Farewell to flight mode: The European Commission allows the construction of a mobile network on airplanes

Photo by Shiwa ID on Unsplash Passengers traveling within the European Union can use their mobile phones with maximum capacity and features, just like with a ground-based 5G mobile network. According to a decision by the European Commission, airlines can also deploy the latest 5G technology in their aircraft alongside previous generations of mobile communications. … Read more

Icelandair launches flights to Detroit, Michigan

As part of its 2023 network, Icelandair today announces its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. Seasonal flights from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to Reykjavík, Iceland (KEF) begin May 18, 2023 with four weekly non-stop flights through October 30, 2023. Flight FI872 departs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. to Iceland , Thursdays … Read more

EUROCONTROL member states authorize the creation of voluntary solidarity funds to support war-affected member states

The 41 EUROCONTROL Member States today entrusted the organization with a new task – to set up voluntary solidarity funds to support Member States in aviation crisis situations for reasons beyond their control. Member States also asked the Agency to set up and manage two specific funds, one in the form of a €46.5 million … Read more

Qantas raises profit guidance by another $150 million to $1.45 billion – Australian Aviation

Victor Pody shot this Qantas A330-300, VH-QPD Qantas has raised its half-year profit forecast by an additional $150 million as consumer demand for domestic flights increases. The news means that Flying Kangaroo is now targeting a notable underlying profit of up to $1.45 billion. The result comes even as the broader group reported an underlying … Read more

Climate activists paralyze air traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport for two hours

Climate activists from the “Last Generation” action group stopped air traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport for two hours on Thursday evening by closing the two active runways. Shortly after 4:00 p.m. (UTC +1), the activists forcibly entered the airport premises. Air traffic was completely paralyzed by entering the runway from two sides (north and south). … Read more

The European Space Agency introduces a new generation of astronauts, including a Belgian

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected 17 new astronaut candidates from more than 22,500 applicants from all Member States. In this new 2022 class of ESA astronauts are five professional astronauts, 11 members of an astronaut reserve and one astronaut with a disability. ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher introduced the members of ESA’s 2022 … Read more

Navy PO scatters father’s ashes from Taipan – Australian Aviation

Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Jean Metcalf on HMAS Adelaide before scattering his father’s ashes from the MRH-90 Taipan. (Defense, LSIS Sitichai Sakonpoonpol) A military police sailor scattered his father’s ashes from a taipan in tribute to his father’s love of flying. Petty Officer Jean Metcalf was unable to attend the funeral due to COVID … Read more