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EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar Thursday morning, according to multiple news accounts citing the airline. Flight 804 had 59 passengers and 10 crew aboard. According to Sky News Arabia, the plane was last detected in the skies over Greece, about 40 minutes from Athens. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

Join the beta testing for the upcoming FlightAware iOS app

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FlightAware is currently beta testing the upcoming version 5.3.3 of our iOS flight tracking app. This new version adds a few minor features as well as a few bug fixes. If you would like to volunteer to join the testing of this upcoming release, comment in either this squawk or the linked forum post so that we can add you. We are planning on some bigger iOS releases in the next few months, so you will also be automatically included in the testing opportunities of those as well. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One

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The president-elect said in a tweet early Tuesday that the new Boeing (BA) 747 jet that's being built to carry "future presidents" already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order. (money.cnn.com) More...

Actor Harrison Ford lands plane on Taxiway at John Wayne (KSNA)

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Actor Harrison Ford lands in error on a taxiway instead of runway 20L he had been cleared for. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Airplane Tires Don’t Explode on Landing Because They Are Pumped!

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ONE THING YOU almost never see when an airplane lands is a blowout. Think about that: Again and again, the tires hit tarmac at 170 miles per hour and bear the weight of a modest office building. And they nail it. Every time. (www.wired.com) More...

Woman shoots drone: “It hovered for a second and I blasted it to smithereens.”

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65 year old women cleaning her shotguns after church on a Sunday morning decided she didn't like to be buzzed so practiced her skeet shooting with her .410. The paparazzi learned not to mess with grandmothers with shotguns. (arstechnica.com) More...

Santa Monica Airport will close in 2028 and be replaced by a park, officials say

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Capping decades of legal battles and protests, federal and local officials announced an settlement Saturday to close Santa Monica Airport in 2028 and immediately shorten the runway to limit jet flights. The city of Santa Monica has been fighting to shut down the general aviation airport — long a favorite of celebrities and business leaders — contending it is unsafe, noisy and pollutes nearby neighborhoods with potentially harmful aircraft exhaust. Aviation interests and the Federal Aviation… (www.latimes.com) More...

FAA Confirms It’s a Federal Crime to Shoot Down a Drone

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The Federal Aviation Administration is a busy organization, one that oversees everything from air traffic control systems to pilot certifications. You’d think that would leave it with enough on its hands, but the current vogue for civilian drones keeps piling new new responsibilities onto the beleaguered administration. Last year, the FAA established a drone registry for pilots of unmanned aircraft. Now it’s unequivocally confirming that it’s a federal crime to shoot down a drone, as John Goglia… (www.slate.com) More...

Southwest 3472 Boeing 737 loses part of left engine after inflight explosion

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Major explosion on the left engine of a Southwest 737 flying from New Orleans to Orlando (www.wsj.com) More...

Plane With Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

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An airplane with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. (abcnews.go.com) 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...

Emirates 777-300 crash-lands at Dubai airport

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An Emirates Airline flight from India caught fire after making an emergency landing at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, but all 300 passengers and crew escaped from the burning fuselage, authorities said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Cessna Cj4 N614SB missing after takeoff from Burke lakefront Airport in Cleveland

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Six on board, lost radar contact soon after takeoff , coast guard has been searching waters throughout the night. Few details are available (www.foxnews.com) More...

Donald Trump’s Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift

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A close look at Mr. Trump’s two airplanes — the 757 and a smaller jet used on the campaign trail — and three helicopters, however, suggests that their value rests chiefly in their marketing potential, with the Trump stamp of status masking the fleet’s age. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Engine Drops Out of B-52 During Training at Minot Air Force Base

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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — An engine dropped out of a B-52 bomber during a training flight on Wednesday, the Air Force has confirmed following questions from Defense News. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Read The Terrifying Last Words Of A Russian Pilot As Flight Crashes Into Ocean

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Russian authorities have released a report on the black box found in the wreckage of a military plane that veered off course and crashed in the Black Sea on Christmas Day, killing all 92 people on board. (dailycaller.com) More...

