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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

NextGen Santa Cleared by FAA for Around the World Flight

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Yes, Virginia, you and the rest of the world's boys and girls can rest easy; thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration and NextGen, there will be a transglobal Santa flight this year! (www.transportation.gov) 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...

Video: Qatar A350 XWB first delivery

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Video of Qatar Airways A350 XWB maiden induction ceremony (www.aviationanalysis.net) 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...

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...

This Boeing funded hybrid-electric airplane is the first to charge its own batteries

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An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine – the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight – has been successfully tested in the UK, an important early step towards cleaner, more efficient air travel. (planelopnik.com) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

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PARIS • Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. (www.stltoday.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

(Video) How An Airplane Is Made

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A video from the MinutePhysics YouTube Channel basically going through all the steps and processes it takes to make a commercial airliner. (www.youtube.com) More...

Miami: We Have 100 Air Carriers

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With the arrival of the first Frontier Airlines flight from Denver during the wee hours of Saturday morning, Miami International Airport became the only U.S. airport to offer passenger and cargo service on 100 different carriers. (airwaysnews.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...

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...

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...

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...

Gulfstream 650ER

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

777X to feature more Rockwell Collins avionics

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Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide its next-generation, large-format flight displays, integrated surveillance system and select flight control systems as standard equipment on the Boeing 777X. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...