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Man flies employers Cessna 525 (N526CP) out of KSPK into his own home

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Investigators believe the twin-engine Cessna 525 belonged to Youd’s employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house; Sandoval said he was an experienced pilot. It wasn’t immediately clear who employed Youd or whether he was authorized to take the plane. (heavy.com) More...

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Plane crashes into house in Payson Utah; pilot dies

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PAYSON — The pilot of a small plane died after the aircraft crashed into a house in Payson early Monday morning, officials confirmed. The plane went down around 2:30 a.m. at 584 E. Canyon Road, emergency dispatchers said. The pilot died and the only two people inside the house at the time of the crash escaped safely, according to Payson police. (www.ksl.com) More...

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Vanuatu crew unable to brake ATR before collision

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Pilots of an Air Vanuatu ATR 72-500 were unable to steer or brake the turboprop before it crashed into a pair of Britten Norman Islanders during a runway excursion on landing at Port Vila. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing And Airbus Narrow Body Expansion Hits The Wall

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Increasing narrow body production is very profitable for Boeing and Airbus but much less so for the engine builders. Boeing worked through the order backlog of models using older engines so it is hitting the limits on availability of new engines. Both manufacturers have recovery plans for 2018. However, they face limits on future production increases. Analysts had counted on these increases to justify the stock price. (seekingalpha.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines flight from SF to New Orleans diverted to Los Angeles due to 'strong odor'

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An Alaska Airlines flight from San Francisco International Airport to New Orleans was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon due to a "strong odor" in the cabin. Alaska Airlines told SFGATE that a "strong odor was detected onboard during the flight in the aft cabin," and that "the plane is being inspected by technicians to pinpoint the cause." (www.sfgate.com) More...

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Aircraft Deliveries (6-12 August, 2018)

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EasyJet (UK) took delivery of one new A320neo, serial 8338; Sundair (Germany) took delivery of one A320-200, serial 2668, leased from Minsheng Financial Leasing (China); Skymark Airlines (Japan) took delivery of one new B737-800, serial 63413, leased from BOC Aviation (Singapore); Xiamen Airlines (China) took delivery of one new B737 MAX 8, serial 42959; (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The first supersonic passenger plane to fly by 2023

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Denver - After Concorde was taken out of service in 2003, commercial supersonic flights will restart soon, according to Blake Scholl, the founder, and CEO of the American high-tech company Boom Technology which is currently developing a supersonic jet called XB-1. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FBI takes over investigation of crashed Horizon Q400

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken charge of the inquiry into a stolen Horizon Air turboprop that crashed on 10 August after a short flight during which the aircraft performed aerobatic-like manoeuvres while pursued by air force fighter jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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British mum jailed with daughter, 4, after drinking glass of wine on flight to Dubai

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Ellie Holman, 44, was travelling to the city with her four-year-old little girl, Bibi. However after they landed, the mum was arrested after being questioned about consuming alcohol on the eight-hour Emirates flight from London. (metro.co.uk) More...

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Historic Flight museum founder injured in BC air show crash

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Pilot John Sessions was giving rides in the museums DeHavilland DH-89A Mk IV Dominie/Dragon Rapide at Abbotsford, BC. (Reg #N683DH). (www.heraldnet.com) More...

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Small Aircraft Crashes In Northern Illinois. Three people injured

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Small Aircraft Crashes In Northern Illinois. Three people injured (rockfordscanner.com) More...

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Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Addis Ababa on Aug 7th 2018, engine shut down in flight

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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-800, registration ET-AOR performing flight ET-638 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Singapore (Singapore), was climbing out of Addis Ababa's runway 25L when the crew stopped the climb at 15,000 feet due to the failure of an engine (GEnx) (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Ryanair cancelled flights: Full list of upcoming strikes

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RYANAIR passengers have been plagued by a wave of strikes in recent weeks during the peak summer season. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result but when are the next strikes due to take place? (www.express.co.uk) More...

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Horizon Air Q400 Audio

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Recording of radio traffic with Horizon Air Q400 interspersed with other SEATAC radio traffic. (garchives1.broadcastify.com) More...

