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See what Blue Origin's rocket landing is like from the vehicle's point of view

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We've seen Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket land multiple times from just about every angle — but now we can see what the trip is like from the rocket's point of view. The company, led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, released a Vine of the vehicle's second landing attempt on January 22nd. The video is shot from a camera mounted on the booster and sped up to last just six seconds. The footage shows New Shepard deploy its legs and then reignite its engines to perform the propulsive landing. (www.theverge.com) More...

Off-duty AI pilot took clearance for flight that killed technician

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The incident took place on December 16 last year when AI flight 619 was being pushed back for departure at the Mumbai airport. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Those pesky Ruskies have a pretty firm grasp of aviation

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Pretty cool video of the other guys. And we all know who makes the camera! (www.thedrive.com) More...

Another day for the Blues and old airplanes.

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Were it not for the sterling quality of maintenance and best in the business pilots, the flight demo. teams would be gone due to mechanical induced accidents. These guys are tasked with early bloc manufacture equipment and lots of flight time and my hats off to the entire group, as well as the T Birds. (airshowstuff.com) More...

Two Planes Collide In Mid-Air Near Port Of Los Angeles

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SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — Two planes collided in mid-air off the Port of Los Angeles Friday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration. An L.A. County official said the crew of a fishing boat reported seeing a small aircraft plunging into the ocean at about 3:14 p.m. Rescuers raced to the scene to find a small debris field scattered a mile off shore near the Point Fermin Lighthouse, said the Los Angeles Fire Department (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

P51 down in Arizona, one known dead

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Believed to be Big Beautiful Doll. Unknown if anyone else was aboard. (www.fox10phoenix.com) More...

Baby suffers second degree burns after air hostess gave her brother boiling tea

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Lily-Mae Sorensen, from Somerset, was on a China Southern Airlines flight from London to Australia with her mum Rachel and brother Riley during Christmas when the horrific incident occurred. (metro.co.uk) More...

Elon Musk talks up electric plane at hyperloop event

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"I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I'm quite tempted to do something about it." (www.engadget.com) More...

Drone Crashes Into 40th Floor Of Empire State Building

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A drone crashed into the Empire State Building Thursday night. Sources told CBS2 the suspect has been identified as Sean Riddle. He tweeted about the incident. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

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Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Skymaster Ditches off Oahu

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C337 ditches off Oahu after a landing gear problem. No injuries. (www.staradvertiser.com) More...

Officials: Body of Suicide Bomber Blown Out of Plane

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The explosion aboard a passenger flight in Somalia on Tuesday is now believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber in a wheelchair. (www.newser.com) More...

Aussie flight attendant for Emirates talks about her time on the job

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HAVING worked her way from economy to first class during an eight-year stint with Emirates, it’s safe to say flight attendant Amber Vidler has seen — and heard — it all. The 35-year-old from Terrigal, NSW, had previously been working in a sports management company but had always wanted to live in cosmopolitan Dubai and explore the world, so she snapped up the chance to become a cabin crew member. Now, she travels all over while ensuring first class passengers are happy. She talks to news.com.au… (airlinenews.in) More...

Analysis: A320neo vs. 737 MAX: Airbus is Leading (Slightly) – Part II

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The A320neo and the 737 MAX programs will have critical implications for the balance of power between the two most important aerospace players. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Cabin Crew Interview Questions: How To Give Unforgettable Answers

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By telling a good story, you paint colorful images in the listener’s mind; making you more magnetic than if you were just stating facts. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Air Force to keep A-10 flying

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years. "The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's conflicts," Carter said… (www.cnn.com) More...

TNT caused explosion on Somali airliner

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A military grade of the explosive TNT caused this week's explosion on a Somali airliner, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN, citing an initial analysis of residue recovered from the aircraft. The blast took place Tuesday on board a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa. Two people were injured before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said. Somali authorities later discovered a body near Mogadishu they believe fell from the Daallo Airlines plane. Pictures from the… (www.cnn.com) More...

