Great Cockpit Video – Rob Holland Daytona Airshow

What about some airshow fun on this cold December day? 😉 I just found this amazing video on YouTube, showing Rob Holland in his MX2 at Daytona Wings and Waves Airshow 2010. The footage is taken straight out of the cockpit using a helmet camera! So you’re going to see the whole action from pilots eye in finest HD quality!

Rob Holland Daytona Wings and Waves Airshow HD Video:

Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough Airshow

Boeing announced that the 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut this month at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London.

“We’ve chosen Farnborough as a venue for spotlighting the breakthrough capabilities and innovations of both our commercial airplanes and our defense, space and security businesses,” said Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications. “We look forward to an optimistic mood this year as industry leaders meet amid signs of economic recovery.”

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (N787FT) ZA003 Test Plane

The 787 flight-test airplane, ZA003, will touch down at Farnborough Sunday, July 18, approximately 9am and will remain on static display through mid-day July 20. The airplane will be open for tours on a scheduled basis July 19 and 20. Boeing is using ZA003 to test and certify seats, galleys and associated cabin safety and comfort systems, among other test points.

Source: Boeing
Photo: Boeing

Worlds Oldest Air Show – 100th Anniversary of ILA

The oldest aviation show in the world – ILA Berlin Air Show – celebrates its 100th anniversary these days!

With the largest participation in a history stretching back over 100 years the ILA 2010 will be the year’s largest industry event for every aspect of the aerospace business. From 8 to 13 June a total of 1153 exhibitors from 47 countries are displaying the entire range of current and future products and services connected with aviation and space technology at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

Exhibitors from Australia, Finland, Mexico, Monaco, Sweden, Singapore, Turkey and Tunisia are represented there for the first time. Approximately 40 per cent of the exhibitors are from outside Germany, with the largest European delegations coming from Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Switzerland and Russia. The USA is staging its largest presentation for many years at the ILA. For the first time since 1998 the Boeing company is represented by a stand in the North American pavilion. The largest national displays from the Far East are those of South Korea and Japan.

The leading international exhibitors include Airbus, AgustaWestland, Antonov, Arianespace, Astrium, Beriev, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Diamond, Diehl, EADS, Eurocopter, ESA, General Atomics, Irkut Corporation, Ivchenko, Liebherr Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik, Lockheed Martin, MiG Russian Aircraft Corporation, MD Helicopters, MTU, Northrop Grumman, OHB, Oboronprom Russian Helicopters, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, RUAG, Sikorsky and Thales.

The partner country of the ILA 2010 is Switzerland, which is commemorating “100 Years of Swiss Aviation” this year and will also be making a memorable impression with one of the public’s favourites, the “Patrouille Suisse”.

Approximately 300 aircraft of every size and in every category – and considerably more than at any of the world’s other aerospace trade shows – can be seen on the ground and in the air during the three trade visitors’ days (8-10 June) and at the weekend, when the public are admitted (11-13 June), and many will be making their world, European or ILA debut.

Emirates Airbus A380
During the first three days of the show the most spectacular international debut will be that of the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, which will be making its first appearance at this event and can also be seen in flight. The Airbus A380, Lufthansa’s first mega-airliner, is expected to make an appearance at the opening of ILA 2010. The Emirates airline is the largest single customer for the A380, having ordered 58 of these aircraft, and during the first two days of the ILA will be guesting with the flagships of its fleet, when trade visitors will have an opportunity to examine various features including the first class area with its bar and spa showers. Airbus is also dispatching an A380 to take part in the flying displays during the open days.

Airbus Military A400M Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy

The latest European combat aircraft, the Eurofighter (EADS) and Gripen (Saab), are on show at the ILA. Visitors will no doubt be equally impressed by the three largest American transporters, the C-130J, C-17 and C-5 as well as the American bombers Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and Boeing B-1B Lancer.
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Boeing B-1B Lancer

Among the more unusual exhibits is the Grob G520 Egrett, a special-purpose aircraft with a wingspan of 30 metres and a variety of uses, including guidance of unmanned aerial vehicles. Another newcomer to the ILA is the Dornier 228 NG (New Generation) from RUAG. The 19-seat 228NG incorporates the latest avionics (glass cockpit) and a new five-bladed propeller.