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Horizon Air worker takes plane from Sea-Tac Airport, crashes on island in south Puget Sound

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A Horizon Air worker took off Friday night in one of the airline’s Q400 turboprops at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed on an island in south Puget Sound after being coaxed by air-traffic control to try to land and trailed by two fighter jets, officials said. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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European pilots hit Ryanair with biggest strike yet

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Ryanair pilots across Europe staged their first simultaneous strike on Friday (Aug 10) as they ramped up a battle for better pay and conditions, plunging tens of thousands of passengers into travel chaos during the busy summer season. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

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Investigators consult on findings from Emirates 777 crash

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United Arab Emirates investigators have embarked on reviewing a draft final report into the Emirates Boeing 777-300 landing accident at Dubai two years ago. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Jetsmarter: A Fyre Festival in the Sky

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From the Theranos Playbook: How to slay a Unicorn... I think these concerns have also been greatly exasperated by the recent indictments of Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos and Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival. These high-profile cases have served as a wakeup call that the US Justice System and Law Enforcement are no longer tolerating fraudulent schemes posing as legitimate private companies. Those responsible are now starting to be held accountable, as they should be. (www.airstreamjets.com) More...

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An exclusive tour of Boeing's gigantic jet factory

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Boeing's assembly site in Everett, Washington, is the largest building on earth by volume. Large enough, as Boeing often points out, to cover Disneyland. (money.cnn.com) More...

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Singapore Airlines Upgrades California: Nonstop LAX, More SFO

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Singapore Airlines (SQ) will launch several nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) with its new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long-Range) in November this year. The airline will also increase its current daily nonstop San Francisco (SFO) service to 10 times per week, providing 53 weekly operations that connect the U.S. with Singapore by the end of 2018, including Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and its newest and world’s longest commercial route by air to New York… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Hainan Airlines sells remaining stake in Brazil's Azul for $306 million

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Hainan Airlines (600221.SS) said on Friday it had sold its remaining stake in Brazilian airline Azul SA (AZUL.N) in a deal that netted it $306.25 million after deducting underwriting fees. (www.reuters.com) More...

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A380 World Tour Continues, Rescuing Airlines From Dreamliner Nightmares

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Introducing the hardest-working performer in the travel business: Hi Fly's Airbus A380! Fresh from a limited engagement in the bright lights of New York and London, the A380 will soon move on to Paris for another limited engagement transporting tourists to the beaches and volcano of La Reunion. The venue for the A380 may be different, but the mission is the same: to bail out an airline struggling with downtime on its Dreamliners. (www.forbes.com) More...

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Ryanair is forced to cancel 250 flights to/from Germany on Friday

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The VC pilot union has called for a strike at Ryanair airports in Germany on Friday, August 10, 2018, forcing Ryanair to cancel 250 out of over 2,400 flights scheduled to operate that day (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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American Airlines adds frequent flier miles to MSP-ORD

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AAL Flt 122 from MSP makes 3 attempts to land at ORD. Adds time and miles while other flights land ok. (flightaware.com) More...

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Hidden WW2 Éire sign revealed after gorse fire

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Only tangentially aviation-related, but an interesting story: "A World War Two-era landmark that had disappeared from sight has been rediscovered along the Irish coast after a wildfire scorched the ground. The aerial sign was spotted at Bray Head, County Wicklow, by the Garda (Irish police) Air Support Unit as they flew over the area after the blaze. The letters spell the word Éire, which means Ireland in the Irish language. Over 80 Éire signs were dotted around the coast in WW2 to warn… (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

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Royal Air Maroc 787 Clips Wing Against Turkish Airlines 777 (+Video)

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A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has impacted its right wingtip against the tail of a Turkish Airlines 777-300(ER) at Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport. The Triple-Seven aircraft suffered significant damage on the lower portion of the APU’s casing, as shown by pictures taken by Airporthaber in Istanbul. A video shows how the speeding Dreamliner clips its right wing against the 777’s tail, sending debris along the tarmac. This is the second wing-clipping incident that Turkish… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Airbus Establishes Pilot Training Program

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Airbus announced the launch of its ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Program last week. The company says the program is designed to “help meet global demand for pilots over the next 20 years.” Airbus’ partner for the program is Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), which is located close to the Airbus Mexico Training Center in Mexico City. (www.avweb.com) More...

