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Use Jeppesen Social Tags to Win a Flight with AeroShell Aerobatic Team at EAA AirVenture

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Jeppesen will award social media users with the flight of a lifetime – a ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the 2016 EAA AirVenture Fly-In and Convention in Oshkosh, Wisc. (ww1.jeppesen.com) More...

Large 'likely' piece of MH370 wing lands in Canberra

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The sea floor search for MH370 appears to be running out of places to look just as more fragments of the airliner are washed up on western and southern Indian Ocean shores (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

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Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes and lifts to closely examine an plane's structure and components. It's mildly risky, slow and laborious process -- but soon, it may not be. Airbus has started testing drone inspections that may speed up the process by over an hour. (www.engadget.com) More...

Incident: Condor B767 at Halifax on Jun 28th 2016, uncommanded roll

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A Condor Boeing 767-300, registration D-ABUM performing flight DE-2414 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Halifax,NS (Canada), was on approach to Halifax when the crew noticed some uncommanded roll of the aircraft that was countered. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Halifax's runway 23. (avherald.com) More...

(video) B-29 "Doc" First Flight in 60 years! World's 2nd Superfortress Takes Off from Wichita, Kansas!

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FIFI has lost her title as the world's only flying B-29! If you missed Doc's first flight, here it is!! Recorded live from DPG WICHITA. (www.youtube.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) More...

US bans all flights from Turkey

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Airline operations to, from and within Turkey came to a complete standstill Saturday after an attempted military coup that left the country in chaos. But the CEO of Turkish Airlines told ATW that his airline expected to operate about half of its Istanbul schedule Saturday. (atwonline.com) More...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) More...

Delta’s oil refinery sinks to loss in 1H 2016

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The refinery was profitable in both 2014 and 2015. (atwonline.com) More...

TSA: Newark to get 17 ‘automated’ screening lanes this fall

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New York Newark International Airport (EWR) will become the sixth major US airport to have what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is calling “automated” screening lanes installed. TSA said it will deploy 17 of the of the revamped security screening lanes at EWR in conjunction with Chicago-based United Airlines this fall. (atwonline.com) More...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.com) More...

It's dry up there: drink water when flying

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The next time you fly, soak a terrycloth hand towel so that it’s dripping wet and hang it up on the flight deck. Then fly a leg that’s at least an hour-and-a-half long. At the end of that time, the towel will be bone dry, the water absorbed by the ultra-low humidity of the cockpit and cabin environment. (www.ainonline.com) More...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) More...

NTSB Warns of Dangers of Flying with Cataracts

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The U.S. NTSB is urging the FAA and the AOPA to engage in an educational campaign on risks that cataracts could pose to flight safety. The Safety Board made that recommendation as a result of its investigation of a Dec. 26, 2013 crash of a Cessna 172K in Fresno, Calif. That accident involved “a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing,” the NTSB said. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Emirates Inagural A380-800 Flight

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Emirates flight EK235 makes its first flight with the A380 to Vhicagos O'hare intl airport (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Southwest extends fare sale because of glitch, warns of long lines

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Southwest Airlines canceled more than 300 flights Thursday as disruptions lingered from a Wednesday computer outage that knocked the carrier's website offline and delayed flights around the country. Southwest said it has fixed the problem, which forced it to cancel 700 flights on Wednesday and delay hundreds of others. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Japan's Vanilla Air to start 5th Freedom Taiwan flights

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Vanilla Air (JW, Tokyo Narita) will begin 5th Freedom flights out of Taipei Taoyuan later this quarter ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

2-Year Search for MH370 May Have Been in Wrong Place

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Roughly 15 months ago, Malaysia, China, and Australia decided that if they couldn't find the wreckage of Flight MH370 in the designated search area—a portion of the southern Indian Ocean the size of Greece, reports Reuters—that that would basically be it: no expansion of the area unless concrete evidence indicated they should do so. (www.newser.com) More...

Voice Commands, New Gestures Enabled For Garmin GTN

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Pilots will finally be able to use pinch-to-zoom gestures on Garmin’s GTN series navigators when a new software update becomes available in August. The free update also adds Garmin’s Telligence Voice Command and integration with the new Flight Stream 510, which enables wireless database transfers. The Telligence feature requires installation of a separate push-to-command button and also requires the GMA 35/GMA 350 audio panel. Telligence allows pilots to issue voice commands—more than 300 are… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Revealed: US Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog

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The Air Force is beginning to work on how fast, lethal, durable and capable a new “A-10”-like aircraft would need to be in order to provide U.S. military ground troops with effective close-air support for decades to come. Translation: The Air Force is admitting the F-35 won't get the job done. (nationalinterest.org) More...

DOT announces day-time flights to Tokyo Haneda

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tentatively announced Wednesday that the four airlines serving Tokyo’s Haneda airport with night-time flights have been chosen to begin more desirable daytime flights this fall. (www.usatoday.com) More...

