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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Delta Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport

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An aircraft skidded on the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashed into a fence ... It wasn't clear how many people were on the Delta plane when it slid off the runway (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

British Airways Fire in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — Passengers on landing planes grabbed dramatic photos of a fire that engulfed a British Airways Boeing 777 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened shorlty after 4:20 p.m. (PT) Airport officials said 159 passengers and 13 crew members were evacuated by emergency slides. Two people were reported injured. (www.wsbtv.com) More...

This lady is not telling the truth

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I was actually on this flight on Friday evening from ORD to DCA. I have been a reader of this forum for a long time but seeing this all over the news made me sign up so I could tell you what really happened here and hopefully stop this liar in her tracks....As many on this forum suspected we were not getting the whole truth. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Daytona Beach police arrest aviation student in airline laser pointing

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Sanchez said he was playing with the green laser light pointing it in various directions, the report states. The suspect said he saw an incoming plane "on short approach," the report states. Conley recognized the phrase as an aviation term and asked Sanchez if he was a pilot. Sanchez said he is studying to be a pilot at ATP Flight School, an airport property tenant. "It just perplexes me that someone who wants a future in aviation would do this." (www.news-journalonline.com) More...

Qatar Airways flight QR778 struck the approach lighting system during takeoff from Miami International Airport, Florida.

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The underbelly of the aircraft impacted approach lighting system runway lights during takeoff at 20:32 hours. The approach lighting system was located 2950 m from the point where the aircraft entered the runway. The flight continued to the destination Doha Airport, Qatar and landed without incident some 13,5 hours later. The FAA reported that an inspection revealed damage that was described as substantial. (aviation-safety.net) More...

Preacher1 gets his wings

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All of us ago frequent these pages are familiar with the wisdom and insight provided by Wayne Bookout, AKA Preacher1. Many of you know of his health problems of late, and I wanted to pass along to the FA community that our friend Wayne had "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" and met his Lord yesterday afternoon. I never met Wayne inn person, but became friends with him through conversations here and on other social media. I learned a lot about flying and about life from him. Fly high… (www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com) More...

New Website Look for FlightAware on 10th Anniversary

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The team at FlightAware is proud to announce the release of a new site design, with the following features: We have improved and streamlined site search. We’ve replaced the three orange search boxes on the left (Private flight tracker, Airline flight tracker, and Airport tracker/info) with a single search box at the top of the page. You can now search for airports, airlines, flight numbers, and private aircraft in this single box. As you type, suggestions will appear. You can select your desired… (flightaware.com) More...

A Singapore Airlines Airbus jet lost power on all of its engines mid-flight

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Over the weekend, Singapore Airlines Flight 836, flying from Singapore to Shanghai, lost power mid-flight on both of its Rolls-Royce engines. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Worker trapped in cargo hold on Alaska flight

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An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to return to Seattle after a worker was trapped in the cargo hold. (jansaviation.com) More...

Report: Airlines Installing Uncomfortable Bumps In Seatbacks Because It Pleases Them

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NEW YORK—According to sources throughout the commercial aviation sector, the nation’s airlines will begin installing awkwardly placed bumps in every airplane seatback this week because it reportedly brings great pleasure to them (www.theonion.com) More...

You Must Register Your Drone With the FAA Starting December 21

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If you’re the proud owner of a drone—or are one of the thousands of shoppers who’ll purchase one this holiday season—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to know about it. And the agency has finally set a deadline. (gizmodo.com) More...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Travel Caught on camera: Terrifying moment KLM plane banked sharply just a few feet over runway as pilots struggled to land in high winds

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This is the hair-raising moment a KLM passenger jet banked sharply moments before it landed in the middle of a violent storm in Amsterdam. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Remember the minister who wanted you to donate so he could get a G650?

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You may recall Creflo Dollar, who was asking for 200,000 people to donate $300 so he could buy a G650 because his old jet was so old and unsafe that it went off the runway. The UK AAIB released the report on what happened to his plane -- the crew confused center line lights with runway edge lights and began the takeoff roll perpendicular/across the runway rather than down it. for old times sake, you can watch his fundraising video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIobdRNLNek (assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk) More...

Asiana Airlines flight crashes short, skids off runway in Japan

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TOKYO -- News reports say an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway after landing in western Japan and about 20 passengers received minor injuries. It said the Airbus 320 plane was carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members from Seoul, South Korea. It said they were evacuated using escape chutes, and no was seriously injured. (abc7news.com) More...

