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Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

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The SR-71 Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Southwest C-Check Plane Wash

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Watch how Houston performs C-check washes on SWA planes. Houston does the washes four nights a week Sunday through Wednesday, the night after they go to C-check. The main purpose of the wash isn't cosmetic. It's to clean up components for inspectors the next night to inspect everything and get a good look. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilots have organized a ferocious, at times threatening, response to Quartz’s story about Instagrams in the sky

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Quartz’s investigation of commercial airline pilots taking photos and videos of their flights provoked a furious response from the aviation community. Hundreds of pilots and their fans have been harassing the reporter who wrote the story with vitriolic comments and, at times, threats of violence. (qz.com) More...

AA280 diverts to Narita after heavy turbulance. 15 passengers injured.

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An American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was diverted on Tuesday after the aircraft hit severe turbulence. (www.cnbc.com) More...

FlightAware Wins 2nd Place in SESAR (Single European Sky) Research Contest

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A second-place award was handed out to FlightAware, a US-based company, for providing a live feed of Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) flight position data on some 100,000 aircraft per day. This service was used by several other proposals in this SESAR SWIM Master Class. (www.atc-network.com) More...

A Desert War on ISIS, Fought From a Floating City

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ABOARD THE U.S.S. CARL VINSON, in the Persian Gulf — More than a dozen Navy F/A-18 warplanes roar off ... (www.nytimes.com) More...

Four women in flight brawl over baby crying

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My goodness how about this a crying baby all the way in flight nerve racking and final three other women pull the mother of the child or baby out of the seat into the isle and start a punch and Judy match. Are they nuts? Mind you It is very hard not to put up with a crying baby all the way and the mother being stubin did nothing to stop her. Now read on viewers plane spotters flight aware crew have a laugh… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Demand for big planes flat in 2014—Boeing and Airbus both feel the pinch

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2014 hasn’t been a great year for jumbo jet manufacturers: according to a report by Jalopnik, neither Boeing nor Airbus netted any orders for their newest and biggest airplanes in 2014. (arstechnica.com) More...

Cockpit View of Night Landing at Chicago O'hare International Airport

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An interesting time-lapse video of flight over city, landing, taxiing, and parking at O'hare. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Cabin video of extreme turbulence on American 280 near Japan

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"RAW FOOTAGE // American Airlines Flight AA280 diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt." (www.youtube.com) More...

Passengers, airlines can't afford late 1st flight

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For years, Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, so its tumble toward the bottom of government rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning. Southwest officials needed to fix an ill-fated decision to squeeze more flights into the schedule. This summer, they backed off by allowing more time between flights. And they told employees that the first flight of the day on every route had to leave on time. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Qatar to Take Delivery of First A350 XWB December 22

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The first Airbus A350 XWB will be delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways on Monday, December 22nd in Toulouse. This news comes after it was announced that the first A350 XWB delivery was delayed, but earlier this week, Didier Evrard, head of the manufacturer’s A350 program, was optimistic at an investor day forum in London as he explained that the first delivery was still expected delivery to occur before the end of 2014. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Ethiad Receives their first A380

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Video courtesy of Airbus. The beautiful new aircraft is going to fly soon and appear in airports (youtube.com) More...

Video: This guy is a good helicopter driver!!

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Hope you haven't seen this before. A Lynx helicopter landing on a rolling ship at sea! Great piloting skills. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilot Fired After Letting Hot Girls Hold Controls In Cockpit Mid-Flight

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A Mexican charter pilot found himself out of a job after letting a pair of starlets fly his plane. (elitedaily.com) More...

Second SpaceShipTwo to fly in 2015

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After the tragic loss of the first SpaceShipTwo called Enterprise, during its 55th test flight, Virgin Galactics is advancing the assembly of the yet to be named second SpaceShipTwo. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Calif Proposition 65 Lawsuit Regarding Leaded Avgas Settled

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FBOs Required To Post Warnings About Exposure To Lead Near Airports, Pay Small Penalty, Make MoGas and 100VLL available. Under the settlement, the companies must sell the lowest lead fuel that is commercially available in sufficient quantities, warn the public about the danger of lead exposure through signs posted at airports and notices sent to nearby residences, and pay a total of $550,000 in penalties and legal costs. (news.sciencemag.org) More...

3D printers create parts for Bell Helicopters

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Bell has taken the rapid prototyping step of their design process to the next level; using 3D printing as a form of final manufacturing. (www.3ders.org) More...

Fuel Prices Coming Down… For Our Cars

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Like you I've been loving the low gas prices I've been paying to fill up my sport ute. I just got back from a longish trip to the backcountry to do some backpacking and ran into a little central Texas gas station where the unleaded was $2.19 a gallon. Of course it immediately made me think that we might be seeing car gas for $1-something per gallon, which makes my heart glad. Not just that, but it's good for business, which is good for everyone. Experts say that lower gas prices, driven by price… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Airbus A350 XWB Program Timeline

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With the world's first A350 XWB delivery scheduled to take place to Qatar on Monday, it's clear the A350 has come a long way, and this article recaps all of the highlights since the A350 XWB program was first announced. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Video: X-15 Jettisons Ventral Fin, Lands at Edwards AFB (1963)

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X-15 pre-landing jettison of auxiliary propellants and lower ventral fin, and landing at Edwards AFB. The X-15 had its share of emergency landings, but only two resulted in serious injury or death. (youtu.be) More...

