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Korean Air evacuates plane at Japan's Haneda airport after engine smoke

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Korean Air Lines evacuated 319 passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close down Japan's busiest aviation hub. Images broadcast by NHK showed the Boeing 777 on a runway being sprayed with foam by fire trucks, with four of its emergency slides deployed. The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney… (www.reuters.com) More...

Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Delta Airlines Boeing 767

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Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Boeing 767-400ER of Delta Airlines plane after it strayed into its airspace in the Mediterranean Sea without identifying itself, according to Greek media. The civil aircraft reportedly belonged to Delta Airlines and was flying from Germany to Kuwait. But mystery surrounds why the pilots did not identify themselves to Greek authorities. Reports say the passenger jet first appeared on Greek radar at 7.10pm last night (Thursday). After failing to respond two… (www.airlive.net) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

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Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

World's Second Airworthy B-29!

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May 20th, 2016, Wichita, KS, Today the FAA handed over the airworthiness certificate to "DOC". Doc is a B-29 that rolled of the assembly line in Wichita, Ks in March of 1945. After years serving in Non-Combat roles, Doc was sentence to China Lake for target practice. Rescued in 1998, Doc was transported back to Wichita for restoration. As of today, May 20th, 2016; Doc was finally presented with a new Airworthiness Certificate. From first start to first taxi, and soon to be first… (twitter.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Adds Two Leased Airbus A350s

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has exercised the lease option for two additional new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corp. (ALC) under a 12-year lease agreement. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under an existing lease agreement for four A350-900s signed in September 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Reimagine TSA to protect travelers

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We should consider what to do about the excruciatingly long security screening lines at airports around the country that have resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights. Travelers have every right to be frustrated and angry at yet another government failure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

TSA Chief Fired

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The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Icon A5 production slowdown amid customer backlash

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The California-based start-up ceremonially delivered the first aircraft as a charitable donation to the Young Eagles, a youth aviation organisation, in July 2015. But ambitious plans to aggressively ramp up deliveries to 175 aircraft in 2016 have been thwarted by quality control issues by suppliers and at the final assembly stage, Icon says in a statement released on 24 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Readies VVIP A350 XWB for First Orders

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Going head-to-head here for the first time anywhere are the VVIP Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’s A350 XWB, both considered an ultimate in billionaire or head-of-state travel. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing reduces size of tech workforce

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Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Wednesday it was reducing the size of its tech support unit as part of an ongoing drive to lower costs. The company declined to comment on how many Information Technology workers are being laid off, after the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that hundreds of IT jobs were being cut. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Computer Glitch Forces Brief Ground Stop For All LAX Flights

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A computer software problem resulted in a ground stop of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for a time Thursday before technicians were able to resolve the issue, authorities said. The software problem at the FAA’s Approach Control in San Diego was reported about 7:20 a.m. and only affected LAX, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All departing and arriving flights were affected by the ground stop, but the restriction was quickly lifted for… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The 11 Worst Soviet Aircraft

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The Soviet Union lasted a mere sixty-nine years (the Spitfire has been flying longer), but in that time produced some of the largest, fastest, toughest and most agile aircraft. Even now, 25 years after its collapse, almost all Russian and Ukrainian aircraft have their roots in the communist super state. Favoring clever robust design over high technology and refinement, the Soviet approach enabled the mass production of cheap machines. Many of these were outstanding, but some – for reasons of… (hushkit.net) More...

Norwegian Air Shuttle to Start Las Vegas-London Gatwick Service

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Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-cost, long-haul air carrier at the center of a nationwide debate about fair wages and open-skies agreements, will expand its Las Vegas service later this year, offering twice-weekly flights between Las Vegas and London Gatwick airports, competing directly with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways in the London market. Norwegian Air Shuttle, who already offers service from Las Vegas to Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, will also launch service to Oslo in… (www.reviewjournal.com) More...

Bombardier chief calls out industry criticism of CSeries

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Linking the CSeries to the invention of the 50-seat regional jet, chief executive Alain Bellemare told an audience of high-ranking executives that Bombardier’s high-stakes bet on the 100-150-seat jet market will be vindicated, even as called on his industry rivals to refrain from criticizing innovative projects. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Alitalia Mulls More Long-Haul Aircraft

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Etihad Aviation Group president and CEO James Hogan believes there is potential for equity partner Alitalia to grow to 40 long-haul aircraft from its current fleet of 24. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus Launches ACJ350 XWB with Easyfit Outfitting

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The new long-range member of the Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJ) will be able to fly 25 passengers up to 10,800 nm. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 7 Review Could Lead to 7,000nm BBJ

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Boeing Business Jets is already considering the potential longer-range version of the 737 Max 7 to fill a pre-existing gap in the VIP version of the single-aisle family, even as the airframer's Commercial Airplanes unit studies the proposed redesign. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The Good, Bad & Ugly of Virgin America

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Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Virgin America's first eight-plus years as an independent airline. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Toronto on May 15th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine wash

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GZWS performing flight WS-1246 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Tampa,FL (USA) with 154 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Toronto's runway 23 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (just below 80 knots) reporting smoke in the cockpit. (avherald.com) More...

Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

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The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m.The project hilighs renewable energy. (www.spokesman.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 On Track For First Flight This Year

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The first Airbus A350-1000, which is now structurally complete in Toulouse, is on course to make its maiden flight by year-end as it moves through the final-assembly process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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