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Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) More...

(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) More...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) More...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Malaysian airlines crises looms

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On the news and on the today-tonight show that channel seven network in Australia. A report investigation into some passenger dramas in flight has showed a female passenger being indecently assaulted before any flight crew had come to intervene. This happened last week on a MAS flight from NZAA to Kuala Lumpa on a B772 aircraft a sister aircraft to the two recent incidents where both aircraft have being lost. A man believed to be of Asian appearance tried to sexually assault this young girl who… (www.todaytonight.com.au) More...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) More...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.com) More...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) More...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Airline loses wheelchair-using granny for 11 hours

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A family is fuming mad after an airline employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her. Southwest gave her $200 in travel vouchers after she missed all her flights. (www.freep.com) More...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) More...

Hackers Issue Bomb Threat for Sony Online Entertainment President's Flight

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A group of hackers took Sony's Playstation Online Network offline, then tweeted there were explosives on board a flight in which Sony Online Entertainment's President was a passenger. (www.geek.com) More...

Boeing Struggles to Find Buyers for Early Version Dreamliners

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Aerospace Company Has Tough Time Unloading 787s Built at the Height of Its Problems With Plane Design and Supply Chain Snafus (online.wsj.com) More...

Cirrus aircraft crashes off Virginia in Atlantic Ocean

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Cirrus SR22 into the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Qantas delays delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Qantas has once again pushed back on its options and orders for the Boeing 787-9, with first aircraft now set to arrive in 2017 – should Qantas' international arm land back in profit... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

See Images of Airplanes at Night Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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This summer, photographer Kevin Kunstadt began making long exposures of airplanes as they flew over the New York City area at night, creating these surreal and eerily beautiful images. (time.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Said to Mull Job Cuts, Order Review, New CEO‬

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Malaysian Airline System is considering job cuts, a review of aircraft orders and replacing its chief executive officer after the national carrier suffered two disasters this year, people familiar with the plan said. (www.thejakartaglobe.com) More...

F-15 fighter jet crashes in Virginia forest

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An F-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday in Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, an Air Force spokesperson said. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Pilots Aim to Land in 49 State Capitals in Two Weeks

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Two general aviation pilots announced plans this week to fly a private GA airplane to all state capitals in the lower 48 United States and Alaska in just two weeks to raise public awareness about how important smaller, municipal airports are. The Capital Air Tour journey will cover 12,000 miles with stops at 57 airports. The flight will be flown by Field Morey, EAA 1151584, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell, Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings &… (www.eaa.org) More...

Google unveils UAV parcel delivery concept

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Google is continuing its journey into the world of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), as it introduces a parcel-delivery UAV prototype developed under its two-year Project Wing effort. The technology company is developing the concept through its Google X research division, and the announcement follows on from the company’s April 2014 acquisition of Titan Aerospace – a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) solar-powered UAV manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) More...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Plane on fire / crash cuyahoga county airport 15 mins ago

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No details yet Willoughby Fire confirms that a plane has crashed at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights. The airport is located at 26300 Curtiss Wright Parkway. Fire officials say the area is closed off. We have a crew on the way and are working to bring you more details live at 11. (www.19actionnews.com) More...

Aegean Airlines adds two additional aircraft to its previous A320ceo order

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Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two additional A320ceo aircraft, adding to a previous order for five A320s aircraft placed in September 2007. All aircraft will be equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines. The aircraft will also be the first A320s in Aegean’s fleet to feature the enhanced take-off weight capability of up to 78 tonnes, thus enabling the carrier to expand its route… (www.airbus.com) More...

Ride-Sharing Site Flytenow Will Take FAA To Court

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In the wake of an FAA ruling prohibiting the exchange of money through airplane ride-sharing websites, startup Flytenow has tweaked its business model to make all online flight arrangements free. In the meantime, the company plans to challenge the FAA's interpretation of the regulations in a Washington, D.C., district court. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Church of the High Speed Pass

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Join Apache, Hide, Vandy and the Dreamland Squadron as they make great music and fly their Vans aircraft over the woodlands of Florida. (vimeo.com) More...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) More...

Warbirds: The Planes of D-Day

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The 70-year anniversary of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe at Normandy Beach in France that we celebrated this year is a special one, as it is a solemn recognition of the incalculable contribution of a legion of fighters, the survivors of whom are now at least in their late 80s, most well into their 90s. All too soon the memory of that epic invasion, the climactic battle of World War II, will be the stuff of history only and not memory. So it is fitting that we mark this event. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

The Ten best Fictional Aircraft

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A lot of thought has gone into the fictional aircraft that have appeared in books, films and TV shows. This is a tribute to the clever and imaginative people who have put their aviation know-how to use in producing flying ‘stars’. These aircraft are characters in their own right, and have entered the consciousness of millions. (hushkit.wordpress.com) More...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark

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A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. The decision comes three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards. (www.af.mil) More...

United Nations Helicopter Crash in South Sudan Kills Three

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"A United Nations cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan, killing three crew members, the mission there said. The helicopter was on a "routine cargo flight" Tuesday from the town of Wau to Bentiu, the U.N. said. The mission lost contact with the craft about 2:30 p.m. local time. The U.N. said it would begin an investigation as soon as possible." (online.wsj.com) More...

Mayor on Frontier suspending Sioux City flights: 'Unacceptable'

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Frontier Airlines jilts Sioux City, Iowa for the second time, third time if you count original Frontier Airlines dumping the route back in the 1980's (siouxcityjournal.com) More...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) More...

California Earthquake CLOSES KAPC, Possibly KSTS

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News reports have been issued following a 6.1 early Sunday morning earthquake, of KAPC and possibly KSTS being closed due to damage. It is suggested NOTAMS be checked for these two locations, prior to departure (abc7news.com) More...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Pilot fatally injured in F-15 crash

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Officials confirmed Thursday the pilot of a F-15C Eagle was fatally injured when his jet crashed near Deerfield Valley, Va., on Wednesday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...