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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...

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...

LAX Unveils $148 Million Connector To Link International, Domestic Terminals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers moving from some domestic terminals to the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport can now avoid a long walk and security re-screening thanks to a new connector. The $148.5 million connector opened with fanfare Thursday. It allows travelers to move directly between the recently expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal on the west side of the airport and the five terminals on the airport’s south-facing side. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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...

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...

FAA will investigate Santa Monica's 'starvation strategy' to shut down its municipal airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it would investigate Santa Monica’s so-called starvation strategy that could close the city’s embattled airport within two years. It also issued a sharply worded warning for the city to put the brakes on the pending eviction of two airport businesses, a move some see as the first steps in Santa Monica’s plan. Santa Monica officials have told Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major tenants that provide a variety of aircraft… (www.latimes.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...

Lufthansa plans Brussels, Air Berlin deals in Eurowings drive

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Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring (uk.reuters.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Virgin Atlantic Fleet

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A comp featuring photos and take off/ landing videos of the aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet (www.youtube.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...

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...

Air Canada adds six new destinations to its international network

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Air Canada announced the addition of six new destinations to its international network Wednesday, including year-round Boeing 787-9 service between Toronto and Mumbai and between Vancouver and Taipei. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

British Airways Scraps Free Snacks On Short Flights

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British Airways said it will drop free food and snacks in short-haul economy from January 2017. The airline said it will provide food from UK retailer Marks & Spencer in a new “premium food range”. (news.airwise.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...

The First Mitsubishi MRJ Test Aircraft Lands in the United States

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The first of four Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) test aircraft arrived Wednesday afternoon to Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, where over the next months four jetliners will complete its planned 2,500-hour flight test campaign. (airwaysmag.com) More...

RwandAir takes delivery of its first A330 aircraft

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RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus long-haul widebody A330 aircraft. In doing so, it becomes the East African launch operator of the aircraft and Airbus’s newest customer. (www.airbus.com) More...

Out of the Boneyard, Into the Fight: Ghost Rider Flies Again

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B-52 "Ghost Rider", relegated to the "boneyard" in 2008 @ Davis-Monthan AFB in Tuscon, AZ arises like a Phoenix to fly once again (www.minot.af.mil) More...

Bombardier’s CSeries receives environmental designation

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Bombardier Inc.’s CSeries jetliner has become the first aircraft to receive a key environmental designation, just as the aviation industry moves towards implementing a cap on emissions for the first time. (business.financialpost.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...

U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf: sources

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U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf: sources (www.reuters.com) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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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