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Plane with malfunctioning landing gear to make emergency landing at DIA

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... The plane is a midsized twin jet-engine corporate Hawker 800. It took off from Centennial Airport and has been circling the area trying to burn off fuel before making an emergency landing.... (kdvr.com) More...

Aspiring Playboy Model, Private Pilot Arrested With About $2 M In Ecstasy At OC Airport

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say they arrested a man and a woman at John Wayne Airport after a tip and found the pair were in possession of more than 50,000 ecstasy pills and about 90 pounds of the pill in powder form, called MDMA. The woman has been identified as an aspiring Playboy model and Vancouver real estate agent named Krista Marieann Boseley, 30. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Plane that carried Ebola patient being cleaned at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

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A plane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport carried an Ebola patient, Frontier Airlines reports. The patient flew into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Oct. 10 and out Oct. 13. She came to Akron to visit family, the Ohio Department of Health reports. (www.newsnet5.com) More...

Airline CEO & Knight Says MH370 May Not Be Under Water

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It has been over seven months since the Boeing 777-200 with 227 people on board disappeared without a trace (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Delta to Wall Street: Don't Tell Us How to Run Our Airline

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fresh from hounding JetBlue CEO Dave Barger out of a job because the carrier provided too many luxuries to its coach-fare passengers, some Wall Street analysts have turned their sights on Delta . (www.msn.com) More...

Gulfstream’s Swanky New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

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Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well. (www.wired.com) More...

Nice Gulfstream 650 landing and takeoff

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Nice landing and takeoff. I like the asymmetric use of thrust reversers when turning before takeoff. (www.youtube.com) More...

Okay, this has got to have a story.

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Not sure what the story is. Someone here has got to know.... (img.brainjet.com) More...

Pilot strike disrupts 200,000 Lufthansa passengers

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Lufthansa said it had been forced to ground more than 2,100 flights. "It had found pilots willing to take care of 700 flights," Reuters adds. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Another super jumbo shook A380 in Mum

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People inside an Airbus A380 feel very safe because they know they are inside the world's largest commercial airliner. But now, they would do well to be wary of another aircraft of the same size. The severe turbulence caused on a Mumbai-bound Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A380 that left 22 people on board injured on Saturday night may have been caused by another A380. Preliminary investigation by the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has indicated that another super jumbo may have… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Top 25 Coolest Aircraft

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What makes an airplane "cool?" Suffice it to say, we know it when we see it. It just kind of hits you. Almost all of the airplanes here do something really differently (whether subtle or in-your-face). (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Would you hesitate to declare an emergency?

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My right seat passenger was a Horizon Air first officer. She thought she was used to bumpy rides. I was flying her to her domicile. She was supposed to report for work there within four hours of our scheduled arrival time. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Air Canada flight attendants to wear gloves for Ebola protection

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Air Canada has granted a union request to let flight attendants sport gloves to protect themselves against Ebola. The union asked the airline if its flight attendants could wear the gloves provided for food handling and bathroom cleaning while collecting passenger cabin waste. "We have no objections for the elective use of gloves under these circumstances," Air Canada wrote in a letter to the union. (www.canoe.ca) More...

Tulsa Air National Guard F-16's Collide over Kansas

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Tulsa Air National Guard F-16's collide over Western Kansas. (www.newstalkkzrg.com) More...

AirAsia kicks man off flight for carry-on rage

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A man was kicked off a domestic flight to Bangkok yesterday after he threw a tantrum over the overweight carry-on bag he’d thrown out the door. The unidentified passenger had boarded the flight from Nakhon Sri Thammarat when the cabin crew decided to weigh his bag, which they then told him was too heavy to board the plane. So the passenger got rid of it by chucking it out the cabin door, simple as that. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

Delta CEO: Boeing 747s will be retired by 2017

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If you want to book a flight on one of Delta Air Lines' Boeing 747s, the clock is ticking. The carrier plans to retire the last of the 13 747s in its fleet by 2017, CEO Richard Anderson said during the carrier's third-quarter earnings call Thursday. (www.usatoday.com) More...

US airlines raise base fares on domestic flights

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DALLAS • U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. (www.stltoday.com) More...

FlightAware Releases Major Enhancements to Global Flight Tracking for Business Aviation

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FlightAware is announcing major developments to global flight tracking at NBAA 2014, including the launch of FlightAware’s worldwide ADS-B network, additional foreign and worldwide data sources, and the ability to track flights without available flight plans, in the US and abroad. (flightaware.com) More...

Could major US airline create an “economy minus” cabin?

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A US legacy airline is shopping around the idea that it’s planning to create an “economy minus” cabin in a move to a new model of domestic four-class service. (www.runwaygirlnetwork.com) More...

