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Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said. (money.cnn.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Two small aircraft collide and come down in shopping centre parking lot near Montreal

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Two small aircraft came down in a shopping centre parking lot after mid-air collision. No English report available yet. (www.lapresse.ca) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

Passenger plane crashed at Wau airport in South Sudan

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A South Supreme Airlines plane crashed at South Sudan's Wau airport with 44 passengers on board. (www.airlive.net) More...

Wind at Dublin Airport causes a Ryanair Boeing 737 to spin at parking

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Wind made spun a Boeing 737 today a Dublin Airport. The wind of 20 kt gusting to 30 kt was not that strong but enough to move a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 today at Dublin Airport. The right wing of the aircraft has hit a lamppost but didn’t clip other aircraft around. (www.airlive.net) More...

EU re-imposes US$835 million cartel fine on air cargo firms

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The European Union has re-imposed fines totalling US$835 million on 11 air cargo companies, including Air Canada, even though the EU's high court threw out the original case in 2015 on a procedural issue. The European Commission said Friday that it has fixed the original error and re-established the fines because the antitrust case, as such, hadn't been addressed by the EU's General Court. (www.canada.com) More...

Southwest Airlines doing away with paper tickets

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I am curious how this is going to work out. What happens when someone needs to get on a flight and the phone battery goes dead or wont connect? I'd like to try it but would carry a paper ticket as a backup if possible. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

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A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. (www.airlive.net) More...

REX flight forced into emergency landing after losing propeller

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Flight ZL768 from Albury landed safely at Sydney Airport just after midday and the 16 passengers and three crew members on board were not injured. REX plane without its propeller Photo: The flight from Albury to Sydney landed safely. (Facebook: Airline Secrets) The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has assigned three investigators to look into the circumstances surrounding the incident and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking an urgent briefing from the company. (www.abc.net.au) More...

Boeing Sets Date For 787-10 Dreamliner First Flight

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Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced Wednesday that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Why business class is booming for Kiwis

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There's a surge in the number of Kiwi travellers turning left as they get on the plane. Travel agents and airlines say demand for business class is booming as fares come down, the range of products expands and the New Zealand economy remains buoyant. Patronage at Auckland Airport's premium lounge has grown 10-fold in the past four years. Flight Centre's general manager of product, Sean Berenson, said that throughout 2016, the number of Kiwis booking business class had increased 120 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Baltia Airlines: The airline that has never flown a single passenger in 27 years

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A US airline, which was founded in 1989 with the aim of offering a "high quality three-class passenger service" has just taken its only aircraft out of service – despite having never operated a single commercial flight in its 27-year history. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Air Transat Celebrates 30 Years of Flying

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Air Transat is celebrating 30 years of flying – and to highlight how far it has come, and to celebrate the future, the company is planning a variety of surprises and special activities throughout the year for holidaymakers, for its partners (including travel agents), and for its 5,000 employees. (www.ittn.ie) More...

Embraer's Legacy 450 Sets Speed Record

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An Embraer Legacy 450 operated by Canadian fractional provider AirSprint recently set speed records on round-trip flights from California to Hawaii late last year, the company announced on Thursday. The Hawaii trip was not only a first for the aircraft, but also for the passengers. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pegasus Airlines to sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corp for $178.7 mln

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* To sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corporation for $178.7 million (644.4 million lira based on the Turkish Central Bank USD exchange rate dated March 17, 2017) * Foresees to deliver all aircrafts until October 31 * One of the main goals of the sale of aircraft is to accelerate the change in aircraft portfolio for the optimization of fuel consumption underpinned by the Company's Airbus Order dated 2012 (www.reuters.com) More...

Paris Orly being entirely evacuated and flights diverted after Police kill a man trying to grab a gun

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weapon at Paris airport Published March 18, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print MARCH 18: Police take up position at Orly airport southern terminal after a shooting incident near Paris MARCH 18: Police take up position at Orly airport southern terminal after a shooting incident near Paris (Reuters) A man was shot dead Saturday at Paris’ Orly airport after he reached for a soldier's weapon, BFM TV reported. The airport was evacuated, the station reported, according to… (www.foxnews.com) More...

