News File image: A pilot has reported coming within feet of a metallic rugby ball shaped UFO while flying over the English countryside

Investigators have been unable to trace or established what the ‘bright silver rugby ball shaped’ object, which came within feet of the cockpit, was

WTO backs Airbus in subsidy row with US

The long-running investigation into state support for airlines in Europe and the US moved closer to a resolution yesterday when the WTO said that while EU loans to Airbus constituted subsidies, the majority of the US claims were unfounded. The EU is also claiming that US subsidies for Boeing are also unlawful. Airbus said that it would study a ruling that past loans constituted subsidies, but claimed that the WTO had rejected 70 per cent of US claims.

Fly by Wire, By William Langewiesche

"Have you any ideas?" asked Captain Sullenberger. "Actually not," replied co-pilot Skiles. So their Airbus A320 crash-landed on the Hudson River in the shadow of Manhattan's skyscrapers. "The fluency they exhibited at such a critical moment," writes Langewiesche, "helps to explain why their passengers survived."

Brussels weighs in over EADS's cancelled US bid

EADS is withdrawing from the race for a $35bn Pentagon contract because the terms "clearly favour" US rival Boeing, prompting harsh words from the European Commission.

Conservative cuts? The possible candidates for the chop

The spring conference this week may offer clues to Tory capital spending priorities. Mark Leftly evaluates possible candidates for the chop

Rolls-Royce profits rise despite tough year

Rolls-Royce today said profits rose 4 per cent last year despite economic turbulence and continued delays in a number of major aircraft programmes.

Villepin cleared of smearing Sarkozy – now he wants his job

Court victory for former French prime minister accused of trying to derail President's rise to power

The €20bn plane that may not fly

It is two years late already, but without an additional €5bn of government cash, Airbus's A400M may simply be scrapped

Airbus threatens to ground new A400M unless Europe pays up

Governments given until the end of the month to come up with extra €5bn

EasyJet boss stands down in fall-out from Stelios row

Andy Harrison is the third executive to quit after last year's battles with founder

Jet cemetery: Where do aircraft go when airlines go to the wall?

The answer? To a Cotswolds landing strip, which has become the busiest aviation scrapyard in the world. Cahal Milmo reports

British union member elected co-chairman of Airbus council

Britain has a union representative at the head of the European works council for Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer, for the first time.

Airbus owner, EADS aerospace group, to freeze R&T budget in 2010

EADS, the aerospace group that owns Airbus and Eurocopter, looks set to freeze its research and technology budget in 2010.

Pilots who flew 150 miles past airport were using laptops

Two pilots who allowed their passenger jet to overshoot its destination by 150 miles last week have told investigators that they lost concentration because they were using their laptop computers in the cockpit.

This is your pilot sleeping ...

Could that be why a Northwest Airlines plane flew 150 miles beyond its destination?

'Distracted' pilots overshot airport by 150 miles

Two Northwest Airlines pilots failed to make radio contact with ground controllers for more than an hour and overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles before discovering the mistake and turning around.

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