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Inside the world’s newest airliner

Cathay Pacific will tonight officially unveil its brand new Airbus A350 XWB – the world’s latest widebody aircraft and one which the airline will fly on the Hong Kong-Auckland route later this year. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Airbus just patented what could become the fastest helicopter in the world

Airbus is trying to take high-speed helicopters to a whole new level. Last month, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound copter (www.seattlepi.com) More...

Lufthansa suspends Caracas flights as Venezuelan economy struggles

International airlines have for years struggled to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue held in the local bolivar currency due to exchange controls, prompting many to limit service and require that passengers pay fares in dollars. (uk.reuters.com) More...

FAA Denies L.A. Anti-helicopter Petitions

Last week the FAA denied a quartet of petitions that sought to impose helicopter minimum altitudes; mandatory routings; and hover, orbit and pooling restrictions on tour and electronic news gathering (ENG) operators for all helicopters operating within the Los Angeles Basin. The petitions were filed by various groups of anti-helicopter activists under the umbrella group known as the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Singapore Airlines sends A350XWB to Johannesburg

Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 fleet, with effect from June 23, 2016. The A350 will initially be deployed on flights serving the Singapore-Johannesburg route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Frequency of A350-900 services will progressively increase to cover all seven weekly Johannesburg flights, including four weekly flights which continue to Cape Town. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Pictures: Belgium F-16s intercept Russian planes over Baltic

The images in this post were taken by the Belgian Air Force during their latest rotation of support to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission (theaviationist.com) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...


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