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John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a longtime US senator, died Thursday, according to the Ohio State University. He was 95. (www.cnn.com) More...

Balloon Pilot Who Killed 16 Was on Drugs and Had Five DWI Raps

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The pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed last summer in Texas, killing himself and 15 sight-seeing passengers, had taken a cocktail of prohibited drugs including the opiate pain-killer oxycodone, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing pledges $1 million for Donald Trump's inaugural events

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The company already had committed $1 million to help underwrite inaugural events when Trump took aim at the manufacturer this week, according to a Boeing official familiar with the planning, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the discussions. (www.usatoday.com) More...

German pilot writes HELLO with flight track

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Wrote Hello and also drew a flower!! He may have too much time on his hands! (flightaware.com) More...

Boutique Air to Restore Portland-Pendleton Services

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San Francisco-based Boutique Air (4B) has announced plans to start services in Oregon between Portland International Airport (KPDX/PDX) and Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton (KPDT/PDT) with three daily round-trips starting December 19, 2016, effectively restoring lost air service between the two cities following the bankruptcy and subsequent cessation of operations of SeaPort Airlines (K5), which occurred on September 20, 2016. All flights will be operated on Pilatus PC-12… (www.spokesman.com) More...

Rolls-Royce and Boeing to Test New 787-10 Powerplant

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Rolls-Royce and Boeing have partnered to carry out the first flight of the Trent 1000-TEN powerplant aboard a Dreamliner, in Seattle on Wednesday. The aircraft, a 787-8 (ZA004 • N7874 • MSN 40693 • LN 4) departed from Boeing Field at 10:35 PST, for a two-hour round robin flight up to Paine Field, and back to Boeing Field at 12:27 PST. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Transatlantic for $69 plus tax one way??

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Norwegian Air to offer Upstate NY to Ireland flights. (www.poughkeepsiejournal.com) More...

United Airlines to Introduce its 777-300ERs on Hong Kong Routes

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United will introduce its new Boeing 777-300ER its San Francisco - Hong Kong flight, starting on March 25, 2017. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Senator Calls on United Airlines to Drop New Carry-on Baggage Policy

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Senator Calls on United Airlines to Drop New Carry-on Baggage Policy (www.yahoo.com) More...

US flight regulators consider whether to allow or bar in-flight Wi-Fi calls

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The US Department of Transportation announced Thursday it was seeking public comment on the topic. It is asking the public to ponder whether a rule should demand that airlines, if they offer potential phone service, should provide advance notice to fliers (perhaps at the time of ticket purchase). Regulators also want public input on whether in-flight Wi-Fi calling should be banned outright. (arstechnica.com) More...

"Near Miss" Between Aircraft And Car At RAF Base

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A car that jumped a red light near RAF Waddington was almost hit by an aircraft approaching the runway. It's reported that the King Air plane missed the car by "just a few feet" on the A15 in Lincoln. (www.forces.tv) More...

Government of Canada accepts new helicopters for Canadian Coast Guard

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The Canadian Government accepted the first two of seven Bell 412EPI helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The seven medium-lift 412EPIs will replace five ageing Bell 212s. (www.skiesmag.com) More...

DOT: Airlines must warn customers if inflight phone calls are permitted

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing that airlines and ticket agents should be required to inform prospective customers in advance if an airline allows passengers to make mobile phone calls onboard the aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Nordavia B737 at Murmansk on Dec 7th 2016, overran runway on landing

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A Nordavia Boeing 737-500, registration VP-BQI performing flight 5N-521 from Moscow Domodedovo to Murmansk (Russia) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, landed on Murmansk's runway 31 at 23:33L (20:33Z) but overran the end of the runway by 73 meters (avherald.com) More...

Why do Russian aerospace engineers favor 90 degree vertical stabilizers vs. American designs with V-shaped tails?

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A small number earlier American fighters used “canted” (though not quite “V-shaped”) tails. However, the fact that all new American fighters are (and likely will continue to be) designed with more “V-shaped” tails is a (relatively) new feature. It exists for a very specific reason. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Etihad Airways wins top Airbus A380 Accolade

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Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the award for ‘Top Operational Excellence’ for A380 operations in 2015-2016. (nation.com.pk) More...

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