First Japan passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out

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TOKYO (AP) — The first made in Japan passenger jet in four decades reaches a development milestone later this week. A "rolling out" ceremony in Nagoya, central Japan on Saturday will unveil the long awaited Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, a fuel-efficient lightweight carbon-fiber composite passenger plane. Major Japanese machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says the MRJ90 will seat 88 people, while the MRJ70 will seat 76, and the planned MRJ100X will have 100 seats. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Formation takeoff and cliff running flight.

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Formation take off from Stewart international KSWF and formation flight past the Shawangunk Ridge, NY, (vimeo.com) More...

SIA flight hit by turbulence; 22 hurt

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SINGAPORE: Eight passengers and 14 crew members were injured on Saturday (Oct 18) when a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Singapore to Mumbai was hit by turbulence on descent. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

Photos: Qantas' new business class 'Business Suite' for A330s

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The all-new Business Suite will be fitted to all domestic and international A330s, with first flights from late December. (tinyurl.com) More...

A Supersonic 'Mini Concorde' Business Jet is going to Happen

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This bird was reviled in 2004 and the company is partnering with Airbus to build the bird. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

One Of The World's Largest Oil Companies CEO Dies In Plane Crash

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A French built Dassault Falcon 50 corporate jet (F-GLSA) departing from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport for Paris crashed on Monday killing all four onboard. One of the passengers onboard was the CEO of France’s oil and (avstop.com) More...

Special Operations unit on verge of fielding most advanced Chinook helicopter ever

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The 'Night Stalkers' helicopters include advanced flight controls, improved agility and a tougher airframe that is machined as one piece, rather built piece-by-piece from sheet metal. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

'Kerry Air' Grounded Again

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The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it's beginning to look like a poor orphan. (hosted.ap.org) More...

Secretary of State flies commercial as 757 breaks down

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A spokesperson from the State Department confirmed to Today in the Sky that Kerry took an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Washington. As for the mechanical issue, it's apparently the fourth time this year that Kerry's 757 has been temporarily grounded because of such problems, according to the AFP news agency. And it's at least the second time Kerry has had to return home on a commercial flight during he past three months. In August, Kerry was forced to fly United Airlines from Honolulu… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Modi government must launch enquiry into the aircraft deal that ruined Air India

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No agenda papers were made available to members. A decision was still taken. Clearly, this calls Patel's bluff when he says that neither he nor the ministry was connected with the nuts and bolts of the aircraft acquisition. The story doesn’t end here. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

Arik Air: Passenger Vomits, Dies On Flight From Nigeria To JFK

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A passenger on Arik Air vomited in his seat and then died on a flight from Nigeria to JFK in New York. According to Mail Online, the 63-year-old American man was tested for Ebola, but the CDC confirmed that he did not have the disease. The flight left Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, but the unnamed passenger didn’t make it to the States. Once the plane landed, 145 passengers were forced to stay on the plane while CDC, Port Authority, and customs officials boarded the aircraft in protective gear. (www.inquisitr.com) More...

P-51 Mustang Restoration Includes Operational .50cal Machine Guns (Video)

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There are few crafts that demand such attention to detail as high-end aircraft restoration. Millions of dollars are plowed into aircraft in horrible shape, some even pulled from glaciers or the sea, and they are meticulously rebuilt by hand. One P-51 owner in particular wanted his Mustang to go a step further than all others- operational .50cal machine guns. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Plane missing since 4/05/14 located in Florida.

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Plane along with remains located in Marion County Florida enroute to Zephyrhills Florida. (www.ocala.com) More...

Home-Based Simulator Offers Flight and Race Car Experience

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If you are one of many pilots who enjoy flying as well as driving fast cars, this simulator game may be something to add to your Christmas list. CXC Simulations' Motion Pro II provides the versatility of experiencing fast vehicles on the ground and in the air. Best of all, the company says the simulator can be reconfigured from driving mode to flight mode in as little as two minutes. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

American Airlines flight AA 104 to London had to make a U-turn 45 minutes after taking off from the John F Kennedy Airport

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NEW YORK: American Airlines flight AA 104 to London had to make a U-turn 45 minutes after taking off from the John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) here at 9pm Saturday following a technical problem. (www.nst.com.my) More...

3 Hurt In Plane Crash Near Big Bear Lake, California

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BIG BEAR LAKE (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say a plane has crashed has left three people injured near Big Bear Lake. The California Highway Patrol reported the plane crash just before 2 p.m. Thursday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. Wreckage of the light aircraft was seen near Highway 18 west of Glory Ridge about 12 miles west of Big Bear Airport, according to San Bernardino County Fire officials. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Flight attendants try to reinstate FAA's ban on mobile devices during takeoff

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Despite their best efforts, it looks like flight attendants will have to deal with the fact that we're going to use our phones during takeoff and landing. (www.networkworld.com) More...

