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US to field hypersonic weapon in 2020+

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U.S to field HSSW hypersonic missile in 2020+ timeframe (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Airlines Cut Boeing 747s From Asia-Pacific Networks

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The long reign of the Boeing 747-400 on intercontinental routes is coming to an end, and nowhere is this more apparent than on transpacific flights. While Delta Air Lines is culling 747s from its Asian routes as part of a network overhaul, other carriers around the Pacific Rim are phasing out the aircraft entirely. (aviationweek.com) More...

China planning town centered around general aviation

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Superior Aviation Town, to be constructed in the Shunyi District, approximately 11 miles northeast of Beijing, is named for Superior Air Parts, the Dallas, Texas-based company bought by a Chinese entity five years ago. According to its website, the town would be home to a general aviation airport with a 7,800-foot-long runway, and would also have a convention center dedicated to general aviation. The town’s backers and the Chinese government plan to make the town a haven for international… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Watch a Mammoth Airbus A380 Go From the Assembly Line to the Runway

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No matter how annoying it gets to squish into an economy seat, it's hard to deny that airplanes are awe-inspiring. Watching Qatar Airways' recent Airbus A380 assembled highlights how intricate the design of these beastly machines really is. (gizmodo.com) More...

Lufthansa orders 15 A320neos for Swiss

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Swiss International Air Lines is to receive 15 Airbus A320neo jets following an order for the type from parent Lufthansa Group. The carrier will undergo the fleet renewal as part of a broad modernisation agreed by the Lufthansa executive board. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

VIDEO: Qatar receives first A380, hints at further orders

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Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has hinted at further A380 orders after taking delivery of his first superjumbo at Airbus's Hamburg plant on 16 September. Qatar - the only airline to operate all of Airbus's widebody types - has 10 A380s on order, plus three options. Al Baker said a decision would be taken soon on whether to confirm the options and possibly commit to more. "Once delivered, we will see its performance and, if it exceeds our expectations, we will firm up the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Problems still plague 787

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Untimely work and substandard supplier components continue to be a drag on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program, say factory workers and others familiar with the production process. (www.heraldnet.com) More...

NASA To End Astronaut Space Travel With Russia

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Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been dependent on the Russian spacecraft, Soyuz for astronaut space travel to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA's Office Of Inspector General reported that the (avstop.com) More...

Qatar’s A380 flies to London on October 10, then Paris

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 will make its commercial debut on October 10 as the flagship flight QR001 to London, airline CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed at the delivery ceremony for its first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Paris will also see a superjumbo within three weeks of the London inaugural, Baker said, although he refused to confirm New York as the third city on the A380 route map. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

With Flaps Hung, B-29 'Doc' Nearly Ready to Fly

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Doc's Friends, the Wichita-based nonprofit organization that is restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc to flying condition, says the historic airplane will be ready to fly as soon as the avionics, fuel tanks and a few other last remaining items are finished. The goal is to get the airplane back in the air by the end of the year. A group of 30 volunteers has finished hanging the flaps on the aircraft, the last major structural piece to be installed as part of the Herculean restoration. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

FTL Airport Software Handled 800 Aircraft A Day With Only One Runway In Use

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NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one (avstop.com) More...

Qantas Airways are flying to Vancouver in the peak season

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Qantas have decided to add six extra flights a week from Australia to Vancouver to compete with Air Canada and ANZ who operate these flights direct from New Zealand which has connecting flights from YBBN/YSSY/YMML daily to NZAA and then onto Vancouver Canada http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-put-on-vancouver-flights-for-the-us-ski-season/story-e6frg95x-1227060130870?sv=6f4d0ed57479e8170b9e51d5cca7cb62# (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

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Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. (www.cnn.com) More...

Pilot take detour to give passengers a closer look at active volcano.

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A thoughtful pilot took a brief detour to give passengers a closer look at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano. It’s unlikely those on board the Icelandair flight minded the small delay as their pilot brought them on a once-in-a-lifetime si... (www.studentnewsdaily.com) More...

Firefighters Aid Ailing Man on Las Vegas Flight

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Jacksonville firefighters Jason Kerr, Chris Lewis, and Mike Lesniak were on their way to Las Vegas for Kerr's bachelor party. But when duty calls, duty calls, and a man's life is saved due to their work. (www.reviewjournal.com) More...

'Flying Is...' Video Contest: Watch the Winner

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When we launched our "Flying Is..." video contest, sponsored by Garmin, we knew we'd be in for some great flying footage and some amazing aerial views. And you didn't disappoint. Throughout the contest we've received incredible videos showcasing the power of aviation to take individuals to new heights, both literally and figuratively. These videos capture how aviation opens doors to new worlds while giving new vantage points to old ones. Whether they're taking us along for an aerobatic… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lufthansa to transform Eurowings into all-Airbus carrier

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Lufthansa Group's Eurowings division is to become an all-Airbus operator after the German company approved an order for 10 A320s for the airline. The aircraft will be the "backbone" of Lufthansa's new low-cost operation, says the group. Lufthansa will also transfer 13 A320s from its current orders to the Eurowings division from 2015. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

DC-10 aiding in wildfires

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Two of my favorite things...planes and firefighting. DC-10 coming in for a fast and amazing fire retardant dump out west. Credits go to the author. (www.liveleak.com) More...

Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests

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Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The first test aircraft is on the “final run-in” towards its maiden flight, a spokesman said in answer to a query, but added it was too early to predict an exact date. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

World’s flagship aircraft takes Gulf airline to new heights with innovative solutions and bespoke design

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At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380. In the presence of His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, the airline took delivery of the first of its 10 Airbus A380 aircraft on order. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

easyJet orders 27 more A320 aircraft

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easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. With an all Airbus fleet, easyJet selected the A320 Family aircraft as it delivers the best operating economics and the roomiest cabin for unequalled passenger comfort in the single aisle category. "We are bringing new aircraft into the fleet as we continue to see a significant number of new profitable opportunities in our core markets in the near term… (www.airbus.com) More...