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Cracking checks ordered on winglet-equipped 767s

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US regulators are ordering operators of winglet-equipped Boeing 767-300s to conduct checks on the wing structure following occurrences of fatigue cracking. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

1 person dead after midair Alaska plane collision

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A midair collision Wednesday sent a small airplane plummeting into Alaska's Susitna River, killing a person on board. (abc13.com) More...

VIDEO: Crash Truck Dash Cam: AA 383 Fire at O’Hare

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Every video of the response to the uncontained engine failure of a Boeing 767 (American Airlines Flight #383) on departure from O’Hare International Airport contains a wealth of information about the incident and the fire department’s response to it. While the overall theme can be appropriately summarized with “Job well done,” there are certainly lessons to be learned. (And they have been.) (www.youtube.com) More...

Etihad Airways looks to cancel or delay an order of 25 777X

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Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways may cancel an order for 25 Boeing 777X. The Abu Dhabi-based airline operator is struggling with financial problems and wants to adjust the fleet plans for the future. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Honeywell and FlightAware to Enhance Tracking for users of GoDirect Flight and Cabin Services

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Users of Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Services, which serves as an extension of a customer’s flight operations team, will have access to FlightAware’s aggregated flight information from data link position reports, air traffic control radar systems in over 45 countries, and FlightAware’s worldwide network of terrestrial Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers in over 180 countries. This aggregated information will provide a better understanding of where their aircraft or fleet… (aerospace.honeywell.com) More...

Plane taxis to Orlando gate _ after alligator crosses tarmac

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Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator. Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a 10-second video on Facebook. Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t… (fox2now.com) More...

NASA Flies A Large Drone Solo In Public Airspace

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NASA has flown a large, remotely piloted aircraft equipped with detect-and-avoid technologies through the national airspace system for the first time without a safety chase plane following it. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Biggest Exports by US State in 2017

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We created out latest map in three steps. First, we used US Census Bureau data to identify the most prevalent export industries in 2017 in each state. Then we assigned a color for each category or industry, generating a snapshot of the geography of exports. Finally, for each state, we labeled the specific sector within the category, so that a state that is light blue for “Machinery/Transportation” is labeled specifically “Airplanes,” “Trucks,” etc. on the map. This lets you quickly and easily… (howmuch.net) More...

Traveling the World, One Ferry Flight at a Time

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There’s a whole wide world of flight outside of instructing and freight dogging and airline flying. There are many interesting and rewarding ways to make a living in and around airplanes, and Sarah Rovner seems to have hit upon one of the more adventuresome ones. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

A commercial airplane hack is just a matter of time research reveals

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Washington - When you're planning your next trip, you might want to consider the fact that experts from several government organizations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security amongst them, have warned that sooner or later a commercial aircraft will be a victim of a cyber attack that will end in catastrophe. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350

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Airbus is working to extract even more range from the A350 family as it prepares to respond to the Qantas "Project Sunrise" request for an ultra-long-range aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says

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After a decade of industry consolidation, David Neeleman, one of aviation’s famed entrepreneurs, sees room for a new low-cost U.S. airline focused on reducing travel hassles by using smaller airports, according to two industry reports. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airbus Mulls A321XLR Ahead Of Boeing’s 797 Launch

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Sources from Reuters are reporting that Airbus is looking at further bumping up the range of its A321 program as the latest effort in trying to pre-empt a potential new mid-market jet (NMA) being studied vigorously by Boeing. This new version, dubbed the A321XLR (Xtra-Long Range), will involve even more of an additional revamp to the A321LR (Long-Range) aircraft, which recently claimed a long-distance record for the testing of single-aisle jets. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Eurowings launches a new route from Munich to Bangkok

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Eurowings on June 15 launched another new long-haul service from Munich – this time to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Initially once a week, then twice a week from July 15. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Ryanair Calls For Banning Morning Alcohol Sales At Airports

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Ryanair has called for a pre-10 am alcohol ban after a group of holidaymakers forced one of their flights to divert into Paris-Beauvais while en route from Dublin to Ibiza over the weekend. Up to 20 travelers were involved in the disturbance and resulted in three passengers being removed from the flight and detained by French police. “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight,” explained Ryanair’s Robin Kiely. “The aircraft… (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus aims for airliner cockpit-touchscreen first with A350

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“We will soon deliver touchscreens [on the A350] to a launch operator,” says A350 XWB marketing director François Obé. “I cannot give you a timescale…but it is coming soon.” (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qantas A380 in wake turbulence encounter caused by another Qantas A380

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Flight QF94, two hours after taking off from Los Angeles to Melbourne on the night of June 10, plunged upon hitting the wake turbulence of another Qantas A380 that was on its way to Sydney, the Australian airline said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The planes were separated by 20 nautical miles and 1,000 feet in altitude. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Emirates' boss Tim Clark wants airliners without cabin windows

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Dubai - Emirates is seriously thinking of operating airliners without cabin windows. Planes without portholes are coming soon, said President Tim Clark in an interview with the BBC. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

New York-area Airports Face Sea-rise Risk

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A recent report on the future of the metro-New York Airports by the Regional Plan Association paints a somewhat gloomy picture, particularly for New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB). New York Harbor could see at least one foot of sea level rise by 2050, and possibly as soon as 2030, according to estimates from the New York City Panel on Climate Change. By the end of the century that total could be as high as three feet. As a result, the report stated, “TEB would be partly flooded at one foot,… (www.ainonline.com) More...

airBaltic welcomes latest Bombardier CS300 to fleet

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airBaltic welcomed its ninth Bombardier CS300 jet, registered as YL-CSI, to Riga. By the end of 2018, the Latvian airline plans to have a total of 14 CS300 aircraft on its fleet. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites

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Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move likely to please Beijing but anger the self-ruled island. (www.theguardian.com) More...

