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Large 'likely' piece of MH370 wing lands in Canberra

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The sea floor search for MH370 appears to be running out of places to look just as more fragments of the airliner are washed up on western and southern Indian Ocean shores (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to switch Houston stopover from 4Q

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will switch the stopover on its Singapore Changi to Houston Intc'l flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester Int'l with effect from October 30 of this year. The route will continue to operate 5x weekly. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Incident: Condor B767 at Halifax on Jun 28th 2016, uncommanded roll

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A Condor Boeing 767-300, registration D-ABUM performing flight DE-2414 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Halifax,NS (Canada), was on approach to Halifax when the crew noticed some uncommanded roll of the aircraft that was countered. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Halifax's runway 23. (avherald.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) More...

Use Jeppesen Social Tags to Win a Flight with AeroShell Aerobatic Team at EAA AirVenture

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Jeppesen will award social media users with the flight of a lifetime – a ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the 2016 EAA AirVenture Fly-In and Convention in Oshkosh, Wisc. (ww1.jeppesen.com) More...

White House takes aim at a fast-growing source of emissions: airplanes

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took a key step toward limiting pollution caused by the nation’s fleet of commercial aircraft, part of a broader push in the Obama administration’s waning months to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health risks for Americans. Emissions that… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) More...

NTSB Warns of Dangers of Flying with Cataracts

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The U.S. NTSB is urging the FAA and the AOPA to engage in an educational campaign on risks that cataracts could pose to flight safety. The Safety Board made that recommendation as a result of its investigation of a Dec. 26, 2013 crash of a Cessna 172K in Fresno, Calif. That accident involved “a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing,” the NTSB said. (www.ainonline.com) More...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

TSA: Newark to get 17 ‘automated’ screening lanes this fall

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New York Newark International Airport (EWR) will become the sixth major US airport to have what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is calling “automated” screening lanes installed. TSA said it will deploy 17 of the of the revamped security screening lanes at EWR in conjunction with Chicago-based United Airlines this fall. (atwonline.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 is on its last leg of the around the world flight

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After 14 hours of flight time Solar Impulse 2 is almost at the 30% mark of its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi of the around the world tour. (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) More...

[Video] Harrier Nozzles Glowing Red During Night Landing At Sea

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AV-8B Harrier landing at night on the USS Boxer at sea. The Harrier's nozzles glow red as the jet increases thrust for a gentle vertical touch down. (www.youtube.com) More...

Southwest extends fare sale because of glitch, warns of long lines

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Southwest Airlines canceled more than 300 flights Thursday as disruptions lingered from a Wednesday computer outage that knocked the carrier's website offline and delayed flights around the country. Southwest said it has fixed the problem, which forced it to cancel 700 flights on Wednesday and delay hundreds of others. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

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Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes and lifts to closely examine an plane's structure and components. It's mildly risky, slow and laborious process -- but soon, it may not be. Airbus has started testing drone inspections that may speed up the process by over an hour. (www.engadget.com) More...

Voice Commands, New Gestures Enabled For Garmin GTN

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Pilots will finally be able to use pinch-to-zoom gestures on Garmin’s GTN series navigators when a new software update becomes available in August. The free update also adds Garmin’s Telligence Voice Command and integration with the new Flight Stream 510, which enables wireless database transfers. The Telligence feature requires installation of a separate push-to-command button and also requires the GMA 35/GMA 350 audio panel. Telligence allows pilots to issue voice commands—more than 300 are… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.com) More...

2-Year Search for MH370 May Have Been in Wrong Place

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Roughly 15 months ago, Malaysia, China, and Australia decided that if they couldn't find the wreckage of Flight MH370 in the designated search area—a portion of the southern Indian Ocean the size of Greece, reports Reuters—that that would basically be it: no expansion of the area unless concrete evidence indicated they should do so. (www.newser.com) More...

