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Arriving SFO Aircraft Can Expect a Few Changes

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Radar limitation contributed to landing incident at San Francisco last month. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport Set For Major Capacity Expansion

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Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport is set to undergo a major expansion starting next year, as part of its master plan. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Singapore Airlines Quietly Parks First Airbus A380

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has parked the first Airbus A380 aircraft to enter commercial service. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Ryanair Signals Interest in Air Berlin Bid

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Ryanair has joined the airlines outlining preliminary interest in German carrier Air Berlin, which filed for insolvency proceedings earlier this month. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Only one plane lands in Hong as Typhoon Hato arrives

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Buffeted by winds reaching up to 113km/h, KLM flight from Amsterdam landed in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning as airport sees 65 per cent reduction in its daily flights (www.scmp.com) More...

airBaltic plans to operate 20 CS300s by end-2019

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A seventh Bombardier CS300 has been welcomed to the fleet of the Latvian flag carrier airBaltic, the latest of a total order of 20 aircraft placed by the company, which says it expects to operate eight CS300s by the end of the year. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Runway Safety Improvements Finished At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — All four runways at Los Angeles International Airport are operating at full strength following completion of mandatory safety improvements, an airport official said Monday. Congress required all of the nation’s airports to undertake Runway Safety Area (RSA) improvements to provide an extra buffer zone if an aircraft overshoots, overruns or veers off a runway. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Chorus Aviation completes acquisition of an Embraer 190 aircraft on lease to KLM Cityhopper

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Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today that a Chorus Aviation Capital subsidiary has completed the acquisition of an Embraer 190 aircraft currently on lease to KLM Cityhopper. The acquisition agreement was previously announced on July 17, 2017. (markets.businessinsider.com) More...

Embraer Partners with Designer for $80 Million Aircraft Interior

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What if the interior of a private jet could tell a story? What if it could transport you to another era? These were the questions brought to experiential designer Eddie Sotto by Jay Beever, vice president of interior design for Embraer Executive Jets, the Brazilian aircraft maker’s Florida-based business-jet division. (robbreport.com) More...

Airbus Unit to Continue Army UH-72 Helicopter Logistics, Sustainment Support

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A business unit of Airbus Group has landed $34.5 million contract modification to continue logistics and sustainment support for the U.S. Army‘s UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters. (blog.executivebiz.com) More...

Airbus to deliver first U.S.-built A320 this week

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Airbus is readying to deliver the first A320 passenger jet built in the U.S., capping a global assembly footprint that now touches three continents. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Airbus Achieves a Global First With Its Hot A320

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With little fanfare, Airbus SE is about to mark an unusual milestone in aviation: simultaneous production of the same aircraft on three continents. The company will hand over the first A320 to roll out of its Mobile, Alabama, assembly plant on Aug. 25, meaning North America will join Europe and Asia in producing the most popular airliner in the world. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Delta Air Lines: A Winner Among Legacy Carriers

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) appears to have fundamental strengths that are not currently reflected in its stock price. In the second half of 2016, all legacy carriers including Delta, American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), United Continental (NYSE: UAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) saw a rapid increase in their stock valuations as market sentiment improved for the entire sector. Even Warren Buffett, who has been a long time skeptic of the sector, ended up investing billions in major airlines.… (seekingalpha.com) More...

One Aviation Unveils Testbed with Eclipse 700 Wing

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The 700's wing is based on the Eclipse 550 wing planform, and the most noticeable difference is a nearly four-foot wingspan extension. The inboard section has received aerodynamic tweaking to reduce parasite drag, and the intersection of the wing strake has moved outboard to provide increased fuel capacity that, in addition to enabling a projected NBAA IFR range of 1,470 nm, negates the need for the wingtip-mounted fuel tanks seen on the Eclipse 500/550. (www.ainonline.com) More...

US Air Force prepping X-37B space plane for launch

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The United States Air Force’s X-37B program is readying its next robotic mini-shuttle for launch, this time atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The liftoff is scheduled to take place in early September. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Atlas Dynamics takes first step in drone market with Atlas Pro

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Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, announced Tuesday that it will showcase live demonstrations of its market-ready autonomous professional drone, the Atlas Pro, at InterDrone 2017. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Delta Flight Deviates to See the Eclipse

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I believe the deviation over Wyoming and Nebraska for Delta's flight 2466 from Portland to Atlanta was so that both sides of the plane could view the eclipse. There were lots of news articles about this particular flight following the eclipse path. Nice of ATC to allow the deviation! (flightaware.com) More...

