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FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Accident: Southwest B737 near Denver on Apr 24th 2015, loss of cabin pressure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N8647A performing flight WN-100 from Las Vegas,NV to Milwaukee,WI (USA) with 175 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 250nm southwest of Denver,CO (USA), when the crew initiated an emergency descent to 16,000 feet due to the loss of cabin pressure, the passenger oxygen masks were not released, and diverted to Denver for a safe landing on runway 35L. Prior to landing emergency services at Denver had been told about a number of… (avherald.com) More...

Alaska Airline suffered operational, training flaws before deadly crash

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An Alaska commuter airline routinely failed to inform pilots of shifting weather conditions and other hazards leading up to a 2013 crash in western Alaska that killed four people, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. The Cessna 208B, a single-engine turboprop, had been heading from Bethel to Mountain Village in deteriorating winter weather and crashed about a mile (1.6 km) southeast of St. Mary's Airport in southwestern Alaska. The pilot and three passengers were killed, and… (news.yahoo.com) More...

10 years already for the Airbus A380

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The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. (www.youtube.com) More...

Many more A380s by 2033, but maybe less comfortable than now

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Never mind about your big comfy A380s being at risk. According to the Airbus market forecast 2033 there will be 94 ‘Very Large Aircraft’ or VLAs serving the Australia and South Pacific. That’s more than four times the number of jets pushing the 500 seat mark on Australia routes at the start of 2014, which is the comparison date for the forecast, and which is already out of date in terms of A380s dedicated to Australian services by Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines on a regular rather than… (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Scathing report: FAA isn’t delivering what was promised in $40 billion NextGen project

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Mincing no words, the panel of 10 academic experts brought together by the academy’s National Research Council (NRC) said the FAA was not delivering the system that had been promised and should “reset expectations” about what it is delivering to the public and the airlines that use the system. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

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ABILENE, Texas, April 30, 2015 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1B Lancer celebrates its soon to be 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base this week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers the supersonic bomber into the digital age with new upgrades. The latest upgrade, a trio of updates known as the integrated battle station, are ensuring the B-1 meets today’s mission requirements and further establishes… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Ryanair hit by almost $5 million banking scam

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Irish budget airline Ryanair on Wednesday revealed that almost $5.0 million (4.53 million euros) was fraudulently removed from one of its accounts in a scam involving a Chinese bank. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Judge throws out United Airlines lawsuit against 22-year-old

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United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets. Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city. The dismissal "is definitely a victory," Zaman told CNNMoney. "It is… (money.cnn.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines puts entire Airbus A380 fleet up for sale

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Malaysia Airlines has put its entire fleet of six Airbus A380s up for sale, along with four Boeing 777-200ER jets. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Ever wondered what happens to your luggage upon check in?

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your luggage after you check it in? Let's go behind the scenes with GoPro to find out! (www.youtube.com) More...

B -1B Lancer celebrates 30 years of service

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The B-1B Lancer – one of the most versatile, combat proven warplanes in U.S. history is 30 years old and going strong. The first one was delivered to the Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas in 1985 and over the years, the B-1 has changed with the times to meet the needs of the military. (www.youtube.com) More...

House panel votes to keep the A-10 Warthog flying another year

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Colonel McSally, Army and CAS One, Air Force suits Zero. Now it is on to the Senate where the Air Force has even less of a chance of killing the A-10. It is unlikely it will end up being a big issue in the ending huge budget for Obama to kill it. (thehill.com) More...

6 Incredible Airport Runways

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Because runways are in constant demand due to the increase in travel, airports sometimes have to get creative with how they extend and manage aircraft landings. Here are six unique runways from around the world. (aviationweek.com) More...

American Airlines flights delayed because of iPad app glitch

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A couple of years ago, American Airlines swapped out its pilots' "flight bag" for iPads loaded with the terminal charts and other reference materials they're required to carry. Losing the 35 lbs of materials for a tablet (some 8,000 of them) was a good tradeoff, but tonight an apparent glitch is grounding some of the airline's flights. (www.engadget.com) More...

Battle Shapes up Over Video Cameras in Airline Cockpits

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The many entities involved are on the move to revisit this debate. (www.wsj.com) More...

Fleets serving Australia South Pacific to almost double by 2033

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The passenger aircraft fleet serving the Australia South Pacific region will grow from some 700 aircraft today to over 1,200 by 2033, with a doubling in the number of widebody aircraft. With aviation growth comparable with other mature markets such as North America and Europe, the region has the world’s highest propensity to travel per capita. Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF) shows international traffic serving the Australia South Pacific region will grow annually at 4.5%. Traffic to and… (www.airbus.com) More...

