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Boeing: 1.5 Million Pilots and Technicians Needed by 2035

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The airframer predicts that 617,000 new airline pilots and 679,000 technicians will be needed for the coming 20 years, showing a growth of 10.5 percent for pilots over the 2015 outlook and 11.3 percent for maintenance technicians. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Textron reveals Cessna Denali Turboprop

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Cessna’s new Denali—formerly known under its “SETP” (single-engine turboprop) project name—went on display for the first time at EAA AirVenture. Or at least its cabin mockup did. The Denali will come with a six-seat standard seating configuration but a nine-seat, high-density seating option will be available. The Denali is being promoted as a 285-knot airplane with a full-fuel payload of 1,100 pounds and a 1,600-nautical-mile range at a high-speed cruise power setting. Cessna says that the… (www.aopa.org) More...

White House takes aim at a fast-growing source of emissions: airplanes

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took a key step toward limiting pollution caused by the nation’s fleet of commercial aircraft, part of a broader push in the Obama administration’s waning months to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health risks for Americans. Emissions that… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737. (abcnews.go.com) More...

[Video] Harrier Nozzles Glowing Red During Night Landing At Sea

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AV-8B Harrier landing at night on the USS Boxer at sea. The Harrier's nozzles glow red as the jet increases thrust for a gentle vertical touch down. (www.youtube.com) More...

OHP releases names in plane crash; Vance AFB reports air show will continue as scheduled Saturday

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ENID, Okla. — Two men killed flying a biplane crash Thursday evening have been identified by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Randell "Randy" Lee Harris, 55, was piloting a 1993 Runyan S/Harris R Skybolt 300 with Air Force 1st Lt. Dale Bryan Shillington, 25, riding along when he lost control of the aircraft, around 6:40 p.m., an OHP report states. (www.enidnews.com) More...

Singapore Airlines to switch Houston stopover from 4Q

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will switch the stopover on its Singapore Changi to Houston Intc'l flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester Int'l with effect from October 30 of this year. The route will continue to operate 5x weekly. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

MH370 Search to Be Suspended as New Evidence Hints the Flight Glided

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Officials from Malaysia, Australia, and China have come as close as they could to saying that the greatest mystery in modern aviation, the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, will remain unsolved. (www.thedailybeast.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 is on its last leg of the around the world flight

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After 14 hours of flight time Solar Impulse 2 is almost at the 30% mark of its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi of the around the world tour. (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Report: MH370 pilot flew similar route on simulator

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(CNN) An FBI forensic examination shows the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 conducted a flight simulation on his home computer that closely matched the suspected route of the missing Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean, according to a Malaysian government document obtained by New York magazine. (www.cnn.com) More...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) More...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

OHP: Owasso Pilot, USAF Officer Killed In Plane Crash Near Enid

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ENID, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a pilot from Owasso and a U.S. Air Force officer based at Vance Air Force Base died in a crash near Enid Thursday evening. The OHP identified the men as Randall Harris, 55, of Owasso and 1st Lt. Dale Shillington, 25, from Vance AFB. The men died when the Skybolt 300 biplane they were flying in crashed northeast of Fairmont at 6:40 p.m. on July 21, 2016.Harris was an airshow pilot and was scheduled to perform at the Vance Air Force Base Airshow… (www.newson6.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) More...

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Indian military plane goes missing minutes after taking from Chennai

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An Antonov An-32 of Indian Air force goes missing over Bay of Bengal. The plane disappeared from radars minutes after taking from Chennai. (www.airlive.net) More...

Small Planet secures TUI Poland's Kenya contract

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Small Planet Airlines Polska (P7, Warsaw Chopin) has secured a summer contract from TUI Poland to operate regular charters between Warsaw Chopin and Mombasa, Kenya. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

24 taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport

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Runway closed into the evening. Some reports say a hydraulic line burst in the cabin. (m.wpbf.com) More...

MH370: Search team looking for missing Malaysia Airlines

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The search team looking for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 which vanished in March 2014, has said they may have been looking in the wrong place. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro have been combing a 120,000 square kilometre area of the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia for the past two years. However, the team has said they now believe the aircraft may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments of its descent, which would have carried the plane beyond the current… (www.msn.com) More...

Edmonton airport runway briefly shut down after security breach

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RCMP arrested a man Thursday afternoon after he climbed over a fence and gained access to the airfield at the Edmonton International Airport. (globalnews.ca) More...

Airbus launches the “I Fly A380” website: Choose. Fly. Love A380.

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The A380 is the passengers’ favourite aircraft, 60% of them are willing to make an extra effort to fly on it. The iflyA380.com, launched by Airbus recently, is the unique website for travellers who want to experience the iconic double deck aircraft. (www.airbus.com) More...

Delta Announces Relocation Plans at Los Angeles International Airport

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Delta Air Lines announced a $1.9 billion plan to upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) over the next seven years. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines Takes Delivery of World’s First CFM Powered Leap 1-A Airbus A320neo

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The aircraft was delivered today in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg. Pegasus becomes the fourth A320neo operator after Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo and GoAir who have been operating with the initial glitch prone batch of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The Leap series will be used in the upcoming 737MAX as well. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Southwest extends fare sale because of glitch, warns of long lines

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Southwest Airlines canceled more than 300 flights Thursday as disruptions lingered from a Wednesday computer outage that knocked the carrier's website offline and delayed flights around the country. Southwest said it has fixed the problem, which forced it to cancel 700 flights on Wednesday and delay hundreds of others. (www.usatoday.com) More...

