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Ebola: Cancellation of Flights

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To me all airlines ought to cancel flights (unless it's an emergency) to prevent the spread of ebola (www.theguardian.com) More...

Launch of new budget airlines

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This cooperation between Singapore Airlines and the Tata group will bring competition to AirAsia India. It's interesting to see how the regional carriers like Jet Airways and AirIndia or Indigo will compete (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Bodies of Malaysians on board MH17 arrives

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It's such a sad feeling at KLIA on Friday. You could actually see the pain on some of the flight attendants who were present (time.com) More...

China Airlines Introducing Family Couches

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Interesting concept but I still prefer my space if it's an long haul overnight flight (www.airlinetrends.com) More...

2013 On Time Arrivals/Departures

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I never knew that some of these airlines like Alaska Airlines having a good track record (flightstats.com) More...

Malaysian Airlines Returned to KLIA

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PETALING JAYA: A Tokyo-bound Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight is reported to have been forced to return to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 50 minutes after departure due to safety reasons. According to a report on an online portal, MH70 departed from KLIA for Tokyo’s Narita Airport at 10.50am, Saturday and that upon the aircraft’s return to KLIA, passengers were told that their flight had been rescheduled to 1.15pm on a different aircraft. (www.thestar.com.my) More...

USAF V-22 Ospreys survive heavy enemy fire

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Story about an aborted USAF mission using Ospreys in South Sudan to evacuate US citizens (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Flying with phones, tablets could be too cutting edge

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Qantas and Virgin Australia were given approval late today to allow conditional use by passengers of portable electronic devices gate to gate from tomorrow, Tuesday 26 August (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

China rejects Taiwan's complaint about breach of airspace

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Taiwan scrambled its jets to intercept two Chinese military aircraft, identified as Yun-8 transport aircraft, on Monday. The Chinese planes left without incident, Xiong Ho-ji, major general of Taiwan's Air Force Combatant Command, told reporters on Tuesday. (uk.reuters.com) More...

American Airlines plane diverted after hackers’ Twitter attack

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An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that knocked out Sony’s PlayStation Network. (airnation.net) More...

ANZ seven more newer jets to be delivered

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The CEO Christopher Luxon has said seven new aircraft will join the fleet of a total of 51 aircraft by 2015. There will be retirements for the remaining B744 ZK-NBV due to be taken out of service in September and including there older B733 jets. The airline has embarked on spending over $2.2 billion in spending on aircraft and the refurbishment of the B772 fleet. Avaition Australian magazine has also advitised this. Link below… (www.newzealandherald.co.nz) More...

Air new zealand first refurb 777-200ER now flying

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Air NZ refurbished B77-200ER is now flying after months of being hangared at NZAA and I might say looking grand in it's new decals. ZK-OKA is one of the eight 777's to be refurbished. In economy clas they have added a sky couch which a passenger can lay down by the window. http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/08/air-new-zealand-to-deploy-refurbed-777-200er-on-aug-23/ (www.travelinsider.com.au) More...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Honeywell, Rockwell Collins roll out advanced (3-D) cockpit radar

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For airlines, better radar can help planes weave safely through and around weather systems. It can enhance safety and save money by reducing weather delays. And for passengers, improved weather radar can reduce the midair bumps, jolts and plunges that come inside and on the periphery of storms. (www.dallasnews.com) More...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) More...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

American Eagle mid-air fuel leak

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The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday. The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri. (hisz.rsoe.hu) More...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Mayor on Frontier suspending Sioux City flights: 'Unacceptable'

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Frontier Airlines jilts Sioux City, Iowa for the second time, third time if you count original Frontier Airlines dumping the route back in the 1980's (siouxcityjournal.com) More...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) More...

The Ten best Fictional Aircraft

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A lot of thought has gone into the fictional aircraft that have appeared in books, films and TV shows. This is a tribute to the clever and imaginative people who have put their aviation know-how to use in producing flying ‘stars’. These aircraft are characters in their own right, and have entered the consciousness of millions. (hushkit.wordpress.com) More...

