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Boeing plans new aircraft launch by end-year

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Despite spending months pleading for patience, Boeing executives are now telling employees a launch decision for a new airliner aimed at the “middle of the market” (MOM) could be made by the end of the year. In an all-hands meeting with employees on 10 February in Seattle, Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said the new project could be launched as early as 2016, sources say. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

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Cool photographs of a historic achievement. On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight. It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the… (theaviationist.com) More...

Incident: India B787-8 near Frankfurt on Feb 8th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANO performing flight AI-115 from Delhi (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 90 passengers, was enroute at FL400 about 150nm north of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew reported they needed to shut an engine (GEnx) down... (avherald.com) More...

FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) More...

Commercial aircraft get their first global emissions standard

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Ground-based vehicles have had emissions standards for a while (just ask Volkswagen), but commercial aircraft like passenger jets? Not so much. However, the world just took one big step toward cleaning up the skies: a total of 23 countries have agreed to set the first international carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the measures are adopted as recommended, new airplane models will have to meet the tougher guidelines in 2020. New aircraft from existing model lines will… (www.engadget.com) More...

Watch This Absurd 10-Minute Video on How to Land a Plane In an Emergency

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Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn’t make this video any less fascinating. (gizmodo.com) More...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) More...

First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

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The A321neo begins its flight test campaign ahead of its delivery, expected to take place at the end of the year. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Expert: Close Calls in the Sky – ‘A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen’

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A KHOU 11 I-Team investigation uncovers the rising number of close calls between airplanes as FAA statistics show the number of flights worked by air traffic controllers fell by more than 1.5 million (www.khou.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) More...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) More...

The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

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Item on the docket as priority item the USAF wants going forward. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) More...

Air Force to keep A-10 flying

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years. "The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's conflicts," Carter said… (www.cnn.com) More...

Elon Musk talks up electric plane at hyperloop event

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"I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I'm quite tempted to do something about it." (www.engadget.com) More...

United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at San Francisco on Feb 7th 2016, windshield problem

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A United Boeing 787-800, registration N27908 (at the time of writing, the aircraft has been reported on zero times on AeroInside while United has been mentioned at least 221 times in total) performing flight UA-35 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Osaka Kansai (Japan), was climbing out of San Francisco's runway 28L when the crew requested to level off at 5000 feet reporting they had a windshield problem. After holding at 5000 feet for about 20 minutes the crew declared emergency and requested… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Panel approves more rest time for flight attendants

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades. This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for U.S. aviation for the coming years. (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

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A huge influx of general aviation air traffic is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the first week of February in anticipation Super Bowl 50. While you're watching football on Sunday, the Air Force will be watching the skies in case an errant pilot wanders into the protected airspace surrounding the big game. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

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Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Hainan Airlines Launches Beijing to Tel Aviv Service

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Flights from Israel to Beijing are to take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes will take off from Ben Gurion International Airport at 2:00pm IST, and land in Beijing at 5:00am CST the next day. Meanwhile, return flights will take off from Beijing at 2:00am CST, and land in Israel at 8:00am IST. (www.ynetnews.com) More...

Video Detailing Dubai Baggage Handling

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This video follows the path of a piece of luggage through the inner workings of Dubai International Airport (www.youtube.com) More...

Why Bombardier Is Struggling to Build Bigger Planes

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Nearly a decade in, the C Series program has yet to gain traction and the company is in tatters. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) More...

FlightAware Ties for 2nd Place in SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

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FlightAware Tied for 2nd place in the services category for its live flight positions data feed, a standalone flight tracking data feed that aggregates ADS-B, MLAT, and RADAR positions combined with flightplan and flight status (FLIFO) information, to create a real-time, worldwide flight tracking picture. The winners were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels and were among 30 air traffic management (ATM) information solutions that were submitted to… (flightaware.com) More...

Drone Crashes Into 40th Floor Of Empire State Building

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A drone crashed into the Empire State Building Thursday night. Sources told CBS2 the suspect has been identified as Sean Riddle. He tweeted about the incident. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

Passenger In Wheelchair Suspected in Somali Jet Blast

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Also led to believe he was the passenger blown out the aircraft. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

New Airbus aircraft list prices for 2016

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The Airbus A318 is the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

Pilot of Bombed Plane: Somali Security Is 'Zero'

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The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a large hole on its fuselage says he has never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." (www.newser.com) More...

Air NZ to operate A320 flights from Coff

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Air NZ CEO Luxton has won the right to fly non stop flights from Auckland to Coff's Harbor return from November 2016. The announcement was made ove TVNZ earlier today. Luxton says it's a stepping stone into the Australian domestic market and the growing competition against the other trans Tasman rivals Jetstar airways Virgin & Qantas. Luxton says it will boost the tourism market and Coff's harbor has potential growth from the first international carrier to there airport. Air NZ will be using… (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

DC-10 Converted Into the World's Coolest Restaurant.

