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American Boeing 737-800 near Las Vegas on Sep 24th 2016, burning odour in cockpit

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N902AN performing flight AA-1441 from Reno,NV to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 156 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 130nm northnortheast of Las Vegas,NV (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Las Vegas reporting a burning odour in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely on Las Vegas' runway 25L about 25 minutes later. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Air NZ acts after Air Nippon Dreamliners are grounded

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Air New Zealand is putting in "proactive systems" for its Dreamliner fleet after problems were identified in engines of the same aircraft type operated by Japanese carrier ANA. Air New Zealand operates seven of the planes and says it is aware of a technical issue that has affected some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engines operated by other international carriers. It says that in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has put… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Pepper spray error at Auckland International Airport sparks emergency response

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An emergency response at Auckland International Airport was caused this afternoon when an official accidentally set off a can of pepper spray. A Fire Services spokesman told the Herald they were called to the first floor of the airport, air side, by the airport rescue team shortly after 2pm. Firefighter were told pepper spray had been released and had since classed the incident as a "non event". Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mike Richards told Fairfax the spray was left at a… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

ACCC grants five-year extension of Virgin Australia-Singapore Airlines alliance

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Australia’s competition regulator approved an extension of Virgin Australia’s alliance with Singapore Airlines (SIA) for a further five years. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Friday the alliance, which was first approved in 2011, “has resulted, and is likely to continue to result, in material public benefits”. While Virgin and SIA had asked for a 10-year extension, the ACCC said its decision to approve the tie-up for only the next five years reflected the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Southwest Welcomes the Boeing 737 MAX 8... Briefly

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Southwest and Boeing work together to assess the 737 MAX under normal operational conditions, taking "the MAX to the max.” (airwaysmag.com) More...

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers were intercepted by RAF Typhoons and Norwegian F-16s

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Yesterday (Sept. 22), two nuclear-capable bombers Tu-160 Blackjack of Russian Air Force were intercepted and escorted by RAF Typhoons in Quick Reaction Alert. (www.airlive.net) More...

F-22 Raptor Does A Loop On Its Axis Performing The Elusive Falling Leaf

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Talk About Stability. It's no secret the F-22 Raptor is one of the most maneuverable, if not THE most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world. A strong case could be made that fourth generation Sukhoi and MiG aircraft also have thrust vectoring and could do the same, but there's really no way of telling which is better. One thing's for sure though. The Raptor looks great when it does it. Link direct to video https://youtu.be/P8zPh8kAcAU (frontlinevideos.com) More...

What movie will you go see this weekend?

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Film director Clint Eastwood got it right with Sully, his new flick about the Miracle on the Hudson. But Eastwood doesn't focus the film on the crash. He takes a deep look inside the man who was sitting in the left seat. (www.jetwhine.com) More...

Amazon UK tried to airmail danger. Now it's paying the price

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You know those restrictions about what you can and cannot fly with that you see when you're going though airport security? Those also apply to online mega-retailers like Amazon, who deliver countless goods via airmail each day. Now, the Guardian reports that after being found guilty of failing to heed those kinds of restrictions, Amazon UK is facing a £65,000 ($84,300) fine from the Civil Aviation Authority following a complaint from the Royal Mail. (www.cnet.com) More...

Southwest Flight 1045 into MDW diverts due to radio silence at control tower

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Just after midnight on June 4, 2016, the pilot for Southwest Airlines flight 1045 was unable to get anyone from the airport tower to respond. So a controller from the Federal Aviation Administration's regional center in Elgin stepped in. The airliner and other flights were put in a holding pattern as more attempts were made to reach the tower. Regional controller: Southwest 1045 did you try them on guard at all? Pilot: We tried them on guard, we got dispatch and company all trying to call them… (abc7chicago.com) More...

FAA Concerned About Exhaust Leaks On A Lycoming Engine

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AOPA is working with the FAA to notify owners of aircraft using Lycoming’s TIO-540-AJ1A engine that an airworthiness concern sheet has been issued for possible exhaust leaks that could allow carbon monoxide gas to enter the cockpit. (www.aopa.org) More...

Landing collision between pitts and mong at reno 2016

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Landing collision between Pitts S1 and a Mong Racer. (m.youtube.com) More...

Prescott PIREP: Local Pilots Offer Tips

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Several pilots based at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, offer tips on flying into the airport for the AOPA Fly-In Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Love Field is located 7 miles north of Prescott, at an elevation of 5,044 feet. Runway 3R/21L is 7,619 by 150 feet and Runway 3L/21R is 4,846 by 60 feet; the crosswind runway, 12/30, is 4,408 by 75 feet, although it will be closed for aircraft parking during the AOPA event. (www.aopa.org) More...

