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How do we encourage new aviators?

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Well, how do we? 19 year old pilot has some interesting ideas. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) More...

WestJet introduces

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After exhaustive research, we’ve taken people out of the equation by introducing SmartSeats, a revolutionary new way to board the aircraft faster. With SmartSeats, you sit in your designated seat in the boarding lounge and that’s it. We take care of the rest. When it’s time to move onto the plane, your SmartSeats will automatically transport you to your place in an organized and efficient manner. This, in turn, will help improve the travel experience for all our guests on all of our flights. We… (blog.westjet.com) More...

OSHA Orders Pilot To Be Reinstated After Being Illegally Fired

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Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods Corp. was ordered to reinstate the pilot, pay $158,000 in back wages and $8,500 in damages, and remove disciplinary information from the… (www.dol.gov) More...

Airbus patents interactive touchscreen aircraft windows

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Airbus has patented a 'smart window' concept which might one day grace its most advanced commercial airliners. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

WestJet to Launch Boeing 767 Toronto – Calgary Service from Aug 2015

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WestJet to begin using it’s “new” Boeing 767-300 in early August on the Calgary-Toronto-Calgary route. A second 767 is set to join the fleet later in the fall and both aircraft will be used extensively next winter schedule on routes to/from Hawaii and Vancouver/Calgary. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

First Poland-based Learjet 75 Handed Over

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Bombardier Business Aircraft last week delivered the first Learjet 75 that will be based in Poland. It was handed over to an undisclosed customer in the Eastern European country following type approval by the Poland's Civil Aviation Authority. The Learjet 75 light jet—a longer-range version of the Learjet 45 with Garmin G5000 integrated avionics, redesigned winglets and more efficient Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines—was certified by the U.S. FAA in November 2013. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Two killed in Zodiac crash south of Kansas City

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Two people have been killed in a plane crash in Linn County, Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol said it happened in a rural wooded area just north of the city of Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash involved a Zodiac CH601XL. Zenith Air's website describes the model as recreational kit aircraft that seats two people. Investigators have not given any indication what may have caused the crash. (www.kmbc.com) More...

Airport Gets Pittsburgh Flavor

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New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis aims to discover what could make Pittsburgh International pop with Steel City pride. “I would like to see that Pittsburgh is at the airport,” she said. “I would like to see more excitement at the airport, and more representation of Pittsburgh, of the arts community, of the foundations, of the things that make this city so great. I'd like you to feel it.” (triblive.com) More...

Mooney hits car during emergency landing

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As you can see the Mooney faired better than the Ford Fusion... (www.kare11.com) More...

World's Largest Aircraft Looking for Investors

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Hybrid Air Vehicles, the manufacturer, is looking to smaller investors to follow in the footsteps of the US military and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson by sinking their cash into the dream. Buoyed by the numbers of enquiries from enthusiasts, the firm is set to launch a crowdfunding exercise to match a £3.4m government grant to get the craft off the ground - and eventually build hundreds more to fill the skies. (www.theguardian.com) More...

FAA Wants To Fine Southwest $328,550

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The agency alleges that the Dallas-based carrier failed to properly inspect a Boeing 737 that experienced cabin depressurization on May 13, 2013. The flight, which was heading from Boston to St. Louis, made an emergency landing in Baltimore. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) More...

Teen Pilot Who Died in Crash Had 'Passion' for Flying

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A 16-year-old pilot was killed after his plane crashed in a field in Orange County, Virginia, Sunday morning. (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

Air Force Spaceplane Returning to Orbit

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The secretive X-37B spaceplane operated by the US Air Force is scheduled to return to orbit this May. The last mission of this type lasted around 470 days and landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (spaceflightnow.com) More...

What Exactly is a Hard Landing?

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I'm interested to seeing the opinions of everyone as to what constitute's a hard vs a crash landing. (www.cbc.ca) More...

