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Wheels Up Launches Plane-Sharing App

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The goal is to be able to offer a ride-sharing membership pricing tier that would cost travelers around $5,000 a year to join and then as little as $500 an hour to trade cramped airline aisles for the high-flying comfort of a private airplane seat. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

U.S. approves E-2D AEW&C sale to Japan

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U.S. State Dept has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes in Transaero’s Imperial Class Kitchens

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Transaero Airlines is the only Russian airline that offers an international first class cabin and service. Available on flights to over a dozen cities, including Beijing, London, New York, Paris, Toronto, and Vladivostok, Imperial Class offers passengers a standard that is modeled after what Russia’s imperial families’ might practice today...Here’s a look at the offerings in the new menu and a behind-the-scenes tour of his kitchens... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Aeroflot Adds New Boeing 777-300ER to Fleet

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Aeroflot – Russian Airlines announced it took delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER. The new 777 is the 13th out of 16 ordered by the Russian carrier. The airline is using its fleet of 777-300ER aircraft to support long-haul destinations linking Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport with Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Sonex factory aircraft crashes; two fatalities reported

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Sonex factory demonstrator N123SX crashed just east of Wittman Field, in the Oshkosh Corp. parking lot. Both occupants were killed; no names have been released yet. (www.thenorthwestern.com) More...

Hello, Beijing: American Airlines to put Boeing 787 on its first international route

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With nearly a month of practice behind it, American Airlines will put its new Boeing 787 on its first international route Tuesday – Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing, China. Flight 89 is scheduled to take off at 11:20 a.m. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

West Michigan Flight Academy announces positions with SOFIA

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The West Michigan Flight Academy’s Managing Director Ginger Devillers was one of fourteen people selected for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program, known as SOFIA. (hosted.verticalresponse.com) More...

KDWH Hooks - Landing Gone Awry?

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PER KHOU: HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A small plane made a crash landing and went off the runway at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris CountyTuesday afternoon. The pilot is reportedly OK. The plane didn't appear to be badly damaged but it did lose a wheel. DPS investigators are on the scene. (www.khou.com) More...

PICTURE: Vietnam A350 performs maiden flight

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Airbus has started test flights with a second customer’s A350-900, with the first jet for Vietnam Airlines having completed its maiden sortie. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft is to be delivered to the carrier in the “middle of the year”, says the airframer. Vietnam Airlines is leasing the A350 from AerCap and plans to deploy it initially on the Hanoi-Paris route. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing begin assembly of first 737 MAX

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Boeing began assembly of its improved and re-engined variant of its successful 737 single aisle airplane, the 737 MAX which will take on the Airbus A320neo. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Frontier Airlines orders 12 A320 family aircraft

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Frontier Airlines has placed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321ceo and two A320ceo aircraft. This is the second time in less than a year the Denver, Colorado-based airline has ordered the A321, the largest member of the A320 family. Including this order, Frontier has a backlog of 101 Airbus single-aisle aircraft. Their current in-service fleet consists of 55 A320 family aircraft (34 A319s and 21 A320s). (atwonline.com) More...

Implications Of A United Airlines A380 Superjumbo Order

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There has been a rumor that has come from reliable sources at United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) that states the company is in intermediate stages in ordering the Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger aircraft. Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) is reportedly going to be giving United two A380 aircraft on a trial basis that were originally destined for the now bankrupt Skymark Airlines of Japan. (seekingalpha.com) More...

Dassault rolls out Falcon-5X business jet

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Dassault Aviation today lifted the veil on the highly anticipated Falcon 5X, which establishes a new benchmark in the large cabin, long range business aviation market. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Vietnam Airlines A350 complete maiden flight

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The first Airbus A350 XWBfor Vietnam Airlines, in airline’s distinctive blue and gold lotus livery, completed its first flight in Toulouse, France on Monday. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

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WASHINGTON — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the U.S. carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology (www.msn.com) More...

