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Boeing reports new cost increases on 787 programme

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Reaching an ever-elusive breakeven point on Boeing’s 787 programme slid still further from the company’s grasp in an otherwise profitable fourth quarter and 2014 overall. At the beginning of last year, Boeing chief executive and chairman Jim McNerney projected that deferred production costs would peak at around $25 billion by the end of 2014, signaling the programme’s break-even point on a unit basis. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas trials virtual reality headsets in Airbus A380

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Qantas will trial Samsung virtual reality headsets in selected A380 first class cabins and first class lounges from mid-February... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Skymark Files for Bankruptcy After Failed Airbus A380 Deal

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Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan’s third-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection after running short of cash, highlighting the failure of growth plans that climaxed in the ill-fated purchase of six Airbus Group NV A380 superjumbos. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Avgas fuel price review: Will prices go down in 2015?

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Avgas is a big component in the cost of flying. And as much as we hate the cost, it’s a fact of life for us pilots. For this report, I’ve collected data from various sources to try and predict what we will see in 2015 in terms of retail prices for 100LL. This is a personal analysis and shouldn’t be considered fact – unless of course it happens. Safe Flying! (www.midwesternpilot.org) More...

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

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The U.S. Air Force plans to announce on Wednesday that it has decided to use Boeing Co's (BA.N) commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft... (www.reuters.com) More...

B-52 Cockpit Footage Aerial Refueling & Landing

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Cockpit footage from a B-52 during a military training exercise. War Week is an exercise which incorporates aerial refueling, weapons tactics and high altitude maneuvering. (youtu.be) More...

DJI no longer lets you fly its drones in Washington, DC

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DJI really, really doesn't want to see its drones in the news for the wrong reasons. Just a day after the world learned that one of its robotic vehicles crash-landed at the White House, the company is pushing out a "mandatory" firmware update for its Phantom 2 drones that prevents you from flying anywhere within a 15.5-mile radius of downtown Washington, DC. (www.engadget.com) More...

Emirates Announces Two New A380 Destinations in Europe: Dusseldorf and Madrid

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DUBAI, U.A.E., 28th January 2015: Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, announced today the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travellers alike. (www.theemiratesgroup.com) More...

Bombardier Learjet 85: Window of Opportunity Slams Shut

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In mid-January, Bombardier announced a “pause” for an “indeterminate period” in the Learjet 85 program, interpreted by some market analysts as permanently shelving the project. In light of Montreal’s taking a pre-tax special $1.4 billion write down that represents nearly 90 percent of development costs, as well as announcing a cut of 1,000 jobs at company facilities in Wichita, Kan., and Queretaro, Mexico, it appears the most ambitious Lear model ever is lapsing into a deep coma. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing Rides Commercial Strength to 19% Net Profit Increase in 2014

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Boeing, boosted by a banner year for its Commercial Airplanes unit, reported 2014 net income of $5.45 billion, up 19% over a 2013 net profit of $4.59 billion. The company delivered a record 723 commercial aircraft in 2014, up 12% year-over-year, and projected Wednesday that it will deliver 750-755 commercial aircraft in 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Japan Airlines Firms Order For 32 MRJs

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has finalized an order for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJs), which will replace some of its regional fleet from 2021. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus to unveil new X4 helicopter at Heli-Expo 2015

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Airbus Helicopters revealed that its next-generation X4 medium class twin-engined rotorcraft will be unveiled at the 2015 Heli-Expo trade show in Orlando on March 3. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Shortage of pilots felt as ‘doctor copters’ take off

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The number of flights undertaken by “doctor helicopters” in fiscal 2013 hit a record of more than 20,000, according to the Japanese Society for Aeromedical Services. (the-japan-news.com) More...

Oklahoma MU-2B Accident – A Mishandled Engine Out

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N856JT, a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25, crashed into wooded terrain near Owasso, Oklahoma, on Nov. 10, 2013, about 1546 CST. The 51-year-old commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, was killed and the airplane was destroyed. (aviationweek.com) More...

Alaska Airlines: We Don't Want To Pay For New Sea-Tac Facility That Helps Delta

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Alaska Air Group doesn't want to pay most of the costs of a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport international terminal expansion, which will primarily benefit its chief competitor. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Airlines halt flights to Baghdad after gunfire hits plane

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Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital. (m.apnews.com) More...

News media coalition to test News Drones at FAA test site

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A coalition of 10 news media companies is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Virginia Tech for the testing of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to gather news. (www.hklaw.com) More...

Onboard the First Boeing 747 Inaugural: A First-Person Account of the Historic Flight

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Aviation executive Thomas Lee shares his experience as a 17-year-old aboard the first-ever commercial flight of the Boeing 747 back in 1970, flown by Pan Am 45 years ago. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Low Fuel Prices Not Shifting U.S. Majors’ Fleet, Capacity Plans

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Executives at Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines used their 2014-earnings releases to reiterate that while low fuel prices are changing balance sheets, big-picture strategy—notably fleet planning and capacity—remains largely unaffected (aviationweek.com) More...

