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Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) Mais...

Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

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Cool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) Mais...

Incident: India B787-8 near Frankfurt on Feb 8th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANO performing flight AI-115 from Delhi (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 90 passengers, was enroute at FL400 about 150nm north of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew reported they needed to shut an engine (GEnx) down... (avherald.com) Mais...

FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) Mais...

Commercial aircraft get their first global emissions standard

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Ground-based vehicles have had emissions standards for a while (just ask Volkswagen), but commercial aircraft like passenger jets? Not so much. However, the world just took one big step toward cleaning up the skies: a total of 23 countries have agreed to set the first international carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the measures are adopted as recommended, new airplane models will have to meet the tougher guidelines in 2020. New aircraft from existing model lines will… (www.engadget.com) Mais...

Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

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Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating. (gizmodo.com) Mais...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) Mais...

First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

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The A321neo begins its flight test campaign ahead of its delivery, expected to take place at the end of the year. (airwaysnews.com) Mais...

Expert: Close Calls in the Sky – ‘A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen’

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A KHOU 11 I-Team investigation uncovers the rising number of close calls between airplanes as FAA statistics show the number of flights worked by air traffic controllers fell by more than 1.5 million (www.khou.com) Mais...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) Mais...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probes Boeing

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected sales of two of its best known jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The probe, which involves a whistleblower’s complaint, centers on projections Boeing made about the long-term profitability for the 787 Dreamliner and the 747 jumbo aircraft, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation isn’t public. Both planes are… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) Mais...

French government confirms C-130J buy

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France has confirmed its purchase of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports, two of which will have the ability to refuel France’s rotorcraft fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) Mais...

Porter Airlines denies report it's shopping for a buyer

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." (www.cbc.ca) Mais...

Airbus Helicopters drops new engine from H225 upgrade

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Airbus Helicopters plans to deliver the first upgraded H225 heavy twin to launch customer Lease Corp International in early 2017, but has dropped an uprated engine from the package of enhancements and scaled back a planned weight increase. (www.flightglobal.com) Mais...

MN-483 suffers bird strike

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A Kulula Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWA performing flight MN-483 from Lanseria to Cape Town (South Africa), was climbing out of Lanseria’s runway 25 when the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a guinea fowl causing damage to fan blades. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) Mais...

I flew business class across the world on a top-rated airline and came home on Delta — here's how they stacked up

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Thanks to a last-minute booking, I recently flew to Bangkok, Thailand, on one airline and returned to New York City on another. It gave me the chance to experience business class with two different companies. (www.airlineupdates.net) Mais...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) Mais...

Hainan Airlines Launches Beijing to Tel Aviv Service

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Flights from Israel to Beijing are to take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes will take off from Ben Gurion International Airport at 2:00pm IST, and land in Beijing at 5:00am CST the next day. Meanwhile, return flights will take off from Beijing at 2:00am CST, and land in Israel at 8:00am IST. (www.ynetnews.com) Mais...

Employees at Delta Air Lines take home part of largest profit sharing payout in U.S. history

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Delta breaks two records: largest payout, largest greeting card Delta employees today receive their portion of the company’s $1.5 billion profit sharing earned in 2015 – the largest payout in the history of corporate profit sharing programs. Individual payouts equal more than 21 percent of employees’ eligible 2015 earnings. “We are often asked what makes Delta different,” said Delta’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian in a memo sent to employees today. “The… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

Two Qantas jets in 'near-miss' at Melbourne airport

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TBA Two Qantas jets have been involved in a "near miss" with a third plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, prompting serious concerns over safety procedures followed by air control staff. A passenger on-board one of the Qantas planes filmed the July 5 incident, which senator Nick Xenophon describes as a "potential disaster", with pilots given less than 20 seconds to react. The video footage shows the lights of another plane approaching from the left, before disappearing… (www.9news.com.au) Mais...

United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at San Francisco on Feb 7th 2016, windshield problem

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A United Boeing 787-800, registration N27908 (at the time of writing, the aircraft has been reported on zero times on AeroInside while United has been mentioned at least 221 times in total) performing flight UA-35 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Osaka Kansai (Japan), was climbing out of San Francisco's runway 28L when the crew requested to level off at 5000 feet reporting they had a windshield problem. After holding at 5000 feet for about 20 minutes the crew declared emergency and requested… (www.aeroinside.com) Mais...

Panel approves more rest time for flight attendants

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades. This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for U.S. aviation for the coming years. (cabincrewcenter.com) Mais...

Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

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A huge influx of general aviation air traffic is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the first week of February in anticipation Super Bowl 50. While you're watching football on Sunday, the Air Force will be watching the skies in case an errant pilot wanders into the protected airspace surrounding the big game. (www.popularmechanics.com) Mais...

Elon Musk talks up electric plane at hyperloop event

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"I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I'm quite tempted to do something about it." (www.engadget.com) Mais...

Air Force to keep A-10 flying

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years. "The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's conflicts," Carter said… (www.cnn.com) Mais...

AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

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Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (www.airwaysnew.com) Mais...

