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Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

The Captain Jepp Challenge

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Sharpen your aviation knowledge and become a safer pilot through the quarterly Captain Jepp Challenge—as a bonus, you’ll be entered in monthly drawings for $250 MyGoFlight gift cards and for the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to EAA AirVenture 2017 (two-night stay and airfare included). (www.aopa.org) More...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) More...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.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...

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...

JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) More...

JetBlue Considers Adding Routes to Europe

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JetBlue Airways Corp. said it is considering adding routes to Europe in the next few years, as it reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations. A move into the European market would be a major strategic shift for the primarily domestic discount airline. (www.wsj.com) More...

Embraer's Phenom 100E Evolves to EV

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Embraer has launched the next upgrade to its Phenom 100 entry-level jet, the Phenom 100EV, which will be equipped with a new flight deck based on the Garmin G3000 suite and be powered by modified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines. Announced today at EAA AirVenture 2016, the upgraded model is scheduled to reach the market in the first half of 2017. (www.ainonline.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...

[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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

(video) B-29 "Doc" First Flight in 60 years! World's 2nd Superfortress Takes Off from Wichita, Kansas!

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FIFI has lost her title as the world's only flying B-29! If you missed Doc's first flight, here it is!! Recorded live from DPG WICHITA. (www.youtube.com) More...

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

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The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. (www.airbus.com) More...

Frontier expands to Punta Gorda, shifts three routes from Fort Myers

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After years of trying, Florida's Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. That will come from Frontier Airlines, which will launch nonstop flights between between the airport in southwest Florida and Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

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Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused it of violating its airspace. (www.eurasianet.org) 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...

Phenom 300 Skids off Runway at Sugar Land, Texas Airport

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Looks like they are attempting to cover the tail number. (www.click2houston.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...

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...

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...

Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

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Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes and lifts to closely examine an plane's structure and components. It's mildly risky, slow and laborious process -- but soon, it may not be. Airbus has started testing drone inspections that may speed up the process by over an hour. (www.engadget.com) More...

Unstable approaches at major air show fly in.

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Oshkosh Airventure air show had some weather and airport issues that lead to some dangerous close encounters and rough landings.. (m.aviationweek.com) More...

2 Air Transat pilots charged with being impaired

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Plane's cabin crew raised the alarm ahead of Monday flight. (www.cbc.ca) 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...

Onboard the SWISS CSeries Inaugural Revenue Flight

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The maiden commercial flight of the SWISS CS100 departed Zurich bound to Paris Charles de Gaulle. (airwaysmag.com) More...

How Were They So Wrong About MH370?

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It wasn't supposed to end like to this. Earlier today, ministers from the three nations responsible for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370-Australia, China, and Malaysia-announced that they would stop looking for the lost jet once the current 46,000-square-mile search zone is completed this fall. The decision was essentially an acknowledgement that they'd come up empty-handed in their quest to find the plane that disappeared from the face of the Earth in March 2014 with 239 people on board.… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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