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FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation. (www.faa.gov) More...

Colorado Springs pilot force lands Cirrus SR22 on mountainous terrain

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Russ Ford and his wife Sheri were flying their Cirrus SR-22 single-engine plane over the remote Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Meeker, CO, on Saturday when he says the engine cut out. They were at about 12,000 feet over rough terrain and Russ had to make a quick decision; whether or not to deploy the plane's emergency parachute, which is designed to bring the entire plane safely to the ground. (www.kktv.com) More...

Photographers capture Airbus A400M at low level through the Mach Loop

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An Airbus A400M tactical airlifter training low level flying is a pretty cool sight! (theaviationist.com) More...

Teddy bear lost during FLL Airport shooting found and returned to family!

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Through the shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport final week, a younger woman named Courtney left behind her teddy bear within the chaos that ensued. (www.airlive.net) More...

Air Force Looks At Sharing Pilots With Airlines

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The Air Force is considering allowing its dwindling pilot population to moonlight as airline pilots as a way of keeping them available for active duty. Senior brass are reportedly giving pilots more latitude in shaping their own careers with active duty flying as part of the mix. (www.avweb.com) More...

Airlines Save Big Money by Slowing Down

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New York to Houston takes over an hour longer now than it did in 1973. This is despite the fact there have been huge advances in aircraft technology. Carriers are instructing their pilots to slow down to save money. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airbus deliveries rose 8 pct, orders outpaced Boeing in 2016

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Confirming an estimate published by Reuters, the European planemaker said on Wednesday it had delivered 688 aircraft in 2016, compared with an official company forecast of more than 650 and a goal set by its finance director of more than 670. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Onboard Air France’s new Dreamliner: Revamped Premium Economy and Connectivity

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Airways was invited to fly onboard one of the initial demonstration flights of Air France's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner where the airline showcased its new Premium Economy Cabin and connectivity. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Spirit Airlines adds to destinations at Bush airport

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While you're planning for spring and summer 2017, Spirit Airlines wants to give Houstonians some ideas. The low-cost airline announced on Tuesday that it's adding two new routes from Houston's big airport, otherwise known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, or IAH. (www.chron.com) More...

AirBaltic: CS300 performance ‘exceeding expectations’

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“Both of our aircraft have entered full commercial operations, servicing our passengers just like any other airBaltic aircraft. The smooth operational performance is complemented by a lot of positive feedback that we receive from our customers about the improved flying experience,” CEO Martin Gauss said in a statement. (atwonline.com) More...

Snake in cargo hold of Boeing 777-300 grounds flight Emirates #EK863 to Dubai

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Flight Emirates #EK863 from Muscat was grounded after baggage handlers found the serpent in the cargo hold of the Boeing 777-300ER. (www.airlive.net) More...

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft repairing grounded Interjet SSJ100s

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft technical teams have been in Mexico since late December conducting repair work on 11 Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft grounded by Mexican airline Interjet, the only SSJ100 operator in the Americas. (atwonline.com) More...

JetBlue's Fly-Fi broadband is now free on all flights

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JetBlue has finally made good on that promise to provide free WiFi on every flight. The airline announced today that every jet in its fleet is now equipped with JetBlue's Fly-Fi broadband, offering "gate-to-gate" high speed internet you can use even before the flight reaches cruising altitude. Fly-Fi debuted in 2013 and JetBlue claims speeds of up to 20 Mbps per device. Even if speeds are slightly slower in practice, Fly-Fi promises to be leaps ahead of more expensive and slower… (www.engadget.com) More...

Ex-Sen. D'Amato kicked off flight after rallying passengers against crew

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New York (CNN)Former New York Sen. Al D'Amato was removed from a delayed New York-bound JetBlue flight on Monday after trying to rally passengers against the flight crew. JetBlue flight 1002 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was originally supposed to depart at 1:42 p.m. ET, but six delays pushed the departure time to just after 8:00 p.m. (www.cnn.com) More...

Body discovered on runway of Detroit's Coleman A. Young Airport

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According to Detroit Police, an air traffic controller at the airport spotted something on the runway around noon. Security was called to investigate and said that the object was a man's body. (www.fox2detroit.com) More...

NASA Super Guppy scheduled for short flight this morning.

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The Super Guppy is scheduled to fly today, for those plane hunters that might be in the area. But why only 6 minutes I wonder? Test flight? (flightaware.com) More...

Frontier COO steps down 2 weeks after VP of customer relations

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Frontier Airline’s chief operating officer, Bill Meehan, stepped down from his job effective Jan. 3, the Denver-based carrier said Monday. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Boeing 747-400 on a DoD mission lands at Poznan airport for the first time

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An Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 on “a military passenger charter flight” for the U.S. Defense Department’s (DoD) landed for the first time at the Polish airport of Poznan. (theaviationist.com) More...

Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Finnair flight AY666 has, according to the Daily Mail, become something of a running joke for several reasons. Along with pentagrams and images of Baphomet, 666 is, of course, associated with Satanism. And several times a year, AY666 just happens to fly on Friday the 13th. (gizmodo.com) More...

United Airlines to Push Up Boeing 747 Retirement to 2017

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United Airlines has prompted the phase-out of its Boeing 747-400s, now set to leave the fleet in the last quarter of 2017, as announced today in the morning by Scott Kirby, president of the Chicago-based carrier. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Transat launches seasonal Montréal-Tel Aviv flight

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In the last year an estimated 240,000 bi-directional O&D passengers flew between Canada and Israel, approximately 325 PPDEW (Passengers Per-Day Each-Way). This is dominated by the direct Toronto – Tel Aviv operations which account for over half of the traffic (135,000 passengers), but there is already sizeable indirect flows from Montreal and Vancouver. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Finnair launches new Dublin flights

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In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has announced that it will be adding capacity between and Ireland and Finland across the 2017 winter and summer seasons. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Wizz Air welcomes 23m passengers in record year

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Wizz Air has closed another outstanding year with record passenger numbers and further expansion of its network. The airline carried 23 million passengers in 2016, representing a 19 per cent passenger growth, year-on-year. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

MyCargo 747-400 (TC-MCL) crashed in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Jan. 16 / Kabar /. Cargo airplane crashed in Kyrgyzstan due to poor visibility because of thick mist, the sources of Manas airport told Kabar Agency. The airplane Boeing 747, the flight # 6491 heading to Bishkek from Hong Kong crashed outskirts of the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Monday early morning. the plane was to be landed at 7.20 am at Manas airport, the source said. (www.eng.24.kg) More...

Chinese Military Aircraft Intrude into Korean Airspace

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This is not the first time that Chinese military aircraft have flown in the zone, but the latest intrusion involved the largest number of aircraft. (english.chosun.com) More...

Easyjet wants more women in the cockpit

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Easyjet says it has doubled the number of female pilots in a year after launching a recruitment drive. The Amy Johnson initiative named after the first female pilot to fly solo from the UK to Australia, prompted a surge in applications. (www.bbc.com) More...

Pan Am: History, Design & Identity Story (Book Review)

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Twenty-five years after its demise, Pan Am the erstwhile un-official flag carrier is still regarded as the most storied name in commercial aviation. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing vs. Airbus in 2016

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For Airbus and Boeing, as with many storied institutions in the Western world, 2016 was a year of roiling change and relative decline. Objectively speaking, 731 net orders for Airbus and 668 for Boeing isn't a terrible outcome by any means, but it is the slowest pace of orders since the global financial crisis of 2009 and 2010 for the world's two biggest aircraft manufacturers. In eight of the eleven years since 2005's order boom, one of Airbus or Boeing has recorded at least 1000 net orders for… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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