, vân vân diễu hành trên đại lộ Trường An ít nhất những lãnh tụ như Giang Trạch Dân, Hồ Cẩm Đào cũng ...
  • 01/10 : “Ngày tang tóc” tại Hồng Kông (BoxitVN) - Thanh Phương - Ngày 01/10/2019, những người biểu tình đòi dân chủ xuống đường ở Hồng Kông, đáp lại lời kêu gọi tham gia « ngày tang tóc », đúng vào ngày kỷ niệm 70 năm thành lập nước Cộng Hòa Nhân Dân Trung Hoa. Sau các vụ đụng độ dữ dội hôm Chủ nhật 29/09, ngay từ sáng sớm, chính quyền Hồng Kông đã ...
  • Nhà lập pháp Hong Kong cảnh báo về nguy cơ 'nhà nước độc tài' (VOA) - Truyền thông Hong Kong hôm 3/10 nói rằng Trưởng đặc khu Carrie Lam dự định họp với Hội đồng điều hành của bà vào ngày mai (4/10) để thảo luận về việc áp dụng Luật khẩn cấp cấm người biểu tình đeo mặt, sau khi một người biểu tình bị cảnh sát bắn trong cuộc biểu tình vào ngày Quốc khánh TQ (1/10).
  • Hồng Kông: Sáng tạo nghệ thuật là vũ khí tranh đấu (RFI) - Thảm họa qua vụ cháy hãng hóa chất Lubrizol tại Rouen, phong trào dân chủ tại Hồng Kông, Donald Trump chống đỡ nguy cơ truất phế tiếp tục chiếm nhiều trang báo Pháp hôm nay. Libération không quên câu chuyện nông dân Cam Bốt kiện một công ty Pháp đòi lại đất bị cưỡng chiếm với sự đồng lõa của chính quyền địa phương.
  • Bắc Triều Tiên xác nhận bắn thử tên lửa đạn đạo từ tầu ngầm (RFI) - Hôm nay, 03/10/2019, Bắc Triều Tiên chính thức xác nhận đã bắn thử từ tàu ngầm loại tên lửa đạn đạo mới trong chương trình phát triển vũ khí. Trong khi đó các cuộc đàm phán với Washington về hồ sơ hạt nhân vẫn tiếp tục được chuẩn bị. Cuộc đàm phán sẽ diễn ra trong tuần này.
  • Tỷ lệ từ chối visa tăng cao (VOA) - Các loại visa nào đang bị ảnh hưởng bởi xu hướng này? Một khi bị từ chối, người nộp đơn còn cơ hội nào khác hay có thể khiếu nại không? LS Di trú Khanh Phạm trình bày.
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737 Max: Pilotengewerkschaft klagt gegen Boeing

Mehr als 30.000 Flüge der Southwest Airlines wurden nach Startverboten für den Flugzeugtyp 737 Max gestrichen. Nun klagt eine Pilotengewerkschaft gegen den Hersteller.

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The Daily Nationalist: America’s Trade War with Europe – DN 100319


Sven Longshanks and Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson discuss the tit-for-tat measures carried out in the trade war between America and the EU.

America is set to put billions of dollars worth of tariffs on the EU next year, in response to government subsidies giving Airbus an unfair advantage over Boeing.

This comes on top of a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium, which applies to the EU, Canada and Mexico.

The EU has responded by putting a 25% tax on Harleys, bourbon and denim jeans, as if any of those items are as essential as steel.

The French have pointed out that the only people to benefit from this are the Chinese, who are looking to get into the commercial aviation market.

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The Daily Nationalist: America’s Trade War with Europe – DN 100319


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Boeing Plans To Invest $20 Million In Space Tourism Company Virgin Galactic

On Tuesday morning, Boeing announced that it intended to make a $20 million investment into Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company founded by Richard Branson.

Southwest Airlines pilots sue Boeing over 737 Max grounding

Southwest Airlines pilots sue Boeing over income they said they've lost due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, now entering its eighth month.

Chuvas ajudam a apagar queimadas na Bolívia após perda de mais de 4 milhões de hectares