New Boeing Website

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Boeing has launched a new website. http://www.boeing.com/ Also has some flight tracking courtesy FlightAware here: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787/#/flight-tracker (www.boeing.com) More...

Solar Impulse plane lands in China

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Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, touched down in Chongqing in China just after 17:30 GMT. It had left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) some 20 hours previously. (www.bbc.com) More...

IndiGo gets approval to import 400 aircraft over next 10 years

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If the import approvals are anything to go by, on an average IndiGo will be importing one aircraft every week for the next 10 years making it the fastest and largest fleet expansion programme for any scheduled airline in India’s civil aviation history. The country’s nine scheduled airlines operate between them around 375 aircraft currently. (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Bonanza crashes on takeoff at TUS. No one injured.

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Unknown N number, the flight attempt does not show up on TUS departures or scheduled departures. (twitter.com) More...

Mexico becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W

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Thanks to the winglets, the C295W will be able to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. The Mexican Navy has specified the winglets for two C295s, for which the order was already announced, and winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on. (militaryaircraft-airbusds.com) More...

Turkish Airlines plane diverted after 'bomb' threat

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(CNN)A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 256 passengers was diverted Monday after a note with the word "bomb" written on it was found in a lavatory, the airline said. Turkish Airlines Flight 15 departed Istanbul en route for Sao Paulo, Brazil, until the note was found. (www.cnn.com) More...

What we know about Air Canada ACA624 crash

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On Sunday, Air Canada flight ACA624, an Airbus A320 aircraft, on a scheduled flight from Toronto's LesterB. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, collided with terrain approximately 1,100 feet from the threshold of Runway 5, eventually coming to rest about 1,100 feet down the runway. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Air India Pilots Voice Concern Over 26-Year-Old Airbus A320s

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Pilots union seeks grounding of old A320 aircraft with request to India aviation authority. (airnation.net) More...

A rapping captain, superhero staff and some VERY awkward dance moves

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Is this Condor Ferries video the worst safety demonstration of all time? (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Air Canada 624 Crash-Lands Short of Runway in Halifax

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"A Transportation Safety Board investigator said Air Canada Flight 624 passengers were “pretty lucky” that the Sunday morning crash wasn’t more serious after the plane touched down more than 300 metres short of a Halifax runway and smashed through an antenna array before finally skidding to a stop." (www.cbc.ca) More...

Botched water cannon salute grounds Virgin Atlantic flight when Foam is used.

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A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The water canon salute is the sort of flamboyant gesture for which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has become famous – and also marks something of a wider aviation tradition. The Virgin Atlantic plane – with its ‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 - had just landed in Manchester… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Oman Air says orders 20 Boeing 737s; to double fleet by 2020

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The order includes both the current generation of 737s, which will be delivered from 2017, as well as the re-engined 737 Max planes that will come from 2019, he told Reuters at the launch event of the airline's first direct flight to Singapore. (www.reuters.com) More...

US Army recieves first trainer version of Airbus Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota to

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The US Army has taken delivery of the first training version of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter from Airbus Group at its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi, US. (www.army-technology.com) More...

(Video) F-35 Aerial Refueling Photo Flight. Stunning Close-Up Views...

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Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort observed a KC-130 aerial refueling of a F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, March 19, 2015. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is the center of excellence for F-35B training for Marine Corps Installations East. (youtu.be) More...

Two-Person Flight Deck Action Following Germanwings Crash…The Right Action?

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Following the crash of Germanwings flight 9525, international aviation regulators and airlines are moving swiftly to implement two-person flight deck rules, but is this the right action? (airwaysnews.com) More...

Gulfstream Names Duncan Aviation an Authorized Warranty Facility for G100, G150 AND G200 Aircraft

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SAVANNAH, Georgia, March 26, 2015 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named Duncan Aviation as a company-authorized warranty facility for three of its mid-cabin aircraft models. Duncan Aviation is now authorized by Gulfstream to provide maintenance services and repairs within its regulatory approvals on Gulfstream G100, G150 and G200 aircraft. Gulfstream’s authorization applies to Duncan Aviation’s three full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul locations in Lincoln, Nebraska; Battle… (gulfstreamnews.com) More...

