Aviation News

October 25, 2011

Qaddafi’s Personal Pilot Tells All, Air Berlin Postpones Airbus and Boeing Deliveries: Final Call

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Photo of the Day: Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight-test engine on the A380 flying-testbed aircraft

Photo of the Day: Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight-test engine on the A380 "flying-testbed" aircraft. (Photo by H. Gousse/Airbus)

Floods shut down Bangkok’s second largest airport.

Muammar Qaddafi’s personal pilot knew the feared dictator as a pretty nice guy. “I was always paid in euros, never in dollars,” he said. “The planes were always Airbus, never Boeing, because he said that if America imposed an embargo on the country, he would not be able to fly.” [Jakarta Globe]

A male pilot is embarrassed after getting his butt grabbed by a female passenger. [Gadling]

Air Berlin postpones deliveries of new Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s by two years. [Agence France-Presse, via MSN Indonesia]

The Air Force wants to study the impact of automation on the human psyche. [Network World]

Striking Australian customs workers could delay flights in and out of the country on Thursday. [Daily Telegraph]

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is concerned about the 787 and how airlines will repair its unique composite structure. [Bloomberg]

Piper has suspended development of its Altaire single-engine jet. [AirInsight]