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Russian cargo plane crashes in South Sudan 'killing 40'

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Russian cargo plane crashes shortly after take-off in South Sudan 'killing 40 people' A Russian plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in war-torn South Sudan, reportedly killing 40 people. Witnesses said the tail fin of the plane and other parts were scattered along the banks of the White Nile River near the airport in the capital Juba. (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Passenger doesn't switch his phone to flight mode - gets over $2000 fine

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It is something every traveller is familiar with - turning off your phone when a plane is taking off or landing, or at least switching it to flight mode. But one British passenger found out the costly way of ignoring the crew's request. Aaron McWilliam was flying from Amsterdam to Exeter last December on a Flybe jet when he refused to switch his phone to airplane mode before take-off, reports the Daily Mail. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Quick-thinking engineer stops smoke in plane cabin

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A quick-thinking engineer flying home from Ethiopia averted possible disaster when he saw smoke billowing out of a bag in the cabin. Thanks to 53-year-old Samir Buffkins, the Air Ethiopia flight was able to reach Cape Town on Tuesday without incident. (www.news24.com) More...

Emirates to add 21 new Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777s as it expands in Asia

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Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, plans to add 37 new planes to its fleet in the fiscal year beginning April as it expands operations in Asia with new destinations. The airline will receive 21 Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos and 16 Boeing 777s in the year ending March 2017, Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori said Wednesday in Singapore. The aircraft are worth $14.5 billion at list prices.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

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In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth. (www.vanityfair.com) More...

More possible MH370 debris found in South Africa

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Malaysia said on Tuesday it will send a team to retrieve a piece of debris found along the southern coast of South Africa to check whether it could belong to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The wreckage, discovered near the town of Mosselbay on Tuesday, could be from an "inlet cowling" of an aircraft engine based on early reports, the Malaysian transport ministry said in a statement, two years after MH370 disappeared. (www.reuters.com) More...

Dreamliner 787 Heathrow fire 'may be caused by short circuit'

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A fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet at Heathrow Airport two years ago was probably caused by a short circuit, air accident investigators have said. The fire was likely to have been started by two bare wires touching in a piece of location equipment, the UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch said. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

VIDEO: Otto Lilienthal’s In-Flight Movie From the 1890s

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With a little help from a 21st-century filmmaker, the visionary aviation pioneer takes to the air. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Qantas crew wears All Blacks jerseys after losing Rugby World Cup bet to Air New Zealand

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Qantas has swallowed its pride and followed through on a bet after engaging in a friendly wager with Air New Zealand ahead of the Rugby World Cup grand final on Saturday. After a little friendly banter on Twitter the airlines agreed that if their respective teams won, the crew of the other airline would have to wear the victorious team’s jerseys for a day.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Can YOU spot the plane? ISS astronaut captures remarkable image of a single aircraft snapped from 250 miles above Earth

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From their lofty perch on the ISS, astronauts have an unrivalled perspective on the world. Now a new image taken from the space station reveals just how tiny the Earth – and everything in it – can appear from their point of view. The photograph taken 250 miles (400km) above Earth, shows a single aircraft flying just above the Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. (lnkd.in) More...

Lufthansa E195 near collision with drone

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LH-1614 descending through 2500 feet when the crew reported that they had just had a near collision with a drone... (www.aeroinside.com) More...

A380 First Class Showdown: Emirates Vs. Etihad

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When it comes to blingy first class cabins, I think those of Emirates and Etihad are the first two which come to kind. The Emirates first class cabin is perhaps the most easily recognizable even to those who have never flown it before, while the new Etihad A380 First Class Apartments are stunning, even if they’re not as well known. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to compare the A380 first class products on Emirates and Etihad —which is better, Emirates A380 first class or Etihad… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Terrifying moment a British Airways passenger spots a FIGHTER JET flying next to her window

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This is the terrifying moment that a passenger travelling from Dubai to London spotted a fighter jet next to her window. Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband on the British Airways flight BA108 on Saturday when the plane temporarily lost communications with air traffic control as it entered Hungarian air space causing two Hungarian Air Force Gripens to be scrambled. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

How 1985 British Airtours disaster changed air travel

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Thirty years ago, catastrophe came to Manchester Airport when a packed passenger jet burst into flames, killing 53 passengers and two crew members. How did the disaster change air travel, and could a similar accident happen again? (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

About That Airplane Part That Was Supposed to Solve the MH370 Mystery ...

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It is over a month since a piece of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, but French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In fact, leaks from within the investigation suggest that the part might not have come from the plane at all. (nymag.com) More...

FBI: Flight attendant set fire to plane’s bathroom, lied about it

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An American Airlines flight attendant used a lighter to start a fire in an airplane bathroom and then pretended to discover it and put it out, according to a federal criminal complaint. Johnathan Tafoya-Montano is charged with destroying an aircraft/aircraft facility and making false statements in connection to the Feb. 1 incident on Flight 1418 from Dallas to Detroit. (airlinenews.in) More...

