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Doomed TBM 900 Pilot Twice Asked for Lower Altitude

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The pilot of the TBM 900 that crashed in the sea near Jamaica after straying hundreds of miles off course on Friday twice asked Atlanta Center for clearance to a lower altitude because of an unspecified problem, but the controller handling the flight apparently didn’t comprehend the seriousness of the emergency that was unfolding. Minutes later, without receiving the requested clearance, the pilot stopped responding to ATC queries as the airplane flew on over the Atlantic on its last assigned… (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

One pilot missing, one stable after 2 F/A-18 Hornets crash in Pacific

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The Navy is searching for one pilot and treating the injuries of another after two F/A-18 Hornets crashed over the western Pacific while operating from an aircraft carrier on Friday. (www.stripes.com) Mais...

A jet fit for a (Sacramento) King: Nike's sports plane of the future

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If you haven't heard of Teague, it's the Seattle-based firm that designed this year's e-bike of the future, the Pringles can and the original Xbox. The company also has a sideline aircraft cabins, and it was here that it learned of a peculiar problem facing professional sports teams. According to a 2008 study, baseball players that cross three time zones to play a game would have a 60 percent chance of losing, thanks to the lack of comfort afforded by air travel. (www.engadget.com) Mais...

FAA OKs Drone Use for Search and Rescue Effort

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The FAA has issued an emergency Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the use of a drone to aid in the search for a 23-year-old woman who disappeared recently near Plano, Texas. The request to the FAA came from the Plano Police Department. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Lion Air crew castigated in Bali crash final report (with photos)

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So basically the pilots screwed up big time. Forget about the visual minimums, the autopilot warnings about terrain, and the fact that they couldn't see anything in front of the plane. Just go ahead, take manual controls, and fly the plane nice and hard into the ground. Or water. (airnation.net) Mais...

America has four doomsday B747's active

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According to reports from many media organisations and many secret service agencies. The American President has for of these highly sophisticated N747 jets active. The last time ine was used was when the attacks happened back in September 11 2001. http://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/doomsday-plane-yes-its-a-thing-in-fact-the-usa-has-four-of-them/story-fnjwpv3a-1227057316911 (www.couriermail.com.au) Mais...

Qatar to finally take delivery of the a380

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In what has no doubt been one of the most exciting airline controversies of the year, Qatar Airways and Airbus have been going back and forth over the A380. Qatar Airways was supposed to take delivery of their first one several months ago, though apparently wasn’t pleased with the quality of the interiors. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) Mais...

Delta Flight 5733 loses cabin pressure shortly after leaving Austin TX

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An Embraer 175 regional jet ( Delta Flight 5733 ) bound for Los Angeles, lost cabin pressure and returned to Austin TX (www.reuters.com) Mais...

Oxygen Tragedies

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Anyone who's seen a demonstration of an altitude chamber has seen the hilarious attempts pilots deprived of sufficient oxygen make when trying to perform simple tasks, like writing their name, and the surprising lack of awareness they have of the level of impairment they are suffering. Unfortunately, in real life, hypoxia is dead serious. There are only a handful of hypoxia-related accidents that take place every few years, but the other week we were witness to a couple that are examples of what… (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Hailstorm Seriously Damages AirEuropa Plane Traveling From Madrid to Buenos Aires

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... On September 9th, an AirEuropa Airbus A330 flying into Argentina’s Ezeiza Airport encountered a serious hailstorm in the last 20 minutes of a 12-hour flight, theblaze.com reports. (www.wunderground.com) Mais...

Fortunes sour for regional airlines as majors prosper

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Regional airline profits are shrinking, costs are rising, and they're having trouble finding enough pilots to work for the salaries they pay. (www.usatoday.com) Mais...

Boeing denounces Al Jazeera documentary on 787 Dreamliner

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In addition to chronicling some of the 787 program’s well-known production problems and the overheating batteries that led to its three-month grounding, the documentary includes hidden-camera video of workers at the company’s South Carolina plant criticizing their co-workers and the planes they produce. (seattletimes.com) Mais...

