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Ameristar's new livery

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Ameristar DC-9-15F, N785TW departing from Willow Run, YIP runway 23R wearing its newly painted livery. 7-27-21 (www.youtube.com) More...

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Canadian Low-Cost Airline Flair Announces 5 New US Routes

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Flair Airlines has expanded its network to fly to five United States cities. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Qantas Flight QF6079 SYD - BGI

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Qantas QF6079 (reg#. VH-ZNJ) SYD - BGI 16hrs 54mins. B787-9 "Hitting bounderies". Chartered flight for Australia Cricket team. Can this or will it be a new route? https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA6079/history/20210726/0200Z/YSSY/TBPB (www.nationnews.com) More...

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-17 Flying Fortress Has Been Hiding in a Barn for Years, Waiting to Be Restored

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Not exactly a barn find, this Flying Fortress has been crammed piece by piece into a large, barn-like building in order to be restored. The owner who raised this building specifically for the B-17 has been working on it for years now. It's far from complete and it will take many more years before it will fly again, but it's definitely something you wouldn't expect to find in such a building. (www.autoevolution.com) More...

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American Airlines cuts Brazilian city, adds 2 new international markets from Miami

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Miami is the center of attention in American Airlines’ latest route-map adjustment. Over the weekend, the carrier filed some notable schedule changes for its South Florida hub, strengthening its presence in the Caribbean, while backing out of a key market in South America. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Aviation fans thankful to be back on EAA AirVenture grounds

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“People are excited, they are enthusiastic, they are pumped up," said Dick Knapinski is the spokesperson for EAA, "The theme for this year is the wait is over, and we’ve waited a whole year to do this so last year was unfortunate, it was the right decision as it turns out.” (fox11online.com) More...

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Japanese LCC ZIPAIR Targets Singapore With New Route

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Japanese budget airline ZIPAIR announced last week that it would be launching a scheduled service between Tokyo Narita and Singapore. This service, typically over seven hours in duration, is set to commence on September 7th, 2021. Let’s take a look at the details of this flight and which airlines ZIPAIR will be going up against. (simpleflying.com) More...

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68 Year Old New Zealand Passenger Plane Eyes Retirement

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New Zealand airline Air Chathams is on the brink of retiring a 68-year-old passenger plane. The Convair 580 typically wings its way between its home on the Chatham Islands and the New Zealand mainland. Lining up to replace the old dame of the skies is an ATR-72 500. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Heathrow Airport will soon charge £5 for passenger drop-offs

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All Uber, Addison Lee, black cab and other rides to Heathrow Airport are about to get more expensive. And, if a loved one is dropping you off at the departure hall curbside, they’ll have to pay a fee in order to do so. As of October 2021, Heathrow Airport will start charging a £5 Terminal Drop-Off Charge for those who are dropped off outside airport terminals. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Why I’m concerned about Citi’s transfer partnership with American Airlines

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We got some fantastic news last week about Citi ThankYou Rewards adding American AAdvantage as a temporary transfer partner. Citi and American have had a long-standing cobranding partnership resulting in cards like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® and Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. Frankly, this transfer partnership has been a long time coming, considering programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards have… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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The secret behind the curtains that you see around business-class pods Zach Griff

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Have you ever walked up and down the aisle during a long-haul flight and noticed that one (or more) business-class pods were enclosed with thick curtains? It doesn’t happen on every flight, but when it does, I’m always jealous of whoever’s resting inside. It always looks like they’ve scored the ultimate business-class upgrade, in what’s arguably the most private suite on the plane. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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America’s LCCs Have Plenty Of Room To Expand Without Competition

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Although a difficult 18 months has seen the wind knocked out of travel demand, airline startups are still forging new paths ahead. Pretty much all the startups have chosen to operate on a low-cost or ultra-low-cost model, spurring competition for the incumbent low-costs in these markets. Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle is not worried about the new entrants and believes there is room for low-costs to triple in size in the US before any real impact is felt. (simpleflying.com) More...