Incêndios na Bolívia são os mais intensos em 20 anos; país gastou cerca de R$ 80 milhões em ações de combate. Bombeiro argentino auxilia a combater incêndio florestal na Bolívia, em 20 de setembro de 2019 Edgard Garrido/Reuters Chuvas intensas caíram nos últimos dias na região amazônica da Bolívia e ajudaram a apagar os incêndios florestais que arderam durante ao menos dois meses e queimaram mais de 4 milhões de hectares, informaram as autoridades nesta segunda-feira (7). A melhoria das condições climáticas se somou aos esforços de contenção dos militares do país para extinguir os últimos incêndios em Chiquitania, que abriga grandes extensões de bosques secos e povos indígenas que vivem ali há centenas de anos. "Nosso satélite não registra focos de queimada nem incêndios reativados", disse Cinthia Asin, secretária de Meio Ambiente do governo de Santa Cruz, região do leste boliviano onde, na sexta-feira (4), milhares de pessoas protestaram contra o que consideram uma reação lenta do governo frente aos incêndios. O Serviço Nacional de Meteorologia e Hidrologia confirmou à Reuters que não se registrou nenhum foco de calor em Chiquitani, mas advertiu que nos próximos dias se esperam céus pouco nublados e temperaturas altas e que por isso existe risco de incêndios nas terras baixas do país. O comandante das Forças Armadas, Williams Kaliman, disse que não há nenhuma ordem do presidente Evo Morales para retirar os cerca de 5 mil militares que se encontram nas zonas afetadas pelo fogo. Maiores incêndios em 20 anos Os incêndios florestais da Bolívia são os maiores em ao menos duas décadas e provocaram críticas duras contra o governo e seu ímpeto para aumentar a produção de soja e carne para aproveitar a demanda da China.  O governo informou que até o momento desembolsou mais de US$ 20 milhões (cerca de R$ 80 milhões, na cotação atual) para combater o fogo com as maiores aeronaves do mundo, como o Boeing 747 Supertanker, o Ilyushin Il-76 e o Chinook, além de gastos com combustível e equipamento para soldados e bombeiros, entre outros.

Elbit recebe contrato para reparar aviônicos do Super Hornet


A Elbit Systems of America LLC recebeu um contrato de US$85 milhões para efetuar reparos em sistemas Digital Display Indicator (DDI) instalados em aeronaves F/A-18 Super Hornet, ao longo de um período de cinco anos. O DDI é uma tela instalada no cockpit, e que permite aos pilotos selecionar, gerenciar e customizar o desempenho de armas embarcadas (Foto: Boeing).

Revista Segurança & Defesa.


Piloti Southwest Airlines žalují Boeing. Problémy letounů 737 Max je připravily o miliony na mzdách


Boeing Bets $20 Million on Virgin Galactic as Space Trips Beckon

The partnership sets the stage for future collaborations, possibly featuring hypersonic travel.

Boeing Faces Deeper Antitrust Probe of Embraer Deal in Europe

A so-called “Phase II” investigation from the EU often raises risks that companies must sell part of their business to eliminate antitrust concerns.

KLM выпустил оду в честь 100-летия своей истории

Основанная в 1919 году KLM стала первой коммерческой авиалинией, которая продолжает функционировать под оригинальным названием. Ролик от DDB Unlimited рассказывает историю бренда, а также передает те перемены, которые произошли и в авиационной отрасли и в обществе. Фильм рассказывает о трех поколениях женщин, которые связывали свою судьбу с KLM. И хотя две первые женщины работали стюардессами, третья стала капитаном Boeing 787-10.

737-Max-Desaster: US-Pilotengewerkschaft klagt gegen Boeing

Boeing bemüht sich um die Wiederzulassung seiner 737 Max, die nach Abstürzen weltweit am Boden bleiben muss. Nun gehen zahlreiche Piloten gegen den Konzern vor - wegen Einkommenseinbußen und der Gefährdung ihrer Sicherheit.

Piloten verklagen Boeing: 737-Max-Debakel bringt nächsten Rechtsstreit

Nach den Abstürzen zweier Boeing-Maschinen werden 30.000 Flüge gestrichen. Von den Startverboten ist besonders die Airline Southwest betroffen. Die Pilotengewerkschaft verklagt den Flugzeugbauer nun wegen falscher Angaben zur Flugtauglichkeit des Typ 737 Max.

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

Washington Unserious Job Creation

The good news is that Washington experienced a net gain of 5900 jobs in October. The bad news is that more than two thirds of those jobs were in the public sector. Admittedly, my formal training in economics is limited to about 8 units several decades ago, but I’m reasonably confident that a job market that creates two public sector jobs for every private sector job is not sustainable. It is the private sector that creates the wealth that provides sustenance for the public sector, and there is simply no way that a single private sector employee can generate enough wealth to support his own family and two others. The 5900 jobs “created” in October bring the 2010 total in Washington to 6000. That’s all. For the whole year.

October’s private sector job creation included 1500 professional and business services, 800 service jobs in the wholesale trade, 400 service jobs in information, 400 service jobs in the financial services sector and 300 jobs in retail sales. All of these jobs are in the service sector. No one was hiring “activists.”

Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector lost 400 jobs, as did transportation. Another 200 disappeared from the mining and logging industries as did 300 in hospitality and leisure.

So if you’re coming to Washington looking for a job, don’t plan on actually creating or building anything.

