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FlightAware moves HQ higher into the sky

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FlightAware, a global flight tracking data company, will double the size of its headquarters and gain a modern space with panoramic views of Houston when it relocates to a full floor near the top of Eleven Greenway Plaza in November. (m.chron.com) More...

The End of an Era: On Board United's Last Domestic 747 Flight

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Many years ago the Jumbo Jet dominated major airports across the US, and seeing domestic flights operated by the 747 was the norm... But today, United and Delta are the last US carriers to operate the 747 on commercial routes. Both are set to retire the iconic American-made jetliner by the end of this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

Southwest is Travel Industry's Favorite Airline

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The world’s travel industry professionals and frequent flyers have named their favorite airline. According to new data from YouGov, 35 percent of travel industry pros who participated in the survey prefer Southwest. It easily beat the competition, gathering twice as much support as the nearest competitor, American Airlines, which was named favorite by 15 percent of professionals, followed by Delta, with 11 percent. (www.msn.com) More...

ATC Monitoring Eclipse Balloon Launch

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Pilots flying on the days leading up to the coming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 have surely planned already to cope with extra traffic near the path of totality, but they also need to be aware of a nationwide balloon launch that will take place along that path. Teams of students will release about 100 high-altitude scientific balloons from about 30 locations along the eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina. The balloons will carry instruments to about 100,000 feet, where they will send back… (www.avweb.com) More...

Air India Flight In US Denied Take-Off Over Seat Belt Tags

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NEW DELHI: The American air safety regulator on Friday stopped an Air India aircraft to take off as scheduled from Chicago for India due to missing tag numbers from several seat belts. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY

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Each time President Trump spends a weekend away from the White House, there’s a massive military effort to protect him from threats… including from above. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was given rare access to present a dramatic demonstration of how the Air National Guard keeps presidential airspace safe. (www.youtube.com) More...

Passengers Call 911 From Ramped Airliner

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The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has ordered Air Transat to explain why passengers were driven to call 911 for help as they sat in packed aircraft for up to six hours on a hot afternoon and evening in Ottawa. (www.avweb.com) More...

Swiss Says Goodbye to the Avro “Jumbolino”

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Swiss International Airlines has retired its last Avro RJ100 regional jet. To mark the occasion, the airline flew the 15-year veteran aircraft on a special final flight between Geneva and Zurich. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Santa Monica Firms Contract for Shorter SMO Runway

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The Santa Monica city council in California has agreed to a $3.5 million “guaranteed maximum price” contract to Aecom to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from 5,000 feet to 3,500 feet. The August 8 approval of the contract is in line with the city’s timeline to begin work on shortening the runway in October and complete the project by December 7, when new FAA charts are ready for release. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Hate Basic Economy Fares? More Are Coming

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Buying airline tickets is getting even more dastardly: Basic Economy fares are spreading nationwide. (www.msn.com) More...

ANALYSIS: After Years of Turbulence, Ultra-Low Cost Carriers Could Finally Take Flight in Canada

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The allure of so-called ultra-low-cost carriers is clear to both passengers and airlines. For passengers, cheap flights have always been very attractive and evidence in the United States and Europe has shown that travellers are willing to undergo a fair amount of annoyance and discomfort, if the price is right. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-off

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Virgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

United Airlines to Offer Flights out of Paine Field

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Following suit with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines will become the second carrier to offer flights out of Paine Field starting in fall 2018. This puts the planned passenger terminal out KPAE/PAE to almost full capacity. United plans to operate six daily flights to it's Denver and San Francisco hubs. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Pilots, check your bearings: Boeing Field catches up with Earth’s magnetic field

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Because the Earth’s magnetic field has shifted over the decades, the runway numbers at Boeing Field have just been changed, requiring pilots to pay attention and change their charts. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Aviation City to add restroom and showers

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ARCADIA, Fla. – Do you like to camp at airports? If so, and you happen to also enjoy proper restroom and shower facilities, you can help make both a reality at Aviation City at Florida’s Arcadia Airport. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

