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Pilot Who Became Incapacitated During American Airlines Flight Dies

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An airline pilot who became incapacitated during a flight from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, on November 19 has died. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was required flight crew aboard Envoy Air Flight 3556, an Embraer E175 operated as American Eagle, with service from Chicago O’Hare (KORD) to John Glenn International Airport (KCMH). According to LiveATC.com, approximately 30 minutes into the flight, the pilot flying as first officer notified air traffic control: “Need to return, the… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Helping Airlines Stay on Schedule

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Whether you traveled for Thanksgiving or you will travel for the upcoming holidays, flight delays and cancellations can be frustrating. That’s why we’re working with airlines to reduce these travel woes. (aviationweek.com) More...

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REAL ID Requirement Date Pushed Back Once Again

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The deadline to obtain a REAL ID in order to fly is being pushed back to 2025. This follows a string of earlier postponements dating back to 2008. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Passenger Jet Flies Over Launchpad Right as SpaceX Rocket Takes Off

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Passengers on board a United Airlines commercial jet flying over Florida's Cape Canaveral were able to spot an amazingly rare sight in the distance: a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, far below. (futurism.com) More...

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Airbus is building a hydrogen fuel-cell engine for aircraft

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As part of its goal to have zero-emission aircraft enter service by 2035, Airbus has announced the development of a hydrogen fuel-cell engine designed for airplanes. Unlike Rolls-Royce's recently announced jet engine that burns hydrogen directly, it would use an electric motor just like fuel-cell cars, while emitting only H20. It could eventually be employed in commercial aircraft that could carry up to 100 passengers around 1,000 nautical miles (1,150 miles), the company said. (www.engadget.com) More...

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United reportedly close to an agreement with Boeing to order dozens of Dreamliners

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, United Airlines might be close to a deal with Boeing to order dozens of B787 Dreamliners. An agreement between the Chicago-based carrier and Boeing could be inked before the year-end. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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UK Sending Retired Sea Kings to Ukraine

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As part of its “unwavering support,” the British government will provide Ukraine with three retired Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopters. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced the deal last week ahead of a regional European meeting to discuss continued military aid to Ukraine. The first helicopter has been delivered and the Royal Navy is providing Ukrainian crews with training. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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British Airways prefers Gatwick over Heathrow for operational expansion

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LONDON, UK — As relations with Britain's busiest airport deteriorate due to a protracted dispute, British Airways aims to boost its operations at Gatwick. The national carrier of the UK will increase its flights from Sussex rather than expanding its Heathrow operations. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines is closing its San Francisco crew base and asking 400 flight attendants to leave California or leave the airline

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American Airlines is closing its San Francisco base, potentially displacing 400 flight attendants. Two-thirds have worked for the airline for 13 years or more, according to union calculations. 10 flight attendants told Insider a myriad of factors make it difficult to leave the Bay Area. The mass email hit some flight attendants' inboxes mid-flight. "Today it's with great regret that I let you know about our decision to close the SFO flight attendant base," American Airlines… (www.msn.com) More...

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Texas Midair Collision

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the preliminary report on the fatal midair collision between a B-17G and P-63F Kingcobra during the Wings Over Dallas airshow on November 12. According to the NTSB report, there were no altitude deconfliction briefed before the flight or while the airplanes were in the air. Altitude deconfliction procedures are established in the event pilots find themselves at an improper altitude during the flight. Six people were killed in the… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Flying Delta Premium Select at Comfort Plus Prices: JFK to SFO Trip Report

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Recently, on my trip home from the East Coast, I took advantage of one of the best deals you can find on Delta: Premium Select seats at Comfort Plus prices. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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No more airplane mode? EU to allow calls on flights

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The European Commission ruled airlines can provide 5G technology on board planes, alongside slower mobile data. This could mean flyers will no longer be required to put their phone on airplane mode - though the specifics of how it will be implemented are unclear. The deadline for member states to make the 5G frequency bands available for planes is 30 June 2023. (www.bbc.com) More...

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Back in the saddle: Air Canada relaunches equine service

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Air Canada once upon a time transported horses. The airline is now operating all-cargo jets and horses are back in the product portfolio. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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The US regulator mandates additional measure for inadvertent autopilot engagement in A220s during take-off

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration revealed two of 38 Airbus A220 take-off incidents were nearly catastrophic. The unintentional autopilot engagement requires additional precautionary measures to prevent a recurrence, the US regulator says. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Last Boeing 747 rolls off assembly line after a 53-year production run

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After more than 53 years and 1,574 planes built, the last Boeing 747 jumbo jet has rolled off Boeing’s famous assembly line in Everett, Washington. The 747 started commercial service back in 1970 with PanAmerican World Airways... (www.aviationweekly.org) More...

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FAA: Pilots should be capable of flying aircraft manually when needed

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WASHINGTON — According to Federal Aviation Administration, airlines need to provide more extensive pilot training to avoid potential accidents when pilots are forced to take manual control during emergencies or become confused due to erroneous flight data provided by automated systems. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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U.S. Army awards Black Hawk replacement contract to Textron's Bell

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WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Monday awarded the contract for its next-generation helicopter to Textron Inc's (TXT.N) Bell unit, ending a years-long competition for the technology that will replace the Black Hawk utility helicopter. The Army's "Future Vertical Lift" competition aimed at finding a replacement as the Army looks to retire more than 2,000 medium-class UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters built by Sikorsky since the 1970s. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Pilots flying under BasicMed can soon act as safety pilots

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When FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen signed a final rule requiring medical certificates for commercial balloon pilots, it affected a very small number of pilots. But one of two “miscellaneous amendments” to the final rule does impact general aviation pilots who fly under BasicMed. The final rule makes a “minor change” to “allow a required pilot flightcrew member who is not acting as PIC to operate under BasicMed.” Translation? That means the more than 60,000 pilots who now fly under… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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Rolls Royce conducts third test of hydrogen powered aircraft engine

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In September, Rolls-Royce presented its AE 2100 test engine at an easyJet conference on the airline's roadmap to net zero aviation. Today the BBC has reported that Rolls-Royce, in partnership with easyJet, has commenced tests running the AE 2100 on hydrogen. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Hitting the Books: AI is already reshaping air travel, will airports themselves be next?

