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Britsh Airways refurbishing 18 747-400 aircraft.

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If it’s the end of the line for Boeing Co.’s 747 jetliner, nobody told British Airways. The largest operator of the hump-backed icon -- dubbed the Queen of the Skies on its debut in 1970 -- is plumping up seat cushions, hanging fresh curtains and upgrading entertainment systems on 18 planes. Seems they can get a bit more life out of paid-for aircraft and maybe make money doing so. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Report: Airlines Installing Uncomfortable Bumps In Seatbacks Because It Pleases Them

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NEW YORK—According to sources throughout the commercial aviation sector, the nation’s airlines will begin installing awkwardly placed bumps in every airplane seatback this week because it reportedly brings great pleasure to them (www.theonion.com) More...

747 Rare In The Air: Original Photos and Booklet from 1968 Rollout of the 1st Jumbo Jet.

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As Korean Air became the newest Boeing 747-8I operator this week and possibly the last as TransAero deferred its orders, we look back at the Jumbo with these early promotional materials including rare photographs from the 1968 rollout of the first 747. (airwaysnews.com) More...

(Video) Shoreham Air Show Crash

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A Hawker Hunter plane has crashed while performing at the Shoreham Air Show. (www.youtube.com) More...

Airline fears of pilot shortage spark Congress fight over required training

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Good article to read. I want your options with the pilot shortage and the mandatory hours required by the FAA. I am a student at a 4-year college for Aviation with approximately 325 hours of flight time. (www.usatoday.com) More...

FAA starts testing its drone safety app

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Back in May, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to test an app for drone hobbyists that'll ensure they're flying in approved airspace. The mobile software appears to be on schedule as B4UFLY is now in closed beta for iOS. Up to 1,000 UAV users will test the app that's primarily aimed at keeping you informed about which areas are safe to fly. (www.engadget.com) More...

Video: Exhilarating DC-10 Firefighter Plane Pulls Off Incredible Maneuver In Silverado Canyon 9/12/2014

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"When on a hike to view the carnage a wildfire was taking on my hometown, I caught a fantastic clip of DC-10- dropping fire retardant in a treacherous ridge about to be enveloped in flames. Nobody wanted to come with me because of the steep trail and the inherent dangers of being close to a forest fire, so I was just up there alone. A very unique experience. On the way up the steep trail, I watched many other planes pass over the burning ridge and drop retardant and water, and I was just… (www.youtube.com) More...

Air NZ looking at eyeing the 748-819's in 2017

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The CEO Luxton for the kiwi carrier has come out making a statement that they intend to be long term customers of Boeing three Boeing 747-819's are on order with options of another two. In his statement to the press and the media today in head office of anz. He said these aircraft are needed and are economical to run compared to yesterday's 747's of the past. He also said the will wear the retro blue and green decals as did there DC10-30 aircraft they had back in the early seventies and will… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

(Video) 2015 Integrated Live Fire Exercise - US / S Korea

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HD video of a US / S Korea live fire military exercise - August 2015 (www.youtube.com) More...

Ooops! That's not supposed to happen.

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Bet they spilled their Timmies that day and had some serious explaining to do too! (thechronicleherald.ca) More...

Swiss announces 777-300ER routes

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Swiss international airlines will receive their new 777-300ER's beginning next year to replace the aged A340-300's. They've now announced the first routes for the first Boeing aircraft of Swiss. New York and Montreal are the first two destinations of the 777's allowing to test the aircraft on shorter routes and then going on long-haul to Los Angeles/San Francisco/Hong Kong... (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

MAKS: Russian lessor close to re-affirming CSeries deal

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Ilyushin Finance (IFC) is hoping to come to new terms with Bombardier within days on a deal that would preserve the Russian lessor’s once-threatened order for 39 CSeries aircraft. “I’m feeling we may reach a compromise,” says IFC general director Alexander Rubtsov. The leasing company owns the third-largest CSeries order in Bombardier’s backlog, but the deal has appeared in jeopardy since April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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