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Asiana Airlines flight crashes short, skids off runway in Japan

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TOKYO -- News reports say an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway after landing in western Japan and about 20 passengers received minor injuries. It said the Airbus 320 plane was carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members from Seoul, South Korea. It said they were evacuated using escape chutes, and no was seriously injured. (abc7news.com) More...

Fraport To Go Ahead With Frankfurt Airport Expansion

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Fraport's supervisory board has decided to build a third terminal at Frankfurt airport, despite local objections over the environmental impact. Opponents argue the extra capacity at Europe's third largest airport is not needed and that the airport just outside Germany's financial capital already creates too much noise. The decision to press on with a project that could cost up to EUR€3 billion (USD$3.2 billion) followed a study commissioned by the Hesse state government to look at the airport's… (news.airwise.com) More...

Why does London have so many airports?

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The history of every airport in London, including some that have disappeared, and some that don't really count. (www.youtube.com) More...

B-47 Pilot Familiarization Video -- 1952

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A 1952 dramatized orientation film about the B-47 Stratojet starring Reed Hadley. U.S. Air Force training film #TF 1-4727, "The B-47: Pilot's Familiarization." (youtu.be) More...

Hacker on a Plane: FBI Seizes Researcher’s Gear

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The FBI seized equipment from noted security researcher Chris Roberts on Wednesday, alleging that Roberts may have tampered with the systems aboard a United flight to Chicago, based upon a tweet he made about purportedly being able to access the aircraft's EICAS system. Roberts denies the claim. (securityledger.com) More...

Southwest - Missouri One

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Timelaspe video of the painting of the new Southwest Missouri One livery. (www.youtube.com) More...

31 Miami International Airprot Employees Caught On Camera Stealing From Bags

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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thirty-one ramp workers and baggage handlers at Miami International Airport have been arrested since 2012 after undercover video set up during a sting operation by Miami-Dade Police captured them going through passengers' bags to steal valuables. (m.wsvn.com) More...

Worker trapped in cargo hold on Alaska flight

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An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to return to Seattle after a worker was trapped in the cargo hold. (jansaviation.com) More...

Boeing Presents Flight Test 787 Dreamliner to Pima Air & Space Museum

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TUCSON, Ariz., April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA), elected and community leaders joined together today to celebrate the permanent display of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes at the Pima Air & Space Museum. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Study: Flying Really Is Getting Worse

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If you've ever found yourself complaining that flying was a much better experience back when you were a young'un, you're not just being a crotchety oldster: A study released today finds that flying is, in fact, worse than it used to be. The AP has highlights from the annual Airline Quality Rating report, which is based on government data for the 12 largest US airlines. (www.newser.com) More...

JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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Article includes video from airport camera which shows the car on the runway. (www.japantoday.com) More...

Denver International Airport: TSA Agents Fired for Groping Men at Airport, Police Reports Say

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A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers. It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4. According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in… (denver.cbslocal.com) More...

Solar-powered plane on round-the-world flight gets stuck in China

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(CNN)The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China. What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay. (www.cnn.com) More...

2 TSA Screeners Fired Over Groping Scheme

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TSA would have us believe that all its screeners are professionals who would never, ever stoop to gawking at our X-rayed private parts or, maybe worse, copping a feel. CBS Denver, however, reports that two screeners at Denver's airport have been fired after their groping scheme was uncovered. (www.newser.com) More...

Ivory Coast Gets Approval For Direct US Flights

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Ivory Coast has received approval from the United States to start direct flights between the two countries, boosting the West African nation's hopes of becoming a regional transport hub. A senior official at Ivory Coast's National Civil Aviation Authority said the US Transportation Security Administration had given the green light for direct flights. "That will reinforce our aim of being a hub for the region and help to attract more US investors, who did not want to make long journeys to… (news.airwise.com) More...

Airbus A330 reach 1500 order milestone

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Airbus' versatile A330 aircraft family has crossed the 1500 firm order milestone, making it one of successful widebody jetliner. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket landing failure

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SpaceX's HD video of the Falcon 9's April 14th landing attempt. Managed to touch down, but couldn't quite hold it. (www.extremetech.com) More...

Man taken into custody after landing aircraft on Capitol grounds

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U.S. Capitol Police have converged Wednesday on a small manned aircraft that has landed on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Police have taken the pilot into custody. (www.cnn.com) More...

German air controllers urge remote control of planes after crash

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The German air traffic control authority has urged the aviation industry to develop technology that ground staff could use in an emergency to take remote command of a plane, which could help prevent a repeat of a Germanwings crash last month. Investigators believe that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on March 24, killing all 150 people onboard. "We have to think past today's… (uk.reuters.com) More...

Costa Mesa teen begins helicopter lessons in February, flies cross country in April

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Two weeks ago, the newly enrolled flight student proved she had the chops to be an aviator, when she flew a small helicopter 2,000 miles to Tennessee over a four-day stretch. (www.ocregister.com) More...

