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The Worst Airport In America

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More than 46 million Americans will travel further than 50 miles for this week's turkey-based festivities, and many of us will do it via air. And while very few airports deal well with holidays swarms, some of them excel at misery. (gizmodo.com) More...

Small jet slides off runway at KSGR

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Reports of an Embraer jets slides off the runway at Sugarland Regional Airport. No reported injuries. (www.click2houston.com) More...

NASA is With You When You Fly

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Aviation touches us. Even if you didn't fly today, something you needed did. Did you know that NASA-developed technology is on board every U.S. commercial aircraft and in every U.S. control tower? That's why we like to say "NASA's with you when you fly." (www.youtube.com) More...

Emirates CEO Questions Facts Around Malaysia Flight 370

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Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, spoke about the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and his doubts about the facts of the aircraft’s disappearance. (airwaysnews.com) More...

As Other Paparazzi Chase Kardashians, These Guys Stalk Dreamliners

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Bernie Leighton, a professional plane-spotter who specializes in aerial photography, talks about his pursuit of Etihad Airways' first Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner. In four-and-a-half years of professional plane-spotting, Leighton has snapped more than 35,000 photos and garnered at least 7 million Internet views. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Boeing's 777 Problem: Delta and Everyone Else Want Newer Planes

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New airplane technology almost always trumps the old. The planes that are built today burn less fuel and need less maintenance than their predecessors. If you manufacture airplanes, however, this truism presents a tricky problem: How do you keep selling an older model after you announce its successor... (www.businessweek.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Fort Myers on Nov 25th 2014, loss of cabin pressure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N416WN performing flight WN-1469 from Saint Louis,MO to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) with 129 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL330 about 50nm northnorthwest of Tampa,FL (USA) when the crew reported problems with the cabin pressure and initiated an emergency descent (avherald.com) More...

(Video) Rocket Through The Majestic Cascade Mountains In An F-15E Strike Eagle

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This is quite possibly the best F-15E Strike Eagle video of all time. F-15E cockpit videos are rare to begin with, but one that shows the 'Mud Hen' in its natural, low-level environment in brilliant HD is even rarer. Amazing. (www.youtube.com) More...

The FAA wants you to have a pilot's license to fly commercial drones

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If you're planning to shoot your next movie using a drone, beware: you may need to meet some stringent conditions to stay in the Federal Aviation Administration's good books. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the agency will propose commercial drone rules that require a conventional pilot's license. (www.engadget.com) More...

Is Boeing 767 Running out of Time?

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After an uninterrupted 32-year production run, the passenger version of the plane is having a tough time attracting new buyers. But interestingly, Boeing plans to double the production rate. (www.fool.com) More...

American Airlines Mulls Headquarters Move Year After Merger

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The airline may decide to leave Fort Worth, Texas, where it has been based since 1979, or opt to do nothing, Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said after a speech today to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

American Airlines to transfer at least 50 jets

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American Airlines Group Inc. plans to move at least 50 jets from its Envoy Air unit to other regional carriers, saying that it can’t keep enough pilots to fly the airplanes. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Bus Strikes Plane at Atlanta Airport, No Injuries

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American Airlines passengers suffered a rough arrival after a bus slammed into their plane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday night. The bus struck Flight 232 as it waited at a gate shortly after landing in Atlanta, Georgia, from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, according to American Airlines spokesperson Liz Landau. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Airlines preemptively cancel 200 flights for Wednesday

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Airlines scrapped more than 210 flights for Wednesday -- one of the USA's busiest air travel days of the year -- all before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday. (www.usatoday.com) More...

TFRs in effect around KSTL in wake of ferguson announcement

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In the Wake of the Michael Brown shooting, TFRs have been set up around Ferguson, MO to "PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES" (tfr.faa.gov) More...

Video: U-2 Cockpit & T-38 Chase Plane Footage

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A compilation of cockpit footage from the U-2 Dragon Lady and its T-38 Talon chase plane as they execute a photo flight mission. The U-2 is the Air Force's longest-serving active reconnaissance aircraft. (youtu.be) More...

Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Stuck On Top Down To A Safe Landing

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It was no leisure flight Sunday for Mark Nelson when he found himself trapped above the clouds over a heavily populated area. His only way down? To put his life in the hands of an air traffic controller. (www.khou.com) More...

Qantas retires its very first Boeing 747-400

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Qantas will retire its first-ever Boeing 747-400 next month - VH-OJA – which opened up the one-stop Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, and even made a promotional non-stop flight from London to Sydney (albeit with minimal passengers and cargo) to highlight the jumbo's long-range capabilities. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Report: Airbus to deliver first A350 in mid-December

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Airbus appears set to deliver the first Airbus A350 to launch customer Qatar Airways in mid-December. (www.usatoday.com) More...

A-10s will support war against ISIS

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The plane, also known as the "Warthog,” provides close air support for ground troops. The A-10 fighter squadron arrived in Southwest Asia between Nov. 17 and 21 with "several" jets. (thehill.com) More...

Delta jet in the grass in DTW

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Slippery morning in Detroit. An arriving 737 found the grass. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

AirAsia X to restart London flights, also eyes Hawaii

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AirAsia X plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London almost three years after it abandoned the route, and is also "exploring Hawaii" according to outspoken airline CEO Tony Fernandes. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

The Airport Frustration Index

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This interactive report scores airport frustration for US airports looking at the commute, time at the terminal and rate of on-time departures.Kind of fun in a clunky way. No surprise that wintry airports have fewer on-time departures. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Giant inflatable aircraft hangar installed at Budapest

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The unusual sight of a giant inflatable aircraft hangar, which allows indoor parking of an A320 or Boeing 737 can be seen at Budapest Airport. (www.airport-world.com) More...

In Russia, you are the tug!

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Passengers rally to push 'frozen' plane in Sibera. Interesting video of a stuck Tupolev. The passengers really didn't want to stay in this balmy place! (www.cnn.com) More...

An inside look at the cockpit of a B-36

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A pal of mine passed this on to me. I thought some of you who remember boiler gauges would enjoy the tour. B-36 Cockpit Gauge Maze The B-36 was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Flight Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and the 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and complete its mission. No modern technology, such as "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" systems, were involved here. Just straight… (www.nmusafvirtualtour.com) More...

Watch the invisible patterns of air travel over some of the busiest skies in the world

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The air traffic control system over the United Kingdom keeps the nation’s airspace safe—and beautiful. In the video above, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the association of air traffic controllers for 16 of the UK’s airports, offers a guided tour of how flight paths are managed by their staff over the course of a day. (qz.com) More...

VIDEO: watch as Qantas retires another Boeing 767-300ER to the Victorville boneyard

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This great report from 60 Minutes, now shared online, covers the final flight of a Qantas Boeing 767-300ER to its final resting place at California's Victorville airplane graveyard. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Huerta Declares Arrivals At DFW More Like Sliding Down A Banister vs Step By Step Descents

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FAA Administrator likened the traditional way of airplane arrivals as going down a staircase step by step. By comparison, NextGen arrivals are like sliding down a banister (www.dallasnews.com) More...

FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

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The Experimental Aircraft Association is warning that FAA headquarters officials have expressed concern that stadium overflights by Experimental-category aircraft do not comply with current regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

MH17 Wreckage Finally Recovered In Ukraine

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More than four months after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, recovery of the aircraft has been completed. The mangled aircraft pieces were loaded onto rail cars and shipped, under supervision of Dutch investigators and security officials. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Phenominal video of helicopter working near high-tension wires

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Watch the copter pilot work as he maneuvers to avoid the electric lines but maneuver close so worker can complete task. (www.facebook.com) More...

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

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Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 have started surfacing in the general media. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Beijing to Streamline Approval Time for Private Jets

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Beijing aims to give aviation a lift by streamlining the time it takes to approve low-altitude flights for private and commercial jets. The air traffic control commission of the State Council and the Central Military Commission agreed to simplify flight approvals for general aviation next year, the PLA Daily reported yesterday. The changes, which apply to all civilian flights except those by scheduled passenger airlines, will be covered in national aviation legislation due to be drafted next… (www.scmp.com) More...