COMAC suspends flight tests for C919

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Beijing - The Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC has suspended the flight tests of its single-aisle C919 for three months. The certification remains planned for 2020 the manufacturer says. Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) announced the suspension of C919 tests for modifications, including flaps and empennage. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Rolls-Royce Finds New Trent 1000 Durability ‘Issues’

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Rolls-Royce has identified another durability issue in its Trent 1000 series engines, this time involving the intermediate pressure compressor in the Package B version. The variant has flown in service on Boeing 787s since 2012 and consists of 166 engines. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Two ex-SIA A380 to be dismantled for spare parts market

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Dortmund - The leasing company Dr. Peters Group has decided to dismantle the first two Airbus A380 returned by Singapore Airlines at the end of their contract terms because they have not found customers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Wizz Air opens base in Vienna, Austria

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The newly allocated aircraft will support the start of operations of five new services from Vienna to the popular destinations: Valencia, Rome Fiumicino, Malta, Bari and Tel Aviv. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

VIDEO: Beechcraft Bonanza Crashes Into Hangar After Narrowly Avoiding Runway Collision

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On August 31, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time, a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N8283D, was destroyed when it impacted a hangar during an attempted takeoff from runway 18 at the Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT), Bentonville, Arkansas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. (www.youtube.com) More...

The CEO of Qatar Airways forced to apologize for saying a woman couldn't do his job

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Al Baker faced criticism for his comment made Tuesday at an International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meeting in Sydney. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Garuda Boeing 737 at Medan on Jun 11th 2018, both left main tyres deflated after landing

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A Garuda Boeing 737-800, registration PK-GFT performing flight GA-190 from Jakarta to Medan Kuala Namu (Indonesia) with 162 passengers and 7 crew, landed in Kuala Namu and slowed. While turning off the runway onto the taxiway both left hand main tyres deflated and disabled the aircraft. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Bombardier’s Global 7500 Jets Begin Arriving in Montreal as On-Schedule Ramp-Up Continues and Program Surpasses 2,300 Flight Test Hours

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Bombardier announced that Global 7500 aircraft started arriving at the company’s Montreal facilities last month, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on this industry-defining jet. Skilled workers at Bombardier’s state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence in Dorval, Quebec, have been building and assembling complete interior sets including kitchens, state room beds, dining furniture and Nuage seats for multiple customer aircraft since the centre’s inauguration in 2017. (globenewswire.com) More...

Lufthansa in contact with Norwegian as airlines size up deals

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BERLIN/OSLO (Reuters) - Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) is in contact with Norwegian Air Shuttle, which is also the subject of bid interest from British Airways owner IAG, as the German airline looks to get involved in an expected wave of deals in the sector, its CEO told a newspaper. (www.reuters.com) More...

American Airlines Cancels 275 PSA Flights, Charlotte Douglas International Airport Most Impacted

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American Airlines grounded 275 flights operated by regional operator PSA Airlines on Thursday evening due to a technical issue. "PSA Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, experienced a technical issue that caused them to cancel their flights for the remainder of the evening. Our team is working hard to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and accommodate customers,” American Airlines tweeted. (www.ibtimes.com) More...

The first Boeing 777 goes to museum

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Hong Kong - The first Boeing "Triple Seven" WA001 goes to the museum after 24 years of service. The aircraft built in 1994 belonged to the passenger fleet of Cathay Pacific since 2000. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Boeing-backed contest for personal flying machines gets off the ground

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Since at least the ancient Greeks, people have dreamed of soaring like a bird from place to place. Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of personal flying machines were ahead of their time and remain ahead of our own. Most people who want to fly today can do so only with an airline ticket and a valid form of identification. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

JetBlue returns to pre-hurricane levels of service as it celebrates 16 years in Puerto Rico

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JetBlue Airways, Puerto Rico’s largest airline, marked the return of its full flight schedule on the island after last year’s hurricanes by celebrating with customers, crewmembers and partners at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Bombardier inducts first Global 7500s into Montreal completion centre

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Bombardier has inducted the first customer-owned Global 7500 into its completion centre in Dorval, Montreal, as the ultra-long-range business jet, previously named the Global 7000, moves closer to certification and service entry scheduled for the second half of this year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Cathay Pacific receives its first A350-1000

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Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000, making it the variant's second operator after Qatar Airways, which received its initial example in February. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Cambodia Airways to launch operations on July 10, 2018

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Cambodia Airways (Phnom Penh) is a new airline in Cambodia. The new carrier received its first aircraft, an Airbus A319, on May 25, 2018 (worldairlinenews.com) More...

American Airlines, Welcome to Bonaire!

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AA started service AAL1379 MIA-BON-MIA with A319 N90024 to my favorite island in the Caribbean yesterday!!! Here's a story in Bonaire's local media about the inaugural flight. (www.infobonaire.com) More...

FAA Pushes Back On Boeing Exemption for 787 Safety Flaw

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The US Federal Aviation Administration is pushing back on a request by Boeing for a temporary exemption from a safety regulation to allow the GE Aviation-powered version version of the 787-10 to enter service on schedule in August. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Spirit Airlines to offer new US Virgin Islands connection from Orlando

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On the heels of the launch of new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix, Spirit Airlines has announced even more flights to the US Virgin Islands from the Sunshine State. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

US government seeks more information on proposed American Airlines, Qantas alliance

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has asked American Airlines and Qantas for more details on its proposed expanded alliance and joint-business agreement (JBA). The DOT said on Wednesday it had reviewed the pair’s application for antitrust immunity (ATI) that was lodged in February, as well as supporting confidential documents. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

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