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On Board United's Inaugural 787-9 Flight

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The stretch is in business as United started 787-9 service this week. Step on board. (airwaysnews.com) More...

ATK pitch Russian RD-180 replacement

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ATK has proposed a new solid fueled rocket engine to replace the Russian RD-180 liquid fueled engine onboard Atlas V (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

A320neo first flight on Sept 25

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Airbus A320 jetliner will make its maiden flight on Sept 25 (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

US approves stealthy standoff missiles to poland

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U.S. has approved sale of AGM-158A JASSM to equip Polish F-16s (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Indian Mar Spacecraft prepares to enter Mars

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ISRO successfully fired the Liquid Apogee Motor onboard Indian Mars spacecraft Mangalyaan (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Air NZ sells luxury jet fitout business

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Air New Zealand has sold its cabin interiors and corporate jet fitout business. The airline has sold Altitude Aerospace Interiors to AIM Aviation a British-based airline interiors design, engineering and manufacturing company. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Cause undetermined in fatal Mali air crash

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Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in July said on Saturday there was no obvious lead yet and all possibilities, including terrorism, were being explored. "At the moment... nothing is telling us that we can rule out or confirm terrorism. We are not favouring any line of inquiry," Bernarde Boudaille, of France's Bureau of Investigations and Analyses air safety agency, told reporters in the Malian capital Bamako. (www.news24.com) More...

Pilot Suicides: Fact vs Fiction

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Five commercial pilot murder/suicides considered and why this isn't a simple nor obvious answer for the mystery of MH370 (fearoflanding.com) More...

Watch virgins first 787 assembly

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watch Virgin Atlantics first 787-9 be assembled and painted quickly in this YouTube video (youtu.be) More...

Cabin fire caused fatal U.S. Navy MH-53E crash in January

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Naval Air Force Atlantic Commander released the results of the investigation in to the fatal crash of an Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter off the coast of Virginia on January 8. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

AHRLAC featured at AAD 2014

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South Africa's AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) debuts at 2014 African Aerospace and Defense (AAD) expo (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

MQ-4C Triton completes maiden cross country flight

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U.S Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) completed its maiden cross-country ferry flight from California to Maryland. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Fort Lauderdale Airport Debuts New Runway

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Fort Lauderdale Airport’s new, $826 million runway opened today with JetBlue’s Flight 1028 the first to touch down. The new runway 10R/28L sits on the south of the airport and runs parallel to Fort Lauderdale’s existing 9000 foot runway. The runway is unusual in that the eastern end is a partial bridge to allow traffic on US-1 to flow beneath. (airwaysnews.com) More...

US to field hypersonic weapon in 2020+

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U.S to field HSSW hypersonic missile in 2020+ timeframe (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Boeing announces site of new R & D center in S. Carolina

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Announced in December that a new center was coming. It did not say where. Today it did. (www.postandcourier.com) More...

Problem-plagued plane hits ISIS: F-22 goes into combat

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Washington (CNN) -- The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). (www.cnn.com) More...

Rescue teams will soon have access to global aircraft tracking data

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The disappearance of flight MH370 taught the general public one thing: that flight tracking technology isn't as comprehensive as many might have thought. Current radar doesn't have global coverage, and if a transponder fails (as was the case with the Malaysia Airlines flight) there's little that can be done. Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) promises to improve things, but still won't cover the whole planet. (www.ainonline.com) More...

MRO Checklist: New service contracts

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New service contracts from Bluebird Cargo, AJW Aviation, and Southwest Airlines….. (aviationweek.com) More...

Air France Group Backing MRO As Part Of Growth Plan

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Air France-KLM Group will leverage its growing third-party maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations—particularly engine and component work—with an eye on adding up to €80 million ($104 million) in pre-tax earnings to the group’s bottom line by 2018 through a mix of organic growth and strategic acquisitions... (aviationweek.com) More...

Kids with disabilities become pilots for a day

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CENTENNIAL- A group of Colorado kids with disabilities had the chance to do something most can't say they've never done. With the help of the organization Challenge Air, they got to be pilot for the day, flying high over Centennial Airport. (www.9news.com) More...

