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Drone disrupts aircraft fighting wildfire

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This is why there is a need for FAA regulation of "drone" aircraft. (news.msn.com) More...

Boeing Delivers Air Nippon Airways' First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. ANA will become the world’s first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

Nascar - JGR, SHR PLANES BUMP AT CONCORD AIRPORT

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No one was hurt after two planes bump each other late Sunday night A pair of NASCAR team-chartered planes collided on the taxiway at Concord Regional Airport late Sunday night. (www.nascar.com) More...

A321 departs Miami with a "Happy Ending"

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JustPlanes is well known for the popular aviation programs, like Flight in the Cockpit series, it produces. When filming its new video about Miami International Airport, it caught a happy ending of a takeoff. Watch closely starting at 1:30. (www.youtube.com) More...

MVP Amphibian Offers Ultimate Versatility

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Look out Icon A5. A new light sport amphibian from a Minnesota startup company is transforming the idea of what an airplane can be with some impressive value-added features, like a foldout flat floor that turns the LSA into a bass boat and hardware allowing a hammock to be slung across the tail. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Cessna Introduces Turbo Skyhawk JT-A

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Two years after Cessna announced its intent to develop a diesel-powered Skylane 182, Textron Aviation announced today at the opening day of AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a similar modification program to the most produced airplane in the world — the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Aeromexico Profits Plunge in Second Quarter

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Aeromexico announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The airline’s operating profit for the period was 202 million Mexican pesos ($15.540 million), a year-over-year decline of 73% from 747 million pesos in the second quarter of 2013... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

United to Rebank Hubs, Ax Smaller Regional Jets

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United Airlines said it will rebank flights at three of its hubs as part of its efforts to improve performance and profitability. That means that dozens of flights will all land within a short period of time and then take off within a similarly short time period. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

boeing's qf-16 goes unmanned

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what's next? unmanned f-16 takes to the sky. (www.youtube.com) More...

American Airlines to Launch New Miami-Haiti Route

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American Airlines announced it will begin new daily service between Miami, Florida, and Cap-Haïtien, the second largest city in Haiti, on October 2. The service will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Passengers not informed of dangerous flights over war zones

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In light of the shoot down of the MH 17 flight over eastern Ukraine, FlyersRights.org has called on all airlines to provide passengers on international flights with detailed route maps on their web sites, so passengers can decide whether to take such flights. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Can Bombardier’s Q400 Save Regional Air Service in the US?

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America’s regional airlines are faced with an acute and worsening pilot shortage. The threat of the pilot shortage, combined with the pre-existing decline in the fortunes of small air travel markets, could see between 40 and 50 US airports wiped off the commercial airline route network in the United States. But the solution to these problems might already exist–in the form of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop. (airchive.com) More...

Southwest Airlines hit with $12 million fine for aircraft repairs

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $12 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations in three separate enforcement cases related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners operated by the Dallas-based airline. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

AIRBUS A350 XWB arrives in Hong Kong for the first time

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The world’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, landed for the very first time at Hong International Airport today. The aircraft is performing comprehensive flight tests and development trials required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. The A350’s World Tour began on July 24th and will end on August 13th. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

Venezuela Owes Airlines $4.1 Billion

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IATA is calling on the Venezuelan government to honor the commitment it made in March to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country. A staggering $4.1 billion are from ticket sales in Venezuela and are being held by the government in breach of international treaties. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

Cathay Pacific to Increase Number of Weekly Flights Between Chicago, Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific announced it will add three additional weekly flights to its Chicago-Hong Kong route beginning August 2. The extra flights will complement the airline’s existing daily service between the two cities, and will bring the total number of weekly departures from seven to ten. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

SA Launches Crowd-Sourcing Contest to Speed up PreCheck and Security Checkpoint Lines

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The Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for airport checkpoints in the United States, announced a competition to improve the efficiency of its PreCheck trusted traveler lines at the nation’s airports.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Virgin America Announces Plans for IPO

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Virgin America announced on Monday that it had filed a registration for an initial public offering of its common stock with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The discount carrier’s move had been expected for several months. The airline said that the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have yet to be determined. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Ohio CEO killed in crash

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Two fatal in Lancair IV-P crash near Findlay,OH. Flight originated in Holland, MI and was destined for Bluffton, OH (www.10tv.com) More...

