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HondaJet achieves FAA provisional certificate

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The new Honda HondaJet light business jet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (www.businesswire.com) More...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) 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...

KLM Cityhopper Orders 17 E-Jets to Replace Its Remaining Fokker 70s

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KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has placed a firm order for 15 Embraer 175s and two E190s. The Dutch carrier’s purchase contract for the 17 Embraer E-Jets also includes an option for 17 additional E-Jets for KLM Cityhopper or Hop!, Air France’s regional subsidiary. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Boeing, ANA Finalize Order for Three 787-10 Dreamliners

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SEATTLE, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing's newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

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On Sunday, American implemented a major change in how it schedules flights at the two airports, putting banks of flights into fairly narrow time windows. Banking flights, as it is called, means that more flights arrive and depart in short period of time, offering tighter and presumably better connections for connecting passengers. The hope is that a shorter layover at either of these hubs will, which translates to an overall shorter travel time, will convince more travelers to fly American.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Piper plane crashes in Orange, Va.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Piper PA-28 in Orange, Va., on Sunday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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