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The Quest for One Last Flight: An Ode to the MD-80

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Once a mainstay at the country’s major airports, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world. Despite its legendary status among pilots and passengers alike, the aircraft is slowly fading from the skies, replaced by newer aircraft with the latest technology. (www.airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Boeing Finds Surprise Asset for Defense Comeback: Old Warplanes

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It wasn’t so long ago that Leanne Caret, head of Boeing Co.’s defense division, was warning of a grim future for one of the planemaker’s marquee fighter jets. As finance chief of the business, Caret helped draft a disclosure tucked into the company’s 2014 annual report saying production of the F/A-18 Super Hornet was at risk of shutting down by 2018 due to stalled sales. But doomsday never came for the plane -- and Caret is now presiding over a resurgence for the Super Hornet and another Boeing… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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2 Jet Pilots Aborted Take-Off In Riyadh. Plane Was Not Even On Runway

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Mumbai: On Friday, a Jet Airways flight was not even on the runway when it tried to take off from the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia. Its two pilots are close to losing their flying licence after they allegedly attempted take-off from a taxiway instead of the runway, endangering nearly 150 on board. Aviation sources have told NDTV that the taxiway, which runs parallel to the designated runway, had not been properly mapped into the plans of Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport. The… (www.ndtv.com) More...

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Autonomous drones can herd birds away from airports

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Drones aren't usually allowed to go near airports unless they serve a purpose, like herding flocks of birds away from the airspace where they could put planes full of people in jeopardy. Manually controlled drones can be unreliable, though: If the operator gets too aggressive and spooks the birds, the flock could scatter and become even more unmanageable. That's why a team of researchers from Caltech have developed an algorithm that teaches unmanned aerial vehicles how to autonomously (and… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Boeing's hypersonic plane to be also a hyper polluter

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Montreal - New supersonic passenger planes designed by Boeing and other manufacturers offer the chance to connect continents faster than ever. However, these future aircraft at supersonic and hypersonic speeds could also affect the environment at a much higher rate compared to today's air transport vehicles. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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NASA To Start Quiet Boom Flights over Galveston in Fall

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To prepare for community overflights under its silent supersonic aircraft test program with the X-59 starting in 2023, NASA will fly an F/A-18 as it breaks through the speed of sound over Galveston, Texas, beginning in November. NASA’s F/A-18 testbed will be flown using a “quiet supersonic dive maneuver” to “aim quiet sonic thumps at a specific area,” a procedure that the agency first tested in 2011 over Edwards Air Force Base. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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IndiGo grounds another A-320 Neo after snag

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New Delhi: An IndiGo Airbus A-320 Neo winging its way from Kolkata to Delhi on Monday saw one of its Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines develop a snag. Flight 6E 474 landed safely at IGI Airport but the A-320 new engine option (Neo) suffered extensive damage, joining the already long list of planes grounded for engine replacement by PW. “The engine was new and had done very few hours. The damage is substantial,” said a source. An IndiGo spokesperson said, “An IndiGo A-320 Neo has been grounded… (epaper.timesgroup.com) More...

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XWing Wants to Make Autonomous GA Aircraft

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A Bay-area startup wants to make your Cessna 172 autonomous. XWing says it has created "plug and play" software that can make most light aircraft fly autonomously. The technology will revolve around "sensing, reasoning and control." By eliminating pilots more people will be attracted to aircraft ownership and that will increase demand for small planes. The higher volumes will reduce production costs and make GA aircraft more affordable, Piette theorizes. (www.avweb.com) More...

