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South African Airways CEO Resigns

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Monwabisi Kalawe, the suspended chief executive officer of South African Airways, has resigned with immediate effect from the unprofitable state-owned carrier after facing a disciplinary hearing into alleged misconduct. Kalawe was suspended from Africa’s biggest airline over allegations that included the use of company equipment to record colleagues in his fight against a sexual harassment claim and that he had an affair with a co-worker. SAA has been led in the interim by Nico Bezuidenhout, who… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Flights disrupted as as Chilean volcano erupts

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Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted for the second time in a day, after being dormant for about half a century. The first eruption on Wednesday sent a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometres into the sky, local television images showed. More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from the sparsely populated area about 1,000km south of the capital Santiago and near the tourist town of Puerto Varas. The eruptions also triggered flight cancellations in Chile and Argentina. (www.aljazeera.com) More...

Pilot Report: Citation Latitude

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AIN flew the Latitude on March 30 with Textron Aviation flight-test manager and chief pilot Aaron Tobias. With a spacious flat-floor cabin, efficient performance, excellent handling and a price that might poach sales from some other Citation models, the $16.25 million Latitude adds a tough choice for the buyer of a midsize Citation. The new jet, which should receive FAA type approval shortly, is being certified as an amendment to the Model 680 type certificate, the latest model being the… (www.ainonline.com) More...

Cathay Pacific pilot arrested over Heathrow knives find

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An airline pilot due to fly more than 260 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly possessing knives... (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Korean Air Aerospace to supply A330neo sharklets

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Airbus has selected Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), the aerospace manufacturing division of the Korean Air Group, to supply new Sharklet wingtip devices (winglets) including a wingspan extension for the A330neo – the new variant of A330 Family of widebody aircraft. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing Warns Of Job Relocations If US Ex-Im Bank Goes

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Boeing may have to relocate US-based engineering and manufacturing jobs overseas if Congress eliminates funding for the US Export-Import Bank, chief executive Jim McNerney said. "Most of my engineering and manufacturing jobs are in the United States and I'd like to keep it that way. But without Ex-Im financing, you'd have to start asking the question" about where they should be, McNerney said at a conference sponsored by the US export credit agency. (news.airwise.com) More...

The A380: 10 years at the forefront of air transportation

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Airbus’ 21st century flagship has “shared its love” with passenger and airlines alike in the 10 years since it performed its maiden flight in April 2005. The 21st century flagship highlights Airbus’ passion for aviation as a true game-changer for travellers, with its unrivalled space and comfort aloft, while generating significant revenue for operators. Thirteen operators now fly the double-deck A380 – with the jetliner taking off or landing somewhere in the world every four minutes, on average. (www.youtube.com) More...

A look back at 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

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It was a much different time when the Hubble Space Telescope took off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on this day in 1990. But much like how we've ditched our Umbros for Under Armour and traded our slap bracelets for Apple Watches, Hubble has come a long way since then. (www.theverge.com) More...

Aerial refuelling the F-35

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For long-range missions, aerial refueling is deemed critical for a fighter jet to complete its mission as internal fuel capacity enable only less than 1000 km range and external fuel tanks limit weapon carriage. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

USAF fighters to thrill North Carolina audience

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The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsbro, home to the US Air Force's 4th Fighter Wing equipped with multi-role F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets will host the "Wings Over Wayne Airshow" from May 16-17. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

PICTURES: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Operator Details Expansion Plans

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The operator of Ronald Reagan Washington National airport has released further details of its plans to add a new regional concourse and expand the secure area at US capital’s close-in airport. The $671 million works include a 14-gate new North Concourse built on land occupied by a hangar – and former Interim Terminal – and the existing Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) headquarters building on the north side of the airfield and new security checkpoints on the concourse level… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Qatar Airways Increases Frequency To 10 Destinations Throughout Network

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Qatar Airways has responded to the continuous rise in passenger demand with an increase in the frequency of weekly flights to 10 of its most popular destinations throughout the Middle East and Europe. The airline, which currently flies to 146 destinations around the globe, will implement the frequency increases over the next few months for a mix of business and leisure destinations. (www.qatarairways.com) More...

More Than $1 Billion in Fuel Savings Drive Strong American 1Q Earnings

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American Airlines Group posted a first-quarter net profit of $932 million, nearly doubling net income of $480 million in the 2014 March quarter, as fuel costs decreased 43% year-over-year. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus A380 Makes Maiden Flight (2005)

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Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier recently said something very honest about the Airbus A380. In his opinion the aircraft was “almost certainly introduced ten years too early.” If Airbus had progressed with Brégier-defined pace, the aircraft would have flown for the first time this year, but in reality it did ten years ago on April 27. (aviationweek.com) More...

