F/A-18 Crashed into San Diego Neighborhood (Videos)

An F/A-18 Hornet returning from a training mission crashed into a home in a San Diego, Calif. neighborhood near Miramar Marine Corps Air Station on Monday. Three of the residents were killed and one is missing. The pilot ejected safely after reporting a double engine failure.

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Safety Report – 12/09/2008

Date & Time: 12/08/2008 21:46
Location: New York, NY
Aircraft Type: Airbus A320-232 Registration: N662JB
Operator: JetBlue Airways Flight: 204
Phase: Approach
Damage: Unknown
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: JetBlue Airways flight 204 on approach struck several large birds causing unknown damage.

Source: FAA
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Safety Report – 12/08/2008

Date & Time: 12/07/2008 22:55
Location: Boston, MA
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-223 Registration: N673AN
Operator: American Airlines Flight: AA1122
Phase: Landing
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: American Airlines flight 1122 on landing sustained two flat tires – Passengers deplaned on the taxiway

Source: FAA
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BAA Hong Kong receives first A318 Elite

BAA Jet Management Ltd of Hong Kong has taken delivery of its first managed Airbus aircraft, an A318 Elite, becoming the first to operate the type in the Asian region.

The Airbus A318 Elite – the first to be registered in the People’s Republic of China – is now based at Shenzen and is available for VVIP charter.

BAA Jet Management Airbus A318 Elite“This Airbus A318 Elite is the first in Asia to offer customers something that they cannot get with other high-end business jets – much greater comfort, space and ease of movement around the cabin,” says BAA Managing Director Ricky Leung. “And with seating for 18 passengers in our A318 Elite, we can also carry larger business groups and families than any other corporate jet currently available for VVIP charter in the region today,” he adds.

The Airbus A318 Elite is the newest member of the Airbus ACJ Family and offers the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet in its class, as well as all the benefits of a modern and elegant design.

“Asia has long been an important market for Airbus – it’s where we won our first airliner sale outside Europe – so it’s great to see BAA becoming our first operator in the region for our modern A318 Elite corporate jet,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The longer you fly, the more important your comfort becomes, so the A318 Elite really does have a lot to offer,” he adds.

Airbus A318 Elite Cabin Interior

The A318 Elite is the most affordable aircraft in the Airbus ACJ Family, and features a cabin created in co-operation with Lufthansa Technik. Its interior comprises several different seating zones in a spaciously large living area, as well as a very practical and private office that converts into a bedroom, complete with ensuite bathroom.

Part of the world’s most modern airliner family, the A318 Elite features a robust airframe and systems, proven in millions of hours of airline service as a member of A320 Family, from which it is derived.

The Airbus ACJ Family has many corporate jet “firsts” to its credit. These include being the first with fly-by-wire controls, the first with centralised maintenance for faster and more efficient trouble-shooting, the first to offer Category 3B autoland, and the first to make extensive use of weight-saving carbonfibre. Airbus ACJ Family has more than 100 firm orders to its credit, and is now flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting its versatility.

BAA is one of the leading aviation companies in Asia, offering a complete range of business jet services, including charter, aircraft management, flight support and aircraft sales and acquisitions. It will also manage three Airbus ACJs and two A350 Prestiges.

Source: Airbus
Photos: Airbus

Air Europa orders additional E195

Embraer signed a firm order with Globalia, owned by Juan José Hidalgo, President of JJH Capital and Air Europa, for an additional six EMBRAER 195 jets, to be operated by Air Europa, a subsidiary of Globalia. The deal is valued at US$ 237 million, at list price, based on January 2008 economic conditions, and converts the purchase rights originally announced in February 2008. This transaction is already included in Embraer’s third quarter firm order backlog as “undisclosed”.

Air Europa Embraer 195

The new EMBRAER 195 will be flown by Air Europa on short and medium routes in Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands, and Europe. Delivery of the first aircraft confirming a purchase right, should take place by mid-2010. Air Europa will be the first operator in the world to fly the EMBRAER 195 in a single-class, 122-seat layout.

One aircraft from the original order of six has been sold by Globalia to an undisclosed customer, resulting in a fleet of 11 EMBRAER 195 jets when all deliveries are completed.

Source: Embraer
Photo: Embraer

Arik Air receives first Airbus A340-500

Arik Air, the fast growing private airline based in Lagos, Nigeria, received its first A340-500 today, 1 December, at a ceremony at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The ceremony was conducted by John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, and Arik Air Chairman Sir J.I.A Arumemi-Johnson in the presence of senior government officials from various African states, board members and key business partners of the airline, and other VIP guests.

Arik Air Airbus A340-500

The new aircraft is the first of three A340-500s ordered by Arik Air for use on international long-haul routes to London, New York and Houston. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines, the carrier’s new A340s will offer the best possible passenger comfort in a two-class configuration.

“Our new A340-500 is the first newly built long-range aircraft delivered to a Nigerian airline in more than 20 years, making it the first airline in Africa to operate this variant. It will allow us to launch intercontinental flights, linking Nigeria with the US and the UK, using state of the art technology,” said Sir Arumemi-Johnson, Chairman of Arik Air.

Source: Airbus
Image: Airbus

Safety Report – 12/01/2008

Date & Time: 11/30/2008 14:44
Location: Orlando, FL
Aircraft Type: Boeing 767-332 Registration: N135DL
Operator: Delta Air Lines Flight: DAL91
Phase: Take-off
Damage: Minor
Injuries & Fatalities: None
Description: On departure, left engine ingested a bird – Returned and landed without incident

Source: FAA
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