United will soon be flying the biggest jets at DCA

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United Airlines plans to begin flying 213-seat Boeing 757-300s on its existing routes between Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and its hubs in Denver and San Francisco. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Why Bombardier Is Struggling to Build Bigger Planes

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Nearly a decade in, the C Series program has yet to gain traction and the company is in tatters. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

FlightAware Ties for 2nd Place in SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

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FlightAware Tied for 2nd place in the services category for its live flight positions data feed, a standalone flight tracking data feed that aggregates ADS-B, MLAT, and RADAR positions combined with flightplan and flight status (FLIFO) information, to create a real-time, worldwide flight tracking picture. The winners were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels and were among 30 air traffic management (ATM) information solutions that were submitted to… (flightaware.com) More...

Passenger In Wheelchair Suspected in Somali Jet Blast

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Also led to believe he was the passenger blown out the aircraft. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

Allegiant Jet Blows Out Tire On Landing

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An Allegiant Air jet blew out two tires opon landing on a wet runway at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, PA. (www.abcactionnews.com) More...

Deer Carcasses a Big Problem for Alaska Airport

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It may sound crazy, but dead deer are posing a serious safety risk at one Alaskan airport. (www.newser.com) More...

Another report on the status of the F-35

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Certainly every new weapons system has glitches and bumps in the the development path. Here is another report on how well the program is working and why not. (www.extremetech.com) More...

Gulfstream G500 complete flutter testing

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G500 has completed flutter testing, achieving another milestone in the new aircraft's flight-test program. The first G500 test aircraft, T1, performed the tests over the course of more than 50 flights. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

SkyBahamas Flight Loses An Engine But Nails The Landing [Video]

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SkyBahamas flight Q7460 returned to land at Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas when the crew was forced to shut down the number one engine. A passenger reported seeing “oil coming out of the engine.” (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

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A huge influx of general aviation air traffic is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the first week of February in anticipation Super Bowl 50. While you're watching football on Sunday, the Air Force will be watching the skies in case an errant pilot wanders into the protected airspace surrounding the big game. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Incident: Canada B787 near Dublin on Feb 3rd 2016, electrical odour in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHPT performing flight AC-851 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Calgary,AB (Canada), was enroute at FL360 about 60nm west of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew decided to return to London due to an electrical smell.. (avherald.com) More...

Neo vs. Max: Comparing engine noise

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We have been waiting for a while to see if there was anyway we could get a comparison of the A320neo with both engines and the 737 MAX compared for engine noise. The most objective way to do this is use videos from the first flight events. One has to also avoid OEM videos, some of which have music and other dubbing to prevent the real noise levels to be heard. (airinsight.com) More...

Donald Trump's plane makes emergency landing while heading to Little Rock

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Donald Trump's plane made an emergency landing at the Nashville International Airport (katv.com) More...

F-22 Engine Startup [Video]

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Night time flying operations from Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis AFB, NV. F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB are launched simultaneously with other fighter jets, bombers and support aircraft from squadrons around the world. (www.youtube.com) More...

'World's luckiest passenger' gets entire Boeing 737 to herself

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Hell is other people, Jean Paul Sartre once said. For those who agree, one Chinese woman’s recent flight home would have been heaven. A passenger identified as Ms. Zhang flew as the only passenger on China Southern Airlines Flight 2833 on Monday. (mashable.com) More...

CEO of Delta, Richard Anderson, to Retire

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Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta, will retire in May. Current President, Ed Bastian, will step into the role of CEO. Richard Anderson's career at Delta will be remembered by the purchase of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, as well as the purchase of an oil refinery. He has been able to raise profits for the airline, negotiate solid agreements with employees and has consistently improved the airlines on-time percentage. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Congressman Unveils Proposal for U.S. ATC Corporation

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) today unveiled his much anticipated FAA reauthorization proposal that would separate the nation’s air traffic control system into an independent organization paid for primarily through air carrier user fees and run by an 11-member board. (ainalerts.com.s3.amazonaws.com) More...