American Airlines passenger tries to open cabin door during descent

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Several people on a flight Saturday from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport told CBS News that a man wearing sunglasses tried to grab the handle of the plane’s exit door a few minutes after the pilot announced they were descending. (www.airlive.net) More...

United Continues to Evaluate 100-Seat Mainline Aircraft

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United Airlines continues to evaluate adding a 100-seat aircraft to its mainline fleet, less than a year after it cited the aircraft category's poor economics for the conversion of its Boeing 737-700 order to larger variants. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Viewing Eclipse 2017 From 37k Feet With Southwest Airlines

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For Eclipse 2017, Airways joined Southwest Airlines for its special #Eclipse2017 flight from Seattle to St. Louis. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Eclipse related landing delay at CHS??

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Looks like an unexpected delay due to eclipse. Thoughts?? (flightaware.com) More...

Eclipse travel keeps NetJets busy

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Columbus-based NetJets, the world’s largest operator of private jets, is seeing a rise in flight bookings through Tuesday, tied to eclipse-viewing trips. (www.dispatch.com) More...

Eclipse-viewing party in the air: Alaska Air flight to get an early look

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Alaska’s charter Flight #9671 will leave Oregon’s Portland International Airport at 7:15 a.m. PT. It will head west for two hours out over the Pacific Ocean to give astronomy enthusiasts, eclipse-chasers, a NASA astronaut, social media contest winners and other guests flying in a freshly-washed Boeing 737-900 a unique and early view of the total eclipse. The plane is expected to fly at 38,000, possibly climbing to 40,000 during the viewing flight. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA9671 (www.usatoday.com) More...

Cathay Dragon to Modernize And Expand Its Fleet After Signing An MOU for 32 Airbus A321neos

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Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), preparatory to executing formal legal documentation, for the acquisition of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The MOU, signed today between the Cathay Pacific Group and Airbus in Toulouse, France, is valued at approximately HK$31.7 billion at current list prices. It is intended to see Cathay Dragon’s single-aisle fleet replaced and expanded from 2020. (www.cathaypacific.com) More...

Aircraft APU caught fire at Liège Airport, Belgium

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The plane was about to being pushed back to Lusaka Intl in Zambia. Pilots started the APU and there was a big blow noise, sparks then a huge flame from the tail to the ground. (www.airlive.net) More...

Aer Lingus extends its route network

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A major expansion to Europe and North America was signaled by Aer Lingus adding 300,000 extra seats to its winter schedule, its largest so far, led by a new three-a-week Dublin – Miami service from September 1st. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Bombardier Global 7000 FTV2 suffer in-flight engine flameout

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A Bombardier Global 7000 flight test aircraft made an emergency landing on August 15 after experiencing an in-flight engine flame out. (www.reddit.com) More...

Monday’s eclipse from high above the Pacific Northwest

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A team from NASA arrived in Seattle, Sunday, and is preparing to study and photograph Monday’s eclipse from high above the Pacific Northwest. (www.king5.com) More...

IndiGo hikes excess baggage fee for domestic flyers

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India's largest domestic airline, IndiGo, has hiked its excess baggage charges for domestic flyers checking-in more than 15 kg. (m.timesofindia.com) More...

(Video) Wings for Doubting Thomas - 1950s Cessna Commercial

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Great 1950s Cessna video introducing general aviation to potential pilots (www.youtube.com) More...

IndiGo denies 13 A-320 NEOs are grounded, but admits 8 non-functional

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Budget carrier IndiGo has denied media reports that 13 of its Airbus A-320 New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft are grounded. According to some reports, the airline had grounded these aircraft which had led to the cancellation of 84 flights. (m.thehindubusinessline.com) More...

Australian scientists believe they can locate #MH370 based on French satellite images

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The new analysis is based on French military satellite images gathered on March 23, 2014 — two weeks after Flight 370 mysteriously veered far off course during a flight by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing and were taken near the original underwater search zone. (www.airlive.net) More...

