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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fly Dubai Boeing 737-800 Crashes in Russia

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A Boeing 738 passenger jet crashed as it was landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, the country's Southern Regional Emergency Center said Saturday. The plane, which had traveled from Dubai, had 55 people aboard, the Emergency Center said. It wasn't immediately clear if there were any survivors. Developing story - more to come (www.cnn.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...

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...

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...

Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

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Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating. (gizmodo.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Qatar Airways Fires Pilots Involved in Miami Takeoff Incident

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Qatar Airways has apparently sacked the pilots responsible for substantially damaging a Boeing 777 when it struck a set of runway lights during takeoff from Miami in September. (dohanews.co) 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...

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...

Miami, Chicago Attorneys Suing Boeing in Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Crash

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Two years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, the airplane still hasn't been found, but attorneys for the passengers' families are ready to lay the blame at the door of Boeing Co. Miami law firm Podhurst Orseck and the Hays Firm in Chicago filed 30 lawsuits in Illinois state court March 2 against the Chicago-based aircraft maker, claiming the investigation into the crash has ruled out every explanation except a defect in the Boeing 777. (www.dailybusinessreview.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

"...Runway overruns happen quite often." - Qatar Airways CEO

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Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, which is doubling its flights to and from Australia next year, has claimed runway overrun incidents like one that damaged one of his airline's Boeing 777s upon take-off from Miami in September "happen quite often". (www.smh.com.au) More...

British Airways fire: Jet's suppression system didn't work, source says

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(CNN)The British Airways jetliner that caught fire on the Las Vegas airport's tarmac had suppression equipment, but it just didn't work to suppress the flames, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Twenty-seven people associated with British Airways Flight 2276 were treated at the Nevada city's Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, spokeswoman Sylvia Song said. All had been released by Wednesday afternoon. (www.cnn.com) More...

Why Airline Travel Sucks

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An industry insider brashly explains why air travel has gotten so bad. (www.fastcodesign.com) More...

Video: Exhilarating DC-10 Firefighter Plane Pulls Off Incredible Maneuver In Silverado Canyon 9/12/2014

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"When on a hike to view the carnage a wildfire was taking on my hometown, I caught a fantastic clip of DC-10- dropping fire retardant in a treacherous ridge about to be enveloped in flames. Nobody wanted to come with me because of the steep trail and the inherent dangers of being close to a forest fire, so I was just up there alone. A very unique experience. On the way up the steep trail, I watched many other planes pass over the burning ridge and drop retardant and water, and I was just… (www.youtube.com) More...

Man parks plane in driveway

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A Long Island aviator has turned his suburban driveway into a private tarmac — and the pilot is now Public Enemy No. 1 with his neighbors and town officials. (nypost.com) More...

US will reportedly require consumers to register their drones

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If you get a new drone this holiday season, you might have to register it with the US government. According to a report from NBC News, the US is ready to announce new requirements for consumers purchasing drones, the most notable of which is that you'll need to register it with the department of transportation. It's part of a plan to make sure that drones don't end up colliding with aircraft flying in and out of airports, something that has the government rightly concerned. (www.engadget.com) More...

Six Men Detained In Texas After Disrupting Flight From San Diego To Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night, after six passengers became unruly during the flight. (chicago.cbslocal.com) More...

Delta Requiring Passengers to Agree to Basic Economy Restrictions Before Purchasing Ticket

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Delta Air Lines has begun requiring passengers booking the airline’s cheapest class of service to accept the terms and conditions that accompany such a ticket’s purchase. Purchasers of Basic Economy tickets are required to click “I agree to the restrictions” as well as “Yes” in order to proceed with the purchase. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Plans to Halt Atlanta-Dubai Service

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DeltaAir Lines says it will cancel its Atlanta-Dubai flight due to the difficulty of competing with the subsidized Gulf carriers. The flight, operated with a Boeing 777, will end Feb. 11, 2016. After that, Delta’s only non-stop flight to the Middle East will be a New York Kennedy-Tel Aviv flight, and the only U.S. carrier flight to Dubai will be United’s Washington Dulles-Dubai flight. (www.forbes.com) More...

Unknown object strikes Colombian A320 in cruise

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Colombian investigators are trying to ascertain the nature of an object which struck an Airbus A320 at cruise altitude in the country’s airspace. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

The Time A Tanker Saved A Fighter That Was Falling Apart Over The Atlantic

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On the 5th of September, 1983, 4 USAF F-4E Phantom jets were flying over the Atlantic en route to Europe along with the support of a KC-135 known as “North Star.” These five aircraft were part of a larger number of Phantoms and tankers on a routine trans-Atlantic flight. To make the crossing, the Phantoms would need to tank a total of 8 times to fill their thirsty engines. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Watch These Jetmen Fly Wing-to-Wing With an Airbus A380 Above Dubai

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Well, this is insane. In this video, Jetman pilots Yves Rossy and his protegeVince Reffet fly wing-to-wing with an Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner. It’s incredible. (gizmodo.com) More...

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