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What a plane crash feels like - United 232

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Brad Griffin had his hands on the first class seat in front of him, which was the first row in the airplane. Gerald Harlon Dobson, a retired state trooper from New Jersey, sat with his wife, Joann, dressed in their festive Hawaiian clothes directly across from Rene Le Beau’s jump seat. Griffin had been meditating. He felt no fear, even though he could feel how unusually fast the plane was going. “And when we hit the runway,” Griffin recalled, “my seat belt pops.” He was stunned for a second,… (www.salon.com) More...

Step Inside the Restoration of the Original Boeing 747

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The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory. (gizmodo.com) More...

Airbus A350XWB: On board the world's newest passenger jet

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Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience. Powered by two hulking Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, you'd expect to hear more than just a low whirring noise when tearing down the runway. (www.cnn.com) More...

Mooney is Back in Action

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Mooney Aircraft company is back in business. Yesterday, at a press conference at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Mooney's CEO, Dr. Jerry Chen, handed over the keys to the new owner of the first M20TN Acclaim Type S to roll off the production line since the company reopened its doors after a lengthy hiatus. The Acclaim went to Ricardo Pasco of Bedford Corners, New York, the highest bidder of an online auction that concluded on July 11. Pasco's instructor received the keys in his place. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

SWA decides to end contract with SeaWorld

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The companies will continue to work together through Southwest Vacations. Southwest's three specialty airplanes will return to the company's traditional livery. To some people and spotters this is very unfortunate. (www.swamedia.com) More...

ANA and Boeing Finalize Order For 40 Widebody Aircraft

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Today, Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet renewal plan. The order is valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices, and it was originally announced as a commitment in March. (airchive.com) More...

(Video) Airbus A340 Emergency - Engine Failure - Cockpit

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On the way from Zurich to Shanghai during the flight was an increased oil temperature found in engine 3. The flight had to be canceled, a landing was necessary. Then the flight was continued with a new plane. The video shows the entire approach to the landing, in an exceptional situation. (www.youtube.com) More...

Officials Say Air Algerie Jet Plummeted From 33,000 Feet To Zero In 3 Minutes

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The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 meters in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

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More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday....What could possibly go wrong? (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Southwest and SeaWorld part ways

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Southwest and SeaWorld announced Thursday they are ending their longstanding partnership when the contract expires at the end of the year. The promotional and marketing partnership began in 1988, cultivating opportunities involving airline passengers and the theme park's visitors. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Small plane crash near Oshkosh

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TOWN OF OSHKOSH – Two people injured, but alive after their plane crashed outside Oshkosh Wednesday. Oshkosh fire rescue told FOX 11 the injuries to the pilot and passenger are not life-threatening. The crash happened near Oshkosh about three o’clock Wednesday afternoon. It happened at a small air strip adjacent to the Hickory Oaks Campground just south of the state prison. Bonnie Jungwirth’s house is across the street from the Hickory Oaks Campground runway. She told FOX 11 she’s used to planes… (fox11online.com) More...

Delta to Begin to Retire Boeing 747s

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Delta Air Lines announced plans to retire 25% of its 747 fleet in 2014. The Atlanta-based airline currently operates 16 747-400 aircraft. The decision was announced in a memo to its pilots. Citing a “a re-evaluation of options to improve our international performance,” ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Boom and Bust - Sonic Boom Tests

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A half-century ago, sonic boom tests terrified Oklahoma City residents. (www.slate.com) More...

Delta Enhances International Economy Service Offerings

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Delta Air Lines announced changes and improvements to its in-flight service in coach on international flights on Wednesday. The changes will be noticeable on most long-haul flights and include better meals and snacks, an amenity kit, new earbuds, and new entertainment options.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...