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Passengers are often faced with line to get to the lavatories on flights, even though standard narrow body airliners usually have 3 lavatories. The tight lavatories take their space in the cabin so RyanAir’s management has brought the idea to Boeing to have only 1 lavatory in their 189 passenger Boeing 737-800.
Octuri have designed a sailing yacht that can transform into a plane thanks to its four mobile masts. The sails are retracted and the four masts are lowered to become wings. It was designed for the princes Aziz, Dawood & Hashim, corporate executives of the "Masqat Airways" air transport company, and allows them to enjoy sailing along the Omani coastline with its 600-km range in the plane version.
Airbus has designed a concept plane and published it on their new website, thefuturebyairbus.com. The Airbus Concept Plane brings together a package of technologies, which although feasible, are unlikely ever to coexist in this manner. So it is not a plane that will fly, but it stretches the imagination of engineers, it highlights some of the challenges and decisions that lie ahead for air travel, and it illustrates the main technologies being explored in anticipation of the future needs of passengers and their planet.
We have collected some of the best aviation podcasts on the web. These include podcast on various aviation topics such as daily news, history, safety, RC, training and simulators. Popularity of podcasts has increased tremendously lately and so has the supply. There are several aviation podcasts out there and we are probably forgetting some great ones.
The cockpit of the Airbus A380 looks more like a flight deck of a futuristic space shuttle than an airplane. Although, the cockpit was designed to be similar to other airbuses to decrease crew training cost.
Lufthansa will be the first airline to offer scheduled biofuel powered flights. In April 2011, Lufthansa will begin 4 daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt in its IAE (International Aero Engines) powered Airbus A321 for the next 6 months.
Boeing´s new aircraft, the Dreamliner, is expected to be delivered to its launch customer, All Nippon Airways, in 2011 after several delays. The Dreamliner will have state of the art technology with several features that have not been seen before.
Ryan Air has caused an upset in the travel industry by announcing that they were planning to install semi-standing/vertical seats in its aircrafts. The seats are manufactured by Aviointeriors and will allow for a pitch of only 23 inches.
Below are some fun (and not so fun) facts about aviation
World´s first jet aircraft was the Heinkel He 178 produced in 1939.
Steve Fossett was the first to fly solo around the world without re-fuelling. Steve completed the flight in March, 2005 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.