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Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

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I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks reckless. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

(Video) Cabin video of extreme turbulence on American 280 near Japan

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"RAW FOOTAGE // American Airlines Flight AA280 diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt." (www.youtube.com) More...

Flying in a helicopter ove the Gulf in this weather?

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Saw this radar image and could not believe it. A Bristow helicopter flying in IFR conditions over the Gulf of Mexico. (flightaware.com) More...

Hawaiian airlines B763 over Pacific bleed air problem

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A Hawaiian airlines Boeing 767-300 with registration N581HA was preforming flight HA-19 from Sacramento C.A en route to Honolulu PHNL (USA) which was at FL340 when the crew decided to request a divert to Oakland (NOT AUCKLAND) http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5104/hawaiian-b763-over-pacific-on-dec-24th-2014-bleed-air-problem (www.aeroinside.com) More...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) More...

Flying on Qatar's A350

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A look inside Qatar's A350 and a review while flying six hours from Toulouse to Doha. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Southwest plane wing clipped on its way out of LaGuardia terminal

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Southwest Flight 449 was scheduled to leave LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday when it had a minor run-in with another carrier. The plane's winglet was clipped by an American Airlines plane while on its way from the gate to the runway, according to passengers on the plane and in the terminal. (mashable.com) More...

Gulfstream 650ER

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Man this thing is amazing! This little plane is kind of like a miniature concord!! (gulfstream.com) More...

How Cockpit Computers Prejudice Pilots' Performance

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The increasing amount of automation in airliners' cockpits has simplified the job of piloting. Automatic systems are particularly desirable during long cruise phases at steady speeds and altitudes. (www.insidescience.org) More...

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

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The SR-71's first flight, December 22, 1964, is a milestone in aviation and national security circles. Outside of those circles, I'm surprised how few people have heard of the SR-71 or know more than that it was "a spy plane"--which is like saying the Taj Mahal is "a big building." Unofficially known (but still not well-known) as the Blackbird, the SR-71 flew at record altitude--90,000 feet--and speed--2,193.2 miles per hour. And it could sustain such speed: In 1990, one flew… (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

Eastern Air Lines is back in the air

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Eastern Air Lines, which used that slogan in the 1980s, flew its first of 20 new planes into Miami International Airport on Friday afternoon. The event marks a relaunch of the once-bankrupt airline, which last flew in 1991. (www.cnn.com) More...

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

How to fly on a private jet for under $200 per person

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No security lines or TSA pat downs. Cushy leather seats and legroom for days. Fido curled up right next to you. The perks of flying on a private jet used to be something only the rich and famous enjoyed. But that’s changing — and in some cases, you can fly on a private jet or plane for the cost of coach (or less) if you know how to shop smartly. (MarketWatch) (www.marketwatch.com) More...

EU widens trade row with new Boeing subsidy claim

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"The subsidies scheme extension is estimated to be worth $8.7 billion and will be the largest subsidy for the civil aerospace industry in U.S. history," the EU said in a statement. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Air China signs deal to purchase 60 Boeing B737 aircraft

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BEIJING • Air China Ltd., the country's flag carrier, said Monday it signed an agreement to order 60 Boeing B737 planes for a total price of $5.9 billion. (www.stltoday.com) More...

New Russian engine for Orbital's Antares Rocket

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Orbital Science Corp. announced that it will replace the current AJ-26 first stage engines onboard its Antares launch vehicle with another Russian made engine, the RD-181. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Baggage Handler Helped Smuggle Guns on Planes: Officials

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A baggage handler with Delta Airlines is one of four people arrested in an alleged gun-smuggling ring, ABC News reports. Investigators tracked down Delta employee Eugene Harvey through Mark Quentin Henry, who was arrested after landing in New York earlier this month while allegedly carrying 18 handguns, including seven that were loaded, plus ammunition, in his carry-on bag. (www.newser.com) More...

Video: L-1011 Wingtip Vortice Test

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This 58-second movie clip shows an L-1011 Airliner Wing Vortice test at NASA Langley Research Center. NASA conducted the Adaptive Performance Optimization experiment aboard Orbital Sciences Corporation's Lockheed L-1011-100. The program was developed by engineers at the Dryden Flight Research Center. Dryden was also involved in limited wake vortex studies using an L-1011 in 1977. (youtu.be) More...

Maiden A350 delivery tomorrow

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Airbus and Qatar Airways are set to open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, on 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing signs $3.3 billion 777 order with Kuwait Airways

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10 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is worth $3.3 billion at list prices. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Aviarca Celebrates its first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing and Avianca celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner for the Latin American carrier, helping the airline stay at the forefront of technology in the region. (www.newairplane.com) More...

Etihad Airways shows off Airbus A380, complete with suite

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky" on Thursday. The airline also showed of its newly arrived Boeing 787 "Dreamliner." (www.usatoday.com) More...

An Astronaut's-eye View of NASA's Orion Spacecraft Re-Entry

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In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the full reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it’s a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean, all put to dreamy space music. For reference, the camera is looking ‘up’ from behind the capsule, so as Orion’s lager heat shield bears the brunt of atmospheric heating as it reenters through the stratosphere, we’re looking along the ionization trail of this man-made meteor as it dashes… (news.discovery.com) More...

