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An Homage to Airline Collectibles

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This article is titled: "Postcards, Ticket Wallets, Timetables, and Other Airline Collectibles. If Only I Hadn’t Thrown Them All Away!" It includes some great scans of some old 1970s-era jetliner postcards, timetables and other collectibles from the author's collection. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Drone operators getting out of control?

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Over the past couple weeks, commercial aircraft pilots have reported close calls with drones near KJFK (www.nydailynews.com) More...

US and Mexico update their aviation agreement

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This new air transport agreement removes many restrictions. While it's not a complete Open Skies agreement where airlines don't have to apply for new service, it does make it easier to start a route. (jansaviation.com) More...

It's official: Boeing loses out to Airbus in massive Delta deal

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Boeing lost a 50-plane Delta deal to Airbus this week. Delta signed a deal to purchase planes from the A350 and A330 family (www.bizjournals.com) More...

NASA is With You When You Fly

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Aviation touches us. Even if you didn't fly today, something you needed did. Did you know that NASA-developed technology is on board every U.S. commercial aircraft and in every U.S. control tower? That's why we like to say "NASA's with you when you fly." (www.youtube.com) More...

NASA’s Innovative Ground Collision Avoidance System Could Save Hundreds Every Year

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EDWARDS (CBSLA.com) — Most air travelers don’t know it, but NASA is with you when you fly. That’s right — the first ‘A’ in NASA stands for Aeronautics, and the agency continues to develop methods to improve the safety, efficiency, and adaptability of air travel. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Blood Pressure Monitor + Jar of Peanut Butter = KSGF Shutdown

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"after a suspicious package was flagged by Transportation Security Administration agents. But after the suitcase was carefully transported off site, the Springfield Fire Department was able to determine that what triggered concern about possible explosives was nothing more than a blood pressure monitoring device and a jar of peanut butter, according to Fire Chief David Hall." (www.news-leader.com) More...

Boeing CEO makes more than his company pays in federal taxes

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Boeing likely has a lower tax rate than you, according to a joint study by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies. Boeing's tax rate is negative 1.4 percent. And the company gave McNerney $23.3 million in total compensation in 2013. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

American Airlines to transfer at least 50 jets

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American Airlines Group Inc. plans to move at least 50 jets from its Envoy Air unit to other regional carriers, saying that it can’t keep enough pilots to fly the airplanes. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Giant inflatable aircraft hangar installed at Budapest

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The unusual sight of a giant inflatable aircraft hangar, which allows indoor parking of an A320 or Boeing 737 can be seen at Budapest Airport. (www.airport-world.com) More...

Huerta Declares Arrivals At DFW More Like Sliding Down A Banister vs Step By Step Descents

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FAA Administrator likened the traditional way of airplane arrivals as going down a staircase step by step. By comparison, NextGen arrivals are like sliding down a banister (www.dallasnews.com) More...

Scott AFB among four bases considered for new mission and support center

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WASHINGTON • Scott Air Force Base is among four installations being considered by the Air Force to host a new Installation and Mission Support Center, which could bring as many as 350 new personnel to the chosen base. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Boeing's 777 Problem: Delta and Everyone Else Want Newer Planes

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New airplane technology almost always trumps the old. The planes that are built today burn less fuel and need less maintenance than their predecessors. If you manufacture airplanes, however, this truism presents a tricky problem: How do you keep selling an older model after you announce its successor... (www.businessweek.com) More...

Experts: LAX Will Be Nation’s Busiest Airport This Thanksgiving

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Travelers who plan to fly into or out of Los Angeles International Airport will have a lot of company this Thanksgiving. Travel experts forecast LAX will be the nation’s busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which begins Friday, with more than 1.97 passengers expected to pass through the airport through Dec. 1, said Nancy Suey Castles, public relations director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Small jet slides off runway at KSGR

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Reports of an Embraer jets slides off the runway at Sugarland Regional Airport. No reported injuries. (www.click2houston.com) More...

Report: Airbus to deliver first A350 in mid-December

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Airbus appears set to deliver the first Airbus A350 to launch customer Qatar Airways in mid-December. (www.usatoday.com) More...

How To Pull Start A Crop Duster

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The unconventional method to use a pickup truck to get a Cessna Agwagon with a dead battery running again. (planelopnik.com) More...

New Russian airliner to fly in 2016

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Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis during a visit to the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, said that the first test prototype of the new Russian MC-21 airliner will be manufactured before 2015 end. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Drunk farang assaults flight attendant on Bangkok Airways, staff claims

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A foreigner jumped at a flight attendant on a Bangkok Airways plane yesterday and ripped her shirt off, according to an account by a purported witness. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

Thai US aviation experts inspect Bell 212 helicopter crash site

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The US Bell Helicopter and the Thai army aviation experts returned to the crash site of a Bell 212 helicopter which crashed on the rubber tree field in Phayao province Monday killing all nine officers on board. (englishnews.thaipbs.or.th) More...