Holy Cow! Plane clips another and keeps on going.

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A Korean Air Airbus A330 clips another plane during takeoff and seemingly doesn't realize it. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

United Airlines Customers Outraged After Being Put Up in Military Barracks

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Service with a smile -- or not. Not sure refund is going to make these people very happy. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Local FAA: Two Planes At Midway Began Takeoffs At Same Time

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Two planes began their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago’s Midway airport on Tuesday evening, before being ordered to stop by air traffic control and averting a collision in the center of the airport, the FAA confirmed. (chicago.cbslocal.com) More...

Actor Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

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Actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when a vintage World War II training plane he was piloting crash landed on a Mar Vista, California, golf course. The actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources said he sustained cuts to his head. (variety.com) More...

Watch This Pilot Somehow Crash And Fly Away At The Same Time

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Sometimes pilots make mistakes. If they’re lucky, nobody gets hurt and you walk away to fly another day. This pilot somehow managed to make a series of bad choices and still managed to keep on flying. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

F-16, Cessna planes crash in Berkeley County, Charleston SC, fire officials say

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The Berkeley County Fire Department says two planes have crash-landed near Old Highway 52 at Lewisfield Plantation. (www.wyff4.com) More...

Report details final seconds before deadly F-16, Cessna crash

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F-16 pilot "warned" of traffic ahead before deadly collision with Cessna aircraft. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airline fears of pilot shortage spark Congress fight over required training

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Good article to read. I want your options with the pilot shortage and the mandatory hours required by the FAA. I am a student at a 4-year college for Aviation with approximately 325 hours of flight time. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Protectionism Won’t Work Against New Competition

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If there was any need to show how serious a threat the Gulf carriers have become to the club of legacy airlines, then the Big Six airline groups in the U.S. and Europe could not have come up with more impressive action: In December, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Group wrote a letter to the European Commission (EC) asking it to ensure fair competition. While they did not exactly specify what they wanted, it was clear they want traffic rights withdrawn from Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar… (aviationweek.com) More...

Planes Without Pilots

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Advances in sensor technology, computing and artificial intelligence are making human pilots less necessary than ever in the cockpit. Already, government agencies are experimenting with replacing the co-pilot, perhaps even both pilots on cargo planes, with robots or remote operators. (www.nytimes.com) More...

General Aviation Mechanic Lied About Completing Annual, Hit with $13 million verdict

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Charged Cessna owner for new parts, didn't install them; said he completed annual but only changed the oil. Pilot seat slips in flight, pilot is killed. (www.aviationlawmonitor.com) More...

Oops: American Accidentally Flies Wrong Plane To Hawaii

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American has sub-fleets of both ETOPS and non-ETOPS A321s. In other words, some are certified to fly under ETOPS conditions (ie, over oceans), while others aren’t. And it’s important for airlines to get that right. Well, it seems like on August 31, 2015, American didn’t get that right. On that day, American flew a non-ETOPS A321 — with tail number N137AA — from Los Angeles to Honolulu. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

(Video) Private Jets Beat Airlines For Speaking To God

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Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, defending their private jets (www.youtube.com) More...

TSA changes rules for who must go through body scanner

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The Transportation Security Administration can now mandate some passengers go through a body scanner even if the travelers ask to opt out and get a full body pat down instead. Mandated screening for some passengers would be "warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security," the TSA said in a document updating the protocol. The change is coming at a time of heightened concern about aviation security and terror plots against commercial aviation. (www.cnn.com) More...

Southwest Airlines forced to ground 128 Boeing 737 airplanes for inspections

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"Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections." (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

Six Miserable People Filed 25,000 O'Hare Noise Complaints In January

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The Chicago Department of Aviation's Airport Noise Management System recently revealed that noise complaints near the international airport are at an all time high. An official report cites that 63 percent of the 39,000 complaints in January came from just six addresses. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Stacking them deep and selling them cheap: Frontier Airlines to put 230 seats on new Airbus A321s

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Frontier Airlines, which has remade itself into an ultra low-cost, low-fare carrier, said Tuesday it is ordering more aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

Yo Air Force: Don’t You Dare Kill Off Our Toughest Warplane

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THE AIR FORCE wants to kill off the A-10 Thunderbolt II. You can see why: The plane was designed to fight Russians in the Cold War. It’s old. It’s slow. It’s expensive to maintain. It’s about as sophisticated as a hammer, and it’s the weapon we’ve sent to battle ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (www.wired.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes Into Akron, Ohio, Apartment Complex

