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Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals

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Airlines no longer will be required to accommodate travelers who want to fly with emotional support animals such as pigs, rabbits and turkeys under a final rule announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new rule now defines a service animal to be a dog that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability” and limits the number of service animals a person can travel with to two. It also requires airlines to treat… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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So Long (and Good Riddance) to CNN Airport News

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Will we finally get some peace and quiet at the gate? (askthepilot.com) Ещё...

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Delta Turns Flight Around After Multiple Passengers Refuse to Wear Masks

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Details are emerging over why a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta was turned around and returned to Detroit on Thursday, and once again face masks are the issue. According to reports, two passengers refused to wear face masks during the flight – a mandate for virtually every airline – and the plane returned to Detroit Metro Airport in suburban Romulus. A Delta spokesperson told the MLive.com media outlet that the flight was delayed because the passengers “were non-compliant with crew… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Delta CEO says airline will permanently ban passengers 'who refuse to display basic civility'

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The CEO of Delta Air Lines has announced that the carrier will permanently ban passengers who disrespect fellow customers or crew. CEO Ed Bastian laid down the law in a memo sent to employees Friday, and shared with Fox News. The executive revealed that the airline has already added over 800 people to its no-fly list for refusing to wear mandatory face masks during travel, along with news of the company's latest policy. (www.foxnews.com) Ещё...

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God Speed Michael Collins. May you Rest in Peace.

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The Forgotten astronaut of Apollo 11 Michael Collins has past away today at the age of 90. He has finally found a place in space where he made history in June of 1969 (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Delta Has Placed over 100 People on No-fly List for Refusing to Wear a Mask, CEO Says

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Delta has already placed more than 100 people on a no-fly list for refusing to wear a mask, the carrier’s CEO Ed Bastian said earlier this week, in an effort to crack down on its mask policy. “We’ve been... steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy,” Bastian said in an interview on the TODAY show this week. “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t… (www.travelandleisure.com) Ещё...

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Father and Son, Airplane to Airplane

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About 40 minutes northwest of Houston is the suburb of Tomball, Texas. In the early 1970s, before Interstate 45 became five lanes, Tomball was a far-flung outpost with a population of fewer than 3,000 residents, a single traffic signal, and an airport named Hooks Field (DWH). (www.aopa.org) Ещё...

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American Airlines responds to video of pilot threatening to 'dump' passengers in Kansas

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American Airlines has issued a statement defending the actions of a pilot who said he would "put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off" if they didn’t behave on a flight leaving from Washington D.C. on Friday. (www.foxnews.com) Ещё...

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‘WELCOME TO PERTH’: Rooftop Sign Scares Passengers Flying Into Sydney Airport

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A “welcome to Perth” sign painted on a building rooftop is scaring fliers descending to Sydney airport into thinking they have been flown to the wrong Australian city. The prank was spotted by a passenger coming into land at the country’s busiest airport and shared on Reddit. The building, in the Sydney suburb of Sydenham, is directly on the flight path. The building owner, Brad Heasman, told Australia’s Traveller he has been quietly waiting for someone to notice it since painting it three… (www.independent.co.uk) Ещё...

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Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, dead at 97

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Chuck Yeager, the historic test pilot portrayed in the movie “The Right Stuff,” is dead at the age of 97, according to a tweet posted on his account late Monday. "It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET," said the tweet, attributed to his wife, actress Victoria Scott D'Angelo. "An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered… (www.foxnews.com) Ещё...

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Student Pilot Loses Engine During Solo Flight And Nails The Emergency Landing

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On May 22, Brian Parsley departed Concord, North Carolina in a 1968 Cessna 150J for a “solo long cross-country” flight. At about 2,200 feet above sea level and nine miles from his home airport’s runway, the engine of the Cessna sputtered to a stop. With only 1,500 feet of altitude to work with, there was no chance of making it to the airport, so he took it in for an emergency landing. (jalopnik.com) Ещё...

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FlightAware Predictive Technology Added to The United Airlines Operational Toolset

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FlightAware announced today that United Airlines has integrated its predictive data tool into the airline's operational toolset to help decrease the instance of preventable delays; reduce missed passenger connections; and help prevent flight cancellations. FlightAware operates the world's largest flight tracking and data platform, fusing thousands of data sources around the world to provide the most accurate and comprehensive flight tracking intelligence. Over half of all estimated… (flightaware.com) Ещё...