Air New Zealand, Air China form strategic alliance

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Air China will launch Beijing-Auckland flights as part of a 'strategic alliance' with fellow Star Alliance carrier Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Radical 'passenger pod' concept: bunk beds for business class

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Factorydesign's 'Air Lair' passenger pod certainly isn't the first 'upstairs/downstairs' concept for business class, but it's by far the coolest... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

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OTTAWA • U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its aging fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Southwest, pilots far apart in contract talks

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DALLAS • The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines has asked federal mediators to help break a two-year stalemate in contract negotiations. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Stuck On Top Down To A Safe Landing

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It was no leisure flight Sunday for Mark Nelson when he found himself trapped above the clouds over a heavily populated area. His only way down? To put his life in the hands of an air traffic controller. (www.khou.com) More...

Qantas retires its very first Boeing 747-400

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Qantas will retire its first-ever Boeing 747-400 next month - VH-OJA – which opened up the one-stop Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, and even made a promotional non-stop flight from London to Sydney (albeit with minimal passengers and cargo) to highlight the jumbo's long-range capabilities. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FAA requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect pitch rate sensors

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A new airworthiness directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect and potentially replace the aircraft's dual pitch rate sensors (PRS). The directive, which applies to 777-200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and 777 freighters, comes in response to reports received by the agency of dual failures of the sensors. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Colorado airport officials admit errors, vow to save grant program

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State airport officials vow to save a much-needed grant program for local airfields even though they nearly gutted the fund because of their missteps. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Delta spurns Boeing, picks Airbus for 50-jet order

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Delta will go with Airbus in deal for 50 wide-body jets that would be worth more than $14 billion at list prices, according to multiple reports. The Wall Street Journal calls the reported order "a big victory for the European company in its battle with Boeing to sell long-range passenger aircraft." (www.usatoday.com) More...

Private Jets: How Cheap Oil Drives Global Sales

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Private Jet Company CEO Daniel Jennings discusses the impact of cheaper oil on the sale of private jets. He speaks on “In The Loop.” (www.youtube.com) More...

An inside look at the cockpit of a B-36

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A pal of mine passed this on to me. I thought some of you who remember boiler gauges would enjoy the tour. B-36 Cockpit Gauge Maze The B-36 was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Flight Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and the 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and complete its mission. No modern technology, such as "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" systems, were involved here. Just straight… (www.nmusafvirtualtour.com) More...

Boeing to revamp missile defense work

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. • Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Air Force sees challenges on Boeing KC-46 tanker program

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The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it still expects Boeing Co. to meet the August 2017 target for delivering 18 new KC-46A refueling planes, but a number of smaller schedule delays will reduce the program's margin for dealing with future issues. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Delta orders A350, A330neo

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Airbus may be lagging behind in the race between the A350 and 787, but it has won another important airline over for this fight. (jansaviation.com) More...

Odd Diversion N394AN out of PAE

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I do and ADS-B feed for "another site" (their equipment) and got a notice from them a short while ago of a flight squawking 7700. My info shows it as AA9614 (N394AN) out of PAE, and the track I have shows it descending into Tulsa from FL42. Looking it up here on FA though shows that tail number over the Atlantic, en route to Zurich from JFK as AAL64. Very strange. (flightaware.com) More...

Pilot killed in Chicago crash called ‘solid man’

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The 47-year-old from Madison Township, Ohio, loved to fly and was thrilled to roll that love into a career. (www.dispatch.com) More...

Why falling fuel costs aren’t passed along to airline travelers

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Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. (airnation.net) More...

New Trunkster bag has GPS tracking, USB charger, inbuilt digital scale

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A Kickstarter campaign aims to produce what could be the ultimate bag for the modern traveller. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Mock dogfighting fun

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Some mock dogfighting action between a Pitts S1S and an RV-6A. Just in case I needed motivation to keep working on my RV-8... (www.youtube.com) More...

This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

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With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. (gizmodo.com) More...

Coming soon on JetBlue: Bag fees, more seats

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Wall Street is finally getting its way with JetBlue. The airline had been one of the last to hold out against charging fliers more for checked bag. But JetBlue announced Wednesday that some customers will soon have to pay extra if they want to do so. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Top 5 mistakes you WILL make during your first 250 hours

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While sitting around a hangar telling flying stories, I realized that many of us have made the same mistakes – sometimes more than once. I compiled a list of five mistakes that are normally not life threatening, but cause the hand to smack the forehead of many pilots. Please heed the warning. (learntoflyhere.com) More...

97 Year Old Barn Storming Warbird Restored By Team Of Volunteers

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3 years and hundreds of man hours later, a 1917 Standard J-1 World War I trainer takes to the air for the first time in over 3 decades after a complete restoration conducted by a team assembled completely of volunteers. (planelopnik.com) More...

How And Why We 'De-Ice' Aircraft Before Takeoff

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Winter weather is hitting hard and fast in parts of the country right now. Sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice means that planes have to be de-iced before taking flight, so here's an explainer of aircraft deicing, why it's done, and the the different methods used. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Video: K-Max demonstrate unmanned fire fighting

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A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman K-Max unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Nexcelle nacelle to improve COMAC C919 efficiency

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Nexcelle’s engine nacelle on CFM International’s LEAP-1C turbofan engine Integrated Propulsion System (IPS), will provide key operational advantage to the new generation Chinese COMAC C919 airliner. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Lockheed begin assembly of NASA's InSight Mars lander assembly

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Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched in March 2016. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...