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Pilots have organized a ferocious, at times threatening, response to Quartz’s story about Instagrams in the sky

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Quartz’s investigation of commercial airline pilots taking photos and videos of their flights provoked a furious response from the aviation community. Hundreds of pilots and their fans have been harassing the reporter who wrote the story with vitriolic comments and, at times, threats of violence. (qz.com) More...

Pan american world airways may soon fly again

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The Obama Government sources say that the former Pan Am might be back in the skies again as early as 2015 a spokes person claims for the Obama administration. Reports were leaked to the press that a unnamed source has brought the copy wrights of the PAN AM logo and that the airline might be re launched in 2015 with modern wide bodied twin jet aircraft and B748's to the fleet http://www.usatoday.com/news/ (www.usatoday.com) More...

Ethiad Receives their first A380

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Video courtesy of Airbus. The beautiful new aircraft is going to fly soon and appear in airports (youtube.com) More...

American unveils newest heritage jet

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Photos of a certain American Airlines plane started showing up on the internet on Monday, which ended up being a brand new heritage livery. (jansaviation.com) More...

Are Copilots' Days Numbered?

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"The aviation industry has been looking at the potential for single-pilot operations for quite some time to address concerns about future pilot shortages, but there are a number of technical, certification, and policy considerations that must be addressed along the way," said John Borghese, vice president of the Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. "Social acceptability must also be considered." (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Climate Change Could Make It Harder for Airplanes to Get Liftoff

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Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked airplane is too heavy. It's maddening, and it makes you question the airline's ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off without shedding extra weight. (gizmodo.com) More...

Middle East is new global travel crossroads

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator's head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Boeing boosts share buyback, raises dividend by 25 percent

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CHICAGO • Boeing Co. on Monday raised its share repurchase authorization to $12 billion from $10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook for the year... (www.stltoday.com) More...

NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants

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On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. (arstechnica.com) More...

Fuel Prices Coming Down… For Our Cars

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Like you I've been loving the low gas prices I've been paying to fill up my sport ute. I just got back from a longish trip to the backcountry to do some backpacking and ran into a little central Texas gas station where the unleaded was $2.19 a gallon. Of course it immediately made me think that we might be seeing car gas for $1-something per gallon, which makes my heart glad. Not just that, but it's good for business, which is good for everyone. Experts say that lower gas prices, driven by price… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

United Airlines emergency landing at Heathrow

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Updates as passenger plane returns to Heathrow after circling English Channel. (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

Flybe DH 8D near Belfast engine fire

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A flybe de havilland dash 8-400 aircraft with rego G-FLBC enroute from Glasgow to Belfast city airport was descending at FL140 when the crew received a fire indication warning for the left hand engine with 76 pax aboard. The passengers sighted the streak of flames coming from the engine. The fore was extinguished and the engine shut down http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5074/flybe-dh8d-near-belfast-on-dec-16th-2014-engine-fire-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Omini B763 near Bogota "Hot food""

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An Omini air international Boeing 767-300 on behalf of Avianca with registration N342AX with flight AV-25 from Bogota was enroute to Lima (Peru) with 104 passengers and 12 crew aboard When they notice a detection in the galley for a smoke alarm comg from thefood trolley compartment. The aircraft was only 30 minutes int flight a returned back tO Bogota and landed safe.But the food was cooked or should we say well done. Now that would have been a real hot chillie blaster of a meal… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

$3 billion 3Q net profit for 10 largest US passenger airlines

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The 10 largest US scheduled passenger airlines collectively reported net income of $2.99 billion in the 2014 third-quarter, down 13.8% from a 2014 second quarter net profit of $3.5 billion but nearly matching (down by 0.5%) the $3 billion in net income the 10 carriers posted in the 2013 third quarter. (atwonline.com) More...