“Mobile Vacuum Trash Compactor” wins Crystal Cabin Award

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The Airbus’ supported university project for the development of a mobile vacuum trash compactor has been awarded with a Cabin Crystal Awards in the Category University. The innovative concept provides significant weight reduction, better space utilisation and less system complexity by using the on-board vacuum toilet system or waste water system as pressure source for a compaction mechanism. Today’s trash compactor technologies are based on electromechanical compactors which are heavy (80 kg –… (www.airbus.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX: performance with reported engine SFC shortfall

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There have been persistent reports that the CFM LEAP engines should be behind their fuel consumption targets. We commented on these rumors recently and have since got further Market Intelligence from those with direct knowledge confirming that the LEAP-1B for 737 MAX is behind target Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC). As we commented before, the key is to what degree any deficit will be ameliorated before Entry Into Service (EIS) and how remaining gaps, if any, are handled. It would not be the… (leehamnews.com) More...

Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax

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An Air France cargo jet with three people on board has landed safely at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport after declaring an emergency. Flight 6738 departed from Paris on Tuesday evening and was scheduled to land in Chicago. Around 9 p.m. AT, an emergency was declared on board and the flight diverted to Halifax. The Boeing 777 landed around 9:35 p.m. without incident. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Pilot Walks Away after Mooney Power Loss into LAL

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Polk County Sheriff's Office and Lakeland Fire Department responded to the crash which happened around 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of Pipkin Creek Road. First responders arrived on-scene and discovered that the pilot and sole occupant, walked away from the crash with only minor injuries. The pilot's is 55-year-old Richard Simile, from Auburn, Alabama, who was practicing for the Sun 'n Fun fly in, which begins Tuesday at Lakeland Linder Airport. Simile ran to a nearby home, banged on the door and… (www.wfla.com) More...

The plane that can fly backwards

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The Antonov An-2 first flew in 1947, as the Soviet Union was rebuilding after the tumult of World War II. Even on its maiden flight it looked archaic; aviation technology had already joined the jet age. But the An-2 was an incredibly sound design – built in the thousands, exported all across the globe, and still serving nearly 70 years after decades of production. And the plane has one very special attribute – aside from its remarkably short take-off and landing – that should be physically… (www.bbc.com) More...

Portland Airport Hires Unlikely Landscaping Team

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The airport recently made over 40 hires to help combat the issue of invasive plants growing around the airport and predators, such as coyotes, disturbing workers and guests. Who are these new employees? 40 goats and a llama. (www.golocalpdx.com) More...

Lufthansa Receives Final A380 Delivery; Last 747-8I Soon to Follow

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Earlier this month, Lufthansa took delivery of the final Airbus A380 aircraft it had on order, and it will take delivery of the final Boeing 747-8I it has soon. What does this say about the end of the VLA? (airwaysnews.com) More...

Watch This Pilot Somehow Crash And Fly Away At The Same Time

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Sometimes pilots make mistakes. If they’re lucky, nobody gets hurt and you walk away to fly another day. This pilot somehow managed to make a series of bad choices and still managed to keep on flying. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Alaska Air Bans Worker Who Got Trapped In Cargo Hold

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A contract baggage handler who became trapped in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jet on takeoff from Seattle after falling asleep has been banned from all future work at the airline. The employee of Menzies Aviation, an airport ground services company, made news on Monday as an unintended stowaway on Alaska Flight 448 when he woke up inside the sealed baggage compartment to realise the plane was already airborne. (news.airwise.com) More...

Inside the Factory Where Boeing Planes are Made

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Take a peek at the world's largest maternity ward–Boeing's 98-acre factory in Everett, Washington, where newborn planes are delivered every day. (mentalfloss.com) More...

This Airline Wants to Give You a Wider Seat in Economy Cabin

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Southwest Airlines Co. will give passengers something extra with its newly designed aircraft seats -- more than one-half inch of extra width. At 17.8 inches (45 centimeters) across, the bottom seat cushions will be the widest in the coach cabin of any Boeing Co. 737 in the U.S., according to Southwest, the biggest operator of 737s. The plane is the world’s most widely flown jetliner. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

United flight skids off runway

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A United flight landing at Houston skidded off the runway. All 167 aboard okay. (abc13.com) More...

Hidden cameras reveal airport workers stealing from luggage

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Inside a plane at Miami International Airport, baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers' bags. What they don't know is that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes. "It's a problem we all face," said police Lt. Pete Estis. "We will continue to be proactive until we can… (www.cnn.com) More...