Malaysian airlines wants authorites to find more on MH17

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Malaysia airlines has come out asking the authorities in Ukraine and other agencies to find the final remains of victims and aircraft wreckage as many parts and victims remain un accounted for. Weeks after the aircraft was shot down over Ukraine the hope of finding the remains is bleak being scattered apart over a wide area in a war zone. https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24959431/malaysia-calls-for-new-mh17-search-for-victims-remains/ (www.yahoo.com.au) Mais...

THAI bans external battery packs on board

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BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - Thai Airways International has put a ban on external battery packs on all of its aircraft for safety reason. Citing the safety standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Thai Airways has announced that passengers will no longer be allowed to bring on board external battery backs, commonly known as Power Banks. (www.thaivisa.com) Mais...

What Makes Airbus A320 the World's Best-Selling Narrow-Body Airplane?

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The battle for a greater market share is fierce between aviation stalwarts Airbus and Boeing . Boeing leads in the wide-body segment, while Airbus is the winner in the narrow-body market. The European aero major forecasts that around 70% (20,242 planes) of the total demand for aircraft over the next two decades will be for the single-aisle variety. (www.seattlepi.com) Mais...

NTSB: Pilots' errors ultimately caused UPS Flight 1354 crash

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The pilots continuing with an "unstabilized" approach -- or one not on a constant glide path toward the airport -- is listed as the probable cause of the crash, according to the NTSB. (www.al.com) Mais...

Partnership between University and Charter company is paying off

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A partnership between the University of Nebraska Omaha's aviation institute and local charter company JetLixs is paying off for both. (www.omaha.com) Mais...

DHL uses helicopters to deliver to downtown L. A.

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The service provides aerial movement of time sensitive financial documents and packages from Los Angeles (LAX) international airport to downtown Los Angeles for several large banking clients. (www.verticalmag.com) Mais...

Malaysia Airlines B777: The persistence of conspiracy theories

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Six months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 it is still the subject of a slew of explanations. Why has this tragedy prompted such a wave of conspiracy theories? Sudden, dramatic events often provoke conspiracy theories - particularly where the official version is disbelieved. Think JFK, Princess Diana, 9/11. (www.bbc.com) Mais...

AOPA: NTSB Pilot Drug Study 'Incomplete'

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AOPA says a study released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week on pilot drug use is "incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution." The study of more than 6,600 cases reviewed toxicology tests performed on pilots killed in aviation accidents from 1990 through 2012. In it the NTSB concluded that drug use of all types, including over the counter and prescription medications, is on the rise among pilots and that the risk of impairment from drugs is also… (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

MH17 vitims remains returned home to Australia

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Nine of the Australian victims identified in the MH17 MAS B772 incident have returned home to Melbourne Australia. Nine hearses drove the victims to a morgue in full honours and respect from the RAFF Military aircraft in a area of the Melbourne airport. https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24969554/malaysia-airlines-mh17-remains-of-nine-australian-victims-arrive-in-melbourne/ (www.sevennews.com.au) Mais...

Malaysia Airlines flight to Hyderabad turns back due to auto-pilot defect

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A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to India has turned back due to a defect with the plane's auto-pilot system. Flight MH198 from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad departed late on Saturday, but the Boeing 737-800 turned back due to an auto-pilot defect. (www.abc.net.au) Mais...

Plane spotters allege harassment at Connecticut airport

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The plane spotters went to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut to complain after repeatedly being thrown off Bradley International Airport property and told by police their activities are illegal. (www.usatoday.com) Mais...

Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

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Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA) said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. (www.reuters.com) Mais...

Malaysian Airliner (MH17) Downed by ‘High-Energy Objects From Outside the Aircraft,’ Dutch Investigators Say

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PARIS — Dutch investigators reported Tuesday that the Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July was penetrated by what they called “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” a finding consistent with theories that it was brought down by a missile. The objects struck the cockpit and front fuselage, the investigators reported, suggesting the missile came from the east, meaning it was fired from eastern Ukraine or western Russia. The investigators did not identify the source… (www.nytimes.com) Mais...

