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Emirates Eyes Order For 50-70 Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 aircraft

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Emirates Airline [EMIRA.UL] is looking at an order for around 50 to 70 twin-aisle A350 or 787 aircraft, its president said on Thursday. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Actor Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

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Actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when a vintage World War II training plane he was piloting crash landed on a Mar Vista, California, golf course. The actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources said he sustained cuts to his head. (variety.com) More...

C-17 Drops Out Of Clouds On Short Final At Night [Cockpit Video]

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A C-17 night flight from inside the flight deck. Footage includes takeoff and landing. The C-17 Drops out of the clouds on short final approach. (youtu.be) More...

US ‘big three’ carriers accuse Gulf rivals of taking $40 billion in subsidies

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines joined with a number of unions Wednesday to accuse the three major Gulf carriers of receiving government subsidies totaling more than $40 billion. Representatives of the US airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Allied Pilots Association, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants held a joint press conference in Washington DC as part of the US carriers’ campaign against Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and… (atwonline.com) More...

AgustaWestland announces new 7-tonne maximum gross weight for AW139

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Maximum gross weight increased to 7 tons; making more impact in the oil and gas transport sector. (www.verticalmag.com) More...

The Future of Inflight Entertainment (Slideshow)

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Inflight entertainment is rapidly changing as airlines struggle to install and update latest technologies. Here is a look at the top innovations to look for in IFE Systems. (aviationweek.com) More...

Can The Bombardier CS300 Really Compete With The B737 and A320?

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Bombardier's CS300 went wheels-up for the first time last week. Here are 12 things to know about the new jet. (www.boldmethod.com) More...

Delta Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport

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An aircraft skidded on the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashed into a fence ... It wasn't clear how many people were on the Delta plane when it slid off the runway (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

Etihad Airways to Introduce A380 on Abu Dhabi-New York JFK Route

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Etihad Airways will introduce the Airbus A380 on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route on December 1, 2015. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Emirates Would Order Up To 200 Airbus A380neos

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BERLIN—Emirates would order up to 200 Airbus A380neos if Airbus decided to launch the updated version of the aircraft, its top executive says. (aviationweek.com) More...

AirAsia QZ8501 Wreckage Retrieval Called Off

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The Indonesia Navy has called off the retrieval mission of the wreckage of AirAsia QZ8501 after divers declared there were no more bodies inside the main fuselage, which has not been able to be lifted from the seabed of the Java Sea off Pangkalan Bun in south Borneo. (atwonline.com) More...

Lufthansa LCC Eurowings to Start Long-Haul Flights Oct. 25

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Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Eurowings—will begin long-haul flights to Dubai, Bangkok, Phuket, Varadero and Punta Cana from Oct. 25. The LCC performed its maiden flight Feb. 1 from Hamburg to Prague, with a 162-seat Airbus A320. (atwonline.com) More...

The Most Locgical (and craziest) MH370 Conspiracy Theories

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THIS WEEKEND MARKS the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No physical evidence of the Boeing 777 has been found, and other clues—logs of automated satellite communications and from military radar—have delivered more questions than answers. The 239 passengers and crew on board are presumed dead, and the official stance on the fate of the plane is that it crashed—somewhere—into the Indian Ocean, for unknown reasons. (www.wired.com) More...

Congress considering pilot regulation reforms

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Wichita, Kan. --- A question coming before Congress this session is whether medical certificates are necessary for private pilots? Kansas Senator Jerry Moran is co-sponsoring legislation he believes will help reverse the trend of a declining number of airplane pilots. There are two senate bills. 'The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act' and 'The Pilots Bill of Rights 2.' (www.kake.com) More...

27 Bizarre Aircraft We Can't Believe Exist (How Do Some Of These Even Fly?)

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I haven't see pictures of these airplanes for many years. I don't care for this presentation format. I would apologize but it wasn't my idea. (www.odometer.com) More...

