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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

F-22 Engine Startup [Video]

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Night time flying operations from Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis AFB, NV. F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB are launched simultaneously with other fighter jets, bombers and support aircraft from squadrons around the world. (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One presidential jets

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Boeing Co (BA.N) has won a contract to start preliminary work on a new fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft based on its 747-8 jumbo jet, the Pentagon said on Friday.....No real surprises here as I doubt anyone would have thought the DOD would use Airbus. (uk.reuters.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...

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...

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...

The rejected flight attendant who started her own aviation company

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SRS Aviation is South Africa’s first all-female jet company.............. Founder Sibongile Sambo did not meet height requirements to be a flight attendant................. She has now helped three women become pilots — and plans to support more..................... (airlinenews.in) 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...

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...

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...

Congressman Unveils Proposal for U.S. ATC Corporation

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) today unveiled his much anticipated FAA reauthorization proposal that would separate the nation’s air traffic control system into an independent organization paid for primarily through air carrier user fees and run by an 11-member board. (ainalerts.com.s3.amazonaws.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...

TNT caused explosion on Somali airliner

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A military grade of the explosive TNT caused this week's explosion on a Somali airliner, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN, citing an initial analysis of residue recovered from the aircraft. The blast took place Tuesday on board a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa. Two people were injured before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said. Somali authorities later discovered a body near Mogadishu they believe fell from the Daallo Airlines plane. Pictures from the… (www.cnn.com) More...

The newest airport amenity? Movie theaters

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In theory, airports and cinemas seem made for each other. If polls are anything to go by, the demand for more airport entertainment is sky high, and certainly cinemas can't ask for an audience more captive than one waiting out a long layover. Yet few airports seem to have been willing to take the plunge, until now. Portland International Airport will soon be the latest in a slew of travel hubs to adopt a movie theater. And, being Portland, it's likely to be a hipster's dream. (www.cnn.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...

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...

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...

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...

Neo vs. Max: Comparing engine noise

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We have been waiting for a while to see if there was anyway we could get a comparison of the A320neo with both engines and the 737 MAX compared for engine noise. The most objective way to do this is use videos from the first flight events. One has to also avoid OEM videos, some of which have music and other dubbing to prevent the real noise levels to be heard. (airinsight.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...

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...

CEO of Delta, Richard Anderson, to Retire

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Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta, will retire in May. Current President, Ed Bastian, will step into the role of CEO. Richard Anderson's career at Delta will be remembered by the purchase of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, as well as the purchase of an oil refinery. He has been able to raise profits for the airline, negotiate solid agreements with employees and has consistently improved the airlines on-time percentage. (abcnews.go.com) 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...

Skymaster Ditches off Oahu

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C337 ditches off Oahu after a landing gear problem. No injuries. (www.staradvertiser.com) More...

Comlux orders three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft

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Comlux The Aviation Group has announced a firm order for three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft, becoming the largest customer for Airbus’ new corporate jet family. The order also consolidates Comlux’s leadership in Airbus corporate jet deals, with more to its credit than any other client. (www.ainonline.com) More...

One killed, another injured, small plane burned at a suburban Houston airport

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plane ignited while under maintenance on a landing strip at Southwest Regional Airport in Arcola, Texas,- NBC affiliate KHOU. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

The Boeing 737 MAX Makes First Flight

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The 737 MAX program is now a step closer to its Entry Into Service (EIS) with launch customer Southwest Airlines in 2017. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Donald Trump's plane makes emergency landing while heading to Little Rock

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Donald Trump's plane made an emergency landing at the Nashville International Airport (katv.com) More...

Garuda Indonesia revamps A330 long-haul business class

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Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is set to take delivery of four new Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2016, all fitted with an enhanced business class. The carrier’s new Super Diamond business class seats will introduce an “all-aisle” layout with a 1-2-1 seat configuration, along with a Panasonic EX3 inflight entertainment system driving 16-inch touch-screen LCD screens. (atwonline.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...

With $30 Oil, Why Do Some Airlines Maintain Fuel Surcharges?

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Airline fuel surcharges have begun to largely disappear. Carriers have eliminated them as oil prices remain low. But there are a few airlines that are hanging on to fuel surcharges, and some, like Qantas, that built surcharges into their base fares and haven’t significantly adjusted them downward. Why do some airlines maintain fuel surcharges and why haven’t they shared the benefit of lower prices with consumers? There are several reasons... (airinsight.com) More...

When the USAF discovered the "flaw" of averages

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In the early 1950s, the U.S. air force measured more than 4,000 pilots on 140 dimensions of size, in order to tailor cockpit design to the "average" pilot. But it turned out the average airman didn't exist. (www.thestar.com) More...

United Flight 734 (B737) slides off snowy runway 9L at Chicago O'Hare

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A United Airlines flight landing at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport slid off the runway Friday afternoon, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Fire officials said the Boeing 737 plane skidded into the snow-covered grass while landing at the airport. United Airlines confirmed United Flight 734 from San Francisco to Chicago "partially rolled" off the runway. No injuries were reported, authorities and the airline said. (www.nbcchicago.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...

Once-feared 'Zero' fighter flies again over Japan

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It was an amazing sight in the skies over the Japanese island of Kyushu on Wednesday. That small airplane buzzing thousands of feet up was a Japanese Zero, once the most feared fighter plane in the world. The World War II-era plane made two test flights after a restoration project funded by a Japanese businessman. (www.cnn.com) More...

PICTURE: SIA's first A350 completes maiden flight

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Singapore Airlines' (SIA) first Airbus A350-900XWB has completed its maiden flight in South West France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, which includes additional ground checks and test flights. The jet will be prepared for delivery "in the coming weeks", says Airbus. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

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