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Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

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Cathay Pacific announced it will fly its last Boeing 747 passenger flight to the United States on August 31. The airline currently uses the 747-400 to operate its second of two daily San Francisco-Hong Kong flights.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

2 injured in plane crash near Granby , Colorado

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Two were hurt when their small plane crashed near the Ganby Airport Friday afternoon. The Grand County Dispatch received a call about the crash at 12:40 p.m. The sheriff's office says the 2006 Cirrus was headed to Granby from Nevada when the accident happened. During a landing approach the pilot decided to make a fly around. During that fly around the airplane stalled and it crashed near the runway at the Granby Airport. (www.9news.com) More...

Google unveils UAV parcel delivery concept

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Google is continuing its journey into the world of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), as it introduces a parcel-delivery UAV prototype developed under its two-year Project Wing effort. The technology company is developing the concept through its Google X research division, and the announcement follows on from the company’s April 2014 acquisition of Titan Aerospace – a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) solar-powered UAV manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

EAA AirVenture 2014

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Couldn't make it to AirVenture this year? No problem. Flying was on site, bringing all the breaking show news to you. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Confirmed - Small fissure eruption on Holuhraun lava field in Iceland (local impact only)

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"Lava is flowing from the fissure in several places, lava fountains are thought to be small and explosive activity is minimal." "The eruption is presently not thought to constitute immediate danger. The Civil Protection Agency has however extended road restrictions around the area, anticipating an increased flow of traffic because of the eruption." (www.ruv.is) More...

Pilot fatally injured in F-15 crash

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Officials confirmed Thursday the pilot of a F-15C Eagle was fatally injured when his jet crashed near Deerfield Valley, Va., on Wednesday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Pilots Aim to Land in 49 State Capitals in Two Weeks

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Two general aviation pilots announced plans this week to fly a private GA airplane to all state capitals in the lower 48 United States and Alaska in just two weeks to raise public awareness about how important smaller, municipal airports are. The Capital Air Tour journey will cover 12,000 miles with stops at 57 airports. The flight will be flown by Field Morey, EAA 1151584, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell, Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings &… (www.eaa.org) More...

UNR students head for battle of the drones

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University of Nevada students are using their knowledge of drones to find new ways to take a payload from a rocket to a specified place on earth. (www.rgj.com) More...

Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark

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A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. The decision comes three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards. (www.af.mil) More...

Flying Is... A Thousand Different Dreams

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Flying has launched a major initiative to share with the world just how cool it is to be a pilot. Watch these amazing videos, sponsored by Garmin, of pilots sharing their passions and help get the word out about how amazing it is to fly. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Warbirds: The Planes of D-Day

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The 70-year anniversary of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe at Normandy Beach in France that we celebrated this year is a special one, as it is a solemn recognition of the incalculable contribution of a legion of fighters, the survivors of whom are now at least in their late 80s, most well into their 90s. All too soon the memory of that epic invasion, the climactic battle of World War II, will be the stuff of history only and not memory. So it is fitting that we mark this event. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Experimental P-51 Mustang Crash Results in Fatality

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An amateur built Loehle 5151 Mustang, designed as a miniature version of the highly popular North American P-51, crashed in Chehalis, Washington, on Tuesday. The pilot, who was the only occupant of the single-seat airplane, died in the crash. The airplane had just departed from the Chehalis-Centralia airport and crashed in a parking lot. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Google Eyeing Spruce Goose Hangar for New Offices

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Google is reportedly searching for new, much larger office space in the Los Angeles area, and rumor has it that a leading choice is the old Hughes Aircraft hangar where the Spruce Goose was housed. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Ride-Sharing Site Flytenow Will Take FAA To Court

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In the wake of an FAA ruling prohibiting the exchange of money through airplane ride-sharing websites, startup Flytenow has tweaked its business model to make all online flight arrangements free. In the meantime, the company plans to challenge the FAA's interpretation of the regulations in a Washington, D.C., district court. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) More...

Frontier Airlines to get new look with new livery

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Frontier Airlines’ planes are getting a new look — or so it seems. A plain, white toy airplane arrived at my desk Wednesday morning from the Denver-based carrier. Every bit of color was removed except for a little green near the engines and a red question mark on the tail — the place typically reserved for one of Frontier’s endearing animals. (blogs.denverpost.com) More...

