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Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

A group of 12 year olds have come up with a cost effective way to help prevent bird strikes

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SALT LAKE CITY — A group of four Utah tweens has been nationally recognized for inventing a device to scare away birds from planes. (www.ksl.com) More...

Eclipse travel keeps NetJets busy

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Columbus-based NetJets, the world’s largest operator of private jets, is seeing a rise in flight bookings through Tuesday, tied to eclipse-viewing trips. (www.dispatch.com) More...

The 'boneyard': Where airlines send old planes to be scrapped

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The “boneyard” is the term given to aircraft storage facilities where out-of-use planes are sent to be sold, stored or scrapped. Most are in arid locations. The one here in New Mexico – officially the Roswell International Air Center – is the preferred facility for American. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Swiss Says Goodbye to the Avro “Jumbolino”

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Swiss International Airlines has retired its last Avro RJ100 regional jet. To mark the occasion, the airline flew the 15-year veteran aircraft on a special final flight between Geneva and Zurich. (airwaysmag.com) More...

United Continues to Evaluate 100-Seat Mainline Aircraft

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United Airlines continues to evaluate adding a 100-seat aircraft to its mainline fleet, less than a year after it cited the aircraft category's poor economics for the conversion of its Boeing 737-700 order to larger variants. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY

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Each time President Trump spends a weekend away from the White House, there’s a massive military effort to protect him from threats… including from above. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was given rare access to present a dramatic demonstration of how the Air National Guard keeps presidential airspace safe. (www.youtube.com) More...

E190 Draws the Embraer Logo over US

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Just landed back at Nashville after a 4 hour and 38 minute flight. Going after Boeing I see! (flightaware.com) More...

Pilots, check your bearings: Boeing Field catches up with Earth’s magnetic field

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Because the Earth’s magnetic field has shifted over the decades, the runway numbers at Boeing Field have just been changed, requiring pilots to pay attention and change their charts. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-off

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Virgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Aer Lingus extends its route network

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A major expansion to Europe and North America was signaled by Aer Lingus adding 300,000 extra seats to its winter schedule, its largest so far, led by a new three-a-week Dublin – Miami service from September 1st. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Cathay Dragon to Modernize And Expand Its Fleet After Signing An MOU for 32 Airbus A321neos

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Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), preparatory to executing formal legal documentation, for the acquisition of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The MOU, signed today between the Cathay Pacific Group and Airbus in Toulouse, France, is valued at approximately HK$31.7 billion at current list prices. It is intended to see Cathay Dragon’s single-aisle fleet replaced and expanded from 2020. (www.cathaypacific.com) More...

One Bird Kills Two Engines

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A Eurowings A319 at Stuttgart suffered dual engine failure after a bird was ingested in one and fragments were ingested in the other. The aircraft rejected takeoff. (avherald.com) More...

Runway Safety Improvements Finished At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — All four runways at Los Angeles International Airport are operating at full strength following completion of mandatory safety improvements, an airport official said Monday. Congress required all of the nation’s airports to undertake Runway Safety Area (RSA) improvements to provide an extra buffer zone if an aircraft overshoots, overruns or veers off a runway. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus to deliver first U.S.-built A320 this week

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Airbus is readying to deliver the first A320 passenger jet built in the U.S., capping a global assembly footprint that now touches three continents. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Hong Kong Airlines will launch non-stop A350 flights to U.S.

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The line-up of international airlines flying to the U.S. mainland will grow this winter. The latest to announce service is Hong Kong Airlines, which will launch non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong on Dec. 18 on Airbus A350 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Aviation City to add restroom and showers

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ARCADIA, Fla. – Do you like to camp at airports? If so, and you happen to also enjoy proper restroom and shower facilities, you can help make both a reality at Aviation City at Florida’s Arcadia Airport. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Eclipse-viewing party in the air: Alaska Air flight to get an early look

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Alaska’s charter Flight #9671 will leave Oregon’s Portland International Airport at 7:15 a.m. PT. It will head west for two hours out over the Pacific Ocean to give astronomy enthusiasts, eclipse-chasers, a NASA astronaut, social media contest winners and other guests flying in a freshly-washed Boeing 737-900 a unique and early view of the total eclipse. The plane is expected to fly at 38,000, possibly climbing to 40,000 during the viewing flight. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA9671 (www.usatoday.com) More...

EXCLUSIVE: Delta CEO On Choosing Between Boeing, Airbus: Price Is Important But 'It's Not the Only Factor'

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is currently weighing his options as he gears up to order 75 or more single-aisle jets in a multi billion dollar deal. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Passengers sue Boeing in Cook County court over worst crash in Emirates history

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More than a dozen passengers aboard an Emirates airline flight that crashed in August 2016 sued plane-maker Boeing on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, blaming an allegedly defective switch. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

(Video) Wings for Doubting Thomas - 1950s Cessna Commercial

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Great 1950s Cessna video introducing general aviation to potential pilots (www.youtube.com) More...

Ryanair accuses Lufthansa of Air Berlin 'conspiracy'

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Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up collapsed airline Air Berlin. Lufthansa is negotiating over buying Air Berlin planes, which are still flying following a 150m euro German government loan. (www.bbc.com) More...

