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Plane stowaway body found on roof

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A stowaway who is believed to have clung on to a plane has fallen to his death, while another is in hospital. The two men are believed to have been clinging to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

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...

First Time Ever, Zimbabwe’s Major Airline Features First All-Female Pilot Crew

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History was recently made in the country of Zimbabwe when, for the first time ever, an all-female flight deck crew took command of an Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 flying from Harare to Victoria Fall. (theaviationweek.net) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Solar Impulse forced to land in Japan

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A record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar-powered plane has been aborted. Poor weather conditions are forcing the Solar Impulse craft to head back to Japan to land. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Here’s the Crazy Wing Bending Airbus Does to Stress Test Its Airplanes

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ou would never want to look out of your window on a flight and see the airplane wing bend like this but it’s nice to know that Airbus stress tests the hell out of their flying tubes to make sure that even if the wing is at such an obscene angle, it won’t snap in half. It’s really cool to see the process of pushing the Airbus A350 “to the brink” but I also love seeing the huge structure that houses the plane and all the cables involved in testing it. (www.ondair.net) 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...

The pilots who risk their lives flying tiny planes over the Atlantic

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Ferry flying is a lucrative but high-risk industry. Elite pilots deliver small planes across oceans and continents – distances these aircraft were not designed to fly. (www.airlineupdates.net) 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...

Malaysia suspends Shariah-compliant airline

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Rayani Air may have complied with Islamic law, but it’s now being investigated for not complying with aviation law. On Monday, Malaysia’s only Shariah-compliant airline was handed a three-month suspension after a string of last-minute cancellations, delays and a pilots’ strike had raised questions about the carrier’s ability to offer reliable service. Rayani Air operates only two Boeing 737-400s, shuttling passengers in Malaysia’s predominantly Muslim northern states of Kedah and Kelantan and… (www.airnewslive.net) 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...

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...

Red Arrows issue warning after training session stopped by fans taking photos

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A Red Arrows training session had to be stopped for safety reasons after photographers stood on the runway directly underneath the display team’s flight path. The aerobatic team has warned people not to take “unnecessary risks” after last Friday’s session at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire was ordered to be halted on the advice of air traffic control. (www.ondair.net) 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...

Malaysia Airlines ditches Boeing 777s in fleet overhaul

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Malaysia Airlines has retired its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft as part of its ongoing restructuring plan. (www.airlineupdates.net) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why does Emirates use so many Airbus A380 planes as opposed to twin engine planes which might be cheaper to operate?

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Airbus A350 XWB conquers the sky1. The A380 is not “cheaper or comparable to operate” than the B777, on any route, with any load, although its profitability can be compelling. Much greater fuel burn is one major (but not the only) reason why the 380 costs more to operate. (www.airlineupdates.net) 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 signs deal to sell 3 superjumbo to Japanese air: Report

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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus signs deal to sell three A380 superjumbo to ANA, Japan's largest airline, in a deal valued at 1.25 billion dollars, the Nikkei said. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Pilot Allows Kid To Start The Plane’s Engine. But Never Expected To Receive This Note From His Mom

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The best gifts in life are given freely and in some cases, unwittingly. A man writes about an experience that changed his life forever (www.ondair.net) 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...

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...

Issues raised over inappropriate airspeed data readings on Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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BOEING has run into more problems with its 787 Dreamliners, such as worries a problem with airspeed information shows could send airplane into a mid-flight jump. (www.flightglobal.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...

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...

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...

Is JetBlue MINT Causing a Premium Cabin War?

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The view when looking forward from Economy Class can often be pretty bleak, and it’s unfortunate that things aren’t improving much for passengers in that part of the plane. But for those with the money or frequent flyer status, riding up front may be getting even better, thanks to a battle among carriers, fighting for market share on America’s longest transcontinental routes. Until just a few years ago, the First Class experience on most domestic flights amounted to a wide recliner-style seat,… (www.airnewslive.net) 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...

Yes, Really, Destroy ISIS With Turboprop Light Attack Aircraft

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The A-29 is the most widely deployed modern turboprop light attack aircraft in the world, with the most experienced users being Brazil and Colombia. (www.airlineupdates.net) 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...

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...

Alaska Airlines Passenger’s Phone Catches Fire Mid-Flight; Airline and FAA Investigating

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An Alaska Airlines passenger’s phone burst into flames on a flight en route to Hawaii, and the airline and the FAA say they are investigating. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

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