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Yo Air Force: Don’t You Dare Kill Off Our Toughest Warplane

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THE AIR FORCE wants to kill off the A-10 Thunderbolt II. You can see why: The plane was designed to fight Russians in the Cold War. It’s old. It’s slow. It’s expensive to maintain. It’s about as sophisticated as a hammer, and it’s the weapon we’ve sent to battle ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (www.wired.com) More...

Southwest Adds Over a Dozen New Routes

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Southwest Airlines has announced over a dozen routes to begin in the winter schedule. Some are brand new, some are continuations of seasonal routes, and some are renewals of previous routes. Seven involve Florida airports. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Solar Impulse sets flight record, aims for Hawaii landing tomorrow

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Approximately 10 hours ago, André Borschberg set the record for the longest solo flight as he piloted Solar Impuse across the Pacific as part of that team's effort at circumnavigating the globe in a solar-powered craft. The previous record had been set in an around-the-world flight by Steve Fossett in a conventionally powered aircraft. (arstechnica.com) More...

Report Shows What Brought Down This Plane

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A pilot initially hailed as a hero for maneuvering to avoid buildings seconds before February's TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan accidentally turned off the aircraft's only working engine after the other lost power, Reuters reports. (www.newser.com) More...

JetBlue opens FREE rooftop lounge for passengers

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JetBlue opens outdoor rooftop lounge FREE for ticketed passengers, with seating, green spaces, and sweet plane-spotting views, children's play area, and even pet-friendly area. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

JetBlue Opens T5 Rooftop at JFK

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JetBlue Airways announced that the T5 Rooftop is now open for visitors. The wooden outdoor deck, made from sustainable materials, is accessible to all passengers at the airline’s terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport once they have cleared security. It includes a 4,046-square-foot (375-square-meter) landscaped park, seating for 50 people, a 400-square-foot (37-square-meter) area for children, and a dog walk.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

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DSC_0441 (1)The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible collusion amongst major airlines in the United States to limit the number of available seats and thereby maintain high ticket prices.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Controversy Flares Over F-35 Air Combat Report

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Aviation Weeks report about this way over cook ugly airplane. Kelly Johnson once said if it lQQks ugly it will fly ugly! Congress and the military WAY over cooked this fiasco. (aviationweek.com) More...

F18 makes emergency landing at Chicago Midway

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Problems with one of the engines forced the plane to land at MDW. No injuries reported. (www.nbcchicago.com) More...

USAF Thunderbirds capture epic flight in Telluride

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photos captured of the infamous "Thunderbirds" over Telluride would need about 1,000 synonyms for "awesome." (www.9news.com) More...

Delta's excellent customer service should inspire your IT team

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Delta's excellent customer service should inspire your IT team (www.yahoo.com) More...

Terrifying Image Shows Heroic Crew Trying To Keep Stricken Osprey Flying

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This image from the Marine Corps shows a deadly event that occurred on October 1 last year. The crew flew the Osprey in maintenance mode by accident, which greatly reduced engine power output. The harrowing story of heroics and the loss of a young Marine’s life, is a must read in this article by the San Diego Union Tribune. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Movie 'Airplane!' - 35 years later

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Nothing lightens up a cockpit like a quote from Airplane! What is your favorite quote? (www.cnn.com) More...

US Probing Possible Airline Collusion That Kept Fares High

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A letter received Tuesday by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or "the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity." (www.nytimes.com) More...

Wing Spar Fatigue Crack Prompts Piper PA-46 Bulletin

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Wing Spar Fatigue Crack Prompts Piper PA-46 Bulletin The SAIB includes the PA-46-310P, PA-46-350P, PA-46R-350T and PA-46-500TP models (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Passengers help soldier pull off surprise airport proposal

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SACRAMENTO, C.A. - Hearts were gushing at Sacramento International Airport for a soldier's homecoming ceremony – but this wasn't your typical welcome home celebration. After serving multiple deployments overseas, U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Vance decided to make one more commitment. (www.usatoday.com) More...

US Military Hypersonic Jet

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US military jet could fly five times faster than the speed of sound (news.yahoo.com) More...

UK Airport Commission Backs Heathrow for a Third Runway

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The heated competition for a new runway between London's Gatwick Airport and Heathrow changed dramatically today as a long awaited UK Airports Commission report recommends Heathrow for a new runway. (www.bbc.com) More...

Sabre Moves into Asia-Pacific with Abacus

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Travel technology company Sabre announced it had acquired and taken control of Abacus International, a major global distribution system in the Asia Pacific region. Sabre had previously owned 35% of the company. Abacus was founded by six airlines – ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Malaysian, Royal Brunei, and Singapore – and was owned by 11 Asian airlines at the time of the sale.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

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A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. (medium.com) More...

Vintage Catalina Flying Boat In Nic Cage Film Partially Sinks On Beach

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Yesterday, a gorgeous Catalina PBY named Flora-Bama that was being used as a prop for the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor began taking on water while performing touch and goes for the camera. Today, the plane sits half sunk in the surf along Gold Beach, Florida, a most peculiar sight for beach-goers. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

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The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Bomb threat reported on Saskatoon-bound WestJet flight

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Another WestJet flight — the third in the past week — has received a bomb threat. WestJet reported its Toronto to Saskatoon flight received the threat late Tuesday evening. Flight 323 landed safely at the John Diefenbaker airport in Saskatoon, WestJet reported. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Airbus wins $1.3 billion South Korean airborne tanker deal

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SEOUL, South Korea • South Korea said Tuesday that it has decided to buy four military airborne refueling tankers from European aerospace giant Airbus Defense and Space for $1.3 billion. (www.stltoday.com) More...

