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  1. News from Delta’s website: — At a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec, today, Delta became the first North American operator of the A220. It's official: Delta Air Lines' fleet now features the state-of-the-art and experience-rich Airbus A220-100, slated to debut on scheduled flights in January. At a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec, today, Delta became the first North American operator of the A220, continuing its effort to transform the travel experience for Delta customers. == Delta's A220 is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020. The A220 will bring an elevated customer experience to top business routes with features that customers will look forward to every time they fly == In addition to a modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel, Delta's A220 will feature best-in-class fuel performance. Powered by Pratt & Whitney's latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over older, similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta. Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on Jan. 31 from Delta's hub at New York's LaGuardia Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth. — link to full article below. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://news.delta.com/delta-inducts-first-airbus-a220-100-its-fleet
  2. United Airlines are saying goodbye to their final Queen of the Skies. They are offering members of their frequent flyer programme the chance to obtain a part of this iconic bird. Be quick as the auction finishes this week! — We’re giving MileagePlus members the chance to own a piece from United’s final 747 Friend Ship. This airplane epitomized the “Friendly Skies” slogan. The N118UA is the last 747 that flew for United. A 1999 Boeing 747-422 aircraft, it served the United Airlines for nearly 18 years, accruing 73,817 flight hours over its 8,437 cycles. She is one of two United 747-400s to adorn special 747 Friend Ship livery to commemorate the aircraft’s retirement. Use miles to own a piece of history today. — Lots available include windows, seats, tail numbers, standby attitude indicator, tail number, bottle opener from the galley. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://exclusives.mileageplus.com/747-400
  3. I’ve got 1&2 but I am not familiar with 3&4!
  4. Stumbled across this quiz on the twittersphere. Courtesy of AirlineReporter: Can you identify the airports from these simplified runway layout diagrams? SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  5. Words fail me .. I bet @Noodle has a few choice words to add in the next OnApproach episode on this topic! "A bunch of things must have gone wrong ..." if you fired your cannon on the ground like a dufus?!
  6. Tired of the same old image every time you open XP11 (the 737 cockpit on final approach at night time)? I’ve just stumbled across this utility in the xplane org site. This gives me two ideas: 1) Change the default loading splash image manually to the image of your choice. (Remember to backup the original just in case you ever want to revert back to it!). Or 2) install X-Splasher which will change the image each time you start XP11. I’m going to create mine later today, please feel free to post your creations too! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/39080-x-splasher/ NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  7. TomcatUK

    x-plane The legacy of Heinz Dziurowitz.

    Beautiful rendition of this lovely plane!
  8. TomcatUK

    orbx Tonight is the night .. TE GB!

    I’ve just had the email ... it’s available to buy and install NOW!!
  9. It was the frequent trips to OOM town that made me move away from the ‘old faithful’
  10. Loving these and all the other previews of GB true earth. This airfield is about 20 minutes from my home and I have flown from there and walked the kids around the lake (Aldenham) many times!
  11. Disturbing news about some fundamental security mistakes in military weapon systems including the F35. I believe this is an area that major civilian aeroplane manufacturers are also trying to shore up by offering kudos (and cash?) to security analysts that highlight exploitable security flaws in tubeliners, and prevent the public from being able to access systems onboard. — Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US's military arsenal can be "easily hacked" using "basic tools", a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found "mission-critical" cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems tested between 2012 and 2017. That includes the newest F-35 jet as well as missile systems. Pentagon officials had no immediate response to the 50-page report from the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee's members expressed concerns about how protected weapon systems were against cyber-attacks. The report's main findings were: ■ the Pentagon did not change the default passwords on multiple weapons systems - and one changed password was guessed in nine seconds ■ a team appointed by the GAO was able to easily gain control of one weapons system and watch in real time as the operators responded to the hackers ■ it took another two-person team only one hour to gain initial access to a weapons system and one day to gain full control ■ many of the test teams were able to copy, change or delete system data with one team downloading 100 gigabytes of information The GAO added that the Pentagon "does not know the full scale of its weapons system vulnerabilities". SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45823180
  12. The world's longest commercial flight has left Singapore for New York, beginning a journey scheduled to cover more than 15,000km in almost 19 hours. Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive. Flight SQ22 departed at 15:37GMT with 150 passengers and 17 crew. The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newark's international airport, which services New York, took off amid much fanfare. However, Singapore Airlines told passengers before take off that their flight to Newark, while still the world's longest flight by distance, could only take some 17 hours. Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha. See the link below for more from the article. — I gather here is no economy (coach) in this flight. Only business class and premium economy. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45795573
  13. Ermmm ... I THINK I’ll be picking this one up?!!!!!