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Boeing made a ‘major mistake’ 12 years ago that left its customers in the lurch

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The 757 was always a bit of an odd duck for Boeing.It’s a twin-engine, narrow-body airliner that’s larger than the run-of-the-mill 737, but smaller than wide-body jets like the 787 Dreamliner. It’s a true tweener in Boeing’s lineup. Even though the Renton, Washington-based airplane maker was able to book more than 1,000 orders for the jets over its two decades in production, it was never a hot seller. By the early 2000s, sales of the 757 had all but dried up and Boeing put the plane out to… (www.facebook.com) More...

A pilot’s view of take-off and landing: Watch fascinating footage of plane hurtling down runway as captain explains what REALLY happens in the cockpit

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If you’re a nervous flier, hearing ‘V1’ is when your heart would probably leap because, as Captain Richard Brown, CEO of Atlantic Star Airlines, explains, this is ‘take-off decision speed’. Beyond this velocity, the aircraft cannot be safely stopped on the ground and must become airborne. Captain Brown, a pilot with 20 years’ aviation experience with Boeing 777s, 787s and 747s, came to MailOnline Travel’s headquarters to reveal exactly what happens behind the flight deck door for a series of… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Furious passenger shames seatmate for invading their space

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What’s going on here made one passenger seriously furious at his seatmate. So furious that he ended up taking his rage public. (www.facebook.com) More...

Boeing 777 plane makes emergency landing after cabin crew find ‘suspicious mobile phone on board’

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A London-bound passenger plane has made an emergency landing after cabin crew found an unattended mobile phone on board. The Turkish Airlines flight, from Istanbul, stopped at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport. The device was found mid-air and nobody claimed it when the cabin crew made an announcement asking who it belonged to. The pilots contacted Nikola Tesla airport to make an unscheduled landing. (airlinenews.in) More...

Video – How do you start an airliner ?

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You don’t start a plane like a car, simply because an airliner has no ignition key. To start the engines, pilots must follow a triple stage procedure. On long-haul jets, such as the Boeing 777 or Airbus A350, everything begins by turning on the auxiliary power unit (APU). In the cockpit, pilots turn the “APU” switch to “On”. The APU then starts and provides the pneumatic energy required to turn the engines over. The second stage is then to turn the “Start / Ignition” button from the “Norm” to… (airlinenews.in) More...

The precise details of how airlines are gouging you for money

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A few carriers are openly marketing the so-called family fee. Frontier Airlines, which since 2014 has charged for all advance seat assignments, has a drawing of two people with a child on its website saying paying is recommended to “keep your party together.” Parents face the choice of adding fees on top of fares or begging other travelers on packed flights to switch seats so children aren’t sitting alone with strangers. Often when there are seats available that don’t require fees, they are all… (www.yahoo.com) More...

17 Boeing Employees Arrested

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Yesterday, we reported exclusively that more tax evasion arrests were in the works for employees working at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility. These arrests were to be in addition to the eleven Boeing employees pinched last month on similar charges. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

What’s not to like about the Boeing 757? I’ll show you.

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Powerful engines providing stellar performance and short field capabilities are just some of the features that set the Boeing 757 apart from the rest. But there has to be something that pilots dislike on the airplane, right? (www.facebook.com) More...

Seconds from disaster: Pilots of Lufthansa passenger plane forced to dodge THREE drones after ‘lucky’ spot during landing

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An investigation is underway after a Lufthansa passenger jet was forced to take evasive action against three drones spotted by sheer luck before it landed in Bilbao. The near-miss is said to have happened on Saturday and was reported by the pilots to the control tower as the plane arrived from Frankfurt. It has been described as the most serious incident involving drones at the airport to date. The trio of potentially lethal drones were spotted at around 900 metres (2,950 feet) within protected… (airlinenews.in) More...

What is Causing All of This Severe Turbulence?

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There may be a reason behind your bumpy ride. Turbulence and the injuries caused onboard because of it have been a hot topic in the news. It seems like every other day a plane is facing a severely bumpy ride landing many passengers and crew members in the hospital with injuries. On Monday night a flight was forced to return to Boston after hitting extreme turbulence that caused people to throw up, pass out, and other bodily injuries. And just over a week ago, eight people were sent to the… (www.facebook.com) More...