Canada sends DART team to quake ravaged Nepal

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OTTAWA -- Members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team will be deployed immediately to earthquake-stricken Nepal, federal officials announced on Saturday. DART members from Canadian Forces Base Trenton will be heading to Nepal, along with civilian political and humanitarian personnel from Foreign Affairs. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Construction of new Airbus Asia Training Centre underway

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Construction of the new Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore is now underway, following the completion of initial ground-breaking works. Due to open in the first quarter of 2016, the new facility will offer type rating and recurrent training courses for all in-production Airbus types. AATC is a joint venture between Airbus (55%) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) (45%), incorporated in the Republic of Singapore. The 9,250 square metre state-of-the-art facility, located at Seletar Aerospace… (www.airbus.com) More...

Netherlands, Norway, Poland to jointly buy A330 MRTT

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The Netherlands, Norway, and Poland will send a request for proposal (RfP) to Airbus to buy A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft within a matter of weeks, according to officials close to the issue. Since the platforms will be identical to one another, the forthcoming negotiations "will be all about price", they said. "We know the numbers and expect to see a reasonable offer. This has to be affordable: the flight costs have to be low," said Johan Van Soest,… (www.janes.com) More...

The A380′s first flight 10 years ago this week: A look back at the historic day

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10 years ago this week, the Airbus A380 took to the skies for the first time. A look back at that historic first flight and all the programs past, present, and future prospects. Did it really live up to expectations? (airwaysnews.com) More...

Pratt and Whitney Exec: We're Going Ahead with F-35 Engine

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When questioned, Exec evasive as to cost associated with the program (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau makes emergency landing in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport. Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was en route from Juneau to Seattle when problems arose with one of the plane's two electrical systems. The Boeing 737-400 touched down in Vancouver shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday. (www.adn.com) More...

Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt WWII Fighter

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Long but pretty interesting video. Watch how a P-47 Thunderbolt was uncrated and assembled in the field, using no heavy equipment or special tools, only repurposed shipping crate materials and a lot of manpower. (www.youtube.com) More...

ANALYSIS: United Brings Back Domestic Widebodies Amid Fleet Shift

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Updated with the definition of "new small narrowbody" in the third section Widebody aircraft flew domestically for United Airlines for years, with Boeing 777-200s frequently plying the skies between its hubs in the noughties and McDonnell Douglas DC-10s in prior decades. (www.google.com) More...

Airbus says will file criminal complaint over US spy claims

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Berlin (AFP) - European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said Thursday it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of US industrial espionage. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Air Cote d'Ivoire to spend $200 million over two years

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Ivory Coast's national airline is to invest a total of $200 million (131.78 million pounds) in the next two years and acquire three of Airbus's (AIR.PA) A319 short-haul jets in its bid to become a regional hub operator, managing director Laurent Loukou told Reuters on Friday. As part of its spending plan Air Cote d'Ivoire this month also signed a deal with Canada's Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) for two of its Q400 turboprop aircraft. The company opened for business two years ago and serves 20… (uk.reuters.com) More...

Boeing Warns Of Job Relocations If US Ex-Im Bank Goes

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Boeing may have to relocate US-based engineering and manufacturing jobs overseas if Congress eliminates funding for the US Export-Import Bank, chief executive Jim McNerney said. "Most of my engineering and manufacturing jobs are in the United States and I'd like to keep it that way. But without Ex-Im financing, you'd have to start asking the question" about where they should be, McNerney said at a conference sponsored by the US export credit agency. (news.airwise.com) More...

Nepal Air's second Airbus A320 comes with 5 tons of quake relief

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HAMBURG, Germany – Nepal Airlines took delivery of a new Airbus A320 that will fly to the earthquake-ravaged nation with 5 tons of relief supplies. The Thursday morning delivery completes Nepal Airlines' order for two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The carrier received its first of the aircraft in February. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Korean Air Aerospace to supply A330neo sharklets

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Airbus has selected Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), the aerospace manufacturing division of the Korean Air Group, to supply new Sharklet wingtip devices (winglets) including a wingspan extension for the A330neo – the new variant of A330 Family of widebody aircraft. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

First Airbus A350 To Land In America As Qatar Airways Expands

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The first Airbus A350 in scheduled service to the United States will land next year, as Qatar Airways expands its U.S. flights using the world’s latest jetliner, the last major design from Airbus and Boeing to enter service for decades to come. Qatar Airways said in a statement on Monday that it will begin service to three new U.S. cities next year, with flights to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston. (www.ibtimes.com) More...

Pilatus PC-24 begin taxi trials

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Pilatus has begun taxi trials of its new Pilatus PC-24 light business jet, ahead of the planned maiden flight later this month. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing’s Smallest 737 Faces an Uncertain Future

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Southwest is talking with Boeing about switching some or all of its remaining 56 orders for the 737-700 to a version that seats 32 more passengers, Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said in an interview. The Dallas-based carrier last took delivery of a new -700 in 2011. Airlines and planemakers are watching to see whether Southwest, Boeing’s biggest narrow-body customer, will also amend its plans to receive the 737 Max 7, an update to the -700 that is due to enter service late this… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Turkish plane makes emergency landing over engine fire

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A Turkish Airlines plane bound for Milan made an emergency landing at Istanbul on April 25 after one its engines caught fire. All passengers and members of the crew were immediately evacuated after the Airbus 320 landed safely at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Doğan News Agency reported. Turkey’s state-run TRT television showed the plane landing at Atatürk Airport, leaving a trail of sparks and smoke behind it. (www.hurriyetdailynews.com) More...

