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Airbus a330neo is Delayed

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TAP is expected to be the launch customer of the Airbus a330neo. The a330neo first flight was scheduled spring 2017 but is now delayed. The first flight is not expected in September 2017. "The first delivery was to take place in late 2017 but will now happen in spring 2018" says Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier. The Trent 7000 that will power the neo has passed their test. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Free Global Weather Radar Now Available on FlightAware Maps

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FlightAware announces the addition of free global weather radar information from EarthCast for all registered FlightAware users. (flightaware.com) More...

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger violently dragged off flight

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David Dao, the passenger dragged off a United Airlines flight, has reached an "amicable settlement" with the airline over the incident that sparked a worldwide uproar, his lawyers said Thursday. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed under the terms of the agreement, but lawyer Thomas Demetrio praised United CEO Oscar Munoz for his handling of the dispute. "Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has," he said. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Southwest will end practice of overbooking, CEO says

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Southwest Airlines will end its practice of overbooking, the carrier's CEO said Thursday morning. (www.usatoday.com) More...

South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines Partnership to Make Pacific Island Travel More Accessible for South Africans

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Cape Town - South Africa's national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has entered into a partnership with Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving carrier, Hawaii Airlines, on Tuesday, 25 April. SAA announced in statement the partnership would be providing a new and convenient flight route option for both SAA and US customers travelling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

United Airlines just announced 10 major changes to avoid another violent passenger incident (UAL)

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Here are the changes: Limit use of law-enforcement to safety and security issues only. Do not force customers seated on the plane to give up their seat involuntarily, unless safety or security is at risk. Increase customer compensation incentives for voluntary denied boarding up to $10,000. Establish a customer solutions team to provide agents with creative solutions such as using nearby airports, other airlines or ground transportation to get customers to their final destination. Ensure… (www.msn.com) More...

Faulty bearing led to Jetstar landing

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A faulty bearing has been blamed for a mid-air incident that filled a Jetstar flight's cabin with smoke and forced it to make an unscheduled landing in Brisbane. The Airbus A320 was on the way from Sydney to Cairns on September 22, 2016, when the crew smelled a burning odour and followed safety procedures to land in Brisbane as the cabin filled with smoke. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report released on Thursday found the right engine No.3 bearing had failed and praised the efforts of… (www.msn.com) More...

The Safest Seat On A Plane, According To Studies Of Crash Data

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Air travel is the safest form of transportation. In 2016, for the seventh year in a row, exactly zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certified scheduled airlines. Experts estimate your overall odds of perishing in a plane crash are well into the millions. But curious travellers may still wonder about the safest place to be in the event of a very unlikely accident. The answer, it turns out, depends on the type of crash you’re in. (www.msn.com) More...

FAA and Aireon Announce Space-Based ADS-B Flight Test Success

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The FAA and Aireon today announced a successful flight test of space-based ADS-B, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system’s capability from low-earth orbit. The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA’s specially equipped “flying laboratory” Bombardier jet with three Aireon payloads available to receive data. A total of 2,462 ADS-B messages were received and decoded providing comparable data to that of terrestrial… (aireon.com) More...

Lockheed Flies Fury UAS

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- Lockheed Martin's advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS), Fury, is regularly flying long-range endurance test missions as the company prepares it for low-rate production. (www.ien.com) More...

Delta Passenger Kicked Off Flight After Urgent Trip to the Restroom

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The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to visit the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown all out of proportion. In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, it was outrageous that Hamilton was kicked off the flight and that everyone else was forced to exit the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. She took to social media to defend this man she didn't know. (www.jsonline.com) More...

When VFR Goes Wrong - A tower controller loses track and aircraft collide

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The traffic pattern at San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), managed by a contract control tower, can be near chaotic on a Sunday morning with a mix of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, business jets and trainers, and even exotic sport planes. Such was the case on Aug. 16, 2015, when a North American Rockwell Sabreliner 60 and a Cessna 172 collided on final to Runway 26R. Both airplanes crashed and two pilots in each were killed. (aviationweek.com) More...

A drone you can fly on Kitty Hawk Flyer to be available by december

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CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts. It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat. (www.nytimes.com) More...

General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a FAA medical certificate.

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As long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule. It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA's medical qualification process for third class medical certificates while keeping general aviation pilots safe and flying affordable. (www.faa.gov) More...

Operation Migration - In Search of Generous Pilots

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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada is able to raise three or four parent-reared Whooping crane chicks this year, but getting into the U.S. is problematic. A number of Ports-of-Entry along the US/Canada border are able to process live animals imported into America but they normally deal with livestock transported by trucks or trains. The closest Port-of-Entry at an airport is in Chicago, but the only commercial aircraft flying between Calgary and Chicago does not have cargo doors to its… (operationmigration.org) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Exclusive and Onboard: The Last U.S. Operated Boeing 747-200 Soars Into Retirement

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On April 21, 2017, a very quiet but very special retirement flight took place out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Kalitta Air retired its final operating Boeing 747-200, officially flying the last flight of a “Classic” 747 by a U.S. Part 121 airline. Airways Magazine correspondent and reporter Cody Diamond was onboard the flight deck for the final flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

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Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. (time.com) More...

Pilot: Stop blaming United

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Like many, I stood in shock as I watched the cell phone video of Dr. David Dao being forcibly removed from United Express Flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (edition.cnn.com) More...

