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September 11: FAA Closure of US Airspace

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Although this animation was published 10 years ago, it gives an excellent visual of our airspace as things shut down on 9/11/01. From the description: This animation was created by NASA using FAA air traffic control data from September 11, 2001. It shows the rapid grounding of air traffic across the US, and redirection of incoming international traffic, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Time is at lower left, number of planes in the air lower right. At 9:06am, FAA issued a ground stop… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Fake hostage situation at Daytona airport had red flags, sheriff says

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A man supposedly calling from the lobby of the Daytona Beach International Airport threatened to kill three British Airways flight attendants Monday. Problem: BA doesn't fly to Daytona Beach, and the airport wasn't open when he called anyway. The FBI is investigating. (www.news-journalonline.com) More...

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Austrian Airlines uses an autonomous drone for airframe inspection

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Vienna, Austria - Austrian Airlines inspects the airframes of its Airbus planes with an autonomous drone for structural damage. Drones are a big problem for airports and airlines, but a European carrier uses it for a good reason. Austrian Airlines is examining the exterior of its Airbus planes for structural deterioration via a drone developed by French startup Donecle. The technology is very new and will be tested by the end of this year. If successful, the drone has the potential to become a… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Center Of Gravity Concerns Lead To Lufthansa Pulling Last Economy Row On A320neo

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German national flag carrier Lufthansa has stopped selling the last row of seats in its Airbus A320neos due to concerns over the aircraft’s center-of-gravity limitations. (simpleflying.com) More...

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32-Year-Old Caught At Airport In Bizarre Disguise, Impersonating 81-Year-Old

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The disguise was impressive – a snow-white beard, oversized glasses, and a wheelchair. Jayesh Patel’s odd plan had one flaw though: the 32-year-old still looks nothing like the 81-year-old he tried to impersonate. (newyork.cbslocal.com) More...

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India to Follow Europe’s Lead in Making Own Call on 737 Max

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Now India, too, wants to make its own checks on the Boeing 737 Max before allowing the plane to fly in the country again, after European regulators this week said they would make their own call. India plans to start its own assessment only after the FAA, the certifying authority of U.S.-made jets, declares the aircraft fit to fly, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing a private matter. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation doesn’t expect Boeing’s best-selling plane… (skift.com) More...

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Pictures: First A350-900 of Fiji Airways appears in full livery

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Toulouse, France - The first Airbus A350-900 of Fiji Airways has been spotted out of the paint shop with full livery at the Toulouse factory of the European aircraft manufacturer. After getting its engines installed, the aircraft will begin flight tests. In total, Fiji Airways has two A350-900 on order with Airbus. The airline expects to take delivery of the first copy in November 2019. The second A350-900 will join the Pacific carrier's fleet in November, after one month the first… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The TSA is worried about the suicidal thoughts of its airport screeners

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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is concerned about its employees’ emotional well-being following the suicide of a 40-year-old officer who jumped to his death from a balcony inside the Orlando International Airport earlier this year. (qz.com) More...

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Caribbean Airlines to extend 737 leases in the wake of MAX grounding

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In the wake of the continued 737 MAX grounding, Trinidad and Tobago’s Finance Minister Colm Imbert has announced that Caribbean Airlines will be extending the leases on its current fleet of 12 Boeing 737-800s. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Coffee Spill Forced Airbus A330 Diversion After Radio Failures

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UK investigators have revealed that reluctance to use a cockpit cup-holder resulted in coffee being spilled over control panels on a Condor Airbus A330, causing substantial radio communications problems and forcing a diversion. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Crisis-hit Boeing readies huge effort to return 737 MAX to the skies

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As Boeing Co sets its sights on winning approval to fly its 737 MAX within weeks, following a six-month safety ban, engineers around the world are rolling out plans for one of the biggest logistical operations in civil aviation history. (www.reuters.com) More...

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American Man Fraudulently Obtains $1.75 Million Worth Of Delta SkyBonus Points

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A 52-year-old travel agent has been indicted by the FBI on charges of wire fraud related to Delta’s SkyBonus scheme. He is thought to have defrauded the airline out of $1.75 million between March 2014 and April 2015. A 52-year-old dual American and Ukrainian citizen has been charged on 12 counts of wire fraud by the FBI. According to reports by the New York Times, the charges against Gennady Podolsky relate to a 13-month scheme in which he conspired to fraudulently acquire points through Delta… (simpleflying.com) More...

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KLM Will Replace Amsterdam To Brussels Flights With A Railway Partnership

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has teamed up with NS Dutch Railways and French-Belgian high-speed train operator Thalys to replace flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Brussels. Starting in March of next year KLM will replace one of its daily flights between Brussels Airport (BRU) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). Over the past few months, KLM has been working with NS Dutch Railways and Thalys to come up with a way to replace flight between the two European capitals with trains. (simpleflying.com) More...

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American Airlines mechanic accused of attempted sabotage of flight with 150 on board

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A mechanic for American Airlines was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner shortly before it was set to take off from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas with 150 people on board. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Low-cost international flights are doomed: analyst

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For the past few years, air travel from the U.S. to Europe was at unheard of levels of affordability. Airlines like Wow, Norwegian, Primera, Level, Iceland and others provided travelers with round-trip options that occasionally even dipped under $300. The competition also pushed down prices for legacy carriers, creating a race to the bottom that benefited travelers. But a new research note from Bernstein analysts says costs will rise for smaller airlines and will eventually necessitate higher… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Delta operates a relief flight to the Bahamas

