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SR-22 ditched in Pacific Ocean en-route to Hawaii

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The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a distress call from a single engine aircraft running out of fuel approximately 975 miles north of the Big Island. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

1,700 Private Jets Fly To Davos To Discuss Global Warming

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The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek. (www.breitbart.com) More...

American Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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American Airlines took delivery Thursday of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., factory. On Friday, American brings it home to North Texas. The airplane, N800AN, is scheduled to leave Paine Field at 10 a.m. and arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 4:21 p.m.. It’ll be parked at an American hangar there. “Once the plane arrives, the Tech Ops team at our DWH maintenance base at DFW will begin the acceptance process and prepare the airplane for flight training… (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

How all "Disruptive Passenger" diverts should end.

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A South African woman caused an AC flight from LHR-YYZ to be diverted to YHZ after berating and technically assaulting members of the cabin crew. After pleading guilty, she will pay a fine and reimburse AC for the cost of the diversion. (www.cbc.ca) More...

United Airlines caught in political scrum over in-flight TV channel

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Chicago-based United Airlines has been caught in a political crossfire in recent days over a politically conservative news station that was the default channel on flights that offer DirecTV service. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Failure of the U.S. Airport

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The horror of making an international connection at an American airport. Our airports are terrible, and our airlines are finding it harder to compete. We’ve done it to ourselves through shortsightedness, underfunding, and flyer-unfriendly policies... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Incident: India B788 near Budapest on Jan 22nd 2015, engine shut down in flight

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANL performing flight AI-130 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Mumbai (India), was enroute at FL390 about 240nm west of Budapest (Hungary) still in Serbian Airspace when the crew needed to shut the right hand engine (GEnx) (avherald.com) More...

Emirates Would Buy 100 A380neos, Agrees To Amadeo Sale-Leaseback Deals

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Emirates Airline would buy 100 Airbus A380neos if Airbus decided to launch the aircraft, according to airline President Tim Clark. (aviationweek.com) More...

15 hours on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, in coach

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Want to sit for 15 hours? Boeing's new 787-9 claims better passenger comfort over extremely long-haul routes. Here's what it's like on one of the longest you can take. (www.cnet.com) More...

Man suing Southwest Airlines after carry on bag fell on him

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A man is suing Southwest airlines for a carry bag falling on him. Pretty ridiculous right?! I guess he didnt listen to the FA announcements, and thought he was superman (fox8.com) More...

How Airbus Makes Airplanes

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In this five-minute video, Henry Reich of MinutePhysics visits France to see how the Airbus A350 is made. While it's no surprise that designing and building an airplane is incredibly complex, there are plenty of surprising facts in this video—like the fact that when the factory is humming, it can turn out an entire plane in two working days. Uh. Wow. Also, keep an eye out for how the wings are made, and the moment when they stress-test them, stretching them way up without breaking (around 3:30).… (mentalfloss.com) More...

F-18 Cockpit Footage. Catapult Launch, Aerial Refueling & Carrier Landing (Video)

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Lt. Michael Loringer, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22, pilots an F/A-18F Super Hornet during a mission flown from the flight deck of the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (youtu.be) More...

All Southwest Airlines flights get dispatched from this cool, dark room

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All Southwest Airlines flights go through one building, no matter where they are flying. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Southwest Airlines Earns Record $1.14 Billion 2014 Net Profit

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Southwest Airlines reported a 2014 net profit of $1.14 billion, up 50.7% over net income of $754 million in 2013, as expenses decreased slightly year-over-year while revenue grew 5.1%. (atwonline.com) More...

E Cigarette Ban in Checked Baggage

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The Federal Aviation Administration is warning airlines about fire risks from electronic cigarettes stored in checked luggage and is recommending that passengers bring them into the cabins instead. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Oil price fall gives lease of life to old planes

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The slump in oil prices has given a new lease of life to passenger jets that until recently were destined for the scrap yard, aircraft financiers said on Monday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

10 Dead And 13 Injured After Greek F16 Crashes On Take-Off At NATO Air Base In Albacete, Central Spain

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10 people have died and 13 have been injured after a Greek F16 fighter jet has crashed on take-off inside the Los Llanos air base in Albacete, central Spain, a Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed by telephone to The Spain Report. (www.thespainreport.com) More...

