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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This Is The Most Awe Inspiring USAF Thunderbirds Video Ever

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Ride right inside the cockpit with Thunderbird #5, the lead solo, and see the incredible visuals they see out of their F-16C's bubble canopy. With the use of multiple in-cockpit angles from multiple locations during the a Thunderbirds season, and showing a wide variety of formations and tasks, this is quite possibly the most awe inspiring Thunderbirds video of all time. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

NTSB: Drone Flights Are Subject to FAA Regulations

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The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 (www.nbcnews.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...

(PDF) GPS interference in the Korean peninsula

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From the FAA Notice: "U.S. OPERATORS FLYING IN THE INCHEON FIR (RKRR), ESPECIALLY NEAR SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, ARE ADVISED THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE INTERFERENCE WITH OR DISRUPTION OF THEIR GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS WHILE FLYING IN THIS AREA. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCING GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS INTERFERENCE. IN THE EVENT INTERFERENCE OR DISRUPTION IS ENCOUNTERED, PILOTS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO USE NON-GPS NAVIGATIONAL AIDS. " (www.faa.gov) More...

The Slow Takeoff of Robert Bass's Supersonic Business Jet

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In 2000, Texas billionaire Robert Bass came across a theory of supersonic speed and aircraft wing technology that made him reach for his checkbook. First, he bought five textbooks used in Stanford University aeronautics classes to bone up on the subject. Then as he delved into the physics of planes, he became increasingly convinced that a profitable supersonic business jet was viable. Says Bass, who flew on the Concorde, which took passengers across the Atlantic faster than the speed of sound… (www.businessweek.com) More...

Coming soon on JetBlue: Bag fees, more seats

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Wall Street is finally getting its way with JetBlue. The airline had been one of the last to hold out against charging fliers more for checked bag. But JetBlue announced Wednesday that some customers will soon have to pay extra if they want to do so. (www.usatoday.com) More...

This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

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With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. (gizmodo.com) More...

Oil prices are going down. So why do airfares keep climbing?

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U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers? (www.stltoday.com) More...

Airliner Tracking to Become Norm

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Prompted by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, government and aviation-industry officials are set to announce global standards calling for airliners to automatically report their position at least every 15 minutes, according to people familiar with the details. Taken together, the moves are intended to put in place the first truly universal, real-time tracking system for commercial aircraft operating over water, isolated polar regions or other areas lacking ground-based radar… (online.wsj.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...

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...

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...

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...

Video: K-Max demonstrate unmanned fire fighting

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A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman K-Max unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. (www.aviationanalysis.net) 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...

FAA requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect pitch rate sensors

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A new airworthiness directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect and potentially replace the aircraft's dual pitch rate sensors (PRS). The directive, which applies to 777-200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and 777 freighters, comes in response to reports received by the agency of dual failures of the sensors. (www.flightglobal.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...

Virgin America Going Public This Week

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Some people have never even heard of the airline, but now it's going public. (time.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...

Mock dogfighting fun

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Some mock dogfighting action between a Pitts S1S and an RV-6A. Just in case I needed motivation to keep working on my RV-8... (www.youtube.com) 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...

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...

Air New Zealand, Air China form strategic alliance

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Air China will launch Beijing-Auckland flights as part of a 'strategic alliance' with fellow Star Alliance carrier Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Small plane crashes into a home near Midway Airport

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The Chicago Fire Department confirms the plane crashed into the home at 6511 S. Knox Avenue just before 3 a.m. this morning (wgntv.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...

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...

Top 5 mistakes you WILL make during your first 250 hours

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While sitting around a hangar telling flying stories, I realized that many of us have made the same mistakes – sometimes more than once. I compiled a list of five mistakes that are normally not life threatening, but cause the hand to smack the forehead of many pilots. Please heed the warning. (learntoflyhere.com) 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...

Delta orders A350, A330neo

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Airbus may be lagging behind in the race between the A350 and 787, but it has won another important airline over for this fight. (jansaviation.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...

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...

A Busy Public Road Runs Right Through This Airport Runway

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Space is at a premium in tiny Gibraltar—so much so that the British territory’s only airport runway intersects with its busiest road. Cars traveling along Winston Churchill Avenue must stop for planes several times a day. For about 10 minutes, traffic stays at a standstill to allow a flight to depart for—or arrive from—London, Birmingham, or Manchester. (www.slate.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...

Drunk farang assaults flight attendant on Bangkok Airways, staff claims

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A foreigner jumped at a flight attendant on a Bangkok Airways plane yesterday and ripped her shirt off, according to an account by a purported witness. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

97 Year Old Barn Storming Warbird Restored By Team Of Volunteers

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3 years and hundreds of man hours later, a 1917 Standard J-1 World War I trainer takes to the air for the first time in over 3 decades after a complete restoration conducted by a team assembled completely of volunteers. (planelopnik.com) More...

'Flying Doughnuts': Airbus Files Patent For A New Kind Of Plane

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Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane that looks decidedly more Star Trek Enterprise than airplane. The Financial Times dubbed it "flying doughnuts." (www.npr.org) More...