NASA's shape-shifting plane wings pass initial flight tests

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After six months and 22 flights at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, NASA has announced the successful completion of testing for its morphing airplane wing design. Known as Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight control surfaces, they replace a plane's conventional, rigid flaps with a flexible composite material. (www.engadget.com) More...

Air fair? Why low-cost carriers can’t overcome Delta’s dominance

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Hold up—weren’t we supposed to already have all that thanks to Southwest Airlines? When the Dallas-based carrier gobbled up AirTran Airways for more than $1 billion in 2010 and started its own service at Hartsfield-Jackson in 2012, hoopla ensued. Experts predicted the “Southwest Effect” would push all airfares down and make hometown heavyweight Delta Air Lines sweat. With the Southwest and AirTran merger complete, it’s time to take stock. Did fares drop? Did we get more flights to more places?… (www.atlantamagazine.com) More...

New FAA system can track twice as many flights at once

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Whoever said "it's the journey, not the destination" obviously lived in a time before air travel. But maybe, just maybe, the Department of Transportation's implementation of the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the "backbone" of the NextGen air-traffic system, could change how we feel about getting on a flight. There are a few things making up ERAM: performance based navigation, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and data comm. (www.engadget.com) More...

"Tesla in the skies": Airbus to build E-Fan electric plane, due for take-off in 2017

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Airbus hopes to do for aviation what Tesla has done for motoring as the aircraft manufacturer commits to building its all-electric E-Fan plane. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Sweden opens world’s first remote air control tower

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Sweden on Tuesday inaugurated the world’s first remote air control tower at the northern Ornskoldsvik airport, air traffic authorities said. “The first Remote Tower Services landing!,” Sweden’s Air Navigation Services (LFV) announced on Twitter, under a picture taken from the plane before it landed around noon (1000 GMT). The plane flew from the town of Sundsvall to Ornskoldsvik, around 150 kilometres (95 miles) to the north. Both the take-off and landing were guided by the air traffic control… (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Pilot flies again with Parkinson’s brain implant

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Barry Alan Stein was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a decade ago. Tremors worsened, his medications were increased and side effects kicked in. It cost one Austin man his commercial pilot’s license, but thanks to a Deep Brain Stimulation implant, he has his life, and the sky, back. (kxan.com) More...

Ranger uses Taser on man flying drone in national park

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Drones are becoming a greater nuisance than mosquitoes. There seem already to be too many of them flying around, following the principle of that great revolutionary airman William Nillian. (Willy Nilly to you.) Only last week, the people in charge of the Golden Gate Bridge decided they needed help to deal with the proliferation of these buzzing menaces. Now comes the case of a man in Hawaii who took his little quadcopter out for a fly-by over a lava lake in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on… (www.cnet.com) More...

Small Plane takes off without pilot, crashes; no one injured.

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Prop start goes bad with girlfriend in plane that collides with building. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

Airbus Backlog of $1 Trillion Makes Boeing Look Smaller Than It Is

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Airbus Group, the parent of European aircraft builder Airbus, reported first-quarter results Thursday morning. Revenues totaled €12.1 billion (about $13.5 billion), down about 4% compared with the first quarter of 2014. Earnings per share rose by 80%, from €0.56 to €1.01 (about $1.13). (247wallst.com) More...

Flying More Climate-Friendly Than Driving

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Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it's also better for the environment... Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that it takes twice as much energy to drive than to fly. H/T: reason.com (www.rdmag.com) More...

Blue origin flight tests Shepard suborbital vehicle

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Blue Origin carried out the first developmental test flight of its new Shepard vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL)space vehicle on Wednesday. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

A look back at 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

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It was a much different time when the Hubble Space Telescope took off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on this day in 1990. But much like how we've ditched our Umbros for Under Armour and traded our slap bracelets for Apple Watches, Hubble has come a long way since then. (www.theverge.com) More...

Emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport

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An emergency landing temporarily forced Philadelphia International Airport to close on Tuesday, (jansaviation.com) More...

USAF reveals X-37B's next mission

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For the first time U.S. Air Force has revealed next mission of its secretive X-37B spaceplane, an unmanned reusable spacecraft developed by Boeing. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Incident: Air Canada B787 over Gulf of Alaska on Apr 26th 2015, hydraulic leak

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHQQ performing flight AC-3 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was enroute at FL360 over the Gulf of Alaska about 850nm northwest of Vancouver and about 350nm southeast of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the crew declared PAN reporting a possible hydraulic leak and decided to return to Vancouver (avherald.com) More...

NTSB Rules Pilot's Death A Suicide

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The pilot had told his wife that, if she ever left him, he would fly his airplane into the ground and kill himself. (www.aero-news.net) More...

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