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Fly ruins in flight meal for Emirates passenger

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A female passenger on board a Emirates flight from Auckland to LHR Heathrow was shocked to find a fly in her in flight meal or her salad. My God what is wrong with the Catering at NZAA/AKL don't they check these meals before they are put into in flight trolleys and carted onto the truck to go out to the aircraft. I mean Emirates is a top airline for service and there public relations tools are good. I wonder how many other in flight meals could have insects in them. I know they out source there… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

TAM B737 struck by hail storm

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A TAM ailines Boeing 737 with flight number JJ3307 enroute from Rio to Natal in Brazil, was at FL18000 when it was struck by lighting. The pilot had know idea where he was as if he was flying blind. During the flight. The Boeing 737 jet struck a hail storm badly damaging the aircraft. (www.9news.com.au) More...

Air New Zealand up's the competition on airfares not a problem

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The Kiwi airline air new zealand has come out publicly stating it will up the anti on airfare war prices and add hundreds or thousands of seats to it's growing network worldwide. The CEO Chris Luxton said even though these are tough times for airfare wars they should have plenty of room to compete with there competitors. He also made a statement congratulating the CEO Allan Joyce of Qantas for a $ 206 million dollar profit for Qantas. In return Qantas CEO said air new zealand is the number one… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Thunderbolt on a Ryanair flight, fear for 174 passengers!

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Fear for 174 passengers on board of a Ryanair B737-800 flight FR8922 from Palermo to Treviso (Italy) on the morning of 23rd Feb 2015. Few minutes after the take off from Palermo during a rain storm the plane was hit by a thunderbolt. An emergency landing had to be undertaken at Orio al Serio airport (Bergamo), then the flight followed again to Treviso. (tribunatreviso.gelocal.it) More...

U.S. Air Force Marks First RQ-4 non-Military Base Landing

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In preparation for the 2015 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition. (www.af.mil) More...

Claims have being made that MH370 flew to the Antartica and crashed

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Claims made by NZ have said the MH370 B772 made three turns before it disappeared of radar and headed towards the Antarctica and maybe down on the ice some where. The claim comes to say the plane had flown a lot longer after it's disappearance and could have gone south towards the harsh environment. I personally doubt that as the flying time and fuel on board would have run out way before the plane entered the Antarctica region. Further more it could be speculation again as Mc Murdo tower would… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Thomas cook B753 near Budapest, smoke in flight deck

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B753 by markyharky (license CC by) A Thomas Cook Boeing 757-300, registration G-JMAA performing flight MT-1125 from Sofia (Bulgaria) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 280 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 100nm south of Budapest when the crew declared PAN reporting "smoke in the flight deck" and decided to divert to Budapest. While descending towards Budapest the crew performed the smoke drills and subsequently reported that the smoke and fumes in the flight deck had dissipated… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

New aircraft tracking system to be trialled

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AUTHORITIES will trial a “world first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. (www.news.com.au) More...

Canada's Bombardier launches its biggest jetliner yet

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Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian manufacturer Bombardier's largest ever passenger jet, the CS300, made its maiden test flight Friday after billions of dollars spent on development and long delays. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Iraq Rotary Wing Transportation Services

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The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Specialized Transportation Branch, is seeking sources that may be able to provide four heavy rotary wing aircraft capable of flying 150 hours per aircraft per month. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Boeing Named ‘Eco-Company of the Year’ by Air Transport World

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] was named “Eco-Company of the Year” by Air Transport World (ATW) at the trade publication’s 41st Annual Industry Achievement Awards. ATW editors credited Boeing for “ever-more fuel and emissions-efficient aircraft” such as the 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and 777X, the company’s global effort to develop sustainable aviation biofuels and the Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program, which tests new technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Boeing Statement on Air Tahiti Nui Commitment for Two 787-9 Dreamliners

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SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) is pleased that Air Tahiti Nui has announced a commitment to purchase two 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $514 million at current list prices, will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website when finalized. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Inside the superyacht of the skies! £400million Boeing aircraft converted into the ultimate private jet

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Greenpoint Technologies have transformed a Boeing 747-8 and delivered to one unidentified owner Plane can normally cater for around 450 passengers, and is the world's longest passenger jet Includes an 'Aeroloft' that has exclusive private areas for relaxing and sleeping (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Russia’s Bear: The old-fashioned plane still thriving

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The Tupolev Tu-95 first thundered over Soviet parades in the mid-1950s. Why does this giant, propeller-driven bomber still make headlines nearly 60 years later? Stephen Dowling investigates. (www.bbc.com) More...

