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SAA flight delayed over open oil valve

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A SAA flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town was delayed due to an oil valve that had not been closed properly on the aircraft. According to the report, a passenger in a neighbouring airplane noticed the open oil valve and alert authorities. (traveller24.news24.com) More...

Jet Airways pilots clash in cockpit, delay Mumbai-Dubai flight by 1.5 hrs

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A heated argument between two Jet Airways pilots turned violent when the pilot Raj Kalra allegedly manhandled his co-pilot Rohit Ramchandran, leading the latter to walk off flight 9W542 from Mumbai to Dubai; the flight finally took off after the co-pilot was replaced. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/jet-airways-pilots-clash-in-cockpit-delay-mumbai-dubai-flight-by-15-hrs/15767165#sthash.br0VW2LD.dpuf (www.mid-day.com) More...

Race row over FAOR near-miss

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South African Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) appears to have failed to report a near-miss between two commercial flights at OR Tambo International Airport last year. This incident is at the centre of racism allegations. (www.iol.co.za) More...

G20 world leaders arrive at YBBN/BNE

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yesterday at YBBN/BNE most of the G20 world leaders turned up in there great looking aircraft. Its the first time Air India has arrivrd at brisbane airport with there B744 the b747sp-44 belonging to Saudi arabia is also here along with the Japan Airlines b747 or ex JAL and MEXICO'S aircraft. Mnay plane spotters were treated to a real good show of these jets. Obama b742 AF1 is at RAAF Amberley AFB and the doomsday b742 is at YBBN/BNE. The NZ PM is still to come anz will offer to fly the PM here… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Drunk farang assaults flight attendant on Bangkok Airways, staff claims

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A foreigner jumped at a flight attendant on a Bangkok Airways plane yesterday and ripped her shirt off, according to an account by a purported witness. (bangkok.coconuts.co) More...

Thai US aviation experts inspect Bell 212 helicopter crash site

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The US Bell Helicopter and the Thai army aviation experts returned to the crash site of a Bell 212 helicopter which crashed on the rubber tree field in Phayao province Monday killing all nine officers on board. (englishnews.thaipbs.or.th) More...

Airberlin equips its first two Airbus A320s with Wi-Fi

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The Airberlin Group has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new ‘airberlin connect’ Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320s, registered D-ABNJ and OE-LEL, now boast a Wi-Fi system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation, so passengers can access the internet with their own smartphone, tablet or laptop during the flight. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Air New Zealand, Air China form strategic alliance

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Air China will launch Beijing-Auckland flights as part of a 'strategic alliance' with fellow Star Alliance carrier Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Radical 'passenger pod' concept: bunk beds for business class

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Factorydesign's 'Air Lair' passenger pod certainly isn't the first 'upstairs/downstairs' concept for business class, but it's by far the coolest... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Boeing says it has no plans for long-range 737 MAX

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SEATTLE: Boeing Co has no plans to extend the range of its forthcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner in response to Airbus Group's move to offer a long-range version of its competing A321 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said on Thursday. (www.thestar.com.my) More...

Boeing says frustrated by Canada move to extend life of fighter jets

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OTTAWA • U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its aging fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Southwest, pilots far apart in contract talks

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DALLAS • The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines has asked federal mediators to help break a two-year stalemate in contract negotiations. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Stuck On Top Down To A Safe Landing

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It was no leisure flight Sunday for Mark Nelson when he found himself trapped above the clouds over a heavily populated area. His only way down? To put his life in the hands of an air traffic controller. (www.khou.com) More...

Qantas retires its very first Boeing 747-400

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Qantas will retire its first-ever Boeing 747-400 next month - VH-OJA – which opened up the one-stop Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, and even made a promotional non-stop flight from London to Sydney (albeit with minimal passengers and cargo) to highlight the jumbo's long-range capabilities. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FAA requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect pitch rate sensors

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A new airworthiness directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect and potentially replace the aircraft's dual pitch rate sensors (PRS). The directive, which applies to 777-200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and 777 freighters, comes in response to reports received by the agency of dual failures of the sensors. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Colorado airport officials admit errors, vow to save grant program

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State airport officials vow to save a much-needed grant program for local airfields even though they nearly gutted the fund because of their missteps. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Delta spurns Boeing, picks Airbus for 50-jet order

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Delta will go with Airbus in deal for 50 wide-body jets that would be worth more than $14 billion at list prices, according to multiple reports. The Wall Street Journal calls the reported order "a big victory for the European company in its battle with Boeing to sell long-range passenger aircraft." (www.usatoday.com) More...

