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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...

Korean Air evacuates plane at Japan's Haneda airport after engine smoke

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Korean Air Lines evacuated 319 passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close down Japan's busiest aviation hub. Images broadcast by NHK showed the Boeing 777 on a runway being sprayed with foam by fire trucks, with four of its emergency slides deployed. The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney… (www.reuters.com) More...

KC-46A boom problem busts USAF schedule

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The latest setback for Boeing’s KC-46 tanker signals the difficulties the company continues to face with a program that was supposed to be relatively painless. Boeing has experienced a number of hiccups with the tanker’s refueling system thus far, and they all were chalked up to development issues that are not unusual in military programs. The new hitch announced May 27 could lead to further delays.. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA Denies L.A. Anti-helicopter Petitions

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Last week the FAA denied a quartet of petitions that sought to impose helicopter minimum altitudes; mandatory routings; and hover, orbit and pooling restrictions on tour and electronic news gathering (ENG) operators for all helicopters operating within the Los Angeles Basin. The petitions were filed by various groups of anti-helicopter activists under the umbrella group known as the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition. (www.ainonline.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...

Security Delays Cause 70,000 American Air Missed Flights

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Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive told a US congressional subcommittee. A shortage of staff and a surge in passenger numbers have created a nightmare scenario for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with airport wait times in places like Chicago stretching beyond two hours. (news.airwise.com) More...

Boeing Mulls Larger Engine For Biggest 737 MAX

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Boeing is considering a plan to put a larger engine on its biggest narrowbody airliner in an effort to blunt the runaway success of a rival Airbus jet that outsells it by four to one, industry sources said. (www.reuters.com) More...

The 11 Worst Soviet Aircraft

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The Soviet Union lasted a mere sixty-nine years (the Spitfire has been flying longer), but in that time produced some of the largest, fastest, toughest and most agile aircraft. Even now, 25 years after its collapse, almost all Russian and Ukrainian aircraft have their roots in the communist super state. Favoring clever robust design over high technology and refinement, the Soviet approach enabled the mass production of cheap machines. Many of these were outstanding, but some – for reasons of… (hushkit.net) More...

Airbus just patented what could become the fastest helicopter in the world

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Airbus is trying to take high-speed helicopters to a whole new level. Last month, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound copter (www.seattlepi.com) More...

Cathay Pacific Airways becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

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Cathay Pacific Airways has become the sixth airline to operate the world’s latest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The airline’s first aircraft featuring the carrier’s new livery has arrived at its home base in Hong Kong. (www.airbus.com) More...

Lufthansa suspends Caracas flights as Venezuelan economy struggles

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International airlines have for years struggled to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue held in the local bolivar currency due to exchange controls, prompting many to limit service and require that passengers pay fares in dollars. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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...

The Good, Bad & Ugly of Virgin America

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Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Virgin America's first eight-plus years as an independent airline. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Two Navy fighter planes collide off NC

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(CNN) Two Navy fighters collided off the North Carolina Coast on Thursday and a fishing boat rescued all four crew members, officials said. The two F/A-18F Super Hornets "were involved in a flight mishap" about 10:40 a.m., said Ensign Mark Rockwellpate, a Navy spokesperson. A commercial fishing crew plucked four aviators, two from each aircraft, from the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet, the Coast Guard said. (www.cnn.com) More...

Pilot lands Cessna 150 on Interstate 10 in Mississippi

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Perfect timing, no injuries to the pilot and passenger and no accidents caused by his landing. (www.sunherald.com) More...

Small WWII-Era Plane Crashes in Hudson River; Body Recovered

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A small World War II vintage plane taking part in celebrations of its 75th anniversary flew a partial loop while smoke spewed from it and then crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Friday, and divers recovered a body from its sunken wreckage, police and witnesses said. (abcnews.go.com) More...

A drone nearly collided with a plane at Manchester airport

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The UK Airprox Board, a body responsible for the investigation of near-miss incidents, has published a report of an occurrence in March that apparently involved a drone flying "extremely close" to a Boeing 757. (arstechnica.co.uk) More...

People's Viennaline unveils courageous fare pricing scheme

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In a bid to stimulate market demand, People's Viennaline (PE, Altenrhein) has launched a fairly unique marketing promotion that allows customers to name the price they are willing to pay for select flights between Altenrhein and Vienna. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

MH370: BBC reader finds possible debris in Mozambique

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Experts following the disappearance of MH370 say it is likely that a new piece of debris found on a Mozambique beach came from the missing plane. Luca Kuhn von Burgsdorff contacted the BBC on Thursday to say he found the fragment on the Macaneta peninsula. (www.bbc.com) More...

Pictures & Video: Korean B777 at Tokyo on May 27th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine fire

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A Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL7534 performing flight KE-2708 from Tokyo Haneda (Japan) to Seoul Gimpo (South Korea) with 302 passengers and 17 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Haneda's runway 34R when unusual vibrations were felt throughout the aircraft and smoke was seen from the left hand engine (PW4098). The crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 1300 meters/4200 feet down the runway. Large flames were seen from the left hand engine, the… (avherald.com) More...

