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Airplane Skids Off Pellston Airport Runway

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Snowy conditions may have been a factor in a plane skidding off a runway at a Northern Michigan airport. A Delta flight from Detroit was landing at the Pellston airport around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night when it skidded about 50 to 100 feet off the runway. (www.9and10news.com) More...

Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One.

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The president-elect said in a tweet early Tuesday that the new Boeing (BA) 747 jet that's being built to carry "future presidents" already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order. (money.cnn.com) More...

NY-NJ Port Authority Maps Noise Levels around LGA

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It turns out airplanes are sometimes loud and the FAA and Port Authority may pay to mitigate it. (www.gothamgazette.com) More...

GoPro Footage From Patriots Jet Team Performance at San Francisco Fleet Week

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I work with the Patriots Jet Team, the only civilian-owned 6-ship aerobatic jet team in the United States, and produce their social media videos. We have the ability to do some unique GoPro camera mounting on the aircraft, and had the chance to perform over one of the most iconic cities in the world — San Francisco! (www.youtube.com) More...

Cloud Global buys Perth Airport operator ACS Aviation

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Perth Airport operator ACS Aviation has been bought by aviation firm Cloud Global for an undisclosed sum. (www.bbc.com) More...

MH370 families urge residents of African coast to join debris search

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People whose loved ones disappeared on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have appealed to residents on the east African coast to search for plane debris and hand in anything they find to the authorities. (www.reuters.com) More...

Aviation giants to invest millions in Poland

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Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and America's General Electric have announced they will invest EUR 250 mln in a joint aviation engine-service centre in Poland. (www.thenews.pl) More...

Russian Su-33 crashed in the Mediterranean while attempting to land on Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

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Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker. (theaviationist.com) More...

Air Berlin sells Niki as Etihad approves new leisure airline

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Air Berlin Group has agreed to sell its shareholding in low-cost Austrian operator Niki to the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Aviation Group as part of a scheme to create a new European airline. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: Norwegian B738 at Kristiansand on Nov 4th 2016, "racing start"

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Here is an odd duck I found at AVHerald. A low speed rejected takeoff, followed shortly by takeoff and flight limited to half it's cruising altitude. Also I think noteworthy is the AVH reporting their efforts to get the story straight. The incident is worth looking into. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Memphis on Dec 4th 2016, bird strike

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N290WN performing flight WN-486 from Memphis,TN to Houston Hobby,TX (USA), was climbing out of Memphis' runway 36L when the crew reported a bird strike (avherald.com) More...

Comlux Extends A321 Range With Auxiliary Fuel Tank

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Comlux will announce at the MEBAA show today that it is to offer a forward auxiliary fuel tank system for the Airbus A321, while Comlux America, the company’s completions and service center in Indianapolis, is announcing a new partnership with a quartet of leading designers to offer a range of aircraft interior concepts. (www.ainonline.com) More...

FlightAware’s Redesigned Flight Tracking Page

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FlightAware is excited to announce our new flight tracking page, our largest redesign to the flight page in our 12 year history. We’ve kept all the same important content and mapping features as we spent almost a year re-designing it to be easier to understand and more usable. (flightaware.com) More...

San Francisco airport introduces first 'therapy pig'

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In December, 2013 San Francisco International (SFO) joined the growing list of airports where handlers walk trained therapy dogs through the terminals to greet passengers and reduce the stress of travel. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Over 2 000 stranded at Chengdu Shuangliu Intl because of smog

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More than 20,000 people are stranded at an airport in Chengdu, China, as flights were grounded by heavy smog and fog, Chinese state-run media reported. Multiple flights to and from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in central China were canceled or delayed, while many were forced to land at other airports, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, calling it “the worst fog to hit the … city in years.” (edition.cnn.com) More...

Lufthansa’ first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

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The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The pictured Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse on November 29, 2016 but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes its first glide test

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Virgin Galactic just came much closer to resuming its dreams of private spaceflight in the wake of its tragic crash from 2014. The company has successfully conducted the first glide test flight for VSS Unity, better known as the new SpaceShipTwo. The vehicle was only flying free for 10 minutes and never traveled faster than Mach 0.6, but that was enough to get a healthy amount of data illustrating how Unity behaves in real life. (www.engadget.com) More...