EVA 15 narrowly misses terrain impact in Los Angeles area

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Friday morning 12/16 (flight was scheduled to depart 12/15 at 11:30), EVA Air flight 15 was misdirected out of LAX, and had to make a last minute maneuver to avoid the San Gabriel mountains above Altadena/Pasadena, CA (abc7.com) More...

South Pole medical evacuation flight launched

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After comprehensive consultation with outside medical professionals, agency officials decided that a medical situation at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station warrants returning a member of the station's winter crew to a hospital that can provide a level of medical care that is unavailable at the station. (phys.org) 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...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

Crash Investigators Pan Their Casting as Villains in ‘Sully’

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In promotional clips for the movie “Sully,” which portrays the so-called Miracle on the Hudson water landing of a jetliner in 2009, there is little doubt about who the villains are: the accident investigators hounding the pilot after his splashdown. That’s news to the actual investigators at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, who gave Captain Chesley Sullenberger high marks in their accident report and credited his quick action that saved lives. (www.bloomberg.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...

`Forgetful' engineers put plane in peril, grounded

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New Delhi : Two Air India engineers were grounded on Monday as they reportedly “forgot“ to remove pins from landing gear ­ which ensure that wheels of an aircraft on ground do not accidentally retract ­ while clearing a plane to take off. Due to this, the pilots could not retract the wheels on getting airborne and had to return to soon after take off. This unprecedented lapse took place on Monday when an AI aircraft was being prepared at Delhi for flying to Kochi. “The plane was cleared to take… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Delta Flight Mistakenly Lands at Ellsworth AFB

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Delta plane lands at Air Force base about 7 miles from the correct airport. (rapidcityjournal.com) More...

Report Suggests B-21 Bomber, Boeing 737, as New Air Force One

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Back in December, Donald Trump caused a rucks when he tweeted that the costs for replacing Air Force One jets were "out of control." Now that Trump is in office, Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a full review of the $3.2 billion project to find ways to cut back costs. The aviation industry at large has taken notice. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

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A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360, one thousand feet above, about 630nm southeast of Muscat, Oman, over the Arabian Sea. A short time later (1-2 minutes) the aircraft encountered wake turbulence sending the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll, turning the aircraft around at least 3 times (possibly even 5 times), both engines flamed out, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft, restart the… (flightservicebureau.org) More...

FlightAware’s Redesigned Flight Tracking Page

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FlightAware is excited to announce our new flight tracking page, our largest redesign to the flight page in our 12 year history. We’ve kept all the same important content and mapping features as we spent almost a year re-designing it to be easier to understand and more usable. (flightaware.com) More...

United Flight Returns to Hawaii Because of Fuel Issues Due to Headwinds

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A United Airlines flight heading to San Francisco returned to Hawaii Sunday afternoon after only two hours due to a fuel issue caused by strong headwinds. (abcnews.go.com) More...

The Long-Lost Observation Deck

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In Ask the Pilot "short takes," mourning that rarest of airport amenities: the observation deck. At least Amsterdam still has theirs. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

European Parliament votes to impose visa requirements on US citizens

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The European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, has urged the European Commission (EC)—the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union (EU)—to impose visa requirements on US citizens visiting the EU. (atwonline.com) More...

Muslim woman removed from Southwest Airlines flight

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A flight attendant then approached Ms Abdulle and said they were not allowed to swap seats, despite the airline’s policy of unassigned seating. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

3 killed in small plane crash near Hobby Airport - KHOU - KHOU News

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Cirrus crashed just off of Hobby Airport this afternoon. (www.khou.com) More...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) More...

Navigational error brings flight to Melburne instead of Kuala Lumpur

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This might be the costliest navigational error in history. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Southwest Pilot Tensions Flare Anew Over Arrival of 737 Max Jets

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Southwest Airlines Co. pilots, frustrated after four years of unsuccessful contract talks, asked the carrier to guarantee it won’t force them to fly Boeing Co.’s newest 737 before the plane is negotiated into a new agreement for the 8,000 workers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Video: 737 takeoff near tail-strike and stall

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Watch as they rotate at a very slow speed causing the aircraft's nose to lift off the ground but not generating enough lift to become fully airborne, & then shortly after stalling they continue to accelerate down the runway to rotate at a faster speed. (www.youtube.com) More...

