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Britsh Airways refurbishing 18 747-400 aircraft.

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If it’s the end of the line for Boeing Co.’s 747 jetliner, nobody told British Airways. The largest operator of the hump-backed icon -- dubbed the Queen of the Skies on its debut in 1970 -- is plumping up seat cushions, hanging fresh curtains and upgrading entertainment systems on 18 planes. Seems they can get a bit more life out of paid-for aircraft and maybe make money doing so. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Report: Airlines Installing Uncomfortable Bumps In Seatbacks Because It Pleases Them

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NEW YORK—According to sources throughout the commercial aviation sector, the nation’s airlines will begin installing awkwardly placed bumps in every airplane seatback this week because it reportedly brings great pleasure to them (www.theonion.com) More...

First A350-1000 wing goes in to prodution

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The wings for the first Airbus A350-1000 have begun the process of assembly at Broughton, North Wales. READ MORE ON AIRBUS.com (www.airbus.com) More...

Lockheed unveil next generation HWB airlifter concept

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Aviation Week revealed Lockheed Martin's next generation airlifter design called the Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) concept, that promises drastic reduction in operating cost. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

747 Rare In The Air: Original Photos and Booklet from 1968 Rollout of the 1st Jumbo Jet.

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As Korean Air became the newest Boeing 747-8I operator this week and possibly the last as TransAero deferred its orders, we look back at the Jumbo with these early promotional materials including rare photographs from the 1968 rollout of the first 747. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Video: NASA simulates a severe but survivable plane accident

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A single engine Cessna 172 plane was dropped to the ground from 100 feet on Wednesday at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in an effort to help search and rescuers save more lives. (www.youtube.com) More...

Six Men Detained In Texas After Disrupting Flight From San Diego To Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night, after six passengers became unruly during the flight. (chicago.cbslocal.com) More...

The World's Fastest Four-Cylinder Airplane Is This Wild Student Project

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The Anequim Project Team, a group of students and professors from Brazil's Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), recently brought their slick new plane to Rio de Janeiro to put it through its paces. When they were done with the high-speed flights out of the Santa Cruz Air Force Base this past weekend, they'd set five new world records. Not bad for a student project. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Emirates Airlines Launches New Non-Stop Service From Dubai To Orlando With An Airbus A380 Super Jumbo Jet

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Emirates Airlines completed the first rotation of the new Orlando-Dubai non-stop service today with a water canon salute by the Orlando airport’s Fire Rescue department using an Airbus A380, landing at 11:29am... (www.thefloridanewsjournal.com) More...

Images: CSeries complete water ingestion tests

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Bombardier confirmed today it successfully completed its C Series aircraft’s water ingestion tests in Mirabel, Québec – the tests validate how the aircraft behaves on rain-soaked runways. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

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One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Airline fears of pilot shortage spark Congress fight over required training

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Good article to read. I want your options with the pilot shortage and the mandatory hours required by the FAA. I am a student at a 4-year college for Aviation with approximately 325 hours of flight time. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Warbirds Blast Over St. Barths During The Bucket Superyacht Regatta

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St. Barth’s welcomed a slew of vintage warbirds to the Bucket Regatta. The private collection of bombers and fighters from WWII simulated a low level strafing run and the results were quite impressive. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

(Video) 2015 Integrated Live Fire Exercise - US / S Korea

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HD video of a US / S Korea live fire military exercise - August 2015 (www.youtube.com) More...

While its aircraft can be tracked online, the U.S. Air Force only worries about Tweets….

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Bad OPSEC (Operations Security) exposed by Air War on ISIS? “Loose Tweets Destroy Fleets” is the slogan (based on the U.S. Navy’s WWII slogan “Loose Lips Sink Ships”) that the U.S. Air Force Central Command used a couple of weeks ago for an article aimed at raising airmen awareness about the risk of sharing sensitive information on social media. (theaviationist.com) More...