Delta Air Lines posts loss after fuel hedging, upbeat on new year

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Delta Air Lines Inc said on Tuesday it lost $712 million in the fourth quarter largely due to fuel hedge settlements, although the carrier topped analysts' estimates and offered positive outlook for the start of 2015 (www.stltoday.com) More...

O'Hare regains title of world's busiest airport

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O'Hare International Airport is again the world's busiest airport for passenger and cargo traffic, a designation it lost a decade ago, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Possibly the most amazing FlightAware flight track map...

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Straight up North and straight down South! Final leg of a pole-to-pole circumnavigation in single seat single engine homebuilt Lancair: 25 hour flight from Alaska to North Carolina via the North Pole in the dark of Winter. What a flight! (flightaware.com) More...

ALPA Quick to Attack NTSB Video Recording Idea

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I found it interesting that it's okay for pilots to make their own videos in the cockpit and post them to YouTube (you'll remember the outrage on this forum at the idea of making this illegal) but having a video recorder that may help with accident analysis is not okay. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Key Lime Air cargo plane from Centennial crashed in Kansas; pilot OK

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he pilot of a Key Lime Air cargo plane survived after crash landing near Goodland, Kansas, on Wednesday morning, authorities say. The twin-engine Piper PA-31 was carrying UPS cargo from Denver International Airport to Colby, Kansas, when it went down about 20 miles east of the Colorado state line near Interstate 70. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Retired EA-6B military jet to be towed through southwest Indiana

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The U.S. Navy plans to partially disassemble and transport an EA-6B electronic warfare aircraft from Monroe County Airport, Bloomington, Ind., to a Naval Support Activity (NSA) in Crane. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy

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The company behind the in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, a victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight. An auction will be held on or about March 24, Mr. Wiley said, and any sale of SkyMall’s assets will close in April. (www.latimes.com) More...

Preliminary Report Released for Crash of PA-34-200T N81291

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A preliminary report of the crash of PA-32-200T N81291 in Kentucky on December 2nd has been released by the NTSB. (www.ntsb.gov) More...

Allegiant MD83 at Las Vegas smoke indication

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An Allegiant airlines Mc Donnell Douglas MD-83 with flight number G4-536 from Las Vegas to Great Falls MT, with 160 passengers aboard, was climbing out of Las Vegas when the crew stopped the climb (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East

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Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast on Monday, and Tuesday doesn't look much better. (www.stltoday.com) More...

FAA reports bomb threat at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson

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“Credible” bomb threats were made Saturday against two flights bound for Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesman Reese McCrainie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 3 p.m. that both flights — Delta 1156 and Southwest 2492 — had landed and were sitting on a taxiway waiting to be swept by the Atlanta police Bomb Squad. (m.ajc.com) More...

Drones disrupt Dubai Airport operations

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Air Traffic in Dubai halts for nearly hour due to use of UAV (Drones) in air space of planes, according to the official news agency WAM. (www.arabiangazette.com) More...

12-hour wait on tarmac

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of air travelers landed in San Francisco, safe but irritated after a 28-hour overseas flight they say included 12 hours on a tarmac in the Middle East without food or accurate flight information. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Wreckage believed to be small plane that vanished in desert

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Authorities have tentatively confirmed that wreckage spotted in the Mojave Desert mountains is from a small airplane with a husband and wife aboard that disappeared during a flight from Southern California to Nevada. (www.chron.com) More...

Drone Overloaded With Meth Crashes Near Border

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Somebody in Mexico who failed to read the instructions is out more than 6 pounds of meth and a $1,400 drone, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Police say the battery-operated drone carrying 3 kilos of the drug crashed in a Tijuana parking lot Tuesday night, about a mile from the US border, reports Vice. (www.newser.com) More...

FAA Inspector gets caught with loaded gun in bag

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Can't believe the lack of judgement on this individual's part. This kind of stuff could get someone.....promoted in the gov. (www.pbs.org) More...

