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Front gear collapse at SAT

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Flight diverted from IAH. Skywest on the way from IAH to Monterrey diverted in KSAT for landing gear problem. (www.ksat.com) More...

Lufthansa’ first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

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The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The pictured Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse on November 29, 2016 but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes its first glide test

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Virgin Galactic just came much closer to resuming its dreams of private spaceflight in the wake of its tragic crash from 2014. The company has successfully conducted the first glide test flight for VSS Unity, better known as the new SpaceShipTwo. The vehicle was only flying free for 10 minutes and never traveled faster than Mach 0.6, but that was enough to get a healthy amount of data illustrating how Unity behaves in real life. (www.engadget.com) More...

United E175 (Skywest 494J) Suffers Nose Gear Failure and Lands at San Antonio International

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Skywest 494J operating Embraer E175 as United traveled departed Houston Bush (KIAH) enroute to Monterey MX (MMMY) and had gear problem. Diverted to San Antonio TX (KSAT) where it landed without nose gear. 55 souls on board. No injuries reported initially. (www.ksat.com) More...

Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

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It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft. According to Wired, Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos, higher than any plane has gone before. His goal is to prove that renewable energy is not only equal to, but potentially greater than fossil fuels. (Video) (inhabitat.com) More...

December 4, 1991 - The Final Pan Am Clipper Flight

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December 4, 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the shutdown of the fabled Pan Am and the airline's final flight. This is the true story of Clipper Flight 436 from Barbados to Miami as The World's Most Experienced Airline flew west into history. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Blaine and the Plane, the best MH370 article for many months

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If you only read one MH370 story a month, this has to be the one (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

VivaColombia Airbus A-320 near Medellin on Nov 28th 2016, suspected fuel leak

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Updated: 2016-12-04 08:59:38 GMT A VivaColombia Airbus A320-200, registration HK-5051 performing flight FC-8170 from Bogota to San Andres Island (Colombia), was enroute at FL360 about 150nm northwest of Medellin at 02:11Z when the crew initiated a diversion to Medellin reporting a suspected fuel leak (engine CFM56), turned around and descended to FL160 on the way to Medellin. The aircraft reached the Final Approach Fix for the approach to runway 01 at 02:45Z and touched down safely at 02:51Z.… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Airbus A-340-600 near Shannon on Dec 3rd 2016, odour on board

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Updated: 2016-12-03 22:05:14 GMT A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHZ performing flight LH-412 from Munich (Germany) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 210nm westsouthwest of Shannon (Ireland) about to enter the Oceanic Crossing, when the crew decided to return to Munich reporting smell issues on board, a possibly electrical odour was detected on board of the aircraft. The aircraft dumped fuel for about 5-8 minutes shortly after turning around, climbed to FL370 for the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Virgins top on-time honours for October

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Virgins top on-time honours for October November 30, 2016 by australianaviation.com.au Leave a Comment VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT SYD APR15 RF 5K5A1324 Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney Airport. (Rob Finlayson) It was a tight bunch at the top of the punctuality tables in October, with Virgin Australia and its regional arm taking the honours for on-time performance. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Virgin Australia regional had the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Sunshine Coast Airport breaks through one million passenger milestone

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Sunshine Coast Airport has underlined its status as Australia’s fastest growing airport by reaching the one million passenger mark in a 12-month period for the first time. The airport, located about 100km north of Brisbane, announced that it had reached the milestone on Wednesday. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed there were 13 airports that handled more than one million international and domestic passengers in the 2015/16 financial year –… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Computer glitch - " Denied seats, group holds overbooked flight hostage "

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Mumbai: It was a wedding party of 80, booked to fly by an early morning Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Bhopal. Going by social media accounts, they virtually held the airline hostage, forcing it to delay the departure and deplane other passengers to make way for the late-comers among them. Details of the events that unfolded at Mumbai airport on Friday , as Jet readied its flight 9W7083 for a 5.55 am departure, were gleaned from an FB post and subsequently confirmed by the airline. According… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

`Shabbily dressed' AI crew chief grounded

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Mumbai: Would Have Attended To First-Class Flyers : An Air India cabin crew in-charge said to be shabbily dressed was taken off a United States-bound flight by the commander at the last minute on Saturday . The episode occurred at the Mumbai airport. The unidentified senior flight attendant had reported for duty around 2.45am for the AI flight 191 to Newark. According to an official, the cabin crew in-charge subsequently reported to the commander at the airport `movement control' with all the… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Emirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flight

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 1 December 2016 – DUBAI, UAE – Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey. The A380 flight touched down this morning at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water cannon salute and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception at the terminal. Travelling on… (www.emirates.com) More...

U.S. greenlights Norwegian Air flights in blow to U.S. industry

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The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's (NWC.OL) Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travellers across the Atlantic. The order finalised a tentative ruling the department made in April and came days after the European Commission formally filed for arbitration over Norwegian's request, which had languished for three years. U.S. airlines and unions have said the subsidiary, Norwegian Air… (uk.reuters.com) More...

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