2-Year Search for MH370 May Have Been in Wrong Place

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Roughly 15 months ago, Malaysia, China, and Australia decided that if they couldn't find the wreckage of Flight MH370 in the designated search area—a portion of the southern Indian Ocean the size of Greece, reports Reuters—that that would basically be it: no expansion of the area unless concrete evidence indicated they should do so. (www.newser.com) More...

Plane hits house near Joliet, No residents injured, Pilots condition Unknown

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Joliet Fire Captain Jeff Allbert said Thursday morning that crews are responding to the crash. Allbert says crews are assessing the scene and putting out a fire. Plane appears to have broken up in flight, fire captain describes large debris path prior to hitting the structure. (patch.com) More...

TSA: Newark to get 17 ‘automated’ screening lanes this fall

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New York Newark International Airport (EWR) will become the sixth major US airport to have what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is calling “automated” screening lanes installed. TSA said it will deploy 17 of the of the revamped security screening lanes at EWR in conjunction with Chicago-based United Airlines this fall. (atwonline.com) More...

Airspace by Airbus is the new sensation in cabin design

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Visitors to Farnborough have seen a preview of the Airspace by Airbus experience, which connects the well-being of passengers and the operational performance for airline customers with the perfect blend of features and services. Based on four dimensions – comfort, ambience, service and design – Airspace brings together the best of Airbus’ innovation. (www.airbus.com) More...

47 Years- Moon Landing Anniversary

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"Wednesday marks the 47th anniversary of when NASA astronauts first landed on the moon, a giant leap of an accomplishment that still resonates today, over four and a half decades later." (www.foxnews.com) More...

You have an airplane running around out there wild. We were chasing it, then it was chasing us."

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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. —A pilot was injured when his antique plane began spinning out of control Wednesday morning at Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport. The man was preparing to take off in the plane when he got out to hand turn the propeller, but did not put the throttle in idle. "The engine started at a much higher RPM than it should have, with enough power to override the brakes," said Gary Sobek, who was preparing to fly out on his own plane. (www.wtae.com) More...

DOT announces day-time flights to Tokyo Haneda

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tentatively announced Wednesday that the four airlines serving Tokyo’s Haneda airport with night-time flights have been chosen to begin more desirable daytime flights this fall. (www.usatoday.com) More...

NTSB Warns of Dangers of Flying with Cataracts

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The U.S. NTSB is urging the FAA and the AOPA to engage in an educational campaign on risks that cataracts could pose to flight safety. The Safety Board made that recommendation as a result of its investigation of a Dec. 26, 2013 crash of a Cessna 172K in Fresno, Calif. That accident involved “a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing,” the NTSB said. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Voice Commands, New Gestures Enabled For Garmin GTN

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Pilots will finally be able to use pinch-to-zoom gestures on Garmin’s GTN series navigators when a new software update becomes available in August. The free update also adds Garmin’s Telligence Voice Command and integration with the new Flight Stream 510, which enables wireless database transfers. The Telligence feature requires installation of a separate push-to-command button and also requires the GMA 35/GMA 350 audio panel. Telligence allows pilots to issue voice commands—more than 300 are… (www.ainonline.com) More...

FAA Eases RVSM Application Process

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The U.S. FAA enacted a rule yesterday that should ease the application process for operating in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace. The rule revises the agency’s requirements for an application by “eliminating the burden and expense of developing, processing and approving RVSM maintenance programs.” (www.ainonline.com) More...

Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

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Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. (www.newser.com) More...

PICTURE: ATSB examining possible MH370 wing part

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) have sent a large piece of aircraft debris found in Tanzania to Canberra for further examination, as the search for the missing Boeing 777-200ER that operated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 grinds on. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Emirates Inagural A380-800 Flight

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Emirates flight EK235 makes its first flight with the A380 to Vhicagos O'hare intl airport (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) More...

Large 'likely' piece of MH370 wing lands in Canberra

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The sea floor search for MH370 appears to be running out of places to look just as more fragments of the airliner are washed up on western and southern Indian Ocean shores (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Incident: Condor B767 at Halifax on Jun 28th 2016, uncommanded roll

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A Condor Boeing 767-300, registration D-ABUM performing flight DE-2414 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Halifax,NS (Canada), was on approach to Halifax when the crew noticed some uncommanded roll of the aircraft that was countered. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Halifax's runway 23. (avherald.com) More...

Delta’s oil refinery sinks to loss in 1H 2016

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The refinery was profitable in both 2014 and 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

United’s new business class gives every passenger an aisle seat

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United Continental Holding’s new Polaris business class seats are so unique, there’s a patent on them. That’s because every business-class seat is on the aisle yet United won’t lose any ticket-selling spots. Such updates are part of the airline’s strategy to find $1 billion in additional revenues just from selling seats. The other? Adding more seats to its economy class. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Debris found off Tanzania to be analyzed for MH370 link

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A large piece of aircraft debris, found just off the coast of Tanzania, is to be analyzed as part of the Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777, accident investigation. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing Co KC-46 Pegasus Passes Final test.

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On Tuesday The U.S. Air Force said the Boeing K-46 Tanker passed the final Test refueling a A-10 Thunderbolt II in flight. The Air Force has given Bowing permission to build 19 aircraft (www.yahoo.com) More...

This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

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We had supersonic transport — until almost 15 years ago, when it stopped. You might remember the Concorde, the supersonic plane that came to symbolize technological optimism and extreme luxury. Though it always had critics and a high ticket price, it delivered on the promise of supersonic transport, giving riders trans-Atlantic flights in under four hours. (www.vox.com) More...

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