FAA Eases RVSM Application Process

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The U.S. FAA enacted a rule yesterday that should ease the application process for operating in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace. The rule revises the agency’s requirements for an application by “eliminating the burden and expense of developing, processing and approving RVSM maintenance programs.” (www.ainonline.com) More...

Debris found off Tanzania to be analyzed for MH370 link

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A large piece of aircraft debris, found just off the coast of Tanzania, is to be analyzed as part of the Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777, accident investigation. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Jetairfly B737 and TuiFly B737 at Palma Mallorca on Jun 13th 2014, loss of separation on runway

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A JetairFly Boeing 737-800, registration OO-JLO performing flight TB-5421 from Brussels (Belgium) to Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain), was on final approach to Palma's runway 24L. A TuiFly Boeing 737-800, registration D-AHFH performing flight X3-2313 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Dusseldorf (Germany), was taxiing for departure from runway 24L and was cleared to line up runway 24L and wait. (avherald.com) More...

Onboard the SWISS CSeries Inaugural Revenue Flight

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The maiden commercial flight of the SWISS CS100 departed Zurich bound to Paris Charles de Gaulle. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Portuguese C-130 crash kills three

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The crash highlights the service’s need to acquire a new-generation airlifter. Lisbon had at one point been viewed as a potential buyer of the Airbus Defence & Space A400M, but its interest is now firmly centred on the Embraer KC-390 tanker/transport, with a letter of intent signed to acquire six of the type. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA Rescinds Ban on U.S. Aircraft, Pilots in Turkey

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The FAA today rescinded a Notam it issued on Saturday prohibiting all U.S. airlines, commercial operators and pilots from flying into Turkey until September 1, following a failed military coup in Turkey on Friday. The FAA said it would review its position by August 15, and it did so today after the situation in Turkey quickly restabilized following the failed coup. (www.ainonline.com) More...

OHP: Owasso Pilot, USAF Officer Killed In Plane Crash Near Enid

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ENID, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a pilot from Owasso and a U.S. Air Force officer based at Vance Air Force Base died in a crash near Enid Thursday evening. The OHP identified the men as Randall Harris, 55, of Owasso and 1st Lt. Dale Shillington, 25, from Vance AFB. The men died when the Skybolt 300 biplane they were flying in crashed northeast of Fairmont at 6:40 p.m. on July 21, 2016.Harris was an airshow pilot and was scheduled to perform at the Vance Air Force Base Airshow… (www.newson6.com) More...

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

24 taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport

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Runway closed into the evening. Some reports say a hydraulic line burst in the cabin. (m.wpbf.com) More...

FAA’s Turkey notice bans Turkish Airlines’ US flights through August

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Turkish Airlines’ flights to the US are banned through Aug. 31 following an FAA notice issued in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, though FAA confirmed it can cancel the ban at any time. Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil told ATW via telephone from Istanbul that the Star Alliance carrier has restarted flights to everywhere in the world “except to the US, but this is not under my control. (atwonline.com) More...

The drone that can fly for years on solar power

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While most of the exotic aircraft on display at this year's Farnborough Airshow still need a pilot, unmanned vehicles have become more and more common in recent years. (www.bbc.com) More...

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines Takes Delivery of World’s First CFM Powered Leap 1-A Airbus A320neo

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The aircraft was delivered today in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg. Pegasus becomes the fourth A320neo operator after Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo and GoAir who have been operating with the initial glitch prone batch of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The Leap series will be used in the upcoming 737MAX as well. (airwaysmag.com) More...

2016 Farnborough Airshow: Roundup

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The 2016 Farnborough International Airshow is in the books, with a year slow in orders, but with the A321neo and 737 MAX 8 taking center stage. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Farnborough: AirAsia places major order for 100 A321neo

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier signed the deal, the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the A320 family. It takes the LCC’s total number of A320 family aircraft ordered to 575, with over 170 delivered and operating with AirAsia’s units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus surpasses Boeing in total orders

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Boeing Co. enjoyed an early lead over Airbus Group SE in the aircraft order stakes on Day 2 of the 2016 Farnborough Air Show Tuesday, announcing deals in China and one with Europe’s biggest tour operator — before its rival hit back with a blockbuster 72-jet sale to Go Airlines India Pvt. The contract gave Airbus a tally of 123 orders and outline commitments (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

MH17 downing. Two years since crash.

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The Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded last year in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch. (www.newsweek.com) More...

Incident: United B757 at Newark on Jul 8th 2016, rejected takeoff due to generator failure

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A United Boeing 757-200, registration N598UA performing flight UA-1979 from Newark,NJ to San Francisco,CA (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Newark's runway 22R when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed reporting a generator failure (engine PW2037). The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron. (avherald.com) More...

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