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Huge Chaff Cloud That Lit Up Radars As It Drifted Across The Midwest Remains A Mystery

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Yesterday, meteorologists, and anyone else watching weather radar in southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky, noticed an unusual formation drifting through the area. Although evidence remains limited, this was likely a burst of chaff released from a U.S. military aircraft, but there is still no clear explanation as to why the plane released the radar-reflecting countermeasures in this particular area. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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'Our airplanes are safe,' Boeing says as officials push training

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Aviation authorities in Indonesia and India on Thursday pushed for more simulator training for Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots following the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world's largest planemaker reiterated that its top-selling jetliner was safe. Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told a CNBC interviewer on Thursday he was "very confident" in the safety of the 737 MAX, the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades. (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Lion Air Stands Firm on Canceling $22 Billion Boeing Jet Orders

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Lion Air Mentari’s owner is sketching out plans to become one of the world’s largest budget carriers, while also preparing to scrap $22 billion in Boeing Co. jet orders out of anger at the manufacturer’s response to an October air disaster. Rusdi Kirana, the co-founder of Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest airline, mapped out the seemingly contradictory goals in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. The crash that killed all 189 people aboard a Boeing 737 Max won’t derail his ambition to expand the… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Why Every Airline Should Already Exceed GADSS Flight Tracking Standards

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As a growing number of countries adopt GADSS into their regulatory framework, global flight tracking with at least one position update per minute is becoming the industry standard. Our CEO, Daniel Baker, explains the impact this has on passenger safety and how our partnership with Aireon LLC enables airlines of all sizes to exceed it. (connectedaviationtoday.com) More...

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Embraer-Boeing aviation deal blocked by Brazilian court

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A Brazilian federal court on Thursday granted an injunction blocking the proposed tie-up between U.S. planemaker Boeing Co and Embraer SA , a deal the Brazilian company says is crucial to its survival. Embraer shares in Sao Paulo closed 2.42 percent lower, although it remained too early to say whether the injunction will actually block or significantly affect the deal. Labor groups in Brazil often bring court challenges against significant business deals and the injunction could be reversed. The… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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Air Malta eyes New York, Toronto, Mumbai services using extended-range Airbus A321

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We have to dream of the longer routes, says tourism minister (www.timesofmalta.com) More...

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Lion Air won’t rule out cancelling Boeing plane orders following fatal crash

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Indonesia’s Lion Air is reviewing airplane purchases from Boeing Co and has not ruled out cancelling orders as relations worsen in a spat over responsibility for a 737 jetliner crash that killed 189 people in late October, sources told Reuters. (globalnews.ca) More...

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First Airbus A380 of Lufthansa rolls out of paint shop with new livery

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Lufthansa has been repainting its fleet since February. All aircraft in Lufthansa's fleet will be wearing the new livery over time. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Pilots blame Gatwick 'signage' after jet carrying 270 almost overshoots runway

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Four other flights have failed to take off from the right spot of Runway26R in as little as six months (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

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Eyes in the Sky: Southern Arizona Surveillance Aircraft

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This is a collection of surveillance aircraft seen operating over southern Arizona/Tucson Metropolitan area. (www.joaquinwhitphotography.com) More...

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Virgin Atlantic Pilots Call For Strike During Christmas/New Year Holidays

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Virgin Atlantic pilots in the Professional Pilots Union (PPU) have balloted for strike action. Up to 400 out of the 965 pilots will be striking over the airline's refusal to include them in talks over pay and benefits changes. The PPU will plan up to three lots of four-day strikes to take place over the Christmas and New Year holiday—that is from December 22 to 25, from December 30 to January 2, as well as from January 4 to 7. (airwaysmag.com) More...

  • 25

Pilots play Santa, deliver gifts to Michigan foster kids

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The skies over Oakland County were busy Saturday with an estimated 250 flights by aircraft of all sizes taking off with gifts for foster children across Michigan. It’s called Operation Good Cheer, a unique charitable effort in its 48th year sponsored by the nonprofit Child and Family Services of Michigan. (www.detroitnews.com) More...

  • 23

Boeing launches business jet capable of world's longest flight

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Boeing has unveiled its newest line of business jets, which the company says will allow VIP travelers to fly non-stop between "any two cities on earth." (www.cnn.com) More...

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Belavia Boeing 737 at Kiev on Dec 9th 2018, damaged runway lights and right engine cowl on landing

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A post flight inspection showed a dent in the right hand engine inlet, substantial damage to as well as grass embedded in the right hand engine cowl. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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MH370 theory: Data analysis points to new probable crash site

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The most extensive search in aviation history has failed to find Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 after it mysteriously diverted course on March 8, 2014. Now an engineer at a top Danish university has claimed we’ve been looking in the wrong place. (www.news.com.au) More...

