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Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines enlists SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware for 100% global flight tracking

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By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance. (flightaware.com) More...

Emirates Trims US Flights After Trump Administration Curbs

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Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations. (www.startribune.com) More...

An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) More...

Spirit Airlines Follows Frontier and Abandons Cuba

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In early 2016, more than a dozen U.S. airlines were battling each other for the chance to begin flights to Cuba's capital city, Havana. What a difference a year makes. American Airlines and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) -- the two largest airlines in Cuba -- have cut their capacity there. Last month, ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and regional airline Silver Airways announced that they would pull out of the Cuban market entirely. (www.fool.com) More...

In 1956, Cessna started building the 172 training plane - and more than 60 years on, it’s still in production.

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More pilots over the years have earned their wings in a 172 than any other aircraft in the world - Doug May, Textron Aviation (www.bbc.com) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Singapore Airlines teases Airbus A350 for Brisbane, Perth

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Singapore Airlines will bring another Australian city under the wing of its growing Airbus A350 network this year, with Brisbane and Perth both on the shortlist. The Star Alliance member already has one year-round A350 flight slated for Melbourne's SQ207/SQ208 from May 11, while a second A350 is currently running on SQ218/SQ217 until June 30, after which it will revert to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Air Caraibes and Corsair International to merge.

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French carrier Corsair International belongs to the TUI Group. TUI agreed to sell the airline to Air Caraibes. Another French carrier Air Caraibes operates flights in the French Carribean as well as long haul flights from its base at Paris Orly using Airbus A350XWB and Airbus A330 aircraft. Corsair International operates flights to Africa, Mauritius, and Carribean. They operate flights with Airbus A330 and Boeing 747-400 from their base at Paris Orly. Corsair International will phase out its 747… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

United Amends Crew Booking Policy After Man Dragged off Plane

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A United spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the policy change is "to make sure crews traveling on our aircraft are booked at least 60 minutes prior to departure. (Note went through a couple of articles this site has the best description) (aliveforfootball.com) More...

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

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SEATTLE -- A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. (atwonline.com) More...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to retire all 747 aircraft in 2021

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KLM is the flag carrier of The Netherlands and is based at schipol airport. They operate 4 747-400 and 12 747-400M (combi). They have been in KLM fleet for a while. KLM will retire its 747 in 2021. I do not know what aircraft they will be replaced by. KLM flies its 747 on routes to America, Africa, and Asia. KLM operated 747-200 and -300 but they were retired in 2004. (wikipedia.com) More...

An employee of American Airlines is being hailed a hero after he saved two people's lives in one day.

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On Tuesday, an American Airlines employee got the airline’s Real American Hero Award for saving not just one, but two lives in separate incidents, on the same night at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. (www.wcnc.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines to land new Airbus plane in Abuja Tuesday

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will be open for traffic from Tuesday and Ethiopian Airlines says it will land a brand new Airbus A350-900 to mark the official reopening of the airport on Wednesday. The Airline’s Traffic and Sales Manager, Firiehiwot Mekonnen, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja. (www.premiumtimesng.com) More...

Are ultra-long airplane flights bad for your health?

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These ultra long-haul flights are becoming more efficient and economically viable. They’re also a slog for passengers. But is there a point where a super-long flight becomes a public health risk? (www.popsci.com) More...

Boeing Details Interior Arrangement Of The 777-9

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Boeing 777-9 to seat 414 passengers in two-class lay out Boeing 777-9 to seat 349 passengers in three-class lay out The Boeing 777-9 costing roughly $200 million adds more to performance than to passenger comfort While the maiden flights of the Boeing (BA) 787-10 and Boeing 737 MAX captured headlines, in the background Boeing has been detailing the Boeing 777-9. In its latest document, the jet maker detailed the interior arrangement for the Boeing 777-9. (seekingalpha.com) More...

American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

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American Airlines (AAL.O) has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. (www.reuters.com) More...

Pilot: Stop blaming United

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Like many, I stood in shock as I watched the cell phone video of Dr. David Dao being forcibly removed from United Express Flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (edition.cnn.com) More...

