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Behind the Scenes in Dulles Airport’s Ground Control Towers

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Across the taxiways from the elegant Eero Saarinen-designed terminal building at Dulles Airport is the ramp control tower, one of two towers that manage the ground traffic for the hub’s 750 daily commercial flights. (www.washingtonian.com) More...

Boom and Bust - Sonic Boom Tests

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A half-century ago, sonic boom tests terrified Oklahoma City residents. (www.slate.com) More...

What a plane crash feels like - United 232

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Brad Griffin had his hands on the first class seat in front of him, which was the first row in the airplane. Gerald Harlon Dobson, a retired state trooper from New Jersey, sat with his wife, Joann, dressed in their festive Hawaiian clothes directly across from Rene Le Beau’s jump seat. Griffin had been meditating. He felt no fear, even though he could feel how unusually fast the plane was going. “And when we hit the runway,” Griffin recalled, “my seat belt pops.” He was stunned for a second,… (www.salon.com) More...

Intrepid Aviation orders 777-300er aircraft

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Intrepid Aviation announced an order for 6 - 777-300er aircraft along with options for 4 more. (www.newairplane.com) More...

In the Cockpit above Gaza An Israeli Air Force pilot examines his mission

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Circling above the eastern Mediterranean in the cockpit of my F-16, I have a lot of time to think. (www.aish.com) More...

Boeing forecasts huge need for pilots over next 2 decades

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Boeing on Tuesday forecast worldwide demand over the next two decades for 533,000 new commercial pilots and 584,000 maintenance technicians. The projection fuels the debate on whether a pilot shortage is looming. (seattletimes.com) More...

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport To Add 6th Terminal: "Terminal F"

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could get even bigger with a sixth terminal to handle increased growth in international travel, Sean Donohue, the CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said recently. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has added 20 new international destinations in the past three years and now serves 58 destinations on five continents. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

(Video) Airbus A340 Emergency - Engine Failure - Cockpit

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On the way from Zurich to Shanghai during the flight was an increased oil temperature found in engine 3. The flight had to be canceled, a landing was necessary. Then the flight was continued with a new plane. The video shows the entire approach to the landing, in an exceptional situation. (www.youtube.com) More...

Redesigned Airplane Cabin Would Give You More Room

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You board the plane and instinctively duck to clear the overhead container doors. They're all full already, so you cram your carryon under the seat in front of you while the slob next to you reaches across your face to adjust the reading light. No more: one design firm's new cabin concept eliminates all those problems. When designers at Priestmangoode set out to pen a new cabin layout for the Embraer E2 single-aisle narrow-body jetliner, they wanted to maximize space efficiency, comfort, and… (gizmodo.com) More...

Looming pilot shortage shows first signs

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While an aviation safety legislation in 2013 is meant to keep the skies safe, it could also be keeping qualified pilots from reaching their goal. (kimt.com) More...

Aviation organizations join forces to improve safety in conflict zones

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday joined with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) in a declaration committing the parties to review processes for the overflight of conflict zones. The high-level meeting was called by ICAO in the aftermath of the tragic downing of MH17 over the Ukraine earlier this month. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

WestJet reports record earnings as it preps overseas flights

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. beat expectations as the airline’s profits surged nearly 16 per cent to $51.8 million in the second quarter. (www.thestar.com) More...

Teen's body found in landing gear of U.S. Air Force C-130

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The body of a teenage stowaway was found in the landing gear of a U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft after it landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany from a flight from Africa (www.usatoday.com) More...

Spirit Airlines posts record 2Q $65 million net profit

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The company took delivery of one new Airbus A320 during the second-quarter, bringing Spirit’s fleet to a total of 57 aircraft. The carrier expects to receive eight additional A320s by the end of the year. (atwonline.com) More...

ICAO wants to close ‘gaps’ in air safety regulations

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MONTREAL — The International Civil Aviation Organization says it will take immediate and decisive action to close “gaps” in air safety regulations and practices following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 this month. The Montreal-based UN body, which governs civil aviation across the globe, called a meeting of top officials from four international organizations on Tuesday morning to discuss ways to “mitigate potential risks” to commercial airliners travelling over conflict zones. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...