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Boeing Quietly Pulls Plug on the 747, Closing Era of Jumbo Jets

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Boeing Co. hasn’t told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its hulking 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run for the twin-aisle pioneer. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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A Leap Forward for the Troubled 737MAX

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Though there are many opinions out there on the Boeing 737MAX, this is good news for the airline industry and Boeing overall. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Inspector General report says Boeing shielded key 737 Max details from FAA

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Boeing shielded from federal regulators reviewing its 737 Max aircraft the extent and capability of the flawed computer system that ultimately brought down two jets, according to an inspector general report obtained by CNN. The report also faults the Federal Aviation Administration for poor communication and notes it handed over the vast majority -- 87% -- of certification responsibility to Boeing. (www.cnn.com) More...

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PIA Banned From Operating Within European Union For Six Months

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ license for six months, preventing the airline from operating within European Union states for the rest of 2020. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over licence concerns

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Vietnam’s aviation authority said on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using “dubious” licences. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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Shaw AFB officials: Pilot dead following F-16 aircraft crash on base

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Shaw Air Force Base has confirmed that the pilot of the U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon that crashed late Tuesday night has died. The aircraft was assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing. The incident occurred on the military base around 11:30 p.m. on June 30. Officials at Shaw AFB say that the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board when the crash happened. Shaw AFB emergency responders were on scene. Sumter County Fire and Rescue assisted with the crash. (www.wistv.com) More...

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Breathing Clean Air At 30,000 Feet On American Airlines, Thanks To HEPA Filters

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Breathing clean air at 30,000 feet on American Airlines, thanks to HEPA filters. American has been using these filters to purify the air on their entire mainline and most regional fleet since the late 1990s. The HEPA technology is also used help keep medical environments clear of bacteria and viruses while providing clean air. (news.flightag.com) More...

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Planespotter Paradise St. Maarten To Open Its Borders To Canadian and European Travelers On July 1, 2020

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Sint Maarten will open up its borders to parts of the wider world on July 1, 2020. Travelers from Canada and Europe will be allowed to enter once they meet the mandated requirements. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Aeromexico becomes latest airline to file for bankruptcy

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Mexican airline Aeromexico said on Tuesday it had begun restructuring under Chapter 11 proceedings. (www.reuters.com) More...

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NBAA Cancels 2020 NBAA-BACE

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Washington, DC, July 1, 2020 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the cancellation of its 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, FL, Oct. 6-8. The cancellation is based on clear guidance from public health officials at all levels of government addressing the unique, complex COVID-19 related challenges associated with large indoor venues. For example, the Florida Department of Health has recently… (nbaa.org) More...

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Norwegian Air Cancels 97 Boeing MAX and Dreamliners, Claims Compensation

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Norwegian Air has cancelled orders for 97 Boeing aircraft and will claim compensation from the U.S. plane maker for the grounding of the 737 MAX and for 787 engine troubles that hit its bottom line, the Oslo-based carrier said on Monday. The airline cancelled 92 of the 737 MAX jets, five 787 Dreamliners and so-called GoldCare service agreements related to both aircraft, just as Boeing on Monday began a crucial set of flight tests of the 737 MAX in an effort to gain regulatory approval for it to… (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines and Mayo Clinic Working To Make Travel Safer

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Delta Air Lines and Minnesota based Mayo Clinic are working together to make travel safer in light of COVID-19. This engagement builds upon Delta’s existing Delta Care Standard of superior care and cleanliness and to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19 during travel for customers and employees. (news.flightag.com) More...

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FAA begins re-certification flights on Boeing 737 MAX

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"A few minutes before 10 a.m. Monday, a Boeing 737 MAX took off from Boeing Field with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot at the controls, the start of three days of re-certification test flights that mark a major step toward returning the aircraft to passenger service." Presumably this flight, although the aircraft type ID is B737 (737-700), rather than a B37M (737-7 MAX): https://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE701/history/20200629/1700Z/KBFI/KMWH (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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French BEA Release Report On Ryanair 737 That Dipped To 800 Feet 8nm From The Runway

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The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) has just issued an incident report involving a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 flying too low while making its approach. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Caribbean Airlines To Restart Service Out Of Jamaica Hub

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Caribbean Airlines has announced the restart of flights out of its Jamaica hub from July 6, 2020. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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First A330 MRTT Tanker Delivered to NATO

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Airbus delivers the first A330 MRTT tanker as its operational footprint grows. (www.airbus.com) More...

