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Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380

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Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. The wrecked engine will be removed and sent to Wales for inspection by the manufacturer Engine Alliance. For balance and aerodynamic stability a new engine will be installed but because of the other damage it can’t be hooked up and made operable. (www.avweb.com) More...

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

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The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to fly their planes. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus buys just over 50% of Bombardier CSeries division

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Buy now it's official, Airbus buys over 50% of the Series and is going to shift some assembly to Mobile, Alabama plant. Tough luck Boeing! (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Qantas flight to San Francisco turns back after 'technical issue'

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Engineers were inspecting the Boeing 747 after it landed at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport, a Qantas spokeswoman said, declining to say how many people were aboard. No injuries were reported. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Embraer Announces Order for Six A-29 Super Tucano for an Undisclosed Customer

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Embraer announced today a firm order for 6 (six) A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018. (www.prnewswire.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Investigators Seek Details Over Missile-Launcher Photo

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Investigators pursuing a criminal case over the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a mobile missile launcher. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Bombardier SOLD The Q400 Division - Fliegerfaust Exclusive

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I've no idea how trustworthy this is, we'll see soon: According to sources very close the Q400 division, Bombardier Inc. should be announcing very soon the sale of its Q400 business. (www.fliegerfaust.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

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Richard Aboulafia: Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal. (www.forbes.com) More...

Plane gets a bovine licking after emergency touchdown

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A herd of beef cattle at Te Horo, Kāpiti, surround a plane that touched down in their paddock on Sunday. A herd of beef cattle did what they do when a plane touches down in their paddock - they got licking. It was Sunday afternoon and Bryn Whyman was sitting at his Te Horo, Kāpiti, home looking out the window. "All of a sudden we saw a plane coming down onto the [paddock]," he said. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Airbus CEO expects to sell 'thousands' of C Series aircraft

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The head of Airbus told a Montreal business audience on Friday that he believes the company will sell thousands of Bombardier's C Series aircraft. "I think we will sell many more of these planes," Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said during an appearance with Alain Bellemare, the president and CEO of Bombardier, at the Montreal Board of Trade. "I think we will sell thousands" of the 110- to 130-seat jets, he said. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Incident: Virgin Australia B737 at Melbourne on Oct 20th 2017, bird and rabbit strike at once

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The crew advised an eagle carrying a rabbit had just impacted their #1 engine, positioned the aircraft for an approach to runway 16. (avherald.com) More...

New SAA board now has an aviation expert

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South African Flag Carrier SAA has a management shake-up, hopefully things can turn around for the airline. (www.fin24.com) More...

Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

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MH370's best chance of discovery is going to be intensively examined by renewed search (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

‘Political Issue’: What’s Behind Boeing’s Decision to Sue Airbus, Bombardier

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Boeing has submitted a lawsuit in the US over the European plane maker Airbus clinching a deal with Canada’s Bombardier. In an interview with Sputnik, Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre described Boeing’s move as an attempt to circumvent US trade laws. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...