Clement Charpentreau

Open Skies treaty: why Russian “spy planes” fly above France

Usually, reconnaissance aircraft (colloquially referred to as "spy planes") approaching foreign airspace provoke a strong reaction, often in the form of an interception and an official diplomatic complaint. However, another means exists to access the airspace of a foreign country and observe its territory without a hitch: open skies overflights. In September 2020, at least two such flights will be carried out thanks to the "Treaty...


Clement Charpentreau

Air Force Two forced to turn around after hitting bird [Video]

Air Force Two, the plane carrying United States Vice President Mike Pence, was forced to turn around after suffering a bird strike....


Clement Charpentreau

USAF already flew full-scale next-generation fighter prototype

Taking the aviation world by surprise, Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, revealed that a full-scale prototype of a next-generation fighter jet was already flown by the United States Air Force....


Clement Charpentreau

Atlas Boeing 767 turns back after engine blasts fire [Video]

An Atlas Air flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to the U.S. territory of Guam, in Micronesia, had to turn back and land in its departure airport after its right engine suffered a failure during the initial climb, spewing fire under the eyes of distraught passengers....


Valius Venckunas

U.S. begins transferring soldiers to the rebranded Space Force

There was a lot of development for the United States Space Force (USSF) in the summer of 2020. Its units were renamed, symbols – updated, and at the beginning of autumn, it began acquiring its first soldiers....


Valius Venckunas

United trims amount of involuntary furloughs, but not for pilots

United Airlines says 16,370 employees will be put on involuntary unpaid leave as CARES act expires at the end of September 2020, well short of the 36,000 it threatened to furlough previously....


Valius Venckunas

United chairman: U.S. airline industry needs to shrink by half

According to United Airlines executive Chairman Oscar Munoz, if airline industry in the United States wants to survive, it will have to cut its labour costs by half....


Pijus Jauniskis

China’s domestic flights nearly recovered, US remains 45% down

An air traffic assessment released by EUROCONTROL revealed staggering differences in domestic flight recovery throughout different continents. The US is halfway there, while China has almost reached pre-COVID levels on August 25, 2020....


Pijus Jauniskis

United to furlough 2,850 pilots after government aid expires

The US aviation workspace situation grew even grimmer after United Airlines announced the largest pilot furloughs in its history. The airline’s union says that 2,850 pilots would lose their jobs if the U.S. government decides against another airline bailout....


Valius Venckunas

Quarantine bypass: London-New York air bridge in plans

The United States and the United Kingdom governments are discussing an introduction of the London-New York air bridge that would allow business and leisure travel without quarantine....