Philippine Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Sydney Airport

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A Manila-bound Philippine Airlines flight has been forced to land at Sydney Airport. Flight PR212 was anticipated to depart the airport at 12.45pm, and was later grounded at 2.12pm, according to Sydney Airport. Nine News understands the plane is now being towed off the runway and there have been no injuries. It is not yet known what caused the emergency landing. (www.msn.com) More...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Jet Airways B777 at Amsterdam on Apr 21st 2017, suspected tailstrike

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Amsterdam Radar complained the aircraft was not showing their callsign on Mode-S (Transponder), it was all 0s, the crew advised they had set it, the aircraft was subsequently showing the callsign climbing through about FL140. A minute later the crew advised they'd like to divert back to Amsterdam (avherald.com) More...

Boston International Traffic up 11.3% YOY

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As you can watch in the somewhat shaky video above, lots of new traffic to Boston over the past few years has led to consistent international traffic growth. 5 years ago, you would not be able to watch most of the scene here - WOW Air (81% Load), Norwegian to OSL (87% Load!) and LGW (94% Load!), Turkish to IST (71%), JAL to NRT (84%). https://www.massport.com/media/432874/0317-avstats-airport-traffic-summary.pdf One question - will the growth last?? (www.youtube.com) More...

At 75, A World War II Legend Gets A Full Makeover

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NPR story on "Memphis Belle" restoration dated April 22, 2017. She has been undergoing a patient and precise restoration at the National Museum of the Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio. (www.npr.org) More...

American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

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American Airlines (AAL.O) has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. (www.reuters.com) More...

Flying car costing more than $1 million goes on show in Monaco

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A Slovakia-based company unveiled the commercial design for a flying car priced at more than $1 million on Thursday, saying it was ready for pre-orders with first deliveries expected by 2020. (www.reuters.com) More...

What Really Happens to Your Body on an Airplane

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Flying is still a scary experience for many. Planes are frightening machines that can be very intimidating. They usually take you to your vacation destination and nothing gets you to where you need to be faster, but all of this comes at a price. (www.msn.com) More...

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

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SEATTLE -- A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier. (www.usatoday.com) More...

‘Eject, Dude’: Pilot Error Blamed For U-2 Trainer Crash

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A deadly Lockheed Martin TU-2S crash during a pilot evaluation flight last year has been blamed on pilot error. The accident investigation also highlights just how difficult it is to fly the Cold War-era aircraft, which is slated for retirement. (aviationweek.com) More...

Meet the Maxes: What's different about the Boeing Max 7, 8 and 9 jets?

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The 737 Max is Boeing's fastest-selling aircraft family ever. Here are the key differences between the 737 Max variants: (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Two AI aircraft come close to midair collision after a pilot allegedly flew below his allotted altitude

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New Delhi: Over 500 people had a close shave when two wide-body aircraft of Air India came perilously close to each other while flying into the city. Timely action by pilots of the two Boeing 787s averted a tragedy, (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Japan's Mitsubishi Regional Jet aims to revive the country's aircraft industry

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The MRJ passenger aircraft can carry 90 passengers and would be used on regional routes. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built passenger jets seems assured by the corporate muscle behind it and a government set on reviving an aerospace industry dismantled after World War Two. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

2 Air Peace aircraft collide at Lagos airport

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The Sun is reporting that two airplanes belonging to Air Peace Limited have collided at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos state. (screammie.com) More...

An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) More...

FBI arrests suspect in bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights in 2015

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Channel 2’s Mark Winne was the first to learn that the FBI has arrested a person suspected of tweeting bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights. (www.wsbtv.com) More...

Emirates' US flight cut 'not permanent'

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Airline's president says the decision to cut 25 of the 126 weekly flights a temporary measure because of fall in demand. (www.aljazeera.com) More...

United Airlines Is Now Asking Passengers at Check-In If They’re OK Being Bumped for $200

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United Airlines has a pointed question in their online check-in process: “Are you interested in possibly taking a different flight in exchange for a travel certificate?” Translation: Are you okay with being bumped? (www.yahoo.com) More...

WATCH: New Airbus airliner lands at Trenton-Mercer Airport

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If you were watching planes land at Trenton-Mercer Airport Thursday you might have seen the first landing of Frontier Airlines' newest jet - the Airbus A320neo. The A320neo - neo stands for new engine option - touched down just before 4:30 p.m. on a flight from Tampa, Fla. (www.nj.com) More...

Boeing not to compete 'unfair' Belgian fighter requirement

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Boeing has chosen not to compete Belgium's fighter replacement requirement, citing an unfair advantage for one or some of its competitors. In announcing its decision on 19 April not to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) that the Belgian government issued in March, Boeing said that its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would not be competing on "a truly level playing field". (www.janes.com) More...

Boeing Details Interior Arrangement Of The 777-9

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Boeing 777-9 to seat 414 passengers in two-class lay out Boeing 777-9 to seat 349 passengers in three-class lay out The Boeing 777-9 costing roughly $200 million adds more to performance than to passenger comfort While the maiden flights of the Boeing (BA) 787-10 and Boeing 737 MAX captured headlines, in the background Boeing has been detailing the Boeing 777-9. In its latest document, the jet maker detailed the interior arrangement for the Boeing 777-9. (seekingalpha.com) More...

China Southern Airlines orders 20 Airbus A350 XWBs

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China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s. (www.airbus.com) More...

United outlines policy changes following forced removal

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United Airlines plans to make at least 10 passenger service policy changes following the forced removal of a passenger from a flight earlier in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: United B747 near Anchorage on Apr 25th 2017, loss of RVSM capability

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N175UA performing flight UA-888 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Beijing (China), was enroute at FL360 about 100nm west of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the aircraft lost its capability to maintain reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) (avherald.com) More...