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Would You Fly on an Airliner Without a Pilot? Studies show that with technology available today, you could.

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Now that there are more drones in the air than Cessnas, and the U.S. Navy has deployed remotely piloted combat helicopters that can make carrier landings at sea, how long before airline pilots go the way of elevator operators and travel agents... (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Is the U.K About to End it’s Own Laptop Ban? Turkish Airlines to be Exempted Soon

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According to sources, the UK government is preparing to lift its own Laptop Ban on flights from Turkey to the United Kingdom. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Top Aviation Apps take flight with Gogo

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able to connect to popular pilot apps – such as Garmin, JetFuelX, FlightAware (business.gogoair.com) More...

Norwegian Air to fly from Denver to Paris; fares start at $229 one way

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Norwegian Air is adding another U.S. route, revealing plans for non-stop service between Denver and Paris. Starting April 9, the fast-growing European discount carrier will fly two flights a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The flights – which will operate on Mondays and Fridays – will connect Denver to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. Norwegian is launching the route with economy class fares starting at $229 one way. (www.usatoday.com) More...

United Airlines grounded a flight after passengers witness jet fuel gushing from the wing

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United Airlines was forced to cancel a Venice, Italy-bound flight after the plane suffered a massive fuel leak while waiting to take off at Newark Liberty International Airport. Video captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 767-300 shows fuel gushing from its left wing..... (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Airbus claims successful test of unmanned aircraft

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Unmanned jet powered craft flies for 7 minutes, including take-off and landing. Concept plane is seen as crucial to developing unmanned flight. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Aeroflot Firms Order For 20 More Sukhoi Superjet 100s

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Russia’s Aeroflot has firmed orders for 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft July 18 at the MAKS Air Show. The agreement follows an MOU that was signed in January 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Air France Names Boost Airline ‘Joon’

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French Skyteam carrier Air France has christened its new lower-cost airline, which was previously known as the Boost project, as ‘Joon’ and named Jean-Michel Mathieu as CEO. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier Inc. Wins US$1 Billion Contract, Debt Concerns Persist

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Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) and privately-held CPB Contractors have been awarded US$1 billion contract by the Victorian Government to install high-tech railway signaling that could enable trains in Melbourne to run as little as two minutes apart. The high-capacity signaling technology will be installed on the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Sunbury lines, two of the city’s busiest railway corridors, which are due to be connected by the $11 billion Metro rail tunnel by 2026. (smallcappower.com) More...

Airbus Takes on Stratasys 3D Printing for Serial Part Production

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At last month’s Paris Air Show, Stratasys made an important announcement indicating that 3Dprinting polymers were just about ready for prime time. With the release of a new configuration of a Fortus 900 3D printer and its ULTEM 9085 thermoplastic, fused deposition modeling (FDM) may now be capable of repeatable reliability to the extent that it can be qualified for production parts for use in aircraft. (www.engineering.com) More...

US and Australia to fly hypersonic missiles

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The US has been working on hypersonic aircraft missiles that could fly at a mile per second.Australia joined the testing process to research and pilot weapons that are able to fly at least five times faster than the speed of sound. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

IT'S WAR: United Airlines President Slams Frontier After $39 Ticket Announcement and Vows 'United Will Win'

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On Wednesday, United Airlines president Scott Kirby weighed in on Frontier Airlines' plan to double the number of its routes and return to a network business model. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Denver's On the Verge of Landing a Nonstop Flight to Another European City

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Denver’s run of landing new international flights may not be over just yet. Colorado Economic Development Commission members today approved the offering of as much as $500,000 in incentives to aid Denver officials in landing a nonstop flight to an unnamed European destination that they said would create an economic impact of some $12 million annually. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Helicopter Carrying WWE Exec Makes Emergency Ocean Landing

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The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon has been rescued unhurt from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean waters off New York. Shane McMahon was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning. The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled. (sports.nbcsports.com) More...

Ryanair boss admits groups are ‘highly likely’ to be separated UNLESS they pay extra for seats as he tears into ‘whingers’

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Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, has suggested that his customers “stop whinging” about not being seated together on flights. After keeping quiet amid a din of accusations that the budget airline is deliberately splitting up groups, the airline chief has admitted that it is “now increasingly unlikely” that groups will be sat together unless they pay extra. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

First In-service HondaJet Incident: Overrun at MDW

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HondaJet N20UQ suffered the type's first incident logged into the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system when it experienced a runway excursion on Wednesday afternoon at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). The light jet was being operated under Part 135 using the callsign Rockstar 20. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Must-See Airplanes at EAA AirVenture

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If you’re participating in the big migration of aviation enthusiasts to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, next week for EAA’s annual AirVenture, you are probably already aware that there is way too much to see to fit in to even a weeklong visit. But there are some airplanes that you won’t want to miss as you’re walking the expansive show grounds. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Textron Delivers First Fully Configured Hawker 400XPR

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Textron Aviation has delivered its first fully configured Hawker 400XPR from the company’s Wichita Service Center to a Seattle-based company, the aircraft OEM announced today. Transformation of the 400XPR entailed upgrading the customer’s baseline Beechjet 400A with new Hawker winglets, Williams FJ44 engines, refurbished interior and new paint scheme. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Abu Dhabi 'in talks to buy 49% stake in Indian airport'

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Abu Dhabi is reportedly close to finalising the purchase of a 49 percent stake in one of India’s busiest airports. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Etihad abandons Swiss-based Etihad Regional arm in sale to Slovenia's Adria Airways

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In yet another retreat from its big-spending expansionist era, Etihad is pulling the plug on its upscale Swiss arm Etihad Regional, launched in early 2014 to attract Europe's well-heeled business travellers. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

EasyJet's new airline is a clever but expensive response to Brexit

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There will now be three easyJets, all with a capital letter in the wrong place and all located in different places - one in the UK, one in Switzerland and now one in Austria. (news.sky.com) More...