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NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

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NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space… (www.foxnews.com) Mais...

'Flying Is...' Video Contest: Watch the Winner

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When we launched our "Flying Is..." video contest, sponsored by Garmin, we knew we'd be in for some great flying footage and some amazing aerial views. And you didn't disappoint. Throughout the contest we've received incredible videos showcasing the power of aviation to take individuals to new heights, both literally and figuratively. These videos capture how aviation opens doors to new worlds while giving new vantage points to old ones. Whether they're taking us along for an aerobatic… (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

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Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Mais...

Fatal GA Accident Rate Drops to All-Time Low

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General aviation accidents showed a welcome decline in 2013, falling from 1,471 crashes in 2012 to 1,222 last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, by every measure GA flying was safer last year than the year before. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Canadian Air Force takes parts from museum to fix ailing aircraft

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The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. In July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. (ottawacitizen.com) Mais...

Qantas wants to boost and utilize its aircraft fleet

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Qantas boss Simon Hicket want to boost and utilize the Qantas aircraft fleet and to put extra flights on some of the past or original destinations to help the airline profit. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/qantas-international-mixes-and-matches-to-meet-demand/story-e6frg8zx-1227060756612# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Mais...

Qantas Airways are flying to Vancouver in the peak season

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Qantas have decided to add six extra flights a week from Australia to Vancouver to compete with Air Canada and ANZ who operate these flights direct from New Zealand which has connecting flights from YBBN/YSSY/YMML daily to NZAA and then onto Vancouver Canada http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-put-on-vancouver-flights-for-the-us-ski-season/story-e6frg95x-1227060130870?sv=6f4d0ed57479e8170b9e51d5cca7cb62# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Mais...

Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

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Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. (www.cnn.com) Mais...

With Flaps Hung, B-29 'Doc' Nearly Ready to Fly

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Doc's Friends, the Wichita-based nonprofit organization that is restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc to flying condition, says the historic airplane will be ready to fly as soon as the avionics, fuel tanks and a few other last remaining items are finished. The goal is to get the airplane back in the air by the end of the year. A group of 30 volunteers has finished hanging the flaps on the aircraft, the last major structural piece to be installed as part of the Herculean restoration. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Grumpy Controllers

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In many ways the job of air traffic controller is a tough one. When things are busy, they handle too many airplanes, too many frequencies and too many sectors all while working what amounts to a heck of a long day. Does this explain bad behavior on their part? Yes! Does it excuse it? It doesn’t. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

FTL Airport Software Handled 800 Aircraft A Day With Only One Runway In Use

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NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one (avstop.com) Mais...

First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

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Who didn't see this happening. Boeing's KC-46A is now looking like it's first flight will be delayed due to "production issues". (www.airforcetimes.com) Mais...

Pratt & Whitney, Others Hid New F-35 Engine Problems Since May

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Pratt & Whitney waited three months to publicly admit it had suspended deliveries of the engine that powers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and only went public on Aug. 30, the day after Bloomberg News broke the story. (www.defense-aerospace.com) Mais...

Spirit Airlines Shows Off Bold and Very Yellow New Livery

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It seems that every airline in the US is in the process in getting a new livery. We had Southwest and Frontier last week and this week we have probably the most bold of a change with Spirit Airlines. Not to mention the horrid look of the new China Eastern livery spotted at Paine Field. If you thought the new Southwest livery was bold and radical, it has nothing on this taxi-like black and yellow design of the new Spirit look. You should have no problem spotting these Airbus aircraft from a… (www.airlinereporter.com) Mais...