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(Cockpit video) TBM Avenger emergency landing

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TBM Avenger participating in the V-E Day flyover experiences smoke in the cockpit and makes an emergency landing at KDCA. (www.youtube.com) More...

FlightAware Targets Remote Markets to Expand Global Flight Tracking Innovation

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FlightAware is continuing to expand the capabilities of its global flight tracking and flight data technology. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

Man angry about overbooked flight strips off and throws naked tantrum in middle of the airport

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Travelers at a North Carolina airport had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning when a man stripped naked to protest at his flight being overbooked. According to witnesses at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the man was attempting to get on board a US Airways flight to Jamaica. One witness said he heard a man yelling and sounding very angry. An airport employee told her that the man was angry over his flight. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Why be an airline pilot when one can do this instead.

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I love aviation. There is nothing like flying for a living and being a commercial pilot. However, not all flying is equal. There is the kind where one merely sits there, watches the instruments, and let's the plane fly itself. This is the job of the airline pilot. Then there is the kind where one really flies and is in full control of the plane and becomes one with it. That's the kind of flying I love. To understand what I'm talking about just watch with the video. (vimeo.com) More...

For all the L-1011 Fans:

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This has always been my favorite bird. Although it is well past its prime and a good ways behind what's out there now, I'm glad to see 6 being refurbished and back flying. (www.pr.com) More...

NetJets Trounces Rivals

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If it were an airline measured by its 710-airplane fleet, NetJets would be the fourth-largest in the world. Bigger than Southwest, bigger than China Southern, bigger than Lufthansa. (online.barrons.com) More...

Honeywell's Symmetry integrated flight deck gets airborne on the G500 first flight.

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10 touchscreen controllers replace all avionics and switches on Gulfstream's clean sheet G500. See the first flight video. (planelopnik.com) More...

Don't Take a Picture on the Plane Until You Read This Story

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Next time you’re tempted to take a snapshot of an interesting cloud formation or your seatmate sprawling into your personal space on a plane, remember Arash Shirazi and Steven Leslie. (www.linkedin.com) More...

NASA 747 Wingtip Vortices Test 1979 [Video]

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This clip shows the Boeing 747 Wing Tip Vortex Test from November 8, 1979. As part of the overall National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study of trailing vortices -- the invisible flow of spiraling air that trails from the wings of large aircraft and can "upset" smaller aircraft flying behind -- the NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) borrowed a Boeing 747 jetliner for testing. The B-747 had been purchased by NASA for the space shuttle program and assigned to the Johnson… (youtu.be) More...

Airbus A380 VISUAL Approach + Airbus A400 Departure (VIDEO)

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The Airbus A380 of the Airbus Company made a stunning visual approach during the Farnborough Air Show 2014. Shortly before the Arrival of the "super Airbus" you can see the departure of an Airbus A400 of Airbus Military. This was a stunning show for the audience of the Farnborough Air Show (www.youtube.com) More...

"In Flight" - Speedbird B747 FO writes beautifully about LHR-NRT

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One of the most beautiful, lyrical, and informative pieces of writing I have read anywhere. I was going to call it beautiful aviation writing, but it is just beautiful writing. (nyti.ms) More...

Boeing, TUI Group Finalize Order for 787-9 Dreamliner

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SEATTLE, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and TUI Group, one of the world's largest integrated leisure travel companies, have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for one further 787-9. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two unfilled orders for 787-8s for two 787-9s. The European leisure group will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and with today's announcement will add three… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Instead Of Retiring, Marine Vet Starts His Own Harrier Squadron

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Instead of retiring, former test pilot and real estate mogul Art Nalls imported, restored, certified and flew the world’s only private Harrier jump jet. Now he’s a man with a mission, adding to his fleet, he wants to preserve the Harrier’s legacy for decades to come. His amazing story is told in this awesome mini documentary from AARP Studios. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Barnstormer keeping aviation history alive

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self-proclaimed "old washed-up barnstormer" will gladly take you above the tree line or across a field of cotton or around the Ross Barnett Reservoir doing lazy 8's and wing-overs in his red-and-blue 1929 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air biplane, a ride that can best be described as an old-fashioned roller coaster without tracks. (www.clarionledger.com) More...

Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner

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Airbus and Boeingare betting their futures on a new generation of long-range widebody twins with better fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and reduced noise and emissions compared with today’s two- and four-engine widebodies. (aviationweek.com) More...

