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NASA moves ahead with plans to build a quiet supersonic jet

NASA's dreams of a quiet supersonic jet are one step closer to fruition. The agency tells Bloomberg that it'll start taking bids to build a larger (94-foot) real-world demo version of the aircraft that it tunnel-tested in June, and we now have a clearer sense of how well it'll perform in real life. The design is expected to reduce noise to no more than 65dBa, which is exceptionally quiet for an aircraft -- co-designer Lockheed Martin likens it to the inside of a luxury car. That would make it… (www.engadget.com) More...

This Doc’s No Dwarf: Flying Inside The Biggest Bomber Of World War II

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin—The world’s second flying B-29 Superfortress completed a 17-year journey with its arrival at EAA AirVenture here on July 22. I was privileged to join the adventure of flying the newly-restored bomber known as “Doc,” first to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a special event, and then to Oshkosh where it will join Fifi, the world’s other flying B-29, in the first formation of these aircraft in the past 50 years. The B-29 Superfortress, the first pressurized and long-range bomber, is more… (www.aviationweek.com) More...

Airliner flies with gear down, diverts due to low fuel

Air India has grounded two pilots who forgot to retract aircraft landing gear after take off and then flew all the way from Kolkata to Nagpur with the wheels out. While the flight's destination was Mumbai, flying with the wheels out meant flying low and more fuel burn due to which the plane had to land at Nagpur after running low on fuel. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Air Berlin to Lease Two Airbus A330-900neos

Germany-based airberlin has confirmed to ATW it will lease two Airbus A330-900neos, but has not disclosed the lessor. (atwonline.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines Unveils Three New Year-Round West Coast Routes, Begins Sales for Airbus A321neo Flights

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines will expand its U.S. West Coast presence with the arrival of an A321neo fleet by adding three new non-stop daily routes early next year: Portland-Maui; Oakland-Kaua‘i; and Los Angeles-Kona. The routes will offer guests more options for direct access to Hawaiian’s neighbor islands while enjoying the company’s award-winning, warm hospitality in the comfort of medium-haul, single-aisle A321neo aircraft. (newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com) More...

‘A Painful and Frustrating Experience’: Horizon Air Scheduling Havoc Will Continue Into the Fall

The pilot-shortage crisis at Alaska Air subsidiary Horizon Air continues after multiple flight cancellations. The airline is contracting with SkyWest as well as bringing in Alaska Airlines jets to handle hundreds of flights in the fall. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

SFO close-call: Air Canada pilot was not using guidance instruments, source says

SAN FRANCISCO The wayward Air Canada pilot who nearly landed on a crowded San Francisco International Airport taxiway earlier this month did not activate his computer guidance system that would have helped guide his airplane onto the appropriate runway and not dozens of feet from a catastrophe, according to a source familiar with the federal investigation. (www.latimes.com) More...


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