Wizz Air to debut A321 operations this November

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Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) is planning to commence A321 operations with effect from November 20 onwards ch-aviation can exclusively reveal. Information at hand indicates the Hungarian budget carrier will deploy its maiden aircraft of the type on a 3x daily Budapest-London Luton service while the second aircraft will be used on daily flights from Budapest to Brussels Charleroi, Eindhoven, and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen from December 16 onwards. Thereafter, effective February 26, the third twinjet will… (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

(Video) First Ever Autonomous Drone Aerial Refueling Successful X-47B

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The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy's probe-and-drogue method. (youtu.be) More...

Japanese automaker Honda unveils first business jet

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Honda on Thursday unveiled its first private jet before it hits the market this summer, as the Japanese giant, better known for making cars, targets deep-pocketed business flyers. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Top 5 Reasons for Flight Delays

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Here are the top five reasons for flight delays in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. (aviationweek.com) More...

The Original MRO Annoyance: Gremlins

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Mythical creatures aren’t just for fairy tale books. The MRO industry has its own supernatural creature that has vexed aircraft maintenance workers since World War II. (aviationweek.com) More...

United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

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(Reuters) - United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) would make the swap, which allows it to move aircraft on to different routes to better fit customer demand. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Race to be the new Concorde! Supersonic jets battle to become first aircraft to cut flight times in HALF... reaching speeds of 1,200mph

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Brief article about Lockheed Martin's project N+2, or the race for the next "Concorde". (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Delta To Boost Loss-Of-Control Prevention With New Instructor Training

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Delta Air Lines is sending its senior instructors to a one-week upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) program that includes ground, in-aircraft and full-motion simulator instruction aimed at helping the airline better train its line pilots to avoid or recover from loss-of-control (LOC) incidents. (aviationweek.com) More...

Stronger U.S. Dollar Having Mixed Impacts On Industry

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A decade ago and before the big round of mergers, “international” used to be the magic word for U.S. airlines. It seemed to open up an opportunity for growth despite the mature domestic market, and the weak dollar was seen as a plus. But times have changed. The capacity reductions across its international network announced by Delta Air Lines as it presented first-quarter earnings are pretty substantial: Up to 20% fewer seats to Japan, 15% less to Brazil and up to 25% fewer to the Middle East,… (aviationweek.com) More...

Houston Airports Director Takes “International Growth” Message To India

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The Houston Airport System’s record-setting international growth and how it can help enhance and cultivate business and cultural exchange opportunities is part of the focus during this week’s trade mission to India. (www.houstongovnewsroom.org) More...

FAA investigating if plane dumped toilet paper on neighborhood

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A Pennsylvania family says toilet paper and pieces of plastic that fell across their neighborhood early Monday were dumped by an aircraft, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. (www.upi.com) More...

CH-46 Farewell Flight 4-Ship Formation (Video)

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US Marines with HMM-774 fly four CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters in formation for the last time before the aircraft's retirement as the unit transitions to the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. (youtu.be) More...

Boeing 787 unit loss declines, but deferred costs rise

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Cost control on the Boeing 787 programme showed some improvement on a unit basis in the first quarter, but the company remains far from break-even. If deferred production, unamortised tooling and other costs are factored in, Boeing lost an average of $30 million on each of the 30 787s delivered in the first quarter. That represented an 11% decline from a $34 million unit loss on each of the 35 787s delivered in the fourth quarter of last year. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Northrop X-47B perform maiden autonomous aerial refueling

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Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refueled in-flight. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

UTC to debut Active Side-sticks onboard Irkut MC-21 airliner

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UTC Aerospace Systems has introduced the world's first active side-stick controller for large commercial aircraft developed by its Actuation & Propeller business unit. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Qantas swaps A380s for Boeing 747s on Los Angeles flights

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Qantas will replace its flagship Airbus A380s with Boeing 747s on several flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles over the next six weeks, with one of the airline’s twelve superjumbos currently out of action. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Qatar Airways Shareholders Considered Dissolving the Carrier in 2009, US Dossier Claims

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Qatar Airways shareholders considered dissolving the airline five year ago, amid mounting liabilities, according to a new dossier released by US airlines. (www.arabianbusiness.com) More...

