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2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) More...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) More...

How Pilots Are Screened for Depression and Suicide

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While it’s not clear exactly why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a French mountainside, the black box from the cockpit raises questions about whether mental health issues were involved, and how aviation officials identify and monitor the mental health of pilots. (time.com) More...

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

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Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed. (eandt.theiet.org) More...

JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

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NEW YORK (AP) — A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Why military wants to spend billions on new Air Force One

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Boeing 747 planes become Air Force One when the commander in chief is aboard. The current planes are getting old, and the Pentagon wants to buy new ones. CBS News' Mark Albert reports from behind the scenes on how for the first time the military may buy three 747s to replace the current two. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Boeing parks two American Airlines 787s in desert as it waits on delayed seat delivery

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Boeing is reluctantly storing two new 787 Dreamliners in the California desert as it waits for French seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to catch up with delivery of its high-end seats. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Not Losing Our Luggage Has Made Airlines $18 Billion Richer

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Lost luggage is a nuisance for passengers and expensive to airlines. But new innovations in technology and processes are making mishandled luggage less likely, and airlines’ books look better as a result. (skift.com) More...

American Airlines loses bid for Tokyo route

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American Airlines Inc. has lost its bid to wrest away one of Delta Air Lines’ routes into Tokyo’s desirable Haneda International Airport. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

American Airlines banking on tighter connections

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American Airlines Inc. customers may notice that Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a lot busier Sunday. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Aviation Expert: How Well Is US Cockpit Policy Enforced?

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While many have touted a U.S. policy that prevents commercial pilots from being left alone in the cockpit, aviation expert Todd Curtis says he has concerns about how well the policy is enforced. (www.newsmax.com) More...

How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?

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Jon White spoke to professor of psychology and aviation mental health expert Robert Bor about how the industry monitors the health of flight crew. (www.newscientist.com) More...

Capt. Sullenberger: Aviation culture needs to allow pilots to get help

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It was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, who was in the cockpit when the plane crashed into the French Alps. Investigators called it a "deliberate" move, one that killed Lubitz and 149 others. His motive is still unclear, leading to questions about how the aviation industry screens pilots for issues like mental health. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

UPS looking to recruit more women into aviation fields

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Louisville's largest employer is looking to attract women to careers in aviation -- a field dominated by men. The Worldport hub is rolling out the red carpet trying to recruit more women into a specific part of its workforce. (www.wdrb.com) More...

Alaska Airlines makes a major upgrade with in-flight entertainment using Windows 8.1 tablets

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Microsoft and the Windows operating system earned a new feather in their caps from Alaska Airlines who deployed 7,000 tablets as part of an enhanced passenger entertainment feature. (www.phonearena.com) More...

Experts see pilotless future of aviation

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Every day, dozens of unmanned jet aircraft as big as private business jets take off from airports scattered around the globe. They fly for thousands of kilometres, staying aloft for as long as 36 hours, often changing course to cope with unexpected developments, before returning to land. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Thai airlines face ban on new flights amid international safety concerns

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Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. (mashable.com) More...

Etihad chief warns open skies spat could put brakes on global aviation

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Etihad Airways’ chief executive hit out at the protectionist mood in Europe and the United States on Thursday, warning that the ultimate price of any action taken against Arabian Gulf airlines would be the impact on the future growth of the global aviation industry. (www.thenational.ae) More...

FAA Encourages Scenario-Based Go-Around Training

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Although the FAA’s recent Safety Alert for Operators (Safo) 15004 was created to encourage airlines to incorporate scenario-based go-around training into their pilot-training curricula, the concept is just as important for business aviation flight departments. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Airlines Across India Told Not to Allow 'Unauthorised' People Into Cockpit

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An alleged incident on board a recent international flight, where a suspicious attempt to gain access to the cockpit was made, has prompted crew members of various airlines across the country have been warned to be on their guard. (www.ibtimes.co.in) More...

Pilot Unions Protest Germanwings Investigation Leaks

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French pilot union Syndicat National des Pilotes today complained about what it calls a “violation of professional secrecy” over the allegedly unauthorized leaking of the contents of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recovered from the wreckage of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps on March 24. (www.ainonline.com) More...

FAA Publishes New Policy on Flight Procedures, Airspace

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The FAA updated Order 8260.19G, detailing new national guidance for all FAA personnel responsible for implementing the U.S. flight procedures and airspace program. The order, which supersedes 8260.19F, also provides guidance for the military and other government agencies to use when interacting with the FAA regarding instrument flight procedures. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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