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Singapore Airlines Becomes The 1st Airline in ASIA To Offer TSA Pre-Check

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Over the past year the TSA has nicely expanded the number of airlines that participate in Pre-Check. For example, last year the TSA added Aeromexico, Etihad, and Lufthansa to the program, among other airlines. Earlier this year the TSA added 11 more airlines, including Avianca, Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, and more. (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

Etihad’s Final ‘Over the Top’ Airbus A380 Superjumbo Joins the Fleet

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Etihad Airways has expanded its fleet once again with its tenth and final Airbus A380 super-jumbo. Staff gathered at the assembly plant in Hamburg, Germany to celebrate the delivery with a special photo shoot. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

New Aussie app aims to keep drones away from aircraft

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Australian authorities have released a new smartphone app aimed at keeping drones away from passenger and other aircraft. The “Can I fly there” app has been developed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in conjunction with software company Drone Complier and clearly shows crucial drone no-fly zones and those where drone operators need to exercise caution. (www.airlineratings.com) More...

Delta & American Airlines: Which Has The Best Premium Economy?

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Delta, and American Airlines have recently launched new Premium Economy seats named Delta Premium Select and American Premium Economy. These improved economy offerings bridge the gap between international economy and business-class cabins. They offer much more legroom, wider seats, larger entertainment screens and improved recline. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) More...

Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China

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A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the 14-count indictment returned against her by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Incident: Europa B787 near Miami on May 24th 2017, windshield cracked after lightning strike

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An Air Europa Boeing 787-800, registration EC-MOM performing flight UX-98 from Miami,FL (USA) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 178 people on board, was climbing out of Miami's runway 27 when the aircraft was struck by lightning. In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the climb and was enroute at FL330 about 190nm eastnortheast of Miami when the crew decided to turn around and return to Miami (avherald.com) More...

Bombardier-Delta deal can put Boeing out of business, company claims

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Boeing says its very future, and that of US aerospace industry, is at risk if Bombardier’s deal with Delta Air Lines for 75 CS100s and 50 options is not fined for price dumping. That’s the claim company officials made in testimony before the US International Trade Commission May 18. (leehamnews.com) More...

NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash

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NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) More...

Skydiving Plane Clips Gas Tanker Before Crash Landing In Perris, California

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PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — A dirt devil and powerful winds were blamed for bringing down a skydiving plane in Riverside County. The two passengers walked away from the plane, which had clipped a nearby gas tanker and landed nose down at Perris Valley Airport. The aircraft was just returning from a drop when the collision happened, but the pilot and the pilot in training were not injured by the crash. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Blue Angels: Smyrna memorial to honor fallen pilot

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The town of Smyrna, TN unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial dedicated to the Blue Angels pilot whose plane crashed June 2, 2016, during a practice run for the Great Tennessee Air Show. "The Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial will celebrate the life and career of an American hero,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, who teared up as she recalled the day his plane went down. "It's been the culmination of months of hard work." (www.dnj.com) More...

The Importance of Proper Flight Planning for Positioning Flights

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I think more flight departments should place added attention to the positioning flights of their aircraft by creating a positioning flight safety program into their training schedule that incorporates, as many as possible, of these normal and unforeseen variables and scenarios. (www.airstreamjets.com) More...

JF Service to provide MRO for Embraer business jets

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Russian MRO provider JF Service has become an official service center for Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 450 and 500 business jets. This comes as part of a larger effort by the Brazilian manufacturer to expand its customer service base in Europe, first announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. (www.rusaviainsider.com) More...

Embraer Actively Seeking Firm KC-390 MRTT Sales From Partners

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Brazilian aviation giant Embraer has been seeking a firm overseas sale for its KC-390 multi-role tanker and transport (MRTT). Embraer had hoped to convince the Swedish Air Force to select the KC-390 for supplanting its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. However, Sweden opted to keep its C-130Hs in service until the early 2030s, effectively pushing the prospect of a transport aircraft purchase into the 2020s. For the time being, Sweden does not think it is cost-effective to… (quwa.org) More...

'jihad' wifi halts flight

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Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal wifi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’ The worrying wifi name was seen on a Thomson plane due to depart from Cancun to Gatwick After security officials failed to find the culprit, the flight from Cancun to Gatwick was cancelled (www.airlive.net) More...

Air Europa Flight 98 Returns to Miami

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Air Europa 98 returned to Miami last night after the windshield was smashed for an unreported reason. (www.local10.com) More...

Etihad celebrates delivery of its 10th Airbus A380

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While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience. Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. (gulfnews.com) More...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

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New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Winnipeg on May 16th 2017, runway excursion on landing

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-FWSO performing flight WS-230 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 95 people on board, landed on Winnipeg's runway 13 at 08:41L (13:41Z), while attempting to turn onto taxiway C the right main gear left the paved surface of the runway and struck a taxiway light (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings opens Palma de Mallorca base

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings opened a base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May 24, and will launch its first Airbus A320 flight May 25 to Bremen, Germany. The carrier bases four A320s at Palma and has plans to operate to 23 destinations. (atwonline.com) More...

India’s Vistara receives its first A320neo

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Airbus has delivered the first A320neo to Vistara, a Delhi based full service airline and joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd. and Singapore Airlines (SIA). (www.tradearabia.com) More...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) More...

Behind-the-scenes look at JFK Airport Customs and Border Protection

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On a busy day, 58,000 passengers come through the international arrivals terminal at JFK Airport and step up to the front line of defense against threats to this country. (abc7ny.com) More...

Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space plane

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A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that it's partnering with Boeing to build its next generation hypersonic space plane. Specifically, the aircraft manufacturer has been tapped to complete advanced design work on the XS-1 project, following up on the concept Boeing pitched to the agency… (www.engadget.com) More...