3 unhurt when Cessna TR 182 crashes at Rio Vista Muni O88 6/30

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The aircraft reportedly had trouble when going around after a landing attempt and ended in an irrigation ditch. Temp 94F RH 29 Wind Var 5 (aviation-safety.net) More...

F-22 from Hangar to Takeoff (Video)

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F-22 Raptor on the flight line, in a hangar, as it taxis and takes off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. (youtu.be) More...

In the making of: Vietnam Airlines’ first A350 XWB: Process

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The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines takes shape in this video clip, which highlights the delivery of components, assembly, painting and other key production steps, and concludes with the milestone widebody jetliner in flight. (youtube.com) More...

Russia's Secret Space Shuttles Have Been Sitting in Plain Sight for 22 Years

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In 1974, Russia launched its largest, most expensive project in space exploration history. The stars of the project, called the Buran program, were its space shuttles, which were built in secret from designs the Soviet secret police stole from NASA. The Soviets invested anywhere from tens of millions to billions on the project, which was terminated in 1993. The sites where the shuttles were laid to rest have since been completely abandoned. Photographer Ralph Mirebs recently visited one of these… (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Heads Roll After Pilots Let Playmate Fly a Plane

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Two pilots for Argentine carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are out of a job after they acted a little too generously with a passenger who just so happened to be a Playboy model. (www.newser.com) More...

Safety during 4th of July weekend

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reminder to all fellow pilots out there to carefully read the TFRs and NOTAMS reguarding july 3-4 firework displays in your vicinity and be vigilant to those who shoot off smaller firworks (or the bigger ones) who are not in the TFRs... I know several pilots who are taking the days off so they don't have to deal with the hassle/danger I remember in July 2007 a Northwest DC-9-30 taking off from Buffalo Niagara Intl KBUF on RWY 14/32 took a deflection off the wing of a decent sized mortar (2in… (i.ytimg.com) More...

Cobb County Ga. International Airport

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The newly renamed Cobb County International Airport located north of Atlanta, is the first user fee airport to open in Georgia. A user fee airport is one that has been approved by CBP’s commissioner to charge fees to cover the costs of CBP officers for processing aircraft, passengers and cargo entering the United States. (www.cbp.gov) More...

Airbus inks $18 bn deal to sell China 75 A330s

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Airbus inks $18 bn deal to sell China 75 A330s........................................... (news.yahoo.com) More...

'Top Gun' Sequel to Put Maverick in the Pilot's Seat Again

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If you’re feeling the need for some speed, then you’re in luck: During the Berlin press day for Terminator Genisys last week, Skydance Productions’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg provided some intel on the status of the sequel to the 1986 fighter-ace blockbuster Top Gun. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Gulfstream delivers two G450s to Flexjet

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Gulfstream delivers two G450s to Flexjet LLC on 6/24/15 (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Maiden Flight for Pilatus PC-24

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The Pilatus PC-24 mid-light business jet made its first flight at Buochs Airport, Stans, in Switzerland on May 11. (www.aviation-news.co.uk) More...

CRJ Aftermarket dwindling not yet disappearing

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Larger variants, lower fuel prices mean CRJ has life remaining (aviationweek.com) More...

Heroism from the Hip

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Airmen aboard a shot-up Mi-17 saved the lives of several Afghans—and one of their own. (www.airforcemag.com) More...

6 WestJet passengers injured after their flight was diverted to Winnipeg

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Six passengers were injured after a WestJet flight from Edmonton to Toronto was diverted to Winnipeg on Monday night due to an unspecified threat. The airline says the passengers from Flight 442 were injured during the emergency evacuation from the aircraft, which landed at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport at 8:40 pm CT Monday. (www.cbc.ca) More...

FAA Approves License for Houston Spaceport

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The Houston Spaceport will be the 10th licensed commercial spaceport location in the nation. (www.khou.com) More...

Lack of training contributed to 2014 seaplane accident in Canada

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada on Tuesday released its investigation report into the loss of control and subsequent collision with water and fatality involving a Cessna 185E at Taylor Lake, Ontario, Canada. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Farm Waste and Animal Fats to Power United Jet

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Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats. (www.nytimes.com) More...

DIA adding 2 flights to a neighboring state

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Boutique Air will launch year-round flights from Denver to two Nebraska cities in July. The airline is taking over routes previously served by Great Lakes Airlines, Denver International Airport officials said. Daily or twice-daily flights to Alliance will begin on July 1 and twice- or thrice-daily flights to Chadron will launch on July 15. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Boeing, Embraer collaborate to test environment-focused aviation technologies

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U.S.-based Boeing and Brazil's Embraer S.A. announced Tuesday that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

6 yr old starts up EC145 at Mankato (KMKT)Air Show

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Freak happening, when a 6 year old child managed to start up an EC145 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (www.startribune.com) More...

New airborne target tracking system tested aboard F-16

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Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod recently completed its first flight test, successfully tracking multiple airborne targets while flying on an F-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

PICTURES: Vietnam Airlines receives first A350

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Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on 30 June, becoming the second operator of the type. The carrier plans to first deploy the aircraft on the key Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route, before moving to international services such as Hanoi-Paris, says Airbus. The aircraft is configured with 305 seats across three classes, with 29 business, 45 premium-economy and 231 economy seats. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

United Airlines Invests in Aviation Biofuel Company

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United Airlines announced it was taking a stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy, an aviation biofuel company. The Chicago-based carrier said it will make a $30 million equity investment in Fulcrum. This will be “the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels,” the company said in a statement.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

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