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Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

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A 14-year-old girl named Sarah using the Twitter handle @QueenDemetriax_ sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and the response, both on the part of the airline and the online community, was sure and swift. The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan,” concluding “I’m going to do something really big bye” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed out that pranks on Twitter have more consequences… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

767 35-Knot Crosswind Landing

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What happens when 120 tonnes of landing Boeing 767 encounters severe turbulence just above the runway (15 at BHX). Just watch the wheels bouncing in all directions under the shear forces. Very reassuring that the undercarriage can take this sort of punishment without blowing itself to pieces. (www.youtube.com) More...

Bloomberg profile on FlightAware ADS-B Deployment

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FlightAware provides real-time flight tracking that’s licensed by companies and accessed by consumers via free mobile apps. The nine-year-old company mainly aggregates data from air-traffic-control organizations and airlines, but it’s able to fill in some holes using the trackers it distributes to anyone willing to climb on top of their houses. Each FlightFeeder device weighs half a pound and is about the size of a soda can. Customers plug in the blue-and-white box and put an antenna on the… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Most Incredible Air to Air Footage

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A must watch! There's a lot of great air-to-air footage out there, but sometimes you see something and just say "WOW". This is one of those videos. Wolfe Air, maker of this incredible video, is the self-proclaimed leader in aviation cinema. They shoot using a Lear 25B, Cessna Skymaster and A-Star helicopter. (www.boldmethod.com) More...

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

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Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

JetBlue to Begin New Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale Service

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JetBlue Airways announced it will launch new daily, non-stop service between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 29. Flights will operate using Airbus A320 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Electric Taxiing Motors Could Save Airlines Millions Of Dollars

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Mexican airline Interjet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell and Safran, developers of the Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS), to become the first airline in the Americas to use the system which will save airlines up to $450,000 per plane, per year once it comes to market. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Tracking system nabbing drug dealers and law-abiding pilots

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"Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, was detained and his plane searched by federal agents -- without legal justification -- after he landed at a small airport in Detroit. Instead of uncovering a drug cache, the officials found luggage, golf clubs and an empty Thermos." (www.latimes.com) More...

An & Ria's First Flight

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Two elderly ladies fly for the first time in their lives. Their childlike wonder is touching. Kleenex alert: the video may even produce some wet eyes, even among the most seasoned and cynical of us. Certainly it's a heartfelt reminder of the most basic reasons many of us fly. Enjoy! (www.youtube.com) More...

GOL, TAP to Begin Codeshare

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Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced that it plans to enter into a codeshare agreement with Portuguese carrier TAP Portugal. The agreement is pending government approval. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Hunt for Flight 370 Hits Hurdle As Underwater Vehicle Resurfaces - Searchers to Study Data from Submarine, Will Redeploy Tuesday

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The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines entered a new phase on Monday as the quest for pings was abandoned and an underwater vehicle was deployed to examine the floor of the southern Indian Ocean. Australian authorities reported Tuesday that the autonomous underwater vehicle tasked the search of the sea floor hit a hurdle on its first mission and returned to the surface. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

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Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Flight 370: Black Box Search Ends Without Success, ‘Time to Go Underwater’ - Oil Slick Found in Search Area Could Be Additional Lead

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After almost a week without pings from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines 777, Australian officials said that the search for signals from the emergency beacons from the aircraft’s black boxes will end and that it is time to deploy an underwater vehicle. “We haven’t had a signal in six days, “ said Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre that is running the search, at a news conference Monday. “It’s time to go underwater.” ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Inmarsat to Offer Airlines Free Tracking Service

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Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry's intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (online.wsj.com) More...

Virtual Tour: Munich Airport Visitors Park - Besucherpark is Planespotting Paradise Open to Public (great pictures)

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While many airports around the world offer travelers visiting their terminals large windows with great views of the tarmac and runways, and a few have open viewing decks and terraces, one airport, Munich, has an entire park to welcome aviation fans. Munich Airport Besucherpark, or Visitors Park, is open to the public and has no security checkpoints. Everyone is welcome. It provides excellent parking as well as its own stop on the S1 and S8 commuter rail lines. The Besucherpark is comprised of… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Daring One-Wheel Mountainside Helicopter Rescue

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Mountain Rescue Aspen and the HAATS Unit from the Colorado National Guard work together to evacuate a man who had fallen on North Maroon Peak. (www.aviationvideos.co) More...

MH370: Black box pingers are 'most likely' dead, official says

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- The batteries that power the beacons attached to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's black boxes are "most likely" dead or almost depleted, an official with the company that designs and builds the pingers told CNN on Sunday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Airport Lounge Review: Virgin Clubhouse and Upper Classs Wing at LHR

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Virgin Atlantic, in keeping with its fun-and-games image, doesn’t simply have a lounge,; it has its own Clubhouse. The current Clubhouse opened in T3 in 2006 (the first Clubhouse opened in London Gatwick in 1990)and offers everything from a poolside lounge to an outdoor deck. The Clubhouse is located in area H, near American Airlines’ Admirals Club. With four bags in tow (who’s counting, when one travels Upper Class) I took the lift up one flight and entered a reception area with what appeared… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Scorpion Jet Program Makes Progress

