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Qantas 787 Flight Flew With 4 Covered Static Ports

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A Qantas 787 was found to have four of its engine static ports taped up on a flight used to transport freight from from Melbourne to Los Angeles. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Frustrated with Inaccurate Estimated Taxi Times?

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FlightAware launches new predictive technology to take the guesstimate out of taxi times. (flightaware.com) More...

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China Eastern Black Box Points to Intentional Nosedive

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Flight data indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed a China Eastern jet earlier this year, according to people familiar with U.S. officials’ preliminary assessment of what led to the accident. (www.wsj.com) More...

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The U.S. is facing its worst pilot shortage ever, forcing airlines to cut flights and growth plans

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The U.S. is facing its worst pilot shortage ever, forcing airlines to cut flights for a summer travel season that is expected to surpass 2019 levels... (www.aviationweekly.org) More...

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Southwest Airlines proposed a ploy to deceive FAA on Boeing 737 MAX, legal filing alleges

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In April 2016, when Boeing’s 737 MAX was in flight test a year ahead of its certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Airlines made a strange proposal to Boeing — one that suggests an effort to deceive the FAA. According to a legal filing by attorneys pursuing a lawsuit against the airline, Southwest manager Bill Lusk asked Boeing officials, including the MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner, if engineers could install a new flight control safety alert required for the… (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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FAA cleares PW-4000 powered 777s to fly again

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United Airlines said Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had cleared the return of the airlines’ Boeing 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney PW-4000 series engines... (www.aviationweekly.org) More...

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ATR to launch a new aircraft program in 2023

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TOULOUSE, FRANCE — Franco-Italian turboprop aircraft manufacturer announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR' EVO. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Aviation Stats Update: May 16, 2022

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"Europe has had a tough road to recovery, but in the last week (May 8-15), commercial airline traffic has reached its highest point since 2019, with an average of 22,138 airline flights a day, which is only 13% down from the same week in 2019. These numbers are exciting to see as Europe heads into the summer, its busiest travel season each year." (blog.flightaware.com) More...

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Airline unions favor Spirit-Frontier merger May 18

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA who represents Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines flight attendants said on Tuesday they backed the two carriers’ planned merger... (www.aviationweekly.org) More...

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Lockheed Martin/Airbus tanker aircraft refueling system to be built in western Arkansas

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On May 18, Lockheed Martin and Airbus leaders announced that the aerial refueling boom system for the LMXT strategic tanker aircraft will be manufactured by Airbus in western Arkansas. Introduced in September 2021, the LMXT is Lockheed Martin’s offering for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-Y strategic tanker program, according to a press release. The LMXT is built on the combat-proven design of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), which is the strategic tanking choice of 14 nations around… (www.msn.com) More...

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid to Acquire Spirit Airlines

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Yet another twist occurred this morning when JetBlue launched a hostile takeover bid to win back Spirit from Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is now offering $30 per share, significantly more than its ultra-low-cost rival, and claims a deal offering $33 per share is still a possibility. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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International Airlines Group (IAG) Finalizes Agreement for Up to 150 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and International Airlines Group (IAG) today announced an order for a combined total of 50 737-8-200s and 737-10s, plus 100 options. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

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FAA suspends licenses of two pilots involved in failed Red Bull stunt

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The Federal Aviation Administration revoked the licenses of two pilots for their "careless" and "reckless" conduct during a failed midair stunt last month in Arizona, officials said this week. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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Air traffic controller guides passenger to safe landing at PBIA after pilot has medical emergency

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Untrained passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot incapacitation over ocean, Bahamas->Florida. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N333LD/history/20220510/1515Z/MYAM/KPBI (www.wpbf.com) More...

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Spirit Airlines

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JetBlue Airways on Monday commenced a hostile all-cash takeover bid for Spirit Airlines, days after the discount carrier rejected an offer from the larger rival (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Is Antonov Airlines Moving to Germany?