All Nippon Airways launches Star Wars-inspired Boeing Dreamliner

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The force is strong with this airline. All Nippon Airways this fall will roll out a 787-9 Dreamliner from the Boeing Co. with the paint scheme patterned after the popular Star Wars character R2-D2. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Emirates Announces Deal With Rolls Royce for 50 Trent 900 Engines

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Earlier today, Rolls Royce announced its largest engine order ever with Emirates Airline. The order, worth $9.2 Billion will provide Emirates with engines to power 50 A380's, which will begin to enter service in 2016. (www.rolls-royce.com) More...

Air Côte d’Ivoire Orders Two More Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Air Côte d’Ivoire, the national airline of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. Air Côte d’Ivoire’s two options were acquired under a contract announced on December 18, 2013 that also included a firm order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire took delivery of its first two aircraft in 2014, in a dual-class configuration. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Kansai International: The airport that’s never lost a passenger’s bag

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TOKYO — One of the many things we love about Japan is its amazing customer service, from intelligent packing to omnipresent station attendants who pop out of the walls to help you. So we weren’t too surprised to hear that an airport in Japan has been judged to be the best airport in the world for baggage handling. And the details of the top-notch service that helped Kansai International Airport clinch the title are really quite impressive. For starters, the Osaka airport hasn’t lost a single… (www.japantoday.com) More...

10 Amazing Pilots You've Probably Never Heard Of

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There have been millions of pilots and a few hundred really great ones, those whose achievements pushed the boundaries of flight. Names like Neil Armstrong, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Manfred von Richtofen, and Amelia Earhart are familiar to aviators and non-fliers alike. Others, like those featured here, are known to aviation history buffs and to almost no one else. Here are some remarkable ones. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

The Navy sees its future in unmanned fighters

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The US Navy is creating an office to oversee drones and may never order another manned fighter jet. Navy secretary Ray Mabus told a conference that "the F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly." (www.engadget.com) More...

AirAsia X to order HGW A330s for European flights

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AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is planning to acquire an unspecified number of HGW (High Gross Weight) A330-300s to be used in resuming services to Europe next year. The A330-300 HGW is seven tonnes heavier than the standard version, which weighs in at 233 tonnes, and features a strengthened wing and additional fuel capacity giving the aircraft a range of 11,300 kilometres. Acting chief executive officer (CEO) of the AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) longhaul subsidiary, Benyamin Ismail, told… (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

First LEAP powered A320neo rolled out

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Airbus today rolled out the first next generation CFM LEAP-1A turbofan engine powered A320neo from its final assembly line in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

UK Competition Authority Stands Firm On Ryanair Ruling

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Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will not change an order for Ryanair to sell down its 30 percent stake in rival Aer Lingus because of IAG's proposed bid for Aer Lingus. Ryanair had asked the CMA to reconsider its 2013 decision, saying IAG's securing of support from Aer Lingus's board for the EUR€1.36 billion bid disproved the regulator's argument that its shareholding might be an obstacle to Aer Lingus being acquired by another airline. (news.airwise.com) More...

Technology's Paradox

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The crash in February of a ­TransAsia ATR 72, which was captured in horrifying detail by dash-cam as the big twin turboprop clipped a road and broke apart, should be an eye-opener to us all. Automation, or rather pilots' inability to manage it or to fly without it proficiently, has become public enemy No. 1. It is without doubt the main culprit of airline crashes around the world. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Google to Rescue ADS-B

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"Google’s Dave Vos was quite clear in saying the company wants to drive down ADS-B costs for manned and unmanned aircraft" (www.avweb.com) More...

Seven cabin innovations at Aircraft Interior Expo 2015

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This week the future aircraft cabin were revealed at the 2015 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. Seven of the world's smartest ideas for the aircraft cabin were awarded on Tuesday, April 14th with the "Cabin Oscar" - the Chrystal Cabin Award. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Airbus Sees Vast Market Potential For Defense Cooperation With New Delhi

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New Delhi’s order of 36 Rafale combat jets stole the limelight during a recent Franco-Indian summit in Paris, but a less high-profile event has proved equally noteworthy—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Airbus facilities in Toulouse, where the aerospace giant said it is ready to develop production and final assembly lines in the South Asian nation as part of New Delhi’s “Make in India” push. (aviationweek.com) More...

F-35 public debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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U.S. aviation enthusiasts will have their first glance at the U.S. military's second fifth generation stealth fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

FAA releases list of instrument approaches to be eliminated

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The FAA has published a list of 736 redundant or underutilized VOR and NDB standard instruments to be eliminated (r20.rs6.net) More...

Europe's combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

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After nearly a decade of design and development, the first full-size nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator is ready for operational tests. Six European nations have coordinated on the UCAV's development. (www.engadget.com) More...

New Vulcan rocket to replace Delta and Atlas

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United Launch Alliance (ULA) unveiled its Next Generation Launch System (NGLS), the Vulcan rocket at the 31st Space Symposium being held at Colo, U.S. from April 13-16. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

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