Another news story I read this last week noted that the few private sector jobs that our country is creating are mostly in low tax, right-to-work states, which certainly makes sense. Washington’s high tax, union dominated political climate recently drove Boeing to start construction of a new 787 assembly plant in South Carolina.

Even someone with my limited economic training can figure out that this is not going to last. If Washington is ever going to dig itself out of its economic hole, its ruling class will have to look past the interests of its traditional campaign contributors and power brokers and take difficult decisions.

Unfortunately higher education in this state (and in every other state for that matter) is not contributing as much as it could to economic vitality. For all of the hand wringing and political posturing dedicated to the problem of underwater mortgages, mortgages in which the principal balance exceeds the value of the property, higher education is creating a bubble of its own with underwater college degrees.

Universities are pouring out graduates with degrees in subjects that have little or no market value. And to get these worthless degrees the students have accumulated mountains of student loan debt which will weigh heavily on their own futures.

Mortgage lenders have become favorite targets of our ruling class for their supposed “predatory lending practices,” otherwise known as subprime mortgages. Subprime mortgages invited people with poor credit histories and lower incomes to purchase homes that they otherwise could not afford. This practice was forced upon lenders and was once touted by the same ruling class that now condemns it as a means to provide lower income people with an opportunity to accumulate equity. It worked until it collapsed under its own weight.

In its own way, higher education has engaged in its own predatory lending practices by encouraging student to incur heavy debt loads with the promise that a college degree will increase future earning potential sufficiently to make that loan a good investment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I recently stopped by a booth at an academic fair to pick up a recruiting brochure that was being handed out to prospective freshmen. It included a fanciful list of careers that this particular academic major supposedly prepared its graduates for. One of those jobs was as that of an “activist.” I don’t know that there are all that many jobs for professional troublemakers but I do know that the few that do exist don’t pay well and certainly do not contribute even one thin dime to wealth creation. It will take some time for an activist to pay off $50,000 or more in student loans. A recent New York Times article told the sad tale of a woman who accumulated $100,000 in student loan debt earning a degree in women's studies and is now discovering that her Bachelor’s degree is worth less than a high school diploma. Some investment.

Colleges and universities are not necessarily trade schools. But we do no one any favors by turning out graduates who won’t even be able to pay off their student loans.


How Boeing Tried to Kill a Great Airplane—and Got Outplayed - The Daily Beast

How Boeing Tried to Kill a Great Airplane—and Got Outplayed  The Daily BeastView full coverage on Google News

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing For $100 Million In Lost Pay Due To 737 Max Grounding

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, in a complaint filed Monday on behalf of the pilots, claims Boeing "deliberately" misled pilots about the safety of the aircraft, which caused two fatal crashes in less than six months killing 346 people.

Boeing plans to invest $20 million in to space tourism company Virgin Galactic

The two companies will work together to 'broaden commercial space access.'

Boeing plans to invest $20 million in to space tourism company Virgin Galactic

The two companies will work together to 'broaden commercial space access.'

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

24 famous airlines that have gone out of business


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British airline and tour operator Thomas Cook ceased operations in late September.

The 178-year-old travel company shut down after failing to secure a £200 million rescue loan.

It joins a number of other low-cost and leisure-oriented airlines to collapse this year, including Wow Air and X, amid stiff competition along with political and economic instability. 

Over the past two decades, a number of well-known airline brands have disappeared from the aviation landscape. A large number of these brands have gone away due to mergers as airlines joined together in order to survive the brutally competitive market place.

Read more: Roughly 600,000 travelers are stranded around the world after the British travel provider Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy

Northwest and Delta merged to form the new Delta Air Lines. United and Continental merged to create the new United Airlines with planes painted in Continental livery. TWA was acquired by American Airlines. America West and US Air merged to become US Airways. American Airlines and US Airways then merged to form a new American Airlines under US Airways management. Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Airlines while AirTran Airways and Morris Air were acquired by Southwest Airlines. 

In Canada, Canadian Airlines was merged into Air Canada. While in Brazil, Varig was acquired by Gol. The UK's British Caledonian and British Midland were both acquired by British Airways, itself created by the 1974 merger of British Overseas Airways Corporation, British European Airways, and two smaller regional carriers. 

But with the sudden collapse of Thomas Cook in mind, we at Business Insider decided to compile a list of airlines that went out of business the old fashioned way, running out of money. 

Here's a closer look. 

This article was originally published by Benjamin Zhang in March 2019. It was updated by David Slotnick in October 2019.

SEE ALSO: The complete history of the 737 Max, Boeing’s promising yet problematic workhorse jet

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Lakers Airways Skytrain: defunct 1982.

Founded by Sir Freddie Laker in 1966, the airline and its fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 "Skytrains" promised low-cost travel across Atlantic for half the price of its competitors. Unfortunately, the airline could not sustain the business and collapsed under the weight of £270 million of debt in February 1982. 

