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Embraer A-29 Super Tucano slated to replace Afghan Mi-35 attack helo fleet

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The Embraer Super Tucano turpoprops will replace Afghan Air Force Mi-35 Attack Helicopters (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA 'space Taxi' Contracts

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Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but U.S. officials said on Tuesday the U.S. space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person… (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Europe widens in-flight use of portable electronics

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said Friday it had authorized airlines to allow passengers to use mobile electronic devices, including phones, throughout the flight. The move allows European airlines which first carry out a safety assessment to permit portable electronic devices such as smartphones to stay switched on without being on "airplane mode", it said in a statement. (www.afp.com) More...

Antarctic summer season starts

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The first flights of the Antarctic summer season are due to start. Weather dependent, staff and scientists will start travelling to Scott Base and McMurdo Station from Monday. (home.nzcity.co.nz) More...

F-22 Raptors debut air combat

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USAF most advanced and capable F-22 Raptor made its debut air combat against ISIL targets in Syria (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

UK Tornados ready to strike ISIL

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UK deployed its Tornado fighters to attack ISIL targets in Iraq (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

FAA facility fire that caused ground stop at Chicago airports

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36-year-old Brian Howard of Naperville has been charged in connection with a fire set at an FAA air traffic control center in Aurora. According to the FBI, Howard has been charged with one count of Destruction of Aircraft or Aircraft Facilities, a felony offense. (wgntv.com) More...

JTSB fails to find root cause of ANA Boeing 787 battery incident

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Japanese Transport Safety Board has failed to find the cause of internal short circuit in the battery cell onboard ANA Boeing 787. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

A320neo makes maiden flight

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First Airbus A320neo prototype took off today from toulouse on maiden flight (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

First image from MAVEN spacecraft

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NASA released first image from MAVEN spacecraft afther orbit insertion on Sept 21. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

COMAC begin C919 airliner structural assembly

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COMAC has started the structural assembly of C919 airliner fuselage (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

New collision avoidance system for F-16 fighters

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USAF this fall will start fielding F-16 fighters with ground collision avoidance system (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

New collision avoidance system to increase F-16 pilot safety

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USAF will start feilding new F-16s with ground collision avoidance system to improve fleet and pilot safety (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Russian NK-33 to power Swiss SOAR spaceplane

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Russian rocket engine to power swiss spaceplane for suborbital flight (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Indian Managlyaan spacecraft in Mars Orbit

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Indian Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully placed in Mars orbit today morning local time (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

On Board United's Inaugural 787-9 Flight

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The stretch is in business as United started 787-9 service this week. Step on board. (airwaysnews.com) More...

ATK pitch Russian RD-180 replacement

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ATK has proposed a new solid fueled rocket engine to replace the Russian RD-180 liquid fueled engine onboard Atlas V (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

What it's like to fly Singapore Suites Class (a review)

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Derek Low relates his experience in flying Singapore Airlines' luxurious "Suites" class. "Formerly, the only way for an average person to fly in the Suites was to take out a bank loan. And then I remembered that most of my personal net worth exists in frequent flier miles rather than cash..." (dereklow.co) More...

CAE reaches major milestone with the qualification of the world’s first A350 XWB suite of training equipment

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Montreal, Canada, September 23, 2014 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announced today that it has reached a major milestone with the qualification of the world’s first A350 XWB suite of training equipment. A CAE-built A350 XWB full-flight simulator (FFS) and a flight training device (FTD) were qualified ahead of the A350’s entry into service by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The FFS achieved Interim Level C qualification as per FFA… (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

ANZ EX B744 ZK-SUH sold to new owner GE

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It was reported earlier a few months back after ANZ retired it second to last B744 former Lord of the Rings jet ZK-SUH which was flown to Victorville for refurbishment has finally being taken by her new owner GE as a engine test jet. ZK-SUH sat for a month in Victorville among other B744 awaiting there fate. She will be repainted into her new decals or livery over the coming weeks (www.retuers.com) More...

Fall flying Hudson River Vally

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Mid-Hudson river mist and fall foliage over the Catskill Mts. 1950 Beechcraft Bonanza (vimeo.com) More...

Day at the Beech~

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Montauk sunset flight. Return from MTP to SWF in 1950 B35 Bonanza. (vimeo.com) More...

Top Twelve Contra-Rotating Lunatics

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By the mid-1940s the limitations of piston aero engines were becoming apparent. Every possible scheme to squeeze the last bit of power from the internal combustion engine was tried. One of the most successful innovations was the contra-rotating propeller arrangement whereby two sets of propellers driven by one engine and sharing a common axis are contra-rotated (with one set travelling clockwise and the other anticlockwise). (hushkit.net) More...

Colorado Company Will Build Russian-Designed Firefighting Planes

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The Beriev Be-200 Altair is a well-known tanker aircraft, used for firefighting. It may not be pretty, but the Russian-designed plane can drop 3,170 gallons of water on a blaze in one second. Now that Colorado is looking for a fleet of firefighting planes, an agreement has been made to build the Be-200 on U.S. soil. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

AAL1654 makes emergency landing at DFW

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An American Airlines MD-82 en route from DFW to BWI was forced to return due to a landing gear blowout (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

Air China takes delivery of first Boeing 747-8

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Air China is now the proud owner of a Boeing 747-8 – the first airline in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new-generation Boeing 747. While Air China hasn’t named an inaugural international flight for the jumbo, travellers can hitch a ride between Beijing and Guangzhou from October 11, with flights now on sale via the Air China website... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airbus seen set to win A350 certification on Tuesday

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Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for its newest airliner, the A350, on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow Europe's newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth quarter. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Russia and China absent from Toronto Space Conference

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Feds Deny Chinese, Russian Delegates Visas To Attend International Space Conference (www.huffingtonpost.ca) More...

