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Teen Pilot Who Died in Crash Had 'Passion' for Flying

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A 16-year-old pilot was killed after his plane crashed in a field in Orange County, Virginia, Sunday morning. (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

FAA Wants To Fine Southwest $328,550

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The agency alleges that the Dallas-based carrier failed to properly inspect a Boeing 737 that experienced cabin depressurization on May 13, 2013. The flight, which was heading from Boston to St. Louis, made an emergency landing in Baltimore. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

World's Largest Aircraft Looking for Investors

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Hybrid Air Vehicles, the manufacturer, is looking to smaller investors to follow in the footsteps of the US military and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson by sinking their cash into the dream. Buoyed by the numbers of enquiries from enthusiasts, the firm is set to launch a crowdfunding exercise to match a £3.4m government grant to get the craft off the ground - and eventually build hundreds more to fill the skies. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Mooney hits car during emergency landing

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As you can see the Mooney faired better than the Ford Fusion... (www.kare11.com) More...

OSHA Orders Pilot To Be Reinstated After Being Illegally Fired

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Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods Corp. was ordered to reinstate the pilot, pay $158,000 in back wages and $8,500 in damages, and remove disciplinary information from the… (www.dol.gov) More...

Airport Gets Pittsburgh Flavor

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New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis aims to discover what could make Pittsburgh International pop with Steel City pride. “I would like to see that Pittsburgh is at the airport,” she said. “I would like to see more excitement at the airport, and more representation of Pittsburgh, of the arts community, of the foundations, of the things that make this city so great. I'd like you to feel it.” (triblive.com) More...

First Poland-based Learjet 75 Handed Over

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Bombardier Business Aircraft last week delivered the first Learjet 75 that will be based in Poland. It was handed over to an undisclosed customer in the Eastern European country following type approval by the Poland's Civil Aviation Authority. The Learjet 75 light jet—a longer-range version of the Learjet 45 with Garmin G5000 integrated avionics, redesigned winglets and more efficient Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines—was certified by the U.S. FAA in November 2013. (www.ainonline.com) More...

New Boeing Website

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Boeing has launched a new website. http://www.boeing.com/ Also has some flight tracking courtesy FlightAware here: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787/#/flight-tracker (www.boeing.com) More...

Two killed in Zodiac crash south of Kansas City

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Two people have been killed in a plane crash in Linn County, Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol said it happened in a rural wooded area just north of the city of Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash involved a Zodiac CH601XL. Zenith Air's website describes the model as recreational kit aircraft that seats two people. Investigators have not given any indication what may have caused the crash. (www.kmbc.com) More...

Air Force Spaceplane Returning to Orbit

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The secretive X-37B spaceplane operated by the US Air Force is scheduled to return to orbit this May. The last mission of this type lasted around 470 days and landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (spaceflightnow.com) More...

What Exactly is a Hard Landing?

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I'm interested to seeing the opinions of everyone as to what constitute's a hard vs a crash landing. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Airbus patents interactive touchscreen aircraft windows

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Airbus has patented a 'smart window' concept which might one day grace its most advanced commercial airliners. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

WestJet to Launch Boeing 767 Toronto – Calgary Service from Aug 2015

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WestJet to begin using it’s “new” Boeing 767-300 in early August on the Calgary-Toronto-Calgary route. A second 767 is set to join the fleet later in the fall and both aircraft will be used extensively next winter schedule on routes to/from Hawaii and Vancouver/Calgary. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

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