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(Live) Central to Aviation: Conversations, with Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL & Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware

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Join Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL, and Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, as they sit down to discuss the aviation industry's future with an eye to sustainability, efficiency, and survival vs. thriving in a post-COVID world. Event info: March 24, 2021, 11:00 AM CDT/5:00 PM CET. Register here: (go.flightaware.com) Ещё...

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FlightAware Webinar: Leveraging the Firestarter SDK to Access the World's Central Aviation Platform

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Firehose is FlightAware's live global data feed of complete real-time and historical flight/aviation data and Firestarter is the free development accelerator that makes it easier to access than ever before. In this webinar, learn how Firestarter can save hundreds of developer hours, reduce time to market for your integration, limit switching costs, and more. Plus see live practical demonstrations, and learn best practices in using Firestarter. (go.flightaware.com) Ещё...

  • 80

The Soviet flying beast that never really took off

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The only surviving prototype of this unusual plane now sits dilapidated in a field near Moscow, but it was once the hope of the Soviet Union against US submarine attacks. The Bartini Beriev VVA-14 -- the letters are an acronym for "vertical take-off amphibious aircraft" and 14 was the number of engines -- was designed to take off from anywhere without a runway and to be capable of sustained flight just above the water surface. (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

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NTSB determines cause of Addison plane crash that killed 10

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The NTSB said in a report the June 2019 Addison, Texas plane crash that killed 10 was caused by the pilot's failure to control the plane after one of the engines lost thrust just seconds after takeoff — and audio recording from the beginning of the flight shows the pilot failed to follow checklists and adhere to emergency procedures. (www.wfaa.com) Ещё...

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Study Finds Pilots’ Brains Work Differently

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Medical science has now confirmed what your family and friends have been telling you since the first time you strapped in and maybe before that. Your brain works differently than that of non-flying folks and contrary to what those in your immediate bubble might think, that’s actually a good thing, well mostly. (www.avweb.com) Ещё...

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Activist kicked off American Airlines plane after flight attendant deems her face mask ‘offensive’

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A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight and forced to drive thousands of miles to get where she was going. (www.local10.com) Ещё...

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More than 700 airline passengers banned in US for refusing to wear masks

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How long the bans last depends on the airline and the individual passenger’s behavior, the companies said. Delta said its bans could last a lifetime in certain cases. (nypost.com) Ещё...

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Airbus redesigns A350 cockpit center console

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Airbus has officially overhauled its A350 cockpit control panel, following earlier reports of engine failure caused by the aircrew’s spilt beverages. (www.thedrive.com) Ещё...

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Personal Diversion Lands Air Force Pilot In Hot Water

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A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot checked in on time for his flight but will carry a stain on his record for the expense and disruption it caused. Capt. Nathaniel D’Arcy was commanding a CP-140 Aurora, the RCAF equivalent of the U.S. Navy P-3 Orion, in a training exercise off the west coast of Canada in May of 2019 when he remembered he’d forgotten to check in for an airline flight booked for the next day. He broke off the mission in search of a cell signal, flying the thirsty four-engine… (www.avweb.com) Ещё...

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Two U.S. Airlines Announced They Will No Longer Accept Medical Exemptions for Face Masks

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For the majority of the businesses requiring customers to wear face masks, they ofter an exemption to those with certain medical conditions. (They also exempt those under the age of 2, per the recommendation of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.) However, a couple of major U.S. airlines have just reversed their policies on their mask mandates. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both decided that they will no longer allow medical exemptions as a reason not to wear a face mask. (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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Introducing the Beechcraft King Air 360

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Textron Aviation ushered in the next generation of its legendary King Air turboprop family on Tuesday with the introduction of the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Ещё...

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Why Does Aviation Use Nautical Miles?

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Apart from pilots and sea captains, most of us use either the Imperial or the metric system when calculating how far we need to get to where we are going. However, aviation navigation has adopted the ways of its marine counterpart, as it also travels across distances great enough to cross several latitudal lines. Not to mention to save air traffic control a great deal of potential confusion when communicating with international pilots. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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FedEx Express retires world's last MD-10-10 freighter jet

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — FedEx Express retired its last, and also the world's last, MD-10-10F on June 4, 2021. The 43.6-year-old aircraft with registration N562FE (MSN 46496) operated in a passenger configuration by American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines before being converted into a freighter for FedEx in 2004. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Ещё...

