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3 dead, 2 injured in helicopter airplane midair collision near Fredrick, MD

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3 fatalities were in R44 helicopter, 2 injured in the Cirrus SR22 (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

ATP Tests Grind to a Halt ??

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Based on data sources, since August 1, 2014, we have not administered a single ATP knowledge test that would allow a pilot to then go on to take the ATP multi-engine practical test and become ATP qualified for service in an airline. Yup. None. For two whole months and I expect this trend to continue for a third month. (www.avweb.com) More...

Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard

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On July 6, 2012, a 22-year-old man named Jarryd Hector was partying at a home in Auckland, New Zealand, when he decided to shine a green laser light at a Boeing 737 from Christchurch that was preparing to land at the Auckland Airport. The plane was carrying 118 passengers, the New Zealand Herald reported. (arstechnica.com) More...

Snowplow Driver, 4 Others Held In Plane Crash That Killed Total Boss in Moscow

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snowplow driver who's been blamed by Russian authorities for a plane crash that killed the chief executive of the oil company Total has been sent to pretrial detention, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko has denied claims by Russian officials that he was drunk at the time of the crash Monday at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport. (www.cnn.com) More...

Video: In-Flight with B-17 "Memphis Belle"

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Aviation enthusiasts gathered to see the "Memphis Belle," a WWII era B-17 Flying Fortress in Columbia, SC. Footage of cockpit and gun positions around aircraft while flying. (youtu.be) More...

The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

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The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only one left alive are infinitesimal. (www.rd.com) More...

U.S. airline profits soar as fuel costs ease

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DALLAS • Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Teen celebrates 16th birthday with 14 solo flights

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Forget a party. Wyatt Angel of Mount Airy, N.C., spent his 16th birthday doing something way more fun — flying 11 airplanes solo at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport (KMWK), then making his way to the Piedmont Soaring Society in nearby Farmington, where he soloed three gliders. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

GKN develop Natural Laminar Flow wings

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GKN Aerospace has delivered an innovative wing leading edge demonstrator to the European Clean Sky programme. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Personal helicopter will be as easy to drive as a car

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Before the end of the year, a firm called E-Volo in Karlsruhe, Germany, says it will make its first piloted flight with an easy-to-fly vertical take-off aircraft called the Volocopter. (www.newscientist.com) More...

Thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched

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The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars. (www.youtube.com) More...

SpaceX completes 100th Merlin-1D engine

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SpaceX has produced the milestone 100th Merlin 1D rocket engine to powers its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The significant milestone was achieved within two years of production. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Why I am proud to be a KIWI

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Air NZ ya do it again BEST AIRLINE BEST SAFETY VID (www.youtube.com) More...

What's new for airlines in 2015

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Many airlines are hoping fo change not only in there fleet of aircraft and interior design. But most are looking at ways to cut costs where they can and save huge amounts on fuel which is at a record high in today's world oil prices which have surged. With the disappearance of MH370 and the downing of MH17 with this loss and a few other icidents from other airlines. Many airlines are trying to refurbish or outfit there new designs into there aircraft cabins… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Eight years flies by at Porter Airlines

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TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is celebrating eight years of service, having established itself as a leading carrier offering passengers a distinct approach to service. From its home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Porter serves a total of 20 destinations in Canada and the U.S. with a network currently stretching from Thunder Bay, Ont., and Chicago in the west, to St. John’s, NL, in the east, and as far south as Myrtle Beach, SC. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...