Learning to fly – is it worth it?

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An opinion: Why would anyone spend $100,000 getting all of the licenses and ratings, work bottom-rung flying jobs to get the 1500 hours, and then seek a $22,000/year position at one of the regionals? (airfactsjournal.com) More...

House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee Begins FAA Reauthorization Process

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The Only Witness On The Agenda Was FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. (www.aero-news.net) More...

FAA Revising Flight Service Operation

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Through the use of updated technology Flight Service is taking the opportunity to eliminate redundancies and underutilized services. (www.aero-news.net) More...

Alien abduction? Stolen by Russia? MH370 theories keep coming

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The Boeing 777 lost contact with air traffic control shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, early on March 8, 2014, as it flew across the Gulf of Thailand close to a navigational waypoint called Igari. (uk.reuters.com) More...

American Airlines plane in Denver evacuated after smoke filled cabin

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Passengers on an American Airlines flight arriving at Denver International Airport on Wednesday afternoon had to evacuate the plane when smoke began coming from the cockpit, a passenger reported. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Boeing and GE celebrate the 2000th GE90 engine

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A recent 777-300ER delivery to Cathay Pacific Airways marks a major milestone between GE Aviation and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The airplane is powered by the 2000th GE90 engine to Boeing for the 777. (www.boeing.com) More...

Drone film of Russian military aircraft museum

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Don't know if anyone posted this before, but it's a neat (somewhat noisy, and not very long, only 1m:45s) view of snowshod Russian warbirds. (www.youtube.com) More...

Air Methods is buying 200 helicopters

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Air Methods Corp., the air ambulance company based at Centennial Airport, will buy 200 helicopters from Bell Helicopter. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Pilot was 'unfairly blamed for crash that killed Buddy Holly and should be hailed a hero for trying to avert disaster'

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Pilot L.J. Coon has petitioned the National Transportation Safety Board He contends other factors, including weight balance, were overlooked NTSB now considering to re-investigate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

(Video) Harrier Lands on "Stool" After Front Gear Failure, Interview With Pilot

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U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AV-8B Harrier jet pilot, talks about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on his aircraft aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) at sea, June 7, 2014. (youtu.be) More...

Cessna down in southwest Florida

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Light plane goes down in Sarasota county Florida. Occupants able to walk away from crash site and not present when authorities arrive at accident site. Plane is registered to flight school based at KVNC. (www.mysuncoast.com) More...

Two airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments

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Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers overheat. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Airbus Helicopters Unveils First Helicopter Since Taking Reigns From Eurocopter

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The Airbus H160 is the world's first all-composite civil helicopter, a lightweight chopper that promises a 185 MPH cruising speed and a comfortable, whisper quiet ride when it takes flight later this year. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Atlanta council: Call our airport by its proper name

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Why don't people call the world's busiest airport by its full name? That's something that Atlanta City Council wants to know. By a unanimous 14-0 vote, the council on Monday approved a resolution that puts that task on the airport general manager's to-do list. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Boeing Studies Fuel Dashboard Expansion

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A software-based analytics tool developed by Boeing to give operators insight into fuel-use trends and possible areas for improvement is identifying greater-than-expected savings, indicating the potential for more holistic tools capable of finding wider, previously untapped efficiency gains beyond fuel-burn reduction, says the company. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing, Ryanair Announce Order for Three Additional Next-Generation 737-800s

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ryanair have announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $280 million at current list prices. With this order the Irish low-cost carrier now has unfilled orders for 174 Next-Generation 737-800s and 100 737 MAX 200s. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

GearCAM into VNLK

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Incredible video from JustPlanes (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr8T9rFNMB3tLAW2TSFZc2A). I've seen quite a few videos of landing at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, but this one is truly unique! (www.youtube.com) More...