FCC issues Enforcement Advisory

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Issued On: Aug 8, 2017 Document Numbers DA/FCC: DA-17-747 Enforcement Bureau Reminds Civil Aviation Community That Use Of A Certain Aviation Frequency Is Restricted To Emergency Use. The FAA's ability to monitor aviation channel 121.500 MHz for emergencies is being impaired by increased use of 121.500 MHz for non-emergency communications. The FCC will aggressively enforce the rules related to aviation radio operations. (www.fcc.gov) More...

Ryanair accuses Lufthansa of Air Berlin 'conspiracy'

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Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up collapsed airline Air Berlin. Lufthansa is negotiating over buying Air Berlin planes, which are still flying following a 150m euro German government loan. (www.bbc.com) More...

SWISS to Replace Airbus A319s With Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

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Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to replace its five remaining Airbus A319s with Bombardier CS100/300 aircraft in the spring of 2018, SWISS CSeries fleet chief Peter Koch told journalists in Zurich at the CS100 launch to London City Airport. (atwonline.com) More...

Heathrow Airport Reports Record Breaking Month for Passenger Numbers

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Heathrow Airport has managed to have its best month ever in July - increasing passenger numbers by 1.2% to 7.3 million. The Middle East continued to be one of the most popular destinations. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

‘Incredible’ Boeing Everett site turns 50 years young

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In May 1967, Boeing employees moved into a new factory built beside Paine Field near Everett, Wash. Thirteen months later, the group that became known in aerospace legend as “The Incredibles” rolled out the 747. (www.bellevuereporter.com) More...

Taking flight: How an Airbus jetliner is made in Mobile

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Later this year, Airbus executives expect to see the Final Assembly Line in Mobile hit a target rate of four jets per month. Here's how it all comes together. (www.al.com) More...

U.K. Looks At Licensing Lasers

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British authorities are proposing to regulate the sale of laser pointers to curb attacks on aircraft. The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial has issued a “call for evidence” into possibly licensing the sale of small lasers. “Used irresponsibly or maliciously, these products can and do wreak havoc and harm others, with potentially catastrophic consequences,” said Business Minister Margot James. “That’s why we want to hear from business groups, retailers and consumers about the… (www.avweb.com) More...

Virgin Orbit’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ 747 moves closer to rocket launches

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The jet returned to Long Beach after going through a series of inspections and modifications conducted in collaboration with L3 Platform Integration and VT Aerospace, two of Virgin Orbit’s partners. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Passengers sue Boeing in Cook County court over worst crash in Emirates history

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More than a dozen passengers aboard an Emirates airline flight that crashed in August 2016 sued plane-maker Boeing on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, blaming an allegedly defective switch. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Big Bear small plane crash claims lives of newly engaged couple

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A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and her fiance were killed when a small aircraft crashed in a remote area of Big Bear. (abc30.com) More...

Construction begins on Delta's $4B facilities at New York-LGA

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NEW YORK — Delta today broke ground on its $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport, a major component of the transformation of the vital hub into a completely rebuilt, unified 21st-century airport. (news.delta.com) More...

Iran Selecting Financiers For 200 Jets: New Iran Air CEO

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Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, the new CEO of the national airline Farzaneh Sharafbafi said Tuesday. (www.presstv.ir) More...

Russian surveillance plane soars over the Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sights

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A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday, presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon, the Capitol and other government buildings, two U.S. officials said. The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft made the flight through the Treaty on Open Skies, which Russia, the United States and 32 other nations have signed. The treaty established criteria under which countries can make unarmed observation flights over the soil of… (www.msn.com) More...

Ryanair is Calling Time On Drunken Behaviour - And it Wants Airports to Play Their Part Too

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Europe's low-cost airline, Ryanair is putting the blame on airport bars for the behaviour of drunken passengers - but perhaps the airline is missing the point (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...