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Delta flight lands in Vegas with pilot locked out of cockpit

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Thursday with the co-pilot at the controls after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says none of the 168 people aboard Delta flight 1651 was injured, and the MD-90 aircraft wasn't damaged. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

World's Longest Commercial Flight Aircraft Retires

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Qantas Airways 747-400 aircraft VH-OJA, "City of Canberra", holds the world record for the longest ever commercial flight, non-stop from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds in August 1989. Now, in early March, it will take its final.. and shortest flight, with an expected flying time of just 10 minutes. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

AirAsia Co-Pilot Was at Helm Before Crash

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Airbus planes have computerized protection systems designed to avoid an aerodynamic stall, a condition in which an aircraft’s wings lose lift because forward speed is too low or the wings are pointing upward too steeply. But under extreme circumstances, such as multiple failures or disconnection of redundant flight-control computers, the stall-protection system becomes inoperative. That is apparently what happened to Flight 8501, though questions remain about the primary and contributing… (www.wsj.com) More...

C 130's To Use KRUE In Future

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Due to innovations at KLRF, their C-13's may have to come off site for a while (www.couriernews.com) More...

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Ontario, California

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ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — An United Airlines flight Thursday was forced to make an emergency landing in Ontario minutes after departing from LAX. United flight 1181, which was flying from LAX to Dulles in Washington, D.C., diverted to Ontario International Airport around 9 a.m., according to the FAA. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Cockpit voice recorder from AirAsia 8501 analyzed

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The cockpit voice recorder from Indonesia AirAsia flight 8501 was retrieved two and a half weeks ago, but details about the contents are just now being made public. (jansaviation.com) More...

Inside North Korea's Airliners

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This is flying North Korean style. Air Koyo provides decent service according to air enthusiast Sam Chui (edition.cnn.com) More...

Qantas donates its first Boeing 747

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Qantas will donate its first Boeing 747-400, known as City of Canberra, to the Australian Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) in March. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

“First Airliner” A great tribute to the DC 3

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Go flying with Ron Alexander in one of the 356 true DC-3’s manufactured by Douglas. The airplane he owns was originally delivered to Braniff Airways in 1940. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Boeing Identifies Order Bridge to 777X

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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney expressed growing enthusiasm on Wednesday over the prospect of a smooth transition from production of the current 777 to the new 777X starting in 2018. While speaking during the company's quarterly earnings call, he emphasized continued strong demand for both versions of the twinjet as evidenced by mixed orders from the likes of Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways of Japan. Pointing to last year's order total of 63 current-generation 777s as a harbinger of future… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Kuwait AH-64 helicopter contract

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The U.S. Army Contracting Command in Alabama made a brief announcement Thursday that they anticipate awarding Boeing a post production contract for Kuwait's fleet of Air Force AH-64 helicopters. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Dubai Now World's Busiest International Airport

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London is no longer the world's leader in international traffic. Dubai with just over 70 million passengers in 2014, surpassed London's 68 million. This makes Dubai the world's leader in international traffic. (www.cnn.com) More...

DIA launches plan to move TSA out of the terminal's Great Hall

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Denver International Airport today issued an international request for qualifications in hopes of finding a public-private partnership to kick the massive security screening apparatus overseen by the Transportation Security Administration out of the Great Hall inside the Jeppesen Terminal. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Passenger, cargo planes slide off Ford Airport taxiway

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Airport officials said an American Eagle plane landed around 9:15 a.m. on a runway and then slid off a taxiway as it was heading to the gate to park. (woodtv.com) More...

All Nippon Airways Places Airbus, Boeing Orders

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has placed orders for Airbus and Boeing aircraft to bolster the airline’s growing fleet. (atwonline.com) More...

Qatar takes 10% stake in British Airways parent IAG

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Qatar Airways has taken a 9.99% stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent of both British Airways and Spain's Iberia. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

American Airlines Customers Gain More Access To Mexico, The Caribbean And Latin America With Six New Routes

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American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets. New service to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), will add a new destination to the airline's global network and customers will have increased options when traveling throughout the region. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Belize (BZE); Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM); Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL); Managua, Nicaragua (MGA); and… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Pilots Disabled Critical Computers Moments Before AirAsia Crash

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The pilots of AirAsia Bhd. Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The action appears to have helped trigger the events of Dec. 28, when the Airbus Group NV A320 climbed so abruptly that it lost lift and it began falling with warnings blaring in the cockpit, the people said. All 162 aboard were killed. The pilots had been… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Coast Guard seeks parts supplier for C-27J fleet

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Through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, the Coast Guard has acquired 14 C-27J aircraft from the Air Force. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...