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Singapore 777-300ER catches fire after emergency landing due to fuel leak

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A Singapore Airlines plane has caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when the pilot reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6.50am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Cessa 150 landing at Georga golf course

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Engine failure on take off at low altitude. Young pilot was able to land on the golf course with minimal damage and no injuries. (www.fox5atlanta.com) More...

Two explosions at Istanbul airport, several people dead and injured

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Two explosions have rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 10 people and wounding around 20 others, Turkey’s justice minister and another official said Tuesday. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

EgyptAir Flight 804 Recorders Being Fixed

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(CNN) The black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 804 -- badly damaged when they were found by searchers -- are being repaired and authorities hope they can help solve the mystery of what caused the plane to crash into the Mediterranean Sea last month. The French aircraft investigation bureau was able to fix the electronic board of the data recorder, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Monday. Final repairs on the cockpit voice recorder are expected to wrap up as early as Tuesday, the ministry… (www.cnn.com) More...

Australia's youngest female pilot Jade Esler flies solo at 15

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She's too young to drive a car, but Jade Esler is Australia's youngest female pilot. The year 9 student made her maiden solo flight at Fly Oz school in Cowra on her 15th birthday last week. (www.smh.com.au) More...

First CSeries aircraft is delivered to SWISS Jun 29, 2016

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Bombardier will deliver the first CSeries aircraft to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), at ceremonies in Montreal Wednesday. The June 29 delivery marks an important milestone in an aircraft program beset with technical problems, delays and difficulty securing customers. (atwonline.com) More...

Smoke forces American Airlines evac at gate at Heathrow

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looks like APU started to smoke a little. No injuries. Video available. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Iran Air courts SriLankan over unwanted A350s, codeshare

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Iran’s Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, says Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) has yet to make a decision concerning the possible lease of three A350-900s from SriLankan Airlines (UL, Colombo Int'l). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

London for $639? Yes, British Airways is having a 'Brexit' fare sale

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Is British Airways having a "Brexit" fare sale? That's the vibe from the carrier’s in-progress three-day fare sale to London. British Airways is courting American customers by saying: “Your dollar has never gone further, and with our amazing 3 day sale you can see even more of London! “ As for the details, economy fares are available for as little as $639 round-trip from New York. Fares are slightly higher from “select” other BA gateways in the USA, including Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare,… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Winter runway condition descriptions updated

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Airport reports noting winter runway conditions and expected braking action will be clearer for pilots landing and taking off after Oct. 1 when more concise terms and new procedures take effect. (aopa.org) More...

Will the Bombardier CSeries Crack the Airbus-Boeing Duopoly? — Part One

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As the Bombardier CSeries program gains traction and momentum, will this be enough to threaten the current Airbus - Boeing duopoly? (airwaysmag.com) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

Venture Inside the Command Center of the World’s Largest Airline

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THE WORLD’S BUSIEST airport isn’t in the world’s biggest city. It’s in Atlanta, a great southern city that by dint of accident and capitalism sits, metaphorically speaking, at the center of the map. (www.wired.com) More...

CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’

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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. It is also the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s first Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history. “Adding the A350-900 to the fleet means the company is now moving to the next level. Our A350 and Boeing 787-8s are next-generation aircraft,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW at the delivery ceremony in Toulouse. (atwonline.com) More...

Australia urged to change MH370 search zone by independent expert review

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A very detailed review by the Independent Group of scientists has urged the Australian managed search for MH370 to shift its efforts much further to the north-east of the current priority zone on the floor of the south Indian Ocean. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Pilot incapacitated on Turkish Airlines flight

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration TC-JYG performing flight TK-604 from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to Istanbul (Turkey), was enroute at FL360 south of Antalya when the captain became ill and was unable to continue duties. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Why Aren't There More Female Airline Pilots?

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It’s a sad fact, but it’s a rarity to find women in the aviation industry. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, says that women make up just 5% of its 53,000 members. Globally, it’s even worse — only 4,000 of the 130,000 airline pilots are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. (www.forbes.com) More...

ADS-B advances, advantages....See, be seen, save money

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The prospect of a $500 rebate for installing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment is far from the only reason to equip sooner than later. The benefits of this new technology are sometimes overlooked. (aopa.org) More...

United 2193 from Middle Georgia Rgnl to Dulles flies a long way

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Anyone have an idea why this flight went so far out of a direct path? (flightaware.com) More...

The Weekender: Fly In And Camp Out For The Fourth

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The Weekender’s looking forward to Fourth of July celebrations, with some three-day events found on SocialFlight and the weekend starting on Friday. See the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the 90th National Cherry Festival Air Show in Traverse City, Michigan. Three airshows will run through Monday, and the Cherry Festival will run until July 9. Treeport EAA Chapter 1554 will host a camp-in/fly-in starting Friday in Spirit Lake, Idaho. Arrive to set up camp and start Saturday with breakfast at… (www.avweb.com) More...

GE Aviation lands $1B contract with Air Force

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force has awarded a $1 billion contract to GE Aviation to further develop an advanced jet engine for sixth-generation fighter jets, the company announced Thursday. The three-stream adaptive cycle engine program will support the jobs of 400 engineers, officials said. GE Aviation, based in Evendale, has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to continue work on the development of the Adaptive Engine Transition Program… (www.daytondailynews.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

Ask the Captain: Is scraping the tail while landing a big deal?

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Question: I was riding as a passenger on a 737-900ER, according to the safety card, and when we landed, we did a small bounce and had to get airborne again. On our second landing attempt, we apparently struck the tail. How bad is this? The crew member said that this airplane is too long and is prone to experience this. Why is it designed this way? (www.usatoday.com) More...

Russia and China establish JV to design new widebody aircraft

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Russia and China have signed an agreement establishing a joint venture (JV) to design and develop new widebody aircraft during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to China June 25. The agreement stipulates the joint design, manufacture, marketing and after-sale support of new aircraft. The Russian-Chinese JV is expected to develop a widebody family, although it has not yet been disclosed how many aircraft it will include. (atwonline.com) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Photo of DC10 modified tanker dropping fire retardant

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The Bakersfield Californian paper has this photo on its website, reprinted in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, too. On the Californian website there are more photos, too. (www.bakersfield.com) More...

Congo's ECAIR secures $35mn loan from regional bank

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ECAIR - Equatorial Congo Airlines (LC, Brazzaville) has secured a XAF20 billion (USD34.6 million) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to be put towards the airline's fleet renewal and network expansion strategy. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Allegiant Air breaks into Newark as it adds 3 cities to route map

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Budget carrier Allegiant is ready to take on New York City. The fast-growing leisure airline has gained access to capacity-choked Newark Liberty International Airport, where Allegiant believes it can stimulate new passenger traffic by offering fares as low as $39 (www.usatoday.com) More...

Alaska Air unveils special 737 painted to honor Boeing's centennial

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Alaska Airlines took delivery of a specially painted Boeing 737 on Thursday that’s part of an effort to help Boeing celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Boeing 737-900ER, officially dubbed "Celebration of Boeing," sports a paint scheme that pays homage to Boeing’s centennial year and to Alaska Air’s long history with the jetmaker. (www.usatoday.com) More...

A First Look at The Museum of Flight’s New Aviation Pavilion

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For the first time, the Museum’s collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place, under one roof. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747, a Douglas DC-2, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and one of the prototypes of the 787 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

B-29 "Doc" cleared by FAA, USAF to continue testing toward first flight

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Having just toured "Fifi," having a second airworthy B-29 is a good thing. Thanks to all those who volunteer to keep these artifacts of history alive! (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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