Test fly an A380 for $89, Are two engines enough for over ocean flying?, Mid-Air refueling could be possible soon

Some good stories, informative articles and musings from around the internet today:

  • For transoceanic flights, are two engines enough? The big players in aviation are pinning their hopes on twin-engine jetliners like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which promise greater efficiency due to their groundbreaking composite designs. But with these planes set to take over more and more transoceanic routes, those two engines could be a problem. To follow the “great circle” routes that are the most direct routes between cities, which can save hours and lots of fuel on ultra long-distance flights, planes can fly far from land over remote stretches of ocean. With twin-engines planes, however, losing one engine could leave the jet searching for a place to make an emergency landing as quickly as possible.
  • This man bailed out of a broken glider, and parachuted to a hospital down below, where he surprisingly only suffered minor injuries.
  • American/US Airways top 3+ Hour Delays in February (Image: Dallas News)

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Comments

  1. Steve Case says

    The Emirates Aviation Experience in London has both the A380 and B777 simulators for 45 pounds per session. You can fly/land in/out of LHR or BBX. I flew both of them last August.

  2. Jason says

    On Feb21, I was on a US flight PHL-CLT where we were held for over 3 hours but they only counted part of this because it took us an hour+ to move from the gate. The FAs however made it clear we could not deplane which officially starts the clock per guidelines.

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