French government confirms C-130J buy

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France has confirmed its purchase of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports, two of which will have the ability to refuel France’s rotorcraft fleet. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

KLM launches unboxing movie Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a light-heartedunboxing movie featuring the latest addition to its fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The short film shows the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being “unwrapped”, as it were. KLM is the world’s first airline to present a new aircraft in this way. (www.youtube.com) More...

The 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Purchasing a Private Jet

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If you are a first-time buyer of a business aircraft, you should be asking yourself many questions before embarking on the quest to find the perfect plane: How often will I fly and how far? How much will I need to work or sleep en route to my destinations? How much luggage will I need to stow? How tall are my typical passengers and how much luggage will they bring? How long will I stay at each destination? How comfortable am I with the idea of other people chartering my plane? (lnkd.in) More...

South African Airways blacklists passenger after money stolen from carry-on bags

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South African Airways said on Thursday it had blacklisted a passenger after it became aware of claims that a theft syndicate was operating on certain international routes. This comes after Johannesburg resident Warren Becker complained that about R30 000 in foreign currency was stolen from his in-flight baggage while he slept on a flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on December 21 last year, Traveller24 reported. (www.msn.com) More...

360 degree video of A320 cockpit during takeoff and landing

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360 degree youtube video of a Swiss Airbus A320 during takeoff and landing. Note: 360 videos do not currently work in internet explorer, but works in firefox and chrome. (www.youtube.com) More...

International deal struck to track all flights with satellites

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A deal has been struck on using satellites to track flights, which could prevent a repeat of the mystery that surrounded the disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014. Countries reached an accord at a conference hosted by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union that aimed to improve on the current civilian flight tracking, which relies on ground-based radars. The ITU said a frequency band previously used to transmit signals from aircraft to terrestrial stations would be made available… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Japanese Airlines To Alter Routes To Avoid North Korea Missile

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Japan’s two biggest airlines said today, they are changing routes for some flights as North Korea plans to launch what it says will be a satellite-bearing rocket later this month. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said that between February 8 to 25, the launch window announced by Pyongyang, they will divert planes that fly over waters off the Philippines where missile parts and debris are expected to fall after the launch. (airlinenews.in) More...

United Airlines pilot secretly captains his son’s redeployment flight back from Kuwait and surprises him as he boards

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A clever father, who is a Washington D.C.-based pilot, pulled off the surprise of a lifetime on board one of his flights this month. When Capt Mario Lopes, a United Airlines pilot, learned his son was set to return from Kuwait on April 14, he jumped at the opportunity to pilot a military flight to Norfolk, Virginia that same day. Unsure if it was coincidence or fate, Lopes followed his intuition and was able to surprise his son, First Lt Mario Lopes who ended up being a passenger on the flight… (airlinenews.in) More...

Report backs third Heathrow runway

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The Airports Commission has backed a third Heathrow runway, saying it will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050. It would also connect Britain to 40 new destinations. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Indian Air Passengers be Alert: Your Airline might be Misguiding You

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Over the last decade, the Indian airline industry has experienced an enormous growth. The cheaper airfare has made it possible even for the lower middle-class Indians to travel by air. The low-cost national carriers are giving a tough competition to many veterans of the industry in terms of passengers carried and thus making a lucrative business..... (www.tripmole.com) More...

Airbus Helicopters drops new engine from H225 upgrade

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Airbus Helicopters plans to deliver the first upgraded H225 heavy twin to launch customer Lease Corp International in early 2017, but has dropped an uprated engine from the package of enhancements and scaled back a planned weight increase. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

China-developed aircraft C929 aims to replace Boeing 777 in the future

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As the first China-made large aircraft roll off the production line, plans for the larger C929to rival the Boeing 777 are well under way. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Qatar Airways introduces direct flights between Windhoek and Doha

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Qatar Airways will from September 28 have four weekly direct flights between Windhoek and Doha, Qatar’s state airline announced this week. The route between Windhoek and Doha is part of the airline’s network expansion of 14 new world destinations revealed by Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, on the opening day of ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) – the world’s largest international travel fair... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

Licence revoked: Rayani Air grounded permanently

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Suspended Shariah-compliant airline lacks financial and management capacity to continue operating, says Malaysian Aviation Commission. (airlinenews.in) More...

The Little Gear That Could Reshape the Jet Engine (reposted)

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A simple idea’s almost 30-year, $10 billion journey to the aircraft mainstream. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Would a Bigger Airbus A350 Be a Boeing 777X Killer?

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After initially downplaying the idea, Airbus executives have started to seriously consider launching an even larger version of the new A350 widebody jet. This new model — tentatively named the A350-8000 (or perhaps the A350-1100) — would compete with the 777-9 that Boeing is currently developing. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Boeing announces massive job losses

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The US aircraft maker is planning to scrap more than 4,000 jobs by the middle of this year amid efforts to free up funding for future growth and a “healthy” business. Boeing aims to avoid involuntary layoffs. (airlinenews.in) More...

Military Pilot Shares The Most Amazing Story Ever. This Is Gold.