Boeing, ANA Finalize Order for Three 787-10 Dreamliners

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SEATTLE, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing's newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

The strangest things people have brought through airport security

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Human remains? Live animals? The TSA blog is a treasure trove of weird things uncovered at security checkpoints over the years. Here are some of the strangest findings. (www.foxnews.com) More...

HondaJet achieves FAA provisional certificate

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The new Honda HondaJet light business jet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (www.businesswire.com) More...

KLM Cityhopper Orders 17 E-Jets to Replace Its Remaining Fokker 70s

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KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has placed a firm order for 15 Embraer 175s and two E190s. The Dutch carrier’s purchase contract for the 17 Embraer E-Jets also includes an option for 17 additional E-Jets for KLM Cityhopper or Hop!, Air France’s regional subsidiary. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Germanwings: How Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance Systems Could Save Lives

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The technology exists to physically take command away from a pilot to save an aircraft from imminent collision with the ground and is in operation with the U.S. Air Force. (aviationweek.com) More...

Germanwings Co-Pilot Had Been Treated for ‘Suicidal Tendencies,’ Authorities Say

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DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The co-pilot of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday had been treated for “suicidal tendencies” before receiving his pilot’s license, the office of the German prosecutor in Düsseldorf said Monday. (mobile.nytimes.com) More...

Malaysian Radar Spotlighted in New MH370 Report

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The recent release by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport of a Factual Information report on the MH370 disappearance has provided more detail about the failure of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air defense radar system to identify and track the errant airliner. However, the report by the Malaysian Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team does not specify the military radars involved, continuing a pattern of withholding sensitive defense information that was evident during government briefings at… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Pilots' union to bolster mental health support

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The New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association has approved a programme which will use trained volunteer psychologists to recognise and support mental health issues. (www.radionz.co.nz) More...

China reasserts 'two in cockpit' rule it already had

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China's civil aviation authorities have again required that at least two crew members are in the cockpit of a flying civil plane at any given time, after Tuesday's deadly Germanwings plane crash. (www.wantchinatimes.com) More...

RAF prepares for attack by Russia with biggest air defence exercise in 30 years

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) More...

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

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Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One. (www.intelligent-aerospace.com) More...

Lufthansa Tragedy Reveals European Loophole Over Pilot Screening

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Air crew at Deutsche Lufthansa AG and other European carriers haven’t been required to undergo repeated mental screening mandatory in some countries outside the region and depend instead on doctors uncovering a mental issue in checkups -- or on pilots themselves disclosing a condition. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airplanes still 1 of the safest methods to travel

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In spite of some recent higher-profile airplane losses and accidents, flying still continues to be one of the safest strategies of transportation. (www.heraldrecorder.com) More...

'These men are expected to be beyond human': pilot health warning

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A Perth psychologist has warned more pilots are hiding their mental health issues from their employers for fear of losing their jobs. "I've seen a lot of pilots as clients in the past and they have to be super secretive about seeing a psychologist because there's so much stigma attached," said clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Henshaw. (www.watoday.com.au) More...

Mainland China's M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

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The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday. Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong. (www.chinapost.com.tw) More...

British airlines ordered to review safety procedures

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British airlines have been told to review all safety procedues in the wake of the Germanwings airline disaster. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had contacted all airlines "to require them to review all relevant procedures" following the French Alps tragedy. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Arab strikes hit Yemen's main airport, foreigners flee

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Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and struck a renegade troop base in the capital, as Arab leaders vowed Sunday to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Thais scramble to remove flight curbs

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Thai airlines and tour operators are struggling to control the snowballing damage caused by the move by Japan and South Korea to restrict flights by certain Thailand-registered carriers to their nations. (www.bangkokpost.com) More...

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