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Stratolaunch: The world’s largest plane rolls out.

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WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch, the company backed by billionaire Paul Allen to develop air-launch systems, rolled out its giant carrier aircraft for the first time May 31 in advance of ground and flight tests.
The aircraft moved out of its hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California for the first time since construction of the giant plane began there several years ago. Two tugs towed the aircraft, resting on its 28-wheel landing gear, just outside the hangar to begin a series of tests.
“This marks the completion of the initial aircraft construction phase and the beginning of the aircraft ground and flight testing phase,” Jean Floyd, chief executive of Stratolaunch Systems, said in a statement about the rollout.


The aircraft’s test program will begin with fueling tests, where each of the plane’s six fuel tanks is independently filled to test their fueling mechanisms and check for leaks. The tanks will then be drained and the plane moved back into the hangar for weight and balance testing, according to a company fact sheet.
Stratolaunch then plans ground and engine tests, including taxi tests at the airport, in the “coming weeks and months,” Floyd said, before the airplane’s first flight. “This is a first-of-its-kind aircraft, so we’re going to be diligent throughout testing and continue to prioritize the safety of our pilots, crew and staff,” he said. “Stratolaunch is on track to perform its first launch demonstration as early as 2019.”
The Stratolaunch aircraft is the largest in the world by wingspan, measuring more than 117 meters from tip to tip. The plane weighs 226,800 kilograms empty, and 50 percent more when fully fueled. It can accommodate payloads weighing nearly 250,000 kilograms, attached to the wing segment between the twin fuselages.
Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, announced Stratolaunch in late 2011. The aircraft’s size was dictated by initial plans to launch medium-sized payloads using a version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9. The companies parted ways a year later, and Stratolaunch then signed a contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. (now Orbital ATK) to develop a new rocket also for medium-class payloads. That project, known as Thunderbolt, has also been set aside.
Stratolaunch is now focused on the growing demand for small satellites. In October 2016, the company announced a new partnership with Orbital ATK where the Stratolaunch aircraft will be used for launches of Pegasus XL rockets, potentially up to three on a single flight.
Floyd, in the statement, said Stratolaunch was also looking at other vehicles as it makes preparations for accommodating Pegasus rockets at its Mojave hangar. “We’re actively exploring a broad spectrum of launch vehicles that will enable us to provide more flexibility to customers,” he said, without identifying the vehicles under consideration.
The company, funded by Allen, has not disclosed how much money it has spent on the project to date. However, in a May 1 panel session here on ultra low-cost access to space, Floyd was asked if his company was ready to spend “hundreds of millions of dollars” on technologies to reduce launch costs. “Definitely yes, and we already have,” he responded.
Floyd, earlier in that panel, said that Allen’s investment in Stratolaunch was not motivated by any potential financial return. “His vision is to change the human condition,” Floyd said of Allen. “He’s not out to make a buck. He’s not out to get a return on investment.”
“I’m not saying he wants to lose money,” he added. “But Paul Allen has never talked to me about, ‘How much money am I going to make if I pull this off?”

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British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy: Your Ticket to the Cockpit

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In a groundbreaking move, British Airways has officially unveiled the eagerly anticipated Speedbird Pilot Academy 2023, marking a significant milestone in the aviation industry. This exclusive program promises to propel aspiring pilots to new heights, offering an extraordinary opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to embark on a career in the skies.

The Speedbird Pilot Academy, renowned for its legacy of training top-tier aviation professionals, is set to write a new chapter in the world of aviation. With a commitment to inclusivity, British Airways invites candidates from all walks of life to take part in this extraordinary journey.

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Paving the Way for Future Captains

Enrolling in the Speedbird Pilot Academy is the first step towards achieving the esteemed rank of Captain within British Airways. As a fledgling pilot, you will commence your career on the airline’s short-haul fleet, gaining invaluable experience as you embark on your aviation odyssey.

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But that’s just the beginning. As your expertise and experience burgeon, you’ll gain access to an unrivaled array of fleet types and routes, spanning both long-haul and short-haul operations, setting you on a trajectory toward a thrilling future.