There are plenty of new developments on show in the helicopter sector, including the CH-53GA (German Advanced) transport helicopter, with advanced avionics, which is making its international debut at the ILA 2010. A new light helicopter being presented for the first time by Sikorsky is the S-434, for general purpose and training use, which is powered by a single turbine. Making its first appearance at the ILA, the AgustaWestland EH101, also designated as the AW101 since 2007, has been developed as a transporter, initially for military purposes, to be followed later by a civilian version. The new Bell 429 is a nine-seater with twin turbines from the American manufacturer Bell Helicopters. This model is equipped with a four-bladed, variable speed main rotor and can be supplied either with a retractable landing gear or with skids. Other exhibits at the HeliCenter at the ILA 2010 include such large transport helicopters as the NH 90 and the “Tiger“ combat helicopter as well as every possible role carried out by rotary wing aircraft, including rapid airborne rescue and exclusive VIP transport.

The Dassault Falcon 20E will be another of the aircraft on display. It became the focus of international aviation attention just a few days ago when it was deployed as an “ash hunter“, investigating the impact of the cloud of ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull on the atmosphere over Europe. Making its debut at the ILA 2010 is the HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft), a new German aircraft designed to research the atmosphere and for earth observations. With its combination of a long range (up to 8,000 km), ability to fly at high altitudes, its payload (up to 3,000 kg) and its flexibility the Gulfstream G550 executive jet provides a unique flying laboratory.

For those who enjoy seeing aircraft from bygone days the public days at the weekend have plenty to offer. A whole section of the programme of flying displays has been set aside to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world’s oldest air show. The rapid pace of development in aviation from the earliest days up to the present is being documented by at least one aircraft from each decade of the history of the ILA: Examples of the individual decades are shown below in historical sequence:

1900-1909: Bleriot XI, which enabled the English Channel and the Alps to be crossed by air for the first time, in 1909.
1910-1919: Fokker DR-1, the leading German aircraft of the 1st World War.
1920 – 1929: Klemm 25, the “forerunner” of all subsequent sports and passenger aircraft
1930 – 1939: Junkers JU-52/3m (Tante Ju), the aircraft that established the concept of reliability in aviation
1940 – 1949: Douglas DC-3, which still holds the record for the greatest number of passenger and transport aircraft ever built, and the Messerschmidt Me-262, the world’s first jet aircraft to go into regular production
1950 – 1959: Douglas DC-6, one of the world’s first modern long haul passenger aircraft
1960 – 1969: Northrop F5-E Tiger II, the world’s first supersonic light trainer and combat aircraft
1970 – 1979: MBB BO 105, the first helicopter with an ultra-modern, non-articulated rotor system.
1980 – 1989: Extra 300, the aircraft that revolutionized modern powered aerobatics.
1990 – 1999: Eurocopter EC 135, the helicopter that set new standards in airborne rescue.
2000 – 2010: Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which has redefined aircraft construction.

On the open weekend visitors can enjoy a program of air displays lasting several hours. This will include the Patrouille Suisse team flying their six F-5 Tiger Jets, “The Flying Bulls“ aerobatic team from Austria with their Douglas DC-6B, the aerobatics expert Ali Öztürk from Turkey with his Acromach S2, the breath-taking wing walker Lady Peggy Krainz on the Boeing Stearman, the Pioneer Team from Italy, flying four Pioneer 300s, and the Mistral War Birds with their Sea Fury.

Eurocopter EC175The HeliCenter at the ILA 2010 is more international than ever before: Major helicopter manufacturers and suppliers to the industry are exhibiting on the southern section of Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, in particular AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky, making the ILA 2010 the year’s most important European meeting place for the helicopter sector.

Flight program & aircraft on display

Flight program:
Complete aircraft list:

In addition excursion flights from the ILA grounds are available either by helicopter or Junkers Ju-52

From 8 to 13 June the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Foundation will be staging 30 minute flights from the ILA grounds in a “Tante“ Ju-52 at 11 a.m. each day at a cost of € 179.- per person, and again at 4 p.m. for one hour, when the cost will be € 299.- per person. Bookings are now being taken at or by telephoning +49(0)40 – 5070 1717 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

From 8 to 13 June, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., AEROHELI International GmbH & Co KG is offering ten-minute helicopter flights in a Eurocopter AS-350 to the south of the runway being used for take-off and landing (ILA grounds, BBI construction site) at a cost of € 50.- per person. The maximum capacity is five passengers per flight in the helicopter, and this may cause the flight times to be altered or delayed during the period that the ILA flying displays are taking place. During the air show tickets can be purchased on the ILA grounds from Stand 115, Hall 1, AeroHeli International, Mr. Dirk Franske, tel.: 03560-540044.

