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Dutch King Reveals He Has Been a First Officer for KLM for 21 Years

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King Willem-Alexander, 50, said he has ended his role as a regular First Officer after 21 years on KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 planes. He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service. (dailym.ai) More...

Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) More...

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Building a bot for the co-pilot's seat may be cheaper than adding automation software (www.theregister.co.uk) More...

Pilot Confesses Secret Just Moments before Takeoff. Hands Woman Envelope 21 Years in the Making

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With all the airline horror stories of late, sometimes the happy ones need to be posted. Here is a video of a Southwest captain celebrating his one millionth passenger....classy. (www.liftable.com) More...

Court ruling nullifies US requirement that hobbyists register drones

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A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a regulation requiring the public to register drones. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Aviation Administration did not have the authority to regulate so-called "model aircraft." If it stands, the decision means that the public does not have to abide by the FAA requirement established in 2015. The ruling is not yet enforceable, however, as the court gave the FAA seven days (PDF) to consider… (arstechnica.com) More...

Teterboro’s Circling Approach to Runway 1 Can Be Tricky

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With strong winds out of the west, conditions that existed at the time of Monday’s Learjet crash, starting the turn to the runway early is crucial. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Air Force One damages blamed on Boeing mechanics

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Boeing reimbursed the US government $4 million after three company mechanics damaged the oxygen system for a VC-25A, a modified VIP 747-200 also known as Air Force One, the US Air Force says in a new accident investigation report. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

LEARJET 35 CRASH Teterboro NJ

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A Learjet 35 just crashed on approach to KTEB - Tail # N452DA http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N452DA (www.reuters.com) More...

Why the Future Air Force One needs to be a 747

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Despite the fact four-engine passenger jets are not the most economical to operate anymore, the United States Air Force requirements for presidential transport dictates that it needs to be a four-engine jet mainly for redundancy and to be able to carry the necessary amount of people and personnel. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Luxury Terminal at LAX

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Only at LAX, we would expect a luxury terminal for the wealthy as well as Hollywood celebrities. Membership is $7,500 per year plus fees for every flight up to four people per entourage; $2,700 for a domestic flight and $3,000 for an international flight. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Richard Branson Hints at Starting New U.S. Airline

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With Alaska dropping the Virgin America brand in 2019 and following disputes regarding royalty paymeents to use the Virgin brand, Richard Branson hints at a possibility of starting up a new Virgin-branded airline in the U.S. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Southwest Airlines Say Flights to Hawaii are a Priority, Canada is on the Radar

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Southwest CEO says flights to Hawaii are a priority while flights to Canada are on the radar but currently not a priority. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Guy Tries to Prove Earth is Flat with a Level on a Plane -- Gets Owned on Social Media

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A flat-earth conspiracy theorist took a spirit level on a plane to “prove” the earth is flat. He also filmed it... Presumably in the name of science? (www.indy100.com) More...

PICTURES: Air Baltic deploys CS300 on Moscow route

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Latvia's Air Baltic has started deploying the Bombardier CS300 for flights to Moscow. The Riga-based carrier says it yesterday operated its first commercial CS300 flight to the Russian capital's Sheremetyevo airport, having previously assigned Boeing 737s to the route. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada plane diverted after passenger tries to open door

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An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was diverted to Orlando, Florida, after authorities say a passenger became aggressive, attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

Allegiant Celebrates Delivery of First New Airbus A320

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The low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, unveiled the first brand new aircraft, an Airbus A320 (N246NV) in an event at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). N246NV is the first aircraft from Allegiant’s July 2016 order for 12 A320ceo aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airlines make it tougher to find frequent flyer seats

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CarTrawler's annual Reward Seat Availability Survey found frequent-flyer seats available on 72.4 percent of the flights it checked, down from 76.6 percent last year. (www.cnbc.com) More...

Delta shoots down Boeing’s CSeries dumping claim

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Delta Air Lines shot down Boeing’s claim that Bombardier “dumped” the CSeries order, in testimony last week before the US International Trade Commission. Boeing filed a complaint April 27 that Bombardier sold the CS100 to Delta for $19.6m, well below its production cost, a price that constitutes “dumping.” (leehamnews.com) More...

Harrier Jump Jet Turns 50

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Detail shots of the Boeing (Mcdonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier, which turns 50 this year. The first Sea Harrier flew in 1967, while the AV-8Bs, which are significantly redesigned from the original Hawker Harrier of the 60s, first flew in 1985. The US Marine Corps plans to operate the Harrier until at least 2025; the F-35B model is slowly replacing it. This jet still uses water injection, creating dark clouds of smoke during high-power maneuvers. (www.youtube.com) More...

The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the next big thing in private jets

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The Airbus A380 has officially found a new lease on life as an ultraluxurious private jet. On Monday, Sparfell & Partners announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition that it would sell secondhand Airbus superjumbos as head-of-state aircraft. The Geneva-based firm also announced that it would work with London's Winch Design to create the A380 private jet's opulent interior. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Talks on planned laptop ban for European-US flights end with no deal

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Discussions over keeping laptops and large electronics out of more US-bound flight cabins ended yesterday without an agreement to widen the ban. In March, the US Department of Homeland Security barred US-bound passengers from 10 airports from taking any electronics larger than a cell phone onto planes. The UK instituted a similar ban, but it covered whole countries rather than specific airports. Earlier this month, CBS News reported talks were underway about expanding the laptop ban to cover… (arstechnica.com) More...

