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Boeing Sets Date For 787-10 Dreamliner First Flight

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Boeing has set a date for taking its first 787-10 on its maiden sortie. The airframer announced Wednesday that it has plans to fly the jetliner on March 31, subject to weather conditions and further operational factors. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Charter flight to Poland made an emergency landing due to depressurization at Amsterdam

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A Titan Airways charter flight from London Stansted to Poland made an emergency landing this morning at Amsterdam Airport. (www.airlive.net) More...

4 helicopters over Westminster after firearms incident

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G-LNDN – London Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (reg. G-LNDN) landed near parliament in Westminster. (www.airlive.net) More...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 #VS65 suffered lighting strike and returned to London Gatwick

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Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight #VS65 from London Gatwick to Montego Bay was struck by lightning shortly after take off at 1150 UTC this morning. (www.airlive.net) More...

Malindo Air to get new Boeing planes

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Lion Group is spending US$23bil to buy new Boeing 737 Max and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft for Malindo Air. Co-founder of Lion Group, Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Air would be the first in the world to use the Boeing 737 Max, which could generate 20% savings in fuel cost. “The first of the Boeing 737 Max will be delivered over a 10-year period starting in May. “The Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) are in the process of being delivered,” Kirana said after making the announcement at Lima… (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Brussels Airport in memory of the victims of #BrusselsAttacks

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Remembering this terrible day when there was a bomb attack. Watch the video. (www.airlive.net) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...

easyJet flight #U26299 was targeted by a laser while landing at Gibraltar

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An easyJet flight was targeted by a laser beam as it tried to land in Gibraltar on Thursday evening in strong winds. Thursday March, 16 the Airbus A319 (reg.G-EZGE) from Bristol aborted its first attempt to land due to the winds but as it came in for a second try, a laser beam was shone at the aircraft from Spain. The aircraft received wind shear warnings due to the strong winds in the area and the pilot then elected for weather reasons to divert to Málaga Airport. The laser incident was… (www.airlive.net) More...

Helicopter Crash on Highway after hitting a TV tower

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The helicopter crashed on a highway after hitting a TV tower, six minutes after taking off. The helicopter was carrying an executive of the Eczacibasi group of companies, four of his Russian guests and two pilots. (planecrashinfo.com) More...

Southwest Airlines doing away with paper tickets

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I am curious how this is going to work out. What happens when someone needs to get on a flight and the phone battery goes dead or wont connect? I'd like to try it but would carry a paper ticket as a backup if possible. (www.foxnews.com) More...

OMA plane spotters- 777 coming to town

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Omaha World Herald reports that a B777 will be bringing show horses in this Saturday March 25 at approx. 10:30 from AMS. Rare chance to see a wide-body at Eppley! Maybe the first time a 777 in Omaha? (www.omaha.com) More...

Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

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A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. (www.airlive.net) More...

US Army arms combat vehicle with laser weapon to take on drones

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The US Army seems to be keen on laser weapons these days. Not only is it taking delivery of a record 60-kW laser weapon, but it's also mounted a weapon-grade Army laser on a combat vehicle for the first time. Earlier this month, the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) fielded a Stryker assault vehicle armed with a 5-kW laser as part of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range,… (newatlas.com) More...

Embraer's Legacy 450 Sets Speed Record

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An Embraer Legacy 450 operated by Canadian fractional provider AirSprint recently set speed records on round-trip flights from California to Hawaii late last year, the company announced on Thursday. The Hawaii trip was not only a first for the aircraft, but also for the passengers. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Planes Grounded After Propeller Drops Off

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Five Regional Express Airlines passenger planes had been grounded as a precaution after a near disaster in which a propeller fell off an airliner as it approached Sydney Airport, the Australian airline said on Monday... (www.ien.com) More...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said. (money.cnn.com) More...

Third Cessna Citation Longitude enters flight-test

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The super-midsize twin – registration N702GL – completed a 1h 40min sortie from Wichita, Kansas with Cessna pilots Corey Eckhart and U J Pesonen, and flight-test engineer Mike Bradfield, with this evaluating the aircraft’s systems. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Visiting Lufthansa Technik Malta: How to Install Inflight Wi-Fi

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57 Lufthansa A320 family aircraft have been equipped with antennas that give passengers the possibility to have Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet across Europe. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Embraer flies fourth E190-E2 flight test prototype

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The aircraft, serial number 20.004, completed the flight in 2h at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos facilities on 17 March. It will be used to carry out tests including cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise, says the manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Airbus Forecast 15,000 Planes In Asia Pacific

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Speaking at a media briefing today, Airbus Group Asia-Pacific President Pierre Jaffre said demand in the region expanded 5.5 per cent, annually. Malaysia, Airbus's third largest market in the region after China and India, would be part of the strong growth with rising demand for the aircraft, he said. "Our business here ranges from civil airliners to helicopters and military transport equipment. (malaysiandigest.com) More...

