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This Is The Most Embarrassing Plane-Pooping Story Ever

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I’m not sure if there’s a name for the combination cringe of sympathy and disgust, but I’m pretty sure anyone with a functioning set of bowels and the ability to feel shame will feel that reading this man’s story. A story of a private plane, torrents of lava-poop, and a far-too exposed head. (theaviationweek.net) More...

Boeing launches new 737 aircraft to increase passengers’ capacity

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Boeing airplanes manufacturer has concluded plans to launch a new version of its 737 MAX 7 aircraft, aimed at surviving competition from other plane makers like Airbus and Bombardier. The move, according a report, came amid latest Delta Airlines’ interest in Bombardier’s C-series and Airbus’ A320neo series. Although Boeing is in the initial planning phase, the new model, which is meant to be slightly larger than the smallest of 737 MAX family, was called 737 MAX 7X. (aviationsquad.com) More...

So this is how those airplane toilets are actually emptied

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Planes are full of mystery. We already got to the bottom of why the flight attendant sometimes makes you pull your blind up, and why plane windows are round, but there are other questions that we have. One such question, is how on earth do those plane toilets get emptied? (airlinenews.in) More...

Helicopter carrying at least 13 people crashes near Bergen in Norway

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A helicopter has crashed off the western coast of Norway with local media reporting that 13 to 17 people were on board. Several witnesses described seeing and hearing a powerful explosion, and people were seen in the sea, television station TV2 reported, adding that some people had been rescued. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Headless corpse of stowaway found after he fell from British Airways jet

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THE head of a stowaway who plunged thousands of metres to his death from the undercarriage of a British Airways jet was found in an office air-conditioning unit by shocked staff, an inquest heard. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

This homemade hoverbike is the future of personal aviation

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The Internet's favorite crazy inventor has created a rideable hoverbike, and while it doesn't go much higher than a couple feet, it's a pretty innovative creation. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Qantas to keep Airbus A380s past 2020; talking to Boeing on 777X jets – exec

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Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) plans to keep its Airbus Group (AIR.PA) long-haul A380 aircraft in service beyond 2020, when many will be around 10 years old, a senior executive said, even as it conducts talks with Airbus rival Boeing Co (BA.N) on the latter’s next-generation B777X jets. (www.aviationgossip.com) More...

10 Amazing Commercial Airline Crews in Crisis

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Since the beginning of commercial aviation, thousands of planes have crashed all over the world, with tens of thousands of people injured or killed. When an air disaster strikes, sometimes pilots can’t react in time or do anything to prevent the final catastrophe despite heroic efforts to land their plane safely. Sometimes, though, pilots bring their stricken craft back to earth through a combination of skill and training and maybe some luck, with minimal or no casualties. The following is a… (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Couple confuses two different cities with same name and loses $2300

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Midlands couple arrive at airport for dream holiday to Las Vegas only to discover they had booked from Birmingham in ALABAMA (theaviationweek.net) More...

United Airlines pilot secretly captains his son’s redeployment flight back from Kuwait and surprises him as he boards

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A clever father, who is a Washington D.C.-based pilot, pulled off the surprise of a lifetime on board one of his flights this month. When Capt Mario Lopes, a United Airlines pilot, learned his son was set to return from Kuwait on April 14, he jumped at the opportunity to pilot a military flight to Norfolk, Virginia that same day. Unsure if it was coincidence or fate, Lopes followed his intuition and was able to surprise his son, First Lt Mario Lopes who ended up being a passenger on the flight… (airlinenews.in) More...

Baby born on Jetstar flight named after airline

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A pregnant mother who gave birth on a flight from Singapore has named her son Jet Star in honour of the flight crew who helped her deliver the child. Saw Jet Star was born during the three-hour Jetstar Asia flight from Singapore to Yangon, Burma, on Friday, Asia One reports. Fortunately for the mother, whose family name is Star, there were three doctors on board who helped the stewards guide the woman through labour and deliver her 2.9kg baby. (www.ondair.net) More...

