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Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) Ещё...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) Ещё...

The Captain Jepp Challenge

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Sharpen your aviation knowledge and become a safer pilot through the quarterly Captain Jepp Challenge—as a bonus, you’ll be entered in monthly drawings for $250 MyGoFlight gift cards and for the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to EAA AirVenture 2017 (two-night stay and airfare included). (www.aopa.org) Ещё...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) Ещё...

Singapore Airlines to switch Houston stopover from 4Q

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will switch the stopover on its Singapore Changi to Houston Intc'l flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester Int'l with effect from October 30 of this year. The route will continue to operate 5x weekly. (www.ch-aviation.com) Ещё...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) Ещё...

JAL B763 at Singapore on Jul 12th 2015, rejected takeoff from taxiway

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A JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration JA606J performing flight JL-38 from Singapore (Singapore) to Tokyo Haneda (Japan) with 198 passengers and 10 crew, had taxied from the gate to depart runway 20C via taxiway WA (parallel to runway 20R), NC2 (North Cross 2) and was turning onto taxiway EP parallel to runway 20L at about 02:25L (18:25Z Jul 11th) when the crew received takeoff clearance for runway 20C. Tower controller noticed the aircraft was accelerating for takeoff on taxiway EP… (avherald.com) Ещё...

London City airport expansion gets government approval

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UK Government ministers have given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion of London City airport (LCY - EGLC). The plans include an extended terminal, more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway, and new aircraft stands that will allow bigger, more modern planes to use the airport. (www.theguardian.com) Ещё...

Airbus considering 19-seat hybrid-electric aircraft for general aviation market

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Airbus is now considering general aviation designs with up to 19 seats with hybrid-electric power after meeting with potential development partners among a small group of traditional US small aircraft manufacturers, a senior executive tells Flightglobal. The new studies replace plans to develop a smaller, four-seat, hybrid-electric general aviation aircraft after demonstrating the propulsion technology in a future two-seat trainer and current two-seat prototype. But the larger aircraft concept,… (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.com) Ещё...

JetBlue Considers Adding Routes to Europe

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JetBlue Airways Corp. said it is considering adding routes to Europe in the next few years, as it reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations. A move into the European market would be a major strategic shift for the primarily domestic discount airline. (www.wsj.com) Ещё...

Embraer's Phenom 100E Evolves to EV

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Embraer has launched the next upgrade to its Phenom 100 entry-level jet, the Phenom 100EV, which will be equipped with a new flight deck based on the Garmin G3000 suite and be powered by modified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines. Announced today at EAA AirVenture 2016, the upgraded model is scheduled to reach the market in the first half of 2017. (www.ainonline.com) Ещё...

[Video] Harrier Nozzles Glowing Red During Night Landing At Sea

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AV-8B Harrier landing at night on the USS Boxer at sea. The Harrier's nozzles glow red as the jet increases thrust for a gentle vertical touch down. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) Ещё...

China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737. (abcnews.go.com) Ещё...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) Ещё...

Solar Impulse 2 is on its last leg of the around the world flight

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After 14 hours of flight time Solar Impulse 2 is almost at the 30% mark of its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi of the around the world tour. (www.solarimpulse.com) Ещё...

White House takes aim at a fast-growing source of emissions: airplanes

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took a key step toward limiting pollution caused by the nation’s fleet of commercial aircraft, part of a broader push in the Obama administration’s waning months to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health risks for Americans. Emissions that… (www.washingtonpost.com) Ещё...

Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight

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An Air Asia A330 Airbus, the type of aircraft involved in the near-miss with Jetstar. ... Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight. ... AN INQUIRY is under way into a hair-raising near miss in which an Air Asia plane taking off from the Gold Coast came dangerously .. (www.heraldsun.com.au) Ещё...

Search for MH370 to suspend after completion of search area

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Australia, China and Malaysia will suspend the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it has combed the 120,000km² search area. (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

EasyJet stays upbeat in uncertain operating environment

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Budget carrier EasyJet is unsure about its fourth-quarter performance following the events in France and Turkey, which have undermined consumer confidence already shaken by the impact of the UK’s vote to exit the European Union. The airline says the political upheaval is generating additional pressure on the carrier, which has been coping with a difficult third quarter, blighted by over 1,200 cancellations – almost 70% more than last year – as a result of air traffic control strikes and bad… (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

(video) B-29 "Doc" First Flight in 60 years! World's 2nd Superfortress Takes Off from Wichita, Kansas!

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FIFI has lost her title as the world's only flying B-29! If you missed Doc's first flight, here it is!! Recorded live from DPG WICHITA. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Phenom 300 Skids off Runway at Sugar Land, Texas Airport

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Looks like they are attempting to cover the tail number. (www.click2houston.com) Ещё...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

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Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused it of violating its airspace. (www.eurasianet.org) Ещё...

Frontier expands to Punta Gorda, shifts three routes from Fort Myers

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After years of trying, Florida's Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. That will come from Frontier Airlines, which will launch nonstop flights between between the airport in southwest Florida and Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. (www.usatoday.com) Ещё...

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

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The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. (www.airbus.com) Ещё...

