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Seventeen bidders vie for SA Express assets

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Seventeen parties have submitted expressions of interest (EOI) regarding the sale of South African Express (XZ, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) which is currently in provisional liquidation. In June, the bankrupt carrier's joint provisional liquidators (JPL), Tshwane Trust, called for EOIs covering either the sale of the business in its entirety as a going concern, investment as an equity partner, or a buyer for part or all of the airline's assets. In addition to four CRJ200ERs, General… (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

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Boeing's 2020 MAX cancellations near 400 in July

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Boeing Co lost another 43 orders for its grounded 737 MAX planes in July, bringing the total cancellations for the jet this year to 398, while delivering only four of its other aircraft to customers, monthly numbers showed on Tuesday. Based on a tighter accounting standard, Boeing said order cancellations now stand at 857 for the MAX, whose recertification is still hanging in the balance more than a year after its worldwide grounding due to two fatal crashes. The four deliveries - one each of… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks to Get Critical Software Updates

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It’s been approximately 12 million years since most of us last used a floppy disk, but apparently, the antiquated tech still plays a critical role in delivering software updates to Boeing’s 747-400 planes. The discovery comes courtesy of cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners and was initially spotted by The Register. As part of this year’s virtual DEF CON hacker conference, Pen Test Partners showed off a video walkthrough of a British Airways 747 after the airline decided to retire its entire… (gizmodo.com) More...

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Second Cessna SkyCourier test article takes flight

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Textron Aviation announced Tuesday the successful flight of its second Cessna SkyCourier flight test article (P1). (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX: First fixed-wing aircraft to be put in service by Rwanda Defense Force

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Textron Aviation announced Tuesday it was awarded a contract by ATI Engineering Services, LLC for two multi-mission Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft for the Rwanda Defense Force in support of the African Partnership Flight initiative. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Engine Update After Five Years In Service

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine update. The first set of Trent XWB-84 engines are now approaching their first schedule maintenance after five years of service on the Airbus A350 and after having traveled an average of 14 million kilometres / 8.7 million miles without any planned maintenance and record low levels of in-flight disruption. (news.flightag.com) More...

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Rolls-Royce finds cracks in small number of Trent XWB engines

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Rolls-Royce (RR.L) will carry out extra inspections on some of its Trent XWB engines after cracks were found on a small number of them, in a further headache for the company whose finances have been hit hard by the pandemic. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Why The Boeing 727 Fell Out Of Favor

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In January 2019, on a domestic route in Iran operated by Iran Aseman Airlines, the Boeing 727 made its last commercial flight. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Texas helicopter crash kills 3 parks and wildlife employees

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Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in a helicopter crash Saturday while surveying the landscape for desert bighorn sheep, according to state officials. The victims were identified as wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White, and veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar, according to a release by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on Sunday. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Air India Express Boeing 737 Crash: Here’s What We Know So Far

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The tragic story of the Air India Express 737 flying from Dubai to Kozhikode yesterday, is one that is still unfolding. (simpleflying.com) More...

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United Airlines flight at Newark Airport is evacuated on the tarmac after 'a passenger made a bomb threat on board'

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A United Airlines flight has been evacuated at Newark Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat on board, reports suggest. A Twitter user uploaded a picture showing a convoy of emergency vehicles at the New Jersey airport on Sunday evening. A pilot's announcement on the plane indicated that a passenger had made a bomb threat aboard the United Airlines plane, according to the Lakewood Scoop. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers alike can watch online as artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms control simulated F-16 fighter planes in aerial combat. By the end of the three-day event, viewers will even get to witness a matchup between the top AI and an experienced Air Force… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Aug 8: Portuguese Canadair CL-215 Crashes while fighting a fire

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A Portuguese Canadair ‘water-bomber’ plane has crashed today, killing the Portuguese pilot and critically injuring the Spanish co-pilot. (www.portugalresident.com) More...

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Snakes in a plane? Nope, bear on a plane

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Not sure how one protects the aircraft in this situation. (weather.com) More...

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Flight that crashed in 1985 spotted landing in Narita Airport 35 years later

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Four minutes before midnight on 5 August, flight JL123 was seen approaching Narita Airport from Narita Airport on the flight tracking website Flight Radar 24. Once spotted, this got the attention of many online and understandably so as Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed 35 years ago almost to the day. (soranews24.com) More...

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FAA employees report industry pressure, question agency safety push in survey

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety employees reported facing “strong” external pressure from industry and raised alarms the agency does not always prioritize air safety, according to an independent survey seen by Reuters on Friday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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WestJet flight passenger found positive for coronavirus

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Passengers seated in rows 5 to 11 are considered at higher risk of exposure to the virus, but the centre says anyone who travelled on the flight should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. (www.lintelligencer.com) More...

