Aviation Blog https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog AviationCV.com Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:56:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 Airlines That Have Ceased to Exist https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/top-5-airlines-ceased-exist Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:56:48 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8081 Top 5 Airlines That Have Ceased to Exist The aviation business is a lucrative one – millions of passengers travel by air daily and the numbers just keep going up. Hence why we are seeing various types of carriers pop up. From ultra low-cost to traditional airlines, they all have their traits, which we love […]

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Top 5 Airlines That Have Ceased to Exist

The aviation business is a lucrative one – millions of passengers travel by air daily and the numbers just keep going up. Hence why we are seeing various types of carriers pop up. From ultra low-cost to traditional airlines, they all have their traits, which we love them for.

While aviation is lucky for some, for others it went south and it all ended in bankruptcy. These are the top 5 biggest airlines that are no longer with us.

5. TWA

Trans World Airlines was one of the biggest carriers in the United States. With 190 aircraft and 132 destinations around the world, it seemed impossible that such a huge company would cease to exist. With 2 bankruptcies declared, the third one shut the company down. Negligence, failing to expand to new business opportunities in the Pacific and in cargo service were the mistakes that laid the foundation for the oncoming failure.

The final 2 nails in the coffin were the explosion of a Boeing 747-100 that exploded mid-air and the 2001 September 11th attacks. American Airlines acquired TWA and the airline ceased to exist. Though its colors are still flying. American Airlines tributes TWA by flying their old aircraft with a mixed livery of AA and TWA. By 2019, all Trans World Airlines aircraft should cease flying.

Mixed livery of American Airlines and TWA.
Mixed livery of American Airlines and TWA.

4. Swissair

One of the oldest airlines in Europe, Swissair ceased to exist in 2002. Once called “Flying Bank” because of its financial stability, lots of horrible decisions in the 1990s forced the airline to declare bankruptcy. With over 150 destinations served and 76 aircraft in its fleet when it went down under in 2002, Swiss was one of the biggest carriers in the European market.

Trying to bite off more than you can chew was one of the reasons why it ceased operations. Between the 1980s and the 2000s, Swissair was constantly looking for opportunities to expand their presence in the European Market. After unsuccessfully trying to merge with Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways the company, later on, acquired and bought shares from various smaller European carriers, instead of entering into an alliance.

The buying spree and the September 11 attacks finally grounded the airline on 31st of March, 2002. Crossair took over Swiss’ operations, which later became Swiss International Air Lines.

Swissair Boeing 747
Swissair Boeing 747

3. Alitalia

Although the airline is still flying the bright blue skies, in 2017 Alitalia went into administration. The flag carrier of Italy went through a lot of mergers and financial trouble. A group of investors formed Alitalia in 2008 as a result of the merger of the “old” Alitalia and Air One, a bankrupt low-cost carrier in Italy.

After continuous losses throughout its existence, the airline wanted to reduce the expenses and went into negotiations with the workers. They rejected the plans and Alitalia started the bankruptcy process. Alitalia is currently on sale because the Italian government decided not to nationalize the airline.

And while the future of the airline is uncertain as it is still looking for buyers, we hope that it survives and turns its fortunes around. Not having an airline to fly the Pope is a travesty!

Pope Francis exiting an Alitalia plane.

Pope Francis exiting an Alitalia plane.
Pope Francis exiting an Alitalia plane.

2. Air Berlin

Established 40 years ago, Air Berlin was one of the major players in the European aviation industry. At its peak, it was the second largest German airline behind Lufthansa and the tenth-largest in Europe. The airline transferred 30 to 35 million passengers and owned just below 150 aircraft in its fleet.

After never really recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, the company experienced continuous losses. And after trying to restructure in 2016 and calling it the “new Air Berlin”, the company still never recovered. Cutting the destinations by double, focusing on their main hubs in Berlin and Düsseldorf, closing many bases and shifting focus to other routes and business travelers still did not help. In 2017 the company announced to its employees that it would cease operations amid financial turmoil. Lufthansa and easyJet, later on, bought the company’s assets and employed the former employees of Air Berlin.

Air Berlin aircraft in the airport.
Air Berlin aircraft in the airport.

1. Pan American World Airways

Commonly known as Pan Am, the carrier was the biggest international air carrier in the United States. They were the pioneers of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and digital reservation systems in the aviation world.