American Airlines jet flying from Shanghai makes unexpected landing in remote Alaskan town

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An American Airlines jet carrying more than 100 people made an emergency landing in the Southwest Alaska community of Cold Bay Wednesday morning, with locals on standby to assist the new arrivals. (www.adn.com) More...

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend

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At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, with three of those having what likely were unsettling encounters with F-15 jets and one with a military helicopter, according to the Federal Aviation… (www.palmbeachpost.com) More...

(Video) Boeing 717 Stall during test flight

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Amazing video of a recovery after an unusual attitude during a stall test. (vimeo.com) More...

Will Alaska keep Virgin America's Airbuses???

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After hearing of the merge between AS and VX [Good luck to Alaska by the way:)] I'm wondering if AS will truly keep VX's Airbus fleet since they display the decal, "Proudly all Boeing." Just a thought that popped into my head this morning as I watched VX taking off from KLAS. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Singapore 777-300ER catches fire after emergency landing due to fuel leak

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A Singapore Airlines plane has caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when the pilot reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6.50am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Passengers From O'Hare Uncontained Engine Fire File Lawsuit

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Eighteen passengers have filed a lawsuit against Boeing and American Airlines after the airplane they were on caught fire last month on the tarmac of O'Hare International Airport when part of an engine failed. The passengers also claim American Airlines employees should have done a better job inspecting the plane, and that they failed to provide "assistance, supervision and instruction" during evacuation. (abc7chicago.com) More...

Southwest Flight 1045 into MDW diverts due to radio silence at control tower

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Just after midnight on June 4, 2016, the pilot for Southwest Airlines flight 1045 was unable to get anyone from the airport tower to respond. So a controller from the Federal Aviation Administration's regional center in Elgin stepped in. The airliner and other flights were put in a holding pattern as more attempts were made to reach the tower. Regional controller: Southwest 1045 did you try them on guard at all? Pilot: We tried them on guard, we got dispatch and company all trying to call them… (abc7chicago.com) More...

At Least 3 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Riverside, California Home

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RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) – At least three people were killed and two people were hurt after a small plane smashed into a home in Riverside late Monday afternoon, sparking a three-alarm fire. According to Riverside police, the plane carrying four people crashed into the home in the 6000 block of Rhonda Road before 4:41 p.m. Riverside City firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. The crashed plane was a Cessna 310, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed. It… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Check out Delta's new Canadian airliner that's trying to challenge Boeing and Airbus

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In April, Bombardier Aerospace announced a mega order with Delta Air Lines for 75 of the company's C Series airliners in a deal worth up to $5.6 billion. Shortly after the deal's announcement, Bombardier flew one of its C Series demonstrators down to Delta's Atlanta headquarters for journalists and the airline's staff to get a closer look. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Terrified British Airways passengers told 'don't rock plane'

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This video shows the terrifying moment a packed British Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow after its landing gear failed to work. The Boeing 747's landing gear on both wings failed and passengers were warned "not to rock the plane" when getting off as it could have overturned. The 293 passengers on board were asked to leave the holiday jet destined for Chicago "very slowly" in case it toppled over on the runway following the mid-air emergency.… (www.msn.com) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Passenger discovers missing screws on wing of Frontier airplane

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Frontier Airlines is investigating why a plane flew with about 20 screws missing from an area near the front of the wing, Denver7 Investigates confirmed with officials Friday. A passenger noticed the missing screws on a Frontier Airlines Airbus 319 from Trenton, N.J., to Punta Gorda, Fla., on January 5 and notified the captain. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

28 Amazing Pictures From The Golden Age Of Airlines

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People didn't always travel in sweatpants. (www.buzzfeed.com) More...

Shooting reported at Fort Lauderdale airport

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Shots have been fired inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport, according to multiple twitter users including ex-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. (nypost.com) More...