Passenger plane diverts after ‘screaming’ man attempts to light a cigarette and open aircraft door at 36,000ft

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A pilot was forced to divert a passenger plane just an hour into its flight after a ‘screaming’ man attempted to light up a cigarette and open the aircraft’s door at 36,000ft. The Vancouver-bound Lufthansa flight took off from Munich at 2.50pm on Sunday but was forced to divert to Hamburg after a passenger began to behave erratically, local media reported. One man on the flight said the flyer – who was later diagnosed with a mental disorder – started ‘being difficult’ at the beginning of the 10… (www.facebook.com) More...

Passenger hits a female flight attendant on the back while boarding plane at DIA

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A man who police say got into a dispute with staff while boarding a plane at Denver International Airport Sunday afternoon received a citation after hitting a female flight attendant on the back. Denver Police say the suspect, identified as Paramjit Parmar, wouldn’t comply with Spirit Airlines staff when they told him where he could and couldn’t put his child seat. Authorities say Parmar started shouting and ultimately struck the flight attendant with his hand. (airlinenews.in) More...

Southwest Airlines Pilots Are Fed Up — and They Aren’t Alone

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On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines raised its dividend 33% and launched a new $2 billion share buyback program at its annual meeting in Chicago. Outside, hundreds of Southwest’s pilots picketed the meeting. Pilots also picketed at Chicago’s Midway Airport, where Southwest Airlines is the dominant carrier. The pilots are frustrated by the fact that they still haven’t reached a new contract deal with Southwest, four years after the previous contract became amendable. (www.facebook.com) More...

Lufthansa’s Hilarious New Ad Tackles German Stereotypes

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Historically Lufthansa hasn’t exactly been known for their ad campaigns. Furthermore, the advertising they have done hasn’t been especially captivating, in my opinion. Most of it doesn’t highlight their actual product, route network, or build an emotional connection. Instead it mostly uses vague slogans like “Nonstop You,” without expanding too much on what that means to them. Earlier in the month Lufthansa released a hilarious new ad, which I just saw for the first time. In the ad two guys are… (www.facebook.com) More...

25 Awesome In-Flight Photos Taken by Pilots from the Cockpit

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Some people just have cooler offices than others… offices with a view… an ever-changing view that can include everything from the aurora borealis, to gorgeous cityscapes, to well-lit concrete slabs flying by at hundreds of miles per hour. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re talking about pilots, specifically the pilots on 500pxwho consistently upload some of the coolest “photos of my office” you’ve ever envied. From detail shots of mind-blowingly complicated control panels, to sunset, to… (www.facebook.com) More...

Dad sold everything for wife’s cancer treatment both killed in doomed EgyptAir flight

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Among the victims on board the doomed EgyptAir flight was a husband and wife who had sold everything to pay for lifesaving cancer treatment and now leave behind their three young children as orphans. Ahmed Ashery (31) sold his family’s flat and car to raise money so his wife, Reham, could undergo cancer surgery in France. The couple left their young son and two daughters with his mother and spent a month in Paris, where Mrs Ashery had surgery and seemed on the path to a full recovery. (airsoc.com) More...

13 ATC Phrases You’ve Never Heard

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es, these are real terms. And believe it or not, you can find them in the Pilot/Controller Glossary......... 1) ALERFA ---- It sounds like it might be some sort of bacteria, but ALERFA actually stands for ‘alert phase’. It’s a situation where ATC thinks the safety of an aircraft or its occupants might be in question. (aviationsquad.com) More...

Breaking News: General Manager of Atlanta Airport Was Fired

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Miguel Southwell is no longer the general manager of the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, as he was reportedly fired from his job, according to this article posted moments ago from WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta — and a contributing factor for his departure is that wait times in lines at the security checkpoint increased to greater than one hour at one of the busiest airports in the world, which resulted in harsh criticism that left many… (aviationsquad.com) More...

Small WWII-Era Plane Crashes in Hudson River; Body Recovered

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A small World War II vintage plane taking part in celebrations of its 75th anniversary flew a partial loop while smoke spewed from it and then crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Friday, and divers recovered a body from its sunken wreckage, police and witnesses said. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Pictures & Video: Korean B777 at Tokyo on May 27th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine fire

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A Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL7534 performing flight KE-2708 from Tokyo Haneda (Japan) to Seoul Gimpo (South Korea) with 302 passengers and 17 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Haneda's runway 34R when unusual vibrations were felt throughout the aircraft and smoke was seen from the left hand engine (PW4098). The crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 1300 meters/4200 feet down the runway. Large flames were seen from the left hand engine, the… (avherald.com) More...

