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Reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Makes Successful First Flight

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This morning on Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted this video of the Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket making a successful first flight. It ascended to approximately 250 meters before returning back to Earth vertically, on its own "legs." The video was filmed using a hexacopter drone. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

A388 QF94 LAX - MEL returns to LAX. Fuel pump issue

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4.5 hours in to the flight VH-OQK returns to LAX. Warnings of a (or multiple) fuel pump failures. 9 hours in the air and back where they started. Safely. (www.google.com) More...

What Happens When You Give A Bunch Of Hotshot Pilots GoPros

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Some of the best pilots in the US Navy are assigned to fly Super Hornets from the USS George Washington. But just because you're the best at what you do, doesn't mean it's all seriousness, hard work, and downright tedium. Most of the time it looks like it's nothing but pure, unadulterated, capital-A Awesome. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

17+ hours on single engine over ocean

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Here is a Cirrus that took off from Hawaii before dawn that will reach California well after dark. (flightaware.com) More...

Malaysian Officials: Hunt for Flight 370 at 'Critical Stage' - Current Underwater Search Could End Within a Week

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The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is at a ‘critical’ stage, according to Malaysian officials, as Australian officials announced a plan to end underwater searches for the jet’s flight data recorders within a week. The narrowing of the search is at a very critical juncture,” said, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defense and acting transport minister, at a news conference Saturday. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Boeing to experiment by building planes with a de-skilled, demotivated workforce

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Boeing’s December disclosure that it will transfer about 1,000 research engineering jobs out of Washington state has sown widespread internal dissent, distrust and confusion, according to internal employee feedback gathered by company managers. Employees cited in the feedback meetings expressed concerns that those high standards can’t be maintained. (www.correntewire.com) More...

Video: Red Bull Air Race Plane Hits Water

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Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall had a scare at the Ontario race, when he stalled his aircraft and skimmed across the water during qualifying. The plane was visually inspected in the air before returning for a safe landing. (www.youtube.com) More...

Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight

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(Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote airfield location after an unspecified "potential Security threat" and passengers were ushered off the plane and were being interviewed by authorities, officials said. (in.reuters.com) More...

(Video) Beautiful Qantas B747-400 'Olympic 2012' livery

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Classic Qantas B744 landing on runway 24R at Los Angeles Int'l Airport in full HD. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHOJU (youtu.be) More...

Is THIS America's newest top-secret spy plane?

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A new picture emerges of another unidentified aircraft over Kansas which is similar in nature to the picture of an unidentified plane spotted over Texas a couple of weeks ago. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

DARPA envisions a smarter, safer autopilot

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Autonomous aircraft serve their purpose, but there's no question that pilotless passenger flights are a long way off, if they ever become a reality. Still, there's obviously room for improvement when it comes to on-board systems that assist pilots in their duties. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is in the process of creating an advanced autopilot system called ALIAS (yes, another acronym). (www.engadget.com) More...

Citation 560XL XLS Beautiful Takeoff

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Smooth Citation 560XL XLS takeoff out of Cyprus. Filmed from ATC tower, also showing takeoff of Tecnam P2002JF LSA. (www.youtube.com) More...

Former Blue Angels Commander Relieved of Duty

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A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in a statement. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Alaska Airlines to Re-Launch Oregon Wines Fly Free Program

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Alaska Airlines announced that it will resume its Oregon Wines Fly Free program on May 1. The program, which allows travelers on the airline’s flights to check a case of Oregon wine at no charge, was first launched as a two-month trial period last fall, and is now being renewed and extended for a year. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Mysterious American Jet Spotted in Iran

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A private jet bearing the American flag was spotted this week at an airport in Tehran, an oddity considering the fact that the U.S. is not currently doing business with Iran. The reason for the plane’s visit: Unknown. The plane’s passenger: Also unknown. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Saying Goodbye to Our Little AvGeek, Mr. Awesome

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The aviation community family lost one of its biggest and smallest fans. Calder “Mr. Awesome” Sloan passed away due to a tragic and bizarre accident. He was named after the famous Braniff Boeing 727 “Flying Colors of the United States” used to commemorate the Bicentennial of the America in 1976. This aircraft was designed by the legendary artist Alexander “Sandy” Calder who also designed the mobiles that hang in New York JFK’s Terminal 4. (airchive.com) More...

East Haven resident rebuilds home 8 months after plane crash that killed

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Danny Zurlo, the East Haven resident whose home at 68 Charter Oak Ave. was destroyed in last August’s airplane crash, was on hand Thursday to watch the delivery of his new modular home. (www.nhregister.com) More...

