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Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

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The U.S. Air Force plans to announce on Wednesday that it has decided to use Boeing Co's (BA.N) commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft... (www.reuters.com) More...

SR-22 ditched in Pacific Ocean en-route to Hawaii

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The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a distress call from a single engine aircraft running out of fuel approximately 975 miles north of the Big Island. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Dear Media: Copilots are Pilots!

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Good god, a copilot at the controls! Most reporters seem to have no idea this is perfectly normal. Contrary to what a lot of people are led to believe, copilots are not "apprentice pilots," and both cockpit crewmembers are fully qualified to fly the aircraft. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

(Video) First F-35 Flyover - 4-ship Formation Over 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

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This four-ship formation is the first flyover involving the F-35. Aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona participate in a flyover at the University of Phoenix stadium for the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl. (youtu.be) More...

Delta flight lands in Vegas with pilot locked out of cockpit

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Thursday with the co-pilot at the controls after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says none of the 168 people aboard Delta flight 1651 was injured, and the MD-90 aircraft wasn't damaged. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

B-52 Cockpit Footage Aerial Refueling & Landing

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Cockpit footage from a B-52 during a military training exercise. War Week is an exercise which incorporates aerial refueling, weapons tactics and high altitude maneuvering. (youtu.be) More...

Failure of the U.S. Airport

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The horror of making an international connection at an American airport. Our airports are terrible, and our airlines are finding it harder to compete. We’ve done it to ourselves through shortsightedness, underfunding, and flyer-unfriendly policies... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Pilots Disabled Critical Computers Moments Before AirAsia Crash

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The pilots of AirAsia Bhd. Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The action appears to have helped trigger the events of Dec. 28, when the Airbus Group NV A320 climbed so abruptly that it lost lift and it began falling with warnings blaring in the cockpit, the people said. All 162 aboard were killed. The pilots had been… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

How all "Disruptive Passenger" diverts should end.

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A South African woman caused an AC flight from LHR-YYZ to be diverted to YHZ after berating and technically assaulting members of the cabin crew. After pleading guilty, she will pay a fine and reimburse AC for the cost of the diversion. (www.cbc.ca) More...

10 Dead And 13 Injured After Greek F16 Crashes On Take-Off At NATO Air Base In Albacete, Central Spain

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10 people have died and 13 have been injured after a Greek F16 fighter jet has crashed on take-off inside the Los Llanos air base in Albacete, central Spain, a Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed by telephone to The Spain Report. (www.thespainreport.com) More...

AirAsia Co-Pilot Was at Helm Before Crash

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Airbus planes have computerized protection systems designed to avoid an aerodynamic stall, a condition in which an aircraft’s wings lose lift because forward speed is too low or the wings are pointing upward too steeply. But under extreme circumstances, such as multiple failures or disconnection of redundant flight-control computers, the stall-protection system becomes inoperative. That is apparently what happened to Flight 8501, though questions remain about the primary and contributing… (www.wsj.com) More...

Malaysia clears way for Flight 370 compensation

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Malaysia's civil aviation authority issued a statement Thursday officially declaring the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 deceased and saying the disappearance of the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014 was an accident. The declaration by Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation clears legal hurdles to the airline making compensation payments to the victims of tragic aviation mystery. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for the jet "remains a… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

DIA launches plan to move TSA out of the terminal's Great Hall

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Denver International Airport today issued an international request for qualifications in hopes of finding a public-private partnership to kick the massive security screening apparatus overseen by the Transportation Security Administration out of the Great Hall inside the Jeppesen Terminal. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

DJI no longer lets you fly its drones in Washington, DC

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DJI really, really doesn't want to see its drones in the news for the wrong reasons. Just a day after the world learned that one of its robotic vehicles crash-landed at the White House, the company is pushing out a "mandatory" firmware update for its Phantom 2 drones that prevents you from flying anywhere within a 15.5-mile radius of downtown Washington, DC. (www.engadget.com) More...

Bombardier begin CS300 engine run

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Bombardier confirmed that the first CS300 aircraft commenced stationary engine runs in Mirabel, Canada –as a part pre-flight tests ahead of aircraft’s first flight in the coming weeks. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

World's Longest Commercial Flight Aircraft Retires

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Qantas Airways 747-400 aircraft VH-OJA, "City of Canberra", holds the world record for the longest ever commercial flight, non-stop from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds in August 1989. Now, in early March, it will take its final.. and shortest flight, with an expected flying time of just 10 minutes. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

American Airlines Customers Gain More Access To Mexico, The Caribbean And Latin America With Six New Routes

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American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets. New service to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), will add a new destination to the airline's global network and customers will have increased options when traveling throughout the region. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Belize (BZE); Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM); Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL); Managua, Nicaragua (MGA); and… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Man suing Southwest Airlines after carry on bag fell on him

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A man is suing Southwest airlines for a carry bag falling on him. Pretty ridiculous right?! I guess he didnt listen to the FA announcements, and thought he was superman (fox8.com) More...

