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Propeller breaks 13,000 feet in the air

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Tim Cassell crash landed his plane in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada and then he spent 18 hours in the cold before being rescued. The pilot took off in his signal-engine Piper Cherokee plane. However, 20 minutes away from his destination and 13,000 feet high above the San Joaquin Valley, the plane's propeller broke in half. (www.ktvu.com) More...

The End of the ATP - Pibots to replace pilots

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Looks like robot manufactures have finally found a viable alternative to airline transport pilots. It's name is Pibot. Regional airlines are rumored to be considering adding pibots in the near future. (www.cnet.com) More...

Airline profits up 64 percent, bag fees generate $900 million in 2nd quarter

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The airline industry strategy of packing cabins to record levels, charging fees for bags, food and entertainment and merging to reduce competition continues to pay off.... (www.stltoday.com) More...

The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

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From airfares to safety to the roles of the captain and copilot, ASK THE PILOT take a look at seven of the most persistent and irritating myths and quasi-truths about flying. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

US AIR 751 Diverted to London.

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After diversion enroute to Philly. Flight aware stopped at 06:30(eastern). Flight Finder/andoid stopped a few minutes later with localtion north of Heathrow, 0ft 121 knts. ???????? (flightaware.com) More...

Problem-plagued plane hits ISIS: F-22 goes into combat

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Washington (CNN) -- The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). (www.cnn.com) More...

Rescue teams will soon have access to global aircraft tracking data

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The disappearance of flight MH370 taught the general public one thing: that flight tracking technology isn't as comprehensive as many might have thought. Current radar doesn't have global coverage, and if a transponder fails (as was the case with the Malaysia Airlines flight) there's little that can be done. Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) promises to improve things, but still won't cover the whole planet. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Baseball Cap A Factor In Midair

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The Canadian Transportation Safety Board yesterday released its finding on a 2013 multiple-fatality midair collision between a Cessna 150 and a motor glider with an analysis that said the 150 pilot was probably wearing a baseball cap that affected his ability to see the glider. While only one of several factors mentioned regarding visibility, including relative positi... (www.avweb.com) More...

Kids with disabilities become pilots for a day

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CENTENNIAL- A group of Colorado kids with disabilities had the chance to do something most can't say they've never done. With the help of the organization Challenge Air, they got to be pilot for the day, flying high over Centennial Airport. (www.9news.com) More...

MRO Checklist: New service contracts

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New service contracts from Bluebird Cargo, AJW Aviation, and Southwest Airlines….. (aviationweek.com) More...

Air France Group Backing MRO As Part Of Growth Plan

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Air France-KLM Group will leverage its growing third-party maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations—particularly engine and component work—with an eye on adding up to €80 million ($104 million) in pre-tax earnings to the group’s bottom line by 2018 through a mix of organic growth and strategic acquisitions... (aviationweek.com) More...

Grand jury doesn't indict man accused of shooting at helicopter

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In an affidavit attached to the original criminal complaint against (the defendant), an FBI agent stated that Fryer admitted to firing three rounds from a shotgun into the air while a helicopter was overhead, but denied that he ever aimed the weapon at the aircraft. (www.ledger-enquirer.com) More...

Video: Crew saves bird from high wire death

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Hats off to this helicopter crew for not letting the bird die on the wire. (www.facebook.com) More...

Congress Urges FCC To Maintain Ban On Cellphone Calls On Commercial Aircraft

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At the urging of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department (TTD), members of Congress yesterday took action to continue the ban on mobile voice calls onboard commercial aircraft (avstop.com) More...

On Board United's Inaugural 787-9 Flight

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The stretch is in business as United started 787-9 service this week. Step on board. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Billionaire’s Supersonic-Jet Plan Gets Help From Airbus

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Texas billionaire Robert Bass’s Aerion Corp., the company working to build a supersonic business jet, will get help from Europe’s Airbus Group NV in its quest to have an aircraft ready by 2021. Airbus, whose Concorde airliner was retired in 2003 after 27 years of service, will provide expertise on design, manufacturing and certification in exchange for access to Aerion’s proprietary technology that reduces drag on wings and the fuselage, the companies said today. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

ATK pitch Russian RD-180 replacement

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ATK has proposed a new solid fueled rocket engine to replace the Russian RD-180 liquid fueled engine onboard Atlas V (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...