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Korean Air evacuates plane at Japan's Haneda airport after engine smoke

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Korean Air Lines evacuated 319 passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close down Japan's busiest aviation hub. Images broadcast by NHK showed the Boeing 777 on a runway being sprayed with foam by fire trucks, with four of its emergency slides deployed. The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney… (www.reuters.com) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

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Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Delta Airlines Boeing 767

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Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Boeing 767-400ER of Delta Airlines plane after it strayed into its airspace in the Mediterranean Sea without identifying itself, according to Greek media. The civil aircraft reportedly belonged to Delta Airlines and was flying from Germany to Kuwait. But mystery surrounds why the pilots did not identify themselves to Greek authorities. Reports say the passenger jet first appeared on Greek radar at 7.10pm last night (Thursday). After failing to respond two… (www.airlive.net) More...

FAA Denies L.A. Anti-helicopter Petitions

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Last week the FAA denied a quartet of petitions that sought to impose helicopter minimum altitudes; mandatory routings; and hover, orbit and pooling restrictions on tour and electronic news gathering (ENG) operators for all helicopters operating within the Los Angeles Basin. The petitions were filed by various groups of anti-helicopter activists under the umbrella group known as the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition. (www.ainonline.com) More...

World's Second Airworthy B-29!

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May 20th, 2016, Wichita, KS, Today the FAA handed over the airworthiness certificate to "DOC". Doc is a B-29 that rolled of the assembly line in Wichita, Ks in March of 1945. After years serving in Non-Combat roles, Doc was sentence to China Lake for target practice. Rescued in 1998, Doc was transported back to Wichita for restoration. As of today, May 20th, 2016; Doc was finally presented with a new Airworthiness Certificate. From first start to first taxi, and soon to be first… (twitter.com) More...

Lufthansa suspends Caracas flights as Venezuelan economy struggles

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International airlines have for years struggled to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue held in the local bolivar currency due to exchange controls, prompting many to limit service and require that passengers pay fares in dollars. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus just patented what could become the fastest helicopter in the world

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Airbus is trying to take high-speed helicopters to a whole new level. Last month, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound copter (www.seattlepi.com) More...

Airbus Readies VVIP A350 XWB for First Orders

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Going head-to-head here for the first time anywhere are the VVIP Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’s A350 XWB, both considered an ultimate in billionaire or head-of-state travel. (aviationweek.com) More...

Icon A5 production slowdown amid customer backlash

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The California-based start-up ceremonially delivered the first aircraft as a charitable donation to the Young Eagles, a youth aviation organisation, in July 2015. But ambitious plans to aggressively ramp up deliveries to 175 aircraft in 2016 have been thwarted by quality control issues by suppliers and at the final assembly stage, Icon says in a statement released on 24 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing reduces size of tech workforce

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Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Wednesday it was reducing the size of its tech support unit as part of an ongoing drive to lower costs. The company declined to comment on how many Information Technology workers are being laid off, after the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that hundreds of IT jobs were being cut. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Pilot lands Cessna 150 on Interstate 10 in Mississippi

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Perfect timing, no injuries to the pilot and passenger and no accidents caused by his landing. (www.sunherald.com) More...

Computer Glitch Forces Brief Ground Stop For All LAX Flights

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A computer software problem resulted in a ground stop of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for a time Thursday before technicians were able to resolve the issue, authorities said. The software problem at the FAA’s Approach Control in San Diego was reported about 7:20 a.m. and only affected LAX, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All departing and arriving flights were affected by the ground stop, but the restriction was quickly lifted for… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The 11 Worst Soviet Aircraft

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The Soviet Union lasted a mere sixty-nine years (the Spitfire has been flying longer), but in that time produced some of the largest, fastest, toughest and most agile aircraft. Even now, 25 years after its collapse, almost all Russian and Ukrainian aircraft have their roots in the communist super state. Favoring clever robust design over high technology and refinement, the Soviet approach enabled the mass production of cheap machines. Many of these were outstanding, but some – for reasons of… (hushkit.net) More...

