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Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) More...

Air Force One damages blamed on Boeing mechanics

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Boeing reimbursed the US government $4 million after three company mechanics damaged the oxygen system for a VC-25A, a modified VIP 747-200 also known as Air Force One, the US Air Force says in a new accident investigation report. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Guy Tries to Prove Earth is Flat with a Level on a Plane -- Gets Owned on Social Media

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A flat-earth conspiracy theorist took a spirit level on a plane to “prove” the earth is flat. He also filmed it... Presumably in the name of science? (www.indy100.com) More...

"Pop-Up Hold" Idea Wins the Airbus 2017 Fly Your Ideas Contest

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A team of inventors from the University of Hong Kong has won the Airbus 2017 Fly Your Ideas contest with a new and revolutionary idea for cabin-accessible storage for passengers. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Southwest Airlines Say Flights to Hawaii are a Priority, Canada is on the Radar

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Southwest CEO says flights to Hawaii are a priority while flights to Canada are on the radar but currently not a priority. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA

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An Oregon man who stripped naked at an airport security screening checkpoint must pay a $500 fine after a federal appeals court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect this method of protest. The nude protest at Portland International Airport (PDX) by a traveler named John Brennan prompted legal action by both the federal government and the state of Oregon. Portland prosecutors charged him with indecent exposure. A local judge acquitted him, saying that Oregon cannot "punish"… (arstechnica.com) More...

EBACE: Airbus partners with hypercar designer for ACJ319neo

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Airbus Corporate Jets has teamed up with Italian hypercar interior designer Atelier Pagani Automobil to unveil the Infinito cabin design for the ACJ319neo at EBACE today. Taking inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s masterful grasp of art and science, Pagani hybercars are known for sculpted carbonfibre and soft-leather furnishings, and both elements are highlighted in the Infinito design. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Teterboro’s Circling Approach to Runway 1 Can Be Tricky

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With strong winds out of the west, conditions that existed at the time of Monday’s Learjet crash, starting the turn to the runway early is crucial. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

A330neo joins Airbus corporate jet range

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Airbus has formally included the re-engined A330neo in its corporate jet line-up, offering up to 17.5% more range than the baseline A330 version. The aircraft, designated the ACJ330neo, will have the capability to operate up to 9,400nm if configured for 25 passengers, says the airframer. Airbus detailed the addition of the executive aircraft during the EBACE show in Geneva. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

JetBlue paints Airbus A320 in colors of New York City police

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JetBlue rolled out its newest special paint scheme Monday, unveiling a livery honoring the New York City Police Department. The Airbus A320 will begin flying through JetBlue’s 101-city network after Monday’s unveiling at New York’s JFK Airport, the carrier’s busiest base. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Emirates Opens Up a Slew of New A380 Routes – Beijing, Shanghai and Birmingham Get Upgraded

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Good news Birmingham, Beijing and Shanghai – you’re about to enjoy the Emirates’ flagship aircraft on all services to and from Dubai. That’s what we found out Monday when the Dubai-based airline announced the three destinations would go all A380 – replacing the current Boeing 777-300 aircraft used on these services. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Unruly Passenger Forces United Airlines Flight To Make unscheduled stop at SFO

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An United Airlines flight from China to Newark was forced to make an unscheduled stop at San Francisco International Airport after the flight crew became exhausted from delays caused by an unruly passenger while the plane was boarding in Shanghai... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...