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WOW: 310 United States Routes Launched In Just 52 Days

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A whopping 310 US routes were inaugurated by 21 airlines in the 52 days between June 1st and July 22nd. This would be excellent in the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. It nicely illustrates how the time is right to ‘experiment’ with routes, while normally there is less incentive or need to try those considered ‘risky’. We examine what’s happened. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines extends elite status, certificates and more for another year

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Perhaps sensing an imminent downturn in travel bookings due to the delta variant of COVID-19, Delta became the first U.S. airline to extend elite status through 2022 today. Delta’s previous status extension was set expire on Jan. 31, 2022. Now, however, all current Delta elites will see their elite status prolonged by another year, through Jan. 31, 2023. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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JetBlue Delays Embraer E190 Retirement Plans To Support Growth

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JetBlue has announced that it will be delaying its Embraer E190 retirements. The airline owns 30 E190s outright and plans to fly them beyond 2026, with no firm retirement date as of now. The airline plans to keep its Embraer jets around to support the opportunities available under the Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines. (simpleflying.com) More...

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United follows Delta’s lead, allows you to opt out of middle-seat ‘upgrades’

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Well, you might be able to avoid one on your next United flight as the carrier just expanded its seating preference options for standby travelers. Previously, you could only state your preference for an aisle or window seat. Now, you’ll find three new options in the United app when you’re on the standby or upgrade list for a given flight. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Former Airman Who Leaked Details of Drone Program Sentenced, Will Serve Prison Time

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A former Air Force intelligence analyst who said he was compelled to speak out against the military’s use of drones after witnessing firsthand their effect on civilian casualties has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking classified information. (www.military.com) More...

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FlightAware Targets Piston Airplane Pilot Market with Launch of Aviator

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FlightAware’s Aviator is an inexpensive subscription-based software, accessible via the web and iOS. Any subscriber can register multiple aircraft, including rentals, and unlock indispensable features like Ready To Taxi™, Premium Weather and Map Layers, Surface Visualizations, FBO Scheduling, and ETAs automatically updated via FlightAware’s powerful machine predictive technology, Foresight™. (flightaware.com) More...

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Tahoe plane crash

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At an elevation of 5900 feet, this can be a tricky airport to use. A local pilot indicated this is an airport where you must make a visual landing. There were clouds with moderate fire smoke at the time of the crash. Specific safety warnings are posted at the airport. https://truckeetahoeairport.com/aviation/safety (sacramento.cbslocal.com) More...

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Madrid to Paris in the Cockpit of IBERIA Airbus A320

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Madrid to Paris Orly Airport in the Cockpit of IBERIA Airbus A320 (2011) (www.youtube.com) More...

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Myth vs Fact: Air Transportation's Share in Carbon Emissions

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Aviation and the commercial airline industry, in particular, are often finger-pointed as having the greatest global share in CO² emissions. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the de Havilland Comet 1

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Today in Aviation, the Comet 1 prototype took to the skies for the first time from Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, UK, in 1949. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Why Did United Airlines Fly A Brand New Boeing 737 MAX 8 To Oshkosh?

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United Airlines flew a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Monday. The airline does not service Oshkosh, and to the nearby commercial airport it serves (Appleton), it flies in regional jets. This special flight, carrying yours truly, members of United’s team, and United’s partners in pilot training, arrived in Oshkosh at the EAA AirVenture show, where United highlighted its continued commitment to pilot training and working to highlight the various pathways to enter a career in… (simpleflying.com) More...

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Cessna SkyCourier Makes Public Debut At AirVenture 2021

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Cessna’s SkyCourier utility twin turboprop made its first show appearance at EAA AirVenture, arriving on opening day, Monday, July 26. A crowd gathered on Boeing Plaza in front of the big twin as Textron officials updated certification progress and underscored the features they believe will make the airplane a success. Also on hand were representatives from launch customer FedEx, which has 50 on order and expects to take its first delivery later this year. (www.avweb.com) More...