Passengers evacuated on the ramp at Winnipeg Airport due to fire alarm

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Passengers in the departure areas have been evacuated to the aircraft apron ramp due to fire alarm. UPDATE The airport confirmed evacuation is over and was regarding an AC unit in the terminal that was malfunctioning and causing smoke in the airport. (www.airlive.net) More...

E190 Draws the Embraer Logo over US

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Just landed back at Nashville after a 4 hour and 38 minute flight. Going after Boeing I see! (flightaware.com) More...

Aerotoxic syndrome is a term used to describe the symptoms of exposure to contaminated air.

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Aerotoxic syndrome is a little-known term used to describe the symptoms of exposure to contaminated air. It is a controversial diagnosis, and many in the aviation industry are adamant it doesn’t exist. (www.theguardian.com) More...

EXCLUSIVE: Delta CEO On Choosing Between Boeing, Airbus: Price Is Important But 'It's Not the Only Factor'

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is currently weighing his options as he gears up to order 75 or more single-aisle jets in a multi billion dollar deal. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Central Flying Service Soars to 475,000 Hours in Flight Training

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Arkansas' oldest aviation firm celebrating an incredible milestone on Wednesday that many other firms may never reach, a staggering 475,000 hours of flight training. (www.arkansasmatters.com) More...

Great little ground attack option.

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Meet the Wolverine - WWII style with state of the art tech. (www.foxnews.com) More...

HondaJet is Most Delivered Light Jet of 2017’s First Half

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As if winning the inaugural Flying Innovation Award at AirVenture 2017 wasn’t already a noteworthy accomplishment, HondaJet hasn’t left the spotlight just yet. Honda Aircraft Co. announced this week that the HondaJet was the most delivered light jet of the first half of 2017, with 24 airplanes were shipped out to buyers in North America and Europe. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

A group of 12 year olds have come up with a cost effective way to help prevent bird strikes

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SALT LAKE CITY — A group of four Utah tweens has been nationally recognized for inventing a device to scare away birds from planes. (www.ksl.com) More...

Huge fire and smoke over Barcelona airport

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Vegetation fire in nearby industrial area blows over Barcelona airport (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk

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Dann Runik still gets chills when he remembers the rainy morning of March 1, 1978. He was in the cockpit of a DC-8 at Los Angeles International Airport as he watched Continental Flight 603, a heavily laden DC-10, lumber down Runway 6R on its takeoff roll. The heavy trijet was bound for Honolulu with 198 passengers and crew aboard. Everything appeared normal to the DC-10’s flight crew as the aircraft accelerated toward its 156 KIAS V1 go/no-go decision speed. But when passing through 152 KIAS,… (aviationweek.com) More...

Hong Kong Airlines will launch non-stop A350 flights to U.S.

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The line-up of international airlines flying to the U.S. mainland will grow this winter. The latest to announce service is Hong Kong Airlines, which will launch non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong on Dec. 18 on Airbus A350 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Boeing Expands Helena Site For 777X Parts Production

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Boeing’s Helena, Montana, manufacturing site is set to install new machinery for manufacturing critical titanium parts for 777X production, the US manufacturer said Aug. 17. The new 90,000 sq. ft. expansion of Boeing Helena brings the site’s total footprint to over 257,000 sq. ft. (atwonline.com) More...

VIDEO: Bombardier shows off painted Korean CS300

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Bombardier has offered a glimpse of the first CSeries twinjet to be delivered to Korean Air. The aircraft is pictured having been painted in the South Korean airline's distinctive colour scheme. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas flight diverted for emergency in US

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A Qantas Airbus A380 has been diverted to Phoenix due to a passenger needing medical care. It is believed the plane was travelling from Sydney to Dallas. (au.news.yahoo.com) More...

IndiGo denies canceling flights due to engine failure, says grounding of Airbus A320 Neo planes was scheduled in June

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The Inter-Globe Aviation-run budget carrier IndiGo airlines on Friday refuted the media reports claiming the airline had to cancel 84 flights due to engine failure in its Airbus A320 NEO aircraft. (www.firstpost.com) More...

New Rules for Space Warfare ?

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space experts make their best predictions about what kind of scenarios might come into play – such as the use of kinetic weapons in space:space experts make their best predictions about what kind of scenarios might come into play – such as the use of kinetic weapons in space (www.army-technology.com) More...