SpaceX tries again on Space Station resupply, booster landing

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Weather permitting, SpaceX hopes for a controlled booster landing in the ocean. After an attempted launch earlier this week was scrubbed due to a helium leak, SpaceX will try again at 3:25pm EDT today. The mission will send a Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station, filled with more than 5,000 lbs. of everything from food to science experiments. (arstechnica.com) More...

Seaborne Airlines Begins New San Juan-Santo Domingo Service

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Seaborne Airlines announced the launch of new, nonstop service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The service operates twice daily. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it has shut down one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s two main runways for repaving and the creation of four new taxiways. One of the new taxiways will allow incoming aircraft to exit the runway and get to a gate faster, while the other three will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, thereby reducing takeoff delays.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Google Beats Facebook to Acquisition of Drone Maker

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Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude solar-powered drones that was in acquisition talks with Facebook just a few months ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Mountain View company hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which aims to broadcast internet signals to parts of the world that can't get online. (www.engadget.com) More...

81 Turn World Record Inverted Flat Spin - Helmet Cam

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Spencer Suderman, of Santa Clarita, California, set a new world record for inverted flat spins by making 81 spins on March 13, 2014. He started at 23,000 feet and ended at 2,000 feet. (youtu.be) More...

Video: Aviat Husky Tows Skier Up a Mountain

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Talk about a quick trip back to the top. In a video posted to YouTube a few days ago, U.S. Ski Team member Reese Hanneman can be seen being towed up a mountain somewhere in the Alaska Range behind an Aviat Husky. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Video: Record-Breaking Flights Precede Experimental Fly-In

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Renowned Reno air racer Lee Behel attempted three record-breaking flights in the past week in Mojave, California, flying his sexy single-place GP-5 race airplane. While the results have not yet been officially confirmed, the initial numbers are impressive. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

World’s Ugliest Airplane Retires: Where’s It Going?

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Rockwell Collins has decided to bid adieu to its well traveled and much beloved North American Sabreliner 50 avionics test bed, an airplane the company has owned since 1976. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

UAV Pilot Charged with Felony

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The owner of a video-camera-equipped Hexacopter flying near the scene of a car accident in Springfield, Ohio, earlier this week was charged with felony obstruction after police said he refused to land his UAV even as a medevac helicopter prepared to touch down. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Korean Air A380 Hits 2 Light Poles At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

G650 on a long 10-hr flight to no-where . . .

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It's not every day you see a flight overfly SEA, SFO, LAX, PHX, SLC, ABQ, and DEN all in one flight. Sorry, this one doesn't spell-out anything. Come on Gulfstrea; get creative next time :) (flightaware.com) More...

Air India to sell three Boeing 777s

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Air India today declared its intent to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways. The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE 90-110 engines, for outright sale through competitive global bidding, Air India sources said a day after a meeting of its Board here. The long-haul global routes flown by these aircraft would now be gradually… (zeenews.india.com) More...

Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

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A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday. Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission. Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield immediate debris from Malaysia… (www.cnn.com) More...

Boeing’s 737 Turns 8,000: The Best-Selling Plane Ever Isn’t Slowing

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Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing (BA) will deliver the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines (UAL), the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’ - Air and Sea Search for Flight 370 Could End This Week

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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed.. Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years. ... The agency also reported Thursday that the underwater search area has been “significantly narrowed through detailed acoustic analysis conducted on the four signal… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Inmarsat to Offer Airlines Free Tracking Service

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Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry's intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (online.wsj.com) More...

Boeing nets more than double Airbus' orders for new planes in 1Q 2014

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Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations. Some suggest the dramatic drop-off at Airbus is related to a deliberate attempt to decrease and/or completely eliminate the smaller A350-800 variant, in favor of a reengined but much older A330neo, that might be announced later in the year. (www.reuters.com) More...

Piper introduces the Archer DX - Diesel

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Piper Aircraft yesterday launched a diesel version of the Archer at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany powered by a Continental/Centurion 2.0S jet-A compression-ignition engine. Piper and Continental have already completed flight testing of the prototype in Germany, leading to an EASA STC in Europe and clearing the way for deliveries to start early next year. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

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Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

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Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Swiss to Offer Special In-Flight Services for Travelers with Allergies

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Swiss International Air Lines announced it is tailoring some of its in-flight services and amenities to the special needs of travelers with allergies. The airline has begun to offer lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options to passengers with allergies, and will also allow these passengers to request allergy-friendly snacks. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...