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FAA warns of potentially 'catastrophic' battery explosions

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants airlines to think twice about carrying lithium batteries. But don't worry, you're still allowed to bring your laptop and phone with you on a flight. The FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert urging airlines to examine the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo, including "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss." The alert covers batteries being transported as components and not those already inside devices such as… (www.cnet.com) More...

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

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The Pentagon's testing office questioned the strategy and legality of buying the fighters in bulk (www.cnn.com) More...

Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier

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A pissed-off passenger who was not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol aboard a Paris-bound plane took out his frustrations on a fellow flier by urinating on him. (www.foxnews.com) More...

GAMA Unveils 2015 Year-End Shipment and Billing Numbers at “State of the Industry” Press Conference

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Shipments of piston-engine airplanes fell for the first time since 2010, down 6.5 percent, from 1,129 units in 2014 to 1,056 units in 2015. Turboprop airplane shipments also declined, from 603 units in 2014 to 557 units in 2015, a 7.6 percent drop. Preliminary business jet shipments were relatively flat, up 1.6 percent, from 644 units in 2014 to 654 units in 2015. (www.gama.aero) More...

Onboard 'haze' forces Air New Zealand flight to land early

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Flight NZ5038 took off from Christchurch and was bound for Hamilton when it had to make an unscheduled landing about 3pm. Photo / iStock Onboard "haze" forced Air New Zealand flight to make a hasty landing at Nelson Airport this afternoon. Flight NZ5038 took off from Christchurch and was bound for Hamilton when it had to make an unscheduled landing about 3pm. Emergency services were at the scene. "All we were told was that there was 58 passengers on board and it was landing here… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

PICTURE: Airbus starts final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has commenced final assembly of the A350-1000, the stretched version of the airframer’s long-haul twinjet. The -1000 under construction at Toulouse is one of three which will be built for flight tests due to begin this year. It has been transferred to the Station 50 point for fuselage join and fitting of the nose-gear, before being sent to Station 40 for wing mating and installation of main landing-gear and other structures. (www.airbus.com) More...

IndiGo boosts local, international services

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Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo is adding 10 new services to its network in February, boosting its daily roster to 700 flights. The new destinations include several new nonstop schedules. From Feb. 15, IndiGo will launch domestic nonstop flights between Bengaluru-Patna, Ranchi-Bengaluru as well as Delhi-Chandigarh and Jaipur-Pune. It will also add to existing services with a third Delhi-Dubai daily flight, and add an eighth service on its existing daily Delhi-Lucknow route. (atwonline.com) More...

C-5 Galaxy Touch & Go (Video)

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A C-5 Galaxy and its crew from Westover Air Reserve Base, MA, performs a touch & go while another C-5 holds short. (www.youtube.com) More...

Elderly couple charged $5000 to reschedule $300 NZ flights

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An elderly couple who purchased cheap flights to get across the Tasman were hit with a fee seven times their original price after changing their flight dates. British couple Audrey and Brian Kay, both in their 80s, were on a trip to Australasia to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, the Independent reported. They had made all their own bookings without any trouble, until they bought return flights from Sydney to New Zealand. They bought the Air New Zealand tickets through an budget… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

This Plane Flies Itself to an Airport and Lands in an Emergency

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THE AIRCRAFT PARACHUTE IS one of the coolest aviation safety technologies of recent years. In the event of trouble—an engine failure, a collision, loss of control—yank a lever, watch a chute blast out of the fuselage, and float safely to the ground. (www.wired.com) More...

Mitsubishi MRJ resume flight tests

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Mitsubishi Aircraft resumed test flights of its MRJ flight test aircraft (FTA) after carrying out structural and software changes. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Gol Suspends Venezuela Service On Currency Dispute

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Brazilian airline Gol has suspended operations to Venezuela's capital Caracas until it can settle a dispute over the transfer of money out of the country. The money is being held in Venezuela under the country's strict currency controls, a system that has led other airlines to take write-downs on Venezuelan operations or suspend ticket sales and service to the country. (news.airwise.com) More...

British Airways to start Stansted flights

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British Airways is to begin flying from Stansted for the first time this summer. The airline announced today that it will begin flights from the Essex airport to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza from May 28. (e-spaces.eu) More...