CAF's Tuskegee Airman P-51C gear-up landing

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The pilot of a World War II-era P-51C Mustang is OK after making an emergency belly landing at Dallas Executive Airport Wednesday morning. (www.nbcdfw.com) More...

Worried about BE326

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I have been watching this flight from since it gave out a a 7700 squawk a couple minutes ago. And at the time I am writing this, its at 3,300 ft and dropping at 1400 fpm at 231 kts. It diverted to Manchester and landed, but It traveled a weird line to get there. I have no idea what caused BE326 to divert, but it wanted to land pretty quickly. With a descent from 10,000 to 3,000 in a matter of minutes. Anyone have any clues to this? (flightaware.com) More...

Cancer-stricken boy demands to sit in a plane before dying

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A cancer-stricken boy, who has been told by doctors that he may die anytime soon after his parents failed to fund his treatment, has made one last wish before his death. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Comlux orders three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft

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Comlux The Aviation Group has announced a firm order for three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft, becoming the largest customer for Airbus’ new corporate jet family. The order also consolidates Comlux’s leadership in Airbus corporate jet deals, with more to its credit than any other client. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes to the sky

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The first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines yesterday completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft, featuring the airline’s iconic livery, will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground checks and test flights, before being prepared for delivery in the coming weeks. (www.airbus.com) More...

Garuda Indonesia revamps A330 long-haul business class

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Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is set to take delivery of four new Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2016, all fitted with an enhanced business class. The carrier’s new Super Diamond business class seats will introduce an “all-aisle” layout with a 1-2-1 seat configuration, along with a Panasonic EX3 inflight entertainment system driving 16-inch touch-screen LCD screens. (atwonline.com) More...

The rejected flight attendant who started her own aviation company

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SRS Aviation is South Africa’s first all-female jet company.............. Founder Sibongile Sambo did not meet height requirements to be a flight attendant................. She has now helped three women become pilots — and plans to support more..................... (airlinenews.in) More...

PICTURE: SIA's first A350 completes maiden flight

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Singapore Airlines' (SIA) first Airbus A350-900XWB has completed its maiden flight in South West France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, which includes additional ground checks and test flights. The jet will be prepared for delivery "in the coming weeks", says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

7 Flight Attendants Clever Responses

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If you are a flight attendant then you definitely know need to think fast and give clever responses to awkward questions! These situations really happened (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Blast blows hole in commercial plane over Somalia

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An explosion rocked a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa on Tuesday, injuring two people before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said. Somali authorities later discovered a body near Mogadishu they believe fell from the Daallo Airlines plane. Late Tuesday night, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Somali authorities confirmed one passenger had been blown or ejected out of the hole created by the explosion. Somalia's National News Agency reported that… (www.cnn.com) More...

Small aircraft lands in water south of Oahu

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An aircraft ran into trouble mid-flight Tuesday afternoon about five miles south of Oahu and was forced to land in the water. (www.hawaiinewsnow.com) More...

PA28 Lands in Ocean; Student pilots swim away unharmed

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Two student pilots who took off from an airport in Marathon on Tuesday morning ditched their plane off Haulover Beach after experiencing engine trouble. (www.miamiherald.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) More...

US Air Force ready for flyover of Super Bowl 50

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One plane has two powerful jet engines with afterburners, flies at almost 2,000 mph, can soar more than 12 miles above the earth, and has 34 air combat victories in Operation Desert Storm. The other hums along at 150 mph, powered by a six-piston engine and a two-bladed propeller. It can't get much higher than 3 miles above the ground. It's more suited to carry your grandma than a gun. But together, the two planes -- the Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle and the Civil Air Patrol's Cessna 182 -- are… (www.cnn.com) More...

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