Archive for July, 2012


[BBC News] A consultation on expanding airports in south-east England has been delayed again amid reports of tensions within the coalition over the issue.

Waiting: Planes queue for take off at London City Airport - congestion could eventually send air fares skywards

Waiting: Planes queue for take off at London City Airport – congestion could increase air fares.

The consultation had been due to be announced later but is now unlikely to go ahead until the autumn.

The Lib Dems are opposed to expansion, and the coalition agreement rules out new airports in the region. But there is speculation that Chancellor George Osborne is warming to the idea of a third Heathrow runway.

Several Tory MPs are also openly supporting the plan, says BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott. They have been accused of trying to delay everything until after the next election, when they believe they could be in power as a single party.

It is another delay for a consultation that was meant to start in March, then delayed until the summer, and is now likely to wait until the autumn. It was dealing with some of the thorniest issues in aviation, including whether to build a third runway at Heathrow airport in west London, or perhaps build extra runways at Stansted or Gatwick. Some concerns have been expressed about the environmental impact of a third runway at Heathrow and the potential for it to damage people’s quality of life.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, a well known environmentalist, said he would not stand as a candidate for the party at the next election if it supported a third runway.

London Mayor Boris Johnson also opposes…..

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BBC News
12 July 2012


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[BBC News] Cornwall’s new enterprise zone dedicated to the aerospace industry will create up to 2,500 jobs, according to the government.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased. Photo BBC News

The Aerohub, based at Newquay Airport, was launched by Business Minister Mark Prisk at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire.

He said it would be instrumental in stimulating local growth and jobs.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased.

Chris Pomfret, from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said Aerohub offered one of the country’s longest runways, easy access and “a nascent aerospace cluster in one of the most desirable places in the UK in which to live”.

In June, the Classic Aircraft Trust announced it would be moving from Coventry to Newquay.

Its new visitor attraction – with more than 30 vintage aeroplanes – is expected to create 33 jobs.

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BBC News
10th July, 2012



[AOL] An EL AL Israel Airlines plane that took off from London for Tel Aviv Thursday night had to return to Heathrow airport after an engine failed.

A  "bang" was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

A “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail. Photo: Wikipedia

The Boeing 747 was carrying 411 passengers and crew at the time of the incident, and the plane had reached 26,000 feet when a “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

The smell of burning wafted into the cabin, according to reports.

Captain Ilan Margalit, 58, told the Globes newspaper that a flight attendant informed him flames were seen in the engine.

He said: “We immediately took fire suppressing measures in the engine, something we’ve been trained an uncountable number of times in the simulator. We did it from memory, without the need to consult the manual.

“These actions included shutting down the engine, closing the engine’s fuel line, and pulling the fire suppressing handle, which arms the fire suppressant bottles.

“Since there was no indication of fire in the engine, the bottles were not used.”

Margalit, who has been working for El Al for 17 years, called the control tower at Heathrow and declared an emergency.

He told the Globe: “I called Mayday, Mayday, Mayday to the London control tower and immediately turned around to land at Heathrow. We were back on the ground within 15 minutes.

“Although this happens to a pilot once in a lifetime, the plane was not in danger. I could have continued to fly to Tel Aviv on three engines, but we’re educated at El Al not to take any risk.
Safety is paramount. I declared an emergency, not because the plane was in danger, but because to get the full attention of the Heathrow control tower and all the quiet to fly without disturbances.”

Mr Margalit added that he kept the passengers and crew calm with constant explanations of what was happening, adding that out of the 411 passengers and crew, there was only one panicked traveller.

He said that a plane may be in danger when it loses both engines on the same side, but added: “We’re trained for that too.”

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AOL Travel
Jul 6, 2012



[USA Today]  Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July.

The airline plans to expand the service to 20 planes by mid-July

The airline plans to expand the service to 20 planes by mid-July. Photo: Wikipedia

 The airline said Thursday that it would offer seven sports and news channels for passengers to watch on their own devices.Southwest said it will test prices from $3 to $8 during a trial period. Passengers will need a Wi-Fi-enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. Live TV will be offered separately from wireless Internet access and customers won’t have to buy Internet access to watch TV.

The Southwest channels will be: NBC Sports, MLB (Major League Baseball), NFL Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business News.

Southwest hired Row 44 to provide the service, which the airline plans to expand to 20 planes by mid-July. Southwest said that if the service is successful, it will be added to all the airline’s Wi-Fi-enabled planes by the end of the year.

The airline has about 550 Boeing 737 jets including about 250 with Wi-Fi. It plans to outfit 70% of its fleet by the end of 2013.

Airlines have been expanding in-flight entertainment options such as Internet access to distinguish themselves from other airlines that often sell tickets for…..

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The Associated Press
2nd July, 2012