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Fiji Airways loses court case over leasing SIA B744 jets

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Fiji Airways who a year ago was called former air pacific has lost a huge court case in the high court of fiji against the leasing of two Boeing 747-400 jets which were on lease from SIA (Singapore airlines) even though these aircraft have being retired from the fleet and scrapped. Fiji airways has had to settle the on going in paid leasing arrangements resulting in a 1.5 million court case. http://www.fijitimes.com/ (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

F-15 Amazing landing!!! (Video)

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This came to me in the form of an e mail. I found it more than fascinating, I hope you all enjoy it. (biggeekdad.com) More...

Did hacker take control of U.S. flight from his seat?

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FBI: Cybersecurity analyst claims he grabbed control of plane via in-flight entertainment system (news.yahoo.com) More...

British Chinooks turned back from Nepal

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Three RAF Chinook helicopters sent to Nepal to help the aid effort in the country are to return to the UK having not been used, the government has said. The CH47 Chinooks left the UK two weeks ago to help transport "life-saving aid supplies" and reach stranded victims "in desperate need" of help. But the helicopters have been grounded in Delhi, in India, for the past week. The Ministry of Defence said it was "disappointed", saying the decision had been made by the… (www.bbc.com) More...

Court frees ex-Korean Air executive in 'nut rage' case

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SEOUL -Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison on Friday after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was given for her outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts. Cho, the daughter of the airline's chairman, was sentenced in February to one year in prison over the Dec. 5 incident at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, where she forced a plane to return to its gate in order to expel the flight's crew chief. (www.torontosun.com) More...

Airbus sees 'significant' orders at Paris Airshow

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Airbus (AIR.PA) expects to win a "significant number" of orders at next month's Paris Airshow, a senior executive said on Thursday. Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Marwan Lahoud was speaking at a news conference hosted by France's GIFAS aerospace industry association, of which he is also president. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner

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Airbus and Boeingare betting their futures on a new generation of long-range widebody twins with better fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and reduced noise and emissions compared with today’s two- and four-engine widebodies. (aviationweek.com) More...

Lufthansa Group airlines achieve 3.84 litre/100 km fuel efficiency

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Passenger aircraft of Lufthansa Group airlines have once again set a record for airplane fuel efficiency in 2014, consuming an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene to carry a passenger 100 kilometres. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Icelandair Inaugurates First Ever Portland, Oregon to Iceland Service

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With the departure of Icelandair flight #665 on May 20, 2015 passengers in Portland, Oregon now have another option for travel to Europe. (www.icelandair.us) More...

Software Cut Off Fuel Supply In Stricken Airbus A400M Airlifter Crash; Killed four Crew

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New software may have cut-off fuel supply that caused crash of the transport plane. (aviationweek.com) More...

Delta Requests to Start Flying Between Orlando and Brazil

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Delta Air Lines has requested for approval to start flying four weekly flights between Orlando and Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 19, 2015. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Air Dry – New Customizable Dishwasher for Galleys

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Jet Aviation Basel developed an inflight dishwasher that only requires 3 liters of water for a 3-minute wash cycle. The advanced aviation dishwasher (ADW) can use eco-friendly soap to clean silver and aluminum dishes. (aviationweek.com) More...

Dutch Government Blocks Gulf Carriers From Expanding

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The Dutch Government is blocking the Gulf carriers from expanding at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. According to the newspaper Financieele Dagblad, the government cites “unfair competition with Air France-KLM” as the reason for its actions. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Boeing discussing international A-10 Warthog sales

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Boeing has floated the idea of selling refurbished A-10 Warthogs to other nations as the US Air Force seeks to retire the venerable attack airplane. The company is currently extending the service life of the air force’s A-10 fleet through a re-winging programme, and it recently delivered its 100th modification with more than 70 modifications left on contract. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Man angry about overbooked flight strips off and throws naked tantrum in middle of the airport

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Travelers at a North Carolina airport had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning when a man stripped naked to protest at his flight being overbooked. According to witnesses at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the man was attempting to get on board a US Airways flight to Jamaica. One witness said he heard a man yelling and sounding very angry. An airport employee told her that the man was angry over his flight. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

(Cockpit video) TBM Avenger emergency landing

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TBM Avenger participating in the V-E Day flyover experiences smoke in the cockpit and makes an emergency landing at KDCA. (www.youtube.com) More...

