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At Least 1 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Riverside, California Home

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RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) – At least one person was killed and four people were hurt after a small plane smashed into a home in Riverside late Monday afternoon, sparking a three-alarm fire. According to Riverside police, the plane carrying four people crashed into the home in the 6000 block of Rhonda Road before 4:41 p.m. Riverside City firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. The crashed plane was a Cessna 310, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed. It was… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Ilyushin Il-96NEO coming soon?

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Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) has signed an agreement with Ilyushin Aviation Complex to modernize the Ilyushin Il-96. The new version, Il-96-400M, will be a development of the Il-96-300, UAC said in a statement Feb. 10. The aircraft fuselage will be extended by 9.65 m (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Incident: LOT B787 over Mediterranean on Feb 27th 2017, engine vibrations

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A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-800, registration SP-LRF performing flight LO-6523 from Warsaw (Poland) to Mauritius (Mauritius), was enroute at FL370 over the Mediterranean Sea about 100nm northwest of Alexandria (Egypt) when the crew decided to turn around and return to Warsaw due to engine vibrations (avherald.com) More...

United adds Chicago-Champaign flights as part of domestic push

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Some of United Airlines' newest destinations from Chicago — Champaign, Columbia, Mo., and Rochester, Minn. — don't sound like travel hot spots. But they're part of United's push to win back market share in its domestic hubs, including O'Hare International Airport, lost during the airline's years as a "docile competitor," said United President Scott Kirby. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

SpaceX announces plans for flight to moon

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SpaceX plans to launch two private citizens on a flight around the moon next year, a bold mission that will be the first to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit since the Apollo moon program. (www.spacex.com) More...

No Survivors in Southern Utah Crash

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The bodies of a Sandy man and his two children were found Monday after a search located the wreckage of a plane that was reported missing Sunday morning, police said. (www.ksl.com) More...

Ground Broken On New $1.6B Terminal At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Construction has begun on a new $1.6 billion terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders helped break ground Monday on the Midfield Satellite Concourse, which will connect to the Tom Bradley International Terminal via an underground tunnel. The 750,000-square-foot terminal will include 12 gates and a new baggage system, as well as restaurants and shops. It’s scheduled to be completed in 2019. Garcetti’s office says construction of… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

NASA starts wind tunnel tests for its quiet supersonic jet

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NASA's plans for a quiet supersonic jet, the QueSST, just became tangible: the agency and Lockheed Martin have started wind tunnel tests for the future X-plane. It's a scale model at this stage, but it will be subjected to winds as high as Mach 1.6 (950MPH) to gauge both its aerodynamic performance as well as parts of its propulsion system. The tests should run until the middle of 2017. Whether or not QueSST moves beyond these tests will depend on funding approval. If it does get the go ahead,… (www.engadget.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes Into Reservoir

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A small plane crashed into a reservoir in Larimer County Monday morning. (denver.cbslocal.com) More...

Turkmenistan Airlines #T5429 continued its route to Birmingham with dead body on board, after diversion to Volgograd

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Yesterday, Turkmenistan Airlines flight #T5429 (Boeing-757 reg. EZ-A011) en route from Ashgabat (Capital of Turkmenistan) to Birmingham made an emergency landing in Russia’s southern city of Volgograd over the death of a passenger. (www.airlive.net) More...

Local procedures - The Potential Dangers

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I found this to be an interesting blog post on the potential hazards of being unfamiliar with local procedures, and debating whether these exceptions from FAA-established procedures should be allowed. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Warren Buffett: I like airlines because they just 'got a bad century out of the way'

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These aren't last century's airline companies, and that's why legendary investor Warren Buffett is spending money on them. "It's true that the airlines had a bad 20th century. They're like the Chicago Cubs. And they got that bad century out of the way, I hope," Buffett said Monday on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "The hope is they will keep orders in reasonable relationship to potential demand." Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway revealed late last year in an SEC filing it had… (www.cnbc.com) More...

‘Papers, please’: Immigration agents check IDs of passengers arriving from domestic flight

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Thursday that their agents requested to see the identification of domestic flight passengers landing at a New York airport Wednesday night as they searched for an immigrant who had received a deportation order to leave the United States. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Heathrow sees record 75.7m passengers in 2016

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Heathrow welcomed a record 75.7 million passengers in 2016, up one per cent on the previous year. Passenger charges fell by one per cent at the UK’s largest airport, as Heathrow retained its position as Europe’s best hub for the third year running. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Incident: PIA B777 at Karachi on Jan 20th 2017, stand-up seats

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A PIA Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration AP-BID performing flight PK-743 from Karachi (Pakistan) to Madinah (Saudi Arabia) with 416 passengers, departed with a number of passengers not being seated. Following departure cabin crew managed to get the passengers seated somehow. (avherald.com) More...

412th MXLS tests all electric ground power unit

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A team working with the 412th Logistics Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently completed tests on an all-electric aircraft power supply unit. Called the Hybrid Electric Flight Line Cart Technology Pathfinder, this unit was the first step in developing a new system for providing electric power to aircraft during maintenance on the flightline and inside hangars. (www.aerotechnews.com) More...