Pan Am at its height operated 150 aircraft, which served 86 countries. It had 5 hubs in the US, Europe, and Asia. Pan Am even had its own separate terminal in New York’s JFK, called the WorldPort. And the airline carried 29 million passengers in 1989 before bankruptcy in 1991.

So what happened?

Firstly, the 1973 oil crisis hit the airline hard. New Boeing 747s were ordered in the hopes of passenger numbers going up. Those hopes were dashed and the rising fuel prices hit the company hard. A lot of its fleet were inefficient aircraft and that only increased the operating costs. Secondly, as the times went on, the situation only worsened. The company sold assets that were not important. Routes that were not profitable were also discontinued. Because of ordering and canceling an order of the new Airbus aircraft, PanAm was forced to operate old and inefficient aircraft in its fleet.

And the final two bricks that brought the whole airline down were the terrorist attack on Pan Am flight 103 and the Gulf War, which again increased the fuel prices massively and decreased the demand in air travel. And in 1991 the company filed for bankruptcy. Delta Airlines purchased the remaining profitable capital.

Pan Am's Airbus A310.
Pan Am Airbus A310.

While these airlines might be gone (or gone soon, in Alitalia’s case) they will never be forgotten. Their impact, whether it is the innovative decisions or mistakes that others can learn from, they will forever be ingrained into the history of aviation.

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Why Is The Cabin Crew So Important To An Airline? https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/cabin-crew-important-airline Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:47:20 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8071 Why Is The Cabin Crew So Important To An Airline? With so many airlines in the skies today, they are trying to find ways to become the most unique, recognizable, and likeable brands in the world. With every airline, there comes a different strategy. The company logo, various sponsorships of sporting events and teams, becoming […]

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Why Is The Cabin Crew So Important To An Airline?

With so many airlines in the skies today, they are trying to find ways to become the most unique, recognizable, and likeable brands in the world. With every airline, there comes a different strategy. The company logo, various sponsorships of sporting events and teams, becoming socially responsible are some of the things that make a brand image that’s beloved by customers.

But for an airline, one of the most important things is their customer service. Because you only make money if people choose to fly with you. Their experience is what matters to you the most. From the first smile when they come up to the check-in desk to the warm goodbye when they leave your plane can make or break the customers’ flight experience. But another thing that really matters and can stand out like nothing else – is your Cabin Crew.

Red hat, white silk scarf and red lips

When you read the heading above, we all know there is only one airline that we see in front of our eyes. And that is Emirates.

One of their most recognizable assets is their Cabin Crew. Emirates have realized that if you want to give the best service for a customer, everything starts with how you present yourself as an airline. You can have the best marketing department, hire the best marketing agency and still yield no positive results.

Why? Your crew. They work directly with your customers. They are the ones who help your customers at the airport. Their service is what is going to assure your success. And if it is not up to par, you’re going to have a bad time. So you must ensure that your Cabin Crew not only receive proper training but also manages to sport a uniform that can become iconic and a symbol of your airline for years to come.

They can also participate in fun little ads, such as these!

Hence why today airlines pay very close attention to the recruitment and training process of a Cabin Crew member. Not only they provide the best service possible while 36.000 feet in the sky and look stunning in their uniforms (male and female both!). Cabin Crews also help us in the time of danger and do everything they can to ensure our safety.

These are the reasons why Cabin Crew members are extremely important to an airline and its image.

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The Arrival and Departure of Concorde. Part 2 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/history-concorde-part2 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:47:09 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8060 The Arrival and Departure of Concorde. Part 2 If you have not read Part 1 yet, please do so here! With everything set in stone, it seemed like the first ever Super Sonic Transport aircraft was ready for take-off in a few years down the line. The engineers set the deadline – the long-range Concorde […]

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The Arrival and Departure of Concorde. Part 2

If you have not read Part 1 yet, please do so here!

With everything set in stone, it seemed like the first ever Super Sonic Transport aircraft was ready for take-off in a few years down the line. The engineers set the deadline – the long-range Concorde was going to make its maiden voyage in 1970. The primary deadline of 1968 got canceled because nobody was interested in it.

Oui!

