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Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Stuck On Top Down To A Safe Landing

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It was no leisure flight Sunday for Mark Nelson when he found himself trapped above the clouds over a heavily populated area. His only way down? To put his life in the hands of an air traffic controller. (www.khou.com) More...

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

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OTTAWA • U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its aging fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Drunk farang assaults flight attendant on Bangkok Airways, staff claims

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A foreigner jumped at a flight attendant on a Bangkok Airways plane yesterday and ripped her shirt off, according to an account by a purported witness. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

Southwest, pilots far apart in contract talks

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DALLAS • The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines has asked federal mediators to help break a two-year stalemate in contract negotiations. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Radical 'passenger pod' concept: bunk beds for business class

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Factorydesign's 'Air Lair' passenger pod certainly isn't the first 'upstairs/downstairs' concept for business class, but it's by far the coolest... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

General Atomics flight test collision avoidance system for UAVs

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Air New Zealand, Air China form strategic alliance

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Air China will launch Beijing-Auckland flights as part of a 'strategic alliance' with fellow Star Alliance carrier Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Thai US aviation experts inspect Bell 212 helicopter crash site

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The US Bell Helicopter and the Thai army aviation experts returned to the crash site of a Bell 212 helicopter which crashed on the rubber tree field in Phayao province Monday killing all nine officers on board. (englishnews.thaipbs.or.th) More...

New Russian airliner to fly in 2016

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Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis during a visit to the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, said that the first test prototype of the new Russian MC-21 airliner will be manufactured before 2015 end. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Report: Airbus to deliver first A350 in mid-December

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Airbus appears set to deliver the first Airbus A350 to launch customer Qatar Airways in mid-December. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Small jet slides off runway at KSGR

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Reports of an Embraer jets slides off the runway at Sugarland Regional Airport. No reported injuries. (www.click2houston.com) More...

How To Pull Start A Crop Duster

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The unconventional method to use a pickup truck to get a Cessna Agwagon with a dead battery running again. (planelopnik.com) More...

Boeing says it has no plans for long-range 737 MAX

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SEATTLE: Boeing Co has no plans to extend the range of its forthcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner in response to Airbus Group's move to offer a long-range version of its competing A321 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said on Thursday. (www.thestar.com.my) More...

SAA flight delayed over open oil valve

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A SAA flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town was delayed due to an oil valve that had not been closed properly on the aircraft. According to the report, a passenger in a neighbouring airplane noticed the open oil valve and alert authorities. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

Worlds largest plane lifts off from Toronto Pearson Airport

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Watch the Antonov AN-225 Cargo plane take off from Toronto (toronto.ctvnews.ca) More...

Airberlin equips its first two Airbus A320s with Wi-Fi

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The Airberlin Group has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new ‘airberlin connect’ Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320s, registered D-ABNJ and OE-LEL, now boast a Wi-Fi system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation, so passengers can access the internet with their own smartphone, tablet or laptop during the flight. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

ANA flight NH950 makes emergency landing in Manila

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An All Nippon Airways flight bound for Tokyo with 192 people on board turned back to Manila Friday for an emergency landing after smoke billowed from its cockpit, officials said. There were no injuries as Flight NH950 landed safely some 35 minutes after it departed, the Manila airport's media office said. Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said two investigators were dispatched to the aircraft. According to flightaware.com, the aircraft is a B763. (www.airlive.net) More...

Jet Airways pilots clash in cockpit, delay Mumbai-Dubai flight by 1.5 hrs

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A heated argument between two Jet Airways pilots turned violent when the pilot Raj Kalra allegedly manhandled his co-pilot Rohit Ramchandran, leading the latter to walk off flight 9W542 from Mumbai to Dubai; the flight finally took off after the co-pilot was replaced. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/jet-airways-pilots-clash-in-cockpit-delay-mumbai-dubai-flight-by-15-hrs/15767165#sthash.br0VW2LD.dpuf (www.mid-day.com) More...