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(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) More...

Bárðarbunga Volcano erupts, resulting in airspace restrictions

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The Icelandic Met Office says a small subglacial eruption started today beneath the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier, near the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists aboard a surveillance airplane above the glacier see no signs of an eruption yet. All flight traffic has however been banned near the volcano. (www.ruv.is) More...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) More...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) More...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) More...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) More...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) More...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.com) More...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) More...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) More...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Google unveils UAV parcel delivery concept

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Google is continuing its journey into the world of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), as it introduces a parcel-delivery UAV prototype developed under its two-year Project Wing effort. The technology company is developing the concept through its Google X research division, and the announcement follows on from the company’s April 2014 acquisition of Titan Aerospace – a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) solar-powered UAV manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance

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This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact. (Video) (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Said to Mull Job Cuts, Order Review, New CEO‬

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Malaysian Airline System is considering job cuts, a review of aircraft orders and replacing its chief executive officer after the national carrier suffered two disasters this year, people familiar with the plan said. (www.thejakartaglobe.com) More...

Malaysian airlines crises looms

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On the news and on the today-tonight show that channel seven network in Australia. A report investigation into some passenger dramas in flight has showed a female passenger being indecently assaulted before any flight crew had come to intervene. This happened last week on a MAS flight from NZAA to Kuala Lumpa on a B772 aircraft a sister aircraft to the two recent incidents where both aircraft have being lost. A man believed to be of Asian appearance tried to sexually assault this young girl who… (www.todaytonight.com.au) More...

3D Printed Jet Engine.

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Lately we have seen it all from 3D printers. From weapons, computer parts and even now JET ENGINES! (youtu.be) More...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) More...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

See Images of Airplanes at Night Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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This summer, photographer Kevin Kunstadt began making long exposures of airplanes as they flew over the New York City area at night, creating these surreal and eerily beautiful images. (time.com) More...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

It's not actually a blimp

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Wingfoot One is a member of Goodyear's new fleet of NT Airships, which have an added carbon fiber and aluminum frame beneath the soft skin. Blimps have no frame, instead operating like a big balloon with engines. (video-embed.cleveland.com) More...

Church of the High Speed Pass

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Join Apache, Hide, Vandy and the Dreamland Squadron as they make great music and fly their Vans aircraft over the woodlands of Florida. (vimeo.com) More...

Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark

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A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. The decision comes three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards. (www.af.mil) More...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) More...

Mayor on Frontier suspending Sioux City flights: 'Unacceptable'

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Frontier Airlines jilts Sioux City, Iowa for the second time, third time if you count original Frontier Airlines dumping the route back in the 1980's (siouxcityjournal.com) More...

Flying Is... A Thousand Different Dreams

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Flying has launched a major initiative to share with the world just how cool it is to be a pilot. Watch these amazing videos, sponsored by Garmin, of pilots sharing their passions and help get the word out about how amazing it is to fly. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Why We’re Not Driving the Friendly Skies

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A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams..... (www.nytimes.com) More...

Warbirds: The Planes of D-Day

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The 70-year anniversary of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe at Normandy Beach in France that we celebrated this year is a special one, as it is a solemn recognition of the incalculable contribution of a legion of fighters, the survivors of whom are now at least in their late 80s, most well into their 90s. All too soon the memory of that epic invasion, the climactic battle of World War II, will be the stuff of history only and not memory. So it is fitting that we mark this event. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Pilots Aim to Land in 49 State Capitals in Two Weeks

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Two general aviation pilots announced plans this week to fly a private GA airplane to all state capitals in the lower 48 United States and Alaska in just two weeks to raise public awareness about how important smaller, municipal airports are. The Capital Air Tour journey will cover 12,000 miles with stops at 57 airports. The flight will be flown by Field Morey, EAA 1151584, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell, Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings &… (www.eaa.org) More...

Honeywell, Rockwell Collins roll out advanced (3-D) cockpit radar

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For airlines, better radar can help planes weave safely through and around weather systems. It can enhance safety and save money by reducing weather delays. And for passengers, improved weather radar can reduce the midair bumps, jolts and plunges that come inside and on the periphery of storms. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Ride-Sharing Site Flytenow Will Take FAA To Court

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In the wake of an FAA ruling prohibiting the exchange of money through airplane ride-sharing websites, startup Flytenow has tweaked its business model to make all online flight arrangements free. In the meantime, the company plans to challenge the FAA's interpretation of the regulations in a Washington, D.C., district court. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Drug Smuggling Ring uncovered at Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport. According to the indictment, the drugs were given to a US Airways employee working at McCarran. The employee would then bypass security, then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. (www.8newsnow.com) More...

PICTURES: Bombardier delivers first high density Q400 to Nok

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Bombardier has delivered its first 86-seat Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to launch customer Nok Air. This is part of the Thai low-cost carrier’s order in November 2013 for up to eight Q400 turboprops. Nok now has firm orders for six Q400s, with purchase rights for two additional aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Nations Helicopter Crash in South Sudan Kills Three

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"A United Nations cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan, killing three crew members, the mission there said. The helicopter was on a "routine cargo flight" Tuesday from the town of Wau to Bentiu, the U.N. said. The mission lost contact with the craft about 2:30 p.m. local time. The U.N. said it would begin an investigation as soon as possible." (online.wsj.com) More...

Airline loses wheelchair-using granny for 11 hours

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A family is fuming mad after an airline employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her. Southwest gave her $200 in travel vouchers after she missed all her flights. (www.freep.com) More...