Passenger stung with $1,200 wifi bill for checking email and uploading files on Singapore Airlines flight

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A Canadian traveller received a nasty surprise when he was hit with a sky-high $1,200 (£750) bill after using on-board wifi on a Singapore Airlines flight. Toronto businessman Jeremy Gutsche said he was shocked when he saw the charges and accused the airline of ripping off passengers who connect their devices to do work or just pass the time on a long-haul journey. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Private Jets: How Cheap Oil Drives Global Sales

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Private Jet Company CEO Daniel Jennings discusses the impact of cheaper oil on the sale of private jets. He speaks on “In The Loop.” (www.youtube.com) More...

An inside look at the cockpit of a B-36

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A pal of mine passed this on to me. I thought some of you who remember boiler gauges would enjoy the tour. B-36 Cockpit Gauge Maze The B-36 was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Flight Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and the 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and complete its mission. No modern technology, such as "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" systems, were involved here. Just straight… (www.nmusafvirtualtour.com) More...

Boeing to revamp missile defense work

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. • Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Air Force sees challenges on Boeing KC-46 tanker program

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The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it still expects Boeing Co. to meet the August 2017 target for delivering 18 new KC-46A refueling planes, but a number of smaller schedule delays will reduce the program's margin for dealing with future issues. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Delta orders A350, A330neo

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Airbus may be lagging behind in the race between the A350 and 787, but it has won another important airline over for this fight. (jansaviation.com) More...

Odd Diversion N394AN out of PAE

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I do and ADS-B feed for "another site" (their equipment) and got a notice from them a short while ago of a flight squawking 7700. My info shows it as AA9614 (N394AN) out of PAE, and the track I have shows it descending into Tulsa from FL42. Looking it up here on FA though shows that tail number over the Atlantic, en route to Zurich from JFK as AAL64. Very strange. (flightaware.com) More...

Pilot killed in Chicago crash called ‘solid man’

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The 47-year-old from Madison Township, Ohio, loved to fly and was thrilled to roll that love into a career. (www.dispatch.com) More...

Why falling fuel costs aren’t passed along to airline travelers

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Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. (airnation.net) More...

New Trunkster bag has GPS tracking, USB charger, inbuilt digital scale

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A Kickstarter campaign aims to produce what could be the ultimate bag for the modern traveller. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Mock dogfighting fun

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Some mock dogfighting action between a Pitts S1S and an RV-6A. Just in case I needed motivation to keep working on my RV-8... (www.youtube.com) More...

This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

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With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. (gizmodo.com) More...

Coming soon on JetBlue: Bag fees, more seats

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Wall Street is finally getting its way with JetBlue. The airline had been one of the last to hold out against charging fliers more for checked bag. But JetBlue announced Wednesday that some customers will soon have to pay extra if they want to do so. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Top 5 mistakes you WILL make during your first 250 hours

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While sitting around a hangar telling flying stories, I realized that many of us have made the same mistakes – sometimes more than once. I compiled a list of five mistakes that are normally not life threatening, but cause the hand to smack the forehead of many pilots. Please heed the warning. (learntoflyhere.com) More...

97 Year Old Barn Storming Warbird Restored By Team Of Volunteers

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3 years and hundreds of man hours later, a 1917 Standard J-1 World War I trainer takes to the air for the first time in over 3 decades after a complete restoration conducted by a team assembled completely of volunteers. (planelopnik.com) More...