Emirates Inagural A380-800 Flight

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Emirates flight EK235 makes its first flight with the A380 to Vhicagos O'hare intl airport (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

DOT announces day-time flights to Tokyo Haneda

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tentatively announced Wednesday that the four airlines serving Tokyo’s Haneda airport with night-time flights have been chosen to begin more desirable daytime flights this fall. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Debris found off Tanzania to be analyzed for MH370 link

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A large piece of aircraft debris, found just off the coast of Tanzania, is to be analyzed as part of the Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777, accident investigation. (atwonline.com) More...

FAA Eases RVSM Application Process

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The U.S. FAA enacted a rule yesterday that should ease the application process for operating in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace. The rule revises the agency’s requirements for an application by “eliminating the burden and expense of developing, processing and approving RVSM maintenance programs.” (www.ainonline.com) More...

It's dry up there: drink water when flying

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The next time you fly, soak a terrycloth hand towel so that it’s dripping wet and hang it up on the flight deck. Then fly a leg that’s at least an hour-and-a-half long. At the end of that time, the towel will be bone dry, the water absorbed by the ultra-low humidity of the cockpit and cabin environment. (www.ainonline.com) More...

OHP: Owasso Pilot, USAF Officer Killed In Plane Crash Near Enid

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ENID, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a pilot from Owasso and a U.S. Air Force officer based at Vance Air Force Base died in a crash near Enid Thursday evening. The OHP identified the men as Randall Harris, 55, of Owasso and 1st Lt. Dale Shillington, 25, from Vance AFB. The men died when the Skybolt 300 biplane they were flying in crashed northeast of Fairmont at 6:40 p.m. on July 21, 2016.Harris was an airshow pilot and was scheduled to perform at the Vance Air Force Base Airshow… (www.newson6.com) More...

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Frontier expands to Punta Gorda, shifts three routes from Fort Myers

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After years of trying, Florida's Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. That will come from Frontier Airlines, which will launch nonstop flights between between the airport in southwest Florida and Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. (www.usatoday.com) More...

24 taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport

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Runway closed into the evening. Some reports say a hydraulic line burst in the cabin. (m.wpbf.com) More...

Onboard the SWISS CSeries Inaugural Revenue Flight

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The maiden commercial flight of the SWISS CS100 departed Zurich bound to Paris Charles de Gaulle. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Report: MH370 pilot flew similar route on simulator

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(CNN) An FBI forensic examination shows the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 conducted a flight simulation on his home computer that closely matched the suspected route of the missing Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean, according to a Malaysian government document obtained by New York magazine. (www.cnn.com) More...

US bans all flights from Turkey

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Airline operations to, from and within Turkey came to a complete standstill Saturday after an attempted military coup that left the country in chaos. But the CEO of Turkish Airlines told ATW that his airline expected to operate about half of its Istanbul schedule Saturday. (atwonline.com) More...

Revealed: US Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog

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The Air Force is beginning to work on how fast, lethal, durable and capable a new “A-10”-like aircraft would need to be in order to provide U.S. military ground troops with effective close-air support for decades to come. Translation: The Air Force is admitting the F-35 won't get the job done. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines Takes Delivery of World’s First CFM Powered Leap 1-A Airbus A320neo

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The aircraft was delivered today in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg. Pegasus becomes the fourth A320neo operator after Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo and GoAir who have been operating with the initial glitch prone batch of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The Leap series will be used in the upcoming 737MAX as well. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

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Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused it of violating its airspace. (www.eurasianet.org) More...

Delta’s oil refinery sinks to loss in 1H 2016

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The refinery was profitable in both 2014 and 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Portuguese C-130 crash kills three

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The crash highlights the service’s need to acquire a new-generation airlifter. Lisbon had at one point been viewed as a potential buyer of the Airbus Defence & Space A400M, but its interest is now firmly centred on the Embraer KC-390 tanker/transport, with a letter of intent signed to acquire six of the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

(video) B-29 "Doc" First Flight in 60 years! World's 2nd Superfortress Takes Off from Wichita, Kansas!

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FIFI has lost her title as the world's only flying B-29! If you missed Doc's first flight, here it is!! Recorded live from DPG WICHITA. (www.youtube.com) More...

2 Air Transat pilots charged with being impaired

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Plane's cabin crew raised the alarm ahead of Monday flight. (www.cbc.ca) More...

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