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VIDEO: Southwest Airlines 737 Nose Gear Collapse at Pushback

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On August 4, 2016 at 9:02pm eastern daylight time, Southwest Airlines flight 149, a Boeing 737, N368SW, experienced a failure of its nose landing gear during pushback from the gate at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), Baltimore, Maryland. The aircraft was substantially damaged and there were no injuries to the 6 crewmembers or 129 passengers aboard. The flight was being operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Frankfurt airport Security alert prompts flight delays

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Police blamed "an error by a security officer". It led to boarding being halted and a partial evacuation of Terminal 1. The family were later found, questioned and allowed to travel on. A police spokeswoman said one of them had not fully completed security checks. Police did not clarify what had triggered the positive explosives test. Travelers at Frankfurt Airport - Germany's largest - are now facing cancellations and long queues to re-enter the departure area. More than 49 flights… (www.bbc.com) More...

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Upset Passengers Block Another Flight En Route to 29-Hour Delay

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A group of delayed passengers was so heated with Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea in France over the weekend that they attempted to block another group of fliers from taking off. According to The Local, passengers scheduled to fly from Bordeaux to the Spanish island of Mallorca Saturday morning were delayed a mind-boggling 29 hours due to a technical issue with an aircraft. flight was originally supposed to depart shortly after 6 a.m. local time Saturday but was delayed nine hours and then again… (www.msn.com) More...

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Tuskegee Airman Robert Martin, Shot Down In WWII, Dies At 99

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One of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, Robert L. Martin, has died at the age of 99. Martin, who said he flew "63 and a half missions" was shot down over German-occupied territory on the 64th and spent five weeks trying to return to Allied lines. (patch.com) More...

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US Senate Approves FAA Budget of $17.7 Billion for FY2019

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The US Senate approved a $17.7 billion FY2019 budget for the FAA Aug. 1. The funding bill was included as part of a “minibus” appropriations package, which consists of four separate appropriations bills. The minibus package passed the Senate by a 92-6 vote. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Iran Air Receives Five ATR 72-600s Before Return of US Sanctions

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European turboprop manufacturer ATR delivered five ATR 72-600 aircraft to Iranian flag carrier Iran Air just before US sanctions came back into force. The carrier has now received 13 of out of an order of 20 aircraft, the Toulouse-based manufacturer said. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Last Surviving Crew Member Has 'No Regrets' About Bombing Hiroshima

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On this day in 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare. It flew three strike planes over Hiroshima, Japan. The Enola Gay carried the bomb. Two other planes, the Great Artiste and the Necessary Evil, escorted it. Most of the 34 crew members didn't know they were carrying what was then the most powerful weapon in the world. I recommend that you listen to his story, rather than read it. (www.npr.org) More...

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American Airlines to Connect Cheyenne to Dallas-Fort Worth

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — American Airlines has announced plans to offer service between the Cheyenne airport and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports SkyWest Airlines will offer one flight daily in each direction beginning in early November. The flights are expected to seat 40-50 passengers using a Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet. (www.usnews.com) More...

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Taiwan seeking airlines payback

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Taiwan is looking at ways to hit back at foreign airlines that recently caved in to pressure from Beijing to refer to the island as part of China. The transportation ministry is studying countermeasures, according to an official who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly. (www.nwaonline.com) More...

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Angara Airlines to take over the An-148s of Saratov

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Irkutsk - Five An-148 remaining in the Saratov Airlines fleet after the crash of this type of liner near Moscow in February could be taken over by the Siberian Angara airline, several sources in the aviation market told Interfax news agency. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Bombardier Now Flying Two Flight-test Global 5500/6500s

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Bombardier Aerospace now has two flight-test vehicles (FTVs) engaged in “active testing” for its Global 5500/6500 program, the company announced yesterday. The flight-test aircraft—a Global 6500 FTV unveiled in May at EBACE and another representing the Global 5500—are currently based at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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NASA names nine astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights in 'new era' for spaceflight

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In a move that NASA said marks the beginning of "a new era in American spaceflight," the space agency Friday named nine astronauts who will fly to the International Space Station aboard commercial space capsules developed and made by Boeing and SpaceX. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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