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Maiden flight for Burt Rutan's SkiGull seaplane

The SkiGull seaplane designed by legendary American aircraft designer Burt Rutan flew for first time on Tuesday from the Coeur d’Alene airport in northern Idaho. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

[Video] F-16 Low-Level Cockpit Footage with Radio Audio

Cockpit footage from an F-16 during low-level and formation flying, with radio audio included. (www.youtube.com) More...

JetBlue Shakes Up Pilot Hiring by Training Them From Scratch

JetBlue Airways Corp., breaking with historical practices at U.S. airlines, plans to recruit potential pilots with no flight experience and provide its own training under a proposal awaiting approval from federal regulators. The program would be the first of its kind in the U.S. and would be similar to those used by some European and Asian carriers. Candidates still would have to meet U.S. requirements, including 1,500 hours of flight experience, to be certified as commercial airline pilots,… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Accident: Aviatraffic B737 at Osh on Nov 22nd 2015, hard landing collapses all gear

An Aviatraffic Company Kyrgyzstan Boeing 737-300, registration EX-37005 performing flight YK-768 from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) with 153 passengers and 6 crew, performed an ILS approach to Osh's runway 12 at about 07:56L (01:56Z) but touched down hard causing all gear to collapse and separate, the aircraft went off the runway and ran over rough terrain, the left hand engine (CFM56) separated and the right hand engine received substantial damage before the aircraft came to a stop… (avherald.com) More...

Video: S-400 air defence system deployed in Syria

Russia has operationalised a battery of S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft weapon system in its Syrian airbase in Latakia. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Op-Ed: The Allegiant Turkey

The Turkey of the year goes to Allegiant, who fired a pilot accusing him of trying to make the airline 'look bad' after making an emergency landing in June. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Airbus' detachable cabin concept could save you time at the airport

There are probably plenty of things that frustrate you about air travel, but waiting to take off or disembark is probably high on your list. Why should you have to board well before the plane is ready to get moving? Airbus might have a way to cut that idle time to near zero, though: it recently received a patent for a detachable passenger cabin that would lift into the airport gate. Your aircraft would only show up when it's actually ready to go, and would spend far less time on the ground as a… (www.engadget.com) More...

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting. The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners. (www.bbc.com) More...

Russian Strategic Bombers strike ISIS targets

Russia intensified its air strikes against ISIS following confirmation that an onboard bomb explosion caused the Metrojet flight to crash over Sinai, in Egypt on Oct 31. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Windows 3.1 Is Still Alive, And It Just Killed a French Airport

A computer glitch that brought the Paris airport of Orly to a standstill Saturday. Le Canard Enchaîné said in an article the computer failure had affected a system known as DECOR, which is used by air traffic controllers to communicate weather information to pilots. Pilots rely on the system when weather conditions are poor. DECOR, which is used in takeoff and landings, runs on Windows 3.1, an operating system that came onto the market in 1992. (news.vice.com) More...


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