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This is why mega carrier Antonov Airlines (ADB) is working towards securing a new base in Leipzig, Germany. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Lockheed Martin holding hiring event, plans to expand F-16 workforce in Greenville

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Lockheed Martin is planning to add 300 people to its Greenville workforce this year to help meet the increasing demand for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet being produced here. The company said in a news release that it will conduct interviews and make hiring decisions at a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at McAlister Square in Greenville. The hires are in addition to 150 new hires already this year, according to a news release. (www.msn.com) More...

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C919 Doubles In Price

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China is in danger of pricing itself out of the market with its new C919 narrow body airliner according to The Straits Times. The Singapore publication is reporting the new plane will cost about $100 million, almost as much as the A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX which now dominate that market. (www.avweb.com) More...

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Small Plane Crash on Miami Bridge

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Sorry for all involved. 1 perished, 4 survivors. Hit an SUV on Bridge. Good luck all. Will be curious of cause. (tampa.cbslocal.com) More...

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United Airlines Reaches Agreement With ALPA Union Amid Pilot Shortage

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The Air Line Pilots Association has reached an agreement ‘in principle’ with United Airlines on new contract terms – a deal that is a direct result of an acute pilot shortage in the aftermath of the pandemic. The situation in the US has forced many airlines to scale back operations temporarily and revise contracts to boost pay and bonuses for employees. (simpleflying.com) More...

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FAA to let United use B-777 jets grounded after engine failure

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Federal safety regulators have approved a path for United Airlines to resume using dozens of Boeing 777 jets that have been grounded since the engine on one plane blew apart over Denver last year. The FAA confirmed Tuesday May 17 that it has approved steps necessary for flights to resume using the planes, which have engines made by Pratt & Whitney. United’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Nocella, said some of the planes will be in use within a week. The planes had recently appeared in… (apnews.com) More...

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The Dangers of Key Lime Air

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Picture this: You’re the single pilot of a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metroliner), a complex twin-engine turboprop flying over the turbulent Rocky Mountains of Colorado without an autopilot. It’s pitch dark outside, you’re in low visibility, and you’re relying solely on the instruments of the out of date airplane, which isn’t equipped with GPS. It need not be repeated the inherent risks of such a proposition and the extreme underlying hazards associated with it. Yet, Key Lime Air, which is… (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Not going to fly: Spirit Airlines again rejects JetBlue’s bid

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Spirit Airlines Inc. rebuffed a hostile $3.3 billion takeover offer from JetBlue Airways Corp., setting the stage for a potentially contentious vote by shareholders on whether to back a JetBlue bid or stand by a pending combination with rival deep discounter Frontier Group Holdings Inc. Spirit said its board unanimously determined that the JetBlue proposal is not in the best interests of the carrier or its shareholders. The potential transaction “faces substantial regulatory hurdles” and is… (www.aljazeera.com) More...

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Flight attendant delivers passenger's baby on board Frontier Airlines flight

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A woman gave birth to a healthy baby in a lavatory on board a Frontier Airlines flight, according to a Facebook post from the airline. The passenger went into early labor during the flight from Denver (DEN) to Orlando (MCO), said the post, which was shared on May 17. Flight attendant Diana Giraldo then helped her get to the lavatory and assisted in delivering the baby. (edition.cnn.com) More...

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American Airlines just showed the door to customers who aren't rich

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Airlines have needs. They tend to revolve around money. Which is harder to make when you fire a lot of people during the pandemic and then find it difficult to hire more people once the pandemic begins to recede. Despite the claims of many, business travel hasn't reached pre-pandemic levels. Leisure travelers, however, are desperate to get on a plane and get out of wherever here is. So how can airlines make more money out of this less-than-ideal situation? A clue emerged last week when… (www.zdnet.com) More...

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Don't Expect High Airfares To Go Soon, Frontier Airlines' CEO Believes

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According to Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ULCC), airfares could remain high for the foreseeable future because the forces driving up pricing aren't going away. "Their input costs are going up. Unless that subsides, I can't see why fares would go down," Mr. Biffle stated while speaking at The Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index shows that… (www.msn.com) More...

