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FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Battle Shapes up Over Video Cameras in Airline Cockpits

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The many entities involved are on the move to revisit this debate. (www.wsj.com) More...

Ranger uses Taser on man flying drone in national park

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Drones are becoming a greater nuisance than mosquitoes. There seem already to be too many of them flying around, following the principle of that great revolutionary airman William Nillian. (Willy Nilly to you.) Only last week, the people in charge of the Golden Gate Bridge decided they needed help to deal with the proliferation of these buzzing menaces. Now comes the case of a man in Hawaii who took his little quadcopter out for a fly-by over a lava lake in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on… (www.cnet.com) More...

Ever wondered what happens to your luggage upon check in?

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your luggage after you check it in? Let's go behind the scenes with GoPro to find out! (www.youtube.com) More...

6 Incredible Airport Runways

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Because runways are in constant demand due to the increase in travel, airports sometimes have to get creative with how they extend and manage aircraft landings. Here are six unique runways from around the world. (aviationweek.com) More...

Scathing report: FAA isn’t delivering what was promised in $40 billion NextGen project

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Mincing no words, the panel of 10 academic experts brought together by the academy’s National Research Council (NRC) said the FAA was not delivering the system that had been promised and should “reset expectations” about what it is delivering to the public and the airlines that use the system. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Republic Airlines Dash 8 Q400 Engine Fire South of Philadelphia (ATC Recording)

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On April 28th, a Republic Airlines Dash 8 Q400, registration N336NG, experienced an engine fire while enroute to Newark from Ralelgh-Durham. This is the ATC Audio from the incident. (airnerds.com) More...

Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau makes emergency landing in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport. Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was en route from Juneau to Seattle when problems arose with one of the plane's two electrical systems. The Boeing 737-400 touched down in Vancouver shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday. (www.adn.com) More...

Small Plane takes off without pilot, crashes; no one injured.

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Prop start goes bad with girlfriend in plane that collides with building. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

Spirit Airlines Plane Pushed back into an American 757

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The sharklet of the spirit plane took of a good section of the American 757 elevator. (www.airliners.net) More...

Pilot flies again with Parkinson’s brain implant

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Barry Alan Stein was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a decade ago. Tremors worsened, his medications were increased and side effects kicked in. It cost one Austin man his commercial pilot’s license, but thanks to a Deep Brain Stimulation implant, he has his life, and the sky, back. (kxan.com) More...

House panel votes to keep the A-10 Warthog flying another year

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Colonel McSally, Army and CAS One, Air Force suits Zero. Now it is on to the Senate where the Air Force has even less of a chance of killing the A-10. It is unlikely it will end up being a big issue in the ending huge budget for Obama to kill it. (thehill.com) More...

Netherlands, Norway, Poland to jointly buy A330 MRTT

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The Netherlands, Norway, and Poland will send a request for proposal (RfP) to Airbus to buy A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft within a matter of weeks, according to officials close to the issue. Since the platforms will be identical to one another, the forthcoming negotiations "will be all about price", they said. "We know the numbers and expect to see a reasonable offer. This has to be affordable: the flight costs have to be low," said Johan Van Soest,… (www.janes.com) More...

Air Tahiti Nui Finalizes Order for Two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing and Air Tahiti Nui have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices. (www.boeing.com) More...

Every Major US Airline's Wifi Service, Explained and Ranked

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You know that Louis C.K. joke about wifi on airplanes? He says, “It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amazing—I’m on an airplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is bullshit.’” It’s so true. Wifi on airplanes is absurdly cool, but only if it’s even available on your aircraft and only when it works. So I did some research for you, dear reader, and collected as much up-to-date information as I could to rank every major US airline’s wifi offerings. (gizmodo.com) More...

Top 10 MRO Innovations Of The Last 20 Years

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As part of its MRO Americas 20th anniversary celebration, Aviation Week highlights 10 of the top MRO innovations over the last two decades. (aviationweek.com) More...

B -1B Lancer celebrates 30 years of service

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The B-1B Lancer – one of the most versatile, combat proven warplanes in U.S. history is 30 years old and going strong. The first one was delivered to the Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas in 1985 and over the years, the B-1 has changed with the times to meet the needs of the military. (www.youtube.com) More...

First American Airlines Boeing 787 Flight Set for May 7th

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Grab your camera or your credit card. American Airlines will fly its first Boeing 787 aircraft, Thursday May 7th, from Dallas to Chicago. (airnerds.com) More...

Airbus says will file criminal complaint over US spy claims

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Berlin (AFP) - European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said Thursday it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of US industrial espionage. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Woman on flight to NY charged with stealing iPad, passport

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The suspect had appeared on the "Judge Judy" show; accused of stealing i-pad belonging to crew member. (www.myfoxny.com) More...

Judge throws out United Airlines lawsuit against 22-year-old

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United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets. Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city. The dismissal "is definitely a victory," Zaman told CNNMoney. "It is… (money.cnn.com) More...

New FAA system can track twice as many flights at once

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Whoever said "it's the journey, not the destination" obviously lived in a time before air travel. But maybe, just maybe, the Department of Transportation's implementation of the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the "backbone" of the NextGen air-traffic system, could change how we feel about getting on a flight. There are a few things making up ERAM: performance based navigation, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and data comm. (www.engadget.com) More...