Top 10 Airframe MROs (Slideshow)

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Aviation Week's biennial survey examines 2014 data to assess airframe maintenance providers. These are 10 of the biggest. (aviationweek.com) More...

FED EX oldest DC10-30F to be scrapped

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fedex will be retiring th grand three holler DC10-30 which is at the age of 45 years old this DC10 has served a long haed life with a few different carriers and was once the most advanced aircraft in the world in it's era back in the early seventies. N565FE served with American airlines PAN AM Northwest and then UAL until she was retired from passenger service the aircraft will be retired from August this year and flown to KVCV for the chop sad to here but that is great for a aircraft surviving… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Poop Raining From Sky Ruins Girl's Sweet 16

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At least the party was memorable. Pennsylvania teen Jacinda Cambray was celebrating her Sweet 16 birthday with about 40 guests in her family's backyard on Sunday when a party pooper brought the event to a screeching halt. (www.newser.com) More...

'Go Away': US Spy Plane Warned by China

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"This is the Chinese navy. … This is the Chinese navy. … Please go away … to avoid misunderstanding." That was one of the warnings a CNN team heard aboard a P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft yesterday as part of a US mission over man-made islands created by the Chinese military in the South China Sea "to extend its zone of influence," as CNN frames it. (www.newser.com) More...

Honeywell's Symmetry integrated flight deck gets airborne on the G500 first flight.

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10 touchscreen controllers replace all avionics and switches on Gulfstream's clean sheet G500. See the first flight video. (planelopnik.com) More...

Aviation Week Announces Top 10 Airframe MRO Providers

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Aviation Week’s biennial Top 10 Airframe MRO compilation serves as a barometer of the commercial aviation aftermarket. (aviationweek.com) More...

White hat hacker says he can control Boeing planes in-flight: roundup

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"[Chris] Roberts voluntarily told the FBI in Denver about hacking into airplane systems 15 to 20 times, gaining control of an airplane’s engines on one occasion. The affidavit said Roberts came to FBI agents in Denver in February and March to outline how he’d gained access to important systems aboard certain Boeing 737s, 757s and Airbus A-320 model planes that had Thales or Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems with seatback video monitors." (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Photos, review: Singapore Airlines new premium economy seat

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Singapore Airlines' new premium economy seat ticks all the boxes for a 'better than economy' product, with several thoughtful touches showing the amount of consideration that's gone into their design. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Singapore Airlines: all-new A380 first class suite, business class seat for 2017

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Singapore Airlines will unveil new first class suites and business class seats for its Airbus A380s in 2017. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Thomson orders larger Dreamliner Travel operator to take delivery of four 787-9 aircraft in support of its long-haul programme

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oliday airline has announced it will take delivery of up to four new, larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to expand its long-haul programme. Demonstrating its continued commitment to the Dreamliner, Thomson Airways has converted two existing orders for 787-8 (for delivery in summer 2016) to the new larger capacity 787-9 aircraft. The airline has also placed an order for a third 787-9 with an option to purchase a fourth, growing its Dreamliner fleet to 13 aircraft by June 2016. (www.traveldailymedia.com) More...

Photos: Lufthansa, Mercedes-Benz design ultra-luxe private jet cabin

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Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa Technik team up to give the private jet a luxury make-over that's as innovative as it is beguiling. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

MH370 Search Area Now the Size of Pennsylvania

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Officials have followed through with their vow to double the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Though just 75% of the initial 23,000-square-mile search zone has been scoured, a statement today says the area has now expanded to 46,000 square miles—about the size of Pennsylvania—in the southern Indian Ocean, NBC News reports. (www.newser.com) More...

Trouble in the skies

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FAA Hiring practices for ATC is putting air travelers at risk. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

Despite Fewer Aircraft, MRO Capabilities Expanding In Russia

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It was never going to be easy for the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia (BEER) to rebuild after the fall of the USSR, but some MRO organizations started on the right foot... (aviationweek.com) More...

Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue

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Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry. (www.aopa.org) More...

The future of airline fees: What you're likely to pay more for

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"We give the most valuable space in the airplane other than a seat away for free, which is the overhead, but we charge people for the least valuable place in the airplane, the belly.'' (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus launches ACJneo Family with order from Acropolis Aviation

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Airbus has launched the ACJneo (New Engine Option) Family with an order for an ACJ320neo from Acropolis Aviation of Farnborough, near London, which is the first to order the new aircraft. Delivery of Acropolis’ ACJ320neo, which will seat 19 passengers, is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018. Cabin outfitting details and engine choice will be decided later. Airbus’ ACJ320neo features new, more efficient, engines, wingtip-mounted Sharklets, and a more comfortable cabin. Together, these… (www.airbus.com) More...