787 Seat Supply Delays Continue But Solution Is Close

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes and French seat supplier Zodiac have not settled all the problems that led to Dreamliner delivery delays in the first quarter, but Boeing CEO Jim McNerney expressed confidence on Wednesday that the partners will resolve all of what remains largely unnamed “issues” by the end of this year’s second quarter. Speaking during the company's first quarter earnings conference call, McNerney also echoed assurances from CFO Greg Smith that the delays of shipments of the first… (www.ainonline.com) More...

easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

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easyJet and Airbus have celebrated their successful partnership at a ceremony in Hamburg to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programmes, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at the event. To celebrate the 250th delivery, easyJet unveiled its newest A320 with a unique livery featuring 250 miniature… (www.airbus.com) More...

Pilot who flies with her feet visits Sun 'n Fun fly in.

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Female pilot borne with out arms flies with her feet. (www.theledger.com) More...

New PiAware hardware, higher performance and easier than ever to build!

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FlightAware's PiAware now include dozens of improvements in the last few months and supports the all-new Raspberry Pi 2. (flightaware.com) More...

MROs Expanding In Central America: Aeroman And Coopesa (Slideshow)

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Aeroman and Coopesa are the largest MRO providers in Central America. See how they are building their businesses by adding new capabilities and hangars. (aviationweek.com) More...

Skywest E-175 for United does emergency descent and emergency landing in Buffalo

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Reports are the plane lost pressurization. Diverted to Buffalo. (www.cnn.com) More...

Airline CEOs Disappointed U.S. Has Not Frozen Gulf Carrier Capacity

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The CEOs of three U.S. carriers are disappointed the government has not frozen the Gulf carriers’ U.S. expansion, and are renewing their call that Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways not be allowed to add new flights to the country until the case over alleged subsidies is resolved. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing 1Q Net Profit Up 38% to $1.34 Billion

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Boeing earned a first-quarter net profit of $1.34 billion, up 38% over net income of $965 million in the 2014 March quarter, as its Commercial Airplanes unit’s revenue continued to soar. (atwonline.com) More...

(Video) Hangar Fire Foam Suppression System Test

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The 138th Fighter Wing conducts a test of a newly installed fire foam suppression system at Tulsa ANG Base. (youtu.be) More...

Poland Pre-Selects the Airbus H225M

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The Airbus H225M has been ordered by Poland. Deliveries are expected to arrive in 2017. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Component flaw delays GEnx engine shipments to Boeing

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A “production quality” problem in the first quarter caused GE Aviation to miss scheduled shipments for 29 GEnx engines, but so far the delay has not affected deliveries for the 787 and 747-8, says GE and Boeing officials. GE Aviation plans to deliver nearly all of the delayed engines during the second quarter and meet a yearly target of shipping 275 to 300 GEnx engines, GE senior vice-president and chief financial officer Jeff Bornstein said on a 17 April earnings call. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Aruba Airlines is coming to Miami

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Aruba Airlines (Aruba) is expanding to Miami. The airline is planning to add the Aruba – Miami route starting on July 2 with five weekly Airbus A320 flights according to Miami International Airport (MIA). (worldairlinenews.com) More...

Sweden opens world’s first remote air control tower

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Sweden on Tuesday inaugurated the world’s first remote air control tower at the northern Ornskoldsvik airport, air traffic authorities said. “The first Remote Tower Services landing!,” Sweden’s Air Navigation Services (LFV) announced on Twitter, under a picture taken from the plane before it landed around noon (1000 GMT). The plane flew from the town of Sundsvall to Ornskoldsvik, around 150 kilometres (95 miles) to the north. Both the take-off and landing were guided by the air traffic control… (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Terrafugia's flying car project is still a couple of years away

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Terrafugia's car/plane hybrid has been "coming soon" for nearly a decade and it will stay that way a bit longer. The Transition vehicle has come a long way since those early renders, and in a talk today Terrafugia COO / VP of Engineering Kevin Colburn explained some of the design decisions involved and what else need to happen before pilots/drivers can climb in. The estimated price seems to have climbed a bit from the $279,000 projection, as he said the company is targeting between… (www.engadget.com) More...

Norwegian announces flights to the Caribbean

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Norwegian Air Shuttle, the ultra low cost European airline that has angered legacy US carriers, has announced new flights from Europe to the US — via its territories in the Caribbean. (jansaviation.com) More...

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