Video: B-58 Hustler 1960s Low-Level Bombing Documentary

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This 1960s documentary profiles the low-level bombing capabilities of the B-58 during several test flights, and also serves as a great example of the kind of intimidating information the US pushed towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War. (youtu.be) More...

How To Pull Start A Crop Duster

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The unconventional method to use a pickup truck to get a Cessna Agwagon with a dead battery running again. (planelopnik.com) More...

Future Cockpits

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New cockpit technologies could let pilots use "x-ray vision" and voice activation. (www.cnn.com) More...

Is United Airlines really that bad?

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It's true that United receives a lot of customer complaints. But it is important to put those complaints in context, and recognise that United is not uniquely bad. For the past few years, independent rankings such as those compiled by Consumer Reports tell a mostly consistent story about the American airline industry. There are a few decent airlines, which also happen to be relatively small (Virgin, Southwest, JetBlue, Hawaiian and Alaskan). American, US Airways and United are interchangeably… (www.economist.com) More...

Indian women pilots soar past global avg

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Ground realities may be harsh for women in In dia, but they're still determined to conquer the skies. Almost 600 of the 5,050 pilots in Indian airlines are women, according to Directorate General of Civil Aviation data.At 11.6%, this is way above the 3% global average estimated by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. India is also seeing a steady rise in women pilots annually . The last five years saw 4,267 commercial pilots' licences being issued, of which 628 or 14.7% went to… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

CAP to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal Dec. 10

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- Some 200,000 men, women and teenagers from all walks of life – including stars of the silver screen and successful businessmen, future Tuskegee Airmen and aspiring pilots – participated in CAP during the war years, largely without recognition or reward. The organization was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before Pearl Harbor. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Man arrested after sneaking onto tarmac at San Jose airport

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A suspect somehow got onto the tarmac at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday, broke away from workers, and stole a maintenance vehicle before he was ultimately arrested at one of facility’s main passenger terminals, authorities said. (www.sfgate.com) More...

Blind Pilot Flies And Lands A Real Airplane

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After a retinal degenerative disease stole pilot Jim Platzer's eyesight, one of his greatest fears would be that he could never fly again. After working closely with a certified flight instructor, Jim was able to take back the controls and performs the impossible feat of landing blind. (planelopnik.kinja.com) More...

New Airbus in Asian tour

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Airbus flew its new A350 XWB to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport for the first time yesterday as part of a five-city Asian demonstration tour. The A350-900 MSN5, a flight test aircraft, will make a special. (www.bangkokpost.com) More...

NASA’s Innovative Ground Collision Avoidance System Could Save Hundreds Every Year

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EDWARDS (CBSLA.com) — Most air travelers don’t know it, but NASA is with you when you fly. That’s right — the first ‘A’ in NASA stands for Aeronautics, and the agency continues to develop methods to improve the safety, efficiency, and adaptability of air travel. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Barn Find Messerschmitt Starts After Being Stored For 45 Years

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Amazing story of warbirds in a barn. Some one of a kind in the world. (planelopnik.kinja.com) More...

An Homage to Airline Collectibles

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This article is titled: "Postcards, Ticket Wallets, Timetables, and Other Airline Collectibles. If Only I Hadn’t Thrown Them All Away!" It includes some great scans of some old 1970s-era jetliner postcards, timetables and other collectibles from the author's collection. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Thai US aviation experts inspect Bell 212 helicopter crash site

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The US Bell Helicopter and the Thai army aviation experts returned to the crash site of a Bell 212 helicopter which crashed on the rubber tree field in Phayao province Monday killing all nine officers on board. (englishnews.thaipbs.or.th) More...

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

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OTTAWA • U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its aging fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Watch a 55-Day Overhaul of the Largest Passenger Plane [VIDEO]

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The 550-ton airliner was stripped of a total of 1,600 parts during the process, including the four 6.7-ton engines. (www.youtube.com) More...

FAA report shows spike in drone-related air traffic incidents

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There's a reason why unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aren't permitted to fly beyond 400 feet and within a five-mile radius from airports: they could cause a disaster if they smash a plane's windshield or get sucked into its engine. (www.engadget.com) More...