Avoid IFR iPad Distractions

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When flying IFR, one of the most important things is to know what your priority should be at any given time. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

NORAD F-15s intercept unresponsive TBM 700

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A TBM-700 from New York to Florida has lost communication with air traffic control and overshot its destination by >250 miles. NORAD F-15s are investigating. (flightaware.com) Mais...

B789 ANZ aircraft makes sneak visit to Perth

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Overnight ANZ sent there new B789 ZK-NZE aircraft to Perth for a breif visit. They will begin the new B789 services on October 15th as NZ176 & NZ175. The aircraft made a quite touch down with a few members of the media and some travel agent staff along with air new zealand staff. (www.thewestaustralian.com.au) Mais...

Al Jazeera: Safety concerns dog Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Al Jazeera has found that some Boeing workers have serious concerns about the safety of the 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft. In a new documentary, Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787, current and retired Boeing employees discuss their worries about quality control with Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit. (www.aljazeera.com) Mais...

Virgin's Branson says flight ban would hurt Russia most

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Russia would be the biggest loser if it carried out a threat to ban Western airlines from flying over its territory, Richard Branson, the founder of British airline Virgin Atlantic, said on Friday. "It would cost us quite a lot of money but it would actually cost Russia more money. They charge enormous amounts of money for the privilege of flying over Russia," Branson told Reuters Television on the sidelines of a conference in Kiev. (uk.reuters.com) Mais...

Queen of the Skies takes her last Air NZ flight

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Air New Zealand's last jumbo has completed its final passenger flight for the airline but will carry on flying for another carrier. The 16-year-old Boeing 747-400 touched down in Auckland this morning and has been sold to global aircraft supply company AerSale (www.nzherald.co.nz) Mais...

Sport Class Founder Dies in Reno Crash

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An airplane flying a qualifying race in the Sport Class at the National Championship Air Races near Reno, Nevada, crashed yesterday, killing the pilot on board. The pilot was identified by the Reno Air Race Association (RARA) as Lee Behel, one of the founders and the current president of the Sport Class, who was flying an airplane known as Sweet Dreams — a bright red experimental GP-5. The accident occurred during a qualifying heat at the north end of the course, far from the spectator area, two… (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

FlightAware provides easy way to track your iPhone pre-order

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Once you've got your UPS tracking number and you see a departure scan out of ZhengZhou, you can use this page to easily find the flight track of the airplane that's got your iPhone on it. It won't get the phone to you any quicker, but it'll give you something to watch while you wait. (flightaware.com) Mais...

The 12 strangest-looking aircraft ever built

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The Airbus A300-based Beluga is this week celebrating 20 years of transporting aircraft sections between the company's European plants. Named after the white whale because of their distinctive shape, the fleet of five Belugas carry out more than 60 flights each week between 11 sites. To mark the anniversary, we have chosen our 12 oddest-shaped aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) Mais...

Report: 1 in 4 airline caterers say food carts vulnerable

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Nearly one in four airline catering workers could place contraband on a food cart, according to a survey obtained by USA TODAY. (www.usatoday.com) Mais...

Australia on high alert at the anniversary of 911

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Australian Asio and other agencies have put all australian airports on high alert over the recent arrest of two muslim islamic men who have associations with the terrorist group. Qantas Jetsar Virgin have had more security screening in place on the eve of the 911 September 11 attacks 20o1. This will mean lengthy delays at all airports arrivals and departures. http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics (www.theage.com.au) Mais...

PICTURE: Frontier rolls out new livery in Denver

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Frontier Airlines has unveiled a new livery as part of its ongoing effort to redefine itself as an ultra-low-cost carrier. The new look “pays homage” to the Denver-based carrier's history by including aspects of the brand that date to the 1950s, when it operated Douglas DC-3 aircraft, it says in an announcement today. The new livery still includes the entire word “Frontier” on the side of the aircraft and various animals will still adorn the aircrafts’ tails. (www.flightglobal.com) Mais...