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Boeing 737 MAX certification flight test expected soon

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A key step in the return to service of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX could take place as soon as early next week, two people briefed on the matter said on Friday. (reut.rs) More...

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Air Canada suspends service, closes stations and reduces workforce due to COVID-19

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Air Canada announced Tuesday that it is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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The record-breaking jet which still haunts a country

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On 4 October 1957, 14,000 people watched a large hangar on the outskirts of Toronto open to reveal a beautiful, large, white, delta-wing aircraft. The plane was the Avro Arrow interceptor. A third longer and broader than today’s Eurofighter Typhoon, the Arrow could fly close to Mach 2.0 (1,500 mph, or the maximum speed of Concorde), and had the potential to fly even faster. It was Canada’s Can$250m (US$1,58bn today) bid to become an aviation superpower. (www.bbc.com) More...

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FAA updates aircraft list, reopens comments on Piper wing spar AD

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The FAA is revising an earlier proposal for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-151, PA-28-160, PA-28-161, PA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-28-235, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-32-260, and PA-32-300 airplanes. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was prompted by a report of a wing separation caused by fatigue cracking in a visually inaccessible area of the lower main wing spar cap. This action revises the NPRM by… (www.federalregister.gov) More...

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Democrats want John Wayne Airport renamed after 'I believe in white supremacy' interview resurfaces

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Democrats in Orange County, California, are done with The Duke, and they want John Wayne's name and likeness stripped from the county's airport. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines To Use The Embraer 175 Jet In The State Of Alaska

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Alaska Airlines will be using the Embraer 175 jet in the state of Alaska starting in October 2020. The E175, operated by regional partner Horizon Air will serve select market in Alaska. (news.flightag.com) More...

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American Airlines to End Middle-Seat Blocking, Will Now Fill Flights to Capacity

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American Airlines announced today that it plans to end its middle-seat blocking practices that were first instituted in the name of social distancing back in April, when passenger travel demand had hit its lowest point amid the pandemic in the U.S. Up until now, in a move adopted by most U.S. airlines, American had blocked about half of its economy-class middle seats, meaning that sales for each flight had been limited to around 85-percent capacity. Delta, Southwest and JetBlue are maintaining… (www.msn.com) More...

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Major U.S. Airlines Announce Schedule Changes

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As COVID-19 flares up, passenger travel is on a steady incline and the airlines are trying to react safely while looking for lost revenue. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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ATC Argument though Bravo Airspace at KLAS

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NASTY ARGUMENT between Cessna Pilot and Vegas ATC! | Busted Bravo Airspace (www.youtube.com) More...

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Pakistan International Airlines to ground nearly 150 pilots for 'dubious' licences

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be grounding nearly 150 out of its 426 pilots, amid an inquiry that they hold “dubious” licences, a company spokesman said. (www.reuters.com) More...

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United Airlines Boeing 787 u-turns three times in two days

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A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was involved in three separate incidents over the span of two days, as it attempted to depart from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT). (www.aerotime.aero) More...

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Congo Teen Caught Trying To Stow Away Inside Jet Engine

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Ground crew at the Maya-Maya airport (BZV) in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo spotted a Congo teenager trying to stow away on a private Hawker 125-800XP. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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COVID-19 killed the era of 'big' flying

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COVID-19 has shattered the aviation industry, with nations closing their borders and banning all but essential travel. A world where people could hop from country to country is now one where empty planes travel to maintain contractual obligations. Major carriers, including American, IAG, Delta and Lufthansa have all asked for government bailouts. One airline that will receive a substantial amount of taxpayer cash is Air France-KLM, which will get around $17 billion worth of help. That figure… (www.engadget.com) More...

