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Easyjet passengers taken off 'too heavy' plane

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A number of passengers on an easyJet flight to Spain were asked to get off before take-off as the aircraft was "too heavy", the airline has said. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Russian titanium crucial for U.S. aerospace industry

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Despite sanctions US aerospace industry imports considerable amount of titanium from Russia (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Picture: MRJ roll out

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Mitsubishi rolled out its next generation MRJ regional jet on Oct 18. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

SIA flight hit by turbulence; 22 hurt

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Flight SQ424 from Singapore to Mumbai experienced sudden turbulence during descent on Saturday (Oct 18). There were 408 passengers and 25 crew on board. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

USAF's classified X-37 spaceplane return home

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US Air Force's Boeing built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) successfully de-orbited and landed back at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct 17, after nearly two years in orbit. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Piper Comanche Full of Arrows

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The photograph was first posted to Reddit as This aircraft belongs to a conservation team in The Amazon. Yikes! and then again in September with it’s current headline, The anthropologists decided that this tribe was to remain “uncontacted”. It was the second description that took off, even though in both instances the descriptions was pretty quickly debunked. (fearoflanding.com) More...

Airbus to lower A330 production

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Airbus to lower its widebody A330 aircraft production by one aircraft per month. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

India flight test Nirbhay cruise missile

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India carried out the second flight test of indigenously developed Nirbhay cruise missile, after partial success fo maiden flight test (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Vistara airline unveil livery

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Vistara Airline, a joint venture between India's Tata group and Singapore Airlines unveiled its first A320 livery (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

3rd Indian Regional Navigation Satellite orbited

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Indian Space Research Organistaion's workhorse PSLV-C26, successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Airbus A350 achieve 370 minute ETOPS

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new Airbus A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) beyond 180 minutes diversion time, including an option for up to 370 minute maximum diversion time. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Plane carrying 170 Irish pilgrims forced to turn back to Dublin twice

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A PLANE CARRYING 170 pilgrims from Dublin to Medjugorje was forced to turn back twice today after an indicator light in the cockpit signalled an issue with the aircraft. A spokesperson for Marian Pilgrimages, which is in charge of organising the tour for the pilgrims, told TheJournal.ie that the plane first took off from Dublin Airport at 7.30am. It was in the air for around 20 minutes before there was a “sensor indication in the cockpit”. The pilot turned back and on the tarmac back at Dublin… (www.msn.com) More...

Rolls Royce flight tests composite CTi fan blades for next gen engines

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Rolls-Royce flight test composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade for its Advance and UltraFan™ engine designs. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Helicopter crash 'quite extraordinary' according to coroner

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A helicopter crash in Russia in which two Britons were killed was "quite extraordinary", a coroner has said. An inquest in Basingstoke heard they had been dropped off by a helicopter when it toppled over, causing them "catastrophic head injuries". (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Gulfstream launch new business jets

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Gulfstream announced two new clean sheet business jet designs-the G500 and G600 to replace old models (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Regional jet makes emergency landing at DuPage County Airport

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This was Skywest 5290. Looks like they were being vectored for 10C at KORD then "reported problems making right turns and holding the assigned altitude." http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SKW5290/history/20141020/2023Z/KAVL/KORD (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

A Lounge in the Sky: A Look at China Airlines' Swanky New Plane

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Just wait'll you read the details about this baby's interior. And we're still stuck sitting with our knees under our chins! Oh well. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Honda HF120 Engines To Go Into Citations

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GE Honda announced at the NBAA convention in Orlando this week that its HF120 engine will soon have a retrofit for the CitationJet, the CJ1 and the CJ1+. The retrofit STC will be carried out by Sierra Industries, a well-known Texas-based mod house with wide experience in the Citation line. GE Honda claims the HF120 will provide the Cita... (www.avweb.com) More...

After 50 years, Japan set to launch a new commercial passenger plane

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Japan is set to make its mark in the skies with its first new commercial jet in more than 50 years, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ. (www.cnn.com) More...

