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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) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

Kalitta Air to diversify fleet with Boeing 767F

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Kalitta Air relies on a fleet of 747 freighters for the long-haul flights it is known for, carrying large payloads, including heavy machinery, delicate medical equipment, perishable foods and even livestock. So what’s with the 767s the cargo carrier is now purchasing? 767s may be the go-to freighters for the integrators, but they’re rare in the general freight world. The answer is a combination of fleet maintenance requirements and a strategy shift at the Michigan-based carrier. The time is… (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

United makes Australia its first 'all-Dreamliner' destination

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United Airlines will upgrade its daily SYD-LAX and SYD-SFO flights from Boeing 777-200s to Boeing 787-9s next month, making Australia the airline's first 'all-Dreamliner' market. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

Cheaper flights as seats double

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Air New Zealand has doubled its capacity for flights to and from Rotorua and Auckland, and is promising cheaper fares for travellers. In February last year Air New Zealand started moving from using all 19-seat Beechcraft aircraft between Rotorua and Auckland to a mix of Beechcraft and the larger 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft. From today, the route will move to all scheduled 50-seat services - offering 2000 seats a week, which is double the capacity on the route when the airline operated… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

Fares to US dip below $400

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Some air fares to the United States have dipped below $400 and one travel agent says they will continue to stay low. House of Travel says the $399 one-way Air New Zealand fares to Los Angeles and San Francisco are the lowest it has offered. The fares are limited to times outside the school holidays. House of Travel commercial director Brent Thomas said there had been very competitive pricing from other airlines in the past six months. (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

Long Beach Airport awards three airlines with slots

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Southwest Airlines could soon fly out of Long Beach. The Long Beach Airport received three letters of interest from air carriers requesting a share of its nine additional slots, city manager Patrick West said in a memo to city council members and obtained by the Gazette. The deadline for requests was Monday, Feb. 8. (www.aviationgazette.com) Ещё...

Canada Embraer ERJ-190 at Winnipeg on Jan 17th 2016, could not retract landing gear

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An Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190, registration C-FHNW (we have totally 2 listed reports for the aircraft registration within the report and Canada is featured in up to 11 incidents or accidents so far) performing flight AC-295 from Winnipeg,MB to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 89 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Winnipeg when the landing gear would not retract but remained down and locked. The crew aborted the climb and returned to Winnipeg for a safe landing. On Feb 10th 2016 the… (www.aeroinside.com) Ещё...

Virgin Australia profit soar as oil falls

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Virgin Australia has reported an underlying profit of A$81.5 million for the first half of the financial year, helped by falling oil prices. The before tax result was an improvement of $71.3 million on the first half of the 2015 financial year. The airline - 26 per cent owned by Air New Zealand - said it was benefiting from the fall in oil prices, which are now at 12 year lows. "The group's net benefit from changes in the price of oil, taking into account the adverse impact of foreign… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

Southwest ‘intends’ to fly from Long Beach

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Southwest Airlines appears to have won access to California’s capacity controlled Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles. (www.airlineupdates.net) Ещё...

AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

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Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (www.airwaysnew.com) Ещё...

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) Ещё...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) Ещё...

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