Braniff international Airways: defunct 1982.

The Texas-based airline was one of the most interesting and colorful companies in the business from its unique multi-color livery to its Emilio Pucci designer flight attendant uniforms. Sadly, the airline went belly up in May 1982 after racking up $733 million in debt. Subsequent attempts to revive the brand have proven to be unsuccessful. 

Eastern Air Lines: defunct 1991.

Miami-based Eastern Air Lines was one of the biggest names in the US airline business. Unfortunately, Eastern was plagued by labor strife and an inability to compete effectively post-deregulation. Eastern filed for bankruptcy in 1989 before ending flight operations in January 1991. 

Midway Airlines: Defunct 1991.

Midway Airlines began flying in 1979 following the deregulation of the US airline industry. The Chicago-based airline was able to survive the surge in fuel prices and the drop in passenger traffic resulting from the Gulf War. The airline shut down in November 1991. 

Interflug: defunct 1991.

Founded in 1958, Interflug succeeded Deutsche Lufthansa (different from West Germany's Lufthansa) as the national airline of East Germany. The airline failed to find a buyer after the reunification of Germany. Interflug shut down in February 1991. 

Pan American World Airways: defunct 1991.

Founded in 1927, Pam Am is arguably the most iconic name in the airline industry.  Unfortunately, the airline ran into financial trouble during the 1970s and 80s before going out of business in 1991. 

Tower Air: defunct 2000.

Founded in 1983, New York-based Tower Air operated scheduled passengers flights as well as military and leisure charters using its fleet of Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The airline ran into financial and operational troubles in the mid-1990s before shutting down in May 2000. 

Ansett Australia: defunct 2001.

Founded in 1936, Ansett Australia was the second largest airline in Australia when it shut down in September 2001. The airline's owner, Air New Zealand had to be bailed out by the New Zealand government to avoid bankruptcy following Ansett's collapse. 

Sabena: defunct 2001.

Founded in 1923, Sabena was Belgium's national airline until its collapse in November 2001. 

Swissair: defunct 2002.

Founded in 1931, Swissair was at one time one of the most respected airlines in the world. Unfortunately, the Swissair's "Hunter Strategy" that saw it take equity stakes in a handful of other airlines during the 1980s and 90s stretched the company's finances too far. Swissair ceased operations in March 2002. Its assets were transferred to regional subsidiary Crossair which was then reorganized into the Swiss International Air Lines. 

Aloha Airlines: defunct 2008.

Founded in 1946, the Honolulu, Hawaii-based airline ceased passenger flight operations in March 2008. 

ATA Airlines: defunct 2008.

Founded in 1973, Indiana-based ATA Airlines filed for bankruptcy and ceased flight operations in April 2008. The airline cited the loss of its military charter business as a contributing factor to its demise. 

Mexicana: defunct 2010.

Founded in 1921, Mexicana was Mexico's largest airline when it ran into financial trouble and shut down in August 2010. 

Spanair: defunct 2012.

Founded in 1986, Spanair was for much of its existence a subsidiary of SAS Group, the owners of Scandinavian Airlines. In 2008, SAS Group sold off its controlling share in the Barcelona-based airline. The loss-making airline shut down in January 2012 after the local Catalan government failed to find new investors for Spanair. 

Malev: defunct 2012.

Founded in 1946, Malev was Hungary's national airline until it ceased operations in February 2012 after the Hungarian government declined to continue funding the loss marking carrier. 

Kingfisher: defunct 2012.

Kingfisher was founded in 2005 by flamboyant Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya as part of his UB Group business empire. The airline was known for its colorfully painted aircraft and top-notch service. Kingfisher ceased flights October 2012 after the Indian government pulled the heavily indebted airline's operating license. 

Transaero: defunct 2015.

Founded in 1990, Transaero was one of Russia's largest privately-owned airlines. Unfortunately, Transaero collapsed in October 2015 due to $4 billion in debt. Fun fact, two Boeing 747-8 airliners that were due to be delivered to Transaero before its shut down will be converted into the next generation US presidential planes, aka. Air Force One. 

Monarch Airlines: defunct 2017.

Founded in 1967, Monarch Airlines a major player in the British leisure charter business. The airline ceased operations in October 2017. According to the Economist, it was the largest airline to ever fail in the UK.

Air Berlin: defunct 2017.

Founded in 1978, Air Berlin was once Germany's second largest airline. The carrier ceased operations in October 2017 after major shareholder Etihad Airways declined to continue financial support of the money-losing airline. 

Primera Air: defunct 2018.

Primera Air was a subsidiary of Icelandic tourism company Primera Travel Group. The low-cost carrier ceased operations in October 2018. 

Germania: defunct 2019.