Delta jet aborts takeoff as plane crosses runway

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a Miami-bound Delta Air Lines flight aborted takeoff Wednesday to avoid another aircraft at Atlanta’s airport, the FAA said. The departing plane had to execute a “high-speed slowdown,” according to the airline. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

Pilot faces 15 years in jail after allegedly flying while drunk

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A PILOT gave new meaning to plane buzzing by flying a packed flight from Orlando to New York City while drunk, US federal police said. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Pilot John Crumpton sentenced over NSW plane crash which killed 11yo girl

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A northern New South Wales pilot has been handed a 15-month suspended jail sentence, after his plane crashed, killing 11-year-old Kayla Whitten. Pilot John Crumpton’s plane crashed into power lines before plunging into the Clarence River in April 2014. Crumpton, who received the suspended sentence for reckless flying, was acquitted of manslaughter earlier this year. Ms Whitten and her father, David Whitten, had been on a joy flight at Ewingar in northern New South Wales with Crumpton when the… (www.ondair.net) More...

Virgin America will allow passengers to register to vote in the US election at 35,000 feet

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Virgin America has been named the official airline of Rock the Vote, a non-profit in the US that encourages youth to vote in elections. US citizens will vote for their next president this November. The airline is trying to get more people to participate in that election by allowing flyers to register to vote through the in-flight Wi-Fi for free. The airline, which has previously partnered with Netflix, is also running a poll to see who people would like to see in the White House. The poll… (www.ondair.net) More...

Angry former airport worker gets ultimate revenge by using digger to destroy £3.5m plane

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THIS is the incredible moment that a Russian plane is gutted by a large excavator. It has been widely rumoured that the UTair aeroplane was destroyed by an irate airport worker. The story circulated online that after being fired from his job, the employee decided to smash up the Yak-40 in revenge. (airlinenews.in) More...

Unruly passengers hit and throw food at airline staff over delay

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THREE plane passengers have been arrested after violently attacking ground crew over a delayed flight. (theaviationweek.net) More...

Danger in the cockpit: FAA records show pilots fly drunk, engage in criminal activity

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An American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again, all while allegedly drunk. (www.airlineupdates.net) More...

Boeing Receives Order for 10 Next-Generation 737s

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Aerospace company Boeing (NYSE:BA) said Tuesday that Xiamen Airlines has finalized an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at $960 million at list prices. Xiamen Airlines is a joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and a municipal government, and now has a fleet of 135 airplanes. BA shares were up 1.4% at 132.59 in recent trade, with a 52-week range of $102.10 – $150.59. (aviationsquad.com) More...

Danger in the cockpit: FAA records show pilots fly drunk, engage in criminal activity

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An American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again, all while allegedly drunk. Yet another pilot, from United, allegedly moonlighted as a pimp, running half a dozen brothels out of apartments in Houston, according to authorities. The cases are enough to frighten the flying public, and are not isolated, according to a FoxNews.com investigation. Documents obtained… (www.ondair.net) More...

This Little Boy’s First Flight Reminds Us Why We Love Flying

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If you spend most of your time in-flight watching movies and impatiently waiting for the beverage cart to pass by, a look at this inspiring video can remind you what’s so magical about aviation in the first place. In early April, Irish vlogger and pilot Michael McMahon took his younger brother Robbie, who has Williams Syndrome, on his first flight. (www.airnewslive.net) More...

‘Urgent’ engine fix ordered for Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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OFFICIALS have ordered Boeing to fix engines on some of its 787 Dreamliner aeroplanes to avoid sudden failure in icy conditions, calling the problem an “urgent safety issue”. (theaviationweek.net) More...

Capital Airlines flight attendant violently beaten at Changsha international airport

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AirLive reported on a passenger attacking a flight attendant when his Beijing Capital Airlines flight from Changsha was cancelled due to weather. (cabincrewcenter.com) More...

Has the Boeing 787 an emergency generator (RAT) capability in case of both engine failures?

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In light of the current problems with batteries being experienced with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – which has no hydraulics – I am wondering if you know whether the Dreamliner is equipped with an electrical generator equivalent to the Ram Air Turbine system (RAT) you described for getting emergency hydraulics when the engines fail in flight. (aviationsquad.com) More...

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