Singapore Airlines sends A350XWB to Johannesburg

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Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 fleet, with effect from June 23, 2016. The A350 will initially be deployed on flights serving the Singapore-Johannesburg route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Frequency of A350-900 services will progressively increase to cover all seven weekly Johannesburg flights, including four weekly flights which continue to Cape Town. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Abort takeoff after a tire blew

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United flight 1948 had to slam on the brakes. No injuries (www.airlive.net) More...

French ATCs to strike again May 26, three days in June

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French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, May 26, the 48th strike day in France since 2009. As in previous strikes, French ATCs will work on reduced capacity for at least 24 hours from Thursday morning, Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: PIA B777 near Karachi on May 30th 2016, computer glitch

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A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration AP-BHV performing flight PK-741 from Islamabad (Pakistan) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), was enroute at FL320 about 380nm north of Karachi (Pakistan) when the crew decided to divert to Karachi due to a problem with one of the onboard computers. (avherald.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...

Lufthansa to halt flights to Venezuela

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Another sign of deep trouble in Venezuela: Lufthansa, one of Europe's largest airlines, said it will stop flying to the country. The company announced Sunday that beginning June 17, it will suspend flights indefinitely to Venezuela, which is grappling with a daunting economic and humanitarian crisis. (money.cnn.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Roatan on May 29th 2016, smoke in cabin due to electrical fault

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7838A performing flight WN-607 from San Jose (Costa Rica) to Baltimore,MD (USA) with 140 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute at FL380 near Roatan Island (Honduras) when the crew decided to divert to Roatan reporting smoke in the cabin (avherald.com) More...

LATAM suspends flights to Venezuela

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Latin America's biggest airline LATAM said Monday it will suspend its flights to crisis-hit Venezuela for an indefinite period, following a similar move by German carrier Lufthansa. Chile-based LATAM Airlines group and its Peruvian and Brazilian subsidiaries decided to cut the flights "due to the complex macroeconomic situation that the region is currently going through," it said in a statement (www.yahoo.com) More...

China's DeerJet secures AOC; adds VIP B787-8

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Deer Jet Beijing (DF, Beijing Capital) has secured its Part 135 Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its new Deer Jet Beijing subsidiary. It also has AOCs in Shanghai and a Hong Kong based subsidiary Hong Kong Jet (Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok). (www.ch-aviation.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...

Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

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The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m.The project hilighs renewable energy. (www.spokesman.com) More...

Pictures: Belgium F-16s intercept Russian planes over Baltic

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The images in this post were taken by the Belgian Air Force during their latest rotation of support to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission (theaviationist.com) More...

United Airlines ending its last flight to Africa

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United Airlines will stop flying to Nigeria next month, a move that will end the carrier’s only route to Africa. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Kazakhstan's Bek Air to rebrand itself

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Bek Air (Z9, Almaty) is in the process of rebranding itself as Halyk Air (Z9, Almaty) with the transition expected to be completed by the end of the year. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Icon A5 production slowdown amid customer backlash

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The California-based start-up ceremonially delivered the first aircraft as a charitable donation to the Young Eagles, a youth aviation organisation, in July 2015. But ambitious plans to aggressively ramp up deliveries to 175 aircraft in 2016 have been thwarted by quality control issues by suppliers and at the final assembly stage, Icon says in a statement released on 24 May. (www.flightglobal.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...

Airbus Innovation Days: A320neo and A350 Production Take Center Stage

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During the first day of the Airbus Innovation Days, the Company presented the latest updates in its programs, with the A320neo and A350 at the center stage. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Air France shirt-ripper trial postponed

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Members of a union spearheading protests in France rallied at a courthouse on Friday in support of five people who risk prison over an incident in which Air France executives had their shirts ripped to shreds by employees furious over planned job cuts. The rally was timed to coincide with hearings -- ultimately put off until September -- in a trial where the five stand accused of aggravated violence, an offence that carries a sentence of up to three years in jail. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Johannesburg to Be Singapore Airlines' Second Airbus A350-900 Long-Haul Destination

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Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination for Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 fleet. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Incident: United B767 near Nashville on May 7th 2016, electrical burning odour in cabin

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A United Boeing 767-300, registration N653UA performing flight UA-879 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 106 people on board, was enroute at FL380 about 40nm northwest of Nashville,TN (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Nashville reporting an electrical burning odour in the cabin. (avherald.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...

Gotta love the typical not-knowing aviation headline writer

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(A P-47 Thunderbolt crashed into the Hudson River). First, I saw an article that said one body was removed from the wreckage but they weren't prepared to say if it was the pilot.... < HUH ? >. Then this article says a "small vintage plane" was removed from the river....A P-47 THUNDERBOLT (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

2 men sentenced to life terms for bombing Somali airliner

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A military court in the Somali capital on Monday gave life terms to two men convicted of masterminding the bombing in February of an airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage. (www.lfpress.com) More...

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