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White House proposes to privatize Air Traffic Control

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President Donald Trump is proposing to shift oversight of the United States Air Traffic Control from the federal government to an independent group, according to budget documents released on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (www.reuters.com) More...

Singapore-based BOC Aviation orders six Airbus jets for US$1.05b

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Singapore-based aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said today it has ordered six new Airbus planes worth around US$1.05 billion (RM4.5 billion). The order comprises four planes from the A320 NEO family and two Airbus A330-900 aircraft, the leasing company said in a statement. “All six Airbus aircraft have been committed for lease to Portugal’s flag-carrier TAP Portugal and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020,” BOC said in a statement. - See more at:… (www.themalaymailonline.com) More...

Aircraft Donations - Double Benefit

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History The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Could Have Been Replaced by This Strange Looking Plane the X32

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The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served up the X-32; Lockheed the X-35. (nationalinterest.org) More...

History YF-23: The Almost Forgotten Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22 Raptor

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The F-23 included some characteristics that may eventually find themselves in a sixth generation fighter, or perhaps in the Air Force’s “deep interceptor” intended to support B-21 Raiders on the way to their targets. For example, the V-tail aspect has been mentioned in some of the early conceptualization for a next generation fighter. And Boeing will undoubtedly hearken back to its experience with the F-23 when thinking about its next fighter. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

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The proposed ordinance states: "No employee of the City of Chicago shall aid airline personnel in the removal of a passenger from an airplane at any public airport owned or operated by the city or from entering an aircraft unless a crime was committed, or in the case of a medical emergency." It now heads to the full City Council, which is set to meet Wednesday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

These 7 planes are trying to end Airbus and Boeing's dominance in the skies

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Interesting wrap up of all new plane types/ companies coming out. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

FAA: Airlines must remove unsafe seats from some regional planes

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At issue are the "Slim" or "Slimplus" seats made by Zodiac Seats California LLC. The seats are on planes such as Boeing’s 717-200 and MD-90-30 aircraft, Bombardier’s CRJ700, CRJ900 and Q400 aircraft, and Embraer’s E170 and E190 planes. Videos reviewed by the FAA and Brazil’s civil aviation organization found that in a collision, a passenger might slide down the seat with the chin to hit the tray table on the seat ahead in a way that seriously injures the neck. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing and Bombardier Face Off Over Delta CSeries Order

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Boeing claims that the deal between Bombardier and Delta Air Lines for 75 CSeries jets (with 50 additional purchase options) puts the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and Boeing itself, at risk. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Chooses X-37 Builder Boeing to Craft a Revolutionary Space Plane

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DARPA and Boeing plan "to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space," the military research and development organization said in a press release. "The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today – launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit." (www.thedrive.com) More...

Incident: Europa B787 near Miami on May 24th 2017, windshield cracked after lightning strike

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An Air Europa Boeing 787-800, registration EC-MOM performing flight UX-98 from Miami,FL (USA) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 178 people on board, was climbing out of Miami's runway 27 when the aircraft was struck by lightning. In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the climb and was enroute at FL330 about 190nm eastnortheast of Miami when the crew decided to turn around and return to Miami (avherald.com) More...

Bombardier-Delta deal can put Boeing out of business, company claims

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Boeing says its very future, and that of US aerospace industry, is at risk if Bombardier’s deal with Delta Air Lines for 75 CS100s and 50 options is not fined for price dumping. That’s the claim company officials made in testimony before the US International Trade Commission May 18. (leehamnews.com) More...

NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash

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NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) More...

Skydiving Plane Clips Gas Tanker Before Crash Landing In Perris, California

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PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — A dirt devil and powerful winds were blamed for bringing down a skydiving plane in Riverside County. The two passengers walked away from the plane, which had clipped a nearby gas tanker and landed nose down at Perris Valley Airport. The aircraft was just returning from a drop when the collision happened, but the pilot and the pilot in training were not injured by the crash. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Blue Angels: Smyrna memorial to honor fallen pilot

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The town of Smyrna, TN unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial dedicated to the Blue Angels pilot whose plane crashed June 2, 2016, during a practice run for the Great Tennessee Air Show. "The Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial will celebrate the life and career of an American hero,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, who teared up as she recalled the day his plane went down. "It's been the culmination of months of hard work." (www.dnj.com) More...