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Sunrise Takeoff of 767 at LAX Video

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Gorgeous views and sounds after takeoff. So cool to see the sun slowly peek over the horizon. (youtu.be) Ещё...

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Boeing cites risks in design of A321XLR, Airbus' newest jet

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Boeing has raised concerns over the design of arch-rival Airbus’ newest narrow-body jet, the A321XLR, saying a novel type of fuel tank could pose fire risks.The US plane giant’s intervention is not without precedent in a global system that regularly allows manufacturers to chime in whenever safety rules are being interpreted in a way that might affect the rest of the industry. (www.airlinerwatch.com) Ещё...

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Alaska Airlines 737 hits bear

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Yesterday, Alaska Airlines flight 66 hit a brown bear while landing in Yakutat, Alaska (www.foxbusiness.com) Ещё...

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Airline Pilots Landing At LAX Report "A Guy In Jetpack" Flying Alongside Them

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As if 2020 couldn't get any weirder, airline pilots landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday, August 30th, reported seeing "a guy in a jetpack" flying about 300 yards off their wing while on final approach to the bustling airport. What makes the reports even stranger is that, like a scene out of The Rocketeer, the airliners were descending through 3,000 feet when jetpack guy showed up next to them. Fox 11 broke the story and has the air traffic control audio… (www.thedrive.com) Ещё...

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After 25 Years, NTSB to Dismantle TWA 800 Reconstruction

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will soon dismantle the skeletal reconstruction of Trans World Airlines flight 800, the Boeing 747-100 that exploded over the Atlantic Ocean nearly 25 years ago. (www.flightglobal.com) Ещё...

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Delta CEO blasts Biden proposal to require Covid tests for domestic travelers

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The proposal to require domestic airline passengers to prove they have tested negative for Covid-19 is a "horrible idea," according to Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. Bastian told CNN's Poppy Harlow Tuesday that the proposal being discussed by the Biden Administration would drain testing resources away from people who need it more. He said the number of confirmed Covid cases transmitted during air travel since the start of the pandemic has been "absolutely minimal." (www.cnn.com) Ещё...

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Mid-Air Collision Between 2 Small Planes Above Colorado

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FAA Investigates Mid-Air Collision Between 2 Small Planes Above Cherry Creek Reservoir South Of Denver. (denver.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

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FAA chief not ready to re-approve Boeing 737 Max

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Steve Dickson conducted a nearly two-hour evaluation flight at the controls of a Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday (September 30), a milestone for the jet to win approval to resume flying after two fatal crashes. Dickson, a former military and commercial pilot, and other FAA and Boeing pilots landed shortly before 11 a.m. local time (1800 GMT) at King County International Airport - also known as Boeing Field - in the Seattle area. "I like what I saw on… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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What It's Really Like Piloting Private Jets For The Rich And Famous

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Flying privately owned aircraft gives pilots a unique lifestyle within the spectrum of aviation jobs. The set of challenges they face can be very different from those of flying airliners. Among the greatest challenges is passenger behavior. In a short period of time, pilots are all but guaranteed to experience some of the wildest interactions and witness some of the craziest behavior of their lives. (www.thedrive.com) Ещё...

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Aircraft parts rain on Broomfield, Colorado as plane makes emergency landing at Denver airport

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Debris from a commercial jet rained down on Broomfield on Saturday afternoon, and the distressed flight made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport. Denver firefighters based at the airport responded to an “emergency landing” at about 1:35 p.m., said Capt. Greg Pixley, a fire department spokesman. The crew of United Airlines Flight #328, which departed Denver at 12:15 p.m. bound for Honolulu, “reported an engine issue” after takeoff, said Alex Renteria, a DIA spokeswoman. The plane… (www.denverpost.com) Ещё...

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America Has a GPS Problem

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Spoofing or otherwise interfering with GPS satellite signals is cheap and easy now thanks to gadgets costing as little as $20. Teens and delivery drivers use these to cloak their whereabouts. In 2013 a trucker reportedly interfered with KEWR's tracking system after activating a GPS jamming device in his vehicle. GPS' vulnerability has made it ripe for tampering by U.s. adversaries, criminal organizations and other bad actors. At the end of 2018 Congress mandated creation of a… (www.nytimes.com) Ещё...