Founded in 1978, Berlin-based Germania offered by charter and scheduled passenger service. The airline ceased operations in early February 2019 citing financial insolvency. 

Flybmi/British Midland Regional: defunct 2019.

Founded in 1987, Flybmi was once the regional arms of British Midland International. The airline was sold off in 2012 following BMI's acquisition by British Airways. Flybmi shut down in February 2019. 

Wow Air: defunct 2019.

Founded in 2012, the Icelandic ultra-low-cost carriers collapsed in March 2019 after failing to secure new investment from Icelandair and private equity firm Indigo Partners. 

Thomas Cook: defunct 2019.

After 178 years and various forms, the British airline and travel company collapsed in September 2019 after failing to secure emergency funding demanded by its creditors.


GE froze pension benefits for thousands of employees. Here are 5 large companies that have done the same in the past.


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  • General Electric announced on Monday that more than 20,000 of the company's employees would see their pension benefits frozen as it moves to cut costs and reduce its mounting debt pile. 
  • GE is far from the first company to freeze pensions. US corporations have been increasingly transitioning employees from direct-benefit programs to traditional 401(k)s. 
  • Here are 5 other companies that have frozen pension plans in the past. 
  • Visit the Markets Insider homepage for more stories.

General Electric froze pension benefits for thousands of employees on Monday, and it's far from the first company to do so. 

The industrial conglomerate joins a growing list of firms over the last decade that have grappled with swelling pension deficits. 

GE froze benefits for more than 20,000 employees in an effort to shrink its mounting debt pile. The company said it expects the effort to lower its pension deficit by $5-8 billion and reduce its net debt by $4-6 billion.

Many other companies — including some of GE's competitors —have suspended pension plans in the past. 

Its important to note that several companies on the list transitioned employees from direct-benefit pensions to 401(K) plans, which are subject to market volatility. Direct-benefit programs include a specified payment amount for employees and the employer manages the plan. 

Read more: GOLDMAN SACHS: Buy these 11 stocks poised to surge by at least 50% within the next year

Here are 5 other companies that have frozen pensions plans in the past: 

5. LL Bean

Date announced: February 2017

Employees affected: 5,000

Source: Pension Rights Center

4. DuPont

Date announced: November 2016

Employees affected: 13,000 

Source: Pension Rights Center

3. Lockheed Martin

Ticker: LMT

Date announced: July 2014

Employees affected: 48,000 

Source: Pension Rights Center

2. Boeing

Ticker: BA

Date announced: March 2014

Employees affected: 68,000

Source: Pension Rights Center

1. UPS

Ticker: UPS

Date announced: June 2017

Employees affected: 70,000 

Source: Pension Rights Center


Boeing injecte 20 millions de dollars dans l'entreprise Virgin Galactic

Boeing a injecté 20 millions de dollars dans Virgin Galactic - l'entreprise du milliardaire Richard Branson qui veut mettre l'espace à portée de monsieur Tout-le-monde - pour faciliter l'accès commercial à la banlieue terrestre et transformer les technologies du transport, selon un communiqué publié mardi.

737 MAX: des pilotes de Southwest attaquent Boeing en justice

Des pilotes de la compagnie texane Southwest Airlines ont annoncé lundi avoir porté plainte contre le constructeur américain Boeing en l'accusant de les avoir "délibérément trompés" à propos du 737 MAX, modèle cloué au sol après deux crashes mortels.

Southwest-Piloten klagen gegen Boeing wegen 737 Max

Seit Monaten schon darf die 737 Max von Boeing nicht mehr starten. Grund für das Flugverbot sind zwei Abstürze. Die Piloten von Southwest Airline ziehen nun gegen den Boeing Gericht. Sie werfen dem Flugzeugbauer Irreführung vor und beklagen hohe Verdienstausfälle.

Boeing Safety Engineer Filed Ethics Complaint Last Year Over 737 Max Safety Upgrades

A Boeing engineer filed an ethics complaint last year accusing the company of rejecting 737 Max safety upgrades. Meanwhile, the FAA has ordered airlines to inspect other 737s for structural cracks.

Boeing's move to return 737 MAX jets to service hits a new snag, WSJ reports

Boeing's move to return 737 MAX jets to service hits a new snag, WSJ reports

Boeing to invest $20M in Virgin Galactic

Boeing to invest $20M in Virgin Galactic

Boeing reports Q3 total deliveries of 63, 302 deliveries YTD

Boeing reports Q3 total deliveries of 63, 302 deliveries YTD

Boeing reports 5 737 deliveries in Q3, 35 787 deliveries, 12 777 deliveries

Boeing reports 5 737 deliveries in Q3, 35 787 deliveries, 12 777 deliveries

Boeing says has delivered 302 aircraft YTD, including 113 787s

Boeing says has delivered 302 aircraft YTD, including 113 787s

Buckingham sticks by call for Boeing 'bounce' to $425-$450 despite EU 'friction'

Buckingham sticks by call for Boeing 'bounce' to $425-$450 despite EU 'friction'

Southwest Airlines Pilots Sue Boeing Over 737 Max Crashes And Grounding

The pilots say they stand to lose $100 million in income. Southwest has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the FAA grounded the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.