Wind at Dublin Airport causes a Ryanair Boeing 737 to spin at parking

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Wind made spun a Boeing 737 today a Dublin Airport. The wind of 20 kt gusting to 30 kt was not that strong but enough to move a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 today at Dublin Airport. The right wing of the aircraft has hit a lamppost but didn’t clip other aircraft around. (www.airlive.net) More...

Pegasus Airlines to sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corp for $178.7 mln

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* To sell 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircrafts to Air Lease Corporation for $178.7 million (644.4 million lira based on the Turkish Central Bank USD exchange rate dated March 17, 2017) * Foresees to deliver all aircrafts until October 31 * One of the main goals of the sale of aircraft is to accelerate the change in aircraft portfolio for the optimization of fuel consumption underpinned by the Company's Airbus Order dated 2012 (www.reuters.com) More...

Passenger plane crashed at Wau airport in South Sudan

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A South Supreme Airlines plane crashed at South Sudan's Wau airport with 44 passengers on board. (www.airlive.net) More...

The ACBJ Power Rankings: The best-run airports in America

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Relying on reams of public and proprietary data, the effort identifies winners and losers in an industry that in some quarters is growing by leaps and bounds while in others is wilting on the vine. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Incident: Lufthansa B747 near Milan on Mar 18th 2017, de-icing problem

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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400, registration D-ABVT performing flight LH-511D (scheduled dep Mar 16th, actual dep Mar 17th) from Buenos Aires,BA (Argentina) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was enroute at FL400 about 90nm southwest of Lyon (France) when the crew changed the destination to Milan Malpensa (Italy). (avherald.com) More...

Air Transat Celebrates 30 Years of Flying

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Air Transat is celebrating 30 years of flying – and to highlight how far it has come, and to celebrate the future, the company is planning a variety of surprises and special activities throughout the year for holidaymakers, for its partners (including travel agents), and for its 5,000 employees. (www.ittn.ie) More...

Sibblings turn Man Cave Fan into OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter

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‪Two brothers see a modified ceiling fan and explain how they came up with their own. (www.joeburlas.com) More...

IAG names low-cost, long-haul airline Level

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Level will start operations in June 2017, with two initial US destinations of Los Angeles (2X-weekly) and San Francisco Oakland (3X-weekly), plus Buenos Aires, Argentina (3X-weekly) and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2X-weekly). Further European cities will be added to the route map later, but an IAG spokeswoman declined to name them. (atwonline.com) More...

REX flight forced into emergency landing after losing propeller

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Flight ZL768 from Albury landed safely at Sydney Airport just after midday and the 16 passengers and three crew members on board were not injured. REX plane without its propeller Photo: The flight from Albury to Sydney landed safely. (Facebook: Airline Secrets) The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has assigned three investigators to look into the circumstances surrounding the incident and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking an urgent briefing from the company. (www.abc.net.au) More...

Paris Orly being entirely evacuated and flights diverted after Police kill a man trying to grab a gun

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weapon at Paris airport Published March 18, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print MARCH 18: Police take up position at Orly airport southern terminal after a shooting incident near Paris MARCH 18: Police take up position at Orly airport southern terminal after a shooting incident near Paris (Reuters) A man was shot dead Saturday at Paris’ Orly airport after he reached for a soldier's weapon, BFM TV reported. The airport was evacuated, the station reported, according to… (www.foxnews.com) More...

Air India Sets New World Record By Journeying Around The World With An All-Women Crew!