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Boeing 737 Max completes first passenger flight since 2019 grounding

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Wednesday was a big day for American Airlines and Boeing as it was the first time since March 2019 that passengers flew on a 737 Max. The jetliner was grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes overseas. (www.cbsnews.com) Ещё...

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The Pentagon Is Using the SR-71's Legendary Engine for ... Something

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Pratt & Whitney started working on the Metacomet two years ago, according to Aviation Week & Space Technology. The company’s Gatorworks division is dusting off its work on the J58, which allowed the SR-71 to reach a record-breaking Mach 3.2, with the hopes of using it to help create a new engine capable of propelling a new vehicle even faster. (www.popularmechanics.com) Ещё...

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Thanksgiving Flight Traffic

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See 2020 vs. 2019 Thanksgiving travel numbers, plus the latest traffic data from around the world. (flightaware.com) Ещё...

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Pilots Draws Syringe With Needle To Celebrate Vaccine Distribution In Europe

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In the latest stint, the pilot of a Diamond DA20 (registered D-ENIG) took to the skies of Germany on December 23 to draw the picture of a syringe and needle. The flight which took off from Friedrichshafen Airport in Friedrichshafen, Germany, took a total time of 1 hour and 38 minutes, and was done to celebrate the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe. (www.gatechecked.com) Ещё...

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Boeing’s 787 Choice Could Gut Washington State’s Aircraft Industry

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Hit hard by the collapse of the airplane market, Boeing will decide as early as next month whether to consolidate its two 787 Dreamliner assembly lines in Washington and South Carolina at a single site. If it does, the 30,000-employee widebody jet plant in Everett is expected to be the loser (www.seattletimes.com) Ещё...

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Flight attendant loses 2 teeth in assault by passenger

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A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was assaulted by a passenger and lost two teeth in the attack last weekend, according to a union president, who complained to the airline’s CEO about unruly passengers. “Unfortunately, this is just one of many occurrences,” said the union president, Lyn Montgomery. She said there were 477 incidents of “misconduct” by passengers on Southwest planes between April 8 and May 15. A Southwest spokesman said Tuesday that the incident happened Sunday morning after a… (www.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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The veteran spyplane too valuable to replace

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Satellites – and drones – were intended to replace it. But the 65-year-old Lockheed U-2 is still at the top of its game, flying missions in an environment no other aircraft can operate in. (www.bbc.com) Ещё...

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Aerlytix Leverages FlightAware’s AeroAPI™ to Power Aircraft Leasing Insights

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HOUSTON – February 2nd, 2021 – Aerlytix Ltd, an aviation finance technology specialist, is delighted to announce a partnership with FlightAware, the global provider of flight information and insights, that delivers a new and innovative automated fleet monitoring solution – the Aerlytix Alert Tracker. (flightaware.com) Ещё...

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Airline Denied Entry Into Russia After Country Rejects Route Change Avoiding Belarus

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Lufthansa's Austrian Airlines was forced to cancel a Thursday flight into Moscow after Russia denied its entry. The airline had tried to alter its scheduled route over Belarus, but Russia rejected the change. The European Union has urged airlines to avoid using the airspace over Russia's ally Belarus following Sunday's forced landing of a plane to arrest journalist Roman Pratasevich. Austrian Airlines thus tried to avoid Belarusian airspace for Flight OS601 from Vienna to Moscow,… (www.msn.com) Ещё...

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Nat Geo Special Examines New Air Force One

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The replacement aircraft, based on the 747-8, the latest and final passenger version of the four-engine jumbo jet, are due to enter service in 2024; but before then, the two aircraft are in the process of a massive remanufacturing that will convert them from standard passenger aircraft into the Flying White House. (www.ainonline.com) Ещё...

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Avianca Airbus A319 Flight In Close Call Following Balloon Strike

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On December 31, 2020, Avianca’s flight AV29 was descending into Bogota’s International Airport when it hit a balloon full of New Year’s Eve streamers. The streamers and the balloon got tangled on the airplane, which was able to land safely. (simpleflying.com) Ещё...

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