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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) More...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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Dozens of military personnel were injured when an RAF transport plane on its way to Afghanistan nose-dived 4,400ft after the captain's camera became lodged alongside the aircraft's joystick. In 27 seconds of chaos, the plane lost 4,400ft in altitude, throwing passengers and crew without seatbelts towards the ceiling, injuring 33 of those on board. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

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The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record. More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Alaska Airlines employee uses her own credit card to get stranded Delta passenger home

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When a stranded Delta passenger came to her for help, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant didn’t just pay it forward, she pulled out her own credit card and paid out of her own pocket. Miriam Thomas was stranded in Ontario, California after the kind of nightmare flight scenario that stresses you out just to read about it. Thomas was trying to get home to Vancouver and immediately ran into issues with her ticket, which was issued without a seat assignment. She said that Delta employees told her… (roadwarriorvoices.com) More...

F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be stealthy, powerful and expensive, but the plane's greatest threat isn't the enemy. Instead, engineers have discovered a software glitch that gives these new super fighters the technological equivalent of double vision. F-35s are equipped with Advanced Sensor Fusion, a system that's designed to collate sensor data from all of the planes and combine them into one big picture. If you have 10 jets zooming around, all of the allied pilots and commanders will,… (www.engadget.com) More...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) More...

Guy Booted Off Plane Over 'Broad F----ing City' T-Shirt

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Daniel Podolsky was innocently on his way home from South By Southwest yesterday, clad in his spiffy new T-shirt promoting Comedy Central's Broad City—only doing so with the show's customary vulgarity, a la "Broad F---ing City." (www.newser.com) More...

Cessna Skylane makes emergency landing on highway

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A Cessna Skylane (N442SS) made an emergency landing after losing power on a flight from Ohio to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There were no injuries. (www.foxcarolina.com) More...

Germanwing Reportage Getting it Wrong

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The "pilot" and "copilot" thing is getting out of hand. Why can't the media understand there are two pilots in a cockpit. They've only had, what, 70 years to get it straight? This and other facets of the crash are now being discussed at Ask the Pilot... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Stabbing at New Orleans airport

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A security incident occurred at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Friday night, closing down Lousiana's largest airport. (jansaviation.com) More...

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

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Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we… (www.airbus.com) More...

Venezuela may lose another connection

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According to comments made by a European airline's leadership, Venezuela could be losing another link to the outside world. (jansaviation.com) More...

Cactus Call Sign to Go Away With New SOC Expected Next Month

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The FAA will issue American Airlines and US Airways a Single Operating Certificate (SOC) sometime early next month which will mark a significant milestone in the merger process as well as the end of the Cactus Call Sign. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Light Plane Flips in KDWH Seaplane Strip

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A pilot who "crashed" in the seaplane landing strip at Houston Hooks airport was uninjured, and was able to "swim to safety". (abc13.com) More...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) More...

Boeing donates ZA002 787-8 Dreamliner to Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson AZ USA

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The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection. (www.pimaair.org) More...

Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec Celebrate China's First Commercial Flight with Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

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BEIJING, March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA], Hainan Airlines and Sinopec today celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane's… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Dassault Falcon 7X Climbs To 49,000 Feet To View Solar Eclipse

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A trio of Dassault Falcon 7X executive jets, packed with observation equipment, journeyed to the North Atlantic at nearly 50,000 feet in order to chase a rare chance to see the black sun. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Norwegian changes cockpit procedures

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Norwegian has decided to change its cockpit procedures so that two crew members always are present in the cockpit. (www.mynewsdesk.com) More...

Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus Jet, French Prosecutor Says

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PARIS — The chief Marseille prosecutor handling the investigation into the crash of a Germanwings jetliner said on Thursday that evidence from the cockpit voice recorder indicated that the co-pilot had deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into its fatal descent. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Active Sidesticks: A New Way to Fly

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Pilots flying the upcoming Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets will control their planes with an advanced version of the ubiquitous side-stick. Very interesting thoughts and a look at fly-by-wire. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Frontier Airlines complaints soar amid tech changes; outsourcing begins

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A rash of complaints by Frontier Airlines passengers has led the Better Business Bureau to examine the Denver-based carrier's A+ customer-service ranking. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Boeing's plans to bid for the new Air Force trainer contract

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Boeing is teaming with Saab, the Swedish maker of the Gripen fighter jet, to bid for the contract to build the T-38’s successor, nicknamed the T-X. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) More...

1937 Lockheed 10A 'Electra' Restoration

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A four-year restoration project of a 1937 Lockheed 10A “Electra” is nearly complete. The aircraft is a sister to the Lockheed Model 10 Electra flown by Amelia Earhart in 1937 when she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. (aviationweek.com) More...

Alps Crash Site 'Freakishly Close' to 1953 Disaster

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As investigators head to the remote site in the French Alps where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed yesterday, aviation experts are remembering an air disaster that happened in what the International Business Times calls a "freakishly close" location near the village of Barcelonnette. (www.newser.com) More...