Airbus Achieves a Global First With Its Hot A320

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With little fanfare, Airbus SE is about to mark an unusual milestone in aviation: simultaneous production of the same aircraft on three continents. The company will hand over the first A320 to roll out of its Mobile, Alabama, assembly plant on Aug. 25, meaning North America will join Europe and Asia in producing the most popular airliner in the world. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Southwest is Travel Industry's Favorite Airline

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The world’s travel industry professionals and frequent flyers have named their favorite airline. According to new data from YouGov, 35 percent of travel industry pros who participated in the survey prefer Southwest. It easily beat the competition, gathering twice as much support as the nearest competitor, American Airlines, which was named favorite by 15 percent of professionals, followed by Delta, with 11 percent. (www.msn.com) More...

One Aviation Unveils Testbed with Eclipse 700 Wing

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The 700's wing is based on the Eclipse 550 wing planform, and the most noticeable difference is a nearly four-foot wingspan extension. The inboard section has received aerodynamic tweaking to reduce parasite drag, and the intersection of the wing strake has moved outboard to provide increased fuel capacity that, in addition to enabling a projected NBAA IFR range of 1,470 nm, negates the need for the wingtip-mounted fuel tanks seen on the Eclipse 500/550. (www.ainonline.com) More...

‘Incredible’ Boeing Everett site turns 50 years young

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In May 1967, Boeing employees moved into a new factory built beside Paine Field near Everett, Wash. Thirteen months later, the group that became known in aerospace legend as “The Incredibles” rolled out the 747. (www.bellevuereporter.com) More...

IndiGo denies 13 A-320 NEOs are grounded, but admits 8 non-functional

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Budget carrier IndiGo has denied media reports that 13 of its Airbus A-320 New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft are grounded. According to some reports, the airline had grounded these aircraft which had led to the cancellation of 84 flights. (m.thehindubusinessline.com) More...

Embraer Partners with Designer for $80 Million Aircraft Interior

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What if the interior of a private jet could tell a story? What if it could transport you to another era? These were the questions brought to experiential designer Eddie Sotto by Jay Beever, vice president of interior design for Embraer Executive Jets, the Brazilian aircraft maker’s Florida-based business-jet division. (robbreport.com) More...

Delta Air Lines: A Winner Among Legacy Carriers

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) appears to have fundamental strengths that are not currently reflected in its stock price. In the second half of 2016, all legacy carriers including Delta, American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), United Continental (NYSE: UAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) saw a rapid increase in their stock valuations as market sentiment improved for the entire sector. Even Warren Buffett, who has been a long time skeptic of the sector, ended up investing billions in major airlines.… (seekingalpha.com) More...

American Airlines passenger tries to open cabin door during descent

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Several people on a flight Saturday from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport told CBS News that a man wearing sunglasses tried to grab the handle of the plane’s exit door a few minutes after the pilot announced they were descending. (www.airlive.net) More...

Iran Selecting Financiers For 200 Jets: New Iran Air CEO

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Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, the new CEO of the national airline Farzaneh Sharafbafi said Tuesday. (www.presstv.ir) More...

Huge fire and smoke over Barcelona airport

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Vegetation fire in nearby industrial area blows over Barcelona airport (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk

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Dann Runik still gets chills when he remembers the rainy morning of March 1, 1978. He was in the cockpit of a DC-8 at Los Angeles International Airport as he watched Continental Flight 603, a heavily laden DC-10, lumber down Runway 6R on its takeoff roll. The heavy trijet was bound for Honolulu with 198 passengers and crew aboard. Everything appeared normal to the DC-10’s flight crew as the aircraft accelerated toward its 156 KIAS V1 go/no-go decision speed. But when passing through 152 KIAS,… (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing’s and NASA’s new Blended Wing design

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NASA and Boeing are working together on the development of a new wing design called ”blended wing” to take air travel into the future.The idea is to create a more fuel efficient plane that not only reduces air pollution but noise pollution too. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Atlas Dynamics takes first step in drone market with Atlas Pro

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Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, announced Tuesday that it will showcase live demonstrations of its market-ready autonomous professional drone, the Atlas Pro, at InterDrone 2017. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

HondaJet is Most Delivered Light Jet of 2017’s First Half

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As if winning the inaugural Flying Innovation Award at AirVenture 2017 wasn’t already a noteworthy accomplishment, HondaJet hasn’t left the spotlight just yet. Honda Aircraft Co. announced this week that the HondaJet was the most delivered light jet of the first half of 2017, with 24 airplanes were shipped out to buyers in North America and Europe. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Hate Basic Economy Fares? More Are Coming

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Buying airline tickets is getting even more dastardly: Basic Economy fares are spreading nationwide. (www.msn.com) More...

Retired RAF Tristars Will Get New Lives As Contracted Aerial Refuellers

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Tempus Applied Solutions of Texas plans to purchase six of the RAF's nine retired Tristars with the intention of entering the contracted aerial refueling market. Two of the Tristars that Tempus plans on acquiring are setup for cargo-passenger transport, while the other four are in the tanker configuration. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Australian scientists believe they can locate #MH370 based on French satellite images

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The new analysis is based on French military satellite images gathered on March 23, 2014 — two weeks after Flight 370 mysteriously veered far off course during a flight by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing and were taken near the original underwater search zone. (www.airlive.net) More...

Qantas flight diverted for emergency in US

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A Qantas Airbus A380 has been diverted to Phoenix due to a passenger needing medical care. It is believed the plane was travelling from Sydney to Dallas. (au.news.yahoo.com) More...