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Southwest Flight 1045 into MDW diverts due to radio silence at control tower

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Just after midnight on June 4, 2016, the pilot for Southwest Airlines flight 1045 was unable to get anyone from the airport tower to respond. So a controller from the Federal Aviation Administration's regional center in Elgin stepped in. The airliner and other flights were put in a holding pattern as more attempts were made to reach the tower. Regional controller: Southwest 1045 did you try them on guard at all? Pilot: We tried them on guard, we got dispatch and company all trying to call them… (abc7chicago.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

WWII P-38 Fighter Pilot Fulfills Vow Made 70 Years Ago to Honor Comarades

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Fredric Arnold entered combat with 13 other P-38 fighter pilots more than 70 years ago. Only he and one other survived combat. The two survivors vowed to honor their comrades. Over the last seven years, he sculpted 12 life-size bronze figures as a monument to the more than 88,000 Airmen killed in WWII. The monument depicts a mission briefing scene. A squadron leader addresses six airmen prior to the mission. Five more are shown in a lighter color representing spirits of those already killed. All… (www.denverpost.com) More...

Reno Air Race accident, in-cockpit video

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Thom Richard experiences engine trouble on the grid in "Hot Stuff," but due to an apparent miscommunication, the other aircraft are signaled to take off, resulting on another aircraft impacting Hot Stuff from behind. Severe aircraft damage, but only minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines open to Europe flights

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The Airbus A330neo, already on order, might have range to make new long-haul routes feasible, CEO says (www.wsj.com) More...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol celebrates 100 years with amazing time-lapse animation

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What started as a humble grass strip in the first part of the 20th century has now evolved into a massive hub of transportation connecting all of Europe. Watch this beautiful rendering visualize the evolution ofAmsterdam Airport Schiphol over its one hundred year history. (www.youtube.com) More...

F-22 Raptor Does A Loop On Its Axis Performing The Elusive Falling Leaf

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Talk About Stability. It's no secret the F-22 Raptor is one of the most maneuverable, if not THE most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world. A strong case could be made that fourth generation Sukhoi and MiG aircraft also have thrust vectoring and could do the same, but there's really no way of telling which is better. One thing's for sure though. The Raptor looks great when it does it. Link direct to video https://youtu.be/P8zPh8kAcAU (frontlinevideos.com) More...

U-2 Spy Plane Crashes In Sutter County; Pilots Ejected

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11:00 a.m. UPDATE: A U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane has crashed in Sutter County. The crash happened at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The Air Force and Beale Air Force Base have both confirmed the crash and that two pilots ejected. Their condition is unknown. (sacramento.cbslocal.com) More...

Taiwan's Bid to Join ICAO Was Denied

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Taiwan's request to be invited to the September 27 ICAO meeting in Montreal was denied. ICAO is the UN's regulatory arm for the aviation industry. Taiwan was invited to attend an ICAO meeting in 2013 but has not been invited since. Many suspect that China moved to prevent Taiwan from being invited in order to further isolate Taiwan politically. Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world and the 11th busiest international passenger airport in the world. (thediplomat.com) More...

FlightAware and Aireon Announce Global Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking

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FlightAware and Aireon are proud to announce the world's first and only global, space-based ADS-B flight tracking solution. FlightAware's technology and Aireon's 66 ADS-B receivers in low earth orbit will forever change the world of flight tracking and flight safety. (flightaware.com) More...

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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The inflight entertainment system maps on some Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft have changed as a new provider introduced more detailed flight maps, the airline said. (news.airwise.com) More...

FIS-B Advisory Service Adding Data, Curtailing Older NOTAMS

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AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September. (www.aopa.org) More...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

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Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape (www.airbus.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines opens Honolulu-Brisbane ASPIRE route

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Hawaiian said the flight, which used an Airbus A330, saved a projected 1,500 lbs. (over 680 kg) of fuel. Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu-Auckland route became the airline’s first ASPIRE city pair earlier this year, with an inaugural flight April 22, 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Etihad B777 at Abu Dhabi on Sep 27th 2016, engine problem

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETL performing flight EY-450 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was in the initial climb out of Abu Dhabi's runway 13R when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and returned to Abu Dhabi. (avherald.com) More...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

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When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have underestimated the creativity of airmen and the pitfalls of public polling. Nukey McMeltface and Trump Bomber were among more than 2,100 submissions to a list that was released by the air branch on Sept. 22 after a number of freedom of information requests were filed seeking the document. (aviationweek.com) More...

