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World gets first peek at Boeing '797'

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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing (BA) released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be the company's first new airliner since its 787 Dreamliner. (money.cnn.com) More...

United Airlines grounded a flight after passengers witness jet fuel gushing from the wing

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Clearer video of the #united #gasleak. How not one crew member saw this is beyond me. Thank god we were lookin out the window at take off. United Airlines was forced to cancel a Venice, Italy-bound flight after the plane suffered a massive fuel leak while waiting to take off at Newark Liberty International Airport. Video captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 767-300 shows fuel gushing from its left wing. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America

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To understand the forces defining air travel in America today, I spent eight days crisscrossing the country in economy class. Four airlines. Twelve flights (half of them delayed). Twelve cities. Twelve cups of tomato juice. Three trips through whole-body scanners. One alarming use of the words “groin area.” (www.nytimes.com) More...

Air Force One's permanent shadow: Inside the E-4B 'Doomsday' 747 plane that follows the US President around the world in case of nuclear war

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This article was posted in May But is a really interesting story about the president's doomsday plane not posted here before so i thought I,d post it. Article description E-4B 'Nightwatch' planes have been in operation since the 1970s They follow Air Force One when the US President travels abroad and one is kept constantly running 24 hours a day when he is in the US They are also called 'Doomsday' planes and are outfitted as military command centers in the case of nuclear war (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

The S-3 Viking: The Submarine Hunter Russia Feared (That Retired Way Too Early)

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With a maximum speed of only five hundred miles per hour—many airliners fly faster—the S-3 Viking wasn’t about to be the subject of any movies starring Tom Cruise. However, the long-legged Jets proved extremely useful in a very wide variety of roles, whether as an electronic spy, submarine hunter, aerial tanker, cargo plane or even an attack jet. And many of those roles have not been satisfactorily replaced since. (nationalinterest.org) More...

All-Electric Eviation Makes Debut at Paris Air Show

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An Israeli startup wants to change the point-to-point travel equation with this economical alternative to airline travel. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Airbus introduces the A380plus (video)

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Airbus confirmed that it is working on an improved version of the A380, called A380plus, hoping to boost sales of its Super Jumbo. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Small Blimp goes down at US Open / Erin, WI

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A small blimp owned by Airsign.com deflated, caught fire and went down. It appears the pilot parachuted out. Although injured, it appears the pilot survived (www.jsonline.com) More...

Panda Route' to Chengdu opens up as newest airline from China touches down in Auckland

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Sichuan Airlines' first flight has arrived in Auckland just on 45 minutes early. The near-new Airbus A330 touched down just after 6pm from the Sichuan capital Chengdu and its three-flights-a-week service adds to 39 services linking New Zealand to the Chinese mainland. The province is in the south-west of China and has a population of around 87 million. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21

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Russia Operated Captured U.S. Aircraft for “OPFOR” Evaluation. As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) (theaviationist.com) More...

F-16 Jet Catches Fire at Houston Airport

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Officials say an F-16 fighter jet caught fire while attempting to take off at Ellington Airport in Houston and the pilot ejected. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Boeing’s Iconic 747 Vanishes in New View of Passenger Flight

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Planemaker drops jumbo jets from its 20-year market forecast. Strategy contrasts with Airbus’s view on airlines’ fleet needs (www.bloomberg.com) More...

American Airlines Tests CT Scanning to Keep Laptops in Carry-Ons

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American Airlines Group Inc. on Thursday began the first U.S. test of new airport-security scanners that provide a more detailed view inside carry-on luggage and may allow travelers to keep laptops in their bags. The CT scanner, using technology borrowed from the medical world, is being used in a security checkpoint lane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the airline said in a statement. The testing, at Terminal Four, is being conducted with the Transportation Security Administration. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

China fines Emirates after plane flew at wrong height

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BEIJING (AP) — China's civil aviation authority fined Dubai-based Emirates airline and barred it from adding new routes in the country over the next six months after two of its flights were cited for unsafe operations. (www.usatoday.com) More...