While the Brits were busy working on their own plans, the French government asked three aircraft manufacturers to come up with early designs of their own SST. The state-owned Sud Aviation Super-Caravelle design won. What is interesting is that they presented a medium-range aircraft, as they already thought other countries were already making transatlantic SST’s. So Sud deliberately tried to avoid competition in the long-range market and gain a monopoly in the medium-range one.

Engineers working on the Concorde designs.
Engineers working on the Concorde designs.

When the design was complete, Sud’s technical director Pierre Satre visited Bristol. Bristol was an aviation manufacturing company, building both airframes and engines at the time. They also won the contract to build the Concorde. When the two teams met, they realized they had a lot in common in terms of design and its issues. They agreed on the same engines, the maximum speed of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), and the same aircraft wings. The only disagreements were the size and range of the new SST. The Brits wanted a transatlantic version, while the French were avoiding this design. After lengthy discussions, it both parties drew a conclusion that common components could be used in both variants. Then both teams decided to stick with one design, with the medium-range being different in just fuel load.

Politics

Whenever you have 2 nations collaborating on such a huge economic and political project, politics had to come to play. One way or another. When STAC (Supersonic Transport Advisory Committee) proposed the plan to build an SST to politicians, they had very negative reactions. The development costs had already risen to £150 million. The Treasury Ministry suggested that the project would not return profits.

A separate investigation by the Committee on Civil Scientific Research and Development concluded that the financial arguments are nonsense and that Concorde would support the aviation industry in Britain. It would also guarantee that British aviation would not be locked out of the coming supersonic market, as supposedly everyone else was building their own SST’s. They were both right and wrong – Boeing only started making their own SST plans after two years after the Concorde was officially announced. Soviet engineers started developing their own SST, the Tupolev Tu-144 a year earlier than the Americans.

But Concorde was also used as a political weapon. United Kingdom at the time was not in the European Common Market and they desperately wanted to get in (or Britin). France with Charles De Gaulle controlled the Common Market and did not want Britain anywhere near it. British politicians thought that signing a deal to build Concorde together with Sud would let Britain get in. De Gaulle was having none of it and the United Kingdom only joined the ECU in 1973.

The deal to build a common SST interestingly enough was made as an international treaty rather than a commercial agreement.

From an SST to a Concorde flying

To showcase that a signed treaty between the Brits and the French, both countries settled for the name Concord. Concorde was a French word, while Concord was the English variant. Both words mean the same – agreement.

On a bitter morning in December 1967, Concorde showed off its face to the world with the prototype chassis 001. That same morning, the British Minister of Technology at the time Tony Benn announced the official name of the aircraft – Concorde.

Watch the official TV footage of the first ever public appearance of Concorde:

It took 2 more grueling years of testing and checking for any flaws. On 1st of March, 1969 Concorde should have taken off. But bad weather conditions had forced it to stay on the ground. The next day, on an even mistier morning, the people were anxiously waiting to witness history.

And they did. Before the mist cleared, the crew were already onboard Concorde. They were doing pre-flight checks that would become routine for them. Then the four Olympus engines came to life and let out a loud rumble. It taxied to the runway, where soon it will depart. The brakes were let loose, the engines let out an even louder boom and Concorde lifted off. Quickly the aircraft disappeared in the sky. Everyone – from the crowd to the engineers who have worked on Concorde for the past few years were amazed.

After a short 40 minute flight, Concorde landed. It was a breath-taking moment for everyone involved. The public just saw aviation history right in front of their eyes.

In the next part read about the eventual downfall of Concorde, exploring its operating history and what caused the Concorde to never see the clouds after 2003. Stay tuned!

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How Does A Flight Simulator Help Pilots? https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/flight-simulator-help-pilots Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:02:24 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8043 How Does A Flight Simulator Help Pilots? Whenever an accident happens in the air, there is a lot of pressure for the pilots. They must guarantee the safety of everyone on board and on the ground. Their actions are the only thing that prevents a regular flight becoming a disaster. Or even worse, a fatal […]

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How Does A Flight Simulator Help Pilots?

Whenever an accident happens in the air, there is a lot of pressure for the pilots. They must guarantee the safety of everyone on board and on the ground. Their actions are the only thing that prevents a regular flight becoming a disaster. Or even worse, a fatal one. That is why before you can become a full-time pilot, you have to sit in the Flight Simulator for hours and train for every situation possible – from bird strikes, engine failures to bad weather.