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2 killed when a Hawker H25 struck an apartment complex Tuesday in Akron, Ohio, before crashing to the ground. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Family of girl, 4, who died in 'homebuilt' airplane crash on Oregon Coast sues for $35 million

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The family of a 4-year-old girl who died when the homebuilt airplane she was riding in crash-landed in a parking lot along the Oregon coast has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the company that sold the kit used to make the plane, Van's Aircraft. The suit contends that homebuilt airplanes pose a danger to the general public because they don't have to pass vigorous safety standards. A blockage of RTV sealant cut off fuel to the engine, the suit says. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

BREAKING: AA Flight 550 Diverts, Pilot passes away InFlight

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American Airlines red-eye flight 550 from Phoenix, AZ to Boston, MA diverted to Syracuse, NY this morning at 7:11am because one of the pilots passed away InFlight. Initial reports say indicate that the pilot that passed was the Captain on board. We’re hearing that one of the flight attendants crewed to work flight 550 was a nurse, tried, but sadly wasn’t able to save him. We will update this post with more information as we obtain it. (savvystews.com) More...

The Coming U.S. Pilot Shortage Is Real

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With upward of 20,000 cockpit seats expected to open up at U.S. airlines over the next seven years due to FAA-mandated age-65 retirements, the scene should be set for the pilot pipeline to work as designed: Regional pilots working for low wages finally get their chance to move quickly up to the big leagues of heavy metal and significantly higher salaries—and college and flight school graduates gain access to the right seats of regional jets. (aviationweek.com) More...

Allegiant Air flight runs low on fuel over closed airport, makes emergency landing

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An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for an upcoming air show. (www.tampabay.com) More...

Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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Dozens of military personnel were injured when an RAF transport plane on its way to Afghanistan nose-dived 4,400ft after the captain's camera became lodged alongside the aircraft's joystick. In 27 seconds of chaos, the plane lost 4,400ft in altitude, throwing passengers and crew without seatbelts towards the ceiling, injuring 33 of those on board. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

License renewed? Air Force says it needs A-10 a bit longer, thanks

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Last week, the joint commander in charge of operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reported that Syrian Arab Coalition fighters had beaten back the group, taking the town of Al-Hawl and 250 square kilometers of territory around it in an offensive supported from the air by US Air Force A-10s and AC-130s flying from a Turkish air base. Now, the Air Force is apparently reconsidering the timeline it has set for retiring the A-10, as the demand for the venerable assault plane's close… (arstechnica.com) More...

Judge rules man had right to shoot down drone over his house

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It was a case that gripped the nation. Or at least Kentucky. Should it have temporarily escaped your pressured memory, William Merideth in July said he saw a drone flying above his property in Hillview, Kentucky. He believed it was spying on his 16-year-old daughter who was sunbathing in the garden. So he took out his shotgun and blasted the drone out of the sky. He was arrested for wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. (www.cnet.com) More...

Drone nearly collides with helicopter, operator gets caught

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On Saturday night around 9pm, above the northern California city of Martinez, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was flying a helicopter over Highway 4, searching for a stolen car. According to SFGate, speaking to Officer James Andrews, spokesman for the CHP air operations unit, the pilot suddenly saw a red light just in front of the craft’s cabin window. The pilot veered to the right to avoid a collision with the drone, which was flying at the pilot’s same altitude—between 700 to 800… (arstechnica.com) More...

Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) More...

Airbus confirms software configuration error caused plane crash

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An executive of Airbus Group has confirmed that the crash of an Airbus A400M military transport was caused by a faulty software configuration. Marwan Lahoud, chief marketing and strategy officer for Airbus, told the German newspaper Handelsblatt on Friday that there was a "quality issue in the final assembly" of the components of the aircraft engine. (arstechnica.com) More...

American Eagle pilot diverts after unable to activate runway lights

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American Eagle Flight 2536 was scheduled to fly about 125 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Sunday night. The plane left nearly a half-hour late, and when it got to Wichita Falls, the pilot told passengers that the runway lights were turned off and there was nobody at the airport to turn them on. Wichita Falls said pilots can operate the lights using a specific frequency on their radio system, but the Eagle pilot had the wrong frequency. (thetandd.com) More...

Don't Take a Picture on the Plane Until You Read This Story

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Next time you’re tempted to take a snapshot of an interesting cloud formation or your seatmate sprawling into your personal space on a plane, remember Arash Shirazi and Steven Leslie. (www.linkedin.com) More...

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