Boeing company uses A321 in website promo

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A Boeing company, Inventory Locator Service, yesterday posted an Evolution of Boeing graphic on its website that traces key points in Boeing’s history. There was a problem, however: the airplane at the top of the graphic, which was photo-shopped with Boeing 737 identification, was an Airbus A321. (leehamnews.com) More...

Only “perfect” Flight-Attendants for international routes at Aeroflot?

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Russian airline Aeroflot has blocked “old, fat and ugly” female flight attendants from working on international routes, according to staff. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Flying Kangaroo’s bounce brought down a notch

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QANTAS’s bottom line has withstood a 25 per cent blow to profits for the first half of 2016-17 as cheaper oil drove down airfares on international routes. The Flying Kangaroo has posted a $515 million after tax profit, down from $688 million for the previous corresponding period. The underlying profit before tax was a bumper $852 million, down 7.5 per cent on the previous half-year. (www.dailytelegraph.com.au) More...

What's clipped Air New Zealand's wings as profit drops 24 per cent

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Air New Zealand is sticking to the script of airline economics. As sure as a carrier has a good year, one not so good will surely some time follow. And for the national carrier, that year has come. It's six-month result to December 31 was hardly a wipe out, it was the second best first half result in the company's history. But following record results last year the slide in half-year profit is conspicuous Pre-tax profit fell 24 per cent to $349 million as revenue slid 3 per cent. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

NZ could host Singapore's fighter jets at Ohakea

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Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter jets. Up to 500 people would be stationed in or near the base in the region. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed that the Singapore Government in undertaking a feasibility study to determine what the move would entail, including housing and education needs of family. That study needed to be completed befo (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Standing room only for 7 passengers in the aisle on a PIA flight

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Pakistan International Airlines is investigating how seven extra passengers were allowed to stand in the aisles on a flight to Saudi Arabia. The flight in question went from Karachi to Medina carrying a total of 416 passengers, on a Boeing 777 with a total seating capacity of 409, including staff seats. (www.bbc.com) More...

Passengers feel the squeeze as planes take off with more seats, less elbow room

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Feel like your coach seat on an overseas flight is a tighter squeeze? You're probably right. Airlines already have been wedging in more passengers by swapping heavily padded seats for ones with thinner backs or reducing the distance between rows. On wide-body aircraft typically used on international flights and certain long domestic routes, some now are adding an extra seat to each row. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Betsy, A Beer Brewed Specifically To Be Enjoyed While Flying At 35,000 Feet

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Betsy is a beer brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Company in collaboration with Cathay Pacific airlines. Betsy was named after Cathay Pacific's first plane (a Douglas DC-3 that operated in the 1940's and 50's) and is brewed specifically to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. (geekologie.com) More...

Lufthansa to fly Airbus A350-900s to Mumbai from April

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German flag carrier Lufthansa today said beginning this summer it will fly Airbus A350-900s to connect Munich with Mumbai. From April 16, Mumbai will be the third destination worldwide to welcome the newest long haul aircraft A350s on the Munich-Mumbai route, it said in a statement. (www.dnaindia.com) More...

PICTURE: Citilink receives Indonesia’s first A320neo

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Citilink has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, making it the first Indonesian carrier to operate the type. Configured with 180 seats in a single class, this is the first of 35 A320neos the low-cost arm of Garuda Indonesia will receive, says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Rail link for London Luton Airport could break ground as early as late 2017

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PLANS for a £200 million transport system linking Luton Airport (LLA) with Luton Airport Parkway railway station have been submitted, the airport’s owner London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) announced today. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

TAP Portugal to link Lisbon with Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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TAP Portugal has announced the launch of a new destination in Africa. As of July 17th, TAP will fly via its hub in Lisbon to Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, taking the airline’s network to a total of 15 destinations in ten African countries. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

ncident: Astana B757 at Frankfurt on Feb 23rd 2017, hydraulic failure

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An Air Astana Boeing 757-200, registration P4-KCU performing flight KC-921 from Astana (Kazakhstan) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was descending towards Frankfurt when the crew advised they had a hydraulic failure causing the loss of nose... (avherald.com) More...

SWA Odor in Cockpit at KOMA

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SWA4378, DEN-OMA, N7713A, declared an emergency due to an "odor in the cockpit". It was given priority descent into Eppley Field (KOMA). Tracking showed a turn over the field (needed time to descend?) to land. Pilot confirmed that crash/fire was waiting and received permission to park "between the runways". Crash/fire closed Runway 36 at 2025Z after the aircraft landed. Omaha Police reported an "Alert 2 @ Eppley Field" on their local scanner traffic. LiveATC is… (flightaware.com) More...

Flybe DH8D from Edinburgh to Amsterdam suffers Collapsed gear on touch down in heavy winds

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A Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-JECP performing flight BE-1284 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 59 people on board, landed on Amsterdam's runway 22 at about 16:55L (15:55Z) but came to a stop on the runway with the right main gear collapsed. (avherald.com) More...