United flight diverted to Tampa after smoke reported in the cabin

The Boeing 737 was heading to Houston.


Lufthansa To Welcome A New Plane Every 2 Weeks For The Next 10 Years - Simple Flying

  1. Lufthansa To Welcome A New Plane Every 2 Weeks For The Next 10 Years  Simple Flying
  2. How Boeing Tried to Kill a Great Airplane—and Got Outplayed  The Daily Beast
  3. Airbus sold 41 jets in September, targets record fourth-quarter deliveries  Reuters
  4. Norwegian Removes Five Airbus A320 Orders  Simple Flying
  5. The World’s Best Airline List In 2019—And What To Expect in 2020  Forbes
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США разрешили наказать ЕС

Всемирная торговая организация (ВТО) одобрила планы США по введению пошлин на европейский экспорт стоимостью 7,5 млрд. долл. США в качестве ответных действий за неправомерную правительственную поддержку европейского авиастроительного концерна Airbus, передает агентство Bloomberg. Такой масштаб ответных мер является самым большим в истории ВТО, в два раза превышая предыдущий рекорд, который был поставлен в 2002 году и составлял 4,04 млрд. долл. США. Данное решение является знаковым в этом затянувшемся споре, продолжающем проверять на прочность трансатлантические отношения, которые ухудшились из-за торговой политики «Америка на первом месте», проводимой президентом Д. Трампом. Решение ВТО было последним препятствием на пути введения США пошлин против ЕС. Теперь американские власти будут решать, на какие именно товары из Европы будут нацелены пошлины. Первоначальный список включает самолеты Airbus и авиационные запчасти, вина и спиртные напитки производства LVMH, Remy Cointreau, Pernod Ricard и Diageo PLC, кожаные изделия от Christian Dior SE и Hermes International.Новые тарифы могут вступить в силу после того, как ВТО утвердит свой доклад, что, как ожидается, должно произойти в рамках заседания ВТО в Женеве в этом месяце. Администрация Д. Трампа рассматривает особо разрушительное торговое оружие, прозванное «каруселью», когда перечень товаров, против которых введены пошлины, ежегодно обновляется, чтобы усилить эффект введенных мер, сообщил Bloomberg хорошо осведомленный источник.  Это создаст повышенную неопределенность и неприятности для европейского бизнеса. В свою очередь ЕС, как сообщила еврокомиссар по торговле Сессилия Мальмстрём, намерен симметрично ответить на любые пошлины, связанные с Airbus, после того, как ВТО примет в начале следующего году решение по аналогичной претензии ЕС к США относительно незаконного субсидирования американского авиастроителя Boeing.

Source: Transportweekly

Boeing to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic


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The companies announced the investment Tuesday, saying they will work together on broadening commercial access to space and transforming global travel technologies.

Virgin Galactic has conducted successful test flights of its winged rocket ship at Mojave, California, and is preparing to begin operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Test flights will be conducted there before passenger flights begin.

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says the company is projecting commercial flights by mid-2020.

Virgin Galactic announced in July it intends to go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp.

Boeing's investment is in return for shares, so it is contingent on that transaction closing.


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Boeing plans to fight lawsuit filed by Southwest pilots

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Europe says assessing 737 MAX software, downplays talk of split


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Attualita' - Iran, aereo cargo si schianta a Teheran: almeno 15 morti - VIDEO (miguel)

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Boeing To Invest $20 Million In Virgin Galactic

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Boeing bemüht sich um die Wiederzulassung seiner 737 Max, die nach Abstürzen weltweit am Boden bleiben muss. Nun gehen zahlreiche Piloten gegen den Konzern vor - wegen Einkommenseinbußen und der Gefährdung ihrer Sicherheit.

Flugzeughersteller in der Krise: Boeing fällt hinter Airbus zurück

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Boeing ziet leveringen met de helft dalen


De Amerikaanse vliegtuigbouwer Boeing heeft in de eerste negen maanden van dit jaar de helft minder vliegtuigen afgeleverd in vergelijking met dezelfde periode vorig jaar. Het bedrijf houdt al sinds maart al zijn 737 MAX-toestellen aan de grond na twee dodelijke crashes.