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'I don't want to fly again': Surviving India's worst crash in 10 years

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Seated on the last row of the plane, Muhammed Junaid sensed something was amiss when Air India Express flight IX 1344 from Dubai was jerked around by strong winds as it approached the southern Indian city of Kozhikode late on Friday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18

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The death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Air India Flight IX1344 updated

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The flight IX1344 was attempting to land at the CCJ table top runway, while it overshoot the runway. The aircraft came to rest in three pieces overshooting the runway and skidding into the urban road 40 ft below the tabletop runway level. (www.jetflightpro.com) More...

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Flying With Schweddy Balls

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This video captures the flight to one of our favorite hangout, i.e., Sky Manor (N40). For the first time I mounted the camera on the bottom tail section so I can see in more detail my landings (as per idea from AOPA article). Sure enough, I discovered that I need to improve my transitioning and center line alignment during the landing phase. The Schweddy Balls is referenced in minute 2:37. (www.youtube.com) More...

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DC-3 Arrival & Homecoming

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Join us on Saturday, Aug. 15 for the arrival of a vintage DC-3 airliner at the Aviation Museum of N.H. The landing of this historic aircraft (built in 1940 for American Airlines and still flying today!) marks the end of our 'Around the World Flight Adventure,' which departed the museum on May 1 as a remote learning project for N.H. students and teachers. Festivities start at noon with live music. The DC-3 arrival, scheduled for 12:30 p.m., will be marked with a water cannon salute… (www.nhahs.org) More...

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No more medical exemptions: Alaska Airlines says anyone who can't or won't wear a mask won't be allowed to fly

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Alaska Airlines is the latest airline to announce it will no longer allow medical exemptions from its mask-wearing requirement. The carrier said that if a passenger was unwilling or unable to wear one, they would not be permitted to fly. Despite evidence that wearing masks can significantly limit the spread of the coronavirus, masks have become a flashpoint for conflicts aboard flights (as well as elsewhere). Alaska Airlines said on Wednesday that it will no longer fly passengers who are… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Insecure satellite Internet is threatening ship and plane safety

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More than a decade has passed since researchers demonstrated serious privacy and and security holes in satellite-based Internet services. The weaknesses allowed attackers to snoop on and sometimes tamper with data received by millions of users thousands of miles away. You might expect that in 2020—as satellite Internet has grown more popular—providers would have fixed those shortcomings, but you’d be wrong. (arstechnica.com) More...

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Detroit advances plan to close city airport runway, clear neighborhood

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The city is advancing plans for its municipal airport with a focus on clearing out a desolate neighborhood, reopening a long-closed road and decommissioning a runway. (www.detroitnews.com) More...

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Colorado Springs Airport reintroduces itself as 'Colorado’s small airport'

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As airlines and airports look to reassure travelers and invite them back to fly, Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is marketing itself as "Colorado's small airport." (www.9news.com) More...

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How a small Ohio airport became the new darling of the world's cargo carriers

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As the coronavirus pandemic has put a premium on air freight, it's not just the cargo-focused airlines that are riding a steady wave of increased traffic. Airports ready to cater to pallets rather than people have seen a similar boom. Just look at Columbus, Ohio's Rickenbacker Airport. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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FAA proposes fining Boeing $1.25 million for exerting undue pressure on safety reps in South Carolina

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday proposed to fine Boeing just over $1.25 million for violations in the program that allows company employees to perform oversight on behalf of the safety agency. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Activist kicked off American Airlines plane after flight attendant deems her face mask ‘offensive’

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A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight and forced to drive thousands of miles to get where she was going. (www.local10.com) More...

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Denver airport’s terminal renovation is running low on cash, putting key upgrades at risk

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Denver International Airport’s marquee terminal renovation is headed for a severe budget crunch that threatens to leave core components of the project — including new upper-level security screening areas — unfinished or significantly curtailed, according to emails obtained exclusively by The Denver Post. (www.denverpost.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy in the US

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Virgin Atlantic has filed for bankruptcy in the United States as the global airline industry reels from the coronavirus pandemic. The company, which is based in the United Kingdom, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York on Tuesday. Virgin Atlantic hasn't been immune from the airline industry's pandemic problems. In July, the company received a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) rescue deal to keep the airline solvent just days before it was due to resume passenger flights. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Introducing the Beechcraft King Air 360

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Textron Aviation ushered in the next generation of its legendary King Air turboprop family on Tuesday with the introduction of the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Grainy video raises more questions about security at Cleveland airport

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The most recent case went unnoticed for close to two hours. We’ve learned, in the latest case, no camera was even facing the part of the fence where the driver went through. “We’re not running a dog park. You’re running an international airport. You have to have the maximum security. Airport security and all the issues we’re dealing with, you would think you would have the most sophisticated system,” Polensek said. (fox8.com) More...

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Airline Food For Sale. No Plane Ticket Required

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Miss international travel? Why not recreate the experience in the comfort of your own home with some airplane food? (www.npr.org) More...