But when you, a passenger, walk down the passenger boarding bridge you might feel anxious about the flight. You might be a bit scared. But you are very confident in the pilots that fly your plane. They undergo intense training throughout their whole career and you know that these are the most professional working people out there in the world.

So what exactly are Flight Simulators?

Types of Simulators

So there are three types of simulators:

Aviation Training Device or ATD for short. This is a simulator that provides pilots with a platform to train their basic skills and get a Private Pilot Certificate.

An ATD.
Advanced Aviation Training Device

Flight Training Device or FTD for short. This is a more advanced version of a simulator. This type has 4 different levels, with each level having different requirements to obtain the level. Each level has a different amount of aerodynamic programming, systems modeling, and other technological requirements.

A Flight Training Device
A Flight Training Device

Full Flight Simulators or FFS for short. This is the most advanced type of simulator out there. There are 4 levels, ranging from the letter A to D. All of the Full Flight simulators require some type of motion system. The two highest levels (C and D) must have an outside-world field of view. Level D simulators also need cockpit sounds and other motion and visual effects. Take a look inside and outside a Level D simulator:

Helping pilots

After you have received your pilots’ license and began working for an airline, every 6 months (if you are working in commercial aviation) or every 12 months (if you are working in private aviation) you have to test out your skills in various situations. In the times between these tests, pilots still usually train and sharpen their skills in simulators.

Simulator work is another factor if you want to advance your career as a pilot. It showcases to your employer that you are a dedicated, hard-working professional. But it does not count towards your total flight hours.

US Airways Flight 1549

US Airways Flight 1549 is a perfect example of why pilots need to spend hours in the simulator. After taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the Airbus A320 hit a flock of geese. Both of the engines had lost power. The pilots chose to glide the aircraft into the Hudson River, as the engines have still not ignited. The pilots were successful in ditching the Airbus. There were no fatalities, except a few serious and minor injuries. It can all be attributed to the skill and situational awareness of the 2 pilots.

Airbus A320 of the US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river
Airbus A320 of the US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

First Officer Jeffrey Skiles before this mission has never flown an Airbus A320. Various pilots tried to recreate the flight in a simulator. They concluded, that the aircraft could have made it back to LaGuardia.

Before making any further verdicts, you have to take into consideration that going back to LaGuardia, as Sullenberger (the captain of the flight) later mentioned in his book “It would be an irrevocable choice. It would rule out every other option.“ It could have been catastrophic. Another thing to consider is that pilots that were simulating the flight had known that they were going to strike geese, while the pilots on the real flight did not. They needed to make a decision as soon as they hit the birds, but then they did not grasp the problematic situation at hand.

This proves that no matter what, the pilots of today are very highly skilled people, who are the best at what they do. Especially in commercial aviation. This can be attributed to the numerous flights that they fly daily. The work in the Flight Simulator is also a huge contributing factor to their skill.

The next time you board a plane, remember that you are in safe hands and these people are going to do their best to successfully land the aircraft.

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Watch This Heartwarming Video As This Girl’s Dreams Come True! https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/heartwarming-video-dreams-come-true Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:19:10 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8031 Watch This Heartwarming Video As This Girl’s Dreams Come True! Aviation has truly changed the world that we live in. From the very beginning, it helped us travel to new destinations. Be in situations nobody could imagine us being in. It helped us to explore new horizons. Aviation has helped us to touch the sky […]

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Watch This Heartwarming Video As This Girl’s Dreams Come True!

Aviation has truly changed the world that we live in. From the very beginning, it helped us travel to new destinations. Be in situations nobody could imagine us being in. It helped us to explore new horizons. Aviation has helped us to touch the sky and elevate ourselves not only physically but also mentally.

A perfect example of that is this video by British Airways. A-13-year old girl, called Majorie always dreamed of being a part of the British Airways Cabin Crew. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to go through chemotherapy. It was a very difficult experience for everyone involved. While in Hospital, Majorie told her Mom that she wanted to become an Air Hostess. She wanted to experience the daily routine of someone who is working at well above 30,000 feet.

Majorie

But even in the darkest hours of our life, a bright light comes through. British Airways had become aware of Majorie’s situation and was touched by her story. So they decided to help Majorie fulfill her dream of becoming a part of the Cabin Crew.

