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Air NZ B777-319 Incident at Raratonga airport cook Islands not at fault

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Air NZ spokesman for the Kiwi airline has defended there actions against three people who were slightly shaken and hurt as a result of obeying security signage on a private road next to departing runway 26. Air New Zealand will not take any responsibility for injuries caused by these three plane spotters who for some reasons unknown had put there own lives at risk and being harmed from the jet blast from this giant wide bodied aircraft. The original signage does state to beware of any aircraft… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Qantas CEO to give employees gigantic gift

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Well it's officail people the CEO of Qantas is giving back a gift to his employees after a big profit which the airline needed a cash injection from a big 2.8million loss last year which came from unsuspected sources. So now all employees of Qantas have being given a $3,000 bonus in there wages and a big thank you from Allan Joyce for keeping the big Roo flying. (www.dailytelegraph.com.au) More...

Boeing and Embraer Should be Ashamed of the Ad

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Head up up display, a key part of this system, was mispronounced as Heads up display and I giggled a bit when the narrator referred to airport excursions. I have one every time I go to an airport to fly, ride or for an outing. A little different from an incursion that the system is designed to avoid. Why Boeing and Embraer should be embarrassed and ashamed I'll leave to you in the arguments that will no doubt follow, Doesn't anyone edit anymore, or are the editors that ignorant? (www.youtube.com) More...

Air NZ cancels there 747-800 Jumbo orders with Boeing

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Boeing and air new zealand have com to the agreement to cancel seven new Boeing 747-819's which were ordered last year with options of adding extras to the package. It come at a time when most carriers will find it hard to find purchasing the big heavy metal jets. Air NZ CEO Luxton said the airline looked at long term options operating costs and decided to go with newer generation twin jet aircraft. So the Jumbo jet or the 747B is starting to get nearer to extinction and disappear from our… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

What is it like to live near an airport?

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The Airports Commission has backed a third Heathrow runway, which has long been the source of intense controversy. But how does living next to an airport affect your life? (www.bbc.co.uk) 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...

Emirates A388 diverts to Colombo fumes in cabin area

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A Emirates Airbus A388 from NZAA to YSSY then continuing onto Dubai was diverted to Colombo in Sir Lanka after fumes were reported though out the cabin areas of the aircraft. The flight had just left YSSY/SYD and was at FL35000 when the pilots had raised concerns about the smell of fumes coming into the cabin areas. The flight continued on wards and then the crew decided to divert to Colombo after more complaints had come from the passengers during the flight. I do not understand why they didn't… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

The Man Who Saved Southwest Airlines With A '10-Minute' Idea

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The early 1970s were a turbulent time for a little startup called Southwest Airlines. The company had a tiny fleet of just four airplanes that flew to three destinations — all of which were in Texas. But by 1972, Southwest had already posted a net loss of $1.6 million, and the company was forced to sell one of its planes. (www.npr.org) More...

Airport expansion: It's build, build, build in much of the world

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three-year review into the future of air travel around London is due to finish with the recommendation that a new runway be built at one of two existing airports. But while the capital gingerly edges towards airport expansion, other parts of the world are witnessing a massive airport building boom. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Boeing Sky Commuter 'flying car' prototype sells for over $70,000

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How would you like to have one of THESE parked in your garage? It's Boeing's version of a 'Volkswagen of the skies' – and a non-working prototype of the two-seater private commuter plane has sold at auction for US$71,500. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

web page changes

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How do i track by tail #? it should be as easy as all other forms. (flightaware.com) More...

The Last of the Vulcans Retires After 55 Years of Service

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On the 1st of July, 1960 Avro pilot Tony Blackman climbed into the cockpit of a Hawker Siddeley Vulcan delta wing strategic bomber in order to deliver her from the aircraft manufacturer (A.V. Roe and Company, Avro) for Royal Air Force service. The British four-jet aircraft dressed in antiflash white–military serial XH558–was the 59th of the 136 Avro Vulcan medium range heavy bombers ever built. And this summer XH558, The Spirit of Great Britain, the last of her type is going to bid farewell to… (gizmodo.com) More...