Slog AM: State Department Blocks Trump-Ukraine Witness, China Wars with NBA, Southwest Pilots Sue Boeing

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The ire of China: The Houston Rockets. Also South Park. And Hong Kong. Its a whole thing.
The ire of China: The Houston Rockets. Also South Park. And Hong Kong. It's a whole thing. Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

Seattle City Council limits environmental reviews: Wait! Don't sharpen those pitchforks just yet. This is a good thing. The council has curbed State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeals because they are a hindrance to progress and used as a speed bump by critics of projects. SEPA has been weaponized to slow down controversial construction. The council will ban SEPA appeals on all up-zoning projects around transit stations, allowing multifamily units on single-family zoned parcels, and more. There will also be a 120-day limit for appeals unless both sides agree to more. Maybe this will speed up the ol' Seattle process?

State Department orders Trump-Ukraine witness not to speak: Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, has been ordered by the Trump administration to not appear for his scheduled hearings in front of three House committees on Tuesday. He has no choice but to comply, according to his attorneys. The House Democrats have warned the Trump administration not to interfere in the investigation. This could be used as evidence of obstruction, something on par with impeachment, in the House's opinion. Trump and his team are attempting to quell further cooperation.

Representative Adam Schiff speaks up: Mike Pompeo also missed a Friday deadline to produce documents. The House has now subpoenaed those. One witness has failed to show and another has been pressured not to. Other witness testimonies this week are shakier now.

Sondland's testimony and his evidence are held hostage: According to Schiff, the State Department is holding onto Sondland's texts and e-mails that are on his personal device:

Cause of Ballard fire still unknown: Crews had yet to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire in Ballard on Monday that caused the total destruction of five beloved small businesses. The first 911 call came when a Supercuts employee smelled smoke. A GoFundMe was established by the Ballard Alliance and has, of Tuesday morning, raised a little over $9,000.

Everyone should have naloxone: Listen, the opioid crisis isn't going anywhere and it's even deadlier since fentanyl, the synthetic opioid stronger than heroin, is so prolific. It's safe to assume that any given drug could be tainted with fentanyl. While health officials have tests that can determine whether fentanyl is in a drug, there's no way to tell how much. Everyone should have naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug. There's a statewide prescription.

It's nippy out today: How did we ever get anything done in the winter? It's too cold to even leave my bed right now. I think I might have to be buried here. Or maybe it's time to turn the heat on in our house.

Don't drink and e-scoot: Oktoberfest attendees in Germany found that out the hard way. There were 414 people who were caught driving e-scooters while intoxicated during the Munich beer festival. They lost their licenses.

And now a dispatch from Lester Black: Dave Segal promised that Tinariwen's trance-like blues rock would "flow like medicine for the heart," and Monday night's show at Benaroya Hall proved the prescience of those words. Tinariwen wove a dazzling mix of chants, guitar riffs, and Taureg percussion into an epic tour de force while the crowd danced in the aisles of the symphonic venue, providing demonstrable proof that Seattleites have no rhythm. Although maybe it was just a weird crowd; I saw one goateed man burst into tears during one of opener Lonnie Holley's rambling psychedelic masterpieces.

Southwest Airlines is suing Boeing: Because of the grounding of the 737 MAX 8 planes, the aircraft responsible for two fatal plane crashes. Southwest Airlines had more than 30,000 flights canceled, which cost pilots more than $100 million in lost wages.

China dumps South Park: The most recent episode of the animated series has offended the Chinese government and the show is now banned in China. It took aim at China's censorship practices and how media companies (cough Disney cough) must capitulate to Chinese standards in order to do business there. Anyway, it's a whole hubbub. This is the apology that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park's creators, issued:

Wait, what was that about the NBA and China? The general manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted a message over the weekend in support of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. China is not happy. The NBA quickly groveled, apologizing for the comments and trying to separate them from the league itself. This week, the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets will play two exhibition games in China. The most recent development is that the Taiwanese owner of the Brooklyn Nets called the Hong Kong protests a "separatist movement," echoing the language Beijing has used.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended the pro-Hong Kong tweets: And now China is reevaluating their entire relationship with the NBA. They have suspended the current broadcast arrangement for preseason games in China.

California will allow HIV prevention pills without a prescription: It's the first state to do so.

Happy Tuesday: I hope it can be at least a little bit like this video.

Today's EverOut picks are: A talk on US transit systems with Christof Spieler, the quasi-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Austen's Pride, and a show with much-loved '70s-era punks Stiff Little Fingers. See more on our EverOut Things To Do calendar.

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Viajar en una nave de Star Wars ya es posible


Viajar en una nave de Star Wars ya es posible

Si os fijáis bien en el morro de este avión Boeing 777 de Latam Airlines, reconoceréis a uno de los personajes de la Saga de Lucas Films. Desde ahora, viajar en una nave de Star Wars ya es posible, gracias a un acuerdo entre la compañía aérea, los estudios Disney y Lucas Films.