One Of The World's Largest Oil Companies CEO Dies In Plane Crash

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A French built Dassault Falcon 50 corporate jet (F-GLSA) departing from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport for Paris crashed on Monday killing all four onboard. One of the passengers onboard was the CEO of France’s oil and (avstop.com) More...

Cathay Pacific readies 'brand refresh’

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Cathay Pacific will unveil a 'brand refresh' in mid-November which will see Cathay positioned as a premium travel experience which extends beyond the airline itself. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

AirAsia kicks man off flight for carry-on rage

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A man was kicked off a domestic flight to Bangkok yesterday after he threw a tantrum over the overweight carry-on bag he’d thrown out the door. The unidentified passenger had boarded the flight from Nakhon Sri Thammarat when the cabin crew decided to weigh his bag, which they then told him was too heavy to board the plane. So the passenger got rid of it by chucking it out the cabin door, simple as that. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

Another super jumbo shook A380 in Mum

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People inside an Airbus A380 feel very safe because they know they are inside the world's largest commercial airliner. But now, they would do well to be wary of another aircraft of the same size. The severe turbulence caused on a Mumbai-bound Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A380 that left 22 people on board injured on Saturday night may have been caused by another A380. Preliminary investigation by the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has indicated that another super jumbo may have… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

This Mitsubishi Regional Jet Is Japan's First New Airliner In 50 Years

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The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, is Japan's first newly produced commercial aircraft in nearly fifty years, and it's one sweet-looking ride. Four years behind schedule, and powered by Pratt & Whitney, this medium-sized regional jet carries big hopes for Japan's aerospace industry. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Photos: Qantas' new business class 'Business Suite' for A330s

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The all-new Business Suite will be fitted to all domestic and international A330s, with first flights from late December. (tinyurl.com) More...

German intelligence says stolen missile downed MH17

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If the scoop in Der Spiegel is correct, and there have been no official denials, then Russian separatists did shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with a BUK missile, but one stolen from a Ukraine military base, rather than supplied by Russia. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Formation takeoff and cliff running flight.

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Formation take off from Stewart international KSWF and formation flight past the Shawangunk Ridge, NY, (vimeo.com) More...

The Artistry of the Gear-Up Landing

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Bored as I sometimes am with Aviation Hall of Fame nominees and Lifetime Achievement Awards, to amuse myself, I'm inventing a new category: Best filming of a gear-up landing. I'm calling it the Oh-S&^t Award and hope to announce it every year about this time. (www.avweb.com) More...

Airbus launches new VIP widebody cabin-concept

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Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200, offering a faster and more affordable way to the greater capacity, capability and comfort of a widebody for both private and government customers. Called Summit, the concept features a VIP section at the front of the cabin, and airline-style seating at the rear. (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: Air India B787 near Bari on Oct 17th 2014, loss of communication

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An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANQ performing flight AI-123 from Delhi (India) to Rome (Italy), was enroute at FL400 flying across Albania and the Adriatic Sea into Italy near Bari without communication and without squawking loss of communication. When the aircraft entered Italian Airspace Italy's Air Force deployed two Eurofighter aircraft to identify the Dreamliner and accompany the aircraft to its landing at Rome's Fiumicino Airport. (avherald.com) More...

Falcon Business Jet Crash at Moscow Airport - 4 killed

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DEVELOPING STORY: Not clear what type of Falcon Jet. At least 4 killed although reports of 5 bodies recovered. Reportedly hit a snow plow on takeoff (rt.com) More...

Tulsa Air National Guard F-16's Collide over Kansas

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Tulsa Air National Guard F-16's collide over Western Kansas. (www.newstalkkzrg.com) More...

Plane missing since 4/05/14 located in Florida.

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Plane along with remains located in Marion County Florida enroute to Zephyrhills Florida. (www.ocala.com) More...

US airlines raise base fares on domestic flights

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DALLAS • U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Delta to Wall Street: Don't Tell Us How to Run Our Airline

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fresh from hounding JetBlue CEO Dave Barger out of a job because the carrier provided too many luxuries to its coach-fare passengers, some Wall Street analysts have turned their sights on Delta . (www.msn.com) More...

Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Big Bear

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BIG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — A plane crash killed a man Monday in the San Bernardino Mountains. The plane took off from Big Bear airport around 11 a.m. and crashed shortly after. It was found near Grout Bay Campground in Fawnskin, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Okay, this has got to have a story.

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Not sure what the story is. Someone here has got to know.... (img.brainjet.com) More...

Flying through Flaming Sunset Cloulds

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6,000'Flight level sunset clould flight 1950 B0nanza 1955 Comanche~ Departed KMGJ (vimeo.com) More...

Pilot strike disrupts 200,000 Lufthansa passengers

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Lufthansa said it had been forced to ground more than 2,100 flights. "It had found pilots willing to take care of 700 flights," Reuters adds. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Mystery Flying Man over UK

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Commercial pilots are reporting a man flying along with them over Macclesfield, UK. (autos.yahoo.com) More...

Qatar's Doha-Frankfurt flights to go all-A350 in 2015

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Qatar Airways will soon take the reins of the world's first Airbus A350XWB, which passengers can experience on the airline's Doha-Frankfurt flights from January 2015. There's no word yet on a specific launch date in January, although QR69 and QR70 between Doha and the German business hub will also score the A350 "shortly" after it appears on QR67/68 - making Doha-Frankfurt an all-A350 route for the airline. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FlightAware Releases Major Enhancements to Global Flight Tracking for Business Aviation

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FlightAware is announcing major developments to global flight tracking at NBAA 2014, including the launch of FlightAware’s worldwide ADS-B network, additional foreign and worldwide data sources, and the ability to track flights without available flight plans, in the US and abroad. (flightaware.com) More...

Former ANZ B744 ZK-SUH

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I had noticed this particular aircraft or the former operator air new zealand which was a b744-475 was put on other aviation sites as sold to GE which brought this jet. My sources at air new zealand who are credible have said this aircraft was flown to Victorville and was to be parted out. Below is a updated link as well from a site which has the correct info as well. Its sister aircraft a B744 ZK-NBV was flown to Roswell to be broken up in the resting place of her sister aircraft ZK-NBS which… (www.airfleets.net) More...

American Airlines flight AA 104 to London had to make a U-turn 45 minutes after taking off from the John F Kennedy Airport

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NEW YORK: American Airlines flight AA 104 to London had to make a U-turn 45 minutes after taking off from the John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) here at 9pm Saturday following a technical problem. (www.nst.com.my) More...

P-51 Mustang Restoration Includes Operational .50cal Machine Guns (Video)

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There are few crafts that demand such attention to detail as high-end aircraft restoration. Millions of dollars are plowed into aircraft in horrible shape, some even pulled from glaciers or the sea, and they are meticulously rebuilt by hand. One P-51 owner in particular wanted his Mustang to go a step further than all others- operational .50cal machine guns. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

SIA flight hit by turbulence; 22 hurt

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SINGAPORE: Eight passengers and 14 crew members were injured on Saturday (Oct 18) when a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Singapore to Mumbai was hit by turbulence on descent. (www.channelnewsasia.com) More...

Nice Gulfstream 650 landing and takeoff

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Nice landing and takeoff. I like the asymmetric use of thrust reversers when turning before takeoff. (www.youtube.com) More...

Modi government must launch enquiry into the aircraft deal that ruined Air India

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No agenda papers were made available to members. A decision was still taken. Clearly, this calls Patel's bluff when he says that neither he nor the ministry was connected with the nuts and bolts of the aircraft acquisition. The story doesn’t end here. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

Airline CEO & Knight Says MH370 May Not Be Under Water

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It has been over seven months since the Boeing 777-200 with 227 people on board disappeared without a trace (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Expiration of Wright Amendment means big airline changes for Southwest cities

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For the past 34 years, federal law limited flights between Dallas Love Field to only airports in Texas and a handful of states. Those flight restrictions, known as the Wright Amendment, officially ended on Monday.... (www.stltoday.com) More...