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There Have Been Four High Profile Airplane Crashes In One Day

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No less than four high-profile aviation incidents, three in the UK and one in Colombia, have rocked the aviation world within the last 24 hours. These included the loss of a shadowy Colombian Air Force CASA 235, an Embraer private jet with three of the Bin Laden family on board, a Folland Gnat performing at a huge car event, and a Spitfire that crashed during a test flight. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Flight TK79 dispatch from 30,000ft: 'God, this is it. This is payback.'

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When a stray mobile phone was found on board a Turkish Airlines flight, the captain, suspecting an Isis bomb, made an emergency landing in Warsaw (www.theguardian.com) More...

Great Moments in August Aviation History

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From the first female pilot (1911), founding of IATA (1919), Boeing 299 speed records, the last Douglas Skymaster, the first Douglas DC-10, Boeing's merger with McDonnell Douglas, Virgin America starts operations, Boeing rolls out the 737-900ER, and the sale of the last piece of Pan Am, the Pan Am International Flight Academy... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Connected glasses to improve Airbus A330 production efficiency

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Airbus has validated an innovative new tool- "connected" glasses, that can increase efficiency and save time on the A330 airliner final assembly line. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Close Call: Delta Pilot Spots Drone Just Before Landing

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A Delta pilot flying into JFK airport in New York spotted a drone off its right wing as it approached the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said today. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Phenom 300 crashes on landing, Blackbushe, England

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Four people died when a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into an adjacent car auction centre, police have said. The pilot of the aircraft and the three passengers (members of the Bin Laden family) all died, while no one on the ground was killed. The Phenom 300, a light aircraft with space for up to nine passengers and thought to be worth £6m, crashed as it attempted to land at Blackbushe airport, seven miles north-west of Farnborough, a spokesman for the… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Video: Lufthansa 747-400

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Lufthansa 9928, traveling from KBGR to KTUL earlier this morning, did a very low altitude flyby for their KLEW employees this morning. Not very often we see a 747 flying at 1,000 feet in Maine, let alone this height! The Auburn, ME based employees are working on a restoration project of a Lockheed Constellation that was retired from Lufthansa service decades ago. (www.facebook.com) More...

Tracking of flaperon to Paris; FMEE / RUN- LFPO / ORY (Af #671)

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Watch as the flaperon makes its way to Paris.Aircraft-Boeing 777-300ER Speed 395 kts (planned: 457 kts) Altitude 17,600 feet (graph) (flightaware.com) More...

MH370 Search: Mystery of Missing Jet Might Be Solved This Weekend

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SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — It will take at least another day to learn whether missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed into the sea 16 months ago (www.nbcnews.com) More...

$75K Reward Offered to Find Drone Pilots at Wildfires

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Firefighters battling California wildfires keep running into the same problem over and over—drones. (www.newser.com) More...

Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat, sources say

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WASHINGTON • U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, sources familiar with the decision said on Friday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Only in Australia! Not a bird strike but a kangaroo strike!

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A REX Regional Express Saab 340B, registration VH-ZLR performing flight ZL-3653 from Mildura,VI to Melbourne,VI (Australia), was accelerating for takeoff from Mildura when the aircraft collided with a Kangaroo prompting the crew to reject takeoff. The aircraft came to a safe stop but was disabled on the runway. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained damage. The airline confirmed the aircraft's right hand propeller collided with a kangaroo on takeoff from Mildura still in darkness, the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

767 uses taxiway as runway

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At Singapore Changi Airport a JAL 767 used a taxiway as runway. The plane had 10 crew and 198 passengers and was flight 38. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus reports profits up by 34%

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Europe's aircraft maker Airbus said net profit rose 34% in the first half of the year to €1.52bn (£1bn). (www.bbc.com) More...

BA Implements New Boarding Procedures, Reduces Size of Carry-On Bags

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British Airways announced a new procedure for boarding as well as a reduction in the size of hand baggage that can be brought onto the aircraft. The most significant change is to the order of in which passengers will board. Effective immediately, passengers will board based on two criteria:... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

More debris from Island where MH370 possible went down found

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A beach cleaner has come across more debris which was found next to the B777 plane wing which was found a few days back a suitcase containing clothing and other items were found next to this big piece that was washed up on shore. Many of the island residents say they had seen the MAS B777 fly over low a year ago and it may have come down out at sea not far from the last sighting of MH370. But who is to say this belongs to the flight and just maybe it's possible the wreckage is near by and thing… (www.9news.com.au) More...

