I had the pleasure of a chat with a helicopter pilot (Italian Navy first, then he moved to Leonardo) which had the opportunity to fly both the NH-90 and the AW-139. In simple words he told me that the NH-90 is a very complex machine, with some logics behind the avionics which are not immediately und...Jump to post
Honestly this is quite impressive and definitely way too sad to witness: they went down without fully realizing it... https://youtu.be/dQG13MnSdp4 While the Japanese student is clearly under a stress (you can hear his heavy breath), the instructor seems always calm, even seconds before the crash tha...Jump to post
Apparently with the partial mobilization affecting 300.000 men between 18 and 65, Russian airlines have been ordered not to sell tickets to those individuals, unless approved by the Russian MoD. https://www.airlive.net/breaking-russian-airlines-ordered-to-stop-selling-tickets-to-russian-men-aged-18-...Jump to post
Nice flypast of an ITA A-350 and the Italian Acrobatic Team Frecce Tricolori during the F1 GP in Monza on Sep 11th.
@ rheinwaldner, flyingturtle, ThePointblank: I agree with you analysis. I would add that there is only one think the Russian military are good at: firing cruise missiles from distance to Ukrainian cities, killing random civilians. In this the are really unbeatable... For the rest, without the atomic...Jump to post
Kikko19 wrote:Darwin at work. Who is so genius to ride a bike on a runway?
Doesn't Saudi Arabia have very strict entry requirements that would make it difficult to operate as a transit hub the way that Dubai works ? Also what happens to Saudia ? Doesn't it make more sense to simply expand that carrier rather than create a new one from scratch ? Until MBS Came to power, yo...Jump to post
I wouldn’t be surprised if the new carrier will progressively “absorb” people and knowledge from Saudia until they will eventually cease operations in what will then become a massive re-branding of the pre-existing airline. By the way my bet is that in 10-15 years from now KSA will become the new UA...Jump to post
This. I hope Italian politicians and the ITA directors and staff understand what private equity investment means and how companies are changed by it It's not gonna be an easy ride from many different points of view and having a private equity as counterpart doesn't make things easier. On the positiv...Jump to post
Quite a breaking news: the Italian Government has annouced that Certares AF/KL and Delta have been elected as finalists for the takeover of ITA Airways. Article in Italian: https://www.corriere.it/economia/aziende/22_agosto_31/ita-airways-tesoro-sceglie-cordata-certares-air-france-delta-647bbd82-290...Jump to post
From worst enemy to great business partner... Things (and mindset) may change of course and compared to what happened in 2017 - with the massive anti-ME3 campaing well represented by this video from DL, they changed quite a lot! https://youtu.be/yAv8L2ki8BU Pecunia non olet (money does not stink), a...Jump to post
ReverseFlow wrote:As it is a self contained system, I would almost expect you could have a 2nd full one waiting and just unload the empty one and load the full one.
It would be very interesting to understand how the A400M is supposed to work as firefighter: what are the equipments required to refill the water tank? What's the overall turnaround time between two water drops?
Very promising development, BTW!
I accidentally bumped into this story and I was really fascinated to acknowledge that Eugene Bullard (commonly known to be the first black american military pilot) wasn't the first black military pilot ever as another black guy got the wings 3 years earlier than him, allegedly becoming the first bla...Jump to post
Look at this one!
Quite impressive to have the skunk works involved in the production!
One of my friends has been piloting both the NH-90 and the AW-139. His point of view on these helicopters is that the NH-90 is way more complex (systems and avionics) than the simpler-but-reliable AW-139. A level of complexity that probably has a direct reflection on the effort required to ensure it...Jump to post
The nickname of widow maker was quite popular in Italy as well, where the total losses and fatalities from the '60s till the '00s were significant. This German website contains a list of all the accidents we had on the type, including the tragic loss of 4 F-104s on Sep 25th, 1975 when they hit a mou...Jump to post
The first A350 (EI-IFA) just landed in FCO flying as AZ8020.Jump to post
their G550 CAEW in the skies above Romania and Poland for electronic surveillance missions. So was that what I saw on FR24 over Romania the day the rumor about the frigate being hit? :scratchchin: bt Who knows, it wasn't the only one flying in the area that day. There are days where on FR24 you can...Jump to post
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/which-nato-countries-are-deploying-aircraft-to-eastern-europe/ Pretty interesting NATO graphics showing where the fighters are deployed. Oddly the infographic in that says the UK has got A300 aloft. Also Italy 2 aircraft carriers and the US one in the Med/Adriatic. W...Jump to post
I would add this two: https://theaviationist.com/ -- They became quite famous when they posted a realistc reconstruction of what the special Ops UH-60 used in the raid that killed Bin Laden could have looked like. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/ -- a lot of interesting stories from the past narrate...Jump to post
At the same time and place, the MIM-104 Patriot was presented. It was difficult to get a launcher and a radar unit given the Russian "special military operation" right now. Switzerland plans to acquire four units (each consisting of a command module, a power generator unit, a radar unit, ...Jump to post
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220325/84445a501ba40f1f983687848f062866.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220325/aae5318c5c4e214c7309a687bcf1509e.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220325/a4f15de762b53a6cfd389a1bb01fa31d.jpg Two F-35s from ItAF just visited Emmen AFB and stayed there fo...Jump to post
Now if there are only a couple of data points and the curve is interpolated, then it's a false impression. Yes, that's the case here. The next data point after the start of the descent was over 2 minutes later. FR24 only publishes very coarse data by default. Sometimes they will manually download t...Jump to post
Unverified, quite impressive....
