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Aer Lingus sued for $1m by woman distressed at loss of 'priceless' ring

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Mother-of-three Sade Coppens has filed a lawsuit against the airline for "emotional trauma and distress" after a bag went missing following a transatlantic flight from New York to Amsterdam via Dublin during the summer. (www.msn.com) More...

Hurricane Gonzalo smashes into Bermuda

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The eyewall of Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday evening, knocking out power to 80 percent of the island's electrical grid and becoming the strongest storm to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain in a decade, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Ryanair passengers left confused after plane diversion leaves them on wrong island

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RYANAIR PASSENGERS HAVE complained they were left with little instruction from the airline after their flight was forced to land at the wrong Canary island. (www.msn.com) More...

British Airways plane makes second unplanned landing in three days

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A British Airways plane is being examined for faults after its crew twice had to make unscheduled landings in three days. On both occasions the Boeing 777 had to to touch down at Shannon airport in Ireland due to what BA described as technical issues. In the first incident on Friday the plane was flying from Heathrow airport to Boston, USA, when it put down at Shannon. After being checked over, the plane carried on to Boston. (www.msn.com) More...

ANA flight NH950 makes emergency landing in Manila

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An All Nippon Airways flight bound for Tokyo with 192 people on board turned back to Manila Friday for an emergency landing after smoke billowed from its cockpit, officials said. There were no injuries as Flight NH950 landed safely some 35 minutes after it departed, the Manila airport's media office said. Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said two investigators were dispatched to the aircraft. According to flightaware.com, the aircraft is a B763. (www.airlive.net) More...

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...

Air New Zealand eyes Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas for Boeing 787-9

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Air New Zealand is looking to add another US city to its Boeing 787-9 network with Chicago, Houston and Las Vegas sitting on the shortlist for non-stop flights from Auckland. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Qantas to fly daily to Tokyo/Haneda

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Qantas to start daily flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport in August 2015, in addition to current daily services to Tokyo/Haneda. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Ho, ho, ho, let’s go

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As you and your family prowl the malls and shopping centers of America, I encourage you to take note of the almost complete absence of aviation offerings in the stores you frequent. Nary a flight bag or an E6B can be found. Scarves and iPads, sure, they’re around every corner. But those aren’t exclusively aviation-oriented products. In fact, far more non-pilots than pilots make use of them. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Israel Rejects Proposed Increase Of F-35

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An Israeli cabinet panel has rejected a decision of the defense minister to procure an additional 31 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and limited the procurement of Israel’s second batch of JSFs to only 13. (aviationweek.com) More...

Endangered sea turtles need GA transport

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AVweb is reporting that more than 400 sea turtles stranded along beaches on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, are in need of transport to aquariums where they can be cared for. The story quotes Leslie Weinstein, a board member for the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida, who noted that several kinds of migratory turtles, which spend the summer in New England waters but head south in winter, have been driven ashore by a sudden drop in water temperature and strong… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

CAP to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal Dec. 10

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- Some 200,000 men, women and teenagers from all walks of life – including stars of the silver screen and successful businessmen, future Tuskegee Airmen and aspiring pilots – participated in CAP during the war years, largely without recognition or reward. The organization was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before Pearl Harbor. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Germany unveils Ebola evacuation plane in Berlin

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The first Airbus refitted to serve as an Ebola evacuation plane has been unveiled in the German capital, Berlin. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he hopes to see it seldom used. (www.dw.de) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Fort Myers on Nov 25th 2014, loss of cabin pressure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N416WN performing flight WN-1469 from Saint Louis,MO to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) with 129 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL330 about 50nm northnorthwest of Tampa,FL (USA) when the crew reported problems with the cabin pressure and initiated an emergency descent (avherald.com) More...

Light Aircraft Damaged in Storm

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Planes damaged when severe storm hits Archerfield Airport near Brisbane, Australia (www.breakingnews.com) More...

Etihad, SAS in new partnership from Jan 2015

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Etihad and SAS will kick off a codeshare and frequent flyer partnership from January 2015 for flights between Scandinavia, Europe and the UAE. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

U.S. FAA proposes requiring fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration proposed on Wednesday requiring a fix for Boeing Co's (BA.N) 787-8 Dreamliner, following "numerous reports of failures of proximity sensors" on the high-tech plane's wings. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airfare is still going up, even as costs go down

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"...the price of jet fuel is down 18% since August. Still, airfares are up 3% this year.." (money.cnn.com) More...

FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

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The Experimental Aircraft Association is warning that FAA headquarters officials have expressed concern that stadium overflights by Experimental-category aircraft do not comply with current regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

VIDEO: watch as Qantas retires another Boeing 767-300ER to the Victorville boneyard

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This great report from 60 Minutes, now shared online, covers the final flight of a Qantas Boeing 767-300ER to its final resting place at California's Victorville airplane graveyard. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Phenominal video of helicopter working near high-tension wires

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Watch the copter pilot work as he maneuvers to avoid the electric lines but maneuver close so worker can complete task. (www.facebook.com) More...

188 House members urge Norwegian Air rejection

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The Scandinavian company has said it will be able to offer transatlantic flights for as low as $150 each way if its effort is approved by the Department of Transportation. (thehill.com) More...

A-10s will support war against ISIS

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The plane, also known as the "Warthog,” provides close air support for ground troops. The A-10 fighter squadron arrived in Southwest Asia between Nov. 17 and 21 with "several" jets. (thehill.com) More...

Fraport-led consortium wins 40-year concession for 14 Greek airports

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A consortium led by German airport management company Fraport in partnership with Greece’s Copelouzos Group has been selected as the preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession for 14 regional airports in Greece. (atwonline.com) More...

There's a better way to board an airplane

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‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding, where people and their myriad belongings clog the gate area, standing between you and your departure. (mashable.com) More...

In Russia, you are the tug!

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Passengers rally to push 'frozen' plane in Sibera. Interesting video of a stuck Tupolev. The passengers really didn't want to stay in this balmy place! (www.cnn.com) More...

Chinese regional jet takes flight, but future remains unclear

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China's first homegrown passenger jet took to the skies at an air show this week, but with most of the demand coming from China itself, it's unknown whether the plane can find success in the global market. (asia.nikkei.com) More...

The Airport Frustration Index

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This interactive report scores airport frustration for US airports looking at the commute, time at the terminal and rate of on-time departures.Kind of fun in a clunky way. No surprise that wintry airports have fewer on-time departures. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Cats used in £750,000 heroin smuggling attempt at Heathrow

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A man has appeared in court for using cats to smuggle heroin with a street value of £750,000 through Heathrow airport. Staff at the Heathrow Animal reception Centre raised the alarm after they noticed one of the crates was unusually heavy when empty, last Friday (www.getwestlondon.co.uk) More...

AirAsia X to restart London flights, also eyes Hawaii

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AirAsia X plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London almost three years after it abandoned the route, and is also "exploring Hawaii" according to outspoken airline CEO Tony Fernandes. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airlines preemptively cancel 200 flights for Wednesday

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Airlines scrapped more than 210 flights for Wednesday -- one of the USA's busiest air travel days of the year -- all before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday. (www.usatoday.com) More...

The 13 biggest misconceptions about finding low airfares

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This is the biggest myth of all. Airfares can change minute-by-minute and day-by-day, as can seat inventory at the lowest fares. This is especially true now that consumers can put non-refundable fares on hold for 24 hours with no-penalty cancellation. If someone buys the cheapest seat on the plane at 11 a.m. on a Thursday and cancels at 10 a.m. on Friday, that seat might go back into inventory and can be yours if you happen to be searching at 10:10 a.m. The trick to finding low airfares is to… (www.usatoday.com) More...

New Airbus in Asian tour

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Airbus flew its new A350 XWB to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport for the first time yesterday as part of a five-city Asian demonstration tour. The A350-900 MSN5, a flight test aircraft, will make a special. (www.bangkokpost.com) More...