United Nations Helicopter Crash in South Sudan Kills Three

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"A United Nations cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan, killing three crew members, the mission there said. The helicopter was on a "routine cargo flight" Tuesday from the town of Wau to Bentiu, the U.N. said. The mission lost contact with the craft about 2:30 p.m. local time. The U.N. said it would begin an investigation as soon as possible." (online.wsj.com) More...

Four Case Western students killed in crash on takeoff from KCGF

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Plane went down just after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Regional Airport Monday night. (www.10tv.com) More...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) More...

Court Dismiss Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Well Known Miami Billionaire

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On Monday, Miami’s 11th Circuit Court judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit for a lack of evidence over a helicopter crash back in 2012. The lawsuit had been filed against Jeffery Soffer (avstop.com) More...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) More...

Lufthansa could face another pilot strike

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Lufthansa pilots could go on strike again, German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced. VC said in a statement that talks with Lufthansa management has failed to reach an agreement over its early retirement scheme. The union said it will inform the traveling public in advance before any strike action would start. (atwonline.com) More...

Qantas to boost USA flights

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A spokes person for Qantas Simon Hockey has announced along with approval from Allan Joyce the CEO of Qantas that they will revamp flights from Australia to the USA.From YSSY passengers can have a choice of flying in the morning or in the afternoon to the USA. QF107 which flies from YSSY to KLAX and onwards to New York will be replaced by QF17, For which the service leaves YSSY at 17.30hrs daily using the B744. YBBN QF15 will remain unchanged but continue on from KLAX to JFK New York this is a… (www.qantas.com.au) More...

Qantas ans Chine airlines new co share arrangements

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Qantas will be offering direct flights to Taipei very soon.A spokesman for the airline Stephem Thompson said in his statement on Tuesday that Qantas would have ten services a week and also co share with Chine airlines. China airlines has four times a week services out of YSSY and will increase these to ten services as well as co sharing on Qantas flights as well. Passenger numbers have increased to the destination including Hong Kong Singapore and Taipai. (www.australianaviation.com.au) More...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.com) More...

Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance

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This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact. (Video) (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Plane on fire / crash cuyahoga county airport 15 mins ago

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No details yet Willoughby Fire confirms that a plane has crashed at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights. The airport is located at 26300 Curtiss Wright Parkway. Fire officials say the area is closed off. We have a crew on the way and are working to bring you more details live at 11. (www.19actionnews.com) More...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Church of the High Speed Pass

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Join Apache, Hide, Vandy and the Dreamland Squadron as they make great music and fly their Vans aircraft over the woodlands of Florida. (vimeo.com) More...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) More...

THAI's loss estimated at Bt12bn

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Thai Airways International Acting President ACM Siwakiat Jayema expects this year's loss would be limited at Bt12 billion, thanks to a rehabilitation plan. The board of directors will officially approve the establishment of a sub-committee tasked to draw up the rehab plan at the meeting on August 29, he said at a press conference today. (www.nationmultimedia.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Said to Mull Job Cuts, Order Review, New CEO‬

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Malaysian Airline System is considering job cuts, a review of aircraft orders and replacing its chief executive officer after the national carrier suffered two disasters this year, people familiar with the plan said. (www.thejakartaglobe.com) More...

Hackers Issue Bomb Threat for Sony Online Entertainment President's Flight

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A group of hackers took Sony's Playstation Online Network offline, then tweeted there were explosives on board a flight in which Sony Online Entertainment's President was a passenger. (www.geek.com) More...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) More...

Phantoms of Flight

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YANGON — Myanmar’s grim air safety record can be blamed on many causes: an undeveloped air traffic management system, antiquated aircraft and poor pilot training, to name a few. But sometimes, officials at the country’s airports point their fingers to more spiritual—even supernatural—culprits. (www.irrawaddy.org) More...

(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) More...