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Pilot Caught on Camera Texting During Takeoff

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An airline pilot was caught on camera texting and checking Twitter during takeoff, ignoring on-board announcements to put devices in airplane mode. The pilot was a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Tampa, FL. He was in his uniform, but not part of the crew actually flying the plane. (www.twcnews.com) More...

'Certainty' that Reunion debris from MH370, French official says

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A piece of debris that washed up on the shore of Reunion Island in July was part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday, backing up a statement that Malaysia's Prime Minister made weeks ago. (www.cnn.com) More...

1 dead, 1 injured when small plane crashes near house in Santee

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The plane, a single-engine Piper Cherokee, was registered to Volar Corporation, a flight school known as Golden State Flying Club based in El Cajon. Two people were on board the plane, which crashed for unknown reasons just after taking off from Gillespie Field, according to Ian Gregory with the Federal Aviation Administration. Crews worked to free the a person who reportedly survived the crash from the wreckage. An ambulance drove away from the scene, but it was not clear if it anyone was in… (fox5sandiego.com) More...

1 Marine Killed in Chopper Training Accident

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One Marine has been killed and nine others injured when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. (www.newser.com) More...

Doctor for Airline Pilots Accused of Selling Illegal Prescriptions Out of JFK Offices

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Gerald Surya, an internist and senior aviation medical examiner, was arrested Thursday at his New Hyde Park home by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and investigators from the New York Special Narcotics Prosecutors office. (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

US Forest Service plans review of airtanker bases

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The U.S. Forest Service is planning to analyze current and potential airtanker bases to determine infrastructure capabilities and deficiencies. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

NASA starts testing light and flexible plane technology

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NASA has successfully completed a series of tests making sure that the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) aircraft can withstand flights up to 130 knots in speed. See, the X-56A isn't your typical aircraft: it's a remote-controlled test model the space agency's using for the development of flexible flight tech, which will be used for lightweight, eco-friendly planes. (www.engadget.com) More...

USAF Viet, Vets brothers killed in North Carolina single-engine experimental aircraft

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David's wife of 44 years, Betsy, shared the memories of her husband with 10News. "Well, we started dating when I was still in high school and he was out," Betsy said. The plane crash cut their time together short. "They were extremely, extremely careful. Always were," Betsy said. David and Jerry were both Vietnam Air Force Veterans. They loved to fly. (www.wbir.com) More...

B-3: The Inside Story of America's Next Bomber

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The cost, requirements, and technology for the next B-3 Bomber (www.forbes.com) More...

Almost 200 banner planes have crashed

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Nicholas Baer, 12, planned to spend his Fourth of July body boarding with friends at Carlsbad State Beach, but plans changed about an hour into the visit. There’s been a plane crash, a family friend told the boy’s mother on the phone. “I think he got hit in the head by the propeller,” the friend said. The aircraft was a Piper PA18 towing an advertising banner, and a federal report about the crash is expected this week. Meanwhile, U-T Watchdog decided to check and see how common such crashes are. (www.sandiegouniontribune.com) More...

Coast Guard auxiliary Cessna 172 crash-landed into a tree on a New Jersey Creskill Swim Club.

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Emergency responders are on the scene of a plane crash on a popular recreational field behind a swim club in Bergen County, not far from a residential area. The Cessna 172 crash-landed into a tree in the field behind Cresskill Swim Club. The 3rd Street Recreational Corridor is the borough's main recreational field and used for local sports. (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 150th 777

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Emirates Airline announced that it took delivery of three Boeing 777s, marking the 150th 777 in the carrier’s fleet. The order, which consisted of two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter, was the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Quebecers identified as 2 killed in Sept-Îles helicopter crash

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Blandine Pinette-Fontaine and Pierre-Michel Fontaine have been identified by the Quebec coroner as the two people who died in a helicopter crash on the North Shore on Wednesday. Pinette-Fontaine was a 68-year-old resident of Sept-Îles, while Fontaine, 49, lived in Quebec City. The Quebec coroner released the names on Thursday. Spokeswoman Geneviève Guilbault said autopsies will be done on Friday and that the reports on their causes of death will be released to the public in the months to come. (www.cbc.ca) More...

French investigators confirm wing part is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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French investigators have formally identified a washed-up piece of airplane debris found in July on a remote island in the Indian Ocean as part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard. - See more at: http://www.ondair.net/french-investigators-confirm-wing-part-is-from-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/#sthash.JsR39l94.dpuf (www.ondair.net) More...

The Factory Where Boeing is Building The Last of its Legendary 747s

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The Boeing 747 jumbo is one of the most famous planes in aviation history. The plane – referred to by many as the “Queen of the Skies”- helped revolutionize air travel for the masses with it arrived on the scene in 1969. It’s been going strong for over 40 years. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Behind the scenes: Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant training

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It’s more than serving sodas and hot meals – when Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants take to the skies they are ready to fight fires, save lives and take on any obstacle. In fact, learning to serve customers in flight only accounts for a fraction of the six-week training every new Alaska flight attendant goes through. - See more at: http://www.ondair.net/behind-the-scenes-alaska-airlines-flight-attendant-training/#sthash.muBUQDVI.dpuf (www.ondair.net) More...

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