Por ese motivo, este avión ha sido bautizado como StormTrooper Plane. Se trata de un avión decorado con un trabajo importante de ilustración que llevó 21 días de esfuerzo y en el que se utilizaron 2.500 litros de tinta.

El resultado es muy atractivo y más para los frikis y seguidores de la saga... y para los más pequeños, que aunque preferirían volar en el mítico Halcón Milenario o en una de las naves X-Wing, pueden soñar con ser Han Solo o la princesa Leia durante el vuelo.

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La decoración exterior de este avión fue diseñada por el equipo creativo de Disney en conjunto con Lucasfilm, como celebración de la apertura en Orlando (Florida, USA) el pasado 29 de agosto de una nueva zona llamada Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, dentro de los estudios de cine Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hoy aterrizó por primera vez en el aeropuerto de Guarulhos en Brasil, el “Stormtrooper Plane” de LATAM Airlines Group. Para seguir con la conmemoración, en los vuelos de esta compañía a destinos como Miami, Madrid, Frankfurt, París y Londres, se incluyen ahora la posibilidad de ver todas las películas de la Saga de Star Wars, a través de su plataforma de entretenimiento a bordo.


Sin duda la decoración de este avión no es más que un reclamo publicitario más en conmemoración de la apertura de esa zona nueva en el parque de atracciones de Orlando en el que por cierto, sí se puede pilotar el Halcón milenario.

En el parque de Disney hay una atracción con un simulador como el de la imagen sobre este párrafo, en que podrás sentir el hiperespacio y la ultravelocidad de aquellas inolvidables aeronaves que nos deslumbraron en los años 80.

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Estas StarWars Galaxy Edge, las zonas dedicadas a Star Wars ya existen en los parques de Disney de Orlando, París y California, y ya están abiertas al público, por lo que si viajas a esos destinos, puedes encontrarte con la sorpresa de que te toque volar en el Stormtrooper Plane, y vivir la aventura.

Probablemente, la experiencia no será la misma que volar en una aeronave de Star Wars, pero sin duda, será más apetecible que viajar en un avión sin más decoración que la de los logos de la compañía aérea.

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La noticia Viajar en una nave de Star Wars ya es posible fue publicada originalmente en Diario del Viajero por Pakus .


Este avión ya es totalmente eléctrico y podría ser la solución a la "vergüenza de volar"


Este avión ya es totalmente eléctrico y podría ser la solución a la

El #flyless, #flygskam (sueco) o #avihonte (francés) son, entre otros hashtags populares, la manifestación creciente de la "vergüenza de volar" debido a la alta contaminación que produce esta actividad. Hasta tal punto que, como ya señalamos, quizá habría que escoger entre viajar menos o pagar más por viajar.

Otra vía sería la tecnológica: encontrar un medio de transporte que contaminara menos. La NASA lo está haciendo, y acaba de presentar el primer avión experimental totalmente eléctrico.

C02 en la atmósfera

Cuatro personas en un avión producen de 10 a 20 veces más CO2 que las mismas personas que conduciendo un coche a unos 50 kilómetros por hora para cubrir la misma distancia. Pero eso no es lo peor: ni siquiera estamos contando que el impacto de un avión es mayor (el doble o el triple) porque los aviones emiten óxido de nitrógeno a la troposfera superior.

Afortunadamente, somos los seres humanos que menos contaminamos de los últimos siglos gracias a la tecnología (naturalmente, contaminamos menos porcentualmente, pero el problema es que no dejamos de multiplicarnos y eso se traduce en mayor contaminación global). Y esto puede volver a repetirse en el campo de la aviación gracias a este desarrollo de la NASA.

La primera configuración totalmente eléctrica del X-57 Maxwell de la NASA ha sido recibida en el Centro de Investigación de Vuelo Armstrong de la agencia espacial en Edwards, California.

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Un objetivo del proyecto X-57 es ayudar a desarrollar estándares de certificación para los mercados emergentes de aviones eléctricos, incluidos los vehículos de movilidad aérea urbana. Según explica el gerente del proyecto X-57 Tom Rigney:

El equipo X-57 pronto realizará extensas pruebas en tierra del sistema integrado de propulsión eléctrica para garantizar que la aeronave esté en condiciones de aeronavegabilidad. Planeamos compartir rápidamente lecciones valiosas aprendidas en el camino a medida que avanzamos hacia las pruebas de vuelo, ayudando a informar el creciente mercado de aeronaves eléctricas.

Otra gran baza en este sentido es el avión que se alimenta de energía solar Solar Impulse 2. El aparato mide de ancho más que un Boeing 747 (de ala a ala) pero que solo pesa 2,3 toneladas. Tiene instalados 17.000 paneles solares combinados con unas baterías de litio de alta capacidad encargadas de proveer de energía al avión por la noche. Incluso ha logrado ya completar una vuelta alrededor del mundo.

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