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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...

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...

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...

Some British Airways Frequent Flier Accounts Hacked

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Some British Airways frequent-flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe. The London-based airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but said they have been locked down and can no longer be accessed. British Airways is not aware of any access to any personal information within Executive Club accounts, including travel histories or credit card details, according to spokeswoman Michele Kropf. Customers were emailed details on how to… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Op-Ed: Inside the Head of Those Inside the Cockpit

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MD-80 Captain and former Check-Airman, Mark L. Berry, takes us inside the heads of those inside the cockpit. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Thousands of Boeing supplier employees paid less than $15 per hour: roundup

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"About a third of the roughly 30,000 workers at Boeing suppliers around [Washington] state make $15 an hour or less, largely the result of continuous pressure from Boeing to cut costs." -- Steve Wilhelm of the Puget Sound Business Journal Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE: BA) has operations around the country. Here are other recent stories reported by The Business Journals. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Allegiant's Pilot's Union Public Letter

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I've never flown Allegiant since I hold it in the same regard as Spirit but I do understand why so many people are attracted to ultra low cost carriers. I know Wall Street raves about both them and Spirit since they are all about share holder value. (www.travelpulse.com) More...

Two Ryanair Aircraft Clip at Dublin

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"Two Ryanair planes clip each other at Dublin"... during ground ops, winglet "scrapes" tail, the article says, but the accompanying photo shows dangling material. (www.bbc.com) More...

EASA approves higher-weight A330-300

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Airbus has secured European certification for the higher-weight version of its A330-300, powered by General Electric CF6 engines. The European Aviation Safety Agency has approved the 242t variant of the twinjet, on which the re-engined A330neo will be based. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

World's Largest Aircraft Looking for Investors

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Hybrid Air Vehicles, the manufacturer, is looking to smaller investors to follow in the footsteps of the US military and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson by sinking their cash into the dream. Buoyed by the numbers of enquiries from enthusiasts, the firm is set to launch a crowdfunding exercise to match a £3.4m government grant to get the craft off the ground - and eventually build hundreds more to fill the skies. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Mooney hits car during emergency landing

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As you can see the Mooney faired better than the Ford Fusion... (www.kare11.com) More...

This Air Force Tech Could’ve Averted the Germanwings Crash

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The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System is designed to prevent flights from hitting terrain by executing an automatic recovery maneuver when terrain impact is imminent. The system continuously compares trajectory prediction, terrain profile, and elevation data. (www.wired.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...

WestJet to Launch Boeing 767 Toronto – Calgary Service from Aug 2015

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WestJet to begin using it’s “new” Boeing 767-300 in early August on the Calgary-Toronto-Calgary route. A second 767 is set to join the fleet later in the fall and both aircraft will be used extensively next winter schedule on routes to/from Hawaii and Vancouver/Calgary. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

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