Congress Urges FCC To Maintain Ban On Cellphone Calls On Commercial Aircraft

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At the urging of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department (TTD), members of Congress yesterday took action to continue the ban on mobile voice calls onboard commercial aircraft (avstop.com) More...

Video: Crew saves bird from high wire death

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Hats off to this helicopter crew for not letting the bird die on the wire. (www.facebook.com) More...

Grand jury doesn't indict man accused of shooting at helicopter

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In an affidavit attached to the original criminal complaint against (the defendant), an FBI agent stated that Fryer admitted to firing three rounds from a shotgun into the air while a helicopter was overhead, but denied that he ever aimed the weapon at the aircraft. (www.ledger-enquirer.com) More...

The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

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From airfares to safety to the roles of the captain and copilot, ASK THE PILOT take a look at seven of the most persistent and irritating myths and quasi-truths about flying. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

The End of the ATP - Pibots to replace pilots

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Looks like robot manufactures have finally found a viable alternative to airline transport pilots. It's name is Pibot. Regional airlines are rumored to be considering adding pibots in the near future. (www.cnet.com) More...

Airline profits up 64 percent, bag fees generate $900 million in 2nd quarter

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The airline industry strategy of packing cabins to record levels, charging fees for bags, food and entertainment and merging to reduce competition continues to pay off.... (www.stltoday.com) More...

US AIR 751 Diverted to London.

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After diversion enroute to Philly. Flight aware stopped at 06:30(eastern). Flight Finder/andoid stopped a few minutes later with localtion north of Heathrow, 0ft 121 knts. ???????? (flightaware.com) More...

Billionaire’s Supersonic-Jet Plan Gets Help From Airbus

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Texas billionaire Robert Bass’s Aerion Corp., the company working to build a supersonic business jet, will get help from Europe’s Airbus Group NV in its quest to have an aircraft ready by 2021. Airbus, whose Concorde airliner was retired in 2003 after 27 years of service, will provide expertise on design, manufacturing and certification in exchange for access to Aerion’s proprietary technology that reduces drag on wings and the fuselage, the companies said today. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Propeller breaks 13,000 feet in the air

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Tim Cassell crash landed his plane in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada and then he spent 18 hours in the cold before being rescued. The pilot took off in his signal-engine Piper Cherokee plane. However, 20 minutes away from his destination and 13,000 feet high above the San Joaquin Valley, the plane's propeller broke in half. (www.ktvu.com) More...

Baseball Cap A Factor In Midair

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The Canadian Transportation Safety Board yesterday released its finding on a 2013 multiple-fatality midair collision between a Cessna 150 and a motor glider with an analysis that said the 150 pilot was probably wearing a baseball cap that affected his ability to see the glider. While only one of several factors mentioned regarding visibility, including relative positi... (www.avweb.com) More...

Two AAL Flights Return to DFW After Mechanical Issues

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MD-80 and 777-200 return after mechanical issues. No injuries. (www.cnn.com) More...

Plane with cracked windshield makes emergency landing in Wichita

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No one was hurt as a passenger plane with a cracked windshield made an emergency landing at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. The Express Jet airliner, operating as American Eagle, was en route from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Dallas, Texas. It was carrying 49 passengers and 3 crew members when the windshield cracked. The pilots diverted to Wichita, and landed safely shortly after 8:30 a.m. It's unclear how the windshield on the CRJ-200 Bombardier became damaged. (www.kake.com) More...

