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Boeing Forecasts Demand for 36,770 New Airplanes Valued at $5.2 Trillion

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Boeing forecasts that 8,600 new airplanes will be needed in the twin-aisle segment, led by small widebody airplanes in the 200 to 300 seat range such as the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner. This year's forecast reflects a continued shift in demand from very large airplanes to efficient new twin-engine products such as the 787-10 and new 777X. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

Why Pilots Hate the Idea of Cameras Watching Them Fly

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If search teams ever find the wreckage of Malaysia Flight 370, a significant shortcoming of the plane’s black boxes system could revive a proposal that’s been kicked around for 14 years: Putting cameras in cockpits. (www.wired.com) More...

New Boeing 737s to get innovative Space Bins, increasing cabin capacity by 48 percent

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Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar. Space Bins will arrive on all next-generation 737 and 737 Max airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

JetBlue Launches Automatic, Mobile Check-In

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JetBlue Airways announced that it is now offering new services and options designed to streamline the check-in process to certain passengers depending on seating assignment. As part of the new procedure, passengers receive their ready-to-print boarding pass via e-mail 24 hours before their scheduled flight, rather than having to check in and access their boarding passes through the airline’s website. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Flight crashes into building in Florida

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Amazing that no one was killed or more seriously hurt! A plane has crashed through the roof of a ‪‎Titusville‬ business, but those aboard only suffered minor injuries. (www.wftv.com) More...

What It's Like to Photograph F-16s... From Another F-16

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It's hard to imagine someone not describing what Sergeant Larry Reid Jr. does as a dream job. Once you see what he does, the images he captures and the joy on his face as he explains his process, part of you (no matter who you are) kind of wishes you were him. With two cameras strapped around his neck firing shots off while his pilot banks at seven G's, Sergeant Reid is living the dream. (fstoppers.com) More...

Shipwreck hunters make rare find in Lake Ontario: Plane that went down in '53

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They hunt shipwrecks for fun, but explorers Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens recently added a new category to the list of discoveries they've made on the floor of the Great Lakes: a C-45 Air Force plane. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Banner plane collides with parasail carrying 2 young boys

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The sign from a banner plane ripped through two parasailers' parachute last weekend, forcing them to make an emergency landing. The parasailing pair are brothers who were visiting from Virginia for the Fourth of July. Their fun took a turn for the worse when one of the boys saw the plane coming straight towards them. The two boys went out with the North Myrtle Beach Parasailing crew. As they were up in the air, they noticed the plane flying very close to them. The… (www.wfsb.com) More...

U-2 "Dragon Lady" Preflight & Takeoff (Video)

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Airmen from the the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron preparing a U-2 for launch at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (youtu.be) More...

Boeing studying impact of 737 fuselage derailment

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A freak transport error threatens to derail Boeing 737 production temporarily, raising questions once more about supply chain vulnerabilities as commercial aircraft production rates climb ever higher. Boeing was still evaluating as this article went to press the impact of a train derailment in Montana on 3 July that dislodged six 737 fuselages en route to final assembly in Renton, Washington, from the Spirit AeroSystems factory in Wichita, Kansas. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Photo analysis shows Iraqi warplanes likely sent from Iran

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Warplanes recently delivered to Baghdad are most likely from Iran, and many are believed to be Iraqi jets flown into Iran during the first Gulf War by pilots seeking refuge from American attacks, according to analysis by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Can the world grow enough jet fuel?

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When it comes to the environment, aviation has a rather dirty reputation. The industry produced 689 million tons of CO2 in 2012, according to Air Transport Action Group (12% of global transportation's carbon dioxide emissions) -- a number that is sure to grow as global demand for flight continues to skyrocket. "Aviation will double in size worldwide in the next two decades, and if we're not able to provide a sustainable means to fly, we will create a ceiling for growth in the… (edition.cnn.com) More...

Dovertail Games' Licensing Deal with Microsoft Takes Flight!

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The award-winning creators of the best-selling Train Simulator franchise have today announced a global licensing deal with Microsoft, granting them the rights to develop and publish all-new flight products based on Microsoft’s genre-defining flight technology. The company is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015. (www.dovetailgames.com) More...

Plane raided for drugs at Illawarra Regional Airport

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New South Wales Police Force have raided an US registered aircraft for drugs at Illawarra Regional Airport in Albion Park, near Wollongong. Aircraft in question is a Swearingen Merlin 3 (N224HR), registered to Oregonian Aero Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Further coverage at http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2407307/planes-stopovers-before-albion-park-airport-raid/?src=rss (www.abc.net.au) More...

Air New Zealand considers Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350, plus second 787-9 order

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Air New Zealand will run the ruler over both the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 as replacements for its current long-range Boeing 777 fleet, the airline revealed today. Also in the mix is a second batch of 787-9s with more premium seating for the North American market. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Spirit Airlines Gives Away One Billion Miles

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Delays, fees and legroom generate a lot of negative feelings and social media buzz about airlines. Who doesn’t have an epic tale of flying hassles and pain? Spirit Airlines gets it and is helping everyone get rid of their hate by giving away up to one billion FREE SPIRIT® miles to those who feel wronged by an airline. (airnation.net) More...

Pilot of delayed plane orders pizza for 160 passengers

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A Frontier Airlines pilot whipped out his credit card and ordered pizza for 160 passengers on a diverted flight from Washington DC to Denver. Severe thunderstorms saw the flight change course and touch down in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with the food on board having been depleted. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Etihad to fly Boeing 787 to Brisbane, Moscow in 2015 plus A330 first class for Singapore

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Etihad Airways plans a busy start to 2015 with six new destinations, new Boeing 787 routes plus the debut of first class on flights to Brisbane, Singapore and Moscow. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...