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First images of the world's largest airplane

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Holy crap, it's real! Behold the first glimpse of Paul Allen's crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

The "Ghost Rider" B-52 Rises From The Grave To Ride Again

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U.S. Air Force serial number 61-0007, a B-52H known by its nose art as "Ghost Rider," was brought out of seven years of storage at the Defense Department's boneyard in Arizona. Its new mission? To replace an active B-52H that was badly damaged by fire while on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base and make the USAF arms treaty-dictated fleet of 76 B-52s whole once again (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

SLC In Motion (Timelapse)

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Time lapse video captures the beauty and activity of operations at Salt Lake City International Airport. (www.youtube.com) More...

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him. (www.wired.com) More...

United Continental Sent Safety Warning to Pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. ’s management sent a dramatic safety warning to its pilots last month, calling for stepped-up compliance with rules and procedures following several serious incidents caused by cockpit errors. The bulletin, issued Jan. 9 under the heading “significant safety concerns,” said it was prompted by four separate “safety events and near-misses” in previous weeks, including a plane whose pilots had to execute an emergency pull-up maneuver to avoid crashing into the… (consumerist.com) More...

Bombardier CS300 takes off for 1st test flight

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Bombardier saw one of its CS300 jets take off from Mirabel airport in Montreal today, the first time the company's larger CSeries plane has taken to the skies. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Southwest Airlines forced to ground 128 Boeing 737 airplanes for inspections

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"Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections." (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

Bombardier Secures Flight Permit For First CS300 FTV; Eyes First Flight Feb. 26-28

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Transport Canada has issued a flight permit for the first Bombardier CS300 flight test vehicle (FTV) to join the CSeries flight test program. (atwonline.com) More...

Allegiant To Buy Six More Airbus A319s

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Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent of “ultra” low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, has agreed to purchase six additional Airbus A319 aircraft, as part of a plan to increase its A320 family fleet from 14 to 44 by the end of 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

American Airlines sends dozens of flights to their destinations without a single piece of luggage

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Well this is taking luggage handling incompetence to the next level. (roadwarriorvoices.com) More...

General Aviation Mechanic Lied About Completing Annual, Hit with $13 million verdict

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Charged Cessna owner for new parts, didn't install them; said he completed annual but only changed the oil. Pilot seat slips in flight, pilot is killed. (www.aviationlawmonitor.com) More...

Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week

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Airbus is preparing the second A350-900 for delivery to Qatar Airways later this week. (aviationweek.com) More...

Piaggio Makes First Drone Flight Of An Unmanned Catfish

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Piaggio has successfully removed the pilot from the Italian aircraft manufacturer's popular twin-engine, turboprop, pusher-type executive transport. The P.180 – affectionately referred to as "the flying catfish" – has been redesigned into an unmanned aircraft for the Italian Air Force, and it's got a new name: the Hammerhead. The new P.1HH HammerHead is a multi-purpose drone powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B turboprop engines designed to perform intelligence,… (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Awesome Blue Angels

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Watch how these pilots endure multiple g's.Amazing view from inside the cockpit as they do their acrobatics at a show. (www.youtube.com) More...

Researchers Create 1st (and 2nd) 3-D Printed Jet Engines

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Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. (www.gizmag.com) More...

Gulfstream Breaks Round The World Record With Only One Fuel Stop

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Gulfstream's new ultra long-range G650ER set a record while flying around the world in one stop in an ass-numbing flight from New York to China and finally Savannah, Georgia. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

New Airbus A321neo Offers New Long Haul Potential Across Africa

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Airbus has launched The A321neo on the back of an order from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) with the additional range on offer from the re-engining creating new opportunities for African operators with the potential for true Pan African operations. (www.africanaerospace.aero) More...

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

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You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Airbus Assures On A380 Break-Even This Year

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Airbus Group has assured that its A380 will achieve production break-even this year, as it unveiled a strong full-year commercial aircraft performance. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Japan's First Jet Airliner Is Still Shrouded In Misinformation

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Recent reports that the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is scheduled to make it's first flight this May were quietly squashed with a notice that this announcement was not from within the company. As the first test flight has already been pushed back three times, does this spreading misinformation point to even more delays? (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Extended service: top 10 long-range business jets

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The news this week that Pratt & Whitney Canada has received certification for the engines that will power Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 business jets has naturally turned attention to the long-range, large-cabin market sector those two aircraft will be contesting. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Plane lands safely after landing gear failure near Wichita airport

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WICHITA, Kan. - An airplane carrying 67 passengers landed safely at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Wednesday night after reporting landing gear failure about four minutes out from the airport. (www.kwch.com) More...

Airbus Posts Higher 2014 Profit and Increases A320 Build Rates

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Airbus Group NV reported a 15 percent gain in annual profit after increasing commercial plane deliveries and announced plans to boost monthly production of its workhorse A320 single-aisle aircraft to 50 a month by 2017. Earnings for 2014 before interest, tax and one-time items rose to 4.07 billion euros ($4.56 billion ) from 3.54 billion euros, beating estimates by analysts for 3.84 billion euros. The company took a charge of 551 million euros for penalties related to delays of its A400M… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

5 Surprising Facts About Aircraft Lavatories

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From smoking to flushing to urban legends, here are 5 facts about airplane bathrooms. (aviationweek.com) More...

