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Airbus's New Patent for Storage Under Seat Cushions

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Airbus has recently filed a patent for a new technology that would allow passengers to store luggage under their seat cushions, like bins. (www.yahoo.com) More...

February 7, 1986: United Airlines Takes Over Pan Am's Pacific Routes

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30 Years ago, United and Pan Am reached a deal that sealed the future of both carriers. One became a true global airline, the other became history. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Is An End To Air Traffic Control Gridlock Near?

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The nation’s antiquated, balky, delay-prone air traffic control system could finally be a thing of the past, after a House committee approved a bill to transform the horribly mismanaged government-run Air Traffic Control system into a federally chartered non-profit corporation...hopefully it will include hiring by merit and exclusion of government bureaucrats and politicians. (www.investors.com) More...

A Private-Jet Interior Furnished like a Vintage Train

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For travelers who enjoy the comforts of traditional train travel but need the speed of an intercontinental jet, a new interior from Airbus aims to satisfy. The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, in Toulouse, France, has completed an art deco–inspired custom cabin in an jet for a company in Asia. Combining comfort, function, and innovative design, the interior (for up to 19 passengers) features five individual mini-suites—each with its own storage spaces—that evoke the privacy and coziness of a… (robbreport.com) More...

Mooney rolls out redesigned Acclaim

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KERRVILLE, Texas — Mooney International Corp. recently unveiled the latest generation of its M20, which has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

When is a passenger reimbursement policy not a policy? Ask Air Canada

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Beware next time an airline asks for volunteers to forgo a flight... (www.cbc.ca) More...

10 Things Your Flight Attendant Won’t Tell You

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When JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater lashed out at a passenger and made a dramatic exit down the aircraft’s emergency slide in 2010, people were left to wonder what put him over the edge. Sure, every job is stressful, but does being a flight attendant come with a unique share of annoyances? We talked to flight attendants around the world to learn what goes on behind the scenes, what pushes their buttons and what passengers can do to make their jobs easier. (www.ondair.net) More...

what airliners do you love/hate flying the most and why? : Commercial Pilots of Reddit

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I have a few favorites, but for different reasons. For pure performance it’s the 757/767 hands down! Our 757’s have the RR RB211 engines and even at max gross they can take off from LAS on a 118 degree day fully loaded and climb as if it was a spring day in New England. No pucker, no mush, no overtemping…just performance. Higher altitude climbs are equally impressive. It will maintain at least 1000fpm right up to it’s max altitude and do so at a cruise airspeed. And the brakes….OMG they can stop… (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

O'Hare gets A380 gate

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O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub. The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

MiG-29K: Russia’s Aircraft Carrier to Be Stocked With Formidable Warplanes

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More than twenty advanced MiG-29K ship-based fighter jets will enter service with the Russian Navy before the end of 2016, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. The Russian Navy is due to get more than twenty MiG-29K ship-based all-weather multirole fighters by the year-end, media reports quoted Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu as saying. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

G4-872 has electrical odour in the cabin

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An Allegiant McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration N405NV performing flight G4-872 from Saint Petersburg,FL to Omaha,NE (USA) with 153 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL300 about 40nm northnorthwest of Birmingham,AL (USA) when the crew reported an electrical odour on board and decided to divert to Birmingham. The aircraft landed safely on Birmingham’s runway 06 about 15 minutes later. The passengers disembarked normally. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

UA-102 has mid-flight engine shut down

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A United Boeing 767-400, registration N76055 performing flight UA-102 from Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) to Munich (Germany) with 98 passengers and 13 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 160nm west of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew declared PAN reporting an engine (CF6) problem and decided to divert to Shannon (Ireland) advising the engine had been shut down. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

UA-1179 has engine problems upon climb out of Las Vegas

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A United Boeing 737-900, registration N39416 performing flight UA-1179 from Las Vegas,NV to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 162 people on board, was climbing out of Las Vegas when the crew stopped the climb at about FL180 and decided to return to Las Vegas reporting an overtemperature indication for one of the engines (CFM56). The aircraft landed safely back on Las Vegas’ runway 25L, emergency services reported seeing no smoke as the aircraft rolled out. The aircraft vacated the runway… (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

AS-862 has APU problem and diverts to Honolulu

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N597AS performing flight AS-862 from Kahului,HI to Portland,OR (USA) with 152 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 400nm northwest of Kahului when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Honolulu,HI (USA) due to a malfunction of the auxiliary power unit (APU). The aircraft landed safely in Honolulu about 80 minutes later. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

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