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Four Injured After Jet Blue Flight Makes Emergency Landing At Long Beach Airport

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Several people were injured Thursday after a Jet Blue aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Long Beach Airport. Flight 1416 returned to Long Beach at 9:29 a.m., 25 minutes after it took off for Austin, TX. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

FlightAware provides easy way to track your iPhone pre-order

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Once you've got your UPS tracking number and you see a departure scan out of ZhengZhou, you can use this page to easily find the flight track of the airplane that's got your iPhone on it. It won't get the phone to you any quicker, but it'll give you something to watch while you wait. (flightaware.com) More...

Watch a Mammoth Airbus A380 Go From the Assembly Line to the Runway

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No matter how annoying it gets to squish into an economy seat, it's hard to deny that airplanes are awe-inspiring. Watching Qatar Airways' recent Airbus A380 assembled highlights how intricate the design of these beastly machines really is. (gizmodo.com) More...

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

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Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

'Flying Is...' Video Contest: Watch the Winner

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When we launched our "Flying Is..." video contest, sponsored by Garmin, we knew we'd be in for some great flying footage and some amazing aerial views. And you didn't disappoint. Throughout the contest we've received incredible videos showcasing the power of aviation to take individuals to new heights, both literally and figuratively. These videos capture how aviation opens doors to new worlds while giving new vantage points to old ones. Whether they're taking us along for an aerobatic… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

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wo U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid… (www.cnn.com) More...

Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

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Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. (www.cnn.com) More...

DC-10 aiding in wildfires

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Two of my favorite things...planes and firefighting. DC-10 coming in for a fast and amazing fire retardant dump out west. Credits go to the author. (www.liveleak.com) More...

Canadian Air Force takes parts from museum to fix ailing aircraft

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The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. In July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. (ottawacitizen.com) More...

China planning town centered around general aviation

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Superior Aviation Town, to be constructed in the Shunyi District, approximately 11 miles northeast of Beijing, is named for Superior Air Parts, the Dallas, Texas-based company bought by a Chinese entity five years ago. According to its website, the town would be home to a general aviation airport with a 7,800-foot-long runway, and would also have a convention center dedicated to general aviation. The town’s backers and the Chinese government plan to make the town a haven for international… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Fatal GA Accident Rate Drops to All-Time Low

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General aviation accidents showed a welcome decline in 2013, falling from 1,471 crashes in 2012 to 1,222 last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, by every measure GA flying was safer last year than the year before. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

FAA bars drone from delivering game ball to college football matchup

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The Federal Aviation Administration has blocked plans for a small drone to deliver the game football for the University of Michigan kickoff Saturday against the University of Utah before a crowd of about 110,000 fans. (arstechnica.com) More...

Partnership between University and Charter company is paying off

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A partnership between the University of Nebraska Omaha's aviation institute and local charter company JetLixs is paying off for both. (www.omaha.com) More...

Qantas Airways are flying to Vancouver in the peak season

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Qantas have decided to add six extra flights a week from Australia to Vancouver to compete with Air Canada and ANZ who operate these flights direct from New Zealand which has connecting flights from YBBN/YSSY/YMML daily to NZAA and then onto Vancouver Canada http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-put-on-vancouver-flights-for-the-us-ski-season/story-e6frg95x-1227060130870?sv=6f4d0ed57479e8170b9e51d5cca7cb62# (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Problems still plague 787

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Untimely work and substandard supplier components continue to be a drag on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program, say factory workers and others familiar with the production process. (www.heraldnet.com) More...

THAI bans external battery packs on board

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BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - Thai Airways International has put a ban on external battery packs on all of its aircraft for safety reason. Citing the safety standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Thai Airways has announced that passengers will no longer be allowed to bring on board external battery backs, commonly known as Power Banks. (www.thaivisa.com) More...

With Flaps Hung, B-29 'Doc' Nearly Ready to Fly

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Doc's Friends, the Wichita-based nonprofit organization that is restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc to flying condition, says the historic airplane will be ready to fly as soon as the avionics, fuel tanks and a few other last remaining items are finished. The goal is to get the airplane back in the air by the end of the year. A group of 30 volunteers has finished hanging the flaps on the aircraft, the last major structural piece to be installed as part of the Herculean restoration. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lufthansa orders 15 A320neos for Swiss

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Swiss International Air Lines is to receive 15 Airbus A320neo jets following an order for the type from parent Lufthansa Group. The carrier will undergo the fleet renewal as part of a broad modernisation agreed by the Lufthansa executive board. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FTL Airport Software Handled 800 Aircraft A Day With Only One Runway In Use

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NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one (avstop.com) More...

NASA Shuttle Carrier B747 moves to Palmdale's Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

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NASA press release tells a quick story about the history and fates of the two modified 747's that carried the Space Shuttles. (www.nasa.gov) More...