Here Is What All Those Colored Shirts Mean On An Aircraft Carrier's Deck

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A U.S. Navy supercarrier’s 5,500-plus person crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of the shirt they wear. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Aeroflot: from world’s deadliest airline to one of the safest in the sky

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Aeroflot, founded on this day in 1923, is one of the world’s safest airlines. (www.airwaysnew.com) More...

WestJet says Bombardier’s C Series is ‘too small’ for its mainline service

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The new Bombardier Inc. C Series is a great airplane, but it doesn’t work for WestJet Airlines Ltd., Gregg Saretsky, chief executive officer of the Calgary-based carrier, said Wednesday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Images: Airbus commence final assembly of A350-1000

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Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Porter, for sale?

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." "There is no truth to this rumour," Porter Airlines spokesman Brad Cicero wrote… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

If United Labeled It’s Economy Plus Maybe Flight Attendants Would Have it Easier and We Wouldn’t Need the Colombian Police

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I flew down to Bogota today on United out of Newark. The plane was a 737-800. First class was sold out. The eight rows of Economy Plus through the exit rows were nearly empty. Regular economy was almost full. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Porter Airlines denies report it's shopping for a buyer

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The company that operates Toronto-based Porter Airlines has denied a report that it is looking for a buyer. The Globe and Mail, citing "people familiar with the plans," reported Tuesday that the search process is underway and there is no guarantee it will result in a deal. The paper said the company's financial backers "have been actively looking for an exit strategy through a sale." (www.cbc.ca) More...

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

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The average distance between rows of economy class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

WesJet looking at job cuts because poor economy in Alberta

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is bracing for a prolonged downturn in the Alberta economy with actions that could include job reductions, chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky says. “We are having to look at some voluntary programs to shrink the size of the business,” Mr. Saretsky told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Tuesday. The collapse in the price of oil that has battered the Alberta economy has taken a bite out of WestJet’s revenue, has caused a major shift in capacity out of that… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Aeroméxico apologies after religious incident

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Aeromexico prevented actor-designer boarding flight to New York after disagreement over removing his Sikh headwear for security search Waris Ahluwalia, the Indian-American actor and designer barred from a Mexico to New York flight because of his turban, has said he is satisfied with the airline’s apology. Aeromexico issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “We apologise to Mr Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had with one of our security guards during the boarding process prior to… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Can a Boeing 747 fly upside down?

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I’d recommend you look at all of the other posts on this question, because pretty much all of them hit the high points (and the 707 roll video is eye-watering). I suspect the biggest challenges in successfully rolling a 747 would be (a) keeping the positive G on it as discussed by other responders; (b) not pulling the engines off the pylons as you recovered; (c) figuring out the correct sight picture for entering and executing the barrel roll; and (d) figuring out how much altitude you’d need to… (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

photos anniversary of the boeing 727s first flight

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9th feb is the 53rd anniversary of the Boeing 727’s first flight. What a day. At the time, the 727 was a risk and important to the success of Boeing. Luckily for everyone, not only was the first flight a huge success, but the aircraft would go on to help redefine domestic air travel. Its three iconic engines also helped to build aviation fans around the world; it is still a favorite among AvGeeks today. BONUS: An AvGeek in the left seat – flying the Boeing 727 (www.ondair.net) More...

NASA Is Getting Back In the Business of Bleeding-Edge Planes

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There are winners and losers in NASA’s latest budget, but one big winner is an x-plane style fleet. According to a report in Flight Global, the new NASA budget‘s increase in aeronautics spending also calls for a better budget for experimental aircraft. Two new x-planes could fly as soon as 2023, one sub-sonic and the other super-sonic. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

The lingering mystery of Era Flight 874

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On the morning of September 5, 2012, Era Alaska Flight 874 departed Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for what was scheduled to be a 40-minute flight to Homer. The de Havilland DHC8 twin-turbine aircraft, more commonly known as a Dash 8, carried 15 passengers and a crew of three (two pilots, one flight attendant). At about 11 a.m., according to a preliminary report later filed by the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft “experienced an uncommanded left roll and… (www.airnewslive.net) More...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) More...

San Diego Bound Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver After Passenger Threatens Crew

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An Alaska Airlines flight 769 from Boston to San Diego was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members, the airline said late Tuesday...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

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