Source: ILA Berlin Air Show
Photos: A380: Airbus / A400M: Airbus Military / C-5, B-52, B-1: ILA Berlin Air Show (BDLI) / EC175: Eurocopter

Red Bull Air Race Calendar 2010

The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship takes off in Abu Dhabi on March 26/27 and then circles the globe with eight races on a record five continents this year with a highlight-packed calendar that includes new locations in New York City and Lisbon along with eagerly awaited returns to Rio de Janeiro and Germany.

Abu Dhabi will host the season opener of the high-speed, low-altitude championship for the sixth straight year. Bonhomme, who won the 2008 race over the turquoise waters in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, and Arch, who won there last year, are the favourites. But the other 13 teams worked hard in the off-season and will be looking to de-throne Bonhomme as well.


In 2009, 3.5 million spectators attended the races and 270 million followed on television broadcasts around the globe. In the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, the world’s 15 best race pilots fly close to the ground at speeds reaching 370 km/hr (230 mph), while enduring forces of up to 12 Gs as they navigate unique and demanding race tracks made up of 20 metre high inflatable air gates.

Race Calendar 2010

Date Place
March 26/27 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
April 17/18 Perth, Australia
May 08/09 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 05/06 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
June 19/20 New York, USA
August 07/08 EuroSpeedway, Lausitz, Germany
August 19/20 Budapest, Hungary
September 04/05 Lisbon, Portugal

Source: Red Bull

Dubai Airshow 2009 Orders Update

Following orders have been announced by Airbus, Boeing and Embraer at Dubai Airshow 2009 so far:


  • Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 XWB
    Ethiopian Airlines confirms order for 12 Airbus A350 XWBs
    Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, bringing total orders for the A350 XWB family to 505.
    In selecting the A350-900 to operate from their hub in Addis Ababa on routes to Europe, the US and Asia, Ethiopian Airlines becomes a new member in Airbus’ family of over 300 customers.
  • Yemenia Airlines Airbus A320
    Yemenia Airlines to acquire 10 Airbus A320s
    Yemenia, the official carrier of the state of Yemen, based in Sanaa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 10 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. Yemenia’s A320s will be configured in a comfortable two-class configuration with seating for 12 passengers in Business Class and 138 in Economy. The aircraft will be deployed to enhance and expand services on regional, African, Indian and European routes. It will enable Yemenia to demonstrate its role as a growing regional carrier and contributor to the growth of Yemen’s economy.
  • Comlux orders 10th Airbus corporate jet
    Comlux has ordered a third Airbus’ Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), taking its total orders for Airbus corporate jets to ten aircraft – 4 A318s, 3 Airbus ACJs, 2 A320 Prestiges and one A330-200 Prestige – and making it the largest Airbus ACJ Family customer.
    Some of the aircraft are managed for private customers and some are used to provide VVIP charters – as will the newly ordered aircraft.
  • Air Austral signs firm order for two single class A380s
    Air Austral, based in Saint Denis, La Réunion, has ordered two A380s, the most advanced, spacious and eco-efficient airliner in service today. Powered by Engine Alliance engines and seating around 840 passengers in a single-class configuration, the aircraft will be operated on the high-density route from La Réunion to Paris, France.
  • Nepal Airlines signs Memorandum of Understanding for A320 and A330
    Nepal’s national carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is modernising its international fleet with one A330-200 wide-body and one Airbus A320 single aisle aircraft. The new Airbus aircraft will be deployed on international services to Japan and will for the very first time connect Nepal to Europe with direct flights.
    The two class, A330-200 will be deployed on routes to Europe and North Asia and will play an instrumental role in developing Nepal’s tourism industry especially around to country’s ‘Visit Nepal 2011’ tourism campaign to attract foreign tourists.


