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Incident: Westjet B737 at Toronto on May 15th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine wash

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GZWS performing flight WS-1246 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Tampa,FL (USA) with 154 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Toronto's runway 23 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (just below 80 knots) reporting smoke in the cockpit. (avherald.com) More...

European airlines protest Norwegian passenger tax

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A4E said the Norwegian government’s plans to introduce the NOK80 ($9.65) tax on both departing domestic and international passengers this summer will harm Norway’s airline sector and the wider economy. (atwonline.com) More...

Computer Glitch Forces Brief Ground Stop For All LAX Flights

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A computer software problem resulted in a ground stop of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for a time Thursday before technicians were able to resolve the issue, authorities said. The software problem at the FAA’s Approach Control in San Diego was reported about 7:20 a.m. and only affected LAX, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All departing and arriving flights were affected by the ground stop, but the restriction was quickly lifted for… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

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Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Guy Sends Airline a Merry Letter, Actually Gets What He Wants

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Alex Hamberger is flying the friendly skies Thursday to visit his infant niece several states away—a trip made even friendlier after American Airlines dropped the change fee issued when he had to cancel his original flight, CNN reports. (www.newser.com) More...

A Former Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Is Up for Sale

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You may become the owner of a former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, with an opening bid reserve of just $299,000, (airwaysnews.com) More...

Boeing reduces size of tech workforce

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Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Wednesday it was reducing the size of its tech support unit as part of an ongoing drive to lower costs. The company declined to comment on how many Information Technology workers are being laid off, after the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that hundreds of IT jobs were being cut. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Australia to study three new pieces of debris for link to missing MH370

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Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course over the Indian Ocean. A first piece of the Boeing 777, a wing part known as a flaperon, washed up on the French island of Reunion in July 2015. Malaysia and French authorities confirmed it was from the aircraft. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Sixth and seventh parts of MH370 found on Mauritius

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Two more pieces of missing Boeing 777 appear to have been washed up at opposite ends of the main island of Mauritius.. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

EgyptAir Jet Emergency Beacon Signal Detected

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Egyptian search teams have detected an emergency signal from the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 that could help them locate the aircraft’s fuselage on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, the lead investigator into the disaster said Thursday. (www.msn.com) More...

Boeing made a ‘major mistake’ 12 years ago that left its customers in the lurch

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The 757 was always a bit of an odd duck for Boeing.It’s a twin-engine, narrow-body airliner that’s larger than the run-of-the-mill 737, but smaller than wide-body jets like the 787 Dreamliner. It’s a true tweener in Boeing’s lineup. Even though the Renton, Washington-based airplane maker was able to book more than 1,000 orders for the jets over its two decades in production, it was never a hot seller. By the early 2000s, sales of the 757 had all but dried up and Boeing put the plane out to… (www.facebook.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendant was allegedly shot and killed by her stepson

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DESOTO — An American Airlines flight attendant was allegedly shot and killed by her stepson in DeSoto Wednesday morning, and her husband is in critical condition. News 8 has learned that the DeSoto Police Department arrested Robert Martin Dixon, Jr., 19, for murder and aggravated assault. The department said in a press release that at about 3:15 a.m. officers were called to the family’s home on Longmeadow Lane after someone hit a panic alarm button. (airlinenews.in) More...

Yesterday Fuel Problem

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ACARS mode: H Aircraft reg: .D-ATUE Message label: 3F Block id: 0 Msg. no: M43A Flight id: X3088A Message content:- 00128203700FC ( )/WO 1467371/DAY 25MAY16/UTC 194949DA LGRP/DS EDDS/FN TUI88A/PK 362088/CLI 4707FUELING STATION RIGHT WING LEADING EDGEDOOR LATCH IS BROKEN.LOOSE CONNECTION TO THEFUELING SYSTEM -------------------------------------[25/05/2016 19:49] ACARS mode: H Aircraft reg: .D-ATUE Message label: 3F Block id: 1 Msg. no: M43B Flight id: X3088A Message content:- AND… (flightaware.com) More...

Temporary Failure Of Radio Altimeter

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ACARS mode: H Aircraft reg: .D-AHFZ Message label: 3F Block id: 7 Msg. no: M70A Flight id: X304MD Message content:- 00152203700FC ( )/WO 1493497/DAY 26MAY16/UTC 171553DA LGRP/DS EDDR/FN TUI4MD/PK 005006/CLI 4369 TEMPORARY FAILURE OF RADIO ALTIMETER NO.2 DURINGALL PHASES OF FLIGHT005006 -------------------------------------[26/05/2016 17:15] (flightaware.com) More...

A pilot’s view of take-off and landing: Watch fascinating footage of plane hurtling down runway as captain explains what REALLY happens in the cockpit

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If you’re a nervous flier, hearing ‘V1’ is when your heart would probably leap because, as Captain Richard Brown, CEO of Atlantic Star Airlines, explains, this is ‘take-off decision speed’. Beyond this velocity, the aircraft cannot be safely stopped on the ground and must become airborne. Captain Brown, a pilot with 20 years’ aviation experience with Boeing 777s, 787s and 747s, came to MailOnline Travel’s headquarters to reveal exactly what happens behind the flight deck door for a series of… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Furious passenger shames seatmate for invading their space

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What’s going on here made one passenger seriously furious at his seatmate. So furious that he ended up taking his rage public. (www.facebook.com) More...

Boeing 777 plane makes emergency landing after cabin crew find ‘suspicious mobile phone on board’

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A London-bound passenger plane has made an emergency landing after cabin crew found an unattended mobile phone on board. The Turkish Airlines flight, from Istanbul, stopped at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport. The device was found mid-air and nobody claimed it when the cabin crew made an announcement asking who it belonged to. The pilots contacted Nikola Tesla airport to make an unscheduled landing. (airlinenews.in) More...

Video – How do you start an airliner ?

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You don’t start a plane like a car, simply because an airliner has no ignition key. To start the engines, pilots must follow a triple stage procedure. On long-haul jets, such as the Boeing 777 or Airbus A350, everything begins by turning on the auxiliary power unit (APU). In the cockpit, pilots turn the “APU” switch to “On”. The APU then starts and provides the pneumatic energy required to turn the engines over. The second stage is then to turn the “Start / Ignition” button from the “Norm” to… (airlinenews.in) More...

The precise details of how airlines are gouging you for money

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A few carriers are openly marketing the so-called family fee. Frontier Airlines, which since 2014 has charged for all advance seat assignments, has a drawing of two people with a child on its website saying paying is recommended to “keep your party together.” Parents face the choice of adding fees on top of fares or begging other travelers on packed flights to switch seats so children aren’t sitting alone with strangers. Often when there are seats available that don’t require fees, they are all… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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