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Airbus's New Patent for Storage Under Seat Cushions

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Airbus has recently filed a patent for a new technology that would allow passengers to store luggage under their seat cushions, like bins. (www.yahoo.com) More...

February 7, 1986: United Airlines Takes Over Pan Am's Pacific Routes

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30 Years ago, United and Pan Am reached a deal that sealed the future of both carriers. One became a true global airline, the other became history. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Is An End To Air Traffic Control Gridlock Near?

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The nation’s antiquated, balky, delay-prone air traffic control system could finally be a thing of the past, after a House committee approved a bill to transform the horribly mismanaged government-run Air Traffic Control system into a federally chartered non-profit corporation...hopefully it will include hiring by merit and exclusion of government bureaucrats and politicians. (www.investors.com) More...

A Private-Jet Interior Furnished like a Vintage Train

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For travelers who enjoy the comforts of traditional train travel but need the speed of an intercontinental jet, a new interior from Airbus aims to satisfy. The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, in Toulouse, France, has completed an art deco–inspired custom cabin in an jet for a company in Asia. Combining comfort, function, and innovative design, the interior (for up to 19 passengers) features five individual mini-suites—each with its own storage spaces—that evoke the privacy and coziness of a… (robbreport.com) More...

Mooney rolls out redesigned Acclaim

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KERRVILLE, Texas — Mooney International Corp. recently unveiled the latest generation of its M20, which has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

When is a passenger reimbursement policy not a policy? Ask Air Canada

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Beware next time an airline asks for volunteers to forgo a flight... (www.cbc.ca) More...

Russia launches probe after Boeing engine fails mid-air

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Orenburg Airlines said in a statement that the pilots "managed to land the plane in a difficult situation and saved the lives of nearly four hundred people." It said there was a loud "pop" from the left engine of the Boeing-777, followed by smoke in the cabin, after which the captain turned the engine off. The pilot then took the plane back to Punta Cana where it made an emergency landing and the passengers and crew exited down escape slides. (www.digitaljournal.com) More...

Is the A350 better than the 787?

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The A350 XWB is one of the lightest aircraft of its type, made from advanced composite materials and powered by two new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This also makes it kinder to the earth, with 25% lower CO2 emissions than with current generation aircraft in its category. - See more at: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/441/is-the-a350-better-than-the-787-we-board-the-inaugural-flight#sthash.UZfNhhj2.dpuf (www.airlineratings.com) More...

Emirates Airbus A-380-800 at Melbourne on Feb 12th 2016, burst tyres on landing

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An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EEF (we have totally zero listed reports for the aircraft registration within the report and Emirates is featured in up to 56 incidents or accidents so far) performing flight EK-406 (dep Feb 11th) from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Melbourne,VI (Australia), landed on Melbourne's runway 16, slowed safely and taxied to the terminal with the crew maintaining routine communication. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Expert: Close Calls in the Sky – ‘A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen’

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A KHOU 11 I-Team investigation uncovers the rising number of close calls between airplanes as FAA statistics show the number of flights worked by air traffic controllers fell by more than 1.5 million (www.khou.com) More...

Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

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Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating. (gizmodo.com) More...

Lufthansa Formalizes Delivery of its First Airbus A320neo

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The German carrier has received the two first A320neo family aircraft out of an order for 116 aircraft to be delivered in the coming years. (airwaysnews.com) More...

USAF KC-135 tanker saves F-16 fighter over ISIL territory

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft crew saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held territory in 2015, which could have resulted in the Airman's captivity or death. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Saab 340 pulled out of storage

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Ex American Eagle Saab 340 N219AE engine start up before taking off after it was pulled out of storage at Kingman, IGM. This AC later flew KICT-CYUL-CYYR-BIRK (www.youtube.com) More...

Why do girls think they can't be airplane pilots?

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On boarding a BA flight to Finland in December, my four-year-old daughter was invited into the cockpit to look around. (www.theaviationnews.net) More...

Boeing stock price tumbles on fraud report

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Boeing’s stock price is flirting with setting a one-day decline record on 11 February after a morning news report linked the company to a fraud investigation. The Bloomberg news report cited anonymous sources saying the US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Boeing’s programme accounting methods on the 787 and 747-8. Boeing executives “typically do not comment on media inquiries of this nature”, a spokesman says. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Hainan Airlines Launches Beijing to Tel Aviv Service

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Flights from Israel to Beijing are to take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes will take off from Ben Gurion International Airport at 2:00pm IST, and land in Beijing at 5:00am CST the next day. Meanwhile, return flights will take off from Beijing at 2:00am CST, and land in Israel at 8:00am IST. (www.ynetnews.com) More...