While she was learning at an educational central about what it takes to become an Air Hostess or a Pilot, a real Cabin Crew member walked in. She asked Majorie if she would help her for the day and fly with her from London to Glasgow, while also working as a real member of the Cabin Crew.

After a quick training about the safety instructions on board, they boarded the plane. Majorie, in front of 160 people demonstrated all of the safety routines. With a beautiful smile on her face, she served drinks for every passenger on board.

Well, to be honest you have to see that smile for yourself in the video below:

This heartwarming example is truly inspirational to never stop believing. No matter what, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. So keep dreaming and it will become come true!

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The Arrival And Departure Of Concorde. Part 1 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/history-concorde-part1 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:26:47 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8025 The Arrival And Departure Of Concorde. Part 1 Whenever we think of the most iconic aircraft, what does spring to your mind? You’re imagining a lot of aircraft, but one of them is probably a Concorde. Its outlandish looks and the revolution that it brought to the aviation industry left a mark to this day. […]

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The Arrival And Departure Of Concorde. Part 1

Whenever we think of the most iconic aircraft, what does spring to your mind? You’re imagining a lot of aircraft, but one of them is probably a Concorde. Its outlandish looks and the revolution that it brought to the aviation industry left a mark to this day. Labelled as an “Aviation icon”, every technician out there dreamt of touching a Concorde. Imagine being an engineer, starting his British Airways career and being able to see Concorde daily. Or being a pilot and being able to fly it. Talk about dreams coming true, eh? The aircraft was and still is a true icon. But what stopped Concorde from taking off ever again? Before we get to the answer, we need to dig deeper. Get some context and realize why Concorde never made it off the ground after 2003.

To the drawing board

The first ambitions to build a supersonic transport (SST) airplane dates all the way back to the 1950s. This was the time that jet engines were making baby steps into commercial aviation and flying still was a very slow and an unpleasant experience. So the need and wish for a rapid, safe and even luxurious air transport was very high. After all, remember that a regular man could not afford Concorde tickets and it was a very fancy flight. The first group formed to study SST. Morien Morgan, known as “The Father Of Concorde”, led the group. They met in 1954 and delivered their first report in 1955. The report concluded that drag at supersonic speeds was relative to the span of the wing. This resulted in designs with very short-span and very thin trapezoidal wings. You could see those only on experimental military aircraft such as the Lockheed F-104 or the Avro 730. SST’s with these types of wings required a huge amount of engine power to lift off from runways. This needed an enormous amount of fuel. Eric Conway stated that this caused “some horribly large aeroplanes”. The group considered SST concepts as unrealistic.

Avro 730 startegic bomber. A concept shown.
Avro 730 startegic bomber. A concept shown.

River of ideas

The reports of Johanna Weber and Dietrich Küchemann changed the future of supersonic transport. They wrote a series of papers about “slender delta” wing configuration. This meant that the concept of commercial travel in speeds faster than the speed of sound was possible. D. Küchemann presented this in a meeting with Morien Morgan present. He instantly concluded that this was the answer to their previous problems. Test pilot Eric Brown in his book “Wings On My Sleeve” recalled that this was the official beginning of Concorde. But the solution had its own issues. Particularly that the aircraft needed to take off and land “nose high” and it required a long landing gear to produce the needed angle of attack.

So a new study group, led by Morien Morgan, formed. Called the Supersonic Transport Advisory Committee (STAC), they stated that an SST would have similar profit margins to a regular subsonic aircraft. As long as fuel prices remained the same (spoiler alert: it did not). STAC made up a plan that development needed to start in 1960 to meet the goal of an SST taking off in 1968. The group estimated a cost of about £75 to £90 million for a long-range aircraft. The short-range version would need between £50 and £80 million. Later on it was cancelled, as no one showed interest in buying it.

The deadline, estimates and design features were set. The Concorde, which was not still called Concorde back then, is becoming a reality. In part 2 the French come, the development costs keep rising and somehow miss the estimates and the first official flight of Concorde commences.