Kansas State University at Salina Accepts Dilivery of the First of Four New Beechcraft G36 Bonanzas.

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Today, the Kansas State flight administration accepts dilivery of 4 new Beechcraft G36 Bonanzas. The dilivery is part of replacing the K-State fleet with new modern aircraft. The G36 comes with a G1000 glass cockpit and 6 passenger seating arrangement.. (www.ksal.com) More...

Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel

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Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Texas businessman recovers cellphone that fell from plane

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A North Texas businessman used the "Find My iPhone app" to find his phone in a pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson, who owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls, and a pilot were in a Beechcraft Bonanza returning home Monday. (kxan.com) More...

Internet plane from Zuckerberg - Aquila

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced Aguila, which is a solar powered unmanned. It's target is to beam Internet from sky to ground that has no Internet access. (www.facebook.com) More...

Toronto Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Opens Under Lake Ontario

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With much fanfare, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel opened Thursday. The tunnel, which was built under Toronto Harbor on Lake Ontario, provides a direct connection from the airport to downtown Toronto by a public-private partnership. It was built to decrease the amount of time it takes for passengers to get to the island airport and eliminate the need to travel to the airport by ferry... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

A Bellanca 17 runs out of fuel lands on road adjacent to KTLH.

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Apparently the Bellanca ran out of fuel and landed on Capital Circle SW, adjacent to Tallahassee International. That portion of the road runs parallel to RWY 18/36. (www.wtxl.com) More...

NASA Langley crashes a plane for science

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A small, single-engine plane nose-dived into the dirt Wednesday in Hampton, then flipped tail-over-nose onto its back. (www.dailypress.com) More...

Judge Grills Airline Lawyers Over His Lost Luggage

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Anyone whose luggage has been lost by an airline now has a patron saint in the form of Justice Peter Smith in Britain. (www.newser.com) More...

Boeing's largest union calls McNerney job threat 'unacceptable'

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NEW YORK • The president of Boeing Co's largest union called "unacceptable" a threat by Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney to move jobs due to the uncertain future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a sign of discord between the plane maker and its labor force. (www.stltoday.com) More...

How You Lose An Airplane In The 21st Century

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MORE THAN A year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from air traffic controller scopes on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The captain, with more than 18,000 hours of flight time, gave no warning and no mayday call. (www.wired.com) More...

New TSA Chief Promises to Improve Airport Security

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The new head of the Transportation Security Administration vowed to tighten airport security, better train employees, and make security screenings “less invasive” for PreCheck members.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Airplane catches fire at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport

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MILWAUKEE -- A single-engine plane caught on fire Wednesday evening at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport. The plane had radioed in for a "go-around", or aborted landing, just before the fire, according to TODAY'S TMJ4's photojournalist Mark Was. There's no word yet on what caused the fire, or how many people were on board. (www.scrippsmedia.com) More...

Video: F-4 Phantom II Rockets out of Tyndall AFB for the Last Time

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Final departure of the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron's last QF-4 Phantom on Tyndall AFB, Fla. Lt. Col Todd Houchins, 53rd Test Support Squadron commander, will fly the QF-4 cross-country to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where the jet will remain for its final missions. (youtu.be) 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...

United Airlines Computers Reportedly Hacked

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United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline, had its computer systems breached by hackers in the spring. The breach, which was not publicly reported, is believed to be the work of the same hackers who have hit other large targets in recent months ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

British Airways Fleet Changes in Last 10 yrs (Infographic)

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British Airways, the third largest airline by fleet size in Western Europe, made many alterations to its fleet over the last 10 years. Here is a comparative infographic of British Airways' fleet changes from 2005 to 2015... (aviationweek.com) More...

Russia's Putin says opposes MH17 tribunal ahead of U.N. vote

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he opposed the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, hours before a U.N. vote on such a proposal. (news.yahoo.com) More...

CPA 884 Diverts to Shemya

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CPA reports that flight 884 HKG-LAX today diverted to Shemya, Alaska due to smoke in the aircraft. (www.cathaypacific.com) More...

Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting Down Drone; cites right to privacy

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Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his weekend: "Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard. And they come in and said, 'Dad, there's a drone out here, flying over everybody's yard.'" Merideth grabbed his shotgun and waited to see if the drone crossed over his property. When it did, he took aim and shot it out of the sky. The owners showed up shortly, and the police right after. He was arrested and… (www.wdrb.com) More...

New aviation firm to take off in Cork

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A specialist British firm is developing a new business aviation centre at Cork Airport — a move which will boost lucrative executive and private jet and helicopter business. (www.irishexaminer.com) More...

Eight new routes: Frontier Airlines connects the dots on its route map

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Frontier Airlines announced eight new routes Tuesday, adding nonstop connections among cities it already serves. (www.usatoday.com) More...

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Orlando Int'l Airport

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An American Airlines flight that departed from Chicago and was headed to Orlando made an emergency landing Wednesday morning at Orlando International Airport after an engine indicator came on prior to landing, airport officials said. More information avaliable in link. (www.mynews13.com) More...

Airbus starts design of hybrid-electric 100-seater

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In less than two decades, Airbus’s concept for the VoltAir E-Fan could spawn a new family of 100-seat regional airliners with a hybrid-electric propulsion system anchored by diesel engines sending 6MW of power to a row of electric thrusters. The potential 100-seat aircraft is still early in the design phase, but Airbus already appears to be leaning toward a familiar configuration. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

BA274 in Bomb hoax diverted

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A British Airways flight travelling from Las Vegas to London Heathrow has been diverted to Montreal after reports of a bomb threat. Photographs taken from the airport show a dozen police cars racing to flight BA274, carrying 312 passengers, which made an emergency landing at Trudeau Airport in Dorval at 5.47am local time. Montreal police and British Airways said the pilot made a request to land the plane following an 'emergency' during the flight. Read more:… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Virgin posts $93.8mln net loss for 2014/15

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Virgin Australia says cost reductions and the improved performance of its low-cost subsidiary Tigerair Australia have led to a reduced full year loss of $93.8 million for 2014/15. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Frontier to Link Philly with Fort Myers and Montego Bay

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Frontier Airlines announced plans to add flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Myers, Florida and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both flights will begin October 25, 2015... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Opinion: The Airbus A380NEO is a Good Idea

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First things first; I am sick and tired of all the A380 hate. I get it; it’s not made by Boeing and doesn’t fit the U.S. major route network. Here’s the thing: that doesn’t make it a terrible aircraft and an absolute aviation sin. I am tired of reading comments from people saying, “Since Delta never ordered it, it must be too big.” No one also wants to hear your comments about how the A380 only works for “government-subsidized airlines,” or, “how all the other airlines that operate it regret… (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

France aiming for two more Rafale deals by early 2016, sources say

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PARIS • France is confident of winning two more foreign orders for its Rafale fighter jet by the beginning of next year as it seeks to extend a spate of recent export successes, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

United Express Flight UA5393 experiencing 'technical issues' after takeoff

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United Express, opb SkyWest loses an engine cowl after takeoff (www.wisn.com) More...

Amazon proposes a slice of the sky for commercial drones

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Amazon on Tuesday laid out a proposal for how to regulate commercial drones in the US, suggesting that the government set aside a 200-foot-high stretch of the sky for the devices. The concept, presented at a NASA-hosted conference in the San Francisco Bay Area on unmanned aircraft systems, would designate the airspace at an altitude of between 200 feet and 400 feet as a high-speed transit area for commercial drones -- such as the delivery drones Amazon is developing -- with a no-fly buffer… (www.cnet.com) More...

Lufthansa's 60 years of International Travel in Photos

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Photo Time Slides of Lufthansa then and now (to celebrate 60 years of long-haul international service) (aviationweek.com) More...

SpaceShipTwo crash: Aerospace company failed to consider human error, NTSB says

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On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that a co-pilot's mistake was to blame in the October 2014 crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, which killed the co-pilot and injured the pilot over the Mojave Desert, where the craft was being tested. The NTSB added that Scaled Composites, the aerospace company that had built the SpaceShipTwo craft for Virgin Galactic and employed the two pilots, did not adequately consider the consequences of a human error such as the one… (arstechnica.com) More...

Scientists develop 1.4mm thick bomb-proof bag to protect against explosives on planes

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British scientists have helped invent a bomb proof bag just 1.4mm thick which can contain an explosion, in a bid to protect air passengers from the threat of explosives on board planes. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

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