Sikh actor and designer banned from flying Aeroméxico because of Turban

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Mexican airline Aeromexico forbade a Sikh man in a turban from boarding one of their planes on Monday morning. Waris Ahluwalia, an actor (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and designer, refused to remove his turban, prompting airline security to keep him from getting on the plane. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

FlightAware Ties for 2nd Place in SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

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FlightAware Tied for 2nd place in the services category for its live flight positions data feed, a standalone flight tracking data feed that aggregates ADS-B, MLAT, and RADAR positions combined with flightplan and flight status (FLIFO) information, to create a real-time, worldwide flight tracking picture. The winners were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels and were among 30 air traffic management (ATM) information solutions that were submitted to… (flightaware.com) Mais...

Cathay Pacific lists A350 inaugural flights: Manila, then Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore

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Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 revenue flights begin with May 1 inaugural to Manila followed by Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mais...

Why Bombardier Is Struggling to Build Bigger Planes

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Nearly a decade in, the C Series program has yet to gain traction and the company is in tatters. (www.bloomberg.com) Mais...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) Mais...

Video Detailing Dubai Baggage Handling

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This video follows the path of a piece of luggage through the inner workings of Dubai International Airport (www.youtube.com) Mais...

200 jobs cut at Bell Helicopter

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MONTREAL – Bell Helicopter is laying off an additional 200 employees at its Mirabel assembly plant north of Montreal because of ongoing challenges in the aerospace market. The subsidiary of U.S. aerospace company Textron (NYSE:TXT) said the move flows from its earlier decision to cut production at the plant. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

San Diego Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver After Passenger Threatens Crew

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An Alaska Airlines flight 769 from Boston to San Diego was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members, the airline said late Tuesday...... (www.theaviationnews.com) Mais...

Inflight fight diverts Alger-Paris flight

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A flight from Algiers bound for Paris has had to divert to Lyon after a “big brawl” erupted on board the aircraft, according to two sources on Twitter. The Air Méditerranée flight from Algiers was due to land at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport around 1.20 p.m. Monday, but it’s understood that the pilot was forced to divert to Lyon after a fight broke out. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (www.airlineupdates.net) Mais...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

Drone Crashes Into 40th Floor Of Empire State Building

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A drone crashed into the Empire State Building Thursday night. Sources told CBS2 the suspect has been identified as Sean Riddle. He tweeted about the incident. (newyork.cbslocal.com) Mais...

New Airbus aircraft list prices for 2016

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The Airbus A318 is the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus (www.airwaysnew.com) Mais...

DC-10 Converted Into the World's Coolest Restaurant.

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A photo essay at www.askthepilot.com. Welcome to La Tante DC-10 Restaurant, located just outside Kotoka International Airport in the friendly capital city of Accra, Ghana. For several years this venerable aircraft sat derelict next to a hangar, sans engines and wearing the sun-bleached colors of the defunct Ghana Airways. The hulk was destined for the scrap pile when, in 2013, it was refurbished into a full-service restaurant with seating for 118 passengers — er, diners. There’s something about… (www.askthepilot.com) Mais...

Air NZ to operate A320 flights from Coff

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Air NZ CEO Luxton has won the right to fly non stop flights from Auckland to Coff's Harbor return from November 2016. The announcement was made ove TVNZ earlier today. Luxton says it's a stepping stone into the Australian domestic market and the growing competition against the other trans Tasman rivals Jetstar airways Virgin & Qantas. Luxton says it will boost the tourism market and Coff's harbor has potential growth from the first international carrier to there airport. Air NZ will be using… (www.theaustralian.com.au) Mais...

Pilot of Bombed Plane: Somali Security Is 'Zero'

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The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." (www.newser.com) Mais...

Two Somali Airport Employees Detained Over Plane Mid-Air Blast

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On Tuesday, a blast tore a hole in the side of the Airbus A321, belonging to the Dubai-based Daallo Airlines, minutes after it took off from the Mogadishu airport to fly to Djibouti. "There is a CC video showing 2 terror suspects hiding a laptop #Somalia," Abdisalam Aato wrote in his official Twitter account on Saturday. (sputniknews.com) Mais...

PIA-Pakistan International Airline strands passenger around the globe

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KARACHI: Major Pakistan airports remained crippled by industrial action Friday as a strike by employees of the national flag carrier against plans to privatise the airline entered its fourth day. All of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) foreign and domestic flights were suspended Friday with thousands of passengers, including Pakistani domestic workers trying to fly to the Middle East, stranded at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and other key hubs. (www.aviationgazette.com) Mais...

Passenger In Wheelchair Suspected in Somali Jet Blast

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Also led to believe he was the passenger blown out the aircraft. (www.nydailynews.com) Mais...

High Flyer Interview: Spirit's Former CEO Ben Baldanza – Part I

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Baldanza has given AirwaysNews an exclusive first interview after his departure. In this first part, the state of the industry and the ULCCs are discussed. (airwaysnews.com) Mais...

WestJet says Bombardier’s C Series is ‘too small’ for its mainline service

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Mais...

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