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Video: Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Landing at Dusk at RAF Fairford

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B-2 Spirits land June 8, 2015 at Royal Air Force Fairford, England. Both active duty and Air National Guard airmen from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings participating in hot-pit refueling and an engine-running crew change. These skills tests validate the vital importance RAF Fairford plays in projecting the Department of Defense's strategic bomber force to other areas of responsibility. The tests took place alongside the recent deployment of three B-52 Stratofortresses from Minot Air Force Base,… (youtu.be) More...

Video: Remove Cat Before Flight

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A cat video on Flightaware?! What a world . . . Unruly Purr-senger removed from flight. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) F-35 Ski Jump Test Launch

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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short take-off/vertical-landing (STOVL) variant June 19. During flight 298, BAE test pilot Peter Wilson launched aircraft BF-04 from a land-based ski jump located aboard NAS Patuxent River. This test is the first of a series of U.K. ski jump events scheduled for 2015. (youtu.be) More...

Man shoots downs neighbor’s hexacopter in rural drone shotgun battle

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While we’ve heard of consumer drones getting in the way of commercial airliners, and more recently, obstructing firefighting operations, we’ve haven’t heard of many cases where drones are shot out of the sky by a neighbor. Eric Joe, told Ars he was flying his homemade drone over his parents’ orchard late last year. After just three-and-a-half minutes of flight time, a single shotgun blast rang out from the neighbor’s property at the low-flying, slow-moving hexacopter. The drone came crashing… (arstechnica.com) More...

Cal Fire: Drone Grounded Firefighting Aircraft Near Big Bear Lake

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BIG BEAR LAKE (CBSLA.com) — A drone flying above a 20,000-acre brush fire in the San Bernardino Mountains interfered with the firefight Wednesday, officials say. Fixed wing air craft had to be grounded due to FAA regulations after a drone was seen flying over the Onyx Summit area around 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire officials say. A spokesperson for the agency says the sheriff’s department was contacted. In a tweet posted around 7:30 p.m., Cal Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant wrote that… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

FAA Approves License for Houston Spaceport

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The Houston Spaceport will be the 10th licensed commercial spaceport location in the nation. (www.khou.com) More...

This Video Puts You In The Cockpit Of An F-16 Rocketing Over Alaska

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The 35th Fighter Squadron, based in Kunsan Airbase in South Korea, participated in two Alaskan exercises this year, and they happened to take their GoPro cameras with them. The result of which is some gorgeous and exciting footage. (www.youtube.com) More...

Avianca Brazil to Join Star Alliance on July 22

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Avianca Brazil will become a member of Star Alliance on July 22. Representatives of Star Alliance’s 27 member airlines convened in Warsaw, Poland, and voted to admit the Brazilian carrier to the alliance on Wednesday... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

A Billionaire Just Spent £400 Million Pimping Out A Boeing 747-8i

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Welcome aboard the custom-built plane that makes Air Force One look like The Wright Brothers’ first effort. These extraordinary images show an enormous jumbo jet that has been converted into a luxury home for a mystery billionaire. (www.viralthread.com) More...

6 yr old starts up EC145 at Mankato (KMKT)Air Show

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Freak happening, when a 6 year old child managed to start up an EC145 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (www.startribune.com) More...

Delta flight diverts to KGVT but no one knows how to fuel it!

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A Delta jet, low on fuel, diverted to KGVT east of DFW. Once they got on the ground they realized the airport worker didn't know how to fuel the plane. They had no stairs to deplane passengers either....fun night for that crew. (www.wfaa.com) More...

The Solar Impulse 2

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Solar-powered plane attempts Japan-Hawaii flight. A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel took off from Japan early Monday after an unscheduled, month-long stop. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Defense contractors compete for huge bomber contract

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In the coming weeks, the U.S. Air Force will announce the biggest defense deal of the decade. It will also be the last contract for a new manned combat aircraft for probably 20 years (www.cnbc.com) More...