WTO slams EU, Airbus (Again)

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Sept. 22, 2016: The World Trade Organization (WTO) today found that the European Union not only did not cure its previous finding that Airbus received illegal financing aid in launching the A300 through A380, it further violated rules by obtaining launch aid for the A350 XWB. (leehamnews.com) More...

Helicopter Loses to Cow

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A cow in Australia scuffled with a helicopter over the weekend, and the battle didn’t end the way you might expect. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

SeaPort Airlines to be liquidated, fleet grounded

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SeaPort Airlines, an 8-year-old commuter carrier that tried to carve a niche serving subsidized routes to small regional airports, will ground its flights Tuesday as it faces liquidation in bankruptcy. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Los Angeles on Sep 19th 2016, burst tyre on departure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N555LV performing flight WN-2634 from Los Angeles,CA to Nashville,TN (USA) with 142 passengers and 5 crew, departed Los Angeles' runway 25R when the crew suspected they blew a left main tyre on departure (avherald.com) More...

Santa Monica Airport Begins Evictions - FAA Warnings Ignored

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Two weeks after the FAA reiterated its longstanding and unambiguous view that Santa Monica Municipal Airport must continue operating on “fair and reasonable terms” until 2023 at least, the city issued eviction notices targeting both of the airport’s fixed base operators, Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers. (www.aopa.org) More...

Air NZ acts after Air Nippon Dreamliners are grounded

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Air New Zealand is putting in "proactive systems" for its Dreamliner fleet after problems were identified in engines of the same aircraft type operated by Japanese carrier ANA. Air New Zealand operates seven of the planes and says it is aware of a technical issue that has affected some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engines operated by other international carriers. It says that in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has put… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Incident: American B767 near London on Sep 11th 2016, hydraulic leak

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The Canadian TSB reported the aircraft performed an overweight landing back in Chicago. (avherald.com) More...

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier Fighter Jet Crashes Off Coast of Okinawa

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Tokyo (CNN) — A US Marine Corps pilot ejected safely when his fighter jet crashed into the waters off the Japanese island of Okinawa, officials said. The fighter jet, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet, departed the Kadena US Air Base and crashed 153 km (95 miles) off Hedo Cape, according to a local coast guard official. (www.cnn.com) More...

See A Dozen B-52 Nuclear Bombers Takeoff Together

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The United States 5th Bomb Wing B-52s and their crews recently performed a mass takeoff during Prairie Vigilance exercise at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Prairie Vigilance is an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Spain's Vueling eyes France-Algeria market

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Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) is planning to enter the France-Algeria market ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

GoGo Announces its Next Generation Ground Network to Support In-Flight Connectivity in North America

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it is developing its next generation ground-based technology to better serve the connectivity needs of business and commercial aviation in North America. (business.gogoair.com) More...

Prescott PIREP: Local Pilots Offer Tips

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Several pilots based at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, offer tips on flying into the airport for the AOPA Fly-In Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Love Field is located 7 miles north of Prescott, at an elevation of 5,044 feet. Runway 3R/21L is 7,619 by 150 feet and Runway 3L/21R is 4,846 by 60 feet; the crosswind runway, 12/30, is 4,408 by 75 feet, although it will be closed for aircraft parking during the AOPA event. (www.aopa.org) More...

Here's an Air Force C-17 Threading a Canyon

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The canyon sees mostly fighters and bombers, but as this video shows, anything could turn up. (www.youtube.com) More...

The missing factor in claim MH370 search is stopping just short of predicted location

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The ATSB has good reasons to exclude the Captain Hardy site for MH370 from its search, but are they good enough? (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Whose sky is it anyway? U.S. drone case tests rights to air space

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When a small town American roofer took legal action against a neighbour for shooting down his drone, the local dispute sparked a case that could help shape the newest frontier of property rights law – who owns the air. (www.msn.com) More...

American Boeing 737-800 near Las Vegas on Sep 24th 2016, burning odour in cockpit

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N902AN performing flight AA-1441 from Reno,NV to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 156 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 130nm northnortheast of Las Vegas,NV (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Las Vegas reporting a burning odour in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely on Las Vegas' runway 25L about 25 minutes later. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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