Boeing, TUI Group Finalize Order for 787-9 Dreamliner

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SEATTLE, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and TUI Group, one of the world's largest integrated leisure travel companies, have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for one further 787-9. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two unfilled orders for 787-8s for two 787-9s. The European leisure group will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and with today's announcement will add three… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Turkish Airlines Takes Delivery of 125th Boeing Airplane

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER – and one of 12 airplanes the Turkish flag-carrier will take delivery of this year. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Boeing Business Jets Unveils Split Scimitar Winglets for BBJ Family

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Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) announced today at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) that Split Scimitar Winglets are now standard on new BBJs. The BBJ, a business jet based on the Next-Generation 737 family, is the first business jet to offer the Split Scimitar Winglets as a standard feature (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Secretive X-37B Space Plane Launched Into Orbit

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The US Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane has been launched into orbit along with a solar sail experiment. Little is known about the 29-foot-long (9-meter-long) robotic mini-shuttle as it enters the fourth flight of its career. Only the Air Force knows, and the Air Force isn't telling. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Hungarian Gripen Fighter Jet Crash-Lands in Czech Military Drill

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A Hungarian Jas-39 Gripen fighter, made by Saab AB, crash-landed during a military drill in the Czech Republic, the Defense Ministry in Budapest said. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Canadian Heritage stalls rare airplane swap with U.S. museum

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Federal officials kibosh B.C. businessman's plan to send warplane to Florida museum. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Why be an airline pilot when one can do this instead.

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I love aviation. There is nothing like flying for a living and being a commercial pilot. However, not all flying is equal. There is the kind where one merely sits there, watches the instruments, and let's the plane fly itself. This is the job of the airline pilot. Then there is the kind where one really flies and is in full control of the plane and becomes one with it. That's the kind of flying I love. To understand what I'm talking about just watch with the video. (vimeo.com) More...

World's shortest commercial flight: 1 nautical mile

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At just over one nautical mile between them, Kegata and Apowo airstrips in Papua, Indonesia are separated by a deep valley making aircraft an ideal mode of transport between the two villages. Take a ride with the locals in the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter on the 73 second flight from Kegata to Apowo. (vimeo.com) More...

Watch Delta's new Internet-meme safety

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From keyboard cats to overly attached girlfriends, Delta's wacky safety video is "The Internetest Safety Video On The Internet". (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

"US Airways will go away in October 2016"

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The American Airlines CEO declares "US Airways will go away in October" (www.forbes.com) More...

Formula 1 Champion Niki Lauda Purchases New Bombardier Global 7000 Aircraft

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Formula 1 World Champion and Bombardier Business Aircraft brand ambassador, Niki Lauda, announced today the purchase of a new Global 7000 aircraft. Mr. Lauda made the announcement in Geneva ahead of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). The Global 7000 jet will be the latest in a series of Bombardier business aircraft that Mr. Lauda, an experienced aviator, has owned and operated. (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

PICTURES: A320neo with LEAP- 1A engines takes to the sky for the first time

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The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight today in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, registration F-WNEW, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Michel Pin and monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Tuan Do and Philippe Pupin. The flight lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes during which tests were performed to validate… (www.airbus.com) More...

Thank God: There's finally A 'Fireplace' For Private Jets

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Heat and sound are real and adjustable by remote control. (www.wired.com) More...

For all the L-1011 Fans:

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This has always been my favorite bird. Although it is well past its prime and a good ways behind what's out there now, I'm glad to see 6 being refurbished and back flying. (www.pr.com) More...

The incredible story of how a group of US soldiers saved their helicopter from crashing in Afghanistan

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Quickly developing situation is muted by soldiers who stayed focused. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Tyndall completes first combat deployment

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 95th Fighter Squadron recently returned after making history completing the first Tyndall and F-22 Raptor combat deployment. (www.tyndall.af.mil) More...

Gulfstream updates G500 and G600 development status

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Gulfstream Aerospace updated the development status of its all-new business jet family, the Gulfstream G500 and G600. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

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