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Air Canada Re-Introduces Select Services Onboard Flights

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Air Canada announced it is offering flexible rebooking options in Economy Class on flights that are close to capacity. Customers can also look forward to the use of additional touch-less processes at airports, and enjoy delicious in-flight service and amenities. (news.flightag.com) More...

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The Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash: Aviation Wrestles With Decades-Old Problem

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A familiar problem in the aviation industry — and something it's wrestled with for decades: getting pilots to turn around or divert when the path ahead starts to look bad. (www.npr.org) More...

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Breeze Airways Delays Launch

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The next airline has officially pushed start up plans to 2021 amid the pandemic. (www.aerotime.aero) More...

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First Dash 8-400 aircraft for TAAG Angola Airlines

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited delivered the first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft to TAAG Angola Airlines on Friday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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Ryanair calls on the EU to block €3.4 billion illegal state aid to KLM

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Ryanair has called on the EU Commission to block the latest illegal State Aid of €3.4 billion to Dutch flag carrier KLM, which equates to a subsidy of €200 on behalf of every man, woman and child of Holland. The Dutch Government are great at preaching fiscal conservatism to other EU countries but when it comes to bailing out flag carrier airlines they write subsidy checks even faster than Mrs Merkel. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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This airport has no passengers, but it's running out of space

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when Aragon's Teruel Airport recently topped Spain's airport activity rankings, it became clear these are anything but normal times -- but then, Teruel isn't your typical airport. (www.cnn.com) More...

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UK wants to be first with carbon zero Atlantic commercial plane

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The United Kingdom wants to be the first to develop a commercial jet plane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean without any carbon emissions (uk.reuters.com) More...

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First V-22 Delivered to the U.S. Navy

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The CMV-22B will take over the COD mission from the C-2 Greyhound. (news.bellflight.com) More...

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Small plane crash after wild ride

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This pilot had the ride of his life. Not only did he survive, but he'll have video to show his family for years to come. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Trump's July Fourth celebration: No tanks, lots of planes

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The request for the D.C. event included the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, B-2 stealth bomber, V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters, Coast Guard aircraft and a presidential aircraft, either Air Force One or Marine One (www.politico.com) More...

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The Boeing 747: The plane that shrank the world

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It became an icon of long-haul travel and exotic holidays; Boeing’s 747 could fly more people further than any plane before. Stephen Dowling looks back at an aviation classic 50 years after it was first unveiled. (www.bbc.com) More...

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Three Army Black Hawk helicopters up for sale

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The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone on behalf of the Program Executive Office, Aviation, Logistics, Black Hawk Exchange and Sales Team (BEST) Program announced Tuesday they have three UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters for sale. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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What's in a name?

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Might change the name but it won't erase SNA from our logbooks or the pleasant, but busy, memory of many trips in SOCAL airspace. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Failed LIAT To Be Reborn As LIAT 2020 Ltd With US $15-20 Million Investment

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A new entity is already in the works to replace failed Caribbean airline LIAT. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Airport offering flights to nowhere for people who want the illusion of travel

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If your favorite part of taking a trip is going through the airport, then you’re in luck — a Taiwanese airport has created an experience for TSA-starved travelers to check in for a flight, go through security and then board the aircraft … and sit. Taipai Songshan Airport began offering passengers a trip to nowhere in early July, and received about 7,000 interested guests, New York Post reported. Only 60 were chosen from the pool for the half-day airplane “trips” that will continue in the next… (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Denver airport ordered to pay $33.5 million for noise violations

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Adams County got just what it asked for in its lengthy fight with Denver International Airport — a judge’s order that DIA pay $33.5 million for noise violations that impacted nearby neighborhoods during a three-year period starting in 2014. (www.denverpost.com) More...

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China's big three airlines take delivery of domestically made ARJ21 aircraft

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China's three biggest state-owned airlines on Sunday took delivery of their first ARJ21 aircraft, a short haul 90-seater aircraft made by state-run Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). COMAC said in a statement on Sunday that Air China Ltd , China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd and China Southern Airlines Co Ltd had received the aircraft, which has a 90-seat capacity, and would each take delivery of three ARJ21 aircraft this year. Last August, the three carriers announced on the… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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