UPS Flight 1354 crash: Lessons to pilots

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The National Transportation Safety Board released a new 8-minute video that focuses on the key lessons that pilots can learn from the investigation of a UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham, Ala., in August 2013. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

American Airlines to Discontinue First Class on Some New York-London Flights

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American Airlines will operate two of its three New York-London flights with newly-configured two-class Boeing 777-200ERs starting in December, according to a schedule change the airline made. The switch means that two of the airline’s three flights will no longer have a first-class cabin.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Eurofighter Typhoon Demo (Video)

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The Eurofighter Typhoon at Le Bourget Airshow 2011 - Paris doing some nice aerobatics & maneuvers. (youtu.be) More...

Catalina PBY damaged during filming destroyed during recovery attempt

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After four days of being half sunk and rocked by the surf on a sandbar near the Florida-Alabama state line, the Catalina PBY Flying boat was pulled from its resting place and towed out into deeper waters towards a salvage barge. An attempt to lift the aircraft aboard the barge via a crane caused the aircraft to crumple, destroying it totally. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Russia plans to restart the nuclear capable amphibious Mi-14 helicopter production

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During the 7th International Maritime Defence Show ( IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015, Russian Helicopters announced potential plans to restart production of the unique amphibious Mi-14 helicopter, which can land, taxi and take-off from water. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Rites of summer: Single-engine shoobies

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A feel-good story for the 4th, and maybe one of the more bring-a-smile-to-your-face stories of the summer, vis-a-vis the indelible joys of flight, no matter the craft. This is a flying story that ought to resonate anywhere, but to live anywhere near the much-lauded Jersey shore is to understand the immense, daunting, and sometimes off-putting obstacle of the drive, of sometimes hours spent in a bumper-to-bumper queue. So to see some of these point-to-point numbers is to realize, well, just an… (www.philly.com) More...

Happy 4th - Photo Essay: Patriotic Sunsets from the Plane

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Most people associate the Fourth of July with fireworks but, while I enjoy a great show, preferably accompanied by the Boston Pops orchestra, there will be something equally as compelling to watch tomorrow night, and it comes around roughly 365 days a year. To me, nothing is more captivating than a beautiful sunset and, as the sky changes to a vivid red from white and blue, it’s somewhat patriotic as well. (accura.cc) More...

Emirates CEO Tim Clark Blasts Big 3 U.S. Airlines, Especially Delta -- Since 'Delta is Delta'

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Emirates CEO Tim Clark makes it clear that he finds Delta to be the most problematic of the big three U.S. carriers. Clark doesn’t like American or United much either, but he singled out Delta during his talk Tuesday at the National Press Club. (www.forbes.com) More...

Video: Happy 4th! C-17s Putting on a Magnificent Fireworks Show

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C-17s from JBER, McChord, Travis, and Hickam trained at night near Anchorage. Each aircraft deployed countermeasure flares, dropped heavy equipment as well as 600 USARAK soldiers at the Malamute Drop Zone. (youtu.be) More...

JetBlue Launches New York-Havana Service

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JetBlue Airways, in partnership with Cuba Travel Services, announced the start of service linking New York and Havana on Friday. Flights will depart New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at noon on Fridays and arrive at José Martí International Airport in Havana at 3:30 p.m. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Airbus to Establish A330 Completion and Delivery Center in Tianjin, China

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Airbus announced that it signed an agreement with its Chinese partners, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company, as well as the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, to establish an A330 completion and delivery center in Tianjin, China. The agreement follows a letter of intent that the three companies signed in 2014.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Airwork NZ 737-400 for it's frieghter company

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Airwork NZ which is a New Zealand based air freight airline which has fleets of 737-300's 737-219's and a few old F27 ex anz aircraft. The company is expected to introduce the Boeing 737-400's into there fleet to replace the aging 737's that are more then 25 years old. Some of which are former Air NZ or Ansett Australia aircraft. Airwork will spend about $105 million on replacement aircraft which are purchased from other airlines to be converted into freighter aircraft. Amazing little aircraft… (fijitimes.com) More...

10 Insane Facts About The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber [Photos]

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Plans for the B-2 bomber was developed during the Carter administration in 1970’s. In 1989, it began its first test flights and the government had plans to buy 132 bombers. (www.viralsmash.org) More...

NASA made a plane snuff movie... for your safety

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If you survive a plane crash but your emergency locator transmitter (ELT) doesn't, it'd be a cruel irony if rescuers never found you. But NASA, of all agencies, has crashed a light airplane to make those devices stronger and better. "It's not obvious to the public what NASA does with search and rescue," says SAR mission manager Lisa Mazzuca, referring to NASA's role in improving aviation safety. (www.engadget.com) More...

