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Drone blamed for Dubai airport closure

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Dubai International airport’s operator is blaming a drone intrusion for an hour-long interruption to services including closure of its airspace for about 30min. The airport, which is the base for Emirates, closed between 08:08 and 08:35 on 28 September. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Missile which downed MH17 transported from Russia, inquiry finds

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The missile that downed Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, adding that more than 100 people were under investigation for the 2014 disaster. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Saab ready for second Swedish remote tower

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Saab will roll out its remote air traffic control system to Sundsvall airport in Sweden in the coming weeks, extending a service that has been in place at Örnsköldsvik airport since April 2015 (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: Flydubai B737 at Multan on Sep 27th 2016, bird strike

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A Flydubai Boeing 737-800, registration A6-FGD performing flight FZ-321 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Multan (Pakistan), was on approach to Multan's runway 36 when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird (avherald.com) More...

Bombardier CS300 begins European route-proving flights

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that its CS300 jetliner—the second CS300 flight test vehicle—has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside first operator airBaltic of Latvia. (atwonline.com) More...

New Aircraft Technology Could Transform These 2 Airlines

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The additional range of Airbus' upcoming A321neo and A321LR aircraft will open up new business opportunities for these 2 U.S. airlines. (www.fool.com) More...

Entire Lufthansa A320 fleet to get Ka-band satellite connectivity

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Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT) has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for Lufthansa Group's entire Airbus A320 aircraft family – approximately 300 aircraft -- bringing broadband communication to the airline’s short- and medium-haul flights, the company said Sept. 26. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: France B777 at Paris on Sep 25th 2016, compressor stall

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The crew, in consultation with dispatch, subsequently decided to divert to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and landed safely on CDG's runway 27L about one hour after departure. (avherald.com) More...

Airbus family flight: A380, A350, A330 and A320 perform spectacular formation flight

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Four Airbus airliners have flown together in formation in a spectacular display flight to mark 25 years of the aircraft manufacturer's "fly-by-wire" system. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Samsung phone emits smoke on Indian airline flight

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Passengers on board an IndiGo flight smelled smoke coming from the baggage bin and alerted cabin crew who saw sparks and smoke coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone, the airline, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said in an emailed statement. (www.reuters.com) More...

The Airbus A380 may finally have an American customer — and it's completely unexpected

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In an interview with Bloomberg's Christopher Jasper, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said his airline is seriously considering the Airbus A380 double-decker jet as a possible addition to the company's fleet. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Terminal at New York's LaGuardia reopened after evacuation

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U.S. authorities reopened a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Friday after an abandoned vehicle prompted its evacuation, media reported. Authorities evacuated Terminal B at about 11 p.m. local time after a car was left unattended with its doors open, several media outlets reported. (www.reuters.com) More...

Cebu Pacific takes first high capacity ATR 72-600

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Philippine low-cost carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific Air has taken delivery of the first ATR 72-600 High Capacity aircraft. Configured with 78 seats, this new ATR 72 option has 10 additional seats compared to the standard 68-seat configuration of the aircraft. (atwonline.com) More...

Russia certifies two GTF engines

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The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee’s Aviation Register (IAC AR) has certified Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G and PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines, enabling the engines to be flown by Russian airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Jetstar plane fills with smoke and diverts

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Video shot by a passenger showed smoke in the cabin as staff prepared to get passengers off the aircraft on landing. Jetstar said there had been a technical fault with an engine. The budget airline denied it was an emergency landing and said smoke entered the cabin only after the plane landed. (www.bbc.com) More...

St Helena islanders want compensation over unusable new £285m airport

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It was due to herald the end of St Helena’s status as Britain’s most marooned but populated island outpost, but instead the airport has become a runway to nowhere, on course to take off as the government’s biggest overseas aid fiasco. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Accident: First B737 at Montreal on Sep 19th 2016, fumes on board

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A First Air Boeing 737-400, registration C-FFNF performing flight 7F-866 from Montreal,QC to Kuujjuaq,QC (Canada) with 69 people on board, was climbing out of Montreal when a strong odour developed in cabin and cockpit causing nausea and headaches to some passengers (avherald.com) More...

'No evidence' MH370 exposed to fire

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Australian authorities have cast doubt on the theory that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have had a fire on board before it went missing. Earlier this month, pieces of debris appearing to show burn marks were recovered in Madagascar (www.bbc.com) More...

GoGo Announces its Next Generation Ground Network to Support In-Flight Connectivity in North America

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it is developing its next generation ground-based technology to better serve the connectivity needs of business and commercial aviation in North America. (business.gogoair.com) More...

Red Bull Pilot Races IndyCar Driver While Inverted

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Air race pilot Kirby Chambliss is so excited about the upcoming Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he flipped at the chance to compete against IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi. This newest stunt rivals Kirby’s antics after he landed on the Strip in Las Vegas before a race last year. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Kuwait Air Force orders Lockheed Martin sniper pod for Eurofighter Typhoon

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Lockheed Martin has received a direct commercial sale contract for the integration of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) onto the Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighter. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Air Canada adds six new destinations to its international network

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Air Canada announced the addition of six new destinations to its international network Wednesday, including year-round Boeing 787-9 service between Toronto and Mumbai and between Vancouver and Taipei. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air eyes 1Q2017 IPO; trio of B777s

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Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) is planning to hold an IPO in March next year owner and group chief executive Chandra Lie has said. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Incident: Etihad B777 at Abu Dhabi on Sep 27th 2016, engine problem

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETL performing flight EY-450 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was in the initial climb out of Abu Dhabi's runway 13R when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and returned to Abu Dhabi. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: American B767 near London on Sep 11th 2016, hydraulic leak

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The Canadian TSB reported the aircraft performed an overweight landing back in Chicago. (avherald.com) More...