JetBlue to Add Checked Bag Fees as Early This Week

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JetBlue will be removing its popular policy of having one free checked bag for all passengers. The new system will include a tiered fare program, with the highest tier including two free checked bags, reduced penalties for changing flights and even refundability. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Ex-Gulfstream Executive Gets 11 Years For Embezzling $10 Million

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an accounting executive at Gulfstream Aerospace, Marvin Jay Caukin was pulling in a quarter-million dollars a year and had a wife 30 years his junior. He was living a lavish lifestyle that included splitting time between two luxury Los Angeles-area homes, and paying for the company of female escorts, luxury cars and $800 dinners, federal investigators say. Turns out, Caukin’s salary was hardly funding any of it. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

China Airlines to Launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch

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China Airlines is set to start Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch flights on October 27, 2015. Their A330-300, equipped with Business Class and Economy Class will be the first widebody to service Melbourne-Christchurch. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

American Airlines Updates New Livery Paint Progress

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The airline expects to complete its 4-year repainting program by the end of 2017, together with the retirement of its MD-80 aircraft. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Proposed $77,000 civil penalty against National Air Cargo Group

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $77,000 civil penalty against National Air Cargo Group Inc., of Orlando, Fla., for allegedly failing to comply with requirements for loading and securing heavy cargo. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

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We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Turkish Regional Jet program move ahead

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U.S. based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, TRJet Havacilik Teknolojileri Anonim Şirketi (TRJet) in Turkey, as part of developing the first Turkish regional jet. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Small plane with cruise passengers crashes in Alaska

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(CNN)A small plane carrying a pilot and eight passengers from a cruise ship was believed to have crashed in Ketchikan, Alaska, Thursday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Pitts-S-2B crash at Cameron, Missouri Air Show

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The aircraft impacted open field terrain during an aerobatics performance flight at Cameron Memorial Airport (KEZZ), Cameron, Missouri. The biplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries. (aviation-safety.net) More...

JetBlue Mint Arrives at Boston, Adds Nashville

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After several months of speculation in the industry, and delays largely attributed to the arrival of further A321 aircraft to its fleet, JetBlue has announced today the launch of its praised Mint premium service to Boston, intended to enhance coast-to-coast service, as part of its long-term commitment to serve both business and leisure travelers to Logan International Airport. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Iraqi F-16D crashes in Arizona

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The first Iraqi F-16D (RD01) crashed on a night training flight over Arizona, killing the pilot. The Iraqi Air Force is training with the 162nd, which trains most international pilots. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Woman Struck by Lightning While Getting Off Flight Diverted by Storms

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A Charlotte-bound flight was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday evening due to strong storms over the Queen City. As if landing in South Carolina against your will isn’t bad enough, a storm developed over Columbia and zapped a passenger as she got off the American Eagle flight. (thevane.gawker.com) More...

Report: Boeing employees used instant message service to buy drugs at Everett plant

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Boeing employees reportedly used the company's in-house instant messaging service to buy and sell prescription drugs, according to documents obtained by the Everett Herald. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 on trans pacific route

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Follow the plane live as it crosses the Pacific..... (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

These Are the Sad Remains of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

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Russian photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs just published one of the saddest photoseries on space exploration. He managed to get inside an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where two Burans—the prototype space shuttles of the Russian space program—are slowly decaying in their burial crypt. (gizmodo.com) More...

Air Canada to fly to London Gatwick next spring

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Air Canada will add London Gatwick to its network in spring 2016, a move Canada’s largest carrier is making just as WestJet Airlines enters the market. Flights will be operated by Air Canada rouge, the low-cost subsidiary Air Canada created to compete with WestJet, Air Transat and other Canadian charter carriers. Air Canada rouge will fly Boeing 767s with 24 seats in a premium-economy section and 256 seats in economy. The summer-only service begins on May 19, 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

C-130 crashes in Indonesian city of Medan, casualties unknown

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A Hercules C-130 military plane has crashed in a residential neighborhood in Medan city, Sumatra, an Indonesian military spokesman said. "We don't know yet the number of people on board, or how many casualties have been caused," military spokesman Fuad Basya told Reuters. Photos posted online on social media show the scale of the destruction, with black smoke billowing from the crash site, damaged cars and residential buildings in flames. Crowds of onlookers have gathered at the site. (rt.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Expands Routes to Los Angeles via Dublin

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Saturday June 20, 2015 marks the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles with a stopover in Dublin. This celebrates a momentous occasion for the fast growing airline ( and already the largest in Africa) since it is the first direct service connecting Africa to the West Coast of the United States. (www.gayot.com) More...