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What Happened In The Tragic Leicester City Helicopter Crash? https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/leicester-city-helicopter-crash Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:14:11 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8018 What Happened In The Tragic Leicester City Helicopter Crash? On the 27th of October, 2018 Leicester City played an English Premier League home game against West Ham United. The game ended in a draw. Before the match, owner of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, arrived in a helicopter to watch the football match. It was a usual sight for Leicester City […]

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What Happened In The Tragic Leicester City Helicopter Crash?

On the 27th of October, 2018 Leicester City played an English Premier League home game against West Ham United. The game ended in a draw. Before the match, owner of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, arrived in a helicopter to watch the football match. It was a usual sight for Leicester City fans – the owner often travelled to the stadium using his helicopter. When the game ended the AugustaWestland AW169 chopper arrived on the stadium’s pitch to pick up Vichai and 2 other people. This time it was different – it ended in a crash. It was fatal. The total passenger count on the helicopter was 5. Including the 2 pilots. One of them was Eric Swaffer, who has over 20 years of flying experience.

 

Leicester City Fans Pay Tribute To The Crash Victims
Leicester City Fans Pay Tribute To The Crash Victims

The Crash

After preparing for the flight, the helicopter took off and left the stadium premises. Almost immediately after taking off, the chopper entered into a spin and crashed into the ground. It smashed into the ground near the Leicester City stadium Car Park E. It instantly burst into flames. A few witnesses claimed that the helicopter fell “like a stone to the floor”. Another stated that the helicopter’s tail rotor was the cause of the crash. Tragically, everyone on board was instantly killed.

A few causes have arisen, such as the before mentioned failed tail rotor. Investigators also ruled out a collision with a police drone or a bird. A video on YouTube portrays the last minutes of the helicopter and everyone on board.

Aftermath

What exactly happened is still unknown, as The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has opened up an investigation. They have not provided any answers yet. The helicopter’s Digital Flight Data Recorder was recovered but it was badly damaged in the fire. A primary report has concluded that there was “minimal opportunity to escape”.

The fatal crash has brought the footballing community together, as many fans laid shirts, scarves and flowers near the stadium. Leicester City also opened a book of condolence. They also made it available online, so anyone who wishes to pay respects to Khun Vichai can do so here: https://www.lcfc.com/condolence

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Brand New Lion Air Boeing 737-8 MAX: New Victims, Crash Reasons Revealed By Black Box https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/lion-air-crash-black-box-victims Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:47:56 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=8009 Brand New Lion Air Boeing 737-8 MAX: New Victims, Crash Reasons Revealed By Black Box After the recent Lion Air accident, there were lots of questions raised. The main one is why a brand new Boeing 737-8 MAX would crash just after it successfully took off from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. A Lion Air […]

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Brand New Lion Air Boeing 737-8 MAX: New Victims, Crash Reasons Revealed By Black Box

After the recent Lion Air accident, there were lots of questions raised. The main one is why a brand new Boeing 737-8 MAX would crash just after it successfully took off from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

A Lion Air Boeing 737 plane, carrying 189 people on board, has reportedly crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after taking off. The ground control had lost the contact with the plane. It is believed that it was the time the plane crashed into the sea.

For more details about the accident, read here: Lion Air Plane Crashes Just After Take-off: 189 Feared Dead

Lion Air Crash Remains
Lion Air Crash Remains

 

Most recently, the black box of the month-old plane was found. The investigators have began the process of retrieving the data. However, the search of the second black box and the remains of the body of the plane is still ongoing. Unfortunately, during one of the search operations, an Indonesian diver died in efforts to find more details about the accident.

While the main reason for the malfunction remains a secret to us all, some details have emerged already. Apparently, there have already been problems with the previous flight of the Boeing 737-8 MAX. According to the technical log, during the JT43 flight from Denpasar (DPS) to Jakarta (CGK), some technical problems have emerged. According to the log: “Identified that CAPT instrument was unreliable and handover control to FO. Continue NNC of Airspeed Unreliable and ALT disagree,” which means that the control had to be given to the first officer due to lost power of the captain’s instrument. However, the plane only had trouble while climbing to cruise altitude, causing some turbulence. After that, the flight remained smooth.

According to Chief Executive of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, before the fatal flight, the engineers have reportedly fixed the issue and have given the permission to fly.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX was manufactured in 2018 and delivered to Lion Air on lease from Chinese CMIG Aviation Capital. In August, it started operating and had flown less than 800 hours. Moreover, the accident was the first one for the Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft family, considering it was introduced to the industry just a year ago.

