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Textron Aviation starts laying off 750 employees, 575 in Kansas

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Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft are laying off hundreds of employees at each company, a company official said. About 750 full-time and contract employees will be laid off, including 575 in Kansas, the company said. Cuts will take place in all areas of Beechcraft and Cessna businesses and will affect salaried and hourly employees. It will span from management to non-management positions, the company said. The employees are receiving 60-day layoff notices Wednesday morning. (www.kansas.com) More...

Four Seasons selling vacations on a 52-seat 757

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The Four Seasons 757 has 52 lie-flat seats and is part of a package vacation with multiple stops around the world, $120K PP. (www.fourseasons.com) More...

VIDEO Southwest Airlines The Making of Florida One

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An amazing time lapse showing the building through first flight of Southwest Airlines' 73 "Florida One" (www.youtube.com) More...

Pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok

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When both of Flight CX780’s engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok, tragedy looked certain to its pilots, who hadn’t trained for such an emergency. However, outstanding airmanship led to a safe – if not smooth – landing for the 322 people on board. (www.scmp.com) More...

RCMP selling their Piaggio Avanti P180 in online auction

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$8 million Piaggio Avanti P180 C-GFOX bought for RCMP is for sale on Canadian government auction website. Starting bid $2.5 million. Link to website in CBC news item. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Tales of the Old, Bold Pilots

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In Oceanside, California, veteran fliers swap stories over breakfast. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Aerobatic Pilot Parachutes to Safety

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When something went wrong in the air during a practice flight, aerobatic pilot Dan Marcotte jumped from his Ultimate Aero 10-200, parachuting to safety as the single-seat biplane crashed in a fireball onto a northern Vermont interstate. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

The Most Talented Aviation Pioneer You’ve Never Heard of

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Starling Burgess beat the Wright brothers at their own game. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

FAA: Stop That, It's Legal!

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When feds bow to public opinion over the regs, something's wrong. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

United Flight Diverts To LA With Engine Problem

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego diverted to Los Angeles International Airport because of an engine issue. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says United Flight 284 landed without incident at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Drone Pilots Find it Hard to Balance Warfighting With Personal Lives

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U.S. Air Force drone pilots are overworked, according to a report issued last week by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO report, “Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Unmanned Aerial System Pilots,” notes that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) are so important to battlefield commanders that the Air Force has tripled the number of drone pilots since 2008. At the same time, their workload has increased. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public - No Way ‘We Can Avoid It’ Versus ‘Have Not Made Any Decision’

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As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner gets close to the two-month point, the Malaysian government is debating whether to make public an initial report that it submitted to international aviation authorities. Malaysia has filed a preliminary report on the incident with the International Civil Aviation Organization, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the country’s director-general of civil aviation at a news conference Wednesday... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Video Pays Tribute to A-10 Warthog

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With two iconic military aircraft on the line this year, the Lockheed U-2 and the A-10 Warthog, fans have been showing their support in various ways. One particular agency, Hangar 30, which specializes in video production, has created a heart-pounding tribute to the A-10 Warthog. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

JAL, Bangkok Airways to Expand Codeshare Agreement

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Japan Airlines and Bangkok Airways announced plans to increase the number of flights covered by their existing codeshare agreement. Beginning May 7, Japan Airlines will be able to place its code on eight Bangkok Airways-operated flights between Bangkok and various destinations throughout Southeast Asia. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Undisclosed airline orders two Bombardier Q400s

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An undisclosed Middle East/African operator has inked a firm order for two Bombardier Q400s, valued at $62 million at current list prices. Announcing the deal, Bombardier said its customer in the Middle East and Africa region has requested to remain unidentified at this time. (atwonline.com) More...

American Airlines First Quarter Profit Takes Off After Merger

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American Airlines Group announced financial results for first quarter of 2014. The new American was formed by the merger of American Airlines’ parent AMR and US Airways Group late last year. The Dallas-based carrier reported a net profit of $480 million.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...