The Celera 500L

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A high-resolution photo of an aircraft called the Celera 500L (N818WM) just emerged out of Victorville, California. As of right now, not much is known about the aircraft, but there are already plenty of speculations regarding exactly what this bullet-shaped mystery plane is. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $162 million US. (www.bombardier.com) More...

Boeing 737 MAX 9 and 787-10 fly in formation (Video)

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For the first time, Boeing flew together its last two models, the 737 MAX 9 and 787-10, a prelude to the Paris Air Show! (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Hi Fly Places Its First Direct Firm Order From Airbus

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Hi Fly, a Portuguese airline specialising in worldwide widebody aircraft wet leasing, has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s. Hi Fly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in econom (www.airbus.com) More...

Analysis: Previewing the 2017 Paris Air Show

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As the 52nd Paris Air Show (PAS) opens this week, the global aerospace industry faces the most uncertainty it has seen since the late 2000s global financial crisis. Behemoths Airbus and Boeing, who together control more than 80% of the global civil aviation market by value, each had their worst sales year since 2010 (and worst outside of a recession since 2004), winning 731 and 668 net orders respectively. The pace of orders has slowed even further across the first five months of 2017. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines Places Repeat Order for 10 Airbus A350-900 Aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus imagines a faster helicopter with wings

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Airbus has showed off a new helicopter concept at the Paris Airshow that could give operators everything they want: speed, versatility and economy. The Racer (rapid and cost-effective rotorcraft) features a main rotor like a regular helicopter, but uses pusher propellers to accelerate it forward and a new "box-wing" system for extra lift. As a result, it'll power along at up to 400 km/h (250 mph) while being able to take off on a dime like a regular chopper. (www.engadget.com) More...

Passengers forced to leave Qantas flight due to plane being 'too heavy'

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A number of passengers have been forced off a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth over concerns the plane was too heavy to fly. Passengers aboard the Boeing 737-800 flight due to arrive in Perth at 7.40pm told Radio 6PR yesterday they were asked to disembark the plane prior to take off, WA Today reports. A Qantas spokeswoman has confirmed to WA Today the request was made after plane load readings exceeded the norm. (www.msn.com) More...

Airports will have option to come off electronics ban list

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the first time this week laid out some of the steps that will prevent more airports from ending up being subject to a large electronics ban -- and said the original countries on the list could be removed as well. In an interview with CNN, Kelly said that "absolutely, no doubt" the 10 airports that were the first to be hit with a ban on large electronics in carry-on baggage would be given the same opportunity as the roughly 70 airports being… (www.cnn.com) More...

ANALYSIS: Airbus Plans A380plus Upgrade Program

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Airbus announced plans for a major upgrade Monday morning to its A380 superjumbo at the 2017 Paris Air Show (PAS), confirming the study of the so-called A380plus. The enhancements to the A380 would include aerodynamic improvements including larger, 4.7 meter high winglets and other wing refinements. Along with maintenance program optimizations and an expanded cabin shown earlier this year, Airbus projects that the A380plus could deliver as much as a 13% seat-mile cost reduction against today’s… (airwaysmag.com) More...

WIZZ Air Signs Contract For 10 Additional Airbus A321ceo Aircraft

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Wizz Air Holdings Plc with its subsidiary, Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has signed a firm contract for 10 A321ceos. The aircraft will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500. (www.airbus.com) More...

