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Boeing 777 catches fire after emergency landing due to fuel leak

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A Singapore Airlines plane has caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when the pilot reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6.50am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Brexit vote threatens dire consequences for UK aviation

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Peter Morris, chief economist at Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, here teases out some of the aviation implications of the UK electorate's vote to exit the European Union (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

Bombardier sells water bomber division to Viking Air

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A British Columbia company, Viking Air Ltd., has signed a deal to buy Bombardier's amphibious aircraft program, which has been on hold since December. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal will see Viking acquire the manufacturing rights for all variants of Bombardier's amphibious aircraft and assume responsibility for product support, parts and service. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

Quebec finalizes 49.5% Bombardier CSeries investment

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Bombardier and the government of Québec have signed a “definitive agreement” under which Investissement Québec will invest $1 billion in the CSeries program in return for a 49.5% stake. In a statement issued June 23, Bombardier said the government will invest $1 billion in the program through two $500 million traches to be paid on June 30 and Sept. 1 (atwonline.com) More...

Southwest to postpone delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8

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Southwest Airlines Co will push back the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by up to six years, delaying $1.9 billion of spending, a spokesman for the airline said. The delivery of the planes will be shifted to 2023-2025 from 2019-2022. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

United Airlines to add slimmer seats, bigger planes and higher fares

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United Continental Holdings Inc. on Tuesday outlined plans to boost profitability with another round of cost cuts and efforts to woo back corporate fliers who have deserted the third-largest U.S. airline by traffic. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Smoke forces American Airlines evac at gate at Heathrow

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looks like APU started to smoke a little. No injuries. Video available. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

New FAA rules open the skies to commercial drones — mostly

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The FAA's new rules are huge for commercial drone operators (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

Paul Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its market is unclear

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Twin fuselage, wingspan larger than the Spruce Goose, designed to release a 275 ton rocket at 35,000 ft for launch into space. Fanciful planning, but will it fly? (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Southwest Pushed Back Late 737 MAX Deliveries

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Southwest Airlines has deferred the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to 29023-2025. Despite the decision, it will still be the first operator of the type. (airwaysmag.com) More...

NTSB Wants Timely Pireps and More of Them

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Building a collaborative relationship between pilots and ATC in using pilot reports (Pireps) to assemble a clearer picture of in-flight weather conditions was the underlying theme of a two-day forum, “Pireps: Pay it Forward… Because Weather for One is Weather for None,” held earlier this week in Washington, D.C. In addition to emphasizing the need for pilots to submit timely and relevant Pireps, the gathering shed light on how ATC uses those reports to provide safer routing. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Why SingaporeAir's new US flight is about your backside

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The first real test of the comfort levels of the new Airbus A350 versus the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been set up on the painfully long Singapore-San Francisco route (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Solar Impulse 2 takes off for flight across the Atlantic

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(CNN)From 3,000 feet over the Atlantic aboard the Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard says he feels like he's in a science fiction film. "Because you look at the sun, you see your props turning, and you think 'Wow, that's really magic,'" the Swiss pilot told CNN via satellite video from the cockpit. The aircraft took off Monday from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in the first attempt to fly a solar-powered aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. (www.cnn.com) More...

Air Serbia launches historic Belgrade-New York service

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ir Serbia begins Belgrade-New York JFK service Thursday, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The Serbian carrier is using a two-class Airbus A330-200 leased from Jet Airways of India, on the 5X-weekly service. Air Serbia and Jet Airways are part of Etihad Airways’ group of equity partner airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Marine Corps forced to pull warbirds out of 'boneyard' after new fleet delay

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The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust for years. (www.msn.com) More...

Hainan Airlines to relaunch Beijing-Cairo service

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China’s Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Haikou-based carrier plans to fly an Airbus A330 on the 3X-weekly service. The last time it operated this route was in 2012. (atwonline.com) More...

Eurowings Europe launches operations

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23. The company received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria recently. Its first Airbus A320 is based in Vienna and the fleet should grow to up to three aircraft by October (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Alaska B737 over Pacific on Jun 22nd 2016, brakes issue

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N517AS performing flight AS-861 from Seattle,WA to Kahului,HI (USA), was enroute at FL360 over the Pacific Ocean about 250nm short of the destination when the crew changed their destination to Honolulu,HI advising they needed the longer runway (avherald.com) More...

Emirates upgrades Auckland services with A380

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to operate its daily nonstop Dubai-Auckland services with an Airbus A380-800 from Oct. 30, less than a year after switching from a Boeing 777-200LR. The first Dubai-Auckland flight was flown by an A380 in early March to commemorate the start of the nonstop route, but flights have since been flown by the 777-200LR. (atwonline.com) More...

