Rolls-Royce to use retired Boeing 747 as testbed for revolutionary jet engine
At AeroTEC flight center outside Seattle, Rolls-Royce will use a 20-year-old Boeing 747 to test its UltraFan jet engine. The company believes the engine could revolutionize aviation.When airplanes retire, they get transformed into everything from hotels to underwater art installations.
Qantas just broke a record for air travel , and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights -- in this case, 19 hours and 16 minutes.
Advertisement. News. Australia's Qantas completes record -breaking 19 - hour flight . The plane flew with maximum fuel and limited passenger and cargo loads to ensure it could go the distance. With 50 passengers and crew members on board, the test flight departed New York's John F. Kennedy
just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights -- in this case, 19 hours and 16 minutes. The study measured pilots' brain waves, melatonin and overall alertness, while passengers helped gauge the effectiveness of anti-jetlag measures like changes to cabin lighting and meals. Travelers even participated in exercises to keep their bodies limber.
There are two more flights coming as part of Project Sunrise, Qantas' larger effort to study health on long-haul trips. A London to Sydney flight is due in November, while a repeat New York to Sydney flight is coming in December. A decision on the initiative is expected before the end of 2019.
Qantas grounds Boeing 737 plane with crack, inspects others
Australian flag carrier Qantas said Thursday it had grounded one Boeing 737NG due to a structural crack, and was urgently inspecting 32 others for the flaw. The grounding is the latest safety concern for Boeing, as it reels from two 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people and highlighted problems with the planes' flight handling software. The US aviation authority this month ordered checks of Boeing 737NG planes that had flown more than 30,000 times.That came after the company reported the "pickle fork", which helps connect the wing to the fuselage, could be prone to cracking.
In preparation, Australian airline Qantas has announced three test flights , with 40 people traveling directly from London or New York to Sydney, to see how the human body copes with 19 solid hours of air travel . Qantas previously announced its goal of operating direct flights between London, New
Now, Qantas wants to test the limits of human endurance with a 19 hour trial run this fall. The somewhat ominously named “Project Sunrise” will test three ultra long haul flights But we do know that there is a general ‘fatigue’ associated with long distance air travel , so I guess it is probably the
Some of the potential gains are already clear. While this flight left three hours later than Qantas' usual one-stop service, it arrived slightly ahead -- that's a lot of time saved. Also, Qantas' decision to leave the lights on for the first six hours of the flight (to replicate conditions in Sydney) helped fight jetlag right away.
However, there is at least one obstacle that could prevent flights like this from becoming regular occurrences. Qantas had to put tight limits on the number of people aboard in order to save fuel, with just 49 passengers and crew flying aboard athat typically holds 280. Any travelers would likely have to pay a premium on an already-expensive flight to compensate for the low headcount. If that's not considered an obstacle, though, non-stop flights like this could be a viable option if time is of the essence... or if you really, really hate layovers.
Air in France: nearly 814.00 passengers affected by the disturbances this summer
The number of people who suffered a delay, cancellation or overbooking this summer has increased considerably compared to last year, according to a report published by the site Air Indemnity.
The figures for the first half of 2018 already showed a dramatic increase in the number of flights delayed or canceled. During the first six months of the year, 1.02 million French passengers were delayed, canceled or overbooked. This represents a 25% increase in the number of passengers affected by the disruptions in air travel. New figures have just been published, which show an accentuation of the phenomenon this summer: between July 1 and August 25, 2018, 814,000 passengers were victims of disturbances, against 654,000 last year over the same period, an increase of of 160,000.
This air traffic report published by Air Indemnité, a site specialized in claiming compensation, shows that all incidents are on the rise. Indeed, while the number of flights has increased by 2.7% since last year, from 188,000 to 193,100, the number of cancellations has increased by 31.3% (2078 in 2017 against 2728 in 2018). With regard to delays, those over two hours progress by 20.5% to 4470, while delays of more than 3 hours are estimated at 1824, an increase of 15.5%.Strikes and malfunctions of air traffic control
In the low-cost airline Ryanair, staff demanding better working conditions and wages did not hesitate to strike, which then spread to different countries. 'Europe. In total, several hundred thousand passengers were affected. Just for the weekend of 25 and 26 July, it is no less than 100,000 passengers, many in France, who were affected by some 600 cancellations flights.
At Air France, more than 240 flights have been canceled since the beginning of the summer, in direct connection with the strike of pilots, aircrew and ground staff, says management. Unions, for their part, refuse to "wear the hat" and denounce "the incompetence of management in forecasting the needs of the company."
Finally, one of the main reasons for the increase in disruption is related to the dysfunctions of French air traffic control.delays in European airspace for 20% of controlled traffic.
Qantas aircraft evacuated in Sydney after smoke fills cabin .
SYDNEY (AP) — Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth on Sunday used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return as the cabin filled with smoke. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, a Qantas plane maneuvers behind another parked at a gate at Sydney Airport in Sydney. Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return a (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) Qantas said flight 575 returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a hydraulic issue.