You can clearly hear a repeated noise, like a small explosion. Wondering what this may be.
https://twitter.com/Liuzxjack/status/15 ... FC9CbgEuKg
Today we got the sad news that a T-346 performing a pre delivery flight operated by Leonardo’s pilots crashed in a mountain region not far away from the lake of Como. Both pilots managed to eject from the plane but suddenly one of the two was found dead by the rescue team. The aircraft was supposed ...Jump to post
TheSonntag wrote:Germany will buy F35 several sources say.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220311/70092841fb2f1bc781baab47bdd1bf56.jpg A better picture that shows further details about the level of damages. Glad that everyone is safe! I don't know the details of the crash, but that frame looks like they built a lot of "surviavability" into it....Jump to post
I guess you either don't remember, or know very little about how airlines operated before computerised reservation systems. Your guess is wrong: I have directly worked on 4 PSS implementations over the last 10 years and I can tell you that coming back to manual procedures on the above mentioned cor...Jump to post
They are not going to stop their Domestic Flights just because they are locked out of a reservation system. No doubt it will cause all kinds of chaos for a while but ultimately they will use some other system and the flights will continue. Unless they start using paper and pen to make reservations,...Jump to post
Aeroflot's been kicked off Sabre. They are done. If Sabre kicks them off the PSS, this will cause the immediate stop of all operations for SU. Really hope this is the next step. They are not going to stop their Domestic Flights just because they are locked out of a reservation system. No doubt it w...Jump to post
Aeroflot's been kicked off Sabre. They are done. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/airline-software-giant-sabre-ends-service-with-russias-aeroflot-crippling-carriers-ability-to-sell-seats.html Apparently they have been kicked off by Sabre from the GDS distribution, which is different than unplugging ...Jump to post
Italy is about to double the number of Typhoon deployed in Romania, from 4 to 8. Well, that'll make a big difference...not. What do you ACTUALLY want those aircraft to do? They will do exactly what their are meant to do: make sure the Romanian airspace is safe and not invaded by any Russian aircraf...Jump to post
Germany has now 6 Eurofighters in Romania, several A400 flying missions, is sending several ships in the baltic sea, is preparing to send patriot batteries to Lithuania and has sent several PZH 2000 and a batallion into Lithuania. There needs to be a huge buildup in Germany, and a complete re-evalu...Jump to post
I just watched the show on Netflix and while I found it really informative and easy to understand (as not everyone is an aviation geeks like we are), I was surprised to see that the FAA ended up not being on the firing line at all while IMHO they should have. It's really hard to imagine that they ha...Jump to post
Amazing how much stuff gets leaked these days. Also, very lucky outcome for all personnel involved, especially the pilot. Yes, and someone will be at Captain’s Mast. Or the CO will be in front of a CM for not shutting off the Internet. So there are two videos now. It really ought to be easy to find...Jump to post
The famous Italian website The Aviationist re-posted a video of the crash, apparently leaked first on Reddit.
Really really impressive, quite surprised that nobody got killed instantly.
https://theaviationist.com/2022/02/06/f ... ed-online/
Even more interesting to note that a similar attack to the AUH airport already happened in 2018 and went even more unnoticed.
https://www.janes.com/amp/video-confirm ... Fp1cVMwPQ2
Flyglobal wrote:According some German news the F35 is now in the run for the Tornado replacement.
One day I will die, but not today!
AirlineCritic wrote:It was announced an hour ago, F-35. See https://www.hs.fi/politiikka/art-2000008464967.html
The A320 EI-DTE just flew to OSR to receive the brand new ITA Airways livery.
Expected timing to get the paint job done is Dec 20th.
Alleged video of the F-35B crash
https://theaviationist.com/2021/11/29/b ... PDR4nJo5H8