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Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) Ещё...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) Ещё...

Operation Migration - In Search of Generous Pilots

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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada is able to raise three or four parent-reared Whooping crane chicks this year, but getting into the U.S. is problematic. A number of Ports-of-Entry along the US/Canada border are able to process live animals imported into America but they normally deal with livestock transported by trucks or trains. The closest Port-of-Entry at an airport is in Chicago, but the only commercial aircraft flying between Calgary and Chicago does not have cargo doors to its… (operationmigration.org) Ещё...

FAA and Aireon Announce Space-Based ADS-B Flight Test Success

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The FAA and Aireon today announced a successful flight test of space-based ADS-B, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system’s capability from low-earth orbit. The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA’s specially equipped “flying laboratory” Bombardier jet with three Aireon payloads available to receive data. A total of 2,462 ADS-B messages were received and decoded providing comparable data to that of terrestrial… (aireon.com) Ещё...

An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) Ещё...

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

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SEATTLE -- A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier. (www.usatoday.com) Ещё...

Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) Ещё...

Pilot: Stop blaming United

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Like many, I stood in shock as I watched the cell phone video of Dr. David Dao being forcibly removed from United Express Flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (edition.cnn.com) Ещё...

WestJet to launch 'ultra low-cost' no-frills carrier

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The new service should take off late this year with a startup fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s, (www.cbc.ca) Ещё...

United Airlines Faces Questions Over Death of Giant Rabbit

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Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a three-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain... (www.aviationfigures.com) Ещё...

American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

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American Airlines (AAL.O) has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. (www.reuters.com) Ещё...

Delta Passenger Kicked Off Flight After Urgent Trip to the Restroom

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The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to visit the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown all out of proportion. In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, it was outrageous that Hamilton was kicked off the flight and that everyone else was forced to exit the plane when it returned to the gate in Atlanta. She took to social media to defend this man she didn't know. (www.jsonline.com) Ещё...

Boeing Details Interior Arrangement Of The 777-9

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Boeing 777-9 to seat 414 passengers in two-class lay out Boeing 777-9 to seat 349 passengers in three-class lay out The Boeing 777-9 costing roughly $200 million adds more to performance than to passenger comfort While the maiden flights of the Boeing (BA) 787-10 and Boeing 737 MAX captured headlines, in the background Boeing has been detailing the Boeing 777-9. In its latest document, the jet maker detailed the interior arrangement for the Boeing 777-9. (seekingalpha.com) Ещё...

TSA Misses Santa Monica Police Officer’s Handgun In Carry-On Bag

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Standard security measures were not followed after an off-duty Santa Monica police officer was allowed to board a flight to Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport with a handgun in her carry-on bag, authorities said Thursday. Santa Monica police officials were notified last week that Officer Noell Grant was not allowed to leave Taiwan after she entered the country on April 13 in possession of a firearm, according to authorities. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

Are ultra-long airplane flights bad for your health?

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These ultra long-haul flights are becoming more efficient and economically viable. They’re also a slog for passengers. But is there a point where a super-long flight becomes a public health risk? (www.popsci.com) Ещё...

Airbus and Singpost testing last-mile drone package delivery

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Drones buzzing around the island delivering small parcels may soon become a reality, as Singapore Post inked an agreement on Tuesday (April 18) with Airbus Helicopters to conduct research and trials on drone delivery. The agreement makes SingPost a partner under Airbus Helicopter's Skyways parcel delivery project, which aims to develop the safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for package delivery in urban environments. (www.straitstimes.com) Ещё...

Emirates Trims US Flights After Trump Administration Curbs

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Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations. (www.startribune.com) Ещё...

FBI arrests suspect in bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights in 2015

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Channel 2’s Mark Winne was the first to learn that the FBI has arrested a person suspected of tweeting bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights. (www.wsbtv.com) Ещё...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. (atwonline.com) Ещё...

Boeing not to compete 'unfair' Belgian fighter requirement

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Boeing has chosen not to compete Belgium's fighter replacement requirement, citing an unfair advantage for one or some of its competitors. In announcing its decision on 19 April not to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) that the Belgian government issued in March, Boeing said that its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would not be competing on "a truly level playing field". (www.janes.com) Ещё...

US may ban laptops on flights from UK airports

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The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe. (www.airlineinfo.in) Ещё...

Exclusive and Onboard: The Last U.S. Operated Boeing 747-200 Soars Into Retirement

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On April 21, 2017, a very quiet but very special retirement flight took place out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Kalitta Air retired its final operating Boeing 747-200, officially flying the last flight of a “Classic” 747 by a U.S. Part 121 airline. Airways Magazine correspondent and reporter Cody Diamond was onboard the flight deck for the final flight. (airwaysmag.com) Ещё...

