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Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

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A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board. (arstechnica.com) More...

Model drone finds elderly man, missing for three days, alive

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It took just 20 minutes for a model drone to locate a missing elderly Wisconsin man, a feat that helicopters, search dogs, and volunteers couldn't accomplish in three days. Just don't tell that to the Federal Aviation Administration, whose regulatory wings are already flapping about model drones. (arstechnica.com) More...

TransAsia Flight has crashed during emergency landing

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The information is still sketchy. I'm assuming that the craft was TransAsia. We'll know more shortly. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Teen Flying Around the World Crashes Near American Samoa

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The plane of seventeen-year-old American-born Pakistani Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, who were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, has crashed into the Pacific. Harris's body was located; the father is still missing. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Soar above the clouds with YouTube

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Nothing but plane passion on this YouTube video of a 737 flies through some really ugly but strangely beautiful weather. (youtu.be) More...

Santa Monica Residents to Vote on Airport Land Use Issue

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Airport supporters in Santa Monica can rejoice as a there is a small step in the right direction in the battle for the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), which is under threat of partial closure as soon as next summer. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Southwest Flight 424 makes emergency landing in Columbus Ohio

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A spokesperson from Southwest Airlines said Flight 424 from Baltimore/Washington to Chicago-Midway diverted to Columbus after the pilots received a smoke indication in the forward cargo hold. (www.10tv.com) More...

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

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When Gray handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to see Gray's passport. Grays told the agent he wasn't carrying his passport and asked why he needed it. The agent said he didn't recognize the license. Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know. Gray was able to get through security and then stopped to complain to a TSA supervisor. Critics of the TSA said that what happened to Gray is… (www.wftv.com) More...

Airbus shows E-Fan, its electric plane due in 2017

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FARNBOROUGH, England -- Although battery weight may keep electric planes from becoming mainstream in the near future, Airbus believes its E-Fan 2.0 will find a real market: pilot training. It hopes to begin selling the E-Fan 2.0 in late 2017 for pilot training. That's only one fraction of the plane market. A later planned E-Fan 4.0 with space for four passengers, however, will be aimed at the general-aviation market. (www.cnet.com) More...

Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

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After Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration expanded an existing regulation that prohibited certain flights from operating in the region. The FAA regularly issues airspace restrictions and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft traveling through potentially hostile airspace. Here's where the FAA has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft as of July 18. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Improvements to FlightAware Maps & Understanding Map Behavior

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There has been a lot of attention and scrutiny to flight tracking maps in the last few days, so we've made some great improvements to improve visualization and have a few updates to help everyone understand what they're seeing and how the data is derived. (flightaware.com) More...

U.S. ends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

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Washington (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns. (www.cnn.com) More...

Rising Stars: 5 Planes That Will Change Aviation

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It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety, comfort and efficiency, and if airplane builders can deliver on those commodities, they will sell airplanes, sometimes a lot of them. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Closeness of MH17 and TransAir crashes coincidental, experts say

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Its been a bad couple of days for aviation.The crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop in Taiwan comes six days after the tragedy July 17 involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Although the crashes may have come a few days apart, industry experts say that's nothing more than a coincidence. "Air travel remains safe," says Henry Harteveldt, aviation and travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group in San Francisco. "The facts show it is safer than any other form of… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Delta Profit Up 17% in Second Quarter

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Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $801 million, a year-over-year increase of 17%, or $116 million, from $685 million in the second quarter of 2013..... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Flying Matters: Wings of Hope Uses Planes to Give Others a Better Way of Life

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Wings of Hope pilot, T.J. Stewart, will never forget the day he made an unplanned stop during his regularly scheduled flying medical clinics serving 24 villages in rural Tanzania. Usually, this village was the day's last stop, but he had changed course to give a woman who had just given birth at the hospital in Arusha a ride back to her village. After dropping off the new mother, he prepared to take off to complete his rounds. Suddenly, he saw an elderly woman timidly approach the plane. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Ukraine: Two military jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. (edition.cnn.com) More...

Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation - Images Emerge Showing Signs of Surface-to-Air Missile Detonation

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As more detailed photographs from the crash scene are emerging, Dutch officials said that the country would take the lead in the investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The Netherlands, which had the most citizens on the flight, is also assuming responsibility for the forensic identification of victims. Meanwhile, images of the debris of Flight 17... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...