The Importance of Proper Flight Planning for Positioning Flights

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I think more flight departments should place added attention to the positioning flights of their aircraft by creating a positioning flight safety program into their training schedule that incorporates, as many as possible, of these normal and unforeseen variables and scenarios. (www.airstreamjets.com) More...

JF Service to provide MRO for Embraer business jets

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Russian MRO provider JF Service has become an official service center for Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 450 and 500 business jets. This comes as part of a larger effort by the Brazilian manufacturer to expand its customer service base in Europe, first announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. (www.rusaviainsider.com) More...

Embraer Actively Seeking Firm KC-390 MRTT Sales From Partners

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Brazilian aviation giant Embraer has been seeking a firm overseas sale for its KC-390 multi-role tanker and transport (MRTT). Embraer had hoped to convince the Swedish Air Force to select the KC-390 for supplanting its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. However, Sweden opted to keep its C-130Hs in service until the early 2030s, effectively pushing the prospect of a transport aircraft purchase into the 2020s. For the time being, Sweden does not think it is cost-effective to… (quwa.org) More...

'jihad' wifi halts flight

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Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal wifi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’ The worrying wifi name was seen on a Thomson plane due to depart from Cancun to Gatwick After security officials failed to find the culprit, the flight from Cancun to Gatwick was cancelled (www.airlive.net) More...

Air Europa Flight 98 Returns to Miami

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Air Europa 98 returned to Miami last night after the windshield was smashed for an unreported reason. (www.local10.com) More...

Etihad celebrates delivery of its 10th Airbus A380

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While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience. Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. (gulfnews.com) More...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

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New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Winnipeg on May 16th 2017, runway excursion on landing

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-FWSO performing flight WS-230 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 95 people on board, landed on Winnipeg's runway 13 at 08:41L (13:41Z), while attempting to turn onto taxiway C the right main gear left the paved surface of the runway and struck a taxiway light (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings opens Palma de Mallorca base

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings opened a base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May 24, and will launch its first Airbus A320 flight May 25 to Bremen, Germany. The carrier bases four A320s at Palma and has plans to operate to 23 destinations. (atwonline.com) More...

India’s Vistara receives its first A320neo

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Airbus has delivered the first A320neo to Vistara, a Delhi based full service airline and joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd. and Singapore Airlines (SIA). (www.tradearabia.com) More...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) More...

Behind-the-scenes look at JFK Airport Customs and Border Protection

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On a busy day, 58,000 passengers come through the international arrivals terminal at JFK Airport and step up to the front line of defense against threats to this country. (abc7ny.com) More...

Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space plane

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A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that it's partnering with Boeing to build its next generation hypersonic space plane. Specifically, the aircraft manufacturer has been tapped to complete advanced design work on the XS-1 project, following up on the concept Boeing pitched to the agency… (www.engadget.com) More...

A pilot makes an emergency landing at Sugar Grove airport

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A pilot makes an emergency landing at Sugar Grove airport near Aurora and slides the plane to a halt. Chopper 2 was there. (www.facebook.com) More...

Air Force gives new life to the A-10 Warthog

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President Donald Trump's first full budget, which was released on Tuesday, outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts -- commonly known by their nickname the "Warthog" -- along with "Dragon Lady" U-2 spy aircraft despite previous plans to replace both aging platforms in coming years. (www.cnn.com) More...

Phantom Express will disrupt the satellite launch process

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U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Boeing are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development. (airguideonline.com) More...

Airlines start brewing their own beer

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Cathay Pacific introduced a handcrafted bottled beer that was specifically designed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Betsy Beer, named for the airline’s first aircraft, joined the Cathay Pacific team last month and will be served on business- and first-class flights between Hong Kong and destinations in the UK through April 30. (airguideonline.com) More...

Star Alliance launches 20th anniversary mileage competition

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To celebrate 20 years of connecting people and cultures, Star Alliance and its 28 member carriers announced the launch of a worldwide competition whereby customers can share their favourite cultural experiences with other travellers for a chance to win a million frequent flyer miles* from their selected Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP). (airguideonline.com) More...