Airlines Work To Tackle Heathrow Noise Pressures

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As well as being one of the most capacity-constrained airports in the world, London’s Heathrow Airport is also having to face up to the reality that it has to become a quieter neighbor. (aviationweek.com) More...

IAG Reveals First Details of Its Aer Lingus Plan

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Aer Lingus would keep its brand and rejoin oneworld if International Airlines Group (IAG) succeeds in acquiring the Irish carrier. (atwonline.com) More...

Delta Apologizes After Breast-Pump Kerfuffle

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When nursing mother Lauren Modeen tried to board a Delta flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis on a business trip last week, she was told she'd first have to consolidate her luggage—a purse, a cooler to carry breast milk, and a standard carry-on that included her pump. Modeen protested that her carry-on contained a medical device, which much like strollers Delta doesn't count against its carry-on allowance. (www.newser.com) More...

Cops: Flier Drowned Puppy She Couldn't Bring on Plane

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There are awful stories and then there are awful stories. Brace yourself for the latter. Nebraska police say a Florida woman who wasn't permitted to board a flight with a puppy not yet two weeks old may have drowned the animal in a bathroom at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. (www.newser.com) More...

Aer Lingus would join Oneworld and Atlantic pact

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IAG would retain Aer Lingus’s brand and have the Irish airline enter the Oneworld alliance and its transatlantic joint venture if its latest takeover bid succeeds. It disclosed further details of its intentions as Aer Lingus indicated that it was prepared to accept the financial terms of the bid. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Aerolineas Argentinas B737 near Buenos Aries cabin pressure

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An Aerolineas Boeing 737-700 with registration LV-CBG with flight number AR1855 from Ushuala to Buenos Aries, was en route at FL390 when the crew initiated an emergency decent to FL100 due to loss of cabin pressure (www.aeroinside.com) More...

1 dead, 2 injured in Clark County plane crash

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FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the single-engine Cessna 182 went down in Clark County near Owen about mid-morning Monday. (www.wisn.com) More...

Hartzell, Red Bull Air Race World Championship Partner for 2015

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Hartzell Propeller Inc. will become the propeller technical partner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series for the second consecutive year in 2015. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Army to replace reconnaissance equipment aboard Dash 7/8 aircraft

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The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., intends to solicit and award a contract for a period of five years for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low - Enhanced (ARL-E) system. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Small plane crash reported in Hood Canal, Washington state

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Coast Guard crews and local responders are searching for survivors of a small plane that reportedly crashed into the Hood Canal near Seabeck, Wash., on Monday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.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...

Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked by Group Calling Itself ‘Cyber Caliphate’

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Malaysia Airlines had its website hacked by a group that appeared to be trying to settle a score with a U.S. videogame company. (www.wsj.com) More...

Turkish Airlines In Talks For Around 10 Airbus A380 Jetliners - Sources

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Turkish Airlines is in negotiations to obtain 10 or more Airbus A380 jets in a deal potentially worth $4 billion based on a direct purchase at catalogue prices, two people familiar with the matter said. (www.reuters.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...

Bombardier begin CS300 engine run

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Bombardier confirmed that the first CS300 aircraft commenced stationary engine runs in Mirabel, Canada –as a part pre-flight tests ahead of aircraft’s first flight in the coming weeks. (www.aviationanalysis.net) 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...

Secret Service investigating small drone on White House grounds

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Washington (CNN)The U.S. Secret Service is investigating after a drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning. The Secret Service locked down the White House shortly after 3 a.m. after an officer on the south grounds of the White House spotted the drone, described as a two-foot wide "quad copter," flying above the White House grounds before crashing on the southeast side of the complex. The officer saw the drone flying at a very low altitude. (www.cnn.com) More...

Video: Another single engine plane ditched near Hawaii

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The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued all four passengers aboard a second single engine aircraft that ran out of fuel and ditched approximately 11 miles west of Oahu, Sunday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.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...

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...

(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...

Aer Lingus Mulls IAG’s Third Takeover Attempt

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Aer Lingus’ board is considering a third takeover proposal from International Airlines Group (IAG), which has increased its potential bid to €2.55 ($2.86) per share, 10.9% higher than its original proposal. (atwonline.com) More...

'Security Concern' Causes 2 Flight Evacuations, 1 Diverted

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Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern." (abcnews.go.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...

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...

IAF upgrading old Hercules planes to bring them up to date

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Aircraft made by US defense giant Lockheed Martin came into service in Israel some 40 years ago, and are currently coming up to the end of their operational lifespan. (www.jpost.com) More...

Going Somewhere? Planes, Trains and Automobiles Prep for Blizzard

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A snowstorm set to cross the Northeast starting Monday is expected to drop up to 2 feet of snow in some areas, which will likely impede the commutes and travel plans of millions. (www.nbcnews.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...

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...

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...