Commercial drones have leapt far ahead of regulators

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The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be hammered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and computing market. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Australians Develop Drone That Talks To Air Traffic

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A team of Australian scientists has developed a drone equipped with a computer voice and speech recognition, combined with the flight computer. Therefore, the UAV can in case of need to communicate with the air traffic control of an airport and, if necessary, make turns. The system for this purpose heard the terms laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization . (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Airbus confirm A380 break-even in 2015

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Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer during the annual press conference confirmed the Airbus A380 program will break-even in 2015. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

From rust bucket to showpiece: Volunteers are rescuing the first Boeing 747

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TWO YEARS AGO, Museum of Flight curator Dan Hagedorn walked through the decaying fuselage of RA-001, the first Boeing 747, frowned and offered a frank assessment: “No museum, anywhere, has ever faced a restoration project of this magnitude,” he said, predicting a long, piecemeal rehab of the once-proud symbol of Seattle-area big thinking. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Gulfstream G650ER Demonstrates Its Long-Range Capability, Travelling 8,000 NM Nonstop

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SAVANNAH, Georgia, February 19, 2015 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that the Gulfstream G650ER has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the farthest flight in its history. On January 22, a G650ER, owned by Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited, flew 8,010 nautical miles/14,835 kilometers nonstop, (gulfstreamnews.com) More...

Runway Closures At LAX To Cause Flight Delays

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials at Los Angeles International Airport offered a tour Friday of an upcoming airfield maintenance and runway construction project that will result in phased closures of the airport’s four runways and possible flight delays. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Delta loses Westminster show dogs

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We may finally have an answer to one of modern life’s more enduring questions. No, not one about the meaning of life or our place in the universe, but the query posed more than a decade ago by those modern day Bahamian philosophers The Baha Men. Who let the dogs out? Delta Airlines, allegedly. A group of show dog owners who were flying home from the Westminster Dog Show claimed that the airline lost their precious (and prestigious) pets at New York’s JFK airport. The beyond-angry owners said… (roadwarriorvoices.com) More...

General Aviation Mechanic Lied About Completing Annual, Hit with $13 million verdict

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Charged Cessna owner for new parts, didn't install them; said he completed annual but only changed the oil. Pilot seat slips in flight, pilot is killed. (www.aviationlawmonitor.com) More...

Airbus Offers On-Wing Engine-Maintenance Shelter

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Airbus Customer Services is offering an inflatable tent for engine maintenance to provide better working conditions to perform an on-wing job in adverse weather when the conventional hangar is occupied... (aviationweek.com) More...

Bombardier CS300 takes off for 1st test flight

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Bombardier saw one of its CS300 jets take off from Mirabel airport in Montreal today, the first time the company's larger CSeries plane has taken to the skies. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Researchers Create 1st (and 2nd) 3-D Printed Jet Engines

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Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. (www.gizmag.com) More...

Potential aircraft purchase by US Forest Service

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The U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management office is conducting market research, for planning purposes only, regarding interested vendors/contractors who are capable of providing one new manufactured, multi-engine, turboprop aircraft with a payload of at least 34,000 pounds for purchase. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

New Fort Lauderdale Service to Increase JetBlue’s Presence at BWI

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JetBlue Airways intends to expand its presence at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport in November, when it launches twice-daily service linking the Maryland airport with Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Southwest Announces Eight More Routes and Eight Additional Flights from Love Field

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Southwest Airlines has announced new routes to eight additional cities from Dallas Love Field as part of a service expansion that will see it add 16 more flights a day from the airport on August 9. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Higher Altitudes Cleared For GE-Powered 787, 747-8 In Icing

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General Electric is introducing a final series of software and hardware improvements to mitigate the threat of core icing on its GE90 and GEnx engines, and is using lessons learned from the modifications to ensure no ice-related surprises occur with the GE9X in development for Boeing’s 777X. (aviationweek.com) More...