James "Red" Duke, iconic surgeon who started Life Flight, dies at 86

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Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr., Houston's iconic, cowboy-style doctor who delivered homespun health advice on nationally syndicated television and founded the Life Flight helicopter ambulance system, died Tuesday. He was 86. (www.chron.com) More...

Delta to Pay Business Fliers if it's later than American & United

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Basking in an on-time rate that beats rivals, Delta Air Lines Inc. promises to pay up if it can’t get road warriors to their destinations more reliably than American and United. Delta is pitching a new program to its corporate clients that would award travel credits to those accounts if the carrier falls behind its two biggest rivals in on-time arrival and flight completion rates. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Pilots expected to picket Warren Buffett-owned NetJets

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Warren Buffett’s peaceful summer stand-off with NetJets pilots is about to end. (nypost.com) More...

Boeing Settles Lawsuit Accusing Company of Mishandling 401(k) Plan

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Boeing decides to settle a long-running lawsuit accusing the company of mishandling the 401(k) plan to the employees. (www.wsj.com) More...

Aeroflot to Take Control of Transaero

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Transaero has confirmed in a press release, the plans of Aeroflot to integrate the troubled Russian airline as part of state-owned carrier group. (airwaysnews.com) More...

F-22 Raptors Hard At Work During Red Flag (Video)

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Exhilarating footage of F-22 Raptor operations at Nellis AFB during the Red Flag exercise. Close-ups of F-22 takeoffs and landings. (youtu.be) More...

Boeing Receives $1.49 Billion Contract for 13 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

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Boeing will provide the first P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for Australia and additional P-8As for the U.S. Navy following a $1.49 billion contract award from the Navy for 13 aircraft. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

FAA starts testing its drone safety app

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Back in May, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to test an app for drone hobbyists that'll ensure they're flying in approved airspace. The mobile software appears to be on schedule as B4UFLY is now in closed beta for iOS. Up to 1,000 UAV users will test the app that's primarily aimed at keeping you informed about which areas are safe to fly. (www.engadget.com) More...

Pentagon to test F-35 against A-10 for Close Air Support

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Already an alarmingly poor dogfighter, we may now find out just how good the JSF is at CAS. Reads like the Air Force is prepared for it to lose against the 40-year-old A-10 but use it anyway. (www.defensenews.com) More...

U.S. OKs $3B upgrade of Boeing Apache helicopters for UK

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WASHINGTON • The U.S. government has approved Britain's request to have 50 of its older model Apache helicopters refurbished and upgraded by Boeing Co and other U.S. companies, a deal valued at around $3 billion, the Defense Department announced on Thursday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Ode to the Learjet

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The first jet that I and many other freight haulers learned to fly was both a hoot and a handful. (www.bbc.com) More...

(Video) Shoreham Air Show Crash

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A Hawker Hunter plane has crashed while performing at the Shoreham Air Show. (www.youtube.com) More...

Aerobatic Pilot killed in New York following structural break-up

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Aircraft is reported to be a Giles G202 owned by Carbon Fiber Airshows of Austin, Texas. Unconfirmed if Andrew Wright was PIC at the time. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

Emirates' USA Growth Anchored Around JetBlue and Alaska Air Hubs. Panama City For LatAm Growth

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In the 2015 winter schedule, Emirates will have 35% more capacity to the United States than in winter 2014. Its growth is not random but targeted around partnerships: 90% of additional capacity will be put into four airports – New York JFK, Boston, Seattle and Orlando – that are hubs for its local partners, JetBlue and Alaska Air. The remaining 10% increase is largely a full season realisation of previous growth. (centreforaviation.com) More...

B-1 Bomber Buzzes Sturgis Bike Rally, Redefines The Term "Loud Exhaust"

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On this, the 75th anniversary of the Mecca of all bike rallies, the loudest vehicle to cruise the strip was the mighty B-1B Lancer bomber (www.youtube.com) More...