Qatar Airways announces three new cities

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Qatar Airways has officially announced flights to Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles. (jansaviation.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada B787 over Gulf of Alaska on Apr 26th 2015, hydraulic leak

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHQQ performing flight AC-3 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was enroute at FL360 over the Gulf of Alaska about 850nm northwest of Vancouver and about 350nm southeast of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the crew declared PAN reporting a possible hydraulic leak and decided to return to Vancouver (avherald.com) More...

STAR Flight grounds fleet after rescuer’s death

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Nurse died after falling from a hoist on one of STAR helicopters. (kxan.com) More...

Five U.S. aircraft landed at wrong airports since 2012: NTSB

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NTSB submits recommendations to FAA regarding Air Traffic Control and existing software. (news.yahoo.com) More...

First Air Force One Decaying in Arizona

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Sad that this amazing artifact of aviation is still waiting on someone to save her, maybe we can start here. (www.youtube.com) More...

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

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World War II Victory Capitol Flyover To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day (ww2flyover.org) More...

A320neo's PW1100 engine flame out

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A flight test Airbus A320neo jetliner's Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engine sustained a bird strike during a flight test from Toulouse, France on April 30. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Ryanair hit by almost $5 million banking scam

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Irish budget airline Ryanair on Wednesday revealed that almost $5.0 million (4.53 million euros) was fraudulently removed from one of its accounts in a scam involving a Chinese bank. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Amazon is bringing Prime videos and music to JetBlue's fleet

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Amazon has spent an exorbitant amount of cash to grow its Prime Instant Video service. Still, the company knows there's more it can do to make the offering better for subscribers. As such, Amazon is teaming up with JetBlue to bring Prime's on-demand video and music content to the skies, though only in the US. The new feature, which will be powered by JetBlue's super speedy Fly-Fi internet, will be included as part of any existing Prime membership -- it's free in-flight entertainment, and that's… (www.engadget.com) More...

Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt WWII Fighter

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Long but pretty interesting video. Watch how a P-47 Thunderbolt was uncrated and assembled in the field, using no heavy equipment or special tools, only repurposed shipping crate materials and a lot of manpower. (www.youtube.com) More...

FAA Chief: Gyrocopter 'indistinguishable' from birds, kite.

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Pilot was able traverse 30 miles of restricted airspace to within a few hundred feet of the capitol before landing on the west lawn. (tbo.com) More...

Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

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ABILENE, Texas, April 30, 2015 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1B Lancer celebrates its soon to be 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base this week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers the supersonic bomber into the digital age with new upgrades. The latest upgrade, a trio of updates known as the integrated battle station, are ensuring the B-1 meets today’s mission requirements and further establishes… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Airbus Backlog of $1 Trillion Makes Boeing Look Smaller Than It Is

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Airbus Group, the parent of European aircraft builder Airbus, reported first-quarter results Thursday morning. Revenues totaled €12.1 billion (about $13.5 billion), down about 4% compared with the first quarter of 2014. Earnings per share rose by 80%, from €0.56 to €1.01 (about $1.13). (247wallst.com) More...

Malaysia A380 Decision Deepens Airbus Worries

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Airbus Group Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm says he “cannot see” the alleged decision by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to sell or lease out its entire Airbus A380 fleet “impacting our campaigns” for more orders. (aviationweek.com) More...

A Simple Way To Make Lease Returns Easier

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Aircraft lease returns often take more time and money than expected. Here's a tip on how to make it easier. (aviationweek.com) More...

5 Surprising Facts About Aircraft Hangars

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Hangars are one of the essential structures of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry—here are 5 facts you may not have known about them. (aviationweek.com) More...

Blue origin flight tests Shepard suborbital vehicle

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Blue Origin carried out the first developmental test flight of its new Shepard vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL)space vehicle on Wednesday. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing’s Smallest 737 Faces an Uncertain Future

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Southwest is talking with Boeing about switching some or all of its remaining 56 orders for the 737-700 to a version that seats 32 more passengers, Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said in an interview. The Dallas-based carrier last took delivery of a new -700 in 2011. Airlines and planemakers are watching to see whether Southwest, Boeing’s biggest narrow-body customer, will also amend its plans to receive the 737 Max 7, an update to the -700 that is due to enter service late this… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Pratt and Whitney Exec: We're Going Ahead with F-35 Engine

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When questioned, Exec evasive as to cost associated with the program (www.bloomberg.com) More...

The economy seats of the future

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Radical designs offer more legroom, a better sleep and an end to elbow wars in cattle class (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Boeing Delivers Cathay Pacific Airways' 50th 777-300ER

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EVERETT, Wash., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 50th 777-300ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for the 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

The virtual reality experience that could be the future of in-flight safety videos

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A terrifying soundtrack, a crash landing and water flooding into the cabin; cries, screams and shouting heard as plane rapidly descends. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Final SkyWest Embraer 120 Flight Scheduled for May 5th

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SkyWest Airlines has scheduled its final Embraer 120 flight. They have long been planning to move to an all jet fleet. (airnerds.com) More...

NTSB Rules Pilot's Death A Suicide

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The pilot had told his wife that, if she ever left him, he would fly his airplane into the ground and kill himself. (www.aero-news.net) More...

Pilatus PC-24 begin taxi trials

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Pilatus has begun taxi trials of its new Pilatus PC-24 light business jet, ahead of the planned maiden flight later this month. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

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