The investigation of the Lion Air flight is still ongoing and the officials are putting more efforts to reveal the main reason for the accident.

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EasyJet Is About To Make Electric Flying A Reality https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/easyjet-electric-reality Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:08:59 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=7999 EasyJet Is About To Make Electric Flying A Reality This week, the representatives of Luton-based airline EasyJet have confirmed that the airline is “moving fast“ with developing electric aircraft. The ones that believe in more jet fuel-free future can opt in for more nature saving option, as the Chief Executive Jonah Lundgren said that electric […]

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EasyJet Is About To Make Electric Flying A Reality

This week, the representatives of Luton-based airline EasyJet have confirmed that the airline is “moving fast“ with developing electric aircraft.

The ones that believe in more jet fuel-free future can opt in for more nature saving option, as the Chief Executive Jonah Lundgren said that electric flying is „becoming a reality“. He also claimed that the future of airlines will be „not exclusively dependent on jet fuel“.

EasyJet plane
EasyJet plane

EasyJet, together with Wright Electric, the manufacturer based in the USA, formed a partnership to make the electric aircraft. The planes are said to be battery-propelled and should carry out flights that are less than about two hours. Moreover, the electric planes are to be built by 2027. The manufacturer believes that the electric aircraft will be quiter as well as cheaper as opposed to traditional planes. Another difference would be the number and placements of motors – the new models will have more that two, smaller ones.

The manufacturer Wright Electric has already applied for the patent for the motor of the electric plane. Moreover, a two-seated electric aircraft is already available, while an electric plane with nine seats will be available for flights next year.

EasyJet believes that the progress they are making with the development could mean an all-electric flights in the near future and is considering route London-Amsterdam to be a good stary to use the technology.

“Looking forward, the technological advancements in electric flying are truly exciting and it is moving fast. “From the two-seater aircraft, which is already flying, to the nine-seater which will fly next year, electric flying is becoming a reality and we can now foresee a future that is not exclusively dependent on jet fuel.”

– JOHAN LUNDGREN, EASYJET CHIEF EXECUTIVE

The chief executive of Wright Electric Jeffrey Engler said: “We are excited about what the next year holds. EasyJet has been a fantastic partner and we look forward to helping introduce low-emissions, low-noise aviation, to Europe.”

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Lion Air Plane Crashes Just After Take-off: 189 Feared Dead https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/lion-air-plane-crash https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2018/lion-air-plane-crash#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:50:47 +0000 https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/?p=7987 Lion Air Plane Crashes Just After Take-off: 189 Feared Dead A Lion Air Boeing 737 plane, carrying 189 people on board, has reportedly crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after taking off. The flight was departing from the airport in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The Lion Air flight JT 610 left the Jakarta […]

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Lion Air Plane Crashes Just After Take-off: 189 Feared Dead

A Lion Air Boeing 737 plane, carrying 189 people on board, has reportedly crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after taking off. The flight was departing from the airport in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

The Lion Air flight JT 610 left the Jakarta airport at 6:20 on Monday morning (local time) and was supposed to arrive to its destination an hour later at the main town Pangkal Pinang at the Bangka Belitung Islands.

Lion Air Crash Location
Lion Air Crash Location

Just shortly after taking off, the pilot of the flight JT 610 had requested to return to the Jakarta‘s Soekarno-Hatta airport. Minutes after that, ground control lost the contact with the plane. It is believed that it was the time the plane crashed into the sea.

The officials speculated that the plane has ended up underwater. “The plane crashed into water about 30m to 40m deep,” Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said. “We’re still searching for the remains of the plane.”

The remains of the crash
The remains of the plane

There is no clear reason known as to what caused a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to fail and crash into the sea, causing danger to everyone on-board. There are no news about whether there are any survivors out of the 189 passengers and cabin crew. It is believed that 178 adults, two babies and an infant together with two pilots and five cabin crew members were on a plane at the time of the accident.

However, personal belongings, believed to belong to the victims of the crash have resurfaced near the place of the crash. Such items like ID cards and driver‘s licenses have been found by the search party.

Personal belongings of crash victims
Personal belongings of crash victims
The remains of the Lion Air plane
The remains of the Lion Air plane

The reasons behind the crash are still under investigation.

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