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Canadian Air Force takes parts from museum to fix ailing aircraft

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The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. In July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. (ottawacitizen.com) More...

FlightAware provides easy way to track your iPhone pre-order

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Once you've got your UPS tracking number and you see a departure scan out of ZhengZhou, you can use this page to easily find the flight track of the airplane that's got your iPhone on it. It won't get the phone to you any quicker, but it'll give you something to watch while you wait. (flightaware.com) More...

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

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Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) 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...

A380 ‘bar wars’: Qatar, Emirates and Etihad add social spaces to the superjumbo

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Qatar Airways is the latest to join the superjumbo social club with an inflight business class lounge, alongside Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad and, to a lesser extent, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Qantas. (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...

NASA Shuttle Carrier B747 moves to Palmdale's Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

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NASA press release tells a quick story about the history and fates of the two modified 747's that carried the Space Shuttles. (www.nasa.gov) More...

Fatal GA Accident Rate Drops to All-Time Low

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General aviation accidents showed a welcome decline in 2013, falling from 1,471 crashes in 2012 to 1,222 last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, by every measure GA flying was safer last year than the year before. (www.flyingmag.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...

Grumpy Controllers

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In many ways the job of air traffic controller is a tough one. When things are busy, they handle too many airplanes, too many frequencies and too many sectors all while working what amounts to a heck of a long day. Does this explain bad behavior on their part? Yes! Does it excuse it? It doesn’t. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

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Who didn't see this happening. Boeing's KC-46A is now looking like it's first flight will be delayed due to "production issues". (www.airforcetimes.com) More...

Pratt & Whitney, Others Hid New F-35 Engine Problems Since May

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Pratt & Whitney waited three months to publicly admit it had suspended deliveries of the engine that powers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and only went public on Aug. 30, the day after Bloomberg News broke the story. (www.defense-aerospace.com) More...