Eastern to fly again

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The Wings of Man is back for the first time in nearly 25 years. (jansaviation.com) More...

American unveils newest heritage jet

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Photos of a certain American Airlines plane started showing up on the internet on Monday, which ended up being a brand new heritage livery. (jansaviation.com) More...

Airline Baggage Fees Bring In Nearly $1B In 3 Months

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A new report found that airlines brought in nearly $1 billion last quarter by charging customers for hauling their belongings. (consumerist.com) More...

Cessna-Beechcraft merger brought stability to Kan. aviation industry

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The new company, Textron Aviation, reported a $62 million profit in the third quarter of 2014, up $85 million year over year, when including Cessna's $23 million loss the the third quarter last year. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

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The focus on toy aircraft is a new twist. Such regulations have been in the works for years, largely because of pressure from businesses wanting to use drones for tasks such as aerial photography. (www.reuters.com) More...

An Astronaut's-eye View of NASA's Orion Spacecraft Re-Entry

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In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the full reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it’s a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean, all put to dreamy space music. For reference, the camera is looking ‘up’ from behind the capsule, so as Orion’s lager heat shield bears the brunt of atmospheric heating as it reenters through the stratosphere, we’re looking along the ionization trail of this man-made meteor as it dashes… (news.discovery.com) More...

AI plane almost hit UAV in Leh after ATC failure

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This is possibly the closest a close shave can get. An Air India aircraft operating the ultra difficult Delhi-Leh sector recently was prevented from disaster as it was approaching to land in Leh by the sheer presence of mind shown by its pilots. Communication failure at Leh air traffic control (ATC) tower managed to trouble the aircraft twice during the day and an unmanned aerial vehicle added to the problem on its second flight. On the first approach, AI's Airbus A-320 flying in as AI 3449… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Eastern Air Lines is back in the air

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Eastern Air Lines, which used that slogan in the 1980s, flew its first of 20 new planes into Miami International Airport on Friday afternoon. The event marks a relaunch of the once-bankrupt airline, which last flew in 1991. (www.cnn.com) More...

Boeing boosts share buyback, raises dividend by 25 percent

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CHICAGO • Boeing Co. on Monday raised its share repurchase authorization to $12 billion from $10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook for the year... (www.stltoday.com) More...

Video: NASA 747s On Formation Photo Flight

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NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft briefly flew in formation for the first time ever over the Edwards Air Force Base test range on Aug. 2, 2011. NASA 911 was on a pilot proficiency flight while NASA 905 was on a functional check flight following maintenance operations. NASA photographer Carla Thomas captured video imagery of the formation flight from a NASA Dryden F/A-18. (youtu.be) More...

Are Copilots' Days Numbered?

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"The aviation industry has been looking at the potential for single-pilot operations for quite some time to address concerns about future pilot shortages, but there are a number of technical, certification, and policy considerations that must be addressed along the way," said John Borghese, vice president of the Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. "Social acceptability must also be considered." (www.flyingmag.com) More...

NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants

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On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. (arstechnica.com) More...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) More...

Middle East is new global travel crossroads

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator's head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Dassault unveil first Falcon 8X Business Jet

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Dassault Aviation rolled out the first prototype of its new flagship Falcon 8X, the latest addition to the trijet Falcon business jet family. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

India successfully launch new GSLV MK3 launch vehicle

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Indian Space Research Organisation successfully completed the maiden launch of its new GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle, the biggest rocket built by India, today. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Perth

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Pert, WA will get its first Airbus A380 flights from May 2015 when Emirates begins daily superjumbo services between the Aussie city and its Dubai hub. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airline fee's outrage passengers

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Well passengers booked on flights can fine that the airlines aren't being up front with all the charges that occur when using a credit card over the phone or on the internet. Two passengers recently found out what became a $2500 return airfare from LHR to YSSY on BAW. They passengers were furious that British airways added another $300 dollars on top of the airfare with the hidden charges such as a fee for the credit card and other taxes that were exempt form the airfare. When they received… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

First Sonar images of seabed from search for MH370 released

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released an acoustic sonar image of the southern Indian Ocean seabed in a new development following search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The ATSB, which is leading the operation said: "The image is a synthetic aperture sonar acoustic image of the sea floor gathered by GO Phoenix. This is indicative of the resolution and quality of the data and that it is revealing important detail of the sea floor. In addition to… (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Chinese Couple, Throwing Hot Water And Threatening to Blow Up The Plane Force Return To Bangkok

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Raucous behavior by some Chinese passengers on-board a Thai airliner from Bangkok to Nanjing resulted in some tense moments for passengers and a return to Don Mueang Airport in the Thai capital. (www.thenanfang.com) More...

Korean Air subject to $2million fine

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Tirade by daughter over the "Nuts" deal at JFK may not be over yet (www.abc.net.au) More...

Best of - Pilot's life

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Great video of different phases of commercial flights. Recommend viewing for 7 minutes, good break from everything around us. (www.youtube.com) More...