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

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Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 have started surfacing in the general media. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

German deputy minister calls on airlines to lower fuel surcharges

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Airlines should lower their fuel surcharges to reflect a recent decline in oil prices, Gerd Billen, Germany's deputy minister of justice and consumer protection, said on Tuesday. "Airlines have justified price increases with high fuel costs for a long time. If kerosene prices decline, that should be passed on to customers," he told Reuters. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Incident: Ryanair B737 near Dublin on Nov 25th 2014, loss of instrument power

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DCP performing flight FR-5772 from Dublin (Ireland) to Glasgow,SC (UK), was climbing out of Dublin when the crew stopped the climb at about FL225 reporting they had lost instrument power on the left hand panel and were able to only use autopilot B. The crew decided to return to Dublin, that had low visibility procedures in effect with ATC reporting Category III approach conditions prevailing, entered a hold to work the procedures and landed safely on… (avherald.com) More...

Video: U-2 Cockpit & T-38 Chase Plane Footage

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A compilation of cockpit footage from the U-2 Dragon Lady and its T-38 Talon chase plane as they execute a photo flight mission. The U-2 is the Air Force's longest-serving active reconnaissance aircraft. (youtu.be) More...

A Day In America's Airspace

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Last week the UK's primary air service provider, NATS, published a visualisation of a typical day in the skies over that country. Animations are an impressive way to demonstrate the complexity of managing airspace. NASA previously published this video of a typical day of air traffic across the U.S., created with the FACET software tool, which generates simulations for managing air traffic scenarios. (aviationweek.com) More...

Delta offers global premium wines to South American BusinessElite customers

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Delta Air Lines is serving an Argentine wine as part of its year-end cycle of wines for its BusinessElite cabin on flights to and from South America. The selection gives Delta’s customers an opportunity to discover new flavors and explore the global viticulture paired with the unique BusinessElite menu developed by Chef Michelle Bernstein. The new selection includes wines from Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal and the United States. (news.delta.com) More...

Pilot 'paid to have fun every day'

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Guy gives up job as analytical chemist to pursue flying, and he loves going to work every day. Good for him. (globegazette.com) More...

As Other Paparazzi Chase Kardashians, These Guys Stalk Dreamliners

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Bernie Leighton, a professional plane-spotter who specializes in aerial photography, talks about his pursuit of Etihad Airways' first Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner. In four-and-a-half years of professional plane-spotting, Leighton has snapped more than 35,000 photos and garnered at least 7 million Internet views. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

The Worst Airport In America

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More than 46 million Americans will travel further than 50 miles for this week's turkey-based festivities, and many of us will do it via air. And while very few airports deal well with holidays swarms, some of them excel at misery. (gizmodo.com) More...

Future Cockpits

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New cockpit technologies could let pilots use "x-ray vision" and voice activation. (www.cnn.com) More...

Indian women pilots soar past global avg

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Ground realities may be harsh for women in In dia, but they're still determined to conquer the skies. Almost 600 of the 5,050 pilots in Indian airlines are women, according to Directorate General of Civil Aviation data.At 11.6%, this is way above the 3% global average estimated by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. India is also seeing a steady rise in women pilots annually . The last five years saw 4,267 commercial pilots' licences being issued, of which 628 or 14.7% went to… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

The photo taken from an aircraft moments after the WTC attacks

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A photo taken from a passenger who states he had never seen light of it since the two planes hit the World Trade Center on the morning of 11th September 2001. This photo has finally emerged from a passenger in a aircraft on departure from Newark airport. (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Air Lingus A319 jet engine shut down in flight

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On 21st November 2014 a Air Lingus A319 jet was on approach to Heathrow airport coming from Shannon as the aircraft approached the runway already descending on its glide slope the crew reported the engine be shut down. This was FLT EL 386. The aircraft aslo preformed a go around. http://www.aeroinside.com/item/4967/aer-lingus-a319-at-london-on-nov-21st-2014-engine-shut-down-in-flight-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

TFRs in effect around KSTL in wake of ferguson announcement

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In the Wake of the Michael Brown shooting, TFRs have been set up around Ferguson, MO to "PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES" (tfr.faa.gov) More...

Man arrested after sneaking onto tarmac at San Jose airport

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A suspect somehow got onto the tarmac at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday, broke away from workers, and stole a maintenance vehicle before he was ultimately arrested at one of facility’s main passenger terminals, authorities said. (www.sfgate.com) More...

Delta to cut four nonstop flights, lay off 84 in Memphis

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Beginning Jan. 5, Delta will scrap Memphis International Airport's non-stops to Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Dallas/Fort Worth, according to a release. (www.bizjournals.com) More...