Volcanic ash – Flight hazard explained

Volcanic ash poses major flight hazard to airlines

18:12 16/04/2010 Volcanic ash poses major flight hazard to airlines. >>

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Huge cloud still endangering European airspace – Pilot who flew through ash in 1982 reports

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Is there anybody in there?

Passenger jet skips final destination for lack of air traffic controller, lands in Berlin

22:26 09/03/2010 A passenger jet with some 150 people on board was unable to land at its destination in Leipzig because of the absence of air traffic controllers in the tower, the German Frankfurter Rundshau reported on Tuesday.>>

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DUSAUTOIR & Les Ailes de Pégase in the skies

The rugby-union star Thierry DUSAUTOIR is Rugby union ball between the poles seated in a child’s dream – flying with a fighter pilot who is no other than Laurent Pons, the aeronautical association Les ailes de Pegase’s president near Bordeaux. This association proposes various events linked to aeronautics. Les Ailes de Pegase is fielded with L-39s or Albatros jet fighters.

Les Ailes de Pegase's logo
Les Ailes de Pegase - Logo

You can see the elite athlete suffering a bit in the last part of this superb video while the experienced pilot keeps speaking, unflinching for he has to remain focused on both his VIP PAX, and either the loop to come or other tight

turns and barrels. He sounds like a pilot who has no G-lock as his voice sounds normal. See what the pilots look like between 5 Gs and 7 Gs (click here), and you will get what I mean.

Thanks to Les Ailes de Pegase for having provided the CANAL+ link to this master-work video – click on the link here or on the photo below:
French rugby player as a pilot on a fighter aircraftTop-right image: Tina Phillips / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Airbus A400M – First flight completed – Dec 11, 2009

This morning Airbus Military’s all-new A400M took off for its maiden flight from Seville Airport in Spain. The first entirely new airlifter of the 21st Century took to the air from runway 09 at 10:15 local time (09:15 UTC).

At the controls was Chief Test Pilot Military, Edward Strongman, 60, with Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio “Nacho » Lombo, 43, in the right-hand seat. Four engineers are also on the aircraft: Senior Flight Test Engineer Jean-Philippe Cottet, 43, who has responsibility for the powerplants; Senior Flight Test Engineer Eric Isorce, 52, with responsibility for systems and performance; Senior Flight Test Engineer Didier Ronceray, 54, with responsibility for the handling qualities of the aircraft; and Test Flight Engineer Gerard Leskerpit, 50.

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