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WWII B-17 arrives in Great Falls for tours and rides

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The Arizona Base Commemorative Air Force has brought an iconic World War II B-17 bomber named "Sentimental Journey" to Great Falls. The plane - dubbed the Flying Fortess during the war - landed on Monday and will be available for ground tours and rides. (www.krtv.com) More...

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Teen explains how he landed plane on bridge

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teenage pilot had to make an emergency landing on a New Jersey bridge after the aircraft experienced an engine malfunction. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Jet-Powered Coyote Drone Defeats Swarm In Army Tests

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The U.S. Army announced a major milestone in its anti-drone efforts this week, claiming it achieved its first “air-to-air non-kinetic defeats” using Coyote Block 3 drones. The recent demonstration saw the Coyotes take down a hostile swarm of 10 drones using a non-specified electronic warfare system or directed energy weapon of some kind. In addition to proving the Coyote's anti-swarm capabilities, the demonstration also proved that the drones can be recovered and redeployed on the… (www.thedrive.com) More...

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Sorry, Jeff Bezos. You're still not an astronaut, according to the FAA.

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The Federal Aviation Administration set new rules concerning the Commercial Space Astronaut Wings Program and the criteria used to award those commanding, piloting or working on privately funded spacecraft with the Commercial Space Astronaut Wings badge. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Lockheed's F-35A could face first price rise in years as inflation bites

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Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) said future F-35A fighter jets could be more expensive as rising inflation and customer demands halt a 64% drop in price since the jet was first introduced in 2007. The first F-35A cost $221 million when it came off the production line in 2007. Since then, production quantities and know-how have increased, helping the price of the stealthy fifth-generation fighter drop to $79 million today as it gained appeal and buyers in 15 countries. (www.reuters.com) More...

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American to hire 1,350 pilots by the end of next year to meet rising demand for air travel

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS — American Airlines is gearing up to hire 1,350 pilots by the end of next year to meet the rapidly rising demand for air travel, 450 more pilots than previously planned. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Vistara pushes back Boeing 787, Airbus A320neo deliveries to 2022

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Singapore Airlines’ Indian joint venture expects the last four Dreamliners from its Boeing order to arrive by October 2022, a delay of up to seven months as the U.S. planemaker addresses flaws with the jet and the pandemic weighs on air travel. (www.executivetraveller.com) More...

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Onboard Flyr, the World's Newest Airline

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Flyr is Norway's newest airline which inaugurated service in July of 2021. This trip-report gives an in-depth synopsis of the flight, as well as the pros and cons. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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149 Kg Concorde RC Model - Simply Amazing!

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I hope this isn’t inappropriate for this forum but I can’t think of an audience more likely to be inclined to appreciate it. Just when you think you’ve seen it all... (youtube.com) More...

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Flight instructor makes emergency landing in Georgia

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Pilot, passenger, and aircraft all undamaged. Pilot reported fire in cockpit and set it down on Highway 54 in Peachtree City. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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United Airlines evacuates plane ready for take off after multiple passengers receive ominous text message

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A United Airlines flight was evacuated ahead of take-off at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday after a teenager sent a picture of an Airsoft gun to other passengers onboard via Airdrop, an iPhone feature that allows sharing between other Apple Inc. products. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Icelandair Is Happy With Its Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

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Icelandair has reported a loss of $68 million for the first half of 2021 but is keenly looking to the future as it sees the first signs of a turnaround. The airline is planning to fly up to 80% of its 2019 capacity in the fourth quarter, if demand continues to grow. Notably, Icelandair has sung the praises of its newly inducted 737 MAX, and could even be eyeing an order for more. (simpleflying.com) More...

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The FC-31, China’s ‘Other’ Stealth Fighter

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China’s FC-31 is a twin-engine stealth fighter demonstrator, which includes two iteratively different flying airframes that have been under active flight test since late 2012 and late 2016, respectively. This aircraft has often incorrectly been dubbed the “J-31” and been given various other names over the years, such as “J-21.” None of these J-designations remain true to the aircraft’s current state. It is a self-funded technology demonstrator from Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) and AVIC… (thediplomat.com) More...