Brussels Airlines adds A330 premium economy class

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The new cabin, which covers 32 seats on each A330, will be available on Brussels Airlines’ intercontinental flights to Africa, the US and Canada. (atwonline.com) More...

What Does Brexit Mean for Commercial Aviation?

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While the consequences of this decision naturally have a major impact across Britain’s society and economy, the impact on aviation will be particularly acute. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Amateur MH370 sleuth releases pictures of personal items found near plane wreckage

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An amateur MH370 sleuth has released photographs of 20 personal items he says may belong to passengers who were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Blaine Gibson, a US lawyer dubbed a "real life Indiana Jones", recently set up camp in Madagascar as part of a self-funded search for the Boeing 777. Mr Gibson found the items, which include several distinctive bags, at least one mobile phone case, and a prayer hat, on Riake Beach in north east Madagascar, earlier this month (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Australia urged to change MH370 search zone by independent expert review

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A very detailed review by the Independent Group of scientists has urged the Australian managed search for MH370 to shift its efforts much further to the north-east of the current priority zone on the floor of the south Indian Ocean. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

ATSB investigates B737 descent below safe altitude incident

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident where a Boeing 737-300 freighter flew below the lowest safe altitude while attempting to land at Launceston on 17 June. The ATSB says the Express Freighters Australia-operated Boeing 737 (registration VH-XMO) was conducting a missed approach procedure when it “diverted off the published heading and flew below the lowest safe altitude”. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident [1966 Palomares, Spain B-52 crash]

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In 1966, a B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol exploded over Spain, releasing four hydrogen bombs. Fifty years later, Air Force veterans involved with the cleanup are sick and want recognition. Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Congo's ECAIR secures $35mn loan from regional bank

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ECAIR - Equatorial Congo Airlines (LC, Brazzaville) has secured a XAF20 billion (USD34.6 million) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to be put towards the airline's fleet renewal and network expansion strategy. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Small plane lands on Macy's warehouse roof in SE Houston

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Good for this guy. May be banged up a little, but he's OK. Plane doesn't look so good though. He was on final approach into Hobby, but ATC lost him on radar. Pretty amazing since it was dark and Macy's probably doesn't light up their roof for night landings . (www.chron.com) More...

Flying Colors from North Korea: A Unique Aviation Adventure

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Enrique Perrella recently took a trip to North Korea, and had some amazing experiences flying on old soviet-era aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Incident: United B747 near Portland on Jun 19th 2016, smell of smoke from aft galley

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N107UA performing flight UA-893 from Seoul (South Korea) to San Francisco,CA (USA), was enroute at FL390 about 160nm southwest of Portland,OR (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Portland reporting passengers had smelled smoke (avherald.com) More...

IAC warns four carriers of legal repercussions over debts

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The holding firm responsible for running Iran's civilian airports, the Iran Airports Company (IAC), has warned four local carriers that they risk legal action if they fail to settle IRR700 billion (USD22.9 million) in outstanding fuel bills. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Irelandia Aviation targets Argentina

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Irelandia Aviation, the Ryan family of Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) fame's investment vehicle, is looking at entering the Argentine domestic market as early as next year Managing Partner Declan Ryan has said. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

American’s Auckland inaugural takes off

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American Airlines’ inaugural service to Auckland has taken off from Los Angeles Airport. Flight AA83, operated by Boeing 787-8 registration N814AA, took off at about 2300 Thursday (local time) from LAX. It was expected to touch down at Auckland a little after 0600 Saturday (local time). American alliance partner and fellow oneworld member Qantas is placing its QF airline code on the new service as part of the joint-venture partnership between the two carriers (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Frontier Airlines joining TSA's PreCheck program

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Frontier Airlines is joining the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. The TSA PreCheck program allows air travelers to cut their wait times in airport security lines after they clear a government background check. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Photo of DC10 modified tanker dropping fire retardant

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The Bakersfield Californian paper has this photo on its website, reprinted in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, too. On the Californian website there are more photos, too. (www.bakersfield.com) More...

A First Look at The Museum of Flight’s New Aviation Pavilion

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For the first time, the Museum’s collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place, under one roof. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747, a Douglas DC-2, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and one of the prototypes of the 787 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Watch: A 360-degree view of an A380 flightdeck

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.Emirates has released a 360-video tour of the cockpit of the world's biggest passenger plane - the Airbus A380 - featuring Kiwi pilot, Thomas Ziarno. Captain Ziarno and first officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi from the United Arab Emirates explain the the controls of the super jumbo. Emirates is the biggest operator of A380s in the world and flies them to Auckland via Australia from Dubai and later this year will fly directly from the UAE. Emirates has a further 62 A380s pending delivery,… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

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