Ghana's Starbow Airlines adds maiden ARJ-100

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Starbow Airlines (S9, Accra) has added a maiden ARJ-100 to its fleet in the form of 9G-SBE (msn E3332), Skyliner Aviation has reported. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Canberra Airport welcomes inaugural Singapore Airlines service

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The first scheduled international passenger service to Canberra in more than a decade has landed. Canberra Airport welcomed the arrival of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) inaugural service with an Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) monitor cross on Wednesday morning. Flight SQ291, operated by Boeing 777-200 9V-SRP, touched down in the nation’s capital a little after 0810, after a seven-hour journey from Singapore, marking Canberra’s first scheduled international service since the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Air NZ reports record profit, flags headwinds in period ahead amid growing international competition

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Air New Zealand has flagged tougher times ahead after reporting a record full year profit in 2015/16 as competition both at home and abroad heats up. The New Zealand carrier said net profit after tax for the 12 months to June 30 2016 came in at NZ$463 million, up 42 per cent from NZ$327 million in the prior corresponding period and the best result in the airline’s 76-year history. Earnings before taxation and other significant items, which excludes one-off charges and was regarded as the best… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Alliance say charter partnership makes them more competitive against Qantas

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Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) and Alliance Airlines say their proposed charter alliance will allow them to compete more effectively against the “one-stop shop” offering from Qantas. The pair is seeking Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approval to work together in the charter market on joint tendering for corporate fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) contracts. The application stated VARA and Alliance had complementary businesses. While both had a base in Perth, Alliance was… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea for second time since North nuclear test

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Two U.S. supersonic bombers flew over South Korea on Wednesday, with one of them landing at an air base 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, according to a Reuters witness, the second such flight since North Korea's Sept. 9 nuclear test. The U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement the flight by a pair of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers based in Guam was intended as a show of force by South Korea's ally and its commitment to preserve the security of the peninsula and the region. The United States… (www.msn.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines open to Europe flights

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The Airbus A330neo, already on order, might have range to make new long-haul routes feasible, CEO says (www.wsj.com) More...

WTO slams EU, Airbus (Again)

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Sept. 22, 2016: The World Trade Organization (WTO) today found that the European Union not only did not cure its previous finding that Airbus received illegal financing aid in launching the A300 through A380, it further violated rules by obtaining launch aid for the A350 XWB. (leehamnews.com) More...

WWII P-38 Fighter Pilot Fulfills Vow Made 70 Years Ago to Honor Comarades

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Fredric Arnold entered combat with 13 other P-38 fighter pilots more than 70 years ago. Only he and one other survived combat. The two survivors vowed to honor their comrades. Over the last seven years, he sculpted 12 life-size bronze figures as a monument to the more than 88,000 Airmen killed in WWII. The monument depicts a mission briefing scene. A squadron leader addresses six airmen prior to the mission. Five more are shown in a lighter color representing spirits of those already killed. All… (www.denverpost.com) More...

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier Fighter Jet Crashes Off Coast of Okinawa

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Tokyo (CNN) — A US Marine Corps pilot ejected safely when his fighter jet crashed into the waters off the Japanese island of Okinawa, officials said. The fighter jet, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet, departed the Kadena US Air Base and crashed 153 km (95 miles) off Hedo Cape, according to a local coast guard official. (www.cnn.com) More...

F-35 cooling lines run through fuel tanks aren't compatible with the fuel.

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The US Air Force and Norway announced the temporary suspension of flight operations for 15 F-35As today because of “peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks.” (breakingdefense.com) More...

Guernsey's Aurigny ends ATR72-200 operations

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Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey) has ended ATR72-200 operations following the withdrawal of its last remaining airframe of the type from regular service. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Greek AH-64 Crashes

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Greek AH-64 crashes into a lake during a training flight. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Los Angeles on Sep 19th 2016, burst tyre on departure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N555LV performing flight WN-2634 from Los Angeles,CA to Nashville,TN (USA) with 142 passengers and 5 crew, departed Los Angeles' runway 25R when the crew suspected they blew a left main tyre on departure (avherald.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines opens Honolulu-Brisbane ASPIRE route

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Hawaiian said the flight, which used an Airbus A330, saved a projected 1,500 lbs. (over 680 kg) of fuel. Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu-Auckland route became the airline’s first ASPIRE city pair earlier this year, with an inaugural flight April 22, 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

Helicopter Loses to Cow

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A cow in Australia scuffled with a helicopter over the weekend, and the battle didn’t end the way you might expect. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

FlightAware and Aireon Announce Global Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking

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FlightAware and Aireon are proud to announce the world's first and only global, space-based ADS-B flight tracking solution. FlightAware's technology and Aireon's 66 ADS-B receivers in low earth orbit will forever change the world of flight tracking and flight safety. (flightaware.com) More...

Indonesia's Lion Air sets up Solo City base

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Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will establish a new base in Solo City ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

SeaPort Airlines to be liquidated, fleet grounded

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SeaPort Airlines, an 8-year-old commuter carrier that tried to carve a niche serving subsidized routes to small regional airports, will ground its flights Tuesday as it faces liquidation in bankruptcy. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

Explosives found on Egyptair 804 debris

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In May, EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Paris to Cairo. All 66 people on board have been presumed dead, and causes of the crash are still being investigated. No group has yet claimed overt responsibility for the crash, but investigators just found explosive residue on the wreckage. (jalopnik.com) More...

