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Dear Media: Copilots are Pilots!

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Good god, a copilot at the controls! Most reporters seem to have no idea this is perfectly normal. Contrary to what a lot of people are led to believe, copilots are not "apprentice pilots," and both cockpit crewmembers are fully qualified to fly the aircraft. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Delta flight lands in Vegas with pilot locked out of cockpit

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Thursday with the co-pilot at the controls after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says none of the 168 people aboard Delta flight 1651 was injured, and the MD-90 aircraft wasn't damaged. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Pilots Disabled Critical Computers Moments Before AirAsia Crash

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The pilots of AirAsia Bhd. Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The action appears to have helped trigger the events of Dec. 28, when the Airbus Group NV A320 climbed so abruptly that it lost lift and it began falling with warnings blaring in the cockpit, the people said. All 162 aboard were killed. The pilots had been… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

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The U.S. Air Force plans to announce on Wednesday that it has decided to use Boeing Co's (BA.N) commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft... (www.reuters.com) More...

DIA launches plan to move TSA out of the terminal's Great Hall

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Denver International Airport today issued an international request for qualifications in hopes of finding a public-private partnership to kick the massive security screening apparatus overseen by the Transportation Security Administration out of the Great Hall inside the Jeppesen Terminal. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

AirAsia Co-Pilot Was at Helm Before Crash

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Airbus planes have computerized protection systems designed to avoid an aerodynamic stall, a condition in which an aircraft’s wings lose lift because forward speed is too low or the wings are pointing upward too steeply. But under extreme circumstances, such as multiple failures or disconnection of redundant flight-control computers, the stall-protection system becomes inoperative. That is apparently what happened to Flight 8501, though questions remain about the primary and contributing… (www.wsj.com) More...

American Airlines Customers Gain More Access To Mexico, The Caribbean And Latin America With Six New Routes

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American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets. New service to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), will add a new destination to the airline's global network and customers will have increased options when traveling throughout the region. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Belize (BZE); Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM); Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL); Managua, Nicaragua (MGA); and… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Dubai Now World's Busiest International Airport

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London is no longer the world's leader in international traffic. Dubai with just over 70 million passengers in 2014, surpassed London's 68 million. This makes Dubai the world's leader in international traffic. (www.cnn.com) More...

Boeing reports new cost increases on 787 programme

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Reaching an ever-elusive breakeven point on Boeing’s 787 programme slid still further from the company’s grasp in an otherwise profitable fourth quarter and 2014 overall. At the beginning of last year, Boeing chief executive and chairman Jim McNerney projected that deferred production costs would peak at around $25 billion by the end of 2014, signaling the programme’s break-even point on a unit basis. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Malaysia clears way for Flight 370 compensation

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Malaysia's civil aviation authority issued a statement Thursday officially declaring the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 deceased and saying the disappearance of the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014 was an accident. The declaration by Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation clears legal hurdles to the airline making compensation payments to the victims of tragic aviation mystery. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for the jet "remains a… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

SR-22 ditched in Pacific Ocean en-route to Hawaii

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The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a distress call from a single engine aircraft running out of fuel approximately 975 miles north of the Big Island. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

B-52 Cockpit Footage Aerial Refueling & Landing

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Cockpit footage from a B-52 during a military training exercise. War Week is an exercise which incorporates aerial refueling, weapons tactics and high altitude maneuvering. (youtu.be) More...

World's Longest Commercial Flight Aircraft Retires

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Qantas Airways 747-400 aircraft VH-OJA, "City of Canberra", holds the world record for the longest ever commercial flight, non-stop from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds in August 1989. Now, in early March, it will take its final.. and shortest flight, with an expected flying time of just 10 minutes. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Inside North Korea's Airliners

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This is flying North Korean style. Air Koyo provides decent service according to air enthusiast Sam Chui (edition.cnn.com) More...

Failure of the U.S. Airport

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The horror of making an international connection at an American airport. Our airports are terrible, and our airlines are finding it harder to compete. We’ve done it to ourselves through shortsightedness, underfunding, and flyer-unfriendly policies... (www.askthepilot.com) More...