OHP: Owasso Pilot, USAF Officer Killed In Plane Crash Near Enid

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ENID, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a pilot from Owasso and a U.S. Air Force officer based at Vance Air Force Base died in a crash near Enid Thursday evening. The OHP identified the men as Randall Harris, 55, of Owasso and 1st Lt. Dale Shillington, 25, from Vance AFB. The men died when the Skybolt 300 biplane they were flying in crashed northeast of Fairmont at 6:40 p.m. on July 21, 2016.Harris was an airshow pilot and was scheduled to perform at the Vance Air Force Base Airshow… (www.newson6.com) Ещё...

Large 'likely' piece of MH370 wing lands in Canberra

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The sea floor search for MH370 appears to be running out of places to look just as more fragments of the airliner are washed up on western and southern Indian Ocean shores (blogs.crikey.com.au) Ещё...

FAA restores birthday solos

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Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. (www.aopa.org) Ещё...

The owner of British Airways got screwed over by Brexit

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International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company which owns British Airways, is blaming Brexit for a €148 million (£124 million) foreign exchange loss in the first 6 months of 2016. (www.todayaviationnews.com) Ещё...

Indian military plane goes missing minutes after taking from Chennai

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An Antonov An-32 of Indian Air force goes missing over Bay of Bengal. The plane disappeared from radars minutes after taking from Chennai. (www.airlive.net) Ещё...

Airbus inspection by drone

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Airbus has demonstrated how it is using the latest drone technology to help carry out visual aircraft inspections. The manual launch of the drone during its demonstration flight over the A380 in the static park at the Farnborough Airshow. (Airbus) The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), showcased on the A350 and A380 at last week’s Farnborough Airshow, is equipped with a high definition camera and performs visual inspections of the upper sections of the aircraft’s fuselage. It is flown using an… (www.airlinerworld.com) Ещё...

Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

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Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes and lifts to closely examine an plane's structure and components. It's mildly risky, slow and laborious process -- but soon, it may not be. Airbus has started testing drone inspections that may speed up the process by over an hour. (www.engadget.com) Ещё...

Report: MH370 pilot flew similar route on simulator

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(CNN) An FBI forensic examination shows the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 conducted a flight simulation on his home computer that closely matched the suspected route of the missing Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean, according to a Malaysian government document obtained by New York magazine. (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

One Aviation reveals major redesign for Eclipse 550

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One Aviation has announced the launch of a more powerful and longer-range version of its entry level Eclipse 550 twinjet, as a new single-engined competitor from Cirrus nears certification. The Project Canada concept unveiled by One Aviation reveals an aircraft with the same fuselage but with more thrust, larger wings and empennage, higher fuel capacity and an updated avionics suite. Combined with a higher gross weight, the redesign will require One Aviation to apply for an amended type… (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

Air Namibia is the second best african regional airline

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A Skytrax poll has chosen Air Namibia as the second best african regional airline for 2016, behind Royal Air Maroc. In the top 100 ranking, Air Namibia is not on board. There is Qatar Airways, which comes to WDH from september 2016 on, at the second place. (www.worldairlineawards.com) Ещё...

Police investigate a bomb scare on QFA737 at Queenstown airport

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Police are still trying to find the passenger who left a note about a bomb on a plane in Queenstown. The airport was evacuated, although flights still took off after 3pm, when emergency services were alerted to the note. It was discovered by a cleaner after passengers had left the plane. The note contained information about a bomb, but a police search found there was no evidence of an explosive on board or in the terminal. (www.stuff.co.nz) Ещё...

Virgin Atlantic Learns That The Best Way To Save Fuel Is To Ask Its Pilots

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How do you make significant fuel savings in kerosene-guzzling jet airliners? The easiest way is to just tell the pilots to take their feet off the pedal, and ease up on the jet fuel a little. (aviationsquad.com) Ещё...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) Ещё...

2 Air Transat pilots charged with being impaired

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Plane's cabin crew raised the alarm ahead of Monday flight. (www.cbc.ca) Ещё...

Unstable approaches at major air show fly in.

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Oshkosh Airventure air show had some weather and airport issues that lead to some dangerous close encounters and rough landings.. (m.aviationweek.com) Ещё...

United to drop a hub

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UAL may be poised to drop one of its hubs - either LAX or DCA. (www.fool.com) Ещё...

American defers A350 deliveries by more than two years

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22 JULY, 2016 BY: EDWARD RUSSELL WASHINGTON DC American Airlines has deferred the deliveries of all of the 22 Airbus A350-900s that it has on order, as it works to reduce its capital expenditures and manage capacity through 2018. The Fort Worth-based carrier will take its first A350 in “late 2018” instead of “spring 2017”, it says in a quarterly financial filing today. Deliveries will continue through 2022, two years later than originally scheduled with an average deferral of 26 months.… (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

24 taken to hospital following American Airlines evacuation at Palm Beach International Airport

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Runway closed into the evening. Some reports say a hydraulic line burst in the cabin. (m.wpbf.com) Ещё...

How Were They So Wrong About MH370?

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It wasn't supposed to end like to this. Earlier today, ministers from the three nations responsible for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370-Australia, China, and Malaysia-announced that they would stop looking for the lost jet once the current 46,000-square-mile search zone is completed this fall. The decision was essentially an acknowledgement that they'd come up empty-handed in their quest to find the plane that disappeared from the face of the Earth in March 2014 with 239 people on board.… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew

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Dismissals at the national carrier occurred after it was determined the employees were linked to a religious movement President Erdogan has said attempted to overthrow the government. (www.stumbleupon.com) Ещё...

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