  • 14

Virgin Galactic Launches Tourism Spaceship From Mojave Desert

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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. Founder Richard Branson greeted the pilots after the test, declaring “Space is Virgin territory!” The mated jet, WhiteKnightTwo, and rocket ship, SpaceShipTwo, lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. The jet climbed to an altitude near 43,000 feet, and… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

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Lufthansa Rolls Out First A380 In New Livery (+Photos)

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German flag carrier, Lufthansa, rolled out its new and updated livery on the first Airbus A380 aircraft in its fleet. The carrier has been implementing the revised livery across its entire fleet, both cargo, and passenger, to offer what Lufthansa calls “a visible sign of the modernization of Lufthansa.” Several aviation experts and enthusiasts have condemned the airline’s new livery, claiming that by removing the yellow color from the scheme, they removed an important piece of history. (airwaysmag.com) More...

  • 13

AirAsia to launch airline in Vietnam with local partner

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AirAsia , the largest low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, said on Thursday that it has agreed with its partner in Vietnam to launch a domestic airline next year, to gain a footprint in the fastest growing air travel market in the region. The Malaysia-based carrier and Thien Minh Group, a Hanoi-based tourism business, agreed on Thursday to invest in aircraft to form a fleet for the new airline. TMG CEO Tran Trong Kien said that the fleet will mainly consist of Airbus A320s and A321s, both short-… (asia.nikkei.com) More...

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Embraer-Boeing aviation deal blocked by Brazilian court

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A Brazilian federal court on Thursday granted an injunction blocking the proposed tie-up between U.S. planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) and Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA), a deal the Brazilian company says is crucial to its survival. (www.reuters.com) More...

  • 8

Middle East Airlines Orders Four Airbus A330-900neo

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Middle East Airlines (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has placed an order for four Airbus A330-900neos, the largest and most popular variant of the wide-body program. Additionally, an agreement was signed between the airline and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, the sole engine provider for the A330neo program, with the all-new Trent 7000 engines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

  • 2

HU-16 Albatross flight services contract

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The Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California needs a HU-16 Albatross, along with a qualified flight instructor, for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

  • 16

Bombardier works on composite wings for next single-aisle of Airbus

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After selling the majority stake of the CSeries program to Airbus and the Q400 to Viking Air, the focus of the Canadian company is now to use all of its technological know-how to provide components to other aircraft manufacturers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

  • 22

Red tape, funding problems hamper Lion Air black box search

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Weeks of delays in the search for the second ‘black box’ may complicate the task of explaining how 189 people died when the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29. (uk.reuters.com) More...

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SAS Boeing 737 at Oslo on Dec 9th 2018, rejected takeoff due to engine failure

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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration LN-RPJ performing flight SK-4023 from Oslo to Stavanger (Norway), was accelerating for takeoff from Oslo's runway 01L when the crew rejected takeoff due to an engine failure (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Airbus delivers 100th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

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Airbus has delivered its 100th aircraft from the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The A320neo, serial number (MSN) 8580, was delivered to Frontier Airlines. (www.airbus.com) More...

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United Launches Major San Francisco Expansion: Delhi, Melbourne

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United Airlines announced a major international expansion at its San Francisco hub on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, United CEO Oscar Munoz announced three new international routes and expanded service to several additional markets. The two headlining routes unveiled were San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia (3 weekly) and New Delhi, India (daily) with the 787-9 Dreamliner. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Airbus Confirms 100 aircraft order worth $11.5 Billion

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Airbus SE firmed up an order for 100 single-aisle aircraft from Avolon, the aircraft-leasing company owned by China’s HNA Group Co. The deal, worth $11.5 billion before discounts, seals an outline accord unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in July, the Irish lessor said in a statement Friday. Aircraft orders typically come in stages, and aren’t counted against order totals until finally signed off. The announcement provides a late boost for Airbus’s 2018 tally after it had struggled to finalize… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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Commentary: After Lion Air crash, some ask if Boeing’s 737 jets are safe to fly

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SINGAPORE: As finger pointing continues between Boeing and Lion Air for who is to blame for the Oct 29 crash of Lion Air flight JT610, aircraft safety experts and regulators remain confident in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

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Robo-737 pilot Is here!