The First MRJ Test Aircraft is en Route to the United States

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After a previous attempt last August, the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet has left Nagoya Airport bound to the United States, in order to complete the jetlliner's flight test campaign, prior to certification and subsequent entry into service. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air Canada, WestJet 'colluded' to charge checked bag fee, proposed class action alleges

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Suit aims to get money back for passengers who paid $25 checked luggage fee since October 2014 (www.cbc.ca) More...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

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Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape (www.airbus.com) More...

Husband's Entrails Found in Woman's Checked Bag

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The New York Times reports the woman was carrying a four-inch piece of her late husband's intestine. (www.newser.com) More...

Taiwan's Bid to Join ICAO Was Denied

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Taiwan's request to be invited to the September 27 ICAO meeting in Montreal was denied. ICAO is the UN's regulatory arm for the aviation industry. Taiwan was invited to attend an ICAO meeting in 2013 but has not been invited since. Many suspect that China moved to prevent Taiwan from being invited in order to further isolate Taiwan politically. Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world and the 11th busiest international passenger airport in the world. (thediplomat.com) More...

Volcanic Ash Cancels Flights in Bali

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Volcanic ash is again forcing the cancellation of flights to and from Bali's Denpasar Airport. Tigerair Australia said a scheduled Tuesday night flight from Perth to Bali and a Wednesday morning flight from Bali to Melbourne would not be operating because of volcanic activity from Indonesia's Mount Rinjani. It said advice from its team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre was that conditions were not suitable for flights into and out of Denpasar Airport. It said an update would… (abc.net.au) More...

FIS-B Advisory Service Adding Data, Curtailing Older NOTAMS

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AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September. (www.aopa.org) More...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

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When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have underestimated the creativity of airmen and the pitfalls of public polling. Nukey McMeltface and Trump Bomber were among more than 2,100 submissions to a list that was released by the air branch on Sept. 22 after a number of freedom of information requests were filed seeking the document. (aviationweek.com) More...

Pilot flies around the world taking amazing photographs from the aircraft's cockpit

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Have you ever wondered what can be seen from the cockpit of an aircraft? Pilot Christiaan van Heijst and his friend Daan Krans have the answer to this question. The duo have taken stunning aerial photographs of the Netherlands, Canada, India and China from aircraft cockpits. They run a photography company called Amazing Aviation, specializing in flight-deck images. We look at some of their wonderful images. (www.msn.com) More...

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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The inflight entertainment system maps on some Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft have changed as a new provider introduced more detailed flight maps, the airline said. (news.airwise.com) More...

The missing factor in claim MH370 search is stopping just short of predicted location

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The ATSB has good reasons to exclude the Captain Hardy site for MH370 from its search, but are they good enough? (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

American Boeing 737-800 at Newark on Sep 24th 2016, bird strike

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The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for 24 hours, then positioned to Tulsa,OK (USA) but did not yet resume service 54 hours after landing. (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Flashback 5 Years Ago: Boeing Delivers The First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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On September 25, 2011, Boeing delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA), its first 787-8 Dreamliner. The delivery was a landmark in the history of the jetliner, which despite having a sound commercial success, it was marred with delays, cost overruns and production shortcomings. (airwaysmag.com) More...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

Xiamen Airlines launches first direct international service between Shenzhen and US

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Xiamen Airlines launched its Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service on Monday, the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the U.S. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Monarch Airlines Denies Rumors of Collapse, Ensures Operations Will Continue

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On Monday morning, Monarch Airlines denied rumors that surfaced over the weekend detailing a possible financial collapse of the UK based carrier. Part of the reason these rumors surfaces is because Monarch's CAA license is due to expire and part of the recertification process is proving that the carrier is financially sound. These financial talks went longer than expected, causing some concern. Monarch announced that there will be a "significant investment" made in the near future. (www.bbc.com) More...

Model F-16 Wows Crowd at North Korea's First Air Show

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Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching fireworks. (www.newser.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

F-35A Catches Fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base

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An F-35A caught fire during an exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the Air Force confirmed to Defense News. The incident took place at around noon and involved an F-35A aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron located at Luke Air Force Base, the service said in a statement. No serious injuries seem to have been sustained by the pilot or nearby crew. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Spain's Vueling eyes France-Algeria market

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Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) is planning to enter the France-Algeria market ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

SQ says non-stop A350-900ULR flights to USA will be about sleep, not speed

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Singapore Airlines says the biggest allure of non-stop flights to LAX, JFK will be the chance for non-stop slumber. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Whose sky is it anyway? U.S. drone case tests rights to air space

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When a small town American roofer took legal action against a neighbour for shooting down his drone, the local dispute sparked a case that could help shape the newest frontier of property rights law – who owns the air. (www.msn.com) More...

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