Union pushes for higher Airport fees

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The New York City-based union is arguing that the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge that is added to every plane ticket should be raised from $4.50 to $8.50. The group is launching an initiative called "The Campaign for On-Time Flights" that it says will encourage airline passengers to contact members of Congress to request the increase in the cap on airport fees so that they can face fewer flight delays at congested facilities around the country. (thehill.com) More...

Pilots Qualified to Fly in India After Just 35 Minutes in Air

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The situation appears to be highly confused and no one is taking calls' (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Another major corporation enters Florida’s state law enforcement radio fray

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Recently, Airbus (yes, that Airbus) joined the ranks of companies vying to build Florida’s next-generation statewide law enforcement radio system. (www.saintpetersblog.com) More...

TSA Failed 95% of Fake Weapons Tests, Investigation Finds

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A recent internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security has found security failures at dozens of the nations’ busiest airports—breaches that allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. Agents posing as passengers were able get weapons past TSA agents 95 percent of the time. (time.com) More...

New terminal at kict, Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

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The new terminal at kict opens for business on Wednesday, June 3rd! Take a look at some of the construction images here. (www.flickr.com) More...

NASA tests airplane wings that shrug off insect guts

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You may not think of insects as a problem for aircraft (Bambi Meets Godzilla comes to mind), but they really are -- the residue from those splattered bugs slows aircraft down and hikes fuel consumption. NASA may soon have a way to keep those critters from causing so much trouble, however. It recently conducted flight testing for a promised non-stick wing coating that stops ex-bugs from inducing drag. (www.engadget.com) More...

Air NZ to get 777-319 last delivery comfirmed

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The CEO Chris Luxton has announced the final Boring 777-319 ZK OKT will be delivered to Air NZ in July 2015 final preparation to the aircraft are now on the way. Two B789 aircraft will also be delivered ZK NZA ZK NZC bringing the fleet to five B788 aircraft in the fleet (m.nzherald.co.nz) More...

How To Repair a CFM56-7BE HPT Blade

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GE says repairing a CFM56-7BE high-pressure turbine blade can save 80% of the cost of buying a new one. That’s a big figure—but when you couple it with the fact that parts account for up to 70% of engine overhaul costs, this figure becomes even more striking. (aviationweek.com) More...

City of Chicago agrees to reprieve on dismantling O'Hare's diagonal runways

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In an about-face, Chicago is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to delay action that would cause "irreparable damage'' to diagonal runways slated for closure at O'Hare International Airport, officials said Monday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

First-ever NTSB video report on a plane crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board did something Monday that it never had done before, releasing an eight-minute video in which its investigators explain what went wrong in the fatal crash of a UPS cargo plane in 2013. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Philadelphia Will Become First A350 Destination in the U.S.

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Qatar Airways announced today that the brand-new Airbus A350-900XWB will replace the Boeing 777-200LR on flights between Doha, Qatar and Philadelphia from January 1st of next year. (www.philly.com) More...

Watch A Soviet Fighter Jet Take A Joyride To The Edge Of Space

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Private aviation adventure company, MiGFlug takes Ferrari race car driver Josh Cartu on an edge of space flight in a MiG-29 Fulcrum. (www.youtube.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...

Emergency At 20000'

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Flying along at 20,000' and developing engine problems is normally an unsettling issue, but ...... (www.rightthisminute.com) More...

Does The FBI Have A Fleet Of Surveillance Cessnas?

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Evidence suggests the FBI operates a sizeable fleet of single engine Cessnas that it doesn't want the rest of us to know about and it's not talking about the purpose of the aircraft (www.avweb.com) More...

Undercover DHS Tests Find Security Failures at US Airports

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An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned. (gma.yahoo.com) More...

'Bankrupt' Malaysia Airlines Cuts 30% of Workers

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The promised overhaul at Malaysia Airlines has begun. New CEO Christoph Mueller—dubbed "the Terminator"—says 6,000 of 20,000 jobs at the "bleeding" airline will be slashed. (www.newser.com) More...