Deliveries Continue To Climb at Gulfstream

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Revenues at Gulfstream Aerospace were down slightly in the second quarter mainly as a result of a less-favorabe mix of aircraft delivered. Though completed aircraft deliveries rose to 38, two more than in the second quarter last year, large-cabin shipments fell to 26 from 30 a year ago, while midsize deliveries rose to 12 from six (www.ainonline.com) More...

MH17 crash: Dutch PM rules out military mission to secure site

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says sending out an international military force to secure the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine is "unrealistic". (www.bbc.com) More...

Dad on Fla. beach killed as small plane crashes

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Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Malaysia Air Crash Investigation Delayed - Effort to Secure Crash Site Stalls

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Fighting and legal issues are delaying plans for investigators to arrive at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines. One team of four Dutch forensic experts had reached the crash site last week but announced plans to leave due to heavy fighting in the region. Another team, this one larger, attempted to travel to Donetsk but was not able to continue to the site.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in and out of China Due to Military Exercises

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Officials are warning that flights to and from airports in eastern China will face considerable delay or cancellation over the next few weeks, although the delays have already begun in earnest. China’s Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the Ministry of Defense announced plans to conduct military exercises in southeast coastal areas starting July 29. The flight delays as well as the military exercises apparently started last week, however. Xinhua said that recent delays ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

China begins trial production of world's largest amphibious aircraft TA600

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Trial production of the TA600 amphibious aircraft, intended to be the world's largest, has started in China and is expected to undertake its maiden flight next year, a company executive said on Sunday. (indiatoday.intoday.in) More...

Delta Airlines Pilot Gets Angry at ATC Controller

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Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Enjoy this video of pilot of Delta Airline Pilot gets angry at Air Traffic Control Ground in Atlanta. (www.liveleak.com) More...

Watch Aeroflot's sensual slow-motion inflight safety video

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Aeroflot's sensual safety video for the Boeing 777-300ER is all about slow-motion poses and sultry looks. Laden with lingering clips of the female flight attendants – the blokes appear once and only at the 30 second mark (and of course they're pilots) – the video seems to celebrate stunning Russian cabin crew as much as knowing where your nearest exit it located. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

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Authorities say a small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning. (news.msn.com) More...

The "Crash Cluster"

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Three plane crashes in a week leave passengers nervous and the media in a frenzy. But take a look at history. Plus, the plane crash as art? Also, what's in a name: when Air Algerie isn't really Air Algerie. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Passenger captures dramatic video of SWAT team storming Toronto plane

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(CNN) -- A passenger captured dramatic cell phone video of a Canadian SWAT team storming onto a Sunwing flight at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Friday. The video shows the police tactical team swarming onto the plane with their weapons drawn, yelling at passengers to get their hands up, and forcefully removing a 25-year-old man from the aircraft. (www.cnn.com) More...

Crews dismantling Boeing fuselages pulled from Clark Fork

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A crew from Pacific Steel and Recycling in Missoula worked Thursday morning amid cranes, trains, planes and rain to dismantle what was left of the six blue-green Boeing 737 bodies. (missoulian.com) More...

Two-Off-Airport-Landings-In-Eight-Days

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I suppose lightning can strike twice. A Long Island pilot had his second off-airport landing in a little more than a week last Friday, landing on the same highway he used in the previous mishap. Frank Fierro, 75, told reporters he thinks a blown fuse was to blame for engine problems encountered about eight minutes after he took off from Lufker Spadaro Airport in East Moriches. As he'd done the previous week, he set the Challenger ultralight down on the Sunrise Highway, this time in the eastbound… (www.avweb.com) More...

KLM to Launch New Amsterdam-Bogotá-Cali Service

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KLM announced it will begin new service between the Netherlands and Colombia on March 31, 2015. The airline will offer three weekly flights between the two countries, which will originate in Amsterdam and arrive in Bogotá, and then continue on to Cali, the third largest city in Colombia, before returning to Amsterdam. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...