United E175 (Skywest 494J) Suffers Nose Gear Failure and Lands at San Antonio International

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Skywest 494J operating Embraer E175 as United traveled departed Houston Bush (KIAH) enroute to Monterey MX (MMMY) and had gear problem. Diverted to San Antonio TX (KSAT) where it landed without nose gear. 55 souls on board. No injuries reported initially. (www.ksat.com) More...

Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

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It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft. According to Wired, Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos, higher than any plane has gone before. His goal is to prove that renewable energy is not only equal to, but potentially greater than fossil fuels. (Video) (inhabitat.com) More...

December 4, 1991 - The Final Pan Am Clipper Flight

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December 4, 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the shutdown of the fabled Pan Am and the airline's final flight. This is the true story of Clipper Flight 436 from Barbados to Miami as The World's Most Experienced Airline flew west into history. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Blaine and the Plane, the best MH370 article for many months

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If you only read one MH370 story a month, this has to be the one (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

VivaColombia Airbus A-320 near Medellin on Nov 28th 2016, suspected fuel leak

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Updated: 2016-12-04 08:59:38 GMT A VivaColombia Airbus A320-200, registration HK-5051 performing flight FC-8170 from Bogota to San Andres Island (Colombia), was enroute at FL360 about 150nm northwest of Medellin at 02:11Z when the crew initiated a diversion to Medellin reporting a suspected fuel leak (engine CFM56), turned around and descended to FL160 on the way to Medellin. The aircraft reached the Final Approach Fix for the approach to runway 01 at 02:45Z and touched down safely at 02:51Z.… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Lufthansa Airbus A-340-600 near Shannon on Dec 3rd 2016, odour on board

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Updated: 2016-12-03 22:05:14 GMT A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHZ performing flight LH-412 from Munich (Germany) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 210nm westsouthwest of Shannon (Ireland) about to enter the Oceanic Crossing, when the crew decided to return to Munich reporting smell issues on board, a possibly electrical odour was detected on board of the aircraft. The aircraft dumped fuel for about 5-8 minutes shortly after turning around, climbed to FL370 for the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Virgins top on-time honours for October

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Virgins top on-time honours for October November 30, 2016 by australianaviation.com.au Leave a Comment VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT SYD APR15 RF 5K5A1324 Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney Airport. (Rob Finlayson) It was a tight bunch at the top of the punctuality tables in October, with Virgin Australia and its regional arm taking the honours for on-time performance. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Virgin Australia regional had the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Sunshine Coast Airport breaks through one million passenger milestone

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Sunshine Coast Airport has underlined its status as Australia’s fastest growing airport by reaching the one million passenger mark in a 12-month period for the first time. The airport, located about 100km north of Brisbane, announced that it had reached the milestone on Wednesday. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed there were 13 airports that handled more than one million international and domestic passengers in the 2015/16 financial year –… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Computer glitch - " Denied seats, group holds overbooked flight hostage "

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Mumbai: It was a wedding party of 80, booked to fly by an early morning Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Bhopal. Going by social media accounts, they virtually held the airline hostage, forcing it to delay the departure and deplane other passengers to make way for the late-comers among them. Details of the events that unfolded at Mumbai airport on Friday , as Jet readied its flight 9W7083 for a 5.55 am departure, were gleaned from an FB post and subsequently confirmed by the airline. According… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

`Shabbily dressed' AI crew chief grounded

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Mumbai: Would Have Attended To First-Class Flyers : An Air India cabin crew in-charge said to be shabbily dressed was taken off a United States-bound flight by the commander at the last minute on Saturday . The episode occurred at the Mumbai airport. The unidentified senior flight attendant had reported for duty around 2.45am for the AI flight 191 to Newark. According to an official, the cabin crew in-charge subsequently reported to the commander at the airport `movement control' with all the… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

'Is there a doctor on board? The pilot has had a heart attack'

