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Free Global Weather Now Available on FlightAware Flight Tracking Maps

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FlightAware announces the addition of free global weather information from EarthCast for all registered FlightAware users. (flightaware.com) More...

Southwest will end practice of overbooking, CEO says

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Southwest Airlines will end its practice of overbooking, the carrier's CEO said Thursday morning. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Delta Passenger Kicked Off Flight After Urgent Trip to the Restroom

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The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to visit the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown all out of proportion. In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, it was outrageous that Hamilton was kicked off the flight and that everyone else was forced to exit the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. She took to social media to defend this man she didn't know. (www.jsonline.com) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger violently dragged off flight

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David Dao, the passenger dragged off a United Airlines flight, has reached an "amicable settlement" with the airline over the incident that sparked a worldwide uproar, his lawyers said Thursday. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed under the terms of the agreement, but lawyer Thomas Demetrio praised United CEO Oscar Munoz for his handling of the dispute. "Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has," he said. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus a330neo is Delayed

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TAP is expected to be the launch customer of the Airbus a330neo. The a330neo first flight was scheduled spring 2017 but is now delayed. The first flight is not expected in September 2017. "The first delivery was to take place in late 2017 but will now happen in spring 2018" says Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier. The Trent 7000 that will power the neo has passed their test. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

United Airlines just announced 10 major changes to avoid another violent passenger incident (UAL)

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Here are the changes: Limit use of law-enforcement to safety and security issues only. Do not force customers seated on the plane to give up their seat involuntarily, unless safety or security is at risk. Increase customer compensation incentives for voluntary denied boarding up to $10,000. Establish a customer solutions team to provide agents with creative solutions such as using nearby airports, other airlines or ground transportation to get customers to their final destination. Ensure… (www.msn.com) More...

American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

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American Airlines (AAL.O) has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. (www.reuters.com) More...

California Man Sentenced to Prison for Piloting Private Jets without a Type Rating

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On April 27, 2016, Arnold Gerald Leto III was arrested on federal charges of illegally piloting a private airplane from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without a pilot’s license. The Department of Justice and FAA determined that Leto had illegally piloted a number of flights dating back to at least 2015, and he ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges. This week, Leto was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, and required to pay a $5,500 fine. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Graphical forecasts become operational

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The National Weather Service’s project to replace the area forecast (FA) with digital-age interactive forecasting moved into a key phase April 13 when a graphical forecasting tool that has been available online as an experimental offering was upgraded to operational status. (www.aopa.org) More...

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWBs

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China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s. (www.airbus.com) More...

Bombardier rejects Boeing's "dumping" claim

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Bombardier officials have rejected Boeing's claim in a complaint filed with the U.S. government that its Canadian rival has dumped its new CSeries commercial jet into the United States at below cost. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Stunning photos of airports from space (including a mysterious strip in Australia that could be a secret base)

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From bustling commuter hubs in city centres to small landing strips on desert islands, this fascinating collection of images shows what airports around the globe look like from space. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 39, decided to show his love of aviation by documenting dozens of runways from an extreme vantage point, 250 miles up on the International Space Station. (www.ondtravel.net) More...

Incident: United B747 near Anchorage on Apr 25th 2017, loss of RVSM capability

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N175UA performing flight UA-888 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL360 about 100nm west of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the aircraft lost its capability to maintain reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) (avherald.com) More...