Air NZ to operate A320 flights from Coff

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Air NZ CEO Luxton has won the right to fly non stop flights from Auckland to Coff's Harbor return from November 2016. The announcement was made ove TVNZ earlier today. Luxton says it's a stepping stone into the Australian domestic market and the growing competition against the other trans Tasman rivals Jetstar airways Virgin & Qantas. Luxton says it will boost the tourism market and Coff's harbor has potential growth from the first international carrier to there airport. Air NZ will be using… (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Panel approves more rest time for flight attendants

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades. This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for U.S. aviation for the coming years. (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Job cuts planned as Boeing hunkers down to compete with Airbus

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"We will start reducing employment levels beginning with executives and managers first,” said company spokesman Doug Alder. “We will also use attrition and voluntary layoffs. As a last resort, involuntary layoffs may be necessary.” Boeing Machinists getting annual bonus of 3 percent Performance formula yields bonus close to previous year's level “The overall employment impact will depend on how effectively we bring down costs as a whole, (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Plane Lands Safely In Los Angeles After Declaring Emergency

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines plane has landed safely after declaring an emergency and diverting to Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the plane landed and taxied normally late Thursday morning and firefighters were not needed. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Flight 564 declared the emergency while flying from San Jose, California, to Phoenix. Airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Flexjet Places Order for 20 of Aerion's $120 Million Supersonic Jets

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Aerion also announced that its partnership with Airbus Group has grown, and the company is now looking for a site to build a manufacturing facility. (robbreport.com) More...

Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Check Out The Blue Angels' Picture-Perfect Super Bowl Flyover From Inside the Cockpit

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Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem sung last Sunday at the start of Super Bowl 50 has been widely reviewed as one of the best ever. During the crescendo, the Blue Angels added a little backup noise as they screamed over Levi Stadium in their iconic diamond formation. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

EAA 2016 Skiplane Fly-in

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EAA had another successful skiplane fly-in this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

The note that could have sparked disaster

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It turns out the note wasn’t meant for him, and the flight attendant had mistaken him for an air marshal. It’s standard procedure for air marshals to be notified of other armed passengers on a flight. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) More...

IndiGo boosts local, international services

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Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo is adding 10 new services to its network in February, boosting its daily roster to 700 flights. The new destinations include several new nonstop schedules. From Feb. 15, IndiGo will launch domestic nonstop flights between Bengaluru-Patna, Ranchi-Bengaluru as well as Delhi-Chandigarh and Jaipur-Pune. It will also add to existing services with a third Delhi-Dubai daily flight, and add an eighth service on its existing daily Delhi-Lucknow route. (atwonline.com) More...

WestJet says Bombardier’s C Series is ‘too small’ for its mainline service

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Mitsubishi MRJ resume flight tests

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Mitsubishi Aircraft resumed test flights of its MRJ flight test aircraft (FTA) after carrying out structural and software changes. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

GAMA Unveils 2015 Year-End Shipment and Billing Numbers at “State of the Industry” Press Conference

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Shipments of piston-engine airplanes fell for the first time since 2010, down 6.5 percent, from 1,129 units in 2014 to 1,056 units in 2015. Turboprop airplane shipments also declined, from 603 units in 2014 to 557 units in 2015, a 7.6 percent drop. Preliminary business jet shipments were relatively flat, up 1.6 percent, from 644 units in 2014 to 654 units in 2015. (www.gama.aero) More...

Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier

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A pissed-off passenger who was not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol aboard a Paris-bound plane took out his frustrations on a fellow flier by urinating on him. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Aeroflot: from world’s deadliest airline to one of the safest in the sky

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Aeroflot, founded on this day in 1923, is one of the world’s safest airlines. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Images: Airbus commence final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) More...

Here Is What All Those Colored Shirts Mean On An Aircraft Carrier's Deck

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A U.S. Navy supercarrier’s 5,500-plus person crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of the shirt they wear. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

PICTURE: Airbus starts final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has commenced final assembly of the A350-1000, the stretched version of the airframer’s long-haul twinjet. The -1000 under construction at Toulouse is one of three which will be built for flight tests due to begin this year. It has been transferred to the Station 50 point for fuselage join and fitting of the nose-gear, before being sent to Station 40 for wing mating and installation of main landing-gear and other structures. (www.airbus.com) More...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) More...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) More...

Onboard 'haze' forces Air New Zealand flight to land early

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Flight NZ5038 took off from Christchurch and was bound for Hamilton when it had to make an unscheduled landing about 3pm. Photo / iStock Onboard "haze" forced Air New Zealand flight to make a hasty landing at Nelson Airport this afternoon. Flight NZ5038 took off from Christchurch and was bound for Hamilton when it had to make an unscheduled landing about 3pm. Emergency services were at the scene. "All we were told was that there was 58 passengers on board and it was landing here… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Elderly couple charged $5000 to reschedule $300 NZ flights

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An elderly couple who purchased cheap flights to get across the Tasman were hit with a fee seven times their original price after changing their flight dates. British couple Audrey and Brian Kay, both in their 80s, were on a trip to Australasia to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, the Independent reported. They had made all their own bookings without any trouble, until they bought return flights from Sydney to New Zealand. They bought the Air New Zealand tickets through an budget… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) More...

Gol Suspends Venezuela Service On Currency Dispute

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Brazilian airline Gol has suspended operations to Venezuela's capital Caracas until it can settle a dispute over the transfer of money out of the country. The money is being held in Venezuela under the country's strict currency controls, a system that has led other airlines to take write-downs on Venezuelan operations or suspend ticket sales and service to the country. (news.airwise.com) More...

Video Detailing Dubai Baggage Handling

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This video follows the path of a piece of luggage through the inner workings of Dubai International Airport (www.youtube.com) More...

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