Applications Closed for 2023

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The anticipation surrounding the Speedbird Pilot Academy 2023 has been palpable, and applications for this year have already closed. Nonetheless, this elite training program has not ceased to draw the attention of aviation enthusiasts worldwide.

Stringent Criteria for Aspiring Pilots

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To be eligible for this extraordinary opportunity, candidates must meet stringent criteria:

  • Age: Applicants must be between 17 and 55 years old at the time of application and at least 18 years old to commence training.
  • Educational Qualifications: A minimum of 6 GCSEs graded A-C or 5-9, including Math, English, and a Science subject, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is mandatory. Non-native English speakers must present an IELTS Level 5.5 certificate overall, with no sub-score falling below 5.5.
  • Passport and Residency: Applicants must hold a valid passport allowing unrestricted global travel and the right to live and study in the UK without the need for sponsorship.
  • Height Requirements: Aspirants’ height must fall within the range of 1.57m (5’2″) to 1.90m (6’3″).
  • Medical Fitness: Applicants must obtain and maintain a UK CAA Class 1 medical certification with no restrictions, meeting British Airways’ medical criteria.
  • Background Checks: Prior to commencing training, applicants must successfully complete referencing and pre-employment checks, including UK and international Criminal Record Checks.

A Clear Path to the Skies

The British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy offers a clear path for aspiring aviators to transform their dreams of soaring above the clouds into a reality. With British Airways’ ambitious growth plans, the future holds a world of exciting opportunities for those who dare to reach for the skies.

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As this remarkable journey unfolds, British Airways reaffirms its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in aviation.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exceptional aviation initiative that promises to shape the future of the industry.

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How is Bangkok Airways now weighing passengers before boarding?

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How is Bangkok Airways now weighing passengers before boarding?

Bangkok Airways is the most recent airline that asks customers to walk on a scale before boarding. The development was announced by the airlines on their Facebook page on September 14. According to the notification, the weight check survey will occur between September 15 and October 31, 2023.

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Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited is now a member of the Watchers Club, joining the ranks of other airlines. In order to precisely calculate the total weight of people and their accompanying carry-on luggage, the airline attempts to use standardized average weight data.

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The company will formally certify that the data will be kept private and will be employed solely to enhance the information on the typical average weight.

A positive response from customers is what the company is hoping for. A standard weights survey must be carried out in accordance with the international civil aviation standard regarding the use of standard passenger and baggage weights for weight and balance calculation purposes in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of a flight and to confirm that the actual weight does not exceed the maximum take-off weight limitation.

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Before boarding a plane, passengers are weighed, and Bangkok Airways is not the first airline to do this. Korean Air has been performing passenger weight checks at airports from September. Air New Zealand conducted a similar study earlier this year.

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Norse Atlantic Airways Partners with WebCargo by Freightos

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Norse Atlantic Airways Partners with WebCargo by Freightos

Norse Atlantic Airways and WebCargo by Freightos, the top air cargo booking platform, today announced substantial cooperation to provide the European-based carrier’s capacity from the largest European Union cities for quick eBooking and payment on WebCargo.

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For technology, perishables, and other shipments, Norse Atlantic will soon enable real-time booking for WebCargo’s thousands of forwarders on its flights to and from Europe to seven destinations in the US, including Los Angeles International. It is important to remember that Norse Atlantic operates out of Miami International, the entryway to South America, for forwarders making reservations to Latin America.

Norse intends to establish capacity later this year between London and Barbados and Jamaica as well as between Oslo and Thailand, substantially extending WebCargo’s reach in Asia and the Caribbean.

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Norse Atlantic Airways unveils two new routes from the US to London(Opens in a new browser tab)

Norse Atlantic only flies Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which have a number of cutting-edge green features like 25% reduced CO2 emissions and 50% quieter operation than the aircraft of the previous generation still in service with several major airlines worldwide.

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Freight forwarders looking to book capacity on Norse Atlantic Airways, visit https://www.webcargo.co/book-air-cargo-with-norse-atlantic-airways/

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