British Airways owner IAG invests in two tech startups

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The British Airways parent company announced the Hangar 51 incubator back in October 2016, which saw over 450 companies apply for inclusion with IAG. From that pool of entries, 26 businesses were invited to pitch for a place, while just four were chosen for the ten-week programme in January. With the accelerator now over, two startups, Esplorio and Vchain, will receive investment from IAG. (www.aviationfigure.com) Ещё...

The State & Promise of the Electric Airplane

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The electric airplane industry truly is the final frontier. Hauling a battery pack in a car for propulsion is fairly easy compared to dragging one in the air. In this article is the state and promise of the electric airplane — the new wild frontier. (cleantechnica.com) Ещё...

Baltimore Armed Fallston Man Arrested At BWI, Officials Say

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Authorities said the Harford County man had a gun loaded with 15 bullets, including one in the chamber, as he went through BWI security. (patch.com) Ещё...

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

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Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban? That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai. On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is assessing the evidence to determine what is appropriate”. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Ещё...

British Airways plans $65mm renovation at JFK Airport

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What will $65 million in improvements look like in Terminal 7 at JFK Airport in New York City? British Airways is set to invest heavily in its operations there and wants the new terminal to look and feel something more like the new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 which just opened for service. The company released a video this morning with some renderings of what the new space will look like. (www.airlineboarding.net) Ещё...

Boeing Bags $2.2 Billion Navy Contract

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It's been nearly a year now since Boeing (NYSE: BA) Executive Vice President Leanne Caret laid out her new plan for Boeing's defense business. With fighter-jet sales on the wane, Boeing would shift its emphasis to servicing and upgrading fighters it had already built. New plane sales, on the other hand, would lean toward auxiliary aircraft such as KC-46 fuel tankers and P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare jets. (host.madison.com) Ещё...

Malaysia Airlines enlists SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware for 100% global flight tracking

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By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance. (flightaware.com) Ещё...

PICTURE: Virgin America becomes first to take A321neo

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Virgin America has been revealed as the first recipient of an Airbus A321neo, after the aircraft was formally delivered to the US carrier. The aircraft, leased from GECAS, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A powerplants, the second of the two A321neo engine options to be certified. (www.airbus.com) Ещё...

Small Plane Crashes Near Salida, CO

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Witnesses said they saw a single engine Cessna plane lose altitude before crash landing in a cow pasture near the Salida airport Wednesday evening. (denver.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

Airbus Perlan Mission II Kicks Off Second Season Exploring Skies Above the Sierra Nevada

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Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. (www.aviationpros.com) Ещё...

In 1956, Cessna started building the 172 training plane - and more than 60 years on, it’s still in production.

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More pilots over the years have earned their wings in a 172 than any other aircraft in the world - Doug May, Textron Aviation (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

Anti-Gulf Airline Lobby Group Throws Shade at Emirates for Cutting Back U.S. Services

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The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies has criticised Emirates for cutting back services on five routes to the United States. It argues that the Gulf airline is propped up by state subsidies and says: "That Emirates would refer to itself as “profit oriented” is simply laughable." (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Ещё...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Chicago on Apr 19th 2017, smoke signals

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. (avherald.com) Ещё...

Singapore Airlines leaks new Airbus A380 LOPA

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The leaked LOPA, which briefly appeared on Singapore Airlines website, shows just six first class suites (down from today's 12) located on the upper deck, either side of an Etihad-style centre aisle. (www.ausbt.com.au) Ещё...

United Amends Crew Booking Policy After Man Dragged off Plane

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A United spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the policy change is "to make sure crews traveling on our aircraft are booked at least 60 minutes prior to departure. (Note went through a couple of articles this site has the best description) (aliveforfootball.com) Ещё...

American Airlines Employee Allegedly Hit Woman With Stroller, Challenged Passenger To ‘Hit Me’

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Just two weeks after terrifying video of a bloodied United Airlines passengerwho was violently kicked off a flight for refusing to give up his seat went viral, another video has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to hit him after a woman holding a baby was allegedly hit with her stroller in an argument with airline staff. (www.airlineboarding.net) Ещё...

KLM Starts Service To Minneapolis

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started service to Minneapolis/St Paul Intl using a Airbus a330-200. KLM will fly the route 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. KLM used to fly the route back in 2001 with a 747-200. They resumed the route on March 27 2017. KLM will fly the route seasonal. There are 3 or 4 flights to Amsterdam from Minneapolis daily. (aviationtribune.com) Ещё...

NJ/ NYC Newark Airport to Get New Terminal A

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Of Newark Airport’s three terminals, A’s the most obsolete. The Port Authority’s vision for a new A includes a 1 million square-foot, T-shaped terminal that’ll handle 13 million passengers through 33 gates — a 50 percent increase in capacity. (www.njtvonline.org) Ещё...