Canada says it may drop $2B Boeing fighter deal over CSeries subsidy dispute

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Boeing must be very worried about the C-Series for this would just be a starter in the dispute. WestJet and Air Canada are buying a lot of Boeing products which could be made subject to duty giving Airbus a foot back into the market of which they have been out for the foreseeable future. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

First 737MAX Delivery.

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The first revenue flight ever of the 737MAX family took place today with 9M-LRC, a MAX 8. (atwonline.com) More...

China, Russia set up wide-body jet firm in new challenge to Boeing, Airbus

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China and Russia on Monday completed the formal registration of a joint venture to build a wide-body jet, kick-starting full-scale development of a programme aimed at competing with market leaders Boeing Co (BA.N) and Airbus SE (AIR.PA). (uk.reuters.com) More...

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal Reopened after Fire

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Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 2 reopened five hours after a fire broke out, which prevented its use and affected flight operations. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent. Risks of loss of selling military planes to Canada

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Two words underpin Boeing's (BA.N) decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier (BBDb.TO), which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: "Never again". Still, Boeing faces a headache over what to do about lost fighter sales if Canada makes good on a threat to drop a deal for F/A-18 warplanes in retaliation for Boeing's trade claim. With Boeing's future fighter production in jeopardy as sales run dry, Boeing is anxious to keep its presence in that business long… (www.reuters.com) More...

WOW Air To Start Offering Flights To Israel From LAX In September

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air announced Tuesday that it will begin offering flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport from eight U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, beginning Sept. 12. One-way tickets went on sale Tuesday, with prices starting at $149 from Boston, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Chicago, and $199 from LAX, San Francisco and Miami. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Incident: Canada B787 near Iqaluit on May 13th 2017, floating spoiler

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The crew decided to divert to Toronto,ON (Canada), where the aircraft landed safely about 2:45 hours later. (avherald.com) More...

Etihad Airways To Launch Airbus A380 Flights to Paris

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The twice daily service to begin on July 1, will replace one of the two Boeing 777-300ER services to Charles de Gaulle Airport with the A380, and it will feature the carrier’s acclaimed The Residence first class product, the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Delta Air Lines Links Its Rewards Program to Lyft

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Delta Air Lines customers can now earn award miles traveling by car, part of an agreement announced Wednesday with the car-sharing service Lyft. The airline suggested that its fliers preferred Lyft over the much larger Uber, which has been engaged in public disputes with drivers and employees. When Delta frequent fliers link their Lyft and SkyMiles accounts, they will earn one point for every dollar spent on all Lyft rides, not just those to the airport. (www.nytimes.com) More...

Delta Eyes Big Late Summer Order; Analysts Don't Like Boeing's Chances

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Delta Air Lines may issue a request for proposals in August or September as it weighs 74 orders for either Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 Max jets, plus an extra 75 options on more planes. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA

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An Oregon man who stripped naked at an airport security screening checkpoint must pay a $500 fine after a federal appeals court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect this method of protest. The nude protest at Portland International Airport (PDX) by a traveler named John Brennan prompted legal action by both the federal government and the state of Oregon. Portland prosecutors charged him with indecent exposure. A local judge acquitted him, saying that Oregon cannot "punish"… (arstechnica.com) More...

UAL1579 evacuated on tarmac at KEWR with engine fire

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Engine fire spotted by EWR tower who notified crew. Evacuation commenced. (www.cnn.com) More...

Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Elvis Presley's Lockheed JetStar Going up for Auction

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After sitting on the Roswell tarmac for 30 years, Elvis' red Lockheed JetStar is going to be auctioned off on May 27. Even though it's not airworthy at this time, the airframe is estimated to be worth between $2 million and $3.5 million; the starting bid was at $10,000 and there's already one bidder. (www.charlotteobserver.com) More...

A330neo joins Airbus corporate jet range

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Airbus has formally included the re-engined A330neo in its corporate jet line-up, offering up to 17.5% more range than the baseline A330 version. The aircraft, designated the ACJ330neo, will have the capability to operate up to 9,400nm if configured for 25 passengers, says the airframer. Airbus detailed the addition of the executive aircraft during the EBACE show in Geneva. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Man Removed From Flight After Threatening Crew, Attempting To Open Cabin Door

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Video of an incident that forced Air Canada flight 1805 to make an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport Monday was released Wednesday. The video captures the moment that officials forcibly removed an aggressive passenger from the plane after he threatened flight crew and passengers with coffee pots and attempted to open the cabin door midway through the flight. The Canadian man, later identified as Brandon Courneyea, was arrested upon arrival at the Florida airport following the… (www.ibtimes.com) More...

Plane spotters boost airport security in Montreal

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Montreal airport recognizes the fact that plane spotters improve airport security. (www.cbc.ca) More...

EBACE: Airbus partners with hypercar designer for ACJ319neo

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Airbus Corporate Jets has teamed up with Italian hypercar interior designer Atelier Pagani Automobil to unveil the Infinito cabin design for the ACJ319neo at EBACE today. Taking inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s masterful grasp of art and science, Pagani hybercars are known for sculpted carbonfibre and soft-leather furnishings, and both elements are highlighted in the Infinito design. (www.flightglobal.com) More...