Aegean Airlines adds two additional aircraft to its previous A320ceo order

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Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two additional A320ceo aircraft, adding to a previous order for five A320s aircraft placed in September 2007. All aircraft will be equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines. The aircraft will also be the first A320s in Aegean’s fleet to feature the enhanced take-off weight capability of up to 78 tonnes, thus enabling the carrier to expand its route… (www.airbus.com) More...

See Images of Airplanes at Night Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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This summer, photographer Kevin Kunstadt began making long exposures of airplanes as they flew over the New York City area at night, creating these surreal and eerily beautiful images. (time.com) More...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

PICTURES: Bombardier delivers first high density Q400 to Nok

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Bombardier has delivered its first 86-seat Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to launch customer Nok Air. This is part of the Thai low-cost carrier’s order in November 2013 for up to eight Q400 turboprops. Nok now has firm orders for six Q400s, with purchase rights for two additional aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) More...

Qantas delays delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Qantas has once again pushed back on its options and orders for the Boeing 787-9, with first aircraft now set to arrive in 2017 – should Qantas' international arm land back in profit... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airline loses wheelchair-using granny for 11 hours

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A family is fuming mad after an airline employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her. Southwest gave her $200 in travel vouchers after she missed all her flights. (www.freep.com) More...

First unmanned aircraft take-off/landing aboard Coast Guard icebreaker

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U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers successfully landed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Healy Monday, marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Drug Smuggling Ring uncovered at Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport. According to the indictment, the drugs were given to a US Airways employee working at McCarran. The employee would then bypass security, then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. (www.8newsnow.com) More...

Why We’re Not Driving the Friendly Skies

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A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams..... (www.nytimes.com) More...

Government Backs Huge Loan for Next-Generation Russian Passenger Plane

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Government subsidies for commercial aircraft development have been a sore point between the US and Europe (i.e., Boeing and Airbus) for decades. Although the US and Europe went through years of international disputes at the World Trade Organization on behalf of Boeing and Airbus, with adverse decisions now under appeal by both sides, and even though Canada and Brazil previously won cases over illegal subsidies to Embraer and Bombardier, nothing has come of the decisions–and nothing has been done… (www.themoscowtimes.com) More...

Private or Commercial, the risk?

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I was recently reading through the difference in safety between Commercial and Private flying and was interested as to why there seems to be a far greater risk of flying privately. One quote taken from the article that I was surprised at is the following: “Statistics from the N.T.S.B show that general aviation aircraft average nearly seven accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared with an average of 0.16 accidents per 100,000 hours for commercial airlines” I'm interested in hearing your… (www.nytimes.com) More...

F-15 fighter jet crashes in Virginia forest

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An F-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday in Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, an Air Force spokesperson said. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) More...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Honeywell, Rockwell Collins roll out advanced (3-D) cockpit radar

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For airlines, better radar can help planes weave safely through and around weather systems. It can enhance safety and save money by reducing weather delays. And for passengers, improved weather radar can reduce the midair bumps, jolts and plunges that come inside and on the periphery of storms. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) More...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Mayor on Frontier suspending Sioux City flights: 'Unacceptable'

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Frontier Airlines jilts Sioux City, Iowa for the second time, third time if you count original Frontier Airlines dumping the route back in the 1980's (siouxcityjournal.com) More...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) More...

The Ten best Fictional Aircraft

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A lot of thought has gone into the fictional aircraft that have appeared in books, films and TV shows. This is a tribute to the clever and imaginative people who have put their aviation know-how to use in producing flying ‘stars’. These aircraft are characters in their own right, and have entered the consciousness of millions. (hushkit.wordpress.com) More...

United Nations Helicopter Crash in South Sudan Kills Three

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"A United Nations cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan, killing three crew members, the mission there said. The helicopter was on a "routine cargo flight" Tuesday from the town of Wau to Bentiu, the U.N. said. The mission lost contact with the craft about 2:30 p.m. local time. The U.N. said it would begin an investigation as soon as possible." (online.wsj.com) More...