Eastern to fly again

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The Wings of Man is back for the first time in nearly 25 years. (jansaviation.com) More...

how airplanes are made

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Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Boy Scout Troop Saves Crashed Pilot's Christmas

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The pilot of a downed Mooney M20 was lucky his bad day was met by a troop of scouts who lived up to their motto to always be prepared. Shortly after takeoff engine trouble required the pilot to ditch in the nearby Congaree River near Columbia, S.C. (planelopnik.com) More...

Jet Blue offering free trips to/from Police Officer's funeral

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In these days when airlines are at the bad of everything, a breath of fresh air is nice. (www.tpnn.com) More...

Boeing boss Jim McNerney’s turbulent tenure

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SEATTLE • Admirers describe Jim McNerney as a numbers guy whose relentless push for efficiency and lower costs has consistently delivered stellar profits in his decade as Boeing chairman and chief executive. (www.stltoday.com) More...

1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo

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BOULDER CITY, Nev. — A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City. (www.rgj.com) More...

Boeing, U.S. Navy in talks about stretching EA-18G jet production

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WASHINGTON • The Navy said Friday that it was in talks with Boeing about slowing production of its EA-18G electronic attack jets to keep the north St. Louis County facility running through the end of 2017, after Congress approved funding for 15 more planes. (www.stltoday.com) More...

The Amazing Images Of This USAF Aerial Refueling Boom Operator

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America's cadre of KC-135 and KC-10 'Booms,' the guys and gals that refuel allied military aircraft while hurtling through the atmosphere, are a proud and talented bunch, and one of them is just as skilled behind a camera as behind an aerial refueling boom. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Two USAF C-17 squadrons to be inactivated in 2015-16

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US Air Force's Air Mobility Command, which operates the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter, will inactivate two C-17 squadrons during the next two years based on the President's Defense Budget for fiscal year 2015. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Plane crash in the Dallas area December 18th

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A distress call went out at 6:18 p.m. The Beech Bonanza single-engine aircraft was attempting to land at the Mesquite Airport when air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact. (dfw.cbslocal.com) More...

Airlines most likely to lose your luggage

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Losing luggage when traveling by air can be a real bummer. If you're lucky, you'll get your bags back fairly quickly. But, as evidenced by a woman who recently got her bags back –two decades later –it can take some time, or never happen at all. (www.myfoxchicago.com) More...

Pilot's Memories of Holidays Aloft

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Memories of Holidays Aloft. Plus, the Worst Christmas Song of All Time. A Pilot's Memoir. http://www.askthepilot.com/christmas-2014/ (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Alitalia introduces its new Airbus A320 Jeep Renegade logo jet

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Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) has introduced a new promotional logo jet for the new Italian-built Jeep Renegade. The pictured ex-Air One Airbus A320-216 EI-DSW (msn 3609) was ferried from Shannon where it was painted to Rome (Fiumicino) on December 20. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

FAA certify PurePower GTF engine for A320neo

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The Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine for the Airbus A320neo family has achieved US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

On-Board Qatar’s A350 XWB Media Flight

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Photos from Qatar's special A350 demonstration flight and a first look at their cabin. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Airbus Group tests laser-based airspeed sensor system

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Airbus Group has completed successful flight tests on a fiber-optic, eye-safe, laser-based sensor system that delivers accurate airspeed information in the three axis at low and even negative airspeed. (www.verticalmag.com) More...

Reviewing 2014 Operational Performance: Delta is the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

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Crankyflier.com looks at airline aircraft operational data and crowns a 2014 airliner winner. (crankyflier.com) More...

Protest Erupts at JFK Airport After Flight Cancelled Until After Christmas

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I’ll be home for Christmas … if only in my dreams! A protest erupted at JFK Airport the morning of Christmas Eve, after 100 passengers were told they wouldn’t be making it home for the holidays. The customers were set to board a jet to Guyana at Terminal 1 around 7 a.m. with Dynamic Airways when they were given the bad news. Their flight was apparently overbooked and a PAPD source said the agency wouldn’t have a plane available until at least Dec. 27. By 9 a.m., about half of the fuming… (nypost.com) More...

A350 production to reach 10 per month

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Airbus is ramping up production of its new generation A350 XWB airliner to meet customer demand, following maiden delivery to Qatar Airways on December 22. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

NASA Aeronautics Ends 2014 in Revolutionary Style

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Within wind tunnels, inside laboratories and overhead in skies across the nation, NASA’s aeronautical innovators worked in 2014 to push the frontiers of aviation science. (www.nasa.gov) More...

A Day In The Life Of London’s Air Ambulance (video and story)

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Heavy British accents recount spending a day flying with the London helicopter ambulance, funded entirely by charitable donations. (londonist.com) More...

Eastern Airlines Returns to Miami with Arrival of First Plane

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It was a historic day yesterday as Eastern Airlines, gone for 24 years, returned to Miami with the arrival of their first plane ready to return to the air. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Russian Proton rocket mark 400th launch

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Russian workhorse satellite launch vehicle Proton marked a historic 400th launch on December 15, after the Proton M integrated launch vehicle successfully blasted off from Baikonur launch pad (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...