Boeing Announces Upcoming Layoffs

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Boeing sent a notice to workers on Friday alerting them to layoffs that are scheduled to take place in May. (money.cnn.com) More...

Helicopter Crash on Highway after hitting a TV tower

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The helicopter crashed on a highway after hitting a TV tower, six minutes after taking off. The helicopter was carrying an executive of the Eczacibasi group of companies, four of his Russian guests and two pilots. (planecrashinfo.com) More...

Incident: Lufthansa B747 near Milan on Mar 18th 2017, de-icing problem

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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400, registration D-ABVT performing flight LH-511D (scheduled dep Mar 16th, actual dep Mar 17th) from Buenos Aires,BA (Argentina) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was enroute at FL400 about 90nm southwest of Lyon (France) when the crew changed the destination to Milan Malpensa (Italy). (avherald.com) More...

OMA plane spotters- 777 coming to town

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Omaha World Herald reports that a B777 will be bringing show horses in this Saturday March 25 at approx. 10:30 from AMS. Rare chance to see a wide-body at Eppley! Maybe the first time a 777 in Omaha? (www.omaha.com) More...

Air India Sets New World Record By Journeying Around The World With An All-Women Crew!

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Ahead of International Women's Day, Air India created history by flying around the world with an all-women crew. The flight took off from New Delhi on Monday to San Francisco and returned on Friday after journeying around the globe. The Boeing 777-200LR aircraft flew over the Pacific Ocean en route San Francisco and over the Atlantic while flying back, thereby covering the entire distance around the world. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

US Army arms combat vehicle with laser weapon to take on drones

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The US Army seems to be keen on laser weapons these days. Not only is it taking delivery of a record 60-kW laser weapon, but it's also mounted a weapon-grade Army laser on a combat vehicle for the first time. Earlier this month, the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) fielded a Stryker assault vehicle armed with a 5-kW laser as part of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range,… (newatlas.com) More...

Incident: India B787 at London on Mar 22nd 2017, bird strike

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANJ performing flight AI-171 from Ahmedabad (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was on approach to London Heathrow when a bird impacted the radome and left a large dent. (avherald.com) More...

Airlines run out of flight numbers, DGCA warns safety at risk

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New Delhi: The boom in aviation in India has given rise to a peculiar problem — airlines are running out of flight numbers. With a growing number of flights and too few flight numbers, call sign confusion emerged as a serious concern among authorities at the recently concluded meeting for deciding summer slots The existing three-digit codes are increasingly leading to confusion and there has been a spate of safety scares when similar sounding flight numbers operate to or from the same airport… (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Will start receiving ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018, says SpiceJet

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Stating that Indian aviation market is the fastest growing in the world, SpiceJet on Monday said that it aspires to be the most profitable airline in the country. “We have the best on-time performance in the industry. We will try to reduce costs and increase ancillary revenue,” it said. The low-cost carrier also said that it will start receiving the ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018 (www.aviationindia.net) More...

easyJet flight #U26299 was targeted by a laser while landing at Gibraltar

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An easyJet flight was targeted by a laser beam as it tried to land in Gibraltar on Thursday evening in strong winds. Thursday March, 16 the Airbus A319 (reg.G-EZGE) from Bristol aborted its first attempt to land due to the winds but as it came in for a second try, a laser beam was shone at the aircraft from Spain. The aircraft received wind shear warnings due to the strong winds in the area and the pilot then elected for weather reasons to divert to Málaga Airport. The laser incident was… (www.airlive.net) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

San Diego’s New Service to Europe — on Edelweiss?

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Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: “Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.” You’ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Airbus Forecast 15,000 Planes In Asia Pacific

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Speaking at a media briefing today, Airbus Group Asia-Pacific President Pierre Jaffre said demand in the region expanded 5.5 per cent, annually. Malaysia, Airbus's third largest market in the region after China and India, would be part of the strong growth with rising demand for the aircraft, he said. "Our business here ranges from civil airliners to helicopters and military transport equipment. (malaysiandigest.com) More...

Jet carrying Michigan basketball team had mechanical issue before failed takeoff

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The National Transportation Safety Board says a mechanical issue was found on the jet carrying the University of Michigan basketball team that aborted takeoff and skidded into a field on March 8. In an update on Wednesday, the department revealed a mechanical issue was found on the aircraft during the ongoing investigation - a damaged component of the airplane's right elevator. (www.mlive.com) More...

