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Bombardier expects commercial unit will turn profits by 2020
Bombardier's commercial aircraft unit will remain in the red next year but turn a profit in 2020, at which time the company expects to have completed the sale of its Dash 8 turboprop programme, Bombardier says in a financial update.
The Montreal-based airframer also anticipates strong growth in the coming years from both its business jet and aerostructures divisions.

AAIB reveals detail of AW169 tail rotor failure
UK investigators have determined that a failure of the connection linking the yaw control pedals and the tail rotor was behind the high-profile fatal crash of a Leonardo Helicopters AW169 (G-VSKP) in late October.
A control rod that should have remained stationary was somehow caused to rotate, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch says. Sufficient force was applied to the rod to unscrew a lock-nut and shear off a split pin holding the mechanism together.

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Virgin Atlantic: No need to join SkyTeam yet
UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic has no immediate plans to join the SkyTeam alliance, despite being part-owned by US SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines and alliance partner Air France-KLM being in the process of buying a stake in the carrier.
“There might be a time when it makes sense,” CEO Craig Kreeger said Dec. 6 at the Aviation Club UK, where he delivered his final public speech before retiring at the end of the year.

Switzerland’s PrivatAir files for insolvency
Swiss charter carrier PrivatAir filed for insolvency Dec. 5, including its German subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH.
“Over the past few weeks, a number of events have had a significant impact on the companies’ future business forecast and viability, which forced the companies to file for insolvency,” the airline said in a statement on its website.

Air France pilots vote to replace union leadership
Air France’s main pilots’ union elected a new leader to represent it in negotiations with the carrier, ushering in the possibility of a less hostile approach to relations with management.
Guillaume Gestas will replace Philippe Evain as president of SNPL’s Air France branch, the union said Dec. 6 following a vote by members. Jean-Michel Julien and Guillaume Schmid will serve as vice presidents.

French La Compagnie to begin service to New York
French all-business class transatlantic airline La Compagnie will begin operating seasonal flights between Nice and New York-Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from May 5, 2019.
The move will increase to two the number of routes operated by the carrier. La Compagnie’s service to Newark from Paris Orly is its only transatlantic route, following a decision in 2016 to axe flights between London Luton and Newark.

Air China to launch direct Beijing-Phnom Penh service
Air China will begin direct flights from Beijing to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh, with 3X-weekly Airbus A320 service, from Jan. 7, 2019, marking the first time both capital cities are connected.
Initial plans to begin the route in November 2018 were delayed because of “market reasons.” Air China also shelved a service to Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2017 after a year, citing weak demand.

AirAsia Group signs MOU for new LCC in Vietnam
AirAsia Group has moved forward with plans to establish an LCC in Vietnam by signing an MOU with a Vietnamese businessman, reaffirming an earlier joint venture (JV) agreement.
The Malaysia-based LCC and Tran Trong Kien inked the MOU Dec. 6.
Tran is CEO of Hai Au Aviation Joint Stock Co. (HAA), Gumin Co. and Thien Minh Travel Joint Stock Co. Under the agreement, Gumin and HAA will hold 70% of the JV, with AirAsia owning the remaining 30%.

Southwest 737 skids off Burbank runway
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 slid off the end of the runway while landing at Hollywood Burbank airport in California today, stopping only after plowing into aircraft "arresting" material.
The aircraft (registration N752SW) was operating Southwest flight 278 from Oakland when it landed on Burbank's Runway 8 at 09:05 local time, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Oneworld touts sum benefits on possible Qatar departure
Oneworld chief executive Rob Gurney touts the sum benefit of the alliance over individual member airline spats when faced with questions over the possible departure of Qatar Airways.
"The reality of global alliances is there's not always going to be 100% alignment of strategic interests among the member partners," he said at the announcement of Royal Air Maroc's membership in New York on 5 December. "However, no single airline can offer the customer a completely holistic proposition in terms of network."

Aeroflot tender hints at 316-seat layout for A350s
Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot appears to have indicated a likely configuration for its Airbus A350-900s in a request for consulting services.
The consultation tender, to support the interior cabin design on the aircraft, refers to three classes of seating.
These include 28 seats in business class, 24 seats in premium-economy, and 264 in economy class, manufactured by B/E Aerospace. The tender also mentions a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system.


Shell, SkyNRG begin providing biofuel at SFO
Fuel supplier Shell Aviation and biofuel distributor SkyNRG have begun providing sustainable aviation fuel to Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) under a long-term collaboration agreement announced in May.

Milestone in Vienna Airport’s History
Vienna Airport achieved a milestone figure on December 3, 2018, as it welcomed its 25 millionth passenger. Vienna’s Mayor, Michael Ludwig, and the Members of the Vienna Airport management board, Julian Jäger and Günther Ofner greeted the traveller and gave her a voucher booklet valued at € 2,500. The airport said it expects to achieve a year-on-year growth of more than 10% this year.

Brexit Won’t Change London Stansted’s Plans for Long-Haul Growth
ondon Stansted is moving ahead by planning for growth regardless of whether a hard Brexit comes to pass. It’s probably the right decision; people will need to travel no matter what.
London Stansted airport, best known as the biggest base for short-haul discount giant Ryanair Holdings Plc, plans to announce as many as three new inter-continental routes even as Brexit takes a toll on growth.


US Navy to experiment supplying ships with autonomous cargo UAVs
The US Navy plans to experiment resupplying ships using autonomous cargo-hauling unmanned air vehicles at its Advanced Naval Technology Exercise in March 2019.
The service is inviting companies to demonstrate their UAV’s capabilities during the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, which takes place the week of 25 March 2019, in the Patuxent River, Maryland area, it announced in an online notice posted 27 November.

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1. 1. The Douglas DC-3 has been known as the Gooney Bird, Old Methuselah, the Dizzy Three, the Placid Plodder, and other nicknames. It also has been called the Dakota (primarily by the British). What is the origin of that name?

2. True or False; The Wright brothers made their first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903.

3. The Lomcevak, which loosely translated from Czechoslovakian means headache or hangover, is an aerobatic maneuver during which the airplane tumbles head over heels about the pitch (lateral) axis while moving in a lateral direction. How does a pilot execute such a maneuver?

4. How many beds are aboard a Boeing 747 built to be used as Air Force One?

5. The first airplane used by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was the
A. F-84F Thunderstreak.
B. F-84G Thunderjet.
C. F-86 Sabre.
D. F-100 Super Sabre.

6. Where did the first air traffic controller work, and how did he control traffic?
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