TSA Chief Fired

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The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Singapore Airlines sends A350XWB to Johannesburg

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Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 fleet, with effect from June 23, 2016. The A350 will initially be deployed on flights serving the Singapore-Johannesburg route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Frequency of A350-900 services will progressively increase to cover all seven weekly Johannesburg flights, including four weekly flights which continue to Cape Town. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Reimagine TSA to protect travelers

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We should consider what to do about the excruciatingly long security screening lines at airports around the country that have resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights. Travelers have every right to be frustrated and angry at yet another government failure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Bombardier chief calls out industry criticism of CSeries

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Linking the CSeries to the invention of the 50-seat regional jet, chief executive Alain Bellemare told an audience of high-ranking executives that Bombardier’s high-stakes bet on the 100-150-seat jet market will be vindicated, even as called on his industry rivals to refrain from criticizing innovative projects. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

KC-46A boom problem busts USAF schedule

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The latest setback for Boeing’s KC-46 tanker signals the difficulties the company continues to face with a program that was supposed to be relatively painless. Boeing has experienced a number of hiccups with the tanker’s refueling system thus far, and they all were chalked up to development issues that are not unusual in military programs. The new hitch announced May 27 could lead to further delays.. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines New Lie-Flat Seat Cabins Rolled Out

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Who doesn’t love a starry night… Hawaiian Airlines today welcomed home its first Airbus A330 aircraft featuring fully lie-flat seating in a spacious Premium Cabin that surrounds guests with modern, luxurious island-inspired designs and even a twinkling constellation paying homage to the history of Polynesian navigation. (thedesignair.net) More...

Pictures & Video: Korean B777 at Tokyo on May 27th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine fire

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A Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL7534 performing flight KE-2708 from Tokyo Haneda (Japan) to Seoul Gimpo (South Korea) with 302 passengers and 17 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Haneda's runway 34R when unusual vibrations were felt throughout the aircraft and smoke was seen from the left hand engine (PW4098). The crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 1300 meters/4200 feet down the runway. Large flames were seen from the left hand engine, the… (avherald.com) More...

Pictures: Belgium F-16s intercept Russian planes over Baltic

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The images in this post were taken by the Belgian Air Force during their latest rotation of support to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission (theaviationist.com) More...

The Good, Bad & Ugly of Virgin America

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Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Virgin America's first eight-plus years as an independent airline. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Adds Two Leased Airbus A350s

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has exercised the lease option for two additional new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corp. (ALC) under a 12-year lease agreement. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under an existing lease agreement for four A350-900s signed in September 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing Mulls Larger Engine For Biggest 737 MAX

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Boeing is considering a plan to put a larger engine on its biggest narrowbody airliner in an effort to blunt the runaway success of a rival Airbus jet that outsells it by four to one, industry sources said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Toronto on May 15th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine wash

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GZWS performing flight WS-1246 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Tampa,FL (USA) with 154 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Toronto's runway 23 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (just below 80 knots) reporting smoke in the cockpit. (avherald.com) More...

Airbus Launches ACJ350 XWB with Easyfit Outfitting

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The new long-range member of the Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJ) will be able to fly 25 passengers up to 10,800 nm. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Cathay Pacific Airways becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

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Cathay Pacific Airways has become the sixth airline to operate the world’s latest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The airline’s first aircraft featuring the carrier’s new livery has arrived at its home base in Hong Kong. (www.airbus.com) More...

Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

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The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m.The project hilighs renewable energy. (www.spokesman.com) More...

Air France shirt-ripper trial postponed

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Members of a union spearheading protests in France rallied at a courthouse on Friday in support of five people who risk prison over an incident in which Air France executives had their shirts ripped to shreds by employees furious over planned job cuts. The rally was timed to coincide with hearings -- ultimately put off until September -- in a trial where the five stand accused of aggravated violence, an offence that carries a sentence of up to three years in jail. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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