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The holiday travel season is once again upon us! It's the magical time of the year that combines standing in airport security lines with incrementally losing your mind as the hands of your watch perpetually tick closer to a boarding time that somehow moved up 45 minutes since you left the house and the goober in front of you is, in the year of our lord 2022, still somehow confused about why we have to take our shoes off in security and, goddamit dude, stop arguing with the TSA and untie… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Netjets will be the first customer for Bombardier's new $78 million private jet

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Canadian planemaker Bombardier is one step closer to bringing its new flagship private jet to market. On Tuesday, the company revealed private aircraft operator NetJets will be the fleet launch customer of the Global 8000, which will be the world's new fastest business plane. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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EasyJet flight to the UK from Poland is diverted to Prague after a 'possible bomb' was found on board

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An EasyJet flight heading to the UK from Poland has been diverted to the Czech Republic after a 'possible bomb' was found on board. Flight EZY6276 from Krakow to Bristol was an hour into its two-and-a-half-hour flight when it landed at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport at 10.50pm on Sunday. Prague Airport tweeted: 'There was reported a possible bomb on board an aircraft. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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Spirit Airlines looking to hire 200+ flight attendants in Southern California hiring event

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If you’re looking to start a career in the aviation world, Spirit Airlines is waiting for your resume. The company is holding a hiring event in Anaheim on Tuesday with a goal of hiring more than 200 flight attendants to support its crew base in Las Vegas. The hiring event will take place at the Hilton Anaheim at 777 W. Convention Way from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ktla.com) More...

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Airlines warn of higher fares as industry moves to net zero target

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Airline passengers face higher ticket prices as the industry moves towards its target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050, the head of a global trade association said on Tuesday. Willie Walsh, the director general of the International Air Transport Association, which includes most of the world’s big airlines, called for swifter action in Europe to drive up scarce production of greener sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (www.theguardian.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic to purchase 70 million gallons of SAF

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Virgin Atlantic has secured a significant volume of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as part of a new agreement with Delta Air Lines The agreement will see Virgin Atlantic purchase 10M US Gallons (USG) of SAF per year for seven years, with the fuel being delivered into Los Angeles or San Francisco The announcement marks a further step in Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to 10% SAF by 2030 Virgin Atlantic has today announced the purchase of 10m USG per annum of SAF to be produced by Gevo, Inc. and… (theloadstar.com) More...

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Boeing 777X Test Flights Suspended Over Engine Issue

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] has temporarily suspended the flight testing of the 777X pending a potential issue with the General Electric GE9X engines that power the aircraft. “We are reviewing a technical issue that occurred during GE9X post-certification engineering testing, and we are closely coordinating with Boeing on our findings to support their return to flight testing,” GE Aerospace [NYSE: GE] said. The potential issue was discovered during a borescope inspection of a flight test engine. Both GE… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Airbus faces growing end-year jet delivery crunch -sources

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PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is facing an increasingly tight end-year scramble to reach 2022 delivery goals, industry sources and preliminary data suggested on Monday, but analysts said investors would ignore a narrow miss as attention turns to 2023. Airbus has told investors it plans to deliver "around 700" commercial aircraft in 2022. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Real ID requirement for air travel delayed again

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Americans will have until May 2025 to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card, the latest of several delays (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

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McCauley Completes Vibration Tests on Denali Prop

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A new prop for a new engine—and airframe—has completed key tests in the ongoing quest towards certification on the Beechcraft Denali. McCauley, a division of Textron Aviation, announced on its social media channels Wednesday that the C1106 prop completed vibration testing married to the GE Catalyst turboprop powerplant expected to drive the Denali. The 5-blade composite propeller would be the first to the field with the Catalyst. It completed wind tunnel testing last December in Switzerland at… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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Antonov Begins Designing New AN-225

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Antonov Company has just announced that they will begin planning out the new design of the biggest aircraft in the world, the Antonov AN-225, shortly after it was destroyed in the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine War. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Planemakers like Airbus and Embraer are envisioning a future where the airliner looks radically different

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The worldwide aviation industry continues to face sustainability concerns and rising fuel prices. To battle the ongoing challenges, airlines are investing in new technologies, like electric planes and biofuels. Some manufacturers are betting on futuristic aircraft, like supersonic jets and hydrogen-powered planes. Planemakers like Airbus and Embraer are envisioning a future where the airliner looks radically different — take a look at the futuristic concepts (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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After just 18 months, American is cutting one of its newest international destinations

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American Airlines' route map is losing an interesting pin. The Fort Worth-based carrier filed plans over the weekend to drop service to Paramaribo, Suriname, effective March 1, 2023, as first seen in Cirium schedules and later confirmed by an airline spokesperson. American had previously planned to continue flying to the country's Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) from Miami on a year-round basis with daily flights during the summer season and five weekly flights in the… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Air Canada launches North America's only nonstop flight to Bangkok

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For the first time in 10 years, there's now a nonstop flight between North America and the capital of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, Thailand. On December 1 at 11 p.m. local time, Air Canada flight AC65 took off from Vancouver International Airport to begin the 15-hour and 55-minute journey to Bangkok. (edition.cnn.com) More...

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✈️ The Maddening Mess of Airport Codes! ✈️ (video)

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Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about airport codes, from CGP Grey. (www.youtube.com) More...

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