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Entire plane pays tribute to 101-year-old war vet

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It’s not every day you turn 101, so it was only fitting that Clem McGregor had a plane-ful of strangers ready to help celebrate. Rallying the passengers of his Southwest Airlines flight, the crew got on the loud speaker to make sure Clem’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed. “If I could direct your attention up here to the front of the aircraft,” a flight attendant is filmed ...... (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Delta plane collides with American plane, causing damage and lengthy delay

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ican Airlines flight waiting to depart New York for Dublin was struck by a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 on the taxiway at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday evening, delaying passengers of both flights for hours and racking up what is likely to be a hefty repair bill. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

How TAP Portugal Honors its Past and Looks to the Future From Onboard Their Retrojet’s First Flight

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TAP celebrated the retrojet’s first flight to the U.S. in Miami by creating an authentic retro-flight experience. Known as “A Present with a Past” – a clever play on words – the airline welcomed passengers on a journey back in time with “a flight to the glorious 70s”. (airwaysmag.com) More...

GAMA: Piston planes give Cessna, industry Q2 lift

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General aviation manufacturers delivered more planes in the second quarter of 2017 than the same period a year ago, an industry trade group reported on Tuesday. (www.kansas.com) More...

A nightmare at the Laredo International Airport

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A bad experience at the airport is prompting a local woman to question the Laredo Airport’s services. The woman says she has had bad flying experiences with Allegiant Air in the past, but the most recent one occurred this past Sunday. (www.kgns.tv) More...

The Boarding Blues

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In Ask the Pilot: the Boarding Blues. Why is Getting On and Off a Plane So Difficult? A look at jet bridges, airplane size, and the mysterious HSBC bank... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Retired RAF Tristars Will Get New Lives As Contracted Aerial Refuellers

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Tempus Applied Solutions of Texas plans to purchase six of the RAF's nine retired Tristars with the intention of entering the contracted aerial refueling market. Two of the Tristars that Tempus plans on acquiring are setup for cargo-passenger transport, while the other four are in the tanker configuration. (www.thedrive.com) More...

Iran Selecting Financiers For 200 Jets: New Iran Air CEO

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Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, the new CEO of the national airline Farzaneh Sharafbafi said Tuesday. (www.presstv.ir) More...

ExpressJet will not fly for Delta anymore

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A longtime Delta Connection contract carrier based in Atlanta will soon part ways with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

US Army bans Chinese-made drone

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The U.S. Army reportedly will no longer use drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI over security concerns. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

Repeated Runway Incursions by US Regionals at CYYZ

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This is becoming a common occurrence at this busy airport. (www.thestar.com) More...

Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-off

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Virgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Flying DeLorean becomes a reality with DR-7

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The DR-7 is a commuter plane with autonomous capabilities and with an expected top speed of 240 mph or 385 km/h which can seat two. It certainly brings back some of those feelings you once felt when the DeLorean car was featured in the hit movie Back To The Future. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

‘Incredible’ Boeing Everett site turns 50 years young

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In May 1967, Boeing employees moved into a new factory built beside Paine Field near Everett, Wash. Thirteen months later, the group that became known in aerospace legend as “The Incredibles” rolled out the 747. (www.bellevuereporter.com) More...

Royal Jordanian is Latest Middle East Airline to Offer Paid Access to Lounges. Also Introduces Upgrade Bidding System.

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Royal Jordanian Airlines is introducing a paid access option for its business class lounge in Amman. The airline also plans to let economy class passengers bid for upgrades to business class (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Ryanair Accuses Lufthansa of Foul Play Over its Bid for airberlin. Is Etihad Airways to Blame?

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Ryanair is not happy with the proposed takeover of airberlin by fellow German carrier, Lufthansa. It says it's an "obvious conspiracy" and airberlin's demise is a "manufactured insolvency". Ouch. And then there's the possibility that Etihad Airways is involved as well. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...