NetJets CEO abruptly resigns

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The top executive at NetJets has abruptly stepped down and the company has replaced him with a senior leader who left the company a month ago. Columbus-based NetJets announced the changes this morning, which are effective immediately. (www.dispatch.com) More...

CFM Warns Of Used CFM56 Blades With Falsified Records

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CFM International has notified CFM56 customers, MRO providers, and regulators about several cases of parts brokers offering used CFM56 high-pressure turbine (HPT) blades with falsified records that misrepresent the parts’ service histories. (aviationweek.com) More...

Final mission for Tyndall AFB QF-4 Phantom

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The mission for the QF-4 targeting drone is over, with the last of the converted F-4 Phantom IIs destroyed over the Gulf of Mexico. (www.airforcetimes.com) More...

Work under way on all A350-1000 test aircraft

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Airbus has commenced work on all three development aircraft for the A350-1000 test campaign, as it expects to begin final assembly in the first quarter of next year. Head of A350 programme developments Bruno Hernandez says that the -1000 is “on track” but acknowledges that bringing the components together to meet the final assembly schedule is “very challenging”. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

(Video) Flying the RNAV (GPS) 12 Approach at KERV nearly to minimums

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Flying the RNAV (GPS) 12 Approach to ERV (Kerrville, TX) to less than 200 ft above minimums (broke out at 2000 ft, LPV minimums are 1826 ft). Flight: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N9453V/history/20150513/1730Z/E38/KERV (youtu.be) More...

America's Worst Airport to Get $4 Billion Swedish Massage

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Last remodel was in 1964. Stockholm company will play lead on latest effort. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 Begins Six Day Flight Across the Pacific

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Solar Impulse 2 has embarked on its 6 day solar-powered flight from China to Hawaii. This will be the longest solo flight in history. (wp.me) More...

Small Plane Runway - FlightAware assist Reporter in getting correct information

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The aircraft, a twin-engine Cessna 340A, was built in 1975, according to FAA records, and is owned by Aviation Peter Corporation, a company registered in Middletown, Del. According to flightaware.com, the plane took off from Teterboro, N.J. at 11:35 a.m. Saturday. (vineyardgazette.com) More...

Muslim chaplain claims discrimination on United flight

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(CNN)A simple request for an unopened can of Diet Coke on a United Airlines flight left Tahera Ahmad in tears. A Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, Ahmad, 31, was traveling Friday from Chicago to Washington for a conference promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth. She was wearing a headscarf, or hijab. For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can of soda, she said. The flight attendant told her that she could not give her one… (www.cnn.com) More...

Watch: The Plane Truth About Aviation's Impact

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Brian Terwilliger, director of the new film, Living in the Age of Airplanes, discusses how the aviation industry's rise has changed our lives — and the world of global commerce. (access.van.fedex.com) More...

Shocked passenger snaps airport worker using TAPE on easyJet plane engine

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Another stupid story today as passengers take pictures of stuff they don't understand. (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

Exclusive: Air France faces new safety probe after freighter takeoff scare

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Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.....To compensate, pilots had to override the automated settings and order up maximum power from the aircraft's two engines. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Man removed from Virgin Flight 218 - suicide note

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Woman passenger notices man writing suicide note pilot returns to gate. (sfist.com) More...

FAA Proposes $70,050 Civil Penalty Against the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The FAA alleges that on January 13, 2015, an official traveling on behalf of the university offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to Delta Air Lines for transport on a passenger flight from Madison to Minneapolis. (www.faa.gov) More...

Google's solar plane crashed earlier this month in New Mexico

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According to Bloomberg Business, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Google's solar-powered Solara 50 plane reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The event occurred on May 1st at a private airfield outside of Albuquerque and no injuries were reported. (www.engadget.com) More...

Flughafen Tempelhof: Inside Berlin's Abandoned Downtown Airport

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An inside look at Berlin's abandoned downtown airport which was the focal point of the Berlin Airlift. (wp.me) More...

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