In the Philippines, a Vietnam War-era plane takes center stage fighting ISIS

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The OV-10 has been photographed flying in formations over the city in between bombing runs. Initially conceived in the 1960s in the United States, it offered U.S. forces in Vietnam a simple, rugged plane that could carry out close-air support for American troops on the ground and take off from short runways. It remained in service in the U.S. military until the 1990s, undertaking operations in the Persian Gulf War. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Delta Orders 10 More Airbus A321s

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After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airlines Giveth And Airlines Taketh Away. American Backs Off Its Dumb 29-Inch Plan, But Not By Much

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Late Tuesday American Airlines president Robert Isom sent a note to all ba-jillion million members of American’s once-meaningful frequent fliers program, AAdvantage, telling them the “good news.” American will not be cutting the leg room in the last three rows of its new Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft (the first four of 100 on order will join the fleet this fall) to a torturously narrow 29 inches of pitch. (www.forbes.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

Pilot text messages are saving you from flight delays

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Using a new text-based communication technology called Data Comm, the FAA is helping speed up departures across the country. (www.cnet.com) More...

TSA begins testing fingerprint check-ins at two US airports

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It's never a nice experience to stand in line at the airport for hours just to get a pat down when you get to the end. Hopefully, TSA's new biometric fingerprint tech could make air travel a more pleasant experience for most people. Starting this week, the Transportation Security Administration's fingerprint sensors will go through proof-of-concept testing at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport. The test will last for four weeks, and you can try… (www.engadget.com) More...

Aireon global tracking gaining speed, but still on the runway

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Thoma said it takes roughly 45 days from launch until the ADS-B payloads are turned over to Aireon. He said the company needs the next five to six launches complete before it can begin offering a service called GlobalBeacon with FlightAware, a flight-tracking-data company. GlobalBeacon uses Aireon’s space-based ADS-B to track aircraft every minute, and enables aircraft to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s upcoming Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) standards.… (spacenews.com) More...

Allegiant Air launching 8 new nonstop flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

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Low-cost airline Allegiant Air will now be taking off for eight additional destinations from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The eight new routes include flights to major Midwest destinations Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis/Belleville as well as Boise, Idaho and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Qantas assigns A380 for day trip to Antarctica New Years eve 2017

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Qantas will use a A380 super jumbo for the trip to the Ice this new years eve. CEO Allan Joyce said due to the popular polar flight route ad increasing demand for passengers they have decided to put this aircraft to the test. Qantas used Boeing 747-438's on perivous flights but after many warnings and incidents not mediated they have decided to replace the 744's with the A380. (college.usatoday.com) More...

FLIGHT Act introduced in House

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On June 13, a bipartisan bill known as the FLIGHT Act (H.R. 2879), or Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives. (www.aopa.org) More...

officer stabbed at Flint Bishop Airport

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Flint Bishop Airport: Police officer stabbed in critical condition, airport evacuated (www.foxnews.com) More...

GE Tells Boeing it Won't Share 797 Engine Production with Rivals

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GE Aviation head David Joyce, citing advrese impacts from prior multi-supplier arrangement for Airbus A330 engines, says “we’re out” if Boeing opts for multiple turbine suppliers. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Biometric boarding for Delta SkyMiles Members

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Imagine going from checking bags, into the Delta Sky Club and onto the aircraft without ever producing a boarding pass or printed ID. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

'Quiet Concorde' aims to revive supersonic air travel

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Supersonic air travel could be back in little more than five years if a plane that aims to replace Concorde takes to the skies. Boom Supersonic expects a prototype of its passenger plane to make its first test flight by the end of 2018. Subsonic and supersonic tests will take place in the US. If the full-size 55-seat plane is then approved, the first passengers could be traveling at supersonic speeds across the Atlantic by 2023. (www.bbc.com) More...

Aviation Industry Seeks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

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Escalating concerns about cyberthreats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Airbus A350 flies next to Eurofighter Typhoon in 'family flight' with a difference

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This is the first time the aerospace giant has brought these different aircraft together for a special airborne display (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

Bombardier Continues to Build Momentum with Successful Paris Air Show

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft concluded a successful week at the 2017 International Paris Air Show, where it had the opportunity to connect with customers from around the world and announced up to US$2 billion in orders and other commitments. (www.bombardier.com) More...