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The test pilots have brought the Scorpion as high as 30,000 feet to speeds up to 430 knots true airspeed. G forces of +3.7 G and -0.5 G have been imposed on the airframe and the stall speed has been shown to be below 90 knots calibrated airspeed. In addition, the test pilots have done engine shutdowns and restarts in flight and have demonstrated a low-speed aircraft interception with a Cessna 182, which can be seen in the accompanying video. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

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Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week. The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%. Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance. Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Piper introduces the Archer DX - Diesel

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Piper Aircraft yesterday launched a diesel version of the Archer at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany powered by a Continental/Centurion 2.0S jet-A compression-ignition engine. Piper and Continental have already completed flight testing of the prototype in Germany, leading to an EASA STC in Europe and clearing the way for deliveries to start early next year. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’ - Air and Sea Search for Flight 370 Could End This Week

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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed.. Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years. ... The agency also reported Thursday that the underwater search area has been “significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Swiss to Offer Special In-Flight Services for Travelers with Allergies

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Swiss International Air Lines announced it is tailoring some of its in-flight services and amenities to the special needs of travelers with allergies. The airline has begun to offer lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options to passengers with allergies, and will also allow these passengers to request allergy-friendly snacks. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Boeing nets more than double Airbus' orders for new planes in 1Q 2014

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Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations. Some suggest the dramatic drop-off at Airbus is related to a deliberate attempt to decrease and/or completely eliminate the smaller A350-800 variant, in favor of a reengined but much older A330neo, that might be announced later in the year. (www.reuters.com) More...

Coming soon: Superjumbos with no economy seats

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In August, Skymark will take delivery of the first of four Airbus A380 superjumbos it plans to fly to international destinations including London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. The A380s will have 114 almost-lie-flat business class bed seats of 152 cms (60 inches) per seat row upstairs, and the entire downstairs devoted to 280 premium economy seats. That’s a total of 394 seats per plane when most airlines have 480 to 520 seats. Read more:… (www.smh.com.au) More...

The economic worth of an Airbus A380 flight

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How much actual economic value does an A380 bring to a city, compared to smaller aircraft like a Boeing 777? Using Sydney Airport as an example, Deloitte calculates a daily A380 flight contributes an estimated $342 million to Australia's GDP annually, compared to $287m for a Boeing 777 and just $176m for other international aircraft. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Southwest Flight Attendant Turns Safety Announcement Into a Comedy Show

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If airplane flights have you tense, this Southwest Airlines attendant might be the perfect cure to lighten your mood. The clever flight attendant, Marty Cobb, started off the safety instructions with a bang as she introduced the other attendants. If that doesn't loosen you up, we're not sure what will! She might even be better than a lot of comedians out there — just listen to the roar of laughter! Her performance was so good, she even got a round of applause when she finished … and our comedic… (www.abc15.com) More...

At Feds’ request, GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi service added more spying capabilities

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A prominent privacy activist has discovered a previously little-known filing with the Federal Communications Commission showing that GoGo, an in-flight Wi-Fi provider, has voluntarily done more to share user data with law enforcement than what is required. While GoGo and its competitors must follow the same wiretap provisions outlined in the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union recently found that GoGo takes its… (arstechnica.com) More...

House Committee Passes Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed new legislation that will help ensure that airline passengers know how much of their ticket price goes to federal taxes. The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 will prevent airlines from incorporating government taxes in advertised prices. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Czech Saboteurs in World War II and B-17s

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During WWII, some of the Czechs collaborated with the Nazis and some were Svejks–those who simply stood by and did nothing. But there were also many Czechs who resisted and who provided assistance to the Allies via clandestine activities. One B-17 was saved by their efforts. (charlesoheller.com) More...

Cathay Pacific confirms all-new business, economy seats for Airbus A350

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Cathay Pacific will launch all-new designs for its business class and economy seats on its Airbus A350 fleet from early 2016. The airline has hired Porsche Design Group to craft its new business class seats, codenamed ‘FB3’ as it will be Cathay’s third flatbed business class. Also on the roster is London-based Tangerine, perhaps best known as the former home of Apple design guru Jony Ive, which is responsible for new economy seats. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FAA declares ADS-B radio network is complete

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Today, the FAA announced that the nationwide installation of NextGen's Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network is complete. It supports a satellite-based surveillance system that tracks aircraft with the help of GPS, providing more accurate aircraft location information than the current radar system. (www.faa.gov) More...

Spirit responds to 'most-complained about' label

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Spirit Airlines is responding to a report last week that found it to be the most-complained about U.S. carrier. The carrier is also offering a $24 discount to "celebrate" the "99.99% of our customers (who) did not file a complaint with the Department of Transportation in 2013." (www.usatoday.com) More...

Searching for Answers: Why Stopping the Hunt for Flight 370 is Not an Option

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As the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane continues, and the costs begin to mount, one thing has become clear: the hunt for the Boeing jetliner that took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, China on March 8 is likely to become one of the most expensive recovery efforts in history and possibly one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 21st century. While the mood on Monday was decidedly optimistic as Australian officials said they were “very close” to finding the wreckage, the tone… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Australian Vessel Picks Up Ping in Indian Ocean, Moves to Investigate - Malaysian Officials Promise ‘Same Level of Vigour and Intensity’ Going Forward

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As the first month of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner draws to a close, Australian officials said they had detected pulse signals in the southern Indian Ocean, one day following a similar report by Chinese authorities. An Royal Australian Navy vessel, the Ocean Shield, picked up a separate pulse signal Sunday approximately 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) from its location, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...