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Shocked passengers were evacuated from a plane when their pilot suffered a heart attack as he taxied to the runway at Glasgow Airport. The captain of the KLM aircraft fell unconscious as he was about to leave for Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Air France recives first 787

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Air France has recieved its first Boeing 787-900. This will be used in the beginning of January 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

Delta receives first US-produced Airbus aircraft

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Airbus has delivered the first A321 to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines from its US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: China Southern B737 near Lanzhou on Dec 1st 2016, the hottest phone one can get

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A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration B-1782 performing flight CZ-6976 from Shanghai Pudong to Urumqui (China), was enroute at 9200 meters about 120nm east of Lanzhou (China) when the crew decided to divert to Lanzhou after a passenger's mobile phone turned hot and emitted smoke (avherald.com) More...

How One Little Lock on an Airplane Could Save Hundreds of Lives

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Selfish passengers spend valuable seconds during evacuations opening overhead bins in order to take their luggage off the plane with them. There is actually one simple solution: locking overhead bins. The bins would be locked during taxi, takeoff and landing. They would be unlocked at cruising altitude. Then they would be locked again when it’s time to prepare the cabin for arrival... (www.travelpulse.com) More...

Plane makes emergency landing at GRR after damage

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after damage inside the cabin Monday evening. (woodtv.com) More...

DOT Approves Norwegian Air US Flights

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The US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air's application for a foreign carrier permit, allowing it to launch flights from the US to EU countries. Norway is not a member of the European Union, but the airline’s Irish subsidiary which made the application will now be able to access the EU’s aviation rights to fly between the US and EU. (news.airwise.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendants want new uniforms recalled

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American Airlines' flight attendants union called on the airline Friday to recall its new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems. American and the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, have been jointly testing the uniforms to determine if the clothing is responsible for the reactions that have triggered more than 1,600 health complaints by cabin crews. The airline has also offered… (money.cnn.com) More...

Close calls on U.S. airport runways on rise for 2nd year in a row

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Close calls and runway incidents in the U.S. have risen again. (www.wsj.com) More...

25 Years Ago: Pan Am Ceases Operations:

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On the 25th anniversary of Pan Am’s demise, let's fly back in time and check factors that led to the end, and share the memories from those affected. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Force Pilot logs 6,000 Hours in Service on the A-10

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On Nov. 14, 2016, Lt. Col. John Marks, a pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, logged his 6,000th hour in the A-10 Thunderbolt II at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, becoming one of the highest time fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

The world's oldest serving flight attendant

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For nearly six decades, Bette Nash has been sharing her contagious smile with the world -- from 30,000 feet. (www.cnn.com) More...

Watch an Etihad Airbus 380 fly in formation with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team over Abu Dhabi

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The UAE Air Force aerobatic display team formed up with an Etihad Airways A380 for the 2016 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (theaviationist.com) More...

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix

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The FAA is mandating that operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner periodically reset the power on the airplane to avoid a glitch that could cause all three computer modules that manage the jet’s flight control surfaces to stop working while in flight. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Mystery Black Helicopter flying around Syracuse, Onondaga County

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"The pilot was completing medevac training to get certified to land at hospitals and was practicing flying across predetermined flight paths..." (www.syracuse.com) More...

LAX Rail Link Project Takes Step Forward

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A project that aims to connect LAX and Metro rail took a step forward Thursday. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will connect two Metro lines with a people-mover that will drop off travelers at LAX. The project involves building a new rail station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, just east of the airport. The station will be serviced by Crenshaw/LAX… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

United Launches Its New Polaris International Business Class

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United Airlines offered a sneak peek of the first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare, designed to serve its international business class customers. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilots Begged Controllers for Emergency Landing

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The aircraft carrying a Brazilian football team that crashed Monday night after apparently running out of fuel begged Colombian air-traffic controllers for clearance to land, but were denied permission as a second plane was already engaged in an emergency landing, according to an extraordinary audio exchange between the co-pilot of a third flight who overheard the desperate final messages. (www.thedailybeast.com) More...

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