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Boeing Starliner ISS launch: How to watch do-over test flight live

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again to send your spacecraft back into orbit to dock with the International Space Station. On July 30, Boeing is set to relaunch its Starliner crew capsule (minus any humans on board) for a second attempt at reaching the ISS, after its first try in late 2019 failed to reach the station. (www.cnet.com) More...

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American Airlines CEO: United And Delta Could Force Us To Put In Seat Back Entertainment

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Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, told employees on Thursday at a town hall question and answer session, that they’ll be watching what United’s new plan for seat back video screens – along with Delta’s current screens – means for competition. This could force the airline, he says, to install seat back screens again as well. (viewfromthewing.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines Wants To Grow But One Constraint Remains

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Southwest Airlines is sitting in a really great position. With the worst of the crisis behind it, leisure passengers have come back, small- and medium-sized businesses are sending employees on the road again, and travel restrictions have started to come down. With the environment improving, Southwest Airlines is in a position to grow. However, according to CEO Gary Kelly, there is one open-ended question on whether or not the carrier will be able to grow. (simpleflying.com) More...

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In Photos: How An Airbus A330 Was Turned Into An Ocean Reef

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We have seen plenty of unusual uses for retired aircraft over the years – including hotels, homes, and restaurants. One of the more surprising though has to be Turkey’s project in June 2019 to sink an A330 in 30 meters of water to create an artificial reef. Similar previous projects with smaller aircraft have proved popular, and it is hoped this will be a big draw for scuba divers. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Belavia 737 Diverts To Moscow After Suspected Engine Failure

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On Monday, a Belavia Boeing 737-800 en route from Minsk in Belarus to Antalya in Turkey sent out an emergency signal, after which it diverted to Moscow. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Seawind Saga: Pilot who crashed in Lake Michigan had 7 crashes in 7 days

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Dennis Collier, a licensed Traverse City pilot, paid $110,000 for the 2010 Seawind on a Saturday, ended up in the drink a week later, and on the way crashed — by his own account — seven times, in seven days in four states. (www.record-eagle.com) More...

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FAA orders operators to inspect more than 9,300 Boeing 737s worldwide

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a directive instructing all Boeing 737 operators to conduct inspections to address possible failures of their cabin altitude pressure switches. (www.airlive.net) More...

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737 Max Return – Is The Plane Picking Up A Following?

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As more 737 MAX aircraft enter or return to service, more and more airlines are gathering real-world numbers, showing the plane’s efficiency. And the jet seems to be picking up more followers, certainly among airlines. We really don’t need to analyze the troubles that the 737 MAX went through, to return to service. But it has now been six to eight months since its return – depending on where you are reading this from. Even that return hasn’t been strewn with rose petals, with other production… (mentourpilot.com) More...

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In Photos: Eurowings Discover Takes To The Sky With First Flight

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Simple Flying was on hand as guests of Eurowings Discover to wave the first flight off. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Revised FAA rules put Branson and Bezos' astronaut wings in doubt

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Are Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos astronauts? Though both billionaires flew to at least the edge of space, they may not qualify for official astronaut wings. (newatlas.com) More...

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Boeing cuts production of 787 Dreamliner after discovering new structural flaws on some planes

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Boeing will cut production on the 787 Dreamliner plane for weeks after discovering new structural flaws in some planes that have been manufactured but not delivered to airline customers. (floridanewstimes.com) More...

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Nevada (Reno - Tahoe) airport faces flight delays from jet fuel shortage

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While more than just one factor, seems article implies lack of fuel delivery due to truck driver shortages. I truly wonder how that could be and that there is not more to the story not being told.... (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Aviation enthusiast potentially saves pilot's life after seeing sparks coming from his plane

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Photographer and aviation enthusiast Ian Simpson has lived in the East Anglia region of England all his life, and one of his favorite things to do is photograph planes at Royal Air Force bases in the area. But on the morning of July 13, he realized something wasn't quite right as he watched jets taking off at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, about 70 miles northeast of London. The base is run by the US Air Force and is home to the 48th Fighter Wing, the only US Air Force F-15 fighter wing in… (www.cnn.com) More...

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