Arinc, SITA Roll Out New Tracking Options For Airlines

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The drive for cost-effective near-term flight-tracking solutions ahead of forthcoming international standards and rules has the airline industry’s two main cockpit data services providers reinventing and evolving legacy products and services to suit. Rockwell Collins' Arinc and SITA have both developed new packages that will allow airlines in many cases to cost-effectively transition from what had been passive, infrequent flight following to active tracking. (aviationweek.com) More...

Airbus Assures On A380 Break-Even This Year

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Airbus Group has assured that its A380 will achieve production break-even this year, as it unveiled a strong full-year commercial aircraft performance. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

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You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

MH370: 40 percent search completed

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The underwater search to locate the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues as the world prepares to commemorate a year. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Airbus Posts Higher 2014 Profit and Increases A320 Build Rates

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Airbus Group NV reported a 15 percent gain in annual profit after increasing commercial plane deliveries and announced plans to boost monthly production of its workhorse A320 single-aisle aircraft to 50 a month by 2017. Earnings for 2014 before interest, tax and one-time items rose to 4.07 billion euros ($4.56 billion ) from 3.54 billion euros, beating estimates by analysts for 3.84 billion euros. The company took a charge of 551 million euros for penalties related to delays of its A400M… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Plane lands safely after landing gear failure near Wichita airport

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WICHITA, Kan. - An airplane carrying 67 passengers landed safely at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Wednesday night after reporting landing gear failure about four minutes out from the airport. (www.kwch.com) More...

Did United Create a Route for One Very Important Passenger?

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Did the Columbia flight began as United's effort to curry favor with a public official it felt it needed to keep happy? (www.bloomberg.com) More...

What I learned flying aboard the world's crappy airlines

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A humorous travel blog looking at the worse in air travel. (www.travelandleisure.com) More...

Guilty Plea in Iran, F-35 Data Smuggling Case

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WASHINGTON — A Connecticut-area man has pleaded guilty to stealing technical data on the engines for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 joint strike fighter with the intent to ship it to Iran, the FBI announced Thursday. Mozaffar Khazaee, 60, will be sentenced in May and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Boeing, FedEx battle back against U.S. airlines on Gulf competition

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A push by three U.S. airlines to curb competition from Gulf state carriers has triggered a sharp response from other powerful U.S. aviation companies including Boeing Co. and FedEx Corp., potentially complicating the airlines' campaign for Obama administration support. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Awesome Blue Angels

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Watch how these pilots endure multiple g's.Amazing view from inside the cockpit as they do their acrobatics at a show. (www.youtube.com) More...

Man tried to steal multimillion dollar plane in Ocala, police say

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Ocala -- A man tried to steal a $2.5 million dollar plane from Ocala International Airport Wednesday, according to the Ocala Police Department. (www.wftv.com) More...

Spirit Air Doesn't Care You Hate All Its Extra Fees

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No one goes to Chick-fil-A and complains they can't get a burger. And people shouldn't come to Spirit if they want lots of legroom." That quote's source? Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza speaking to the Wall Street Journal, explaining that yes, there've been lots of gripes about his airline, but, he says, there's a reason people keep flocking back: They can't get enough of the airline's low fares. (www.newser.com) More...

A survival guide for circling approaches.

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I have always considered circling approaches one of the more dangerous things you can do in an airplane legally. Especially at night! Many corporate operators and most airlines prohibit them. Read this and give it some thought. It might lengthen your career. (aviationweek.com) More...

WestJet Encore kicks off operations out of Québec City – New carrier to offer more flights to Toronto

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QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Starting March 15, travelers will have access to more WestJet flights to and from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The airline’s regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, will ramp up WestJet’s service by operating two daily flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport, WestJet’s hub in Eastern Canada. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

Southwest announces new Dallas routes

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Southwest Airlines announced eight new destinations from its headquarters at Love Field on Thursday, the second wave of destinations that were made possible by two gates the airline acquired. (jansaviation.com) More...

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him. (www.wired.com) More...

American Airlines Selects Mesa Airlines to Operate New Bombardier CRJ900s

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American Airlines has selected Phoenix-based regional Mesa Airlines—which operates as American Eagle and US Airways Express—to operate seven new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft for a 10-year term under the American Eagle brand. The aircraft, recently purchased by Mesa, will bring the total number of CRJ900s operated by the company to 64. (atwonline.com) More...