North Korea Has The "World’s Worst Airline"

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A flight on Air Koryo, North Korea’s state airline. (www.buzzfeed.com) More...

Airbus A350 wins key approval for extended ops -sources

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Europe's Airbus has won European safety approval that would allow its new A350 long-haul passenger jet to fly almost any commercial route, sources familiar with the matter said. The European Aviation Safety Agency has officially granted the twin-engined jet Extended Operations, known as ETOPS, of "beyond 180 minutes", but will allow pilots to fly the A350 for up to 370 minutes in the event one engine shuts down. (www.reuters.com) More...

The world's best airports for sleeping in (2014 edition)

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As rated by travellers, a Top Ten list of the best airports for sleeping during that long layover – and a list of the worst airports, too. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Honda HF120 Engines To Go Into Citations

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GE Honda announced at the NBAA convention in Orlando this week that its HF120 engine will soon have a retrofit for the CitationJet, the CJ1 and the CJ1+. The retrofit STC will be carried out by Sierra Industries, a well-known Texas-based mod house with wide experience in the Citation line. GE Honda claims the HF120 will provide the Cita... (www.avweb.com) More...

Drone causes riot and abandoning of European Soccer match.

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Could be see a drone at a NFL/MLB etc game? Recriminations continued on Wednesday after the Euro 2016 qualifier between the fierce Balkan rivals Serbia and Albaniadescended into violence and chaos involving players, fans and staff when a drone carrying a flag bearing a politically-charged message was flown into Belgrade’s Partizan Stadium. Albania players told how they feared for their safety as hooligans invaded the pitch and threw missiles as they ran to the tunnel for cover. Serbia accused… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

This Mitsubishi Regional Jet Is Japan's First New Airliner In 50 Years

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The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, is Japan's first newly produced commercial aircraft in nearly fifty years, and it's one sweet-looking ride. Four years behind schedule, and powered by Pratt & Whitney, this medium-sized regional jet carries big hopes for Japan's aerospace industry. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Marines: We’ll Deploy F-35 On Time

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The U.S. Marine Corps announced that it is determined to meet its goal of having its first squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters ready for combat in July 2015. In an interview with Reuters, outgoing Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos was asked if the Marines would miss the target date for declaring an initial operational capability (IOC). He responded, “It’s too soon to flinch. It’s a tight timeline, but I think it’s doable. I’m a realist. If it’s August, it’s August . . . There… (www.avweb.com) More...

Secretive X-37B space plane returns to Earth, two years on

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The intriguingly long mission of the unmanned X-37B has come to a conclusion at last. But the mystery of the mission lingers on. The US Air Force space plane, one of just two X-37B vehicles in the Pentagon's inventory, landed Friday morning under the auspices of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after 674 days in space -- that is, 22 months. And that's about all that the space plane's handlers would say about the mission, aside from the terse statement that it… (www.facebook.com) More...

Air Transat unveils its new Europe program for 2015

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MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat announced today that it is adding a new destination, Budapest, Hungary, to its transatlantic program for 2015, as well as increasing seats and frequencies on many of its European routes, including Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, Lisbon, Marseille, Nantes, Rome and Venice. With more than 50 different city-pairs between Canada and Europe, Air Transat maintains its position as the holiday travel leader, and is the only air carrier flying direct… (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

Cathay Pacific celebrates 40 years of non-stop flying to Australia

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This month Cathay Pacific celebrates 40 years of non-stop flying between Hong Kong and Australia, beginning with a direct Sydney service which touched down on 21 October 1974. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Short Final: Aviation Humor from Avweb.com

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One day at Spangdahlem Air Base (Germany GCA), I was working a couple of F-16s. One was on the go for his last approach. Me: "Callsign, reset transponder, squawk XXXX, and ident." Pilot: "Roger. XXXX on the flash." Me: "Callsign, radar contact." [after a moment] Me: "Callsign, your ident feature ap... (www.avweb.com) More...

Still Waiting for a Flying Car? Check Out the Maverick You can Already Buy [Video]

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It’s an all-terrain buggy with room for two, is powered by an efficient gasoline engine, can take off and land anywhere. (www.autoevolution.com) More...

Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie dies in Moscow plane crash

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Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. His corporate jet collided with a snow plough and was then engulfed in flames. All four people on board were killed. The driver of the snow plough was drunk, according to Russian investigators. (www.bbc.com) More...

LMI to supply parts for new Gulfstream business jets

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LMI Aerospace has received contracts to supply bonded fuselage panels and other parts for the Gulfstream's new business jets, the G500 and the G600. (www.stltoday.com) More...