Bombardier adds 40 firm CSeries orders, shares rise

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said on Friday that aircraft leasing company Macquarie AirFinance had signed a firm agreement to buy 40 of the Canadian manufacturer's new CSeries jets, with an option for 10 more. (mobile.reuters.com) More...

AIR14 - The pilots' view

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Welcome to the highlights of the formation flypast by our SWISS Airbus A330 and the Patrouille Suisse at AIR14 in Payerne. Join the nine pilots in their cockpits and enjoy the air show from an angle you’ve never seen it from before! (www.youtube.com) More...

Another Aviation Icon Fades Away

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It's gone. It was an iconic building—designed for the future of aviation, built at a time of relentless optimism in the nation's newest technology and with a belief that the appearance of public buildings should reflect they dynamism of those who created them. (www.avweb.com) More...

Canadian Lancaster bomber is back at its home base

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber is back at its home base in Hamilton, Ontario (about 40 miles west of Toronto) after a triumphant and, at times, dramatic six-week tour of the U.K. (www.avweb.com) More...

Build your own network ADS-B receiver with PiAware from FlightAware for under $100

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You can build and run your own ADS-B ground station to be installed anywhere and receive real-time data directly from airplanes that you can view locally and also integrate with FlightAware. For about USD$100/EUR€80, your ground station can run PiAware to track flights within 100-300 miles (line of sight, range depending on antenna installation) and will automatically feed data to FlightAware. (flightaware.com) More...

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

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After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as possible. These are the planes that get them there. (gizmodo.com) More...

A380 superjumbo on world's longest flight

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The world's largest passenger aircraft is now flying the world's longest route after Qantas replaced its Boeing 747s with Airbus A380 superjumbos on the Sydney-Dallas route. The flight covers a whopping 13,800 kilometres and takes a little more than 15 hours. The Qantas Sydney-Dallas route became the longest non-stop flight in the world late last year after Singapore Airlines ended its non-stop flights from Singapore to New York, a 19-hour slog that covered 16,700 kilometres on a four-engine… (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Phoenix Airport Damaged By Severe Thunderstorms

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Severe thunderstorms have caused significant damage to Phoenix's international airport. The storms have also grounded all flights, according to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport's Twitter account. Parts of the airport are reportedly flooding, and a portion of the airport's roof appears to have been ripped off in the storm. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Air France pilots end strike

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Air France pilots decided to end to a two-week strike that crippled the French airline, a union official told Reuters on Sunday. The dispute was over plans for a new low-cost operation, which triggered a walkout that has cost it up to 20 million euros (15.39 million pounds) a day. (uk.reuters.com) More...

DHL launches delivery-by-drone pilot project in Germany

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Although big players such as Amazon, Google and the United Arab Emirates have all announced plans to launch drone-based delivery services, it looks like DHL Parcel is about to beat them to it. This week, the courier company announced that it will begin using its unmanned DHL Parcelcopter to deliver pharmaceuticals from the German seaside village of Norddeich, across 12 km (7.5 miles) of the North Sea, to the small island of Juist. (www.gizmag.com) More...

Lights, cameras, drones - The drone industry got more than just a Hollywood ending Thursday

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The FAA’s approval for six television and motion picture companies to use drones as flying cameras doesn’t open the floodgates to all the other businesses eager to use them to photograph weddings, dust crops or deliver packages. But it sets the stage for more pro-drone decisions to follow, after years of the agency insisting that just about all commercial use of drones was illegal. (Apologies if this is a duplicate squawk. I couldn't find one in the search.) (www.politico.com) More...

Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

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Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17 news release from the unit. (www.stripes.com) More...

Pilot, Teen Killed in Plane Collision at Young Eagles Rally

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A youth flight rally resulted in two deaths on Saturday when two planes crashed midair (www.nbcnews.com) More...

FAA: Boeing must replace parts in more than 90 aircraft

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The FAA directed Boeing earlier this week to replace parts in 88 of the company's 787 Dreamliners that had already been delivered to carriers throughout summer. The part that needs to be replaced was a plug used in the electrical equipment bay, where one of two lithium batteries is located. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

PEOPLExpress Airlines grounded after just 3 months in business

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I guess having only one aircraft for your airline can pose a *little* problem when it's damaged... (www.cnbc.com) More...

China struggles with aviation growth - Video (Anger Managment)

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Guangzhou, China (CNN) -- It was 2 a.m. on a stormy summer morning. As the thunder rumbled in the sky, we were led out of a sprawling terminal building through a narrow side door and down a staircase into the pouring rain. (www.cnn.com) More...

Fixed Gear Is the New Retractable

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Three of the fastest new single-engine piston aircraft are equipped with fixed gear, rather than retractable landing gear. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

European airlines can now let passengers use phones in flight

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On Friday, the European Aviation Safety Agency allowed airlines flying in European skies to let passengers speak on mobile phones or use other Internet-connected gadgets. The Cologne, Germany-based regulators said "portable electronic devices," or PEDs, may "stay switched on, without the need to be in 'Airplane Mode.' This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling the ability to offer 'gate-to-gate' telecommunication or WiFi services." (arstechnica.com) More...

LOT 787 FROM CHICAGO to WARSAW LANDS IN GLASGOW

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SP-LRB lands in Glasgow on the way to Warsaw from Chicago..... (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...