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White House takes aim at a fast-growing source of emissions: airplanes

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took a key step toward limiting pollution caused by the nation’s fleet of commercial aircraft, part of a broader push in the Obama administration’s waning months to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health risks for Americans. Emissions that… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) More...

China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) More...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.com) More...

Report: MH370 pilot flew similar route on simulator

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(CNN) An FBI forensic examination shows the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 conducted a flight simulation on his home computer that closely matched the suspected route of the missing Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean, according to a Malaysian government document obtained by New York magazine. (www.cnn.com) More...

Phenom 300 Skids off Runway at Sugar Land, Texas Airport

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Looks like they are attempting to cover the tail number. (www.click2houston.com) More...

OHP: Owasso Pilot, USAF Officer Killed In Plane Crash Near Enid

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ENID, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a pilot from Owasso and a U.S. Air Force officer based at Vance Air Force Base died in a crash near Enid Thursday evening. The OHP identified the men as Randall Harris, 55, of Owasso and 1st Lt. Dale Shillington, 25, from Vance AFB. The men died when the Skybolt 300 biplane they were flying in crashed northeast of Fairmont at 6:40 p.m. on July 21, 2016.Harris was an airshow pilot and was scheduled to perform at the Vance Air Force Base Airshow… (www.newson6.com) More...

Beechcraft Honors U.S. Bonanza Society with Custom G36

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At the annual meeting of the American Bonanza Society this week during EAA AirVenture 2016, Textron Aviation unveiled its G36 Sport Package to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Bonanza owners’ group. To be available next year, the custom interior and paint scheme will also honor the 70th anniversary of the Bonanza, which was first certified in 1947. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

MH370 Search to Be Suspended as New Evidence Hints the Flight Glided

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Officials from Malaysia, Australia, and China have come as close as they could to saying that the greatest mystery in modern aviation, the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, will remain unsolved. (www.thedailybeast.com) More...

MH370 Captain 'Plotted Indian Ocean Course in Simulator'

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Australian officials have confirmed that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed, the AP reports. (www.newser.com) More...

Unstable approaches at major air show fly in.

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Oshkosh Airventure air show had some weather and airport issues that lead to some dangerous close encounters and rough landings.. (m.aviationweek.com) More...

[Video] Harrier Nozzles Glowing Red During Night Landing At Sea

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AV-8B Harrier landing at night on the USS Boxer at sea. The Harrier's nozzles glow red as the jet increases thrust for a gentle vertical touch down. (www.youtube.com) More...

Indian military plane goes missing minutes after taking from Chennai

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An Antonov An-32 of Indian Air force goes missing over Bay of Bengal. The plane disappeared from radars minutes after taking from Chennai. (www.airlive.net) More...

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 is on its last leg of the around the world flight

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After 14 hours of flight time Solar Impulse 2 is almost at the 30% mark of its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi of the around the world tour. (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Textron reveals Cessna Denali Turboprop

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Cessna’s new Denali—formerly known under its “SETP” (single-engine turboprop) project name—went on display for the first time at EAA AirVenture. Or at least its cabin mockup did. The Denali will come with a six-seat standard seating configuration but a nine-seat, high-density seating option will be available. The Denali is being promoted as a 285-knot airplane with a full-fuel payload of 1,100 pounds and a 1,600-nautical-mile range at a high-speed cruise power setting. Cessna says that the… (www.aopa.org) More...

How Were They So Wrong About MH370?

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It wasn't supposed to end like to this. Earlier today, ministers from the three nations responsible for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370-Australia, China, and Malaysia-announced that they would stop looking for the lost jet once the current 46,000-square-mile search zone is completed this fall. The decision was essentially an acknowledgement that they'd come up empty-handed in their quest to find the plane that disappeared from the face of the Earth in March 2014 with 239 people on board.… (www.yahoo.com) More...

MH370: Search team looking for missing Malaysia Airlines

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The search team looking for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 which vanished in March 2014, has said they may have been looking in the wrong place. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro have been combing a 120,000 square kilometre area of the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia for the past two years. However, the team has said they now believe the aircraft may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments of its descent, which would have carried the plane beyond the current… (www.msn.com) More...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

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Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused it of violating its airspace. (www.eurasianet.org) More...

Airbus launches the “I Fly A380” website: Choose. Fly. Love A380.

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The A380 is the passengers’ favourite aircraft, 60% of them are willing to make an extra effort to fly on it. The iflyA380.com, launched by Airbus recently, is the unique website for travellers who want to experience the iconic double deck aircraft. (www.airbus.com) More...

24 taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport

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Runway closed into the evening. Some reports say a hydraulic line burst in the cabin. (m.wpbf.com) More...