Mitsubishi MRJ first flight in October

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has announced that the maiden flight of the first MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) prototype, FTA1, will take place in the second half of October 2015. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Navajo and unidentified RPA

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The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) Illinois on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing. (airsoc.com) More...

Images from MAKS 2015

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Images from the MAKS 2015 Airshow in Moscow, Zhukovsky (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing delivers Korean Air's first 747-8 Intercontinental

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Boeing and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental airliner. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Lufthansa’s “Movable Monument” Tante Ju 52 soars over Hamburg

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Fly back in time aboard Lufthansa's 1936 vintage Junker JU52 in a scenic flight over Hamburg during "Airport Days". (airwaysnews.com) More...

Video shows the power of "Wet Microburst"

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It's called a wet microburst -- but when you see it on video like this, there's nothing "micro" about it. This time-lapse footage captured by Tucson photographer Brian Snider shows a microburst absolutely unloading on an area near the city. It seems as if a giant nozzle has been turned on in the sky, sending a blast of water straight down, which then quickly fans out (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

Stunning photos of US F-22 jets deploying to Poland for the very first time

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F-22s from their base at Spangdahlem airbase in Germany, have landed in Poland for a short visit. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Japan Airlines To Return to Dallas/Fort Worth

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Japan Airlines announced the return to Dallas, with service to Dallas/Fort Worth to Toyko Narita starting in November 2015 for a stronger relationship with American Airlines. They will have 4 daily flights to Toyko, making it daily in spring 2016. According to Japan airlines, the will be using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Already, American Airlines has 2 daily flights to Toyko, using the Boeing 777-200ER. Over the years, Dallas has expanded its international flights. The world longest flight… (airchive.com) More...

Pilot killed in crash at W.K. Kellogg Airport

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A private, single-engine aircraft with a single occupant crashed during takeoff around 8:20 p.m. Thursday. The pilot, a Wisconsin man in his 30s, was killed in the crash, according to police on scene. (woodtv.com) More...

Video: Exhilarating DC-10 Firefighter Plane Pulls Off Incredible Maneuver In Silverado Canyon 9/12/2014

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"When on a hike to view the carnage a wildfire was taking on my hometown, I caught a fantastic clip of DC-10- dropping fire retardant in a treacherous ridge about to be enveloped in flames. Nobody wanted to come with me because of the steep trail and the inherent dangers of being close to a forest fire, so I was just up there alone. A very unique experience. On the way up the steep trail, I watched many other planes pass over the burning ridge and drop retardant and water, and I was just… (www.youtube.com) More...

TCAS and ADS-B to be Unreliable on US East Coast in September

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Due to a late notice Department of Defense exercise, TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1. Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Pilots are… (www.nbaa.org) More...

Boeing wins $1.49 bln order for 13 P-8A aircraft

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WASHINGTON • Boeing Co. has won a contract worth $1.49 billion to build 13 more P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft, and buy titanium and other materials needed for work on 20 further planes in coming years, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Boeing checks cabin system effect on smoke after 787 fire

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Boeing is developing models to assess how environmental control systems might carry particles and gas from a fire in the emergency locator transmitter, in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines 787 fire at London Heathrow. The aircraft was parked and empty at the time but the unusual nature of the fire, which originated in the transmitter situated in the aft fuselage crown, has spurred a re-examination of test data. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

ScanEagle demonstrates fire monitoring capability over Olympic National Park

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While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington's Olympic National Park. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Simple wave: Feel good video of the day

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A boy waves at a Southwest Airlines airplane and gets a surprise . . . (www.youtube.com) More...

The 30 Most Important Airplanes of All Time

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While by no means definitive, the following list of flying machines is what we consider, after many grueling hours of debate, to be the most important airplanes in the course of history. Every one of the airplanes herein has left a lasting impact—not just on aviation as an industry but on the course of humanity as a whole. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

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