Former helicopter VP sentenced

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Former Carson Helicopters VP gets long prison term in helicopter crash that killed 9 on Iron 44 fire (www.oregonlive.com) More...

CSeries records longest flight

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The Bombardier C Series aircraft program recorded its longest flight on Friday, when the fifth flight test vehicle (FTV5) returned to its Mirabel, Québec base following its demo in Zurich with launch operator, SWISS Airlines. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Denver lands United Airlines global pilot training operations

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Every pilot flying for United Airlines — Denver International Airport's largest carrier — will soon be trained in the Mile High City. United announced Wednesday the consolidation of its global pilot training operations to its existing training center in Stapleton — a move that will keep 400 jobs in Denver, and add more than 200 in exchange for a $13.2 million city and state tax incentive package. (www.denverpost.com) More...

'Early Turns' At Van Nuys Airport Prohibited

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The board overseeing Van Nuys Airport directed local pilots Thursday not to make early turns after taking off to reduce aircraft noise over nearby neighborhoods. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Delta 747 flight 157 Detroit to Seoul Damaged by Hail

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Pictures of a Delta 747 N664US Flight 157 Detroit-Seoul damaged by hail. It was reported that Chinese controls would not allow deviation to avoid thunderstorm. Turbulence resulted in bags thrown around cabin. (twitter.com) More...

UK army parachutist rescues teammate after chute fail

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London (CNN)—A parachutist with the British Army's Red Devils stunt team rescued a fellow jumper in a midair drama after his parachute failed during a stunt jump. (www.cnn.com) More...

Female airline pilots wish more women would join them

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It's a career above the clouds, a sky full of opportunity. So America's female airline pilots have one question: Why aren't there more of us? "There have been women airline pilots for decades. But it is not a warm and fuzzy profession," says Karen Guadagni, 49, of St. Joseph, who is a captain for ExpressJet on flights for United and Delta airlines. In her 14 years as a pilot, Guadagni estimates that she has been paired with another woman only about 20 times on the flight deck. (www.freep.com) More...

Algeria is set to buy Russian "Alligator" attack helicopters

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Algeria may be the first export country to adopt the Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter, Russian sources say. At the Paris Air Show, Russian defense export agency Rosoboronexport confirmed it sold the attack helicopter to a foreign country. State company Russian Helicopters earlier stated is was to provide a Ka-52 for a demo in Algeria in mid 2015. The deal is said to involve 24 helicopters, but no official word is out yet. (airheadsfly.com) More...

Cops: Air Passenger Goes Bonkers Over Nuts

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Now in the running for worst air traveler of the year: A middle-aged Berkeley man accused of wigging out over nuts and crackers. (www.newser.com) More...

Vietnam Gives Go-Ahead For Huge New Airport

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Vietnam plans to build an ambitious new USD$16 billion airport as an eventual competitor to airline hubs in Bangkok and Singapore, on a site that is bigger than both combined. Vietnam's airline market is growing at the third-fastest pace in the Asia-Pacific region and the country wants a quick start on its Long Thanh Airport. Approved on Thursday with a parliamentary majority, the airport near the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's biggest and most long-drawn-out infrastructure… (news.airwise.com) More...

Incident: Aeromexico B787 over Atlantic on Jun 29th 2015, cargo smoke indication

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An Aeromexico Boeing 787-800, registration N961AM performing flight AM-3 (dep Jun 28th) from Mexico City (Mexico) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 193 people on board, was enroute at FL370 over the Atlantic Ocean about 230nm southwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew reported an right aft cargo smoke indication and decided to divert to Shannon. (avherald.com) More...

Argentinian Pilots allow Model to fly in cockpit, handle controls

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Model posts the video online, madness ensues. Airline confirmed that both pilots were "dismissed" today according to AvHearld. Jump to 4:00 for the takeoff. (www.youtube.com) More...

Plane Registered To Film Composer James Horner Crashes North Of Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA.com) — The pilot of a small aircraft, which is believed to have been registered to famed film composer James Horner, was killed when the plane crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether or not the pilot was Horner himself. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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