Mooney wreckage located near KORF (Norfolk Int'l)

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Suspected GA incident, according to sources involving a Mooney being down near Norfolk. No published data on FA regarding a Mooney into KORF, weather has been an issue on east coast. (wavy.com) More...

A330 Runway Overrun in Kathmandu

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Looks like it may have been a little foggy and the runway end came up a little too quick. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

MD-80s To Be Gone From American Airlines Fleet by End of 2017

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American Airlines filed information on financing it plans for new aircraft, and the info includes a time line for eliminating the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 from its fleet. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

Aircraft skids on landing in Nepal

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A Turkish A330 skidded off the runway after landing at Kathmandu Airport. (jansaviation.com) More...

Loyalty programs: Free perks or nefarious ploy?

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So your airline loyalty program is changing? And they want you to spend more money for the perks? That is what is happening. (www.usatoday.com) More...

US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers

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The US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. The weaknesses that threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to ensure the safety of flights include the failure to patch known three-year-old security holes, the transmission and storage of unencrypted passwords, and the continued use of "end-of-life" key servers. (arstechnica.com) More...

Boeing, Silk Way West Announce Order for Three 747-8 Freighters

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West today announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Boeing: First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites Send First On-Orbit Signals

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Mar. 2, 2015 – Two Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702SP (small platform) satellites, the first all-electric propulsion satellites to launch, have sent initial signals from space, marking the first step toward ABS, based in Bermuda, and Eutelsat, based in Paris, being able to provide enhanced communication services to their customers. What’s more, the satellites were launched as a conjoined stack on a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, demonstrating a patented Boeing technology that promises… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Man Found Hiding in JetBlue Cockpit at JFK

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A flight passenger was found hiding inside the cockpit of a JetBlue airplane that landed in New York from the Dominican Republic early Tuesday after everyone else had exited the plane, authorities say. (www.nbcnewyork.com) More...

From props to jets

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The sleek, twin-engine jet, trimmed in red, white and blue, was ready for takeoff at the Long Beach airport in California, idling on the main runway, when Rene Francillon drove up for work on Feb. 25, 1965, and had to wait. The Douglas Aircraft Co. employee couldn’t pass through the gate and reach his office near the runway until the airplane was airborne. (www.boeing.com) More...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Aircraft Graveyards

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Aircraft graveyards or “boneyards” are home to thousands of retired aircraft waiting to be recycled or reused. Here are 5 facts about these technology cemeteries. (aviationweek.com) More...

Swan Brings LHR Departures to a Standstill

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Departing traffic is brought to a standstill after a swan occupies a runnway at London's Heathrow Airport. Ground personnel work for over 20 minutes to clear the runway. (www.youtube.com) More...

US military fighters in desert can now be explored online in amazing interactive map

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The largest “plane graveyard” in the world where more than 4,400 aircraft are collecting dust in the Arizona desert can now be explored in intricate detail. A high definition interactive map produced by Bing shows the US military planes of all shapes and sizes lined up in meticulous rows on the reddish earth. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

(Cool Pics) Lower 48's Only Ice Runway Is Clear for Landing

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As the Associated Press reports, the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and its runway in central New Hampshire have opened during a period of clear conditions after months of brutal weather that prevented take-offs. (www.weather.com) More...

Silk Way West orders three Boeing 747-8 freighters

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Boeing and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes Tuesday valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Embraer’s Phenom 300 is the most delivered business jet for the second year in a row

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Embraer Executive Jets delivered 73 Phenom 300 in 2014, making it the most delivered business jet in the world, according to a report by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Deliveries of this aircraft reached a total of 60 in 2013, also the largest quantity for that year. (www.asdnews.com) More...

Google Is About to Start Testing Its Internet Drones

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Later this year, Google will begin testing drones built by Titan, a company it recently acquired. It's part of Google's big dream of internet from the sky. This isn't a replacement for Google Loon, the project to send thousands of internet-streaming balloons into the stratosphere, but rather a plan to compliment and augment it. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...