Top 10 Latin American Scheduled Airlines by Fleet Size

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Can you guess the top airline in Latin America? Here is a countdown to the biggest fleet... (aviationweek.com) More...

Warning over toxic fumes in plane cabins

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Toxic fumes in cabin air pose a health risk to frequent fliers and aircrew, a coroner has said in a landmark report. Stanhope Payne, the senior coroner for Dorset, said people regularly exposed to fumes circulating in planes faced “consequential damage to their health”. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Air France Jet Stranded in Manchester as Pilot Runs Out of Hours

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The flight had already been six hours late when it left New York because of bad weather. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airbus Offers On-Wing Engine-Maintenance Shelter

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Airbus Customer Services is offering an inflatable tent for engine maintenance to provide better working conditions to perform an on-wing job in adverse weather when the conventional hangar is occupied... (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing, FedEx battle back against U.S. airlines on Gulf competition

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A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has triggered a sharp response from other powerful U.S. aviation companies including Boeing Co. and FedEx Corp., potentially complicating the airlines' campaign for Obama administration support. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Boeing, Transavia Announce Order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

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SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, today announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Hail Breaks Airbus Windshield and Destroys Nosecone

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A Brazilian Airbus A321-200 operating as TAM airlines flight JJ-3307 had to return to Rio de Janeiro and perform an emergency landing after sustaining substantial damage upon entering an embedded thunderstorm wrought with hail. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

FAA investigating near miss on O'Hare runway last week

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Whoops.. Can't imagine what could be wrong with turning on to an active runway without permission... (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Lockheed Unveils Longer-Endurance Fury UAV

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Lockheed Martin has tweaked the design of the flying wing-shaped Fury unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as it pursues contracts from US special operations forces and the international market (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Delta Air Lines: Spirit Airlines Might Be Delta’s Biggest Worry

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Which competitor is Delta Air Lines’ (DAL) management most worried about? If Cowen’s Helane Becker and team are to be believer it’s not United Continental (UAL), not American Airlines (AAL), and no, not even Southwest Airlines (LUV). It’s the budget carriers like Spirit Airlines (SAVE). (blogs.barrons.com) More...

Boeing Lining Up Buyers for Early Overweight Dreamliners

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Boeing Co. has lined up buyers for 10 of the early, overweight 787 Dreamliners whose years in storage made them emblems of the jet’s factory woes and a drag on profit, people with knowledge of the plans said. The planes, dubbed “terrible teens” for their assembly struggles and their places near the start of the production run, have an assessed value of roughly $1 billion, or less than half the catalog price. The original customers balked because the aircraft were too heavy, limiting their… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Flight attendant recalls dicey days of early flight in Alaska

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The passenger was terrified. On board a winter flight to Kodiak, heavy turbulence relentlessly bounced the DC3 as it made its way through the pitch-black sky, and a young stewardess was out of options. Ellen Wilson had tried everything she could to calm one passenger’s nerves -- to no avail. It was the 1950s, and although commercial aviation was opening transportation options like never before across Alaska, being airborne still frightened some people. (www.adn.com) More...

Video of Russian Tu-95 bomber shadowed by RAF and French fighters

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First post ever to FA, but found this video fascinating: a film inside Tu-95 as it's escorted by RAF Typhoons and French Mirage jets over northern Europe. (www.youtube.com) More...

Paris Solves Drone Mystery, Arrests 3

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he Paris prosecutors' office says three al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for illegally flying a drone. It said the three foreign nationals aged 70, 54, and 36 were taken into custody this afternoon after police spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris. (www.newser.com) More...

What I learned flying aboard the world's crappy airlines

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A humorous travel blog looking at the worse in air travel. (www.travelandleisure.com) More...

Pilots Blamed For Bahamas LearJet Crash

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On a second landing attempt, the crew showed poor decision-making "in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, and hitting a construction crane. (www.avweb.com) More...

Protectionism Won’t Work Against New Competition

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If there was any need to show how serious a threat the Gulf carriers have become to the club of legacy airlines, then the Big Six airline groups in the U.S. and Europe could not have come up with more impressive action: In December, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Group wrote a letter to the European Commission (EC) asking it to ensure fair competition. While they did not exactly specify what they wanted, it was clear they want traffic rights withdrawn from Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar… (aviationweek.com) More...

Great photoset/tour of the world's largest aircraft An-225 Mriya

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A very unique aircraft (only 1 of these has been made), this guy got to fly on one and got a lot of nice pictures of the interior as well. (gelio.livejournal.com) More...

Higher Altitudes Cleared For GE-Powered 787, 747-8 In Icing

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General Electric is introducing a final series of software and hardware improvements to mitigate the threat of core icing on its GE90 and GEnx engines, and is using lessons learned from the modifications to ensure no ice-related surprises occur with the GE9X in development for Boeing’s 777X. (aviationweek.com) More...