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Delta Air Lines made this announcement: A Delta MD-88 loaded with supplies departed Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Sunday morning for Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. The airline is working to determine whether additional flights are needed. The Delta Flight 9994 departed Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Sunday morning, landing at 10:59 a.m. at the Marsh Harbour Airport to deliver 4,700 pounds of critical supplies. Once supplies were unloaded, the flight departed for Nassau with 72 evacuees. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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JetBlue founder may launch new U.S. startup ‘Moxy’ next year

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JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman does not want to wait to launch his next airline venture. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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13,000 stranded after French airline collapses: official

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Some 13,000 passengers, mainly booked on flights to and from Algeria, are still stranded after France's second-largest airline Aigle Azur went into receivership, a senior French official said Monday, adding that several potential buyers had been identified. The airline, which employs almost 1,200 staff, filed for bankruptcy and suspended flights last week after losses which prompted a shareholder coup that ousted the chief executive. "Out of 19,000 passengers who found themselves in… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

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Man and his family try to make a two minute connection. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

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Drunken Ryanair passenger arrested at Shannon airport 'thought she was still in Spain'

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“What makes this worse than a general public order offence is that this happened in the aircraft cabin and there is nowhere for people to go.” (www.thejournal.ie) More...

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U.S. House panel wants Boeing CEO to allow employee interviews on 737 MAX crashes

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Congress on Thursday asked Boeing Co’s chief executive to make several employees available for interviews as part of a congressional probe into the design, development and certification of 737 MAX aircraft involved in two crashes that killed 346 people. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Tecnam P2012 Traveler Achieves FAA Certification

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APUA – Tecnam announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded full Type Certificate to the P2012 Traveller with the number A00076CE for Part 23 of the FAA Regulations. The first few P2012 Travellers, already produced and ready to go, will fly from Capua to the Cape Air base in Hyannis, MA in the upcoming weeks. Powered by two 375 HP turbo-charged Lycoming engines, the Tecnam P2012 Traveller features a modern design and state-of-the-art equipment, allowing single-pilot… (www.tecnam.com) More...

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Delta crew detains male passenger after he tried to enter cockpit on a New York-bound flight shouting that he was God and he would end terrorism

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A Delta Air Lines crew have detained a passenger who tried to enter the cockpit on a New York-bound flight shouting that he was God and that he was going to end terrorism. The pilots of Flight 579 were forced to return to Puerto Rico following the incident shortly after take-off on Wednesday morning. Police in Puerto Rico said 30-year-old Carlos Ramírez Rodríguez became aggressive and tried to enter the cockpit during the flight. Authorities said Rodríguez was yelling: 'I am God. Tomorrow… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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An inside look at JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo on its first commercial flight

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Airlines sometimes give us surprises, and this Monday night, JetBlue gave us a surprise that I was really excited about. It scheduled the brand-new Airbus A321neo on its first commercial flight, two weeks before the plane’s official debut. Naturally, I was excited by the opportunity to get a first-hand look aboard, since JetBlue has been tight-lipped about what it’d look like inside. Aside from promising that the plane would feature a similar interior to the ‘Phase 2’ retrofit program for the… (thepointsguy.com) More...

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C90GTi ditches due to fuel exhaustion close to Aruba

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Saw this didn't make it to flight aware yet, not taking credit for this. Just sharing with my fellow aviation bugs. Thought? (forum.scramble.nl) More...

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Eastern Air Lines to operate its first revenue flight tomorrow

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After 24 years, 4 months and 7 days, Eastern resumes revenue flight operations tomorrow. MIA-HAV-MIA. Time to re-earn our wings… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Live Reno Air Races streaming this week at KRTS

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Live YouTube streaming of the 2019 RAR. You can see the races live and hear the narrative and engines (www.youtube.com) More...

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EasyJet Receives The 9,000th Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

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Airbus has just delivered the 9,000th A320 family aircraft to British low-cost airline easyJet. Breaking the news on their Twitter feed the European aircraft manufacturer said : “8,997 – 8,998 – 8,999 – 9,000! � Proud to deliver the 9,000th #A320 Family aircraft to our friends at @easyJet! We are sure the new #A320neo will feel like home in the airline’s all-Airbus fleet.” (simpleflying.com) More...

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FAA releases an AD for Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofans

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Washington, D.C. - On Sept. 9, the US Federal Aviation Administration has published an airworthiness directive proposing airlines to check Pratt & Whitney's some geared turbofans. The directive came after an investigation for two in-flight engine failures last year due to oil leaks from PW1500G and PW1900G engines that power the Airbus' A220s and Embraer's E2 series jets respectively. The directive refers to the risk of oil leaking from the oil supply tube and the fuel oil… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American mechanic accused of sabotage was previously fired from another airline

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An American Airlines mechanic charged last week with sabotaging a plane with 150 people on board was previously fired from another airline for committing multiple mechanical mistakes, according to court records. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was fired from Alaska Airlines, part of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), in 2008 after he helped install the wrong type of battery on an aircraft. Soon after, Alani, a native of Iraq, filed suit against Alaska claiming he was fired based on his national… (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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British Airways tells passengers not to turn up at airports, as airline's biggest ever strike begins

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British Airways has told its passengers not to turn up at airports as the biggest strike action in the airline’s 100 year history begins on Monday. More than 1,500 flights have been cancelled as the company was accused of bullying its own staff by union bosses, who warned they could continue the action until the end of the year. Some 280,000 people will be affected by the strike which is set to continue on Tuesday, costing BA £80m in lost revenue. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Flight instructor attempts to kidnap and deport student

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A pilot at a Californian flight school and his assistant have been arrested after kidnapping and attempting to deport a Chinese flight student back to China. Jonathon McConkey is a pilot, qualified flight instructor and general manager of IASCO Flight Training School. He is alleged to have carried out the kidnapping with his assistant and ground instructor Kelsi Hoser. (www.airlive.net) More...

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