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A photo essay at www.askthepilot.com. Welcome to La Tante DC-10 Restaurant, located just outside Kotoka International Airport in the friendly capital city of Accra, Ghana. For several years this venerable aircraft sat derelict next to a hangar, sans engines and wearing the sun-bleached colors of the defunct Ghana Airways. The hulk was destined for the scrap pile when, in 2013, it was refurbished into a full-service restaurant with seating for 118 passengers — er, diners. There’s something about… (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Two Somali Airport Employees Detained Over Plane Mid-Air Blast

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On Tuesday, a blast tore a hole in the side of the Airbus A321, belonging to the Dubai-based Daallo Airlines, minutes after it took off from the Mogadishu airport to fly to Djibouti. "There is a CC video showing 2 terror suspects hiding a laptop #Somalia," Abdisalam Aato wrote in his official Twitter account on Saturday. (sputniknews.com) More...

Gulfstream G750?? (GLF7)

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Maybe it's a mis-entered GLF6, but maybe it's the rumored longer range/larger airframe 'Gulfstream 750' doing a test flight? (flightaware.com) More...

USAF KC-135 tanker saves F-16 fighter over ISIL territory

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft crew saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held territory in 2015, which could have resulted in the Airman's captivity or death. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

See what Blue Origin's rocket landing is like from the vehicle's point of view

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We've seen Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket land multiple times from just about every angle — but now we can see what the trip is like from the rocket's point of view. The company, led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, released a Vine of the vehicle's second landing attempt on January 22nd. The video is shot from a camera mounted on the booster and sped up to last just six seconds. The footage shows New Shepard deploy its legs and then reignite its engines to perform the propulsive landing. (www.theverge.com) More...

United Will Launch Longest 787 Dreamliner Route, San Francisco To Singapore Covering 8433 Miles

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United Airlines has announced that it plans to start scheduled service between its hub in San Francisco, SFO, and Singapore, SIN, starting June 1st using a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner configured with 48 in Business First and 204 in couch. The 8,433 mile route according to United Airlines will take approximately... (www.thefloridanewsjournal.com) More...

WestJet says Bombardier’s C Series is ‘too small’ for its mainline service

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Incident: Canada B787 near Dublin on Feb 3rd 2016, electrical odour in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHPT performing flight AC-851 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Calgary,AB (Canada), was enroute at FL360 about 60nm west of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew decided to return to London due to an electrical smell.. (avherald.com) More...

High Flyer Interview: Spirit's Former CEO Ben Baldanza – Part I

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Baldanza has given AirwaysNews an exclusive first interview after his departure. In this first part, the state of the industry and the ULCCs are discussed. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier

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A pissed-off passenger who was not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol aboard a Paris-bound plane took out his frustrations on a fellow flier by urinating on him. (www.foxnews.com) More...

SkyBahamas Flight Loses An Engine But Nails The Landing [Video]

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SkyBahamas flight Q7460 returned to land at Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas when the crew was forced to shut down the number one engine. A passenger reported seeing “oil coming out of the engine.” (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Gol Suspends Venezuela Service On Currency Dispute

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Brazilian airline Gol has suspended operations to Venezuela's capital Caracas until it can settle a dispute over the transfer of money out of the country. The money is being held in Venezuela under the country's strict currency controls, a system that has led other airlines to take write-downs on Venezuelan operations or suspend ticket sales and service to the country. (news.airwise.com) More...

easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

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As part of its strategy of reducing its passengers’ carbon footprint easyJet has unveiled plans for a revolutionary zero emissions hydrogen fuel system for its aircraft which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel and the associated CO2 emissions per year. (e-spaces.eu) More...

Analysis: A320neo vs. 737 MAX: Airbus is Leading (Slightly) – Part II

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The A320neo and the 737 MAX programs will have critical implications for the balance of power between the two most important aerospace players. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Two Planes Collide In Mid-Air Near Port Of Los Angeles

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SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — Two planes collided in mid-air off the Port of Los Angeles Friday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration. An L.A. County official said the crew of a fishing boat reported seeing a small aircraft plunging into the ocean at about 3:14 p.m. Rescuers raced to the scene to find a small debris field scattered a mile off shore near the Point Fermin Lighthouse, said the Los Angeles Fire Department (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Check Out The Blue Angels' Picture-Perfect Super Bowl Flyover From Inside the Cockpit

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Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem sung last Sunday at the start of Super Bowl 50 has been widely reviewed as one of the best ever. During the crescendo, the Blue Angels added a little backup noise as they screamed over Levi Stadium in their iconic diamond formation. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

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