Historic C-47 and WWII Pilot Reunited

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WWII U.S. pilot Peter Goutiere, 99, flies in his old Douglas C-47—ship number 100—from Seattle area to San Francisco. (www.cnn.com) More...

VIDEO: Qatar receives first A380, hints at further orders

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Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has hinted at further A380 orders after taking delivery of his first superjumbo at Airbus's Hamburg plant on 16 September. Qatar - the only airline to operate all of Airbus's widebody types - has 10 A380s on order, plus three options. Al Baker said a decision would be taken soon on whether to confirm the options and possibly commit to more. "Once delivered, we will see its performance and, if it exceeds our expectations, we will firm up the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar to finally take delivery of the a380

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In what has no doubt been one of the most exciting airline controversies of the year, Qatar Airways and Airbus have been going back and forth over the A380. Qatar Airways was supposed to take delivery of their first one several months ago, though apparently wasn’t pleased with the quality of the interiors. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

Paper Airplane Reaches Record Altitude

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Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol have achieved a new world record, bringing a paper airplane to the edge of space. The Fox Valley Composite Squadron of CAP's Illinois Wing launched a FVCS-5 near-space balloon on Saturday, towing a bright orange paper airplane from the Kankakee Airport (3KK) in Kankakee, Illinois, to 96,537 feet. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Waves in the Sky: Gliding over the UK

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Flying in wave is a special experience, often requiring many attempts to transition from the low level ridge, thermal or rotor to the silk smooth air of the wave itself. The cobble-stone ride gives way to glass, the low hiss of your airspeed and gentle beeping of your vario are the sounds that accompany you as the earth falls away and you are carried above the clouds. (www.youtube.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines flight to Hyderabad turns back due to auto-pilot defect

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A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to India has turned back due to a defect with the plane's auto-pilot system. Flight MH198 from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad departed late on Saturday, but the Boeing 737-800 turned back due to an auto-pilot defect. (www.abc.net.au) More...

NASA To End Astronaut Space Travel With Russia

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Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been dependent on the Russian spacecraft, Soyuz for astronaut space travel to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA's Office Of Inspector General reported that the (avstop.com) More...

Qatar’s A380 flies to London on October 10, then Paris

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 will make its commercial debut on October 10 as the flagship flight QR001 to London, airline CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed at the delivery ceremony for its first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Paris will also see a superjumbo within three weeks of the London inaugural, Baker said, although he refused to confirm New York as the third city on the A380 route map. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests

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Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The first test aircraft is on the “final run-in” towards its maiden flight, a spokesman said in answer to a query, but added it was too early to predict an exact date. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

A380 ‘bar wars’: Qatar, Emirates and Etihad add social spaces to the superjumbo

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Qatar Airways is the latest to join the superjumbo social club with an inflight business class lounge, alongside Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad and, to a lesser extent, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Qantas. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Grumpy Controllers

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In many ways the job of air traffic controller is a tough one. When things are busy, they handle too many airplanes, too many frequencies and too many sectors all while working what amounts to a heck of a long day. Does this explain bad behavior on their part? Yes! Does it excuse it? It doesn’t. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Malaysian minister slams MH370 pilot suicide theory

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Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman has slammed news portal Huffington Post UK for an article which claimed the pilot of flight MH370 had likely committed suicide and caused the disappearance of the aircraft. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

Springfield to close air traffic tower by end of the year

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The city of Springfield will close its air traffic control tower at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport by the end of the year to save money. The city has spent about $1.3 million operating the tower since the Ohio Air National Guard F-16 training mission ended in 2011, hoping to land another military flying mission at the airport. But a study finished this month found that economic development won’t be affected by closing the tower. (www.daytondailynews.com) More...

Firefighters Aid Ailing Man on Las Vegas Flight

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Jacksonville firefighters Jason Kerr, Chris Lewis, and Mike Lesniak were on their way to Las Vegas for Kerr's bachelor party. But when duty calls, duty calls, and a man's life is saved due to their work. (www.reviewjournal.com) More...

Lufthansa to transform Eurowings into all-Airbus carrier

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Lufthansa Group's Eurowings division is to become an all-Airbus operator after the German company approved an order for 10 A320s for the airline. The aircraft will be the "backbone" of Lufthansa's new low-cost operation, says the group. Lufthansa will also transfer 13 A320s from its current orders to the Eurowings division from 2015. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

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Who didn't see this happening. Boeing's KC-46A is now looking like it's first flight will be delayed due to "production issues". (www.airforcetimes.com) More...

Qatar FINALLY takes delivery of first Airbus A380 this week

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Qatar Airways will begin flying the Airbus A380 this week, closing the chapter on a series of delays which have marred the superjumbo's debut with the Gulf carrier. Airbus will hand over the keys to the first of ten A380s at a ceremony at its Hamburg factory this Tuesday, September 16, with the plane's delivery or 'ferry' flight to Doha leaving Hamburg on the morning of Thursday September 18. (tinyurl.com) More...