TBM 900 Crash: Rethinking Inflight Emergencies

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If there's a textbook case of an inflight emergency that most everyone agrees was handled flawlessly, it's Capt. Sully's "Miracle on the Hudson" splashdown in January 2009. It made Sullenberger and copilot Jeff Skiles instant national celebrities, and still serves as a model of the calm and collected flight crew skillfully handling an extremely difficult situation. (www.flyingmag.com) Mais...

Waves in the Sky: Gliding over the UK

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Flying in wave is a special experience, often requiring many attempts to transition from the low level ridge, thermal or rotor to the silk smooth air of the wave itself. The cobble-stone ride gives way to glass, the low hiss of your airspeed and gentle beeping of your vario are the sounds that accompany you as the earth falls away and you are carried above the clouds. (www.youtube.com) Mais...

American B752 drops 7500 feet due to severe turbulence

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"We lost altitude due to severe turbulence and are climbing back to FL350". The aircraft leveled off at FL350 about 10 minutes after departing FL350 and continued the flight to Brasilia for a safe landing without further incident. (airnation.net) Mais...

Beluga celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

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With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites. (www.airbus.com) Mais...

First Flight for Boeing KC-46 Tanker Platform Slips Further

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Poorly designed wiring bundles for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 tanker replacement aircraft have driven program officials to further slip first flight of the Boeing 767-2C aircraft from June to no earlier than the middle of November. (aviationweek.com) Mais...

The Airbus helmet: the future of inflight entertainment?

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Could the future of inflight entertainment be an air conditioned, seat-mountable and ‘sensorial isolation’ helmet? And it’s not just any helmet: it comes packed with 3D and holographic video support, and can be operated by a remote control or motion capture gloves worn by the passenger to type on a virtual keyboard. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mais...

AirAsia Group expands Thai presence

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BANGKOK: -- AIRASIA GROUP is establishing new businesses in Thailand, ranging from insurance to communications and entertainment, as it anticipates growing market demand once the Asean Economic Community is realised next year. (www.thaivisa.com) Mais...

Pilot Killed At Reno-Stead Airport During A Qualifying Air Race Event

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On Monday at approximately 3:30 PM, Sport Class pilot Lee Behel, 64, from San Jose, Calif. was involved in a fatal accident during a qualifying heat of the National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport (avstop.com) Mais...

Jetstar low cost Aussie carrier B787's will be flying to PHNL

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The low cost carrier owed by Qantas Airways in Australia is set to be the second airline to start flying B787'S into Hawaii as of February 2015 Eventually these B787's will replace the A330's which are currently on this route from YBBN/YSSY/YMML. Most of the A330's will evenually end back up in the Qantas fleet http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/09/jetstar-adds-honolulu-as-10th-dreamliner-destination/ (australianaviation.com.au) Mais...

Airbus revolutionises how an airline’s livery is applied to jetliners

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The method was developed by engineers from Airbus’ A320 Family paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, and is able to reproduce any livery design – be it a photographic motif, modern art or other complex patterns – faster and more efficiently than traditional painting processes, and with finer detail as well. (www.airbus.com) Mais...

FBI: U.S. air marshal assaulted at airport in Nigeria

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(CNN) -- A U.S. air marshal was assaulted with a syringe containing an "unknown substance" at the Lagos, Nigeria, airport on Sunday, according to the FBI, which said it is investigating the incident. The air marshal flew back to the United States after the attack and "felt fine" the entire 12-hour flight, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN. (www.cnn.com) Mais...

Soutwest Airlines New Livery LEAKED

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In short order Saturday night, I received two heads-up – one from DFWTower.com and one from Southlake travel agent Steve Cosgrove – that there are photos circulating of a new livery for Southwest Airlines. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) Mais...

Springfield to close air traffic tower by end of the year

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The city of Springfield will close its air traffic control tower at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport by the end of the year to save money. The city has spent about $1.3 million operating the tower since the Ohio Air National Guard F-16 training mission ended in 2011, hoping to land another military flying mission at the airport. But a study finished this month found that economic development won’t be affected by closing the tower. (www.daytondailynews.com) Mais...