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Judge throws out United Airlines lawsuit against 22-year-old

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United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets. Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city. The dismissal "is definitely a victory," Zaman told CNNMoney. "It is… (money.cnn.com) More...

New FAA system can track twice as many flights at once

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Whoever said "it's the journey, not the destination" obviously lived in a time before air travel. But maybe, just maybe, the Department of Transportation's implementation of the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the "backbone" of the NextGen air-traffic system, could change how we feel about getting on a flight. There are a few things making up ERAM: performance based navigation, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and data comm. (www.engadget.com) More...

Blue origin flight tests Shepard suborbital vehicle

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Blue Origin carried out the first developmental test flight of its new Shepard vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL)space vehicle on Wednesday. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

USAF reveals X-37B's next mission

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For the first time U.S. Air Force has revealed next mission of its secretive X-37B spaceplane, an unmanned reusable spacecraft developed by Boeing. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Canada sends DART team to quake ravaged Nepal

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OTTAWA -- Members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team will be deployed immediately to earthquake-stricken Nepal, federal officials announced on Saturday. DART members from Canadian Forces Base Trenton will be heading to Nepal, along with civilian political and humanitarian personnel from Foreign Affairs. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

"Tesla in the skies": Airbus to build E-Fan electric plane, due for take-off in 2017

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Airbus hopes to do for aviation what Tesla has done for motoring as the aircraft manufacturer commits to building its all-electric E-Fan plane. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

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