Embraer flies fourth E190-E2 flight test prototype

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The aircraft, serial number 20.004, completed the flight in 2h at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos facilities on 17 March. It will be used to carry out tests including cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise, says the manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Major makeover for Greek regional airports

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Germany airport management company Fraport has detailed plans to modernize and develop 14 Greek airports. Local arm Fraport Greece plans to invest a minimum of €330 million ($355 million) through 2021 to upgrade the airports’ facilities, with the intention of improving the travel experience and preparing for an anticipated uptick in passenger traffic. The company has a 40-year operating concession at the 14 airports. (atwonline.com) More...

American Airlines Offers Flight Attendants New Uniform Option After Union Compiled Complaints

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American Airlines’ 25,000 flight attendants won a victory when their union convinced the airline to offer alternate uniforms after the troubled rollout of new uniforms in September, union president Bob Ross said Wednesday. Some of the new uniforms triggered adverse reactions including itching, rashes and breathing difficulties, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said. (www.forbes.com) More...

Third Cessna Citation Longitude enters flight-test

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The super-midsize twin – registration N702GL – completed a 1h 40min sortie from Wichita, Kansas with Cessna pilots Corey Eckhart and U J Pesonen, and flight-test engineer Mike Bradfield, with this evaluating the aircraft’s systems. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Lockheed Martin completes new battle laser for U.S. military

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Lockheed Martin (LMT)said it has finished developing a 60 Kilowatt (kW) laser system and is now getting ready to hand it over to the U.S. Army. The aerospace and defense firm claimed in a press release Thursday that in testing earlier this month the laser beam system achieved a 58kW blast, a world record for a laser of this type. (www.yahoo.com) More...

The ACBJ Power Rankings: The best-run airports in America

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Relying on reams of public and proprietary data, the effort identifies winners and losers in an industry that in some quarters is growing by leaps and bounds while in others is wilting on the vine. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

FAA forecast: Slow general aviation growth, drone explosion

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A tale of different segments will mean slow growth over the next 20 years for general aviation, according to the FAA (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Boeing, US Army make multibillion, multiyear AH-64E deal official

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The U.S. Army and Boeing signed on the dotted line for the first multiyear AH-64E Apache attack helicopter contract — a deal that’s been years in the making — in a signing ceremony in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday. Under the base contract worth $3.4 billion, Boeing will deliver to the Army 244 remanufactured AH-64Es. The multiyear deal also includes 24 new-build Apache Echo models for Saudi Arabia. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Trump's jet shadowed by Rybolovlev's jet. Coincidence? You be the judge...

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A Russian billionaire, whose jet-setting travel intersected with Donald Trump’s stops at the Charlotte and Las Vegas airports during the presidential campaign, says their intersecting paths were “pure coincidence” and nothing more. (www.charlotteobserver.com) More...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Visiting Lufthansa Technik Malta: How to Install Inflight Wi-Fi

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57 Lufthansa A320 family aircraft have been equipped with antennas that give passengers the possibility to have Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet across Europe. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus says engine issue will not affect A320neo deliveries

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Airbus (AIR.PA) does not expect deliveries of its A320neo planes to be significantly affected by recent problems with Pratt and Whitney engines, the Airbus chief executive said on Friday. Airbus has handed over about 70 A320neo jets since starting deliveries last year, mostly to Indian carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation (INGL.NS), and privately owned GoAir. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

4 helicopters over Westminster after firearms incident

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G-LNDN – London Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (reg. G-LNDN) landed near parliament in Westminster. (www.airlive.net) More...

Embraer's Newest $80 Million Private Jet Is Inspired by Art Deco Designs

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Art Deco is a design style we're accustomed to seeing in skyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, or century-old bars and restaurants like Le Dôme Café in Paris. The early 20th-century motif has never really been associated with airplanes. That is until now. (www.architecturaldigest.com) More...

Is The Boeing 797X Going To Unlock $150 Billion In Revenues?

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The Boeing 797X will likely cover the 220-260 seat range. Design range will be 4,500-5,000 nautical miles. Aircraft could unlock a $150B revenue potential. (seekingalpha.com) More...