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Ahead of International Women's Day, Air India created history by flying around the world with an all-women crew. The flight took off from New Delhi on Monday to San Francisco and returned on Friday after journeying around the globe. The Boeing 777-200LR aircraft flew over the Pacific Ocean en route San Francisco and over the Atlantic while flying back, thereby covering the entire distance around the world. (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Will start receiving ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018, says SpiceJet

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Stating that Indian aviation market is the fastest growing in the world, SpiceJet on Monday said that it aspires to be the most profitable airline in the country. “We have the best on-time performance in the industry. We will try to reduce costs and increase ancillary revenue,” it said. The low-cost carrier also said that it will start receiving the ordered Boeing planes from mid-2018 (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Sri Lankan Airlines proposes to operate Coimbatore-Colombo flights from July 15

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Coimbatore: Sri Lankan Airlines is planning to operate four flights per week from Coimbatore to Colombo starting July 15. This will be the third international carrier flying out of the Coimbatore airport, after Air Arabia (to Sharjah) and Silk Air (to Singapore). Director of Coimbatore Airport G Prakash Reddy confirmed to TOI (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Airlines run out of flight numbers, DGCA warns safety at risk

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New Delhi: The boom in aviation in India has given rise to a peculiar problem — airlines are running out of flight numbers. With a growing number of flights and too few flight numbers, call sign confusion emerged as a serious concern among authorities at the recently concluded meeting for deciding summer slots The existing three-digit codes are increasingly leading to confusion and there has been a spate of safety scares when similar sounding flight numbers operate to or from the same airport… (www.aviationindia.net) More...

Boeing Announces Upcoming Layoffs

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Boeing sent a notice to workers on Friday alerting them to layoffs that are scheduled to take place in May. (money.cnn.com) More...

Lockheed Martin completes new battle laser for U.S. military

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Lockheed Martin (LMT)said it has finished developing a 60 Kilowatt (kW) laser system and is now getting ready to hand it over to the U.S. Army. The aerospace and defense firm claimed in a press release Thursday that in testing earlier this month the laser beam system achieved a 58kW blast, a world record for a laser of this type. (www.yahoo.com) More...

EU re-imposes US$835 million cartel fine on air cargo firms

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The European Union has re-imposed fines totalling US$835 million on 11 air cargo companies, including Air Canada, even though the EU's high court threw out the original case in 2015 on a procedural issue. The European Commission said Friday that it has fixed the original error and re-established the fines because the antitrust case, as such, hadn't been addressed by the EU's General Court. (www.canada.com) More...

360° view in Airbus A320-100 Cockpit

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After Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Cockpit 360°, the next view is from Airbus A320. (360.tahirli.net) More...

Airbus says engine issue will not affect A320neo deliveries

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Airbus (AIR.PA) does not expect deliveries of its A320neo planes to be significantly affected by recent problems with Pratt and Whitney engines, the Airbus chief executive said on Friday. Airbus has handed over about 70 A320neo jets since starting deliveries last year, mostly to Indian carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation (INGL.NS), and privately owned GoAir. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Two small aircraft collide and come down in shopping centre parking lot near Montreal

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Two small aircraft came down in a shopping centre parking lot after mid-air collision. No English report available yet. (www.lapresse.ca) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Baltia Airlines: The airline that has never flown a single passenger in 27 years

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A US airline, which was founded in 1989 with the aim of offering a "high quality three-class passenger service" has just taken its only aircraft out of service – despite having never operated a single commercial flight in its 27-year history. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Trump's jet shadowed by Rybolovlev's jet. Coincidence? You be the judge...

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A Russian billionaire, whose jet-setting travel intersected with Donald Trump’s stops at the Charlotte and Las Vegas airports during the presidential campaign, says their intersecting paths were “pure coincidence” and nothing more. (www.charlotteobserver.com) More...

Company makes history with drone flight

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A Taranaki drone company has made history by flying an unmanned aircraft "beyond line of sight" to inspect power transmission lines in the Rimutaka Ranges. It was New Zealand's first "beyond line of sight" flight. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Alpharetta resident and pilot recognized for efforts in donating to medical flights for patients

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When the need arises to travel distances for lifesaving medical needs, whether it be doctor appointments, transplants or treatments, Alpharetta resident and pilot, Ron Sewell is one of many volunteers who will get patients there. Sewell, has been flying since he was 18, signed up to be a volunteer pilot for Mercy Flight South East in the early 2000s. (www.mdjonline.com) More...

Rear-seat kickers, boozers and loud passengers most annoying on flights: Survey Says (india)

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Indians find rear-seat kickers, boozers and loud passengers most annoying on a flight, while they are most tolerant to singles who flirt and amorous couples, according to a survey by an online travel portal. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...