Airbus and Singpost testing last-mile drone package delivery

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Drones buzzing around the island delivering small parcels may soon become a reality, as Singapore Post inked an agreement on Tuesday (April 18) with Airbus Helicopters to conduct research and trials on drone delivery. The agreement makes SingPost a partner under Airbus Helicopter's Skyways parcel delivery project, which aims to develop the safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for package delivery in urban environments. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

TSA Misses Santa Monica Police Officer’s Handgun In Carry-On Bag

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Standard security measures were not followed after an off-duty Santa Monica police officer was allowed to board a flight to Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport with a handgun in her carry-on bag, authorities said Thursday. Santa Monica police officials were notified last week that Officer Noell Grant was not allowed to leave Taiwan after she entered the country on April 13 in possession of a firearm, according to authorities. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Baltimore Armed Fallston Man Arrested At BWI, Officials Say

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Authorities said the Harford County man had a gun loaded with 15 bullets, including one in the chamber, as he went through BWI security. (patch.com) More...

Copa Airlines added to international lineup at Denver International Airport

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Denver International Airport on Wednesday announced it has landed Copa Airlines, a Star Alliance partner that will increase options for travelers flying to Central and South America and the Caribbean. (www.denverpost.com) More...

The State & Promise of the Electric Airplane

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The electric airplane industry truly is the final frontier. Hauling a battery pack in a car for propulsion is fairly easy compared to dragging one in the air. In this article is the state and promise of the electric airplane — the new wild frontier. (cleantechnica.com) More...

FBI arrests suspect in bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights in 2015

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Channel 2’s Mark Winne was the first to learn that the FBI has arrested a person suspected of tweeting bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights. (www.wsbtv.com) More...

KLM Starts Service To Minneapolis

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started service to Minneapolis/St Paul Intl using a Airbus a330-200. KLM will fly the route 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. KLM used to fly the route back in 2001 with a 747-200. They resumed the route on March 27 2017. KLM will fly the route seasonal. There are 3 or 4 flights to Amsterdam from Minneapolis daily. (aviationtribune.com) More...

Piper stabilator design accused of causing in-flight breakups

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This article sites over 200 accidents of Piper stabilator equipped aircraft in-flight breakups due to its stabilator design flaw resuktung in flutter, leading to in-flight breakups, and the attempts of certain people file a class action lawsuit. The bigger concern is the safety to the general and flying public, as there as vast numbers of these aircraft flying everyday. (www.google.com) More...

Boeing not to compete 'unfair' Belgian fighter requirement

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Boeing has chosen not to compete Belgium's fighter replacement requirement, citing an unfair advantage for one or some of its competitors. In announcing its decision on 19 April not to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) that the Belgian government issued in March, Boeing said that its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would not be competing on "a truly level playing field". (www.janes.com) More...

Boeing Bags $2.2 Billion Navy Contract

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It's been nearly a year now since Boeing (NYSE: BA) Executive Vice President Leanne Caret laid out her new plan for Boeing's defense business. With fighter-jet sales on the wane, Boeing would shift its emphasis to servicing and upgrading fighters it had already built. New plane sales, on the other hand, would lean toward auxiliary aircraft such as KC-46 fuel tankers and P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare jets. (host.madison.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes Near Salida, CO

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Witnesses said they saw a single engine Cessna plane lose altitude before crash landing in a cow pasture near the Salida airport Wednesday evening. (denver.cbslocal.com) More...

NJ/ NYC Newark Airport to Get New Terminal A

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Of Newark Airport’s three terminals, A’s the most obsolete. The Port Authority’s vision for a new A includes a 1 million square-foot, T-shaped terminal that’ll handle 13 million passengers through 33 gates — a 50 percent increase in capacity. (www.njtvonline.org) More...

Illinois bill would ban passenger removal after UAL incident

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CHICAGO, April 17 (Reuters) - An Illinois lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill to ban the forcible removal of travelers from flights by state or local government employees (eresearch.fidelity.com) More...

Airlander 10 Nose Dives in a Field -- Again

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World's longest aircraft the Airlander 10 'nosedived' into field in Bedfordshire. Moorings at the back of the airship came loose causing it to fall forward. Comes months after the Airlander crashed during a test flight last summer. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...