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Aurora Flight Sciences, now Boeing, is working on a robot that can fly an airplane. The Robotic Copilot is a concept development program to insert new automation into existing multi-crew aircraft to enable operations with reduced onboard crew. The objective of the program is to create a portable and extensible hardware and software toolbox introducing of new levels of automation across a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft that ultimately reduce crew requirements. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Airbus strives to achieve its delivery target for the year 2018

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After having delivered 87 aircraft last month (excluding A220s, the former CSeries of Bombardier), the European aircraft manufacturer needs to deliver 121 aircraft more in December to meet its revised delivery target of 782 aircraft for the year 2018. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Yakutia Boeing 737 at Neryungri on Dec 11th 2018, rejected takeoff after tailstrike

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A Yakutia Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration VP-BVE performing flight R3-4441 from Neryungri to Krasnojarsk (Russia) with 102 passengers and 6 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Neryungri's runway 26 when the crew rejected takeoff.. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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I Toured Delta’s Brand New Airbus A220 - Here’s What to Expect

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The A220-100 is a workhorse, replacing other aging workhorses like the CRJ700/CRJ900 and Embraer E-175. In other words, it’ll be on plenty of routes, as Delta already has a firm order for 75 units in place. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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Boeing seeks new deals with EgyptAir for more Dreamliner jet airliners

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Boeing, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, aims to sign new contracts with EgyptAir in order to supply more Dreamliner jet airliners for the Egyptian company, as both companies are in ongoing cooperation talks, Bernard J Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT), informed Daily News Egypt. (dailynewsegypt.com) More...

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Air Transat drops its Montreal-Tel Aviv route

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Air Transat will not be flying between Montreal and Tel Aviv next season, as it has suspended the service after only two years. Debbie Cabana, the Montreal-based leisure airline’s marketing director, confirmed the news with The CJN, without providing much detail about the reasons for the change. It would appear that Air Canada has won the battle for a relatively small market. This year, Air Transat flew twice a week between Montreal and Tel Aviv from May to October, one month more than in its… (www.cjnews.com) More...

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Plane make emegency landing on North Jersey Golf course

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A pilot operating a Mooney M20 single engine aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after loss of engine power. Pilot chose a golf course fairway to put the plane down. (www.nj.com) More...

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Plane roasts passengers in 50°C HEAT during horror 'flight from hell'

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Passengers BEG to be let off Embraer flight after air-con fault (www.dailystar.co.uk) More...

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WestJet co-operating with predatory pricing probe by Competition agency

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it is co-operating with a probe by Canada's competition watchdog following accusations of predatory pricing from a competitor. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

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Wizz Air to expand route network from Bulgaria

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More Bulgarian growth for one of Europe's fastest growing airlines, as Wizz Air announces further capacity expansion to its Varna network as well as adding another Airbus A320 aircraft to the base the carrier is launch six new routes. (www.air101.co.uk) More...

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Sad news: US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

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Sad news from military (USMC) crash from a few days ago. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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Indigo Welcomes 200th Aircraft: Brand-New A320neo

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Indian Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Indigo received its 200th airplane, a brand-new Airbus A320neo, bearing the registration VT-IZI (MSN 8570). The aircraft was ferried to Delhi nonstop from Toulouse. The Indian LCC launched operations in August 2006. Since then, it has grown to become the country’s largest airline in terms of fleet and passengers carried. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Swift Boeing 737 near Tulsa on Dec 8th 2018, cargo smoke indication

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A Swift Air Boeing 737-400, registration N803TJ performing flight WQ-2228 (dep Dec 7th) from Long Beach,CA to Raleigh/Durham,NC (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 50nm north of Tulsa,OK (USA) when the crew reported a cargo smoke indication and diverted.. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

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Southwest Heart

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Southwest leaves human heart on aircraft. Heart was to be unloaded in SEA but flew on until airline realized error and ongoing flight to DAL turned around over Idaho and returned to SEA. (komonews.com) More...

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Delta Boosts Boston: New Routes, Adds Frequencies

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Delta Air Lines will expand its presence at Boston Logan International Airport with new daily flights to Chicago O’Hare, Newark-Liberty, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, as well as a myriad of added frequencies to domestic and international destinations. These new daily flights will start on the 9th of September, 2019. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Jet Airways Dropping Free Meals On Domestic Flights

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Jet Airways will drop its free meal service for economy passengers later this month as it expands its ‘Fare Choices’ flexible ticketing policy. (news.airwise.com) More...

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Alitalia Ready For First Airbus A321neos

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Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, is ready to take delivery of its three Airbus A321neos while it continues to operate under exclusive administration. As the carrier continues to operate in the face of mounting uncertainty over its future beyond 2019, Alitalia is now embarking on a small scale fleet modernization, which will see a limited number of second-hand new generation Airbus A321neo join its fleet in the coming months. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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BA and other airlines 'ripping off' passengers who miss their flight, investigation finds

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British Airways and other leading airlines are "ripping off" passengers who miss their flight, Which? investigation finds ahead of Christmas getaway It has been revealed airlines are cancelling passengers' return flights if they miss their outward plane - forcing them to pay thousands of pounds to rebook their tickets. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

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American Airlines flight 588: Stranger gives up first class seat to mother travelling with sick daughter

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Ms Zwick said she and Lucy had boarded American Airlines flight 588 when a flight attendant approached them and informed them a passenger in first class wanted to switch seats. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

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