How laptop ban could threaten your safety and data

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Passengers flying to the U.S. from Europe may soon have to check their laptops before boarding. For the past several days, frequent travelers have been dreading something far worse than being stuck in a middle seat: having to check their laptops and tablets before flying home from Europe. That’s the fear invoked by news reports that the Department of Homeland Security will expand its current ban on large electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. from the initial 10 airports across… (airguidebusiness.com) More...

Bombardier Flies Green to EBACE

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Bombardier Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets on show at Static SD15 were flown here using biofuels supplied by AEG Fuels. The fuel was produced by AltAir Fuels, which starts with used cooking oils, and supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG to the KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, where the business jets were fueled for their flights to Geneva. (aviationweek.com) More...

First Delta A350XWB Takes Flight

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Hamburg becomes launch customer for Embraer Legacy 650E

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Embraer announced that Germany-based charter operator Air Hamburg is the launch customer for the new Legacy 650E. Air Hamburg will expand its Embraer business jet fleet with an additional order for three new Legacy 650E. The contract has a value of USD 77.7 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in the Company’s 2017 second-quarter backlog. The aircraft fleet delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. The agreement was announced on the opening day of the 17th… (www.traveldailynews.com) More...

Airbus might have found a way to reverse Howard’s uncomfortable legacy

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Ever since John Howard decided that the PM’s then-brand new Boeing BBJ VIP jets in 2002 had to be as uncomfortable as possible, there have been press gallery reporters, and perhaps political successors, pining for a less agonising way of covering long-distance trips. Airbus has just rekindled those dreams by releasing details of a VIP version of its high-tech remake of its wide-body A330 capable of taking a select prime ministerial party non-stop from Canberra to London, or Washington DC, or… (www.crikey.com.au) More...

Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians

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Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation… (arstechnica.com) More...

UAL1579 evacuated on tarmac at KEWR with engine fire

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Engine fire spotted by EWR tower who notified crew. Evacuation commenced. (www.cnn.com) More...

Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Delta Adds More Healthy Snacks To Its Menu

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Delta Air Lines is adding to its snack menu. The Atlanta-based carrier said Monday that it is introducing more healthy snack choices with three additions starting in June: Squirrel Brand almonds, Pretzel Perfection Olive Oil & Sea Salt Pretzels and KIND Healthy Grains Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut bars. This is in addition to the airline’s signature Biscoff cookies. All three snacks are gluten-free, and none were chosen arbitrarily. Using a mix of new technology and old-fashioned… (www.travelpulse.com) More...

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent. Risks of loss of selling military planes to Canada

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Two words underpin Boeing's (BA.N) decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier (BBDb.TO), which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: "Never again". Still, Boeing faces a headache over what to do about lost fighter sales if Canada makes good on a threat to drop a deal for F/A-18 warplanes in retaliation for Boeing's trade claim. With Boeing's future fighter production in jeopardy as sales run dry, Boeing is anxious to keep its presence in that business long… (www.reuters.com) More...

China, Russia set up wide-body jet firm in new challenge to Boeing, Airbus

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China and Russia on Monday completed the formal registration of a joint venture to build a wide-body jet, kick-starting full-scale development of a programme aimed at competing with market leaders Boeing Co (BA.N) and Airbus SE (AIR.PA). (uk.reuters.com) More...

Delta shoots down Boeing’s CSeries dumping claim

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Delta Air Lines shot down Boeing’s claim that Bombardier “dumped” the CSeries order, in testimony last week before the US International Trade Commission. Boeing filed a complaint April 27 that Bombardier sold the CS100 to Delta for $19.6m, well below its production cost, a price that constitutes “dumping.” (leehamnews.com) More...

Dissecting The Latest Close Encounter Between U.S. F-22 Raptors And Russian Su-35S Flankers Off Alaska

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Let’s have a look at what happened in the airspace off Alaska a couple of weeks ago. (theaviationist.com) More...

Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China

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A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the 14-count indictment returned against her by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. (uk.reuters.com) More...