Flights delayed and cancelled at Toronto’s Pearson airport due to labour disruption

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Flights delayed and cancelled at Toronto’s Pearson airport due to labour disruption (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Report: F-35 can't dogfight. Lockheed Martin: Not so fast

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Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, a U.S. Department of Defense initiative to develop a multi-purpose jet to replace a variety of aging aircraft still in service. Since the beginning, the JSF program has been mired in controversy due to its incredibly high cost of $400 Billion (and counting), and its many setbacks (mashable.com) More...

Russia Is So Proud Of Saving Tigers That They Painted A Airliner To Look Like One

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Russia’s Transaero Airlines and the Amur Tiger Center haved teamed up in an effort to save Siberian Tigers by painting a ‘Siberian Tiger’ livery on a Boeing 747-400. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

40 Years Ago: Braniff Rolls-Out the Alexander Calder Designed "Spirit of the United States" Boeing 727

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Four decades ago to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, Braniff Flying Colors took a patriotic twist with Alexander Calder's "Spirit of the United States" Boeing 727 aircraft. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Solarimpulse landed in Hawaii

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After a five day solo flight André Borschberg arrived in Hawaii today. (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Support the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

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Support continues to grow for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of ... (govt.eaa.org) More...

Pictures and Video of Hog in action

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Here comes the hog, looking to root. Are you friend or foe (viral.buzz) More...

DAL73 diverting to Shannon w/report of fire in rear cargo hold.

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Delta 73 from AMS-KDAL is diverting to Shannon, reporting a fire in the rear cargo hold. (www.airlive.net) More...

Great Moments in July Aviation History

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From Amelia Earhart's disappearance to the first DC-1 flight to Continental's (then Varney) first flight to El Al's first flight and Northwest's last, July was an exciting month in aviation history. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Now it's five WestJet bomb scares in past week

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Again no bomb found as Las Vegas to Victoria, BC flight lands safely. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Skyscraper Roller-Coaster Plan Clears FAA

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The quest for the tallest and fastest roller coaster continues. The need for continues both on and off the ground. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

First Flight: Bell 525 Relentless

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World’s First Commercial Fly-By-Wire Helicopter Achieves Highly Anticipated Milestone (www.aero-news.net) More...

Transportation Secretary Foxx agrees to come see general aviation firsthand in Wichita

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Transportation Secretary Foxx agrees to come see general aviation firsthand in Wichita (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Yo Air Force: Don’t You Dare Kill Off Our Toughest Warplane

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THE AIR FORCE wants to kill off the A-10 Thunderbolt II. You can see why: The plane was designed to fight Russians in the Cold War. It’s old. It’s slow. It’s expensive to maintain. It’s about as sophisticated as a hammer, and it’s the weapon we’ve sent to battle ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (www.wired.com) More...

Southwest Adds Over a Dozen New Routes

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Southwest Airlines has announced over a dozen routes to begin in the winter schedule. Some are brand new, some are continuations of seasonal routes, and some are renewals of previous routes. Seven involve Florida airports. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Solar Impulse sets flight record, aims for Hawaii landing tomorrow

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Approximately 10 hours ago, André Borschberg set the record for the longest solo flight as he piloted Solar Impuse across the Pacific as part of that team's effort at circumnavigating the globe in a solar-powered craft. The previous record had been set in an around-the-world flight by Steve Fossett in a conventionally powered aircraft. (arstechnica.com) More...

JetBlue opens FREE rooftop lounge for passengers

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JetBlue opens outdoor rooftop lounge FREE for ticketed passengers, with seating, green spaces, and sweet plane-spotting views, children's play area, and even pet-friendly area. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

JetBlue Opens T5 Rooftop at JFK

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JetBlue Airways announced that the T5 Rooftop is now open for visitors. The wooden outdoor deck, made from sustainable materials, is accessible to all passengers at the airline’s terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport once they have cleared security. It includes a 4,046-square-foot (375-square-meter) landscaped park, seating for 50 people, a 400-square-foot (37-square-meter) area for children, and a dog walk.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

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DSC_0441 (1)The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible collusion amongst major airlines in the United States to limit the number of available seats and thereby maintain high ticket prices.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

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