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Actor Harrison Ford lands plane on Taxiway at John Wayne (KSNA)

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Actor Harrison Ford lands in error on a taxiway instead of runway 20L he had been cleared for. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Vesna Vulovic, Stewardess Who Survived 33,000ft Fall, Dies

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Vesna Vulovic, an air stewardess who survived the highest ever fall by a human being after her plane broke up at 33,000ft (10,000m), has died aged 66 (www.bbc.com) More...

Passenger discovers missing screws on wing of Frontier airplane

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Frontier Airlines is investigating why a plane flew with about 20 screws missing from an area near the front of the wing, Denver7 Investigates confirmed with officials Friday. A passenger noticed the missing screws on a Frontier Airlines Airbus 319 from Trenton, N.J., to Punta Gorda, Fla., on January 5 and notified the captain. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

MT-Propeller secures approval for five-blade prop on 208 Supervan

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Germany’s MT-Propeller has received US supplemental type certification for its MTV-27, 5-blade, constant-speed prop on the Texas Turbines Cessna 208/B Supervan. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Flying bum' to take to the skies once more

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The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, is ready to take to the skies again after crashing into a telegraph pole on a test flight last summer. Affectionately known as the "flying bum", in recognition of the curves of its rear, the 92m-long plane, which is part helicopter and part airship, suffered a "hard landing" in an airfield in Bedfordshire last August. No-one was injured. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Kansas looks to build airport in Johnson Co. to rival KCI

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The state of Kansas is looking to build a new airport in Johnson County to rival Kansas City International. Airlines are requesting construction of a new single terminal airport at MCI, and the state of Kansas is continually looking for new economic development opportunities. With more than 50 percent of MCI passengers coming from Kansas, we are exploring the possibilities of this project.” (www.kctv5.com) More...

Report Suggests B-21 Bomber, Boeing 737, as New Air Force One

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Back in December, Donald Trump caused a rucks when he tweeted that the costs for replacing Air Force One jets were "out of control." Now that Trump is in office, Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a full review of the $3.2 billion project to find ways to cut back costs. The aviation industry at large has taken notice. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Picture: Swiss CS100 and Patrouille Suisse flypast at Ski World Championship 2017

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HB-JBB performing at the St. Moritz Ski World Championship 2017 together with the Patrouille Suisse. Photo taken on 2017-2-11 by Simeon Lüthi. (www.airplane-pictures.net) More...

Surviving VFR into IMC

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VFR into IMC events have a distressingly high fatality rate. Here's why they happen and some strategies for surviving based on research into reports from pilots who successfully handled the challenge. (www.avweb.com) More...

Union Organization rejected at S. Carolina Boeing Plant

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Boeing Co handily defeated a union drive by workers at the company’s aircraft factory in South Carolina on Wednesday, as almost three-quarters of workers at the plant who voted rejected union representation. The secret ballot vote, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at polling locations throughout the North Charleston plant, was the first for Boeing and a high-profile test for organized labor in the nation’s most strongly anti-union state. The NLRB said 74 percent of the… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Join the beta testing for the upcoming FlightAware iOS app

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FlightAware is currently beta testing the upcoming version 5.3.3 of our iOS flight tracking app. This new version adds a few minor features as well as a few bug fixes. If you would like to volunteer to join the testing of this upcoming release, comment in either this squawk or the linked forum post so that we can add you. We are planning on some bigger iOS releases in the next few months, so you will also be automatically included in the testing opportunities of those as well. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Plane hits deer while taking off from North Carolina airport

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Plane hits deer while taking off from North Carolina airport (www.foxnews.com) More...

737 Max 10 could be lucky 13 for Boeing

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A 13th passenger-carrying version of the Boeing 737 is now being seriously pursued in Seattle. If launched later this year, the 230-passenger 737 Max 10 would be 1.68m (66in) longer than the 737 Max 9 and 15.1m longer than the 737-100 that first flew 50 years ago in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

IAG Said to Seal Long-Range Airbus A321Neo Order for Aer Lingus

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IAG SA has sealed a deal to take seven long-range variants of Airbus Group SE’s A321neo single-aisle jetliner for Irish arm Aer Lingus, people with knowledge of the agreement said. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Unusual and record-breaking planes: Six incredible planes you'll never fly on

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In the past 10 years, travellers have become increasingly interested in the type of plane they fly on to reach their destination. Competition between the big two aircraft manufacturers, America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus, has seen great leaps forward in plane technology. The launch of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the biggest commercial aircraft to fly, in 2007 and the carbon-fibre and cutting-edge technology found on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which took off on its first commercial flight… (www.msn.com) More...

Lufthansa A350-900 Begins Long Distance Flights

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Lufthansa’s first Airbus A350-900 has landed in New Delhi after completing its first long haul flight for the anchor carrier of Europe’s largest airline group. Lufthansa Flight 762 with nonstop service from Lufthansa’s hub at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (airwaysmag.com) More...