Air France shirt-ripper trial postponed

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Members of a union spearheading protests in France rallied at a courthouse on Friday in support of five people who risk prison over an incident in which Air France executives had their shirts ripped to shreds by employees furious over planned job cuts. The rally was timed to coincide with hearings -- ultimately put off until September -- in a trial where the five stand accused of aggravated violence, an offence that carries a sentence of up to three years in jail. (uk.reuters.com) More...

French aviation body tells airlines to fuel up abroad amid strikes: Air France

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France's civil aviation body wants airlines to fuel up abroad during the current protests at refineries and depots to ensure two complete flights, an Air France spokesman told AFP Friday. (sg.finance.yahoo.com) More...

Icon A5 production slowdown amid customer backlash

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The California-based start-up ceremonially delivered the first aircraft as a charitable donation to the Young Eagles, a youth aviation organisation, in July 2015. But ambitious plans to aggressively ramp up deliveries to 175 aircraft in 2016 have been thwarted by quality control issues by suppliers and at the final assembly stage, Icon says in a statement released on 24 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

MH370: BBC reader finds possible debris in Mozambique

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Experts following the disappearance of MH370 say it is likely that a new piece of debris found on a Mozambique beach came from the missing plane. Luca Kuhn von Burgsdorff contacted the BBC on Thursday to say he found the fragment on the Macaneta peninsula. (www.bbc.com) More...

The 11 Worst Soviet Aircraft

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The Soviet Union lasted a mere sixty-nine years (the Spitfire has been flying longer), but in that time produced some of the largest, fastest, toughest and most agile aircraft. Even now, 25 years after its collapse, almost all Russian and Ukrainian aircraft have their roots in the communist super state. Favoring clever robust design over high technology and refinement, the Soviet approach enabled the mass production of cheap machines. Many of these were outstanding, but some – for reasons of… (hushkit.net) More...

Bristol's Concorde to Get a New Home

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Aerospace Bristol held a Ground Breaking Ceremony to mark the start of the construction of the new home of the final Concorde to be built, and the last to fly. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Korean Air evacuates plane at Japan's Haneda airport after engine smoke

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Korean Air Lines evacuated 319 passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close down Japan's busiest aviation hub. Images broadcast by NHK showed the Boeing 777 on a runway being sprayed with foam by fire trucks, with four of its emergency slides deployed. The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney… (www.reuters.com) More...

Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

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The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m.The project hilighs renewable energy. (www.spokesman.com) More...

Signals detected from EgyptAir Flight 804 in Mediterranean

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Airbus has detected signals from the Mediterranean Sea where EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed last week. The signals were emitted by the plane's emergency locator transmitter. (edition.cnn.com) More...

Two Navy fighter planes collide off NC

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(CNN) Two Navy fighters collided off the North Carolina Coast on Thursday and a fishing boat rescued all four crew members, officials said. The two F/A-18F Super Hornets "were involved in a flight mishap" about 10:40 a.m., said Ensign Mark Rockwellpate, a Navy spokesperson. A commercial fishing crew plucked four aviators, two from each aircraft, from the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet, the Coast Guard said. (www.cnn.com) More...

Incident: Westjet B737 at Toronto on May 15th 2016, rejected takeoff due to engine wash

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A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GZWS performing flight WS-1246 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Tampa,FL (USA) with 154 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Toronto's runway 23 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed (just below 80 knots) reporting smoke in the cockpit. (avherald.com) More...

EgyptAir Jet Emergency Beacon Signal Detected

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Egyptian search teams have detected an emergency signal from the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 that could help them locate the aircraft’s fuselage on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, the lead investigator into the disaster said Thursday. (www.msn.com) More...

European airlines protest Norwegian passenger tax

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A4E said the Norwegian government’s plans to introduce the NOK80 ($9.65) tax on both departing domestic and international passengers this summer will harm Norway’s airline sector and the wider economy. (atwonline.com) More...

Computer Glitch Forces Brief Ground Stop For All LAX Flights

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A computer software problem resulted in a ground stop of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for a time Thursday before technicians were able to resolve the issue, authorities said. The software problem at the FAA’s Approach Control in San Diego was reported about 7:20 a.m. and only affected LAX, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All departing and arriving flights were affected by the ground stop, but the restriction was quickly lifted for… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

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Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Guy Sends Airline a Merry Letter, Actually Gets What He Wants

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Alex Hamberger is flying the friendly skies Thursday to visit his infant niece several states away—a trip made even friendlier after American Airlines dropped the change fee issued when he had to cancel his original flight, CNN reports. (www.newser.com) More...

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