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FAA Wants To Fine Southwest $328,550

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The agency alleges that the Dallas-based carrier failed to properly inspect a Boeing 737 that experienced cabin depressurization on May 13, 2013. The flight, which was heading from Boston to St. Louis, made an emergency landing in Baltimore. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

First Poland-based Learjet 75 Handed Over

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Bombardier Business Aircraft last week delivered the first Learjet 75 that will be based in Poland. It was handed over to an undisclosed customer in the Eastern European country following type approval by the Poland's Civil Aviation Authority. The Learjet 75 light jet—a longer-range version of the Learjet 45 with Garmin G5000 integrated avionics, redesigned winglets and more efficient Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines—was certified by the U.S. FAA in November 2013. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Botched water cannon salute grounds Virgin Atlantic flight when Foam is used.

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A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The water canon salute is the sort of flamboyant gesture for which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has become famous – and also marks something of a wider aviation tradition. The Virgin Atlantic plane – with its ‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 - had just landed in Manchester… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Air Force Spaceplane Returning to Orbit

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The secretive X-37B spaceplane operated by the US Air Force is scheduled to return to orbit this May. The last mission of this type lasted around 470 days and landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (spaceflightnow.com) More...

Mexico becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W

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Thanks to the winglets, the C295W will be able to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. The Mexican Navy has specified the winglets for two C295s, for which the order was already announced, and winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on. (militaryaircraft-airbusds.com) More...

Teen Pilot Who Died in Crash Had 'Passion' for Flying

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A 16-year-old pilot was killed after his plane crashed in a field in Orange County, Virginia, Sunday morning. (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

OSHA Orders Pilot To Be Reinstated After Being Illegally Fired

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Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods Corp. was ordered to reinstate the pilot, pay $158,000 in back wages and $8,500 in damages, and remove disciplinary information from the… (www.dol.gov) More...

Solar Impulse plane lands in China

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Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, touched down in Chongqing in China just after 17:30 GMT. It had left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) some 20 hours previously. (www.bbc.com) More...

How do we encourage new aviators?

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Well, how do we? 19 year old pilot has some interesting ideas. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Airbus patents interactive touchscreen aircraft windows

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Airbus has patented a 'smart window' concept which might one day grace its most advanced commercial airliners. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

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