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Alaska Airlines quietly cuts inflight entertainment tablets Zach Griff

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, airlines are doing everything they can to reassure customers that it’s safe to travel. All major U.S. carriers are requiring passengers to wear masks, most have stepped up cleaning procedures and some are blocking the middle seat. And when it comes to the inflight experience, almost every carrier has made adjustments to minimize crew and passenger interactions. Boarding processes have been modified, food and beverage service has been cut to a bare minimum… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Passenger In Virginia Refused To Don Mask, Delaying American Airlines Flight

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American Airlines says a flight out of Virginia was delayed after a passenger refused to comply with its policy requiring a face mask. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the incident occurred Sunday morning at Richmond International Airport. The airline said the plane returned to the gate. And the passenger ultimately exited the plane. The flight then departed for North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport without further issues. (baltimore.cbslocal.com) More...

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SX-IRN crashed into a house near Serres Greece

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SX-IRN single engine Cessna crashed into a house in village Proti, near Serres, Greece. Pilot seems to be ok and transferred to hospital. No other injuries on ground are reported. (www.protothema.gr) More...

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NTSB releases preliminary report on Coeur d'Alene plane crash that killed eight

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A de Havilland owned by Brooks Seaplane and a Cessna collided over Lake Coeur d'Alene on July 5, around 2 p.m. The pilot and the passenger in the Cessna as well as the pilot and all 5 passengers in the de Havilland died in the collision, according to the report. (www.ktvb.com) More...

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Private jet firm is selling social distance-friendly seats between New York and Florida for the price of first class ticket

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XO is offering a private jet experience where passengers fly between New York and Florida on a VIP-configured Bombardier CRJ200 for a fraction of the cost of a charter. Passengers only pay for their seat and but still get nearly the full private jet experience. Flights depart from and arrive at private terminals in New York and Florida and in-flight meals and WiFi are complimentary. Private aviation firm XO has created a unique East Coast air bridge this summer that promises the luxury of… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Rumor: Amazon Behind New International Airline In Brisbane

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Last week, Simple Flying reported on an unknown Brisbane-based start-up airline running job applications for key roles. We approached several people who might know for clarification but hit a wall of silence. Brisbane Airport told us they were as much in the dark as we were. But, we’ve since learned Amazon could be behind this new start-up airline. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Hawaiian Believes Its Premium Leisure Positioning Will Help It Rebound

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Hawaiian Airlines serves an interesting position in the market. As the leading airline to and from Hawaii, it maintains a key player in bringing leisure travelers from near and far to Hawaii and also offering intra-island flights. While the islands currently remain under strict quarantine requirements, the airline believes its positioning will be vital to becoming successful. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Spirit AeroSystems announces further reduction in workforce

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Spirit AeroSystems announced Friday it will further reduce employment at its facility in Wichita, Kan., as a result of the most recent rate reduction on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and the ongoing global pandemic. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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U.S. Navy's first Black female fighter pilot gets her wings

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Lieutenant Madeline Swegle, who made history as the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical fighter pilot, received her Wings of Gold on Friday. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Air tankers collide mid-air while fighting southern Nevada wildfire

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Two pilots were killed Thursday when their air tankers collided in midair as they were helping to fight a large wildfire in southern Nevada, federal officials said. The cause of the 12:55 p.m. incident wasn’t immediately clear, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. There was one pilot aboard each single-engine Air Tractor AT8T, the department said. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management suggested in a statement that the deceased were "contract pilots." "Recovery… (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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Alaska midair accident

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Midair collision near Soldotna involved 2 aircraft (www.ktva.com) More...

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Thai court accepts budget carrier Nok Airlines' petition for bankruptcy protection

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Thailand’s bankruptcy court on Thursday said it had accepted a petition from low-cost carrier Nok Airlines Pcl for bankruptcy protection, as the coronavirus pandemic worsened conditions for the struggling airline. The court set the first day of hearings for Oct. 27. Its acceptance gives the budget carrier an automatic stay on debt worth 26 billion baht ($828 million). (www.reuters.com) More...

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British Airways is auctioning millions of dollars worth of lounge art in a hasty attempt to raise cash – see the extravagant collection

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Artwork from British Airways is on the auction block at Sotheby's as the airline attempts to weather the industry downturn by turning to any and all means to raise funds. Pieces from British artists like Bridget Riley and George Shaw hang in British Airways lounges across its network and in its headquarters near Heathrow Airport. Nearly all pieces sold so far sold for higher than their estimated values with one selling for around $2.5 million. On the auction block this month at… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Boom Supersonic and Rolls-Royce agree to work on propulsion system for supersonic jet

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Boom Supersonic and Rolls-Royce announced Thursday an engagement agreement to explore the pairing of a Rolls-Royce propulsion system with Boom's flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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ATC: "F16 Pilots are CRITICAL ON FUEL!!!" - During our flight to Georgetown (KGED)

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This video documents our flight from Linden (KLDJ) to Georgetown, DE (KGED) along the east shoreline of New Jersey. During the flight you can hear ATC warning us of the F16’s in our vicinity. A minute later we heard an unusual conversation where two of the F16’s near us declared that they were low on fuel and needed priority landing. You can hear this around minute 3:40 & 5:40 into the video. P.S. User Acc0rd79 pointed out to me with his sharp eye that you can actually spot the F16, zooming… (www.youtube.com) More...

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