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Another final departure: Gene Cernan, 1/16/2017

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Legacy astronaut, and one of only 12 who walked on the moon, Gene Cernan passed today. Another of the brave and honorable men that represented the early American space effort. Our collective condolences, and may he Rest in peace. (abc13.com) 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...

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 called off after nearly 3 years

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This is the only source so far this site has from my experience has only told true facts. (bnonews.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...

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...

DB Cooper may have worked at Boeing

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Citizen scientists examining the JC Penney tie of DB Cooper have found particles that may place him at Boeings SST's project. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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...

Lots of private planes to swoop in for Super Bowl

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To avoid commercial flights and airport crowds, celebrities and other high-rolling Super Bowl-goers are expected to arrive in droves, many of them by private plane. Kyle Chank, director of transportation and operations for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, said about 1,100 such aircraft will descend upon the area between the Thursday before the Feb. 5 big game and on Sunday itself. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

CJ4 Skids off runway

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Non fatal - CJ4 damaged beyond repair A Cessna 525C Citation CJ4 corporate jet suffered an apparent runway excursion on landing at Howell-Livingston County Airport, Michigan, USA. The pilot survived the accident. The airplane departed Batavia-Genesee County Airport, New York, at 10:57 hours local time. The flight landed on runway 13 at 11:56 hours. An eyewitness reported that the aircraft travelled pas the end of the runway over about 390 m of airport terrain before it crossed Tooley Road. The… (www.livingstondaily.com) More...

Trump and Boeing CEO Look to Downscale Requirements on Air Force One Replacement

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WASHINGTON — Boeing will reduce the cost of the Air Force One replacement program by adhering to scaled-down requirements and using commercial practices, Boeing head Dennis Muilenburg said after a Tuesday meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

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The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

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Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an internal project designed to test viability and refine a prototype for urban air transport. (techcrunch.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...

NASA To Test New Approach System

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NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. (www.avweb.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Incident: KLM B747 near Cairo on Jan 16th 2017, loose part on wing

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A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFL performing flight KL-565 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 376 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm southwest of Cairo (Egypt) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. (avherald.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...

FBI arrests United passenger who claimed he found note about bomb on plane to Denver

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A 20-year-old man, who has been arrested for allegedly falsely claiming he found a letter in an airplane bathroom that indicated a bomb was on United Airlines flight, faces a potential penalty of 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing Clarifies Plans For Stretched 737 MAX

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If enough airlines bite, the MAX 10X will be formally launched as a new 737 variant for entry into service (EIS) by 2020. (airwaysmag.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...

Saudi's Flynas orders 80 Airbus A320neos, Upgrades 20 More

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Saudi Arabian budget carrier flynas is to buy 80 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo narrow body jets in a deal worth $8.6 billion that includes upgrading an earlier order, it said on Monday. (www.reuters.com) More...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Spotted In Angeles National Forest

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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say the wreckage of a small plane found in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest is an aircraft reported missing last week. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the wreckage spotted Wednesday morning near Lake Hughes. There was no immediate information about the plane’s occupants. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane is a Mooney M20J that went missing Jan. 12 during a flight from Tehachapi to… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Air India starts selling seats in female-only section

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Air India has begun selling female-only seat sections. The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were being groped by other passengers. A general manager from Air India told The Hindu they wanted to reassure passengers who were traveling alone. (www.bbc.co.uk) 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...

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...

Flight recorder retrieved from Boeing 747 crash debris

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Investigators have retrieved the first flight recorder from the wreckage of a Boeing 747-400F which crashed in the vicinity of Bishkek Manas airport. (www.flightglobal.com) 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...

The mystery of MH370: Timeline

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Almost three years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, its underwater search has been suspended, according to a joint statement from Australian, Chinese and Malaysian officials on Jan. 17, 2017. The three countries were leading the search for the flight, which was carrying 239 people on board when it went missing in March 2014. The statement said: "Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from… (www.msn.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...

Air Canada resolves computer issue that led to flight delays

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Air Canada says it has resolved a computer issue that caused problems at airports that resulted in some flight delays. The Montreal-based airline (TSX:AC) had warned in a travel advisory that it was having trouble with completing bookings and passenger check-ins. Details of the outage weren’t immediately available. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Sao Paulo becomes latest Airbus A380 destination for Emirates Airlines

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First ever scheduled commercial A380 flight to South America, marking Emirates’ tenth year of operations in Brazil Monday, January 16, 2017 — Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced today that it will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on March 26, 2017. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

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