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Taxiing airplanes could soon get flight info wirelessly

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Airlines have made great efforts to update their tech, including replacing bulky flight manuals with iPads. But pilot teams still receive flight information updates the same way they've been doing for decades: over radio voice comms, as current wireless solutions don't support high-enough volume data transfer. Last February, a joint NASA and FAA team sent flight updates to a taxiing airplane over a wireless communication network for the first time, NASA said Tuesday. (www.engadget.com) More...

JetBlue and Bombardier Are Talking About the CSeries Again

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JetBlue Airways Corp. resumed talks with Bombardier Inc. about a possible order of the planemaker’s CSeries aircraft, after a pause in discussions, people familiar with the matter said. (montrealgazette.com) More...

Sun Country Airlines begins service from DIA to Minneapolis

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Minnesota-based carrier Sun Country Airlines began daily nonstop service Wednesday between Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul. (www.denverpost.com) More...

CFM LEAP-1B Engine Receives Joint FAA/EASA Certification

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The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have awarded type certificates to CFM International’s LEAP-1B engine, paving the way for entry into commercial service in 2017. The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX. (atwonline.com) More...

Seychelles' national airline records major growth in 2015

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The airline's financial report presented by the chair Joel Morgan in a press conference shows a 22 percent increase in the number of passengers last year. Around 520,000 passengers travelled with Air Seychelles in 2015. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

The Next 100 Years: Richard Branson

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As part of Aviation Week & Space Technology's special centennial issue, we asked Richard Branson to share his thoughts on the future of space exploration. (aviationweek.com) More...

Largest RC Plane - from The Leading Edge

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A large model Virgin Atlantic 747 takes to the skies. Great video to watch! (www.facebook.com) More...

Myanmar's Air Bagan drops own flights for codeshare

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Air Bagan (W9, Yangon) has suspended its own aircraft operations in favour of a codesharing agreement with fellow Myanma operator, Asian Wings Airways (YJ, Yangon), ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Emissions standards a factor in Delta's Bombardier jets deal

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Concern over future U.N. aircraft emissions standards was a factor in a Delta Air Lines Inc deal announced this week to buy 75 new CS100 jets from Bombardier Inc, a Delta executive said on Friday. Delta's decision was in part because the planes will comply with standards that the United Nations aviation arm will likely introduce over the next decade, said Greg May, senior vice president for supply chain maintenance and fleet strategy. (www.reuters.com) More...

Aer Lingus begins Dublin-LA service

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Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, has announced the launch of a direct route from Dublin airport to Los Angeles (LAX) starting May 4. The Irish airline are inviting their customers to start in their own LA story with five flights direct from Ireland’s capital to LAX per week and prices starting from $342 / €299 (299 for travel from 1st September to 31st October). (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Canada says it actively wants to help Bombardier

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The top Canadian official probing a request by planemaker Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) for aid to support its new CSeries passenger jet on Monday indicated for the first time that Ottawa actively wanted to help the company, highlighting the number of jobs it provides. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains until now has said merely that the Liberal government would closely examine Bombardier's request for $1 billion in aid and outlined some of the concessions he wants in return. (www.reuters.com) More...

Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta Hit by Turbulence, 31 Injured

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Several passengers were injured when an ‪‎Etihad Airways‬ flight ‪‎EY474‬ from Abu Dhabi encountered sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.. (youmob.com) More...

Pilots share the scariest things they don’t tell the passengers about

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If you’re a nervous flyer, you might want to stop reading this now. Have you ever been on a particularly hairy flight and thought, “there’s something they’re not telling us”? Well, you could be right. Pilots on Reddit have shared the scariest things that have happened to them mid-flight – which they decided not to tell their passengers at the time. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

Airport Expansion: Govt Must 'Make Up Its Mind'

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Ministers have been urged to "end years of dithering" and set out a clear timetable for airport expansion. Last July, the Airports Commission had recommended a third runway be built at Heathrow. In December the Department for Transport confirmed that the shortlisted options - new runways at Heathrow or .... (news.sky.com) More...

Air New Zealand denies woman from boarding heavy Tongan flight

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Air New Zealand refused to let a woman board her flight to Tonga because the aircraft had reached its upper weight limit. Auckland woman Alex Catchpole-Ozpınar was supposed to board her 9.30am flight to Tonga on Monday for a five day holiday but was turned away at the Air NZ check-in counter because her aircraft had reached its weight limit. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Qatar to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from September

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Qatar Airways will upgrade its daily Sydney-Doha flights to the flagship Airbus A380 from September 15 2016, replacing the Boeing 777s currently plying the route. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

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