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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Super Guppy Ready to Transport the Orion Spacecraft

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NASA's Super Guppy aircraft readies to transport the Orion spacecraft pressure vessel for Exploration Mission-1 from the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The pressure vessel will fly on the first integrated launch of Orion and NASA's powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System. The test flight, which will fly without crew, will demonstrate the agency’s new capability to launch future deep space missions, which include missions to an asteroid and Mars.… (www.nasa.gov) More...

China airlines join forces to blacklist rowdy passengers

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Five Chinese airlines are to blacklist unruly passengers amid increasing rowdy behaviour as the country's air travel market grows. Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Spring Air said they would share details of unruly passengers and ban them. China is forecast to become the world's biggest passenger market by 2034. (www.bbc.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...

US Air Force ready for flyover of Super Bowl 50

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One plane has two powerful jet engines with afterburners, flies at almost 2,000 mph, can soar more than 12 miles above the earth, and has 34 air combat victories in Operation Desert Storm. The other hums along at 150 mph, powered by a six-piston engine and a two-bladed propeller. It can't get much higher than 3 miles above the ground. It's more suited to carry your grandma than a gun. But together, the two planes -- the Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle and the Civil Air Patrol's Cessna 182 -- are… (www.cnn.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...

SWISS to operate up to nine CSeries jets by year-end

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Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expects to operate between six and nine Bombardier CS100 jets by the end of 2016, outgoing CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW. “The aircraft is certificated. During our last meeting, Bombardier said they are very committed to deliver the first aircraft to SWISS during the summer,” (atwonline.com) More...

Dubai International Airport World’s Busiest by International Passenger Traffic

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Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic in 2015 by welcoming 78 million visitors. (www.airline.ee) More...

The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

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I spent the better part of five years — from, roughly, autumn of 1985 through the late summer 1990 — immersed in the world of general aviation, as it’s also called, slowly building time and collecting the various add-on licenses and ratings I’d need for an airline job. When I think back to those years, my memories aren’t especially fond. Frankly, as I see it, those are 1,500 hours — two full months aloft — that I’m never getting back. There was much about general aviation flying that I did not… (www.askthepilot.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...

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...

Russia deploys Su-35S fighers to Syria

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Further bolstering its air defense capabilities, Russia has deployed its most capable Su-35S fighter to its Hmeymim airbase in Syria. (www.aviationanalysis.net) 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...

Fraud and Abuse of Extra Legroom Aboard an Airplane Possibly Ahead?

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“The Department has also received a petition for rulemaking to modify the existing seating accommodations requirement for passengers who need extra legroom.” (www.airwaysnew.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...

BA Boeing 747 returns to LHR landing on three sets of wheels

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A British Airways flight, which was two hours into its journey from London to Chicago, had to turn back to Heathrow due to "technical reasons". Passengers on the plane posted on Twitter that the fault was with the aircraft's landing gear. Journalist Ben de Pear, who was on the flight, said the captain explained to those onboard that the plane landed on three sets of wheels instead of five (www.itv.com) More...

No Injuries as Cessna 172 Flips at KCOI

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Pilot was uninjured after his Cessna 172 overturned after landing at Florida's Merritt Island field (KCOI). (www.clickorlando.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...

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...

Video: Windshear landings Edinburgh Airport during Storm #Henry

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Windshear landings & take offs in gusting winds at Edinburgh airport 2016 (www.airlive.net) 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...

Air Serbia to lease an A330 from Jet Airways

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As previously reported, the Serbian national carrier plans to offer a 5x weekly Belgrade-New York JFK return service from June of this year, pending government approval. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

PA28 Lands in Ocean; Student pilots swim away unharmed

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Two student pilots who took off from an airport in Marathon on Tuesday morning ditched their plane off Haulover Beach after experiencing engine trouble. (www.miamiherald.com) More...

PICTURE: TAM operates A350 on first revenue flight

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Brazil's TAM has operated its first Airbus A350-900 on revenue service, with a flight from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Manaus on 25 January. The A350, registered PR-XTA, was welcomed with a water cannon salute at Manaus. TAM received the aircraft on 18 December 2015. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

This is what regret looks like for the Pentagon

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America's most expensive weapons system ever just hit another snag. The F-35 Lighting II, Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation fighter jet, is expected to miss a crucial deadline for successfully deploying its sixth and final software release — referred to as Block 3F. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Explosion on board an A321 few mins after taking off from Mogadishu

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A Daallo Airline Airbus A321 flight D3159 made an emergency landing at Mogadishu today after an explosion soon after takeoff from Mogadishu, Somalia. https://youtu.be/-XYxvH6ZThU (www.airlive.net) More...

Air Force Grounds Pilots for Quoting Miley Cyrus

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They were all well-regarded officers—until the Air Force found out they were texting lyrics from rappers and pop stars. Now they’re accused of secretly dealing molly and dope. (www.thedailybeast.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...

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...

CebuPac to hire over 100 female cabin crew

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Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will be offering more than 100 female cabin crew positions at recruitment fairs that will be held in Manila, Cebu and Davao beginning this month until October. (www.airwaysnew.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...

United Airlines paints custom Broncos livery on Boeing 767

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The Denver Broncos have now arrived in San Jose, on their way to San Francisco. United is getting in on the celebration, too, with a new paint job. There was a big send off from Dove Valley at 12:30 pm as the Broncos players and staff headed to the airport. (kdvr.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...

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...

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...

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...

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