Antonov 225 Set To Take Off From YYZ At 12:00 EST - Live Stream

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Flight# ADBF352F Toronto, Canada to Leipzig, Germany http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ADB352F/history/20141119/1700Z/CYYZ/EDDP (toronto.ctvnews.ca) More...

How And Why We 'De-Ice' Aircraft Before Takeoff

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Winter weather is hitting hard and fast in parts of the country right now. Sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice means that planes have to be de-iced before taking flight, so here's an explainer of aircraft deicing, why it's done, and the the different methods used. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Video: K-Max demonstrate unmanned fire fighting

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A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman K-Max unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Nexcelle nacelle to improve COMAC C919 efficiency

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Nexcelle’s engine nacelle on CFM International’s LEAP-1C turbofan engine Integrated Propulsion System (IPS), will provide key operational advantage to the new generation Chinese COMAC C919 airliner. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Lockheed begin assembly of NASA's InSight Mars lander assembly

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Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched in March 2016. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing resume 787 ecoDemonstrator flight tests

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Boeing has resumed flight tests with the ecoDemonstrator 787 Dreamliner to develop and validate new technologies that improve efficiency and reduce emissions. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Emergency slide deploys on Spurs plane

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Originally scheduled to leave San Antonio at noon, the Spurs were informed that departure time was pushed back to 4 p.m. after someone accidentally deployed one of the plane's emergency slides (www.ksat.com) More...

Video: Up Close with Fighter Jets

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Are you ready for some serious fighter pilot daydreaming? This video is a beautifully shot compilation of a variety of fighter jets in flight, from airplanes taking off from aircraft carriers to formation flying to jet teams performing formation aerobatics. The airplanes fly over various terrain, such as deserts, oceans and snow-capped mountains, and dodge wispy layers of clouds, providing beautiful backdrops for these majestic flying machines. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Discrediting the Forrest Gump Argument for Killing the A-10

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Bottom line...don't ask the suits looking for promotion, ask the guys that know...the Controllers on the ground whose lives may depend on CAS. (www.realcleardefense.com) More...

Airbus to deliver first A350 XWB jetliner around December 12

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European planemaker Airbus aims to deliver the first A350 jetliner to launch customer Qatar Airways by mid-December, the airline said on Tuesday. Gulf News quoted its chief executive Akbar Al Baker as saying the mid-sized jet would be delivered between Dec. 12 and 15‎ and appeared to rule out any last-minute hitches that might rattle investors in planemaker parent Airbus Group. (uk.reuters.com) More...

WestJet reaches a tentative agreement with the WestJet Pilot Association

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WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has reached a tentative agreement with its more than 1,200 pilots, represented by the WestJet Pilot Association (WJPA). The agreement’s highlights will be available in early December and voting will begin later in the month. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

3 Arkansas men injured in plane crash

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Plane lose power. Doesn't get off runway. All aboard injured and hospitalized (www.connectmidmissouri.com) More...

Video: First Emirates 3C 'Heavy' Check on a Airbus A380

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An interesting look behind the scenes of the first 3C check performed on an A380 at the Dubai Engineering Facility (economyclassandbeyond.boardingarea.com) More...

In-cabin view of DC-9 De-iceing.

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Short but interesting view from inside during a de-ice. Amazing how thick the buildup is. (www.liveleak.com) More...

A Busy Public Road Runs Right Through This Airport Runway

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Space is at a premium in tiny Gibraltar—so much so that the British territory’s only airport runway intersects with its busiest road. Cars traveling along Winston Churchill Avenue must stop for planes several times a day. For about 10 minutes, traffic stays at a standstill to allow a flight to depart for—or arrive from—London, Birmingham, or Manchester. (www.slate.com) More...

Eco Demonstrator Program

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The ecoDemonstrator Program is one of Boeing's methods for continuing the environmental performance and suitability of aviation. It's a multi-year program... (www.newairplane.com) More...

NTSB: Drone Flights Are Subject to FAA Regulations

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The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Airbus to develop A330 based Beluga Transporter

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Airbus has decided to increase its Beluga transporter fleet from current 5 to 10, to meet the production ramp-up for the new generation A350 XWB and other aircraft. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...