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People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

B734 landing-gear failure shuts Johannesburg runway (Photos)

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Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) has confirmed a crash landing involving a BA Boeing 737-400, with expected knock-on delays at Joburg's OR Tambo International Airport. According to eye-witness accounts of a passenger Warren Mann, on board BA Flight 6234, the incident happened unexpectedly. The pilot made an announcement, informing passengers that the "left landing gear had broken off" after the emergency landing took place. "This caused the plane to hit the runway at an… (traveller24.news24.com) More...

NASA Begins Work to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet

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The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA's New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the award at an event Monday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. (www.nasa.gov) More...

South African Airways to swap A320 order for A330

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The South African government has approved a swap transaction where the purchase of ten remaining A320s on order by SAA would be cancelled and SAA will instead enter into operating leases on five A330-300s. From an operational point of view, the A330-300s would be deployed to phase out the A340-600 wide body fleet, which was anticipated to result in cost savings. (www.fin24.com) More...

'How do you wind the window down?' Revealing the most hilarious questions passengers have asked flight attendants

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On Sunday, British budget airliner Jet2 released the findings of a survey the company gave to its cabin crew members asking to share outrageous requests made by passengers. Airline Jet2 reports some of the unusual, and stupid questions asked. Man requested for the pilot to fly lower as his wife was 'scared of heights'. One asked if the plane could turn around, as they had forgotten something (lnkd.in) More...

United Airlines Considers Early Retirement For Boeing 747

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Aircraft manufacturers might have to speed up deliveries of the new more fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft to United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE:UAL). The airline is now considering to replace its existing fleet of 747 jets by 2018, ahead of schedule. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

FBI outlines reasons why six Southwest Airlines passengers were arrested and charged in Amarillo

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FBI special agent T. Scott Hendricks has filed an affidavit explaining why Southwest Airlines diverted a San Diego-Chicago flight to Amarillo late Monday and booted six passengers off the flight. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

World’s biggest weirdest aircraft the Airlander 10 set for test flight

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THE world’s biggest aircraft is set to be tested over the UK next month. A cross between a plane, an airship and a helicopter, the Airlander 10 is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double-decker buses. It will take to the skies from its hanger in Cardington airport, Bedfordshire, once its fins and engines are attached this week — three years after work began on it in the UK. The Airlander 10 needs to clock up 200 hours of flying before it is deemed airworthy by the Civil… (airlinenews.in) More...

British Airways Flies First A380 Service to Vancouver

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British Airways began flying its new Airbus A380 aircraft between London Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport. This marks the first A380 for the city of Vancouver and the only scheduled A380 service in western Canada... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to Cuba by the end of the year

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US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights to and from Cuba by the end of the year, after more than half a century without service, announced the Obama administration on Friday. Up to 20 direct flights daily will be permitted from the U.S. to Havana, and another 10 to other Cuban international airports in Cuba...... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

The greatest toy ever invented. The engineering is awesome.

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This is a video presentation sent to me by a friend on the Left coast. I'm not presenting it as sales material. I have no horse in the race. I just found it fascinating. Enjoy it for what it is. (player.vimeo.com) More...

Why the sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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However, the venerable Boeing 747 may be nearing the end of its production life – its manufacturing rate is to be halved to six a year. A shift towards newer and more efficient aircraft that can land at smaller (and so more) airports and a tendency to use former passenger planes for freight has reduced the remaining 747 order book to just 20, after building more than 1,500 since 1969. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

Qatar Airways to launch new 9,000-mile route from Doha to Auckland that will become the longest flight in the world

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Qatar Airways is reportedly planning to launch two ultra-long-haul routes that will allow it to lay claim to the longest and second-longest flights in the world. The Gulf carrier has revealed that it will operate non-stop journeys from its base in Qatar’s capital, Doha, to Auckland, New Zealand, and Santiago, Chile.... (www.theaviationnews.com) More...

These 8 planes are trying to end Airbus’ and Boeing’s global dominance

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The single-aisle airliner market is one of the most lucrative and hotly contested segments in the aviation business. But for the past 15 years, that white-hot competition has almost exclusively been between two companies – Airbus and Boeing. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Delta Air Lines adds Wi-Fi connectivity on trans-Atlantic flights

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Delta Air Lines is now offering high-speed Internet access on all trans-Atlantic flights between the United States and the UK, mainland Europe, Israel and West Africa. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Firefighters spray wrong plane with foam

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Firefighters responding to reports of an engine on fire at Fuzhou Changle International Airport sprayed foam on the wrong plane. The incident caused the runway to be closed for around 90 minutes. Sparks had been seen coming from the right-hand engine on an Air China Boeing 737 as it prepared to take off for Beijing from the airport in the capital of southeast China's Fujian Province. (www.china.org.cn) More...

Two Qantas jets in 'near-miss' at Melbourne airport

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TBA Two Qantas jets have been involved in a "near miss" with a third plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, prompting serious concerns over safety procedures followed by air control staff. A passenger on-board one of the Qantas planes filmed the July 5 incident, which senator Nick Xenophon describes as a "potential disaster", with pilots given less than 20 seconds to react. The video footage shows the lights of another plane approaching from the left, before disappearing… (www.9news.com.au) More...

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