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Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) More...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) More...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Norwegian changes cockpit procedures

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Norwegian has decided to change its cockpit procedures so that two crew members always are present in the cockpit. (www.mynewsdesk.com) More...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Guy Booted Off Plane Over 'Broad F----ing City' T-Shirt

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Daniel Podolsky was innocently on his way home from South By Southwest yesterday, clad in his spiffy new T-shirt promoting Comedy Central's Broad City—only doing so with the show's customary vulgarity, a la "Broad F---ing City." (www.newser.com) More...

Investigators Reach Germanwings Crash Scene in French Alps

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French investigators reached the scene of the Germanwings Airbus A320 accident late in the afternoon local time and have recovered one of the aircraft’s two recorders, although whether it was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder was not announced. (atwonline.com) More...

Light Plane Flips in KDWH Seaplane Strip

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A pilot who "crashed" in the seaplane landing strip at Houston Hooks airport was uninjured, and was able to "swim to safety". (abc13.com) More...

Hainan Airlines is looking to buy 30 787-9 Dreamliners

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Rumor is they would be the slots given up by United in its also-rumored slot swap to buy 777-300ERs in place of the Dreamliners (www.wsj.com) More...

Alps Crash Site 'Freakishly Close' to 1953 Disaster

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As investigators head to the remote site in the French Alps where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed yesterday, aviation experts are remembering an air disaster that happened in what the International Business Times calls a "freakishly close" location near the village of Barcelonnette. (www.newser.com) More...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) More...

Frontier Airlines strands flyers for 18 hours

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850 mile journey took 18 hours? This is exactly what happened to passengers originally scheduled to fly on Frontier Flight 287. (denver.suntimes.com) More...

Restored Doc B29 Emerges on 70th Anniversary

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It looks like Fifi, the only known B-29 to maintain airworthy status, will soon have some welcome company in the skies. After several decades, the efforts to bring the B-29 bomber named Doc from its dormancy in the Mojave Desert to back into the skies has taken one giant step in the right direction. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be stealthy, powerful and expensive, but the plane's greatest threat isn't the enemy. Instead, engineers have discovered a software glitch that gives these new super fighters the technological equivalent of double vision. F-35s are equipped with Advanced Sensor Fusion, a system that's designed to collate sensor data from all of the planes and combine them into one big picture. If you have 10 jets zooming around, all of the allied pilots and commanders will,… (www.engadget.com) More...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Aeroflot Group will take delivery of 152 aircraft over the next three years

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Aeroflot Group (comprises Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Pobeda, Aurora Airlines and Donavia) will take delivery of 152 aircraft (both Russian-produced and foreign-produced ones) over the next three years, said in the carrier’s statement, RIA Novosti reports (www.ruaviation.com) More...

Easyjet raises profit forecast on fall in oil price and euro

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Easyjet has raised its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price. Previous guidance that it would make a pre-tax loss of £10m to £30m for the six months to 31 March had been revised, the carrier said. (www.bbc.com) More...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Airlines Keep Fuel Savings For Themselves

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While motorists were enjoying low pump prices, we found, air travelers were paying the same for a ticket as they were before the oil slump. (oilprice.com) More...

Russia to reduce taxes for domestic airlines

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The Russian government has approved a bill to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) from 18% to 10% for airlines operating domestic flights. (atwonline.com) More...

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