Qantas B767 (VH-OGG) Retires to KVCV (Video)

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As an aviation photographer and enthusiast ,, I now know where, I would one day visit to purchase my aircraft, that I would turn into my residence .. (www.youtube.com) More...

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations On Wrong Airport Landings

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Based on the NTSB’s investigation of two recent airline flights that landed at wrong airports because of confusion with other near-by airports, the agency today issued two recommendations to the FAA intended to help avoid those situations. (www.forbes.com) More...

Fights, Smashed Computers, and Food Thrown in Riot at Shenzhen Airport Over Delayed Flights

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Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport was a chaotic frenzy last weekend when delays and cancellations caused by heavy rain were too much for some passengers to handle. Many angry people surrounded airline staff, shouting, pelting them with food, and smashing airline equipment. More than 100 flights were affected on the evening of May 15, causing about 1,000 passengers to wait at the airport until the early hours of the following day. (thenanfang.com) More...

China Airlines Hints Airbus A350-900XWB Cabin Design and Outlines Route Plan

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The Airbus A350-900XWB is part of the China Airlines “NexGen (Next Generation)” Plan. For other articles, such as those on the new Boeing 777-300ER interiors and the new lounge at Taipei-Taoyuan Terminal 1, please click HERE. (talkairlines.wordpress.com) More...

Alleged Airplane Hacker Also "Messed Around With The Space Station"

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Last month, security researcher Chris Roberts was removed from a United Airlines flight, after the airline claimed he had endangered his fellow passengers by tweeting a message about potential security vulnerabilities aboard the aircraft. In 2012, Ars Technica reports, Roberts claimed to have hacked into the International Space Station, according to a recently discovered video. (www.popsci.com) More...

Airbus investigates engine software as cause of troop transport crash

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In the wake of the unexplained crash of an A400M troop and cargo transport plane in Spain May 9, Airbus has ordered a review of the software that controls the turboprop engines of that aircraft model. The crash killed a Spanish flight test crew and has led to the grounding of British, German, and Turkish A400Ms already in service. The French military has also restricted the use of its six Airbus transports. (arstechnica.com) More...

Airbus launches ACJneo Family with order from Acropolis Aviation

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Airbus has launched the ACJneo (New Engine Option) Family with an order for an ACJ320neo from Acropolis Aviation of Farnborough, near London, which is the first to order the new aircraft. Delivery of Acropolis’ ACJ320neo, which will seat 19 passengers, is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018. Cabin outfitting details and engine choice will be decided later. Airbus’ ACJ320neo features new, more efficient, engines, wingtip-mounted Sharklets, and a more comfortable cabin. Together, these… (www.airbus.com) More...

I saw where the F-35 gets one of its most classified features, and it's amazing

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Plane goes to the shop to get an expensive paint job (finance.yahoo.com) More...

LAX: Inbound Hawaiian Airlines Flight Reports Possible Mechanical Issue

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Hawaiian Airlines flight was inbound to Los Angeles International Airport after reporting a possible mechanical issue, airport officials said Monday. Firefighters were standing by near Runway 25-R ahead of an expected landing by Hawaiian Airline Flight No. 3 shortly after 2 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flight left LAX at 12:09 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Oahu around 6:41 p.m., according to flight info. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

VE Day: 92-year-old Second World War veteran flies Spitfire for first time in 70 years

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A 92-year-old Second World War veteran has flown a Spitfire aircraft for the first time in 70 years to mark VE Day. Obviously a tough lady. Posted to make Wayne feel young. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

Lufthansa Group airlines achieve 3.84 litre/100 km fuel efficiency

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Passenger aircraft of Lufthansa Group airlines have once again set a record for airplane fuel efficiency in 2014, consuming an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene to carry a passenger 100 kilometres. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Turkish Airlines Takes Delivery of 125th Boeing Airplane

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER – and one of 12 airplanes the Turkish flag-carrier will take delivery of this year. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue

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Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry. (www.aopa.org) More...

Flights diverted after a UAV flies near Manchester airport

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Four flights were diverted and a runway was closed for 20 minutes after a drone was spotted near the airport. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Delta Requests to Start Flying Between Orlando and Brazil

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Delta Air Lines has requested for approval to start flying four weekly flights between Orlando and Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 19, 2015. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Rolls-Royce Evolving To Meet Mature Engine Needs

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The Rolls-Royce Trent 700 entered service 20 years ago, but the popularity of its platform—the Airbus A330—means the program has lots of life left, especially in the aftermarket. But shifting market dynamics—and the engine manufacturer’s increasing awareness of them—mean the future of Trent 700 maintenance will look much different. (aviationweek.com) More...