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Kenner man sentenced for scamming airline out of $550,000 in false lost baggage claims

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U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Pernell Anthony Jones, Jr., 32, of Kenner, was sentenced today for scamming airlines out of $550,000 in false lost baggage claims. According to court documents, beginning in 2015, Jones took commercial flights with airlines under false identities and fake identification cards. When he arrived at the destination airport, Jones falsely claimed that his baggage was lost and requested reimbursement to compensate him for his lost luggage. Through this… (www.msn.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines Suffering From Repeated Flight Cancellations

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In a recent YouTube video to Alaska’s Mileage Plan Members, Alaska Airline’s CEO Ben Minicucci explained, “I’m deeply sorry.” Minicucci is referring to the disruptive flight cancellations that have been affecting over 4% of Alaska’s daily flight schedule since April of this year. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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JetBlue: The Carrier Without A Merger Partner

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Within its short lifetime, JetBlue has become a beloved carrier with an innovative product and low-cost business model. It has grown rapidly to become a major U.S. airlinesSeeing success throughout its first 20 years in existence. However, if the carrier had its way, it would have grown even more from mergers throughout the past decade. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Air France-KLM forms cargo alliance with French shipping giant CMA CGM

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Air France-KLM and new airline CMA CGM expand their capacity and reach with a major cargo partnership. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Textron delivers first SkyCourier to FedEx

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Textron Aviation announced Monday it had delivered its first production Cessna 408 SkyCourier twin utility turboprop to FedEx Express. The aircraft which was launched in 2017 is the first clean sheet twin utility turboprop in a long time.. (www.aviationweekly.org) More...

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Two Volaris Aircraft Almost Collide At Mexico City Airport After Incorrect ATC Clearance

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Two Volaris aircraft encountered a near miss at Mexico City International Airport after the air traffic controller improperly cleared the arriving aircraft for landing. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Boeing’s Top Chinese Customer Drops 737 Max From Fleet Plans

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Boeing Co.’s biggest airline customer in China has removed more than 100 of the US manufacturer’s 737 Max jets from its near-term fleet plans, citing uncertainty over deliveries. China Southern Airlines Co. Chairman Ma Xu Lun said at an investor briefing last week that Boeing’s updated best-selling aircraft would be excluded from fleet deliveries through 2024. The carrier expects to take delivery of 78 aircraft in total over the period, down from 181 in a previous forecast in March. An investor… (www.msn.com) More...

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ATR's partially configured 42-600S STOL variant makes its first flight

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TOULOUSE, FRANCE — ATR's new 30 to 50 seater turboprop, which will be capable of taking off and landing on shorter runways, enters ground and flight testing phase. Today, the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR announced the first flight of the partially configured STOL variant (for 'Short Take-Off and Landing') of its ATR 42-600 aircraft. The flight took off at 10:00 from Francazal airport in France and lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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How is AI improving aircraft inspections after hard landings?

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ATR is using artificial intelligence to assess landing gear damage after hard landings. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Downed Russian fighter jets are being found with basic GPS 'taped to the dashboards,' UK defense minister says

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Russia is taping basic GPS devices to its fighter jets' dashboards, the UK's defense minister said. Ben Wallace said this was due to "the poor quality" of Russia's own navigation systems. Russia's military hardware, much of which appears outdated, is being tested as the invasion drags on. Wrecked Russian fighter jets are being found with rudimentary GPS receivers "taped to the dashboards" in Ukraine because their inbuilt navigation systems are so bad, the… (www.msn.com) More...

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Delta A350 pilot retirement

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I have no info on the crew. I was told this was the first officers retirement. DAL135 AMS-DTW 5-19-22 (www.youtube.com) More...

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EgyptAir orders cargo conversion for 737-800 passenger jet

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EgyptAir has a small, but growing, freighter fleet. The 737-800 is the next addition. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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