JetBlue Considers Adding Routes to Europe

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JetBlue Airways Corp. said it is considering adding routes to Europe in the next few years, as it reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations. A move into the European market would be a major strategic shift for the primarily domestic discount airline. (www.wsj.com) More...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) More...

OHP releases names in plane crash; Vance AFB reports air show will continue as scheduled Saturday

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ENID, Okla. — Two men killed flying a biplane crash Thursday evening have been identified by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Randell "Randy" Lee Harris, 55, was piloting a 1993 Runyan S/Harris R Skybolt 300 with Air Force 1st Lt. Dale Bryan Shillington, 25, riding along when he lost control of the aircraft, around 6:40 p.m., an OHP report states. (www.enidnews.com) More...

Boeing: 1.5 Million Pilots and Technicians Needed by 2035

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The airframer predicts that 617,000 new airline pilots and 679,000 technicians will be needed for the coming 20 years, showing a growth of 10.5 percent for pilots over the 2015 outlook and 11.3 percent for maintenance technicians. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Embraer's Phenom 100E Evolves to EV

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Embraer has launched the next upgrade to its Phenom 100 entry-level jet, the Phenom 100EV, which will be equipped with a new flight deck based on the Garmin G3000 suite and be powered by modified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines. Announced today at EAA AirVenture 2016, the upgraded model is scheduled to reach the market in the first half of 2017. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Germany's 4K invest assumes full ownership of Adria Airways

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Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana) majority shareholder and 4K Invest subsidiary, AA International Aviation Holding, says it has acquired the remaining 0.86% in outstanding Adria stock that it did not control originally. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Frontier expands to Punta Gorda, shifts three routes from Fort Myers

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After years of trying, Florida's Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. That will come from Frontier Airlines, which will launch nonstop flights between between the airport in southwest Florida and Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Edmonton airport runway briefly shut down after security breach

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RCMP arrested a man Thursday afternoon after he climbed over a fence and gained access to the airfield at the Edmonton International Airport. (globalnews.ca) More...

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

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The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. (www.airbus.com) More...

The Captain Jepp Challenge

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Sharpen your aviation knowledge and become a safer pilot through the quarterly Captain Jepp Challenge—as a bonus, you’ll be entered in monthly drawings for $250 MyGoFlight gift cards and for the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to EAA AirVenture 2017 (two-night stay and airfare included). (www.aopa.org) More...

Iran's Nasim Air adds maiden B737 Classic

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Nasim Air (Isfahan Int'l) has added a maiden B737-400 to its fleet in the form of PK-CKA (msn 25169). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to switch Houston stopover from 4Q

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will switch the stopover on its Singapore Changi to Houston Intc'l flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester Int'l with effect from October 30 of this year. The route will continue to operate 5x weekly. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Small Planet secures TUI Poland's Kenya contract

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Small Planet Airlines Polska (P7, Warsaw Chopin) has secured a summer contract from TUI Poland to operate regular charters between Warsaw Chopin and Mombasa, Kenya. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Southwest Airlines senior ops honcho's memo reveals meltdown's big impact

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Southwest Airline's massive technology outage that caused a near collapse of the carrier's operations nationwide last week continues to reverberate throughout the low-fare airline, and is likely to do so for many days and weeks to come. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

VIDEO: Muslim Man Angry at Delayed Flight Beats Up Police at Frankfurt Airport

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A Muslim man angry at his flight being delayed beat up two police officers at Frankfurt Airport in a video that has gone viral. (aviationsquad.com) More...

ANA announces new Star Wars themed jet

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ANA has revealed plans to paint one of its Boeing 777-200s as C-3PO as part of the company’s Star Wars project. Fans of the film franchise were the first to see the new C-3PO jet design after it was unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London last weekend. ANA plans to start flying the jet on domestic routes in Japan from the end of March. The C-3PO motif, which includes detailed body parts and wiring is decorated onto the aircraft’s fuselage. ANA launched the Star Wars Project… (www.airlinerworld.com) More...

Virgin Atlantic Learns That The Best Way To Save Fuel Is To Ask Its Pilots

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How do you make significant fuel savings in kerosene-guzzling jet airliners? The easiest way is to just tell the pilots to take their feet off the pedal, and ease up on the jet fuel a little. (aviationsquad.com) More...

Disgruntled Cathay Pacific passenger rips roof off new A350 looking for locker space

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The struggle for your share cabin luggage space is real - but has a fellow passenger ever ripped right into the plane's ceiling right in front of you? That's what happened on one Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to Bangkok flight, according to Mashable. Angry that there was no overhead locker above his seat, and despite cabin crew promising to find him pace for his carry on luggage, a disgruntled passenger pulled the plastic moulding clean off the fuselage. Have a look at the image here: (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

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