Eastern to Fly to Cuba in Partnership With HavanaAir Charters

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Eastern Air Lines and HavanaAir Charters signed an agreement today for Eastern to support HavanaAir’s charter operations to Cuba in and out of Miami, by Wednesday of next week. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Trouble in the skies

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FAA Hiring practices for ATC is putting air travelers at risk. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Dutch Government Blocks Gulf Carriers From Expanding

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The Dutch Government is blocking the Gulf carriers from expanding at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. According to the newspaper Financieele Dagblad, the government cites “unfair competition with Air France-KLM” as the reason for its actions. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Qatar Airways ramps up U.S. presence, adds 3 new routes

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Qatar Airways ramps up U.S. presence, adds 3 new routes (www.usatoday.com) More...

Thanks to N.J. Judge, GA Airports Win Collective Victory

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N.J. Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong issued a 54-page ruling in which he blasted the town's eminent domain land grab, a case that has dragged on for nearly 15 years, saying it amounted to a "manifest abuse of power" and a waste of local taxpayers' dollars. He ordered the town to pay the Solberg family's legal bills, which are expected to tally into the millions of dollars. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Start-Up Airline Crowdfunding to Raise Money

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One day, Avatar Airlines will offer affordable airfare. But for now, they’re asking for your help in raising start-up costs. (Photo: Avatar Airlines) There’s an airline that is promising no seat selection fees, no baggage fees, low fares and free Wi-Fi. The problem is that they need $5 million dollars… and they’re asking passengers for it. (www.yahoo.com) More...

The future of airline fees: What you're likely to pay more for

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"We give the most valuable space in the airplane other than a seat away for free, which is the overhead, but we charge people for the least valuable place in the airplane, the belly.'' (www.usatoday.com) More...

PICTURES: A320neo with LEAP- 1A engines takes to the sky for the first time

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The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight today in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, registration F-WNEW, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Michel Pin and monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Tuan Do and Philippe Pupin. The flight lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes during which tests were performed to validate… (www.airbus.com) More...

Third Falcon 8X join flight test program

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The third and final Falcon 8X test aircraft has joined the flight test campaign on May 11 . The Falcon 8X prototype 03 took off from Dassault Aviation's Bordeaux-Mérignac facility on Monday, at 2.00 p.m. local time with test pilots, Etienne Faurdessus and Damien Brault at the controls. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Secretive X-37B Space Plane Launched Into Orbit

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The US Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane has been launched into orbit along with a solar sail experiment. Little is known about the 29-foot-long (9-meter-long) robotic mini-shuttle as it enters the fourth flight of its career. Only the Air Force knows, and the Air Force isn't telling. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Software Cut Off Fuel Supply In Stricken Airbus A400M Airlifter Crash; Killed four Crew

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New software may have cut-off fuel supply that caused crash of the transport plane. (aviationweek.com) More...

"US Airways will go away in October 2016"

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The American Airlines CEO declares "US Airways will go away in October" (www.forbes.com) More...

Wing Detaches From Airplane Upon Landing

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Photographs of the wrecked aircraft show failure of the center wing box’s rear attachments to the fuselage. (www.china.org.cn) More...

Airbus sees 'significant' orders at Paris Airshow

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Airbus (AIR.PA) expects to win a "significant number" of orders at next month's Paris Airshow, a senior executive said on Thursday. Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Marwan Lahoud was speaking at a news conference hosted by France's GIFAS aerospace industry association, of which he is also president. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Icelandair Inaugurates First Ever Portland, Oregon to Iceland Service

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With the departure of Icelandair flight #665 on May 20, 2015 passengers in Portland, Oregon now have another option for travel to Europe. (www.icelandair.us) More...

Video: GE Builds Tiny 3-D Printed Jet Engine

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Engineers at General Electric have created a tiny jet engine using 3-D printing techniques that they say could rewrite the rules for how components inside commercial turbine engines are produced. The mini jet engine project was completed at GE Aviation's Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati. The lab focuses on developing additive manufacturing techniques that can produce complex 3-D structures by melting metal powders and laying them in super thin layers until something miraculous… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Learning to Fly the Fortress

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The tower at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, clears me to land in a crosswind gusting to 40 knots, 5 over the limits of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress I’m trying to land for the first time. My instructor, Bob Davis, utters a few choice words, but we don’t have other options—the better-aligned runway at nearby Appleton is closed because of ice. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

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