Virgin America Flight Bound For LAX Makes Emergency Landing In Omaha

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Virgin America flight bound from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted Monday morning after a mid-air scare. Details surrounding the incident remained unclear; however, Flight 363 had to make an emergency landing in Omaha, Nebraska, the airline said. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Airbus and Boeing trade punches over A330neo

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Airbus and its rival Boeing offered customarily divergent takes on the prospects for the A330neo during the ISTAT Europe conference in Istanbul today. Boeing vice-president marketing Randy Tinseth suggests Airbus was wrong to build the A330 aircraft in the past and is wrong again with the A330neo. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA To Create Public Complaint System For Helicopter Noise

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — For the first time ever, federal regulators are expected to respond directly to public complaints about helicopter noise throughout Los Angeles County. KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the Federal Aviation Administration has announced the air traffic regulatory agency will fund a system that allows residents to file complaints over excessively loud helicopters. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Squawk 7700/ Flight AAL997 from KDFW to SAEZ/EZE diverted back to KDFW

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American Airlines Flight AAL997 scheduled to leave Dallas for South America Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm CDT was diverted back to Dallas and safely landed about 12:19 am CDT. The emergency return was apparently due to loss of cabin pressure. (www.breakingnews.com) More...

Atlas Air B744 diverts to Shannon fire indication

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Yesterday a cargo B744 of Atlas Aie registration N499MC was on a cargo flight from MIA to Amsterdam as flight 5Y 5421. The flight crew had preformed a rapid decent after a fire indication light warning had appeared on the instrument panel. The aircraft quickly descended to FLT250 where the crew put there oxygen masks on. Once on the ground the emergency service had to check to see weather a evacuation was necessary. Ther was no trace of any heat or fire aboard. the B744 eventually taxied of the… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Qantas Flight Diverted By Drunk, Booze-Thieving Handcuff Breaker

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Qantas flight 24 from Bangkok to Sydney was diverted to Cairns on Sunday morning, after a drunk passenger repeatedly tried to steal scotch from the service galleys. After being restrained, he broke through the plastic zip-tie handcuffs. And then another pair. And then two more pairs. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Gary Lineker kicks off fundraising run around Manchester Airport as 200 turn out for charities

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4km run clocked up more than £7,000 for charities as runners also got the chance to get up close to the aircraft (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk) More...

Delta B747 Looses engine inflight

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A Delta airlines Boeing 747 looses its engine during climb. I happened to be outside to notice the low flying jumbo jet, which brought the attention to all of my family to watch it loop around and dump the fuel. September 21th, 2014 (avherald.com) More...

Inside the world's greatest plane grave yards

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Take a look at one of the world's biggest plane graveyards. Most which are meade up of Jumbo jets where they go to die or find another life. Qantas have 21 aircraft already sitting awaiting there fate. This documentary shows VH-OGG B763 inflight on its ferried flight from Y/KVCV njoy! http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/60minutes/extraminutes/3797433719001/ (www.jump-in.com.au) More...

Small plane safely makes emergency landing on a road in Liberty

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LIBERTY, Mo. - A pilot was forced to land a small plane on a road near Liberty Hospital on Sunday morning. Liberty police said the aircraft ran out of gas, forcing the landing near on Heartland Drive. No one was hurt. A mobile gas truck refueled the plane, and he took off on southbound 69 Highway as police blocked traffic. (www.kshb.com) More...

Southwest 1704 diverts from KBUR to KLAX with Flaps problem

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According to the LA Times SWA 1704 from Sacramento to Burbank experienced flaps problems and diverted to Los Angeles International for 'high speed landing" on September 20. The aircraft flew on to Burbank later in the day. (www.latimes.com) More...

United Airlines turning a corner with time and improved technology

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United Airlines is improving its on-time rates after a rocky start to the year, rolling out new technology in airports and planes, and ridding itself of smaller 50-seat regional jets that aren't economical for the airline anymore, Jim Compton, United's chief revenue officer, said at a major aviation conference in Chicago on Sunday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Republic Airways signs landing gear maintenance contract

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TAT Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, announced Sunday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Piedmont Aviation Component Services, has signed a seven year landing gear Maintenance Support Agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. covering their Embraer E - 175 fleet. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Navy's Triton Drone Completes Cross Country Flight

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The possible uses for this technology are spectacular and frighting at the same time. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

2 killed in Va. plane crash at race track

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ALTON, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say two people were killed in a plane crash at Virginia International Raceway. The crash occurred Friday afternoon in Alton. Police say no one on the ground was injured. The two who were killed were the pilot and a passenger. (www.wtop.com) More...