Boeing 757 EcoDemo Focuses On Laminar And Active Flow

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Test flights are getting underway of a Boeing 757 with an actively blown vertical tail and new wing-leading-edge sections, which could pave the way for the wider use of natural laminar and active flow control technology in future airliner designs. (aviationweek.com) More...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Sacramento Airport to Build On-site Solar Farm

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Saddled with over a billion dollars of debt stemming from construction of the new Terminal B and concourse building, Sacramento International Airport raised airport use fees, making it one of the most expensive places in the country for airlines to do business. They now hope to reduce those fees by building two solar farms on airport grounds to reduce energy costs and lower those fees. (www.sacbee.com) More...

Messerschmitt Bf-109 that was found in a Russian lake & recovered by Jim Pearce

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This aircraft was built in 1939 and known to have flown in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. In early 1942 it was delivered to the Eastern Front by Arthur Mendl whereupon it was flown by the highly decorated German Pilot Wulf-Dietrich Widowitz (36 victories). On April 4th of 1942 Widowitz was shot down by a Soviet lend-lease (rather, in reality “lend-keep”) Hurricane whilst on an escort mission. Hits to his engine were observed followed by a forced, near perfect, wheels-up landing… (www.warhistoryonline.com) More...

Hainan Airlines is looking to buy 30 787-9 Dreamliners

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Rumor is they would be the slots given up by United in its also-rumored slot swap to buy 777-300ERs in place of the Dreamliners (www.wsj.com) More...

FAA: American Airlines to Obtain Single Operating Certificate on April 8

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American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in February 2013, is continuing to make progress as it attempts to combine the two carriers into the world’s largest airline. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

DIA20: New hotel will give Denver airport a gathering place and venue for events

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It rises out of the ground on the south side of the Denver International Airport terminal, shaped like a bird flapping its wings and reflecting the mountain-like profile of the terminal for passersby to see. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

The Bombardier Challenger, CRJ, & Global Express

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Great write up on the development of these great Aircraft and the connection to Bill Lear (www.airvectors.net) More...

Restored Doc B29 Emerges on 70th Anniversary

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It looks like Fifi, the only known B-29 to maintain airworthy status, will soon have some welcome company in the skies. After several decades, the efforts to bring the B-29 bomber named Doc from its dormancy in the Mojave Desert to back into the skies has taken one giant step in the right direction. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

The HondaJet's Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight

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Honda Aircraft recently debuted their first production HondaJet, and the over-the-wing aircraft design is anticipated to revolutionize the light jet market. The engines are also new and so is the company created specifically to build them. Honda Aero is the first new company approved to build jet engines in 23 years. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Small plane goes down in Inverness Florida

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Bonanza crashes in back yard of residence. Pilot suffers minor injuries. (www.baynews9.com) More...

Germanwings co-pilot had medical note for day of crash, hid illness, officials say

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The Germanwings co-pilot accused of intentionally setting a plane on a fatal descent in the French Alps had an illness that he kept secret from his employer, German prosecutors said Friday. (www.cnn.com) More...

KC-46 tanker likely will miss planned April first flight

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The first Boeing KC-46A configured as an aerial refueling tanker will likely miss its planned April first flight because of issues with integration of military-specific components and systems, service officials say. Engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft number one flew for the first time in late 2014, but was not equipped with systems required to test the aircraft’s refueling capability. EMD-2, the first fully outfitted KC-46A, was scheduled to take flight in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Helicopter pilot dies in crash into Orlando home

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A pilot was killed in a helicopter crash near downtown Orlando on Sunday. Orlando Fire Department Assistant Chief Hezedean Smith said the helicopter hit a two-story garage apartment at Alameda Drive near Edgewater Drive about 2:15 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter that crashed was a Robinson R44. The origin and destination of the helicopter's flight and the pilot's identity were not immediately released. (www.wesh.com) More...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Delta Air Lines to serve as national sponsor Medal of Honor Foundation

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Delta Air Lines steps it up a to support our heroes. (news.delta.com) More...

Emergency Airworthiness Directive was issued prior to GWI 9525 Crash

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The European Aviation Safety Agency recently published an airworthiness directive (AD) for the flight manuals of the Airbus A320, A330 and A340 series to address an undesirable nose-down movement that could occur should an angle-of-attack (AOA) probe on the aircraft become blocked that could relate to the recent crash of Germanwings flight 9525. (rgl.faa.gov) More...

LAX. IAD. ARN. WTF? The strange stories behind airports’ three-letter abbreviations.

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When booking flights online, knowing your local airport’s code can come in handy. There’s 3,000 miles’ difference between BUR (Burbank, California) and BTV (Burlington, Vermont). And you probably don’t want to end up in Venezuela just in time for Oktoberfest (Munich’s code is MUC, not MUN). (www.slate.com) More...

Pilot does Wheele on take of from South Carolina Highway

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - After making an emergency landing Thursday night, a plane took-off from a highway in South Carolina Friday afternoon, much to the delight of onlookers. The pilot of the single-engine plane made an emergency landing on the highway Thursday night after the engine stopped. On Friday, the plane was towed back on to the highway and cars were cleared-off the road in preparation for the take-off. (www.wyff4.com) More...

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