30 Facts About the F-22 Raptor

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The F-22 Raptor is one of the most secretive planes in existence. Here are 30 facts about the iconic aircraft (note this may be a clickbait educational article i went threw it all and no blocking adds showed just be warned on that. instead of clicking click comments i will try to add them all there) (www.thebrofessional.net) More...

Planes Collide on taxiway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (with atc)

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February 17, 2017 wo planes at Sky Harbor International Airport clipped wings Thursday night, according to airport officials. The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. and airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner said via email there were no injuries. The planes involved were a departing Frontier Airlines flight and an arriving Southwest Airlines flight from Oklahoma City. Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor said via email that the Frontier flight was pushing back from its gate… (www.12news.com) More...

International News (India) Colombo in final talks with TPG apropos SriLankan Airlines

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The Sri Lankan (india) government has selected US-based investment firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) as the preferred candidate for further talks concerning a possible 49% stake in SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

International News (Lagos) Arik Air investment offer rejected by Ethiopian Airlines

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Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) has reportedly rejected an offer from the state-owned Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over management of struggling Arik Air (W3, Lagos) reports Business Day Online. AMCON recently took over Arik Air following mounting financial and operational issues, but has no interest in managing the airline in the long term. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

American Airlines computers back online at Philadelphia Int'l Airport. Due to power outage. Delays Continue

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A computer problem that led to delays for American Airlines passengers at Philadelphia International Airport has been corrected. The airport gave an update through its Twitter account at 7:53 a.m. Wednesday, saying an earlier ground stop had been canceled and that American's computers were back up and running. Delays for American Airlines passengers were expected to continue as the airline's systems returned to normal. (6abc.com) More...

Airline Industry Prospects Look Bright

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Airline stocks, which struggled for most of 2016 due to multiple headwinds -- declining unit revenues, depressed air fares, and low travel demand due to multiple terror attacks - nevertheless ended the year on a strong note. This is clearly evident by the NYSE ARCA Airline Index gaining over 20% in the last three months of the previous year. (www.nasdaq.com) More...

American Airlines Starts Selling ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

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If you don't mind giving up using the overhead bins and only finding out your seat assignment at the last minute, has American Airlines got a deal for you. The legacy carrier began selling its new no-frills "Basic Economy" fares on ten routes out of a handful of markets this morning. The fares are good for travel beginning March 1 and include flights to five cities pairs from Philadelphia - Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans and Charlotte, N.C., as well as these… (www.nbcnews.com) More...

The strange route Benjamin Netanyahu took to get from Singapore to Sydney

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"the strange route of Netanyahu's plane shows another effect of Israel's diplomatic situation. Indonesia doesn't grant El Al access to its national airspace" (www.smh.com.au) More...

Finnair to operate Airbus A350 on Heathrow-Helsinki route

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Finnair has announced their flagship long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, will operate a daily service between London Heathrow and Helsinki. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Airlines told to pay flight compensation

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American, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore and Turkish Airlines will have to obey European laws or be taken to court. (www.bbc.com) More...

Abuja (Nigeria) airport being closed for upgrades.

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Abuja and Kaduna airports both have runways that are jumbo jet capable. Kind of bizarre when the biggest problems, besides terrorists, are goats. So now I am wondering who built these airports? And when? (www.vanguardngr.com) More...

R.I.P. Bob Bragg. Last Surviving Pilot From Tenerife Dies at 79

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In Ask the Pilot: R.I.P. Bob Bragg. The last surviving pilot of the Tenerife disaster dies at 79. Meeting Bob Bragg in 2006 was one of the great thrills of my life. It wasn't about heroics or bravery or any of that. It was about the sheer momentousness of the disaster — the almost unbelievable chain of events that led to it, and its subsequent place in history. To have been a being witness to that — no, to have been part of it, right there in the cockpit! Bob Bragg was a giant. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Boeing Delivers Korean Air's First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Korean Air took delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. The Seoul-based carrier will be the first Korean carrier to operate the Dreamliner in the country. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Boeing used 1.2 billion parts in the 748 jets it delivered in 2016

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How many different parts did Boeing need to make the 748 airplanes it delivered to airlines around the world in 2016? About 1.2 billion, says Beth Anderson, a Boeing vice president of payloads and systems, supplier management at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Boeing sues suppliers over liquid that damaged first Air Force tanker

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Boeing is suing two California companies it claims supplied a mislabeled chemical that caused severe damage to the refueling system of its first Air Force KC-46 refueling tanker and delayed its first flight in 2015 by a month. The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., seeks $10 million or more from Able Aerospace Adhesives of Valencia, California, and AlfaKleen Chemical Labs of Costa Mesa, California. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

A Visit to Boeing's South Carolina 787 Final Production Line

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Boeing hosted a briefing on the status of its South Carolina Operation and the 787 Program, together with a guided tour around the premises of its site. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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