  • Air Algerie Boeing Next-Generation 737-800
    Air Algerie orders 7 737-800s
    Boeing and Air Algérie announced an order for seven Next-Generation 737-800s.
    The airplanes will grow the Air Algérie Next-Generation 737 fleet to 22 airplanes. ir Algérie ordered its new 737s with Blended Winglets, which further reduce fuel burn by approximately four percent.
    A Boeing customer for nearly 40 years, Air Algérie operates a Boeing fleet that includes 10 737-800s, five 737-600s and three 767-300s.
  • Tassili Airlines Next-Generation 737-800
    Tassili Airlines orders 4 Next-Generation 737-800s
    Tassili Airlines of Algeria placed its first order for Boeing airplanes with a signed deal for four Next-Generation 737-800s.
    Tassili Airlines, a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of government-owned Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation, will use the 737-800s to transport employees and cargo between large Algerian cities and Sonatrach work sites. Tassili plans to put its 737s into commercial passenger service on domestic and regional routes in the near future. (Great livery btw!)


  • Oman Air EMBRAER 175
    Oman Air orders 5 EMBRAER 175
    Four of the jets will be operated by the airline and one will serve with the Royal Omani Police. The newly ratified deal also includes purchase rights for another five aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. Oman Air’s EMBRAER 175 will be configured with 72 seats in a full-service, dual-class layout, with 12 seats in business class and 60 in economy.
  • Air Astana EMBRAER 190
    Air Astana orders 2 EMBRAER 190
    The airline will operate two EMBRAER 190 jets out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, under a newly ratified agreement with the U.S. aircraft leasing company Jetscape, Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This deal is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog for the third quarter of 2009. Both EMBRAER 190s – configured in a dual-class layout, featuring nine seats in first class and 88 in economy – are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2011.

Sources: Airbus, Boeing, Embraer
Photos: Airbus, Boeing, Embraer

Red Bull Air Race 2009 Final in Barcelona

This coming weekend, the Red Bull Air Race 2009 season finale will take place in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona is expected to be one of the most challenging races so far this year. With the track located on an open coastline, nature will play a role in the outcome. Sudden shifts in wind direction and ocean swells which could cause the Air Gates anchored to floating barges to rise and fall slightly will require the pilots to be extra vigilant in order to avoid costly time penalties.

Red Bull Air Race 2009 Barcelona Preview Video

An estimated 1 million watched the 2006 Red Bull Air Race in Barcelona, the Catalan capital widely regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Spectators will be able to view this year’s race from the beaches along the Front Maritim when Qualifying takes off on Saturday 3 October at 13:00 local time followed by Race Day on Sunday 4 October starting at 13:00.

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme will try to clinch his first-ever title after seeing the crown slip from his grasp at the very end of both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. But Bonhomme will be feeling intense pressure from defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria, who is just four points behind.

This event will be streamed live on Sunday, 4th October at 15.20 CET (until 17.35 CET, including prize giving ceremony).

You can watch the live stream on the official Red Bull Air Race website or just here on this blog!

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Red Bull Air Race Portugal Live Stream

This weekend, another Red Bull Air Race is taking place in Porto (Portugal). The Portuguese city on the Douro River will be hosting the race for the third year. Last year a total of one million spectators watched the world’s best pilots in action during the two days, making it one of the biggest crowds ever at a sporting event in Portugal.

This year Qualifying takes place on Saturday 12 September at 14:30 local time followed by Race Day on Sunday 13 September starting at 14:00.

The Red Bull Air Race in Porto, Portugal, on 13th September will be streamed live on

Schedule: 9:50AM EST / 13:50 GMT, 13th September, 2009.

Portugal 2009 Preview Video

Photos – Red Bull Air Race Budapest

This week the 4th Red Bull Air Race of the 2009 season was taking place in Budapest (Hungary).

On Wednesday, American Kirby Chambliss upset championship leader Hannes Arch in Qualifying at 4th round, snatching one championship point away from the Austrian with the fastest time of the day. Australia’s rookie sensation Matt Hall got a career-best third while Arch’s main rival for the overall title, Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, fell to sixth place.

Today the American Michael Goulian won the thrill-filled final race, while Britain’s Paul Bonhomme grabbed second place and knocked Austrian Hannes Arch out of the championship lead in a thrilling battle over the Danube River in front of a national holiday crowd of 650,000. American Kirby Chambliss grabbed third place, which dropped Arch into fourth and off the podium for the first time in over a year. German rookie Matthias Dolderer took a career-best fifth place.


Red Bull Air Race 2009 Budapest Qualifying Peter Besenyei

Red Bull Air Race Budapest Qualifying Peter Besenyei 2009

Red Bull Air Race Budapest Flying under Bridge Red Bull Air Race Budapest Stunning Flight Action

Photos by Red Bull (Thanks!)