'Security Concern' Causes 2 Flight Evacuations, 1 Diverted

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Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern." (abcnews.go.com) More...

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990)

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No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago. (aviationweek.com) More...

Alaska Airlines: We Don't Want To Pay For New Sea-Tac Facility That Helps Delta

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Alaska Air Group doesn't want to pay most of the costs of a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport international terminal expansion, which will primarily benefit its chief competitor. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

15 hours on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, in coach

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Want to sit for 15 hours? Boeing's new 787-9 claims better passenger comfort over extremely long-haul routes. Here's what it's like on one of the longest you can take. (www.cnet.com) More...

Passenger, cargo planes slide off Ford Airport taxiway

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Airport officials said an American Eagle plane landed around 9:15 a.m. on a runway and then slid off a taxiway as it was heading to the gate to park. (woodtv.com) More...

(Video) "Crosswind turboprop torment"

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"More BHXwinds action (X-winds at BHX airport), as Dash-8 and ATR twin-engines have a difficult time coping with gusts and windshear." (www.youtube.com) More...

Emirates Announces Two New A380 Destinations in Europe: Dusseldorf and Madrid

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DUBAI, U.A.E., 28th January 2015: Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, announced today the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travellers alike. (www.theemiratesgroup.com) More...

Watch seven jets landing in perfect formation

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They may not have the cool F-16s of the US Air Force's Thunderbirds or the ultra-cool Northrop F-5E Tiger II of the Patroullie Suisse, but the Spanish Air Force's Patrulla Águila (Eagle Patrol) can do some cool tricks too. Here they are landing in formation. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Avgas fuel price review: Will prices go down in 2015?

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Avgas is a big component in the cost of flying. And as much as we hate the cost, it’s a fact of life for us pilots. For this report, I’ve collected data from various sources to try and predict what we will see in 2015 in terms of retail prices for 100LL. This is a personal analysis and shouldn’t be considered fact – unless of course it happens. Safe Flying! (www.midwesternpilot.org) More...

Dubai Now World's Busiest International Airport

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London is no longer the world's leader in international traffic. Dubai with just over 70 million passengers in 2014, surpassed London's 68 million. This makes Dubai the world's leader in international traffic. (www.cnn.com) More...

Flying the Airbus A400M by AviationWeek

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Aviation Week's chief test pilot was the first journalist to fly Airbus Military's A400M airlifter. Pretty advanced - lets hope the computers don't fail (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing reports new cost increases on 787 programme

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Reaching an ever-elusive breakeven point on Boeing’s 787 programme slid still further from the company’s grasp in an otherwise profitable fourth quarter and 2014 overall. At the beginning of last year, Boeing chief executive and chairman Jim McNerney projected that deferred production costs would peak at around $25 billion by the end of 2014, signaling the programme’s break-even point on a unit basis. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

12-hour wait on tarmac

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of air travelers landed in San Francisco, safe but irritated after a 28-hour overseas flight they say included 12 hours on a tarmac in the Middle East without food or accurate flight information. (www.usatoday.com) More...

RAF E-3D Sentry deployed to fight ISIL

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Royal Air Force's E-3D Sentry airborne control and command aircraft has joined the formidable array of coalition aircraft operating against ISIL forces this week. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

All Nippon Airways Places Airbus, Boeing Orders

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has placed orders for Airbus and Boeing aircraft to bolster the airline’s growing fleet. (atwonline.com) More...

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Ontario, California

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ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — An United Airlines flight Thursday was forced to make an emergency landing in Ontario minutes after departing from LAX. United flight 1181, which was flying from LAX to Dulles in Washington, D.C., diverted to Ontario International Airport around 9 a.m., according to the FAA. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

(Video) Solar Impulse 2 Human Challenges for Non-Stop Around the World Flight

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The #RTW Solar Flight will represent approx. a 35,000km journey. Although achieved in several legs, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will cumulate around 500 flight hours in the tiny Solar Impulse 2 cockpit. Discover the experience by the numbers (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East

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Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast on Monday, and Tuesday doesn't look much better. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Turkish Airlines In Talks For Around 10 Airbus A380 Jetliners - Sources

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Turkish Airlines is in negotiations to obtain 10 or more Airbus A380 jets in a deal potentially worth $4 billion based on a direct purchase at catalogue prices, two people familiar with the matter said. (www.reuters.com) More...