Falsified papers, sloppy work led FAA to fine Boeing

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Though Boeing paid $12 million in late 2015 to settle more than a dozen Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigations, details of the problems found by the safety agency were not disclosed at the time. Documents obtained this month by The Seattle Times through a Freedom of Information Act request show the cases revealed a disquieting pattern of falsified paperwork and ignored procedures that created quality issues on the production lines of Boeing and its suppliers. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Frontier Airlines ranked No. 1 in complaints in November 2016

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Frontier Airlines has been named the worst airline for consumer complaints. The Air Travel Consumer Report issued by the Department of Transportation included flight delays, mishandled baggage and consumer complaints in January 2016. The report listed Frontier Airlines as No. 12 out of 12 major U.S. airlines for consumer complaints. Frontier had 40 complaints in the month -- the most per 100,000 enplanements, according to the DOT. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

jets scramble to protect Palm Beach no fly zone

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Sonic boom makes local news as military jet investigate no fly zone. Residents panic due to loud noise (www.local10.com) More...

Oneworld Scouting For Partners in Africa, Mulls LCC Members

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Oneworld has held “formative” talks with unspecified carriers in Africa as the thirty-eight-member alliance seeks to plug holes in its global coverage. Oneworld's more prominent members include: Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL - Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, LATAM Airlines Group, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and SriLankan Airlines. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

India may buy 6 Airbus aircraft for AWACS

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India is likely to place orders worth ₹20,000 crore with Airbus to buy six A330 aircraft to mount the indigenously-built Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). DRDO Chairman S Christopher, addressing reporters on the sidelines of Aero India international seminar, said, “Currently the order to buy Airbus aircraft is before the Cabinet Committee on Security.” “We are hopeful that within six months we will get the clearances and the first aircraft will be ready for handing over to the Indian… (www.thehindubusinessline.com) More...

The Cure For America’s ‘Third-World’ Airports: Private capital

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President Donald Trump has signaled he thinks private investment is the solution to the nation’s infrastructure woes. And he has outlined a way to draw it off the sidelines. Critics of public-private partnerships say that only low-risk, lucrative projects will fly. Proponents say that they can speed up what can be a cumbersome process, accelerating public works projects and bringing a sense of competitive capitalism—and accountability—to projects that could use them. (www.politico.com) More...

4th A320 Neo faces engine trouble in less than a month

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New Delhi: The Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine trouble on the Airbus A320 Neo (new engine option) shows no sign of ending. On Saturday , an IndiGo A320 Neo, powered by P&W engine, developed a snag in one of its engines. “The aircraft (VT-ITC) got a `oil chip detected' warning for one engine at Vadodara. It had to be flown back to Delhi as a ferry (without passengers) on Sunday for engine change,“ said a source. Saturday's trouble is the fourth in less than a month with both IndiGo and… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

On Board United’s First Revenue 777-300ER Flight

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As the North Star began to fade just as the sun started to rise over Newark Thursday, United 539 to San Francisco marked the beginning of a new era. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Bell 429 Crashes in DeSoto Parish, LA

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Bell 429 Crashes in DeSoto Parish, LA. Search hampered by remote swampy location (www.ksla.com) More...

Expressjet Leads in Lost Bags and Bumped Passengers

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Express jet Airlines led major U.S. carriers for 2016 in highest percentage of bags lost. According to Department of Transportation statistics, Express jet received reports of mishandled baggage from 0.43% of all passengers—91,383 bags—which was down from their 2015, also industry leading, loss rate of 0.51% of passengers reporting bags mishandled. (www.avweb.com) More...

US vs China: Is China In Front of the US in Developing Hypersonic Weapons?

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We need to be out front! The United States has really fallen behind on so many levels. (www.scout.com) More...

Planes clipped wings at Sky Harbor Airport

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Both planes, according to fire officials, were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported. As of 9:53 p.m., crews are reportedly addressing the fuel leak, and assisting Sky Harbor personnel and the aircraft involved. (www.fox10phoenix.com) More...

Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team clips TV camera cable in St. Moritz

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The two-seat PC-7 aircraft, part of the Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team, was flying on a training exercise when it brought down the cable that carries an overhead television camera for ski races, said police in canton Graubünden. The plane landed safely but was slightly damaged. All further displays at the ski championships were cancelled. This could have been a lot worse then a damaged camera (www.swissinfo.ch) More...

Airbus awards CAE $200M contract for RCAF search and rescue aircraft

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Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for C295W aircrew and maintenance training to support the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program. The Montreal-based manufacturer of aerospace simulators and provider of training systems said the 11-year, $200 million contract includes options to extend an additional 15 years that would take the value to more than $300 million. (www.plant.ca) More...

Man dead, guard hospitalized after security breach at Honolulu Airport

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An airport security official said the man pushed away another security official to get into an area for ticketed passengers, then ran through two doors that lead to an outdoor walkway to where the airplanes are parked. (www.hawaiinewsnow.com) More...

Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing to employees

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Delta Air Lines is paying out $1.1 billion in profit sharing to its employees, including more than $392 million to its employees in metro Atlanta. The Feb. 14 Delta profit sharing payout is smaller than the airline’s $1.5 billion payout last year with $541 million going to local employees, but will still make a significant impact on the local economy in Atlanta and other cities where Delta has large hubs, according to the company. (www.ajc.com) More...

US Army's New UH-60V Makes First Flight

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The U.S. Army and industry partner Northrop Grumman completed the first flight of the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter. (www.upi.com) More...

The famed 'Warthog' will stick around until at least 2021

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A-10 Warthog fans can breathe a sigh of relief: The Air Force won’t start retiring the famed close-air support plane until 2021, at the very earliest.....followed by much Pentagon bureaucrat double speak. (www.defensenews.com) More...

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