AirAsia Crash Could Prompt Regional Regulatory Shake Up

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The loss of Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501, an Airbus A320, could bring significant changes to Indonesian – even regional – commercial flight regulations. (atwonline.com) More...

DIA Bans Pot-Souvenir Sales But Not Info About Marijuana Rules

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Denver International Airport officially banned the sale of marijuana souvenirs and marijuana-related products last week, adding specific wording to its public-conduct rules. But the airport has also decided to create printed educational material -- based on state law and the city's pot regulations -- that will be displayed at customer-service counters and other locations throughout the building. (blogs.westword.com) More...

Former Gulfstream executive faces possible 20 year prison term

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Yet another example that incompetent/criminal business execs can always find another job. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Expedia acquires Travelocity in $280 million deal

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With the deal, Expedia, which owns travel sites including Hotels.com and Hotwire, is building upon a 2013 marketing agreement that it had with Travelocity, the companies said in statement on Friday. Under that partnership, Expedia provided customer service for Travelocity and supported its websites in the U.S. and Canada. The acquisition gives Expedia more control over overall bookings. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Photos: the Airbus A380's secret hangout zone for cabin crew

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Take a sneak peek inside the super jumbo's hidden crew rest area. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

(Video) First F-35 Flyover - 4-ship Formation Over 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

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This four-ship formation is the first flyover involving the F-35. Aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona participate in a flyover at the University of Phoenix stadium for the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl. (youtu.be) More...

Boeing exec. sees strong demand for 737 MAX, confident on 777

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Demand for fuel-efficient narrowbody jetliners like the Boeing 737 MAX remains "very strong" despite the recent oil price slump, the planemaker's top salesman said on Wednesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Alaska Air Group Purchases Two More Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

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Order will increase Horizon Air’s fleet to 54 Q400 aircraft; reinforcing the airline’s standing as the largest operator of Q400 turboprops worldwide (www.bombardier.com) More...

American Airlines Celebrates its first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing is proud to join American Airlines in celebrating the delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner. This revolutionary airplane demonstrates American’s commitment to the highest standards of comfort and efficiency, redefining commercial air travel across North America and the world. We salute American Airlines on this historic milestone. (www.newairplane.com) More...

Fedex MD-11 Cockpit Ladning at Kai Tak

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Probably the only video you will ever see of the inside any FedEx aircraft during flight ops. Fedex is very strict on this policy. (www.youtube.com) More...

2 Marines identified in deadly California helicopter crash

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Two Marine Corps officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in the Southern California desert were remembered Sunday as talented pilots. (www.khq.com) More...

New Citation Latitude

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Had the priveledge of climbing aboard one of these. It's an amazing aircraft... (cessna.txtav.com) More...

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990)

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No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing Reportedly in Talks To Postpone Deliveries to Russian Carriers

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Boeing has begun discussions with Russian airlines about postponing deliveries planned for 2016, Bloomberg reported, quoting Boeing VP-global sales John Wojick. He said scheduled deliveries for 2015 will be fulfilled as it’s too late for the US manufacturer to adjust the schedules. (atwonline.com) More...

Pilot, FAA settle test case about legality of commercial use of drones

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Flight regulators and a drone pilot have settled litigation that was at the center of an ongoing battle over whether the Federal Aviation Administration may bar the commercial use of drones in the US. Raphael Pirker was fined $10,000 in 2011 in the government's first legal action against an on-the-ground pilot. (arstechnica.com) More...

Viewpoint: Airbus Should Build A Truly Long-Range 757 Replacement

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As a pilot for US Airways, I always believed there had to be a better way for single-aisle aircraft to fly long distances. I used to fly the Airbus A321 from Philadelphia (PHL) to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), but even with two auxiliary center tanks, the A321's advertised range of 3,000 nm (2,400 nm useful range) limited it to only transcontinental flights. I also flew the Boeing 757 from Brussels (BRU) to PHL many times, taking off with a full load of fuel, passengers and cargo at… (aviationweek.com) More...

Interior Department request additional unmanned helicopter demos

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The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Aviation Services, seeks companies interested in demonstrating their optionally-piloted heavy lift helicopter, according to a Special Notice document released Wednesday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...