The Single Aisle Cabin War Reaches its Climax

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With the influx of new or updated narrow bodies, passengers are benefiting from this variety. Now, let's navigate through these new options. (airwaysmag.com) More...

U-2 Spy Plane Crashes In Sutter County; Pilots Ejected

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11:00 a.m. UPDATE: A U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane has crashed in Sutter County. The crash happened at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The Air Force and Beale Air Force Base have both confirmed the crash and that two pilots ejected. Their condition is unknown. (sacramento.cbslocal.com) More...

Azores Airlines to add A321LR to fleet

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By 2019, A321LR will be used on longer-range routes (www.airbus.com) More...

Reno Air Race accident, in-cockpit video

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Thom Richard experiences engine trouble on the grid in "Hot Stuff," but due to an apparent miscommunication, the other aircraft are signaled to take off, resulting on another aircraft impacting Hot Stuff from behind. Severe aircraft damage, but only minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

Saudi Arabian Airlines jet 'isolated' in Philippines due to false hijacking alarm

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A false hijacking alarm caused a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane to be isolated at an airport in Manila, the Philippines, according to an airline spokesman. The incident, which is now over, took place after the pilot said the aircraft was under threat. The plane, identified as SVA 872, landed at Manila airport at 3pm local time. It arrived from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to the local ABS-CBN channel, there were possibly around 300 passengers on board. (www.rt.com) More...

China's Spring Airlines considering pilot school in Cambodia

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Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) is studying the possibility of opening a commercial pilot training school in Cambodia following talks with the government. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Re-Thinking the Airline Safety Demo

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Up now in Ask the Pilot ... Preempting Deadly Behavior: Will Airlines Address the Shortfalls of the Inflight Safety Demo? The recent crash-landing of a Boeing 777 in Dubai was the latest in a string of incidents in which a number of passengers demonstrated some pretty astounding recklessness. Many of the plane’s occupants imperiled not only their own lives, but the lives of everybody around them, by evacuating from the burning aircraft laden with carry-on bags. We also saw this in Toronto… (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

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The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Spirit Airlines took place today in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. (www.airbus.com) More...

The US Air Force’s next long-range bomber has a name: The Raider

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The B-21's name, selected through a contest, honors Doolittle's Raiders. The US Air Force has picked a name to go with the number for its next long-range bomber—even though it will be nearly a decade before the aircraft comes into service. After sifting through 2,100 unique names submitted in a contest run by the Air Force Global Strike Command (the successor to the Strategic Air Command), the Air Force's leadership selected "Raider" as the official name for the B-21. (arstechnica.com) More...

Delta is within Minutes of landing at AVL

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Only to turn around and go back to ATL , because airport was closed Delta flight 2289 (wlos.com) More...

See A Dozen B-52 Nuclear Bombers Takeoff Together

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The United States 5th Bomb Wing B-52s and their crews recently performed a mass takeoff during Prairie Vigilance exercise at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Prairie Vigilance is an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Virgin Australia starts selling new “Fares for You”

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Virgin Australia has rolled out its new fare structure that features reduced benefits for some of its elite frequent flyers and the re-introduction of seat-only options for flights to Bali and the South Pacific. The airline has rebranded its fares with names such as Go, Go Plus, Getaway, Elevate, and Freedom, each of which have different levels of flexibility and inclusions. There are also new fare categories for premium economy and business class tickets. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

RAAF Hornet marks 3 Squadron centenary with WW2 paint scheme

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A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet has been painted in 3 Squadron World War 2 desert camouflage colours to celebrate the unit’s centenary. 3 Squadron is one of four RAAF units celebrating their centenary this year, along with 1, 2 and 4 Squadrons, all of which were formed in 1916 during World War 1 as part of the then Australian Flying Corps. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Qatar Airways becomes Sydney Airport’s latest A380 operator

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Qatar Airways has boosted the capacity and product offering on its Sydney-Doha flights after upgauging its daily service to the Airbus A380. The oneworld alliance member has switched the Sydney-Doha route from the Boeing 777-300ER to A380. The first flight of Qatar’s QR908 with the world’s largest passenger aircraft arrived in Sydney a little after 1900 on Friday, after a 13 and a half hour journey from its Doha hub. The aircraft, A7-APE, was on the ground for about three hours before operating… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Spicejet De Havilland Dash 8 (400) at Tirupati on Sep 17th 2016, runway excursion

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A Spicejet de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration VT-SUE performing flight SG-1047 from Hyderabad to Tirupati (India) with 78 people on board, overran the runway end while landing on Tirupati's runway 26 at about 20:10L (14:40Z) and came to a stop on soft ground about 100 feet past the end of the paved surface of the runway end safety area (about 300 feet past the runway end). There were no injuries and no damage. The airline confirmed the flight "went slightly off the runway" while… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Emirates Airbus A-380-800 near Dubai on Sep 18th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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An Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EDM performing flight EK-58 (dep Sep 17th) from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), was enroute at FL370 about 180nm northwest of Dubai when the crew needed to shut one of the four engines (GP7270) down. The aircraft descended to FL250, continued to the top of descent and landed safely in Dubai about one hour after leaving FL370. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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