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Germany receives first Airbus A400M

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Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany. The Bundeswehr accepted the aircraft at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 18 December. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

United Airlines emergency landing at Heathrow

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Updates as passenger plane returns to Heathrow after circling English Channel. (www.mirror.co.uk) More...

Japan's first homemade jet likely to take maiden flight in May

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The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's first domestically built passenger jet, is expected to make its maiden flight in late May, just ahead of an international air show in June. So far, six airlines in Japan, the U.S. and Myanmar have ordered just over 400 of the aircraft. The jets will likely be delivered to customers during the April-June period of 2017 for commercial flights. (asia.nikkei.com) More...

NATS outage closed London, UK airspace Dec 19

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All London airspace was closed to incoming and departing traffic for just under an hour on Friday afternoon due to a computer outage at the National Air Traffic Services – the UK's air traffic control authority. According to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, a machine failure resulted in all airspace over the capital being closed. All flights from Heathrow were put on hold. (www.theregister.co.uk) More...

London airspