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World gets first peek at Boeing '797'

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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing (BA) released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be the company's first new airliner since its 787 Dreamliner. (money.cnn.com) More...

All-Electric Eviation Makes Debut at Paris Air Show

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An Israeli startup wants to change the point-to-point travel equation with this economical alternative to airline travel. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

The S-3 Viking: The Submarine Hunter Russia Feared (That Retired Way Too Early)

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With a maximum speed of only five hundred miles per hour—many airliners fly faster—the S-3 Viking wasn’t about to be the subject of any movies starring Tom Cruise. However, the long-legged Jets proved extremely useful in a very wide variety of roles, whether as an electronic spy, submarine hunter, aerial tanker, cargo plane or even an attack jet. And many of those roles have not been satisfactorily replaced since. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21

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Russia Operated Captured U.S. Aircraft for “OPFOR” Evaluation. As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) (theaviationist.com) More...

Airbus introduces the A380plus (video)

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Airbus confirmed that it is working on an improved version of the A380, called A380plus, hoping to boost sales of its Super Jumbo. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Panda Route' to Chengdu opens up as newest airline from China touches down in Auckland

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Sichuan Airlines' first flight has arrived in Auckland just on 45 minutes early. The near-new Airbus A330 touched down just after 6pm from the Sichuan capital Chengdu and its three-flights-a-week service adds to 39 services linking New Zealand to the Chinese mainland. The province is in the south-west of China and has a population of around 87 million. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

F-16 Jet Catches Fire at Houston Airport

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Officials say an F-16 fighter jet caught fire while attempting to take off at Ellington Airport in Houston and the pilot ejected. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

AOPA Backs New Senate FAA Bill

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The U.S. Senate released a draft FAA reauthorization bill June 22, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA. (www.aopa.org) More...

Boeing’s Iconic 747 Vanishes in New View of Passenger Flight

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Planemaker drops jumbo jets from its 20-year market forecast. Strategy contrasts with Airbus’s view on airlines’ fleet needs (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Incident: KLM B777 and KLM B737 at Amsterdam on Jun 22nd 2017, conflicting takeoff clearances

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Immediately after this instruction the incoming controller cleared KL-31 for takeoff, the crew of KL-1385 immediately reported they were still departing conflicting with KL-31's jet blast, the controller immediately cancelled takeoff clearance for KL-31 and instructed them to hold position, the aircraft had not yet moved. (avherald.com) More...

Subscription-based airline Surf Air launches in Europe

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U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air launched in Europe on Friday as it bids to tap into the frequent flyer market, challenging the continent's traditional airlines with a model of unlimited flights for a monthly fee. Surf Air Europe's first flight will be from London Luton to Ibiza, and for a subscription of 1,750 pounds ($2,216.55) a month, customers will be able to fly within Europe to destinations such as Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan as much as they like. Surf Air Europe Chief… (www.reuters.com) More...

Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $162 million US. (www.bombardier.com) More...

Aviation Industry Seeks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

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Escalating concerns about cyberthreats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 9 and 787-10 fly in formation (Video)

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For the first time, Boeing flew together its last two models, the 737 MAX 9 and 787-10, a prelude to the Paris Air Show! (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Airbus A400M Atlas Tactical Transport Completes Beach Landing Trials

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Interesting Exercise Demonstrates A400M Unimproved Takeoff/Landing Capabilities. (theaviationist.com) More...

Airbus imagines a faster helicopter with wings

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Airbus has showed off a new helicopter concept at the Paris Airshow that could give operators everything they want: speed, versatility and economy. The Racer (rapid and cost-effective rotorcraft) features a main rotor like a regular helicopter, but uses pusher propellers to accelerate it forward and a new "box-wing" system for extra lift. As a result, it'll power along at up to 400 km/h (250 mph) while being able to take off on a dime like a regular chopper. (www.engadget.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Places Repeat Order for 10 Airbus A350-900 Aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network. (www.airbus.com) More...

Hi Fly Places Its First Direct Firm Order From Airbus

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Hi Fly, a Portuguese airline specialising in worldwide widebody aircraft wet leasing, has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s. Hi Fly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in econom (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus A350 flies next to Eurofighter Typhoon in 'family flight' with a difference

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This is the first time the aerospace giant has brought these different aircraft together for a special airborne display (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

Boeing factory where Trump delivered jobs speech to lay off 200 workers

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The South Carolina Boeing plant where President Trump gave a speech promising to protect U.S. jobs says it's laying off workers. Boeing confirmed to CNNMoney Thursday that it's cutting about 200 jobs at its plant in South Carolina. This is the first round of layoffs at the factory since it began making the 787 Dreamliner there in 2009. Speaking at the plant in February, Trump promised a crowd of assembly workers, managers and executives that "jobs is one of the primary reasons I'm… (money.cnn.com) More...

Delta Orders 10 More Airbus A321s

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After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus to Introduce Deployable Black Boxes

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Airbus will fit deployable flight data and cockpit voice recorders on new A350 XWB aircraft beginning in 2019 and on the rest of its long-range fleet soon thereafter. A deployable flight data recorder is designed to separate itself from the aircraft in a crash. They are particularly useful for crashes over water where accessing or even finding aircraft wreckage may be difficult or impossible. Although exotic in the commercial market, they have a multi-decade history in the military market. The… (www.avweb.com) More...

Airports will have option to come off electronics ban list

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the first time this week laid out some of the steps that will prevent more airports from ending up being subject to a large electronics ban -- and said the original countries on the list could be removed as well. In an interview with CNN, Kelly said that "absolutely, no doubt" the 10 airports that were the first to be hit with a ban on large electronics in carry-on baggage would be given the same opportunity as the roughly 70 airports being… (www.cnn.com) More...

ANALYSIS: Airbus Plans A380plus Upgrade Program

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Airbus announced plans for a major upgrade Monday morning to its A380 superjumbo at the 2017 Paris Air Show (PAS), confirming the study of the so-called A380plus. The enhancements to the A380 would include aerodynamic improvements including larger, 4.7 meter high winglets and other wing refinements. Along with maintenance program optimizations and an expanded cabin shown earlier this year, Airbus projects that the A380plus could deliver as much as a 13% seat-mile cost reduction against today’s… (airwaysmag.com) More...

WIZZ Air Signs Contract For 10 Additional Airbus A321ceo Aircraft

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Wizz Air Holdings Plc with its subsidiary, Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has signed a firm contract for 10 A321ceos. The aircraft will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500. (www.airbus.com) More...

Boeing’s Phantom Express will disrupt the satellite launch process

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boeing are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America

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To understand the forces defining air travel in America today, I spent eight days crisscrossing the country in economy class. Four airlines. Twelve flights (half of them delayed). Twelve cities. Twelve cups of tomato juice. Three trips through whole-body scanners. One alarming use of the words “groin area.” (www.nytimes.com) More...

The Celera 500L

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A high-resolution photo of an aircraft called the Celera 500L (N818WM) just emerged out of Victorville, California. As of right now, not much is known about the aircraft, but there are already plenty of speculations regarding exactly what this bullet-shaped mystery plane is. (www.thedrive.com) More...

officer stabbed at Flint Bishop Airport

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Flint Bishop Airport: Police officer stabbed in critical condition, airport evacuated (www.foxnews.com) More...

Aireon global tracking gaining speed, but still on the runway

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Thoma said it takes roughly 45 days from launch until the ADS-B payloads are turned over to Aireon. He said the company needs the next five to six launches complete before it can begin offering a service called GlobalBeacon with FlightAware, a flight-tracking-data company. GlobalBeacon uses Aireon’s space-based ADS-B to track aircraft every minute, and enables aircraft to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s upcoming Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) standards.… (spacenews.com) More...

Biometric boarding for Delta SkyMiles Members

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Imagine going from checking bags, into the Delta Sky Club and onto the aircraft without ever producing a boarding pass or printed ID. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Air Force One's permanent shadow: Inside the E-4B 'Doomsday' 747 plane that follows the US President around the world in case of nuclear war

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This article was posted in May But is a really interesting story about the president's doomsday plane not posted here before so i thought I,d post it. Article description E-4B 'Nightwatch' planes have been in operation since the 1970s They follow Air Force One when the US President travels abroad and one is kept constantly running 24 hours a day when he is in the US They are also called 'Doomsday' planes and are outfitted as military command centers in the case of nuclear war (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

'Quiet Concorde' aims to revive supersonic air travel

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Supersonic air travel could be back in little more than five years if a plane that aims to replace Concorde takes to the skies. Boom Supersonic expects a prototype of its passenger plane to make its first test flight by the end of 2018. Subsonic and supersonic tests will take place in the US. If the full-size 55-seat plane is then approved, the first passengers could be traveling at supersonic speeds across the Atlantic by 2023. (www.bbc.com) More...

Allegiant Air launching 8 new nonstop flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

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Low-cost airline Allegiant Air will now be taking off for eight additional destinations from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The eight new routes include flights to major Midwest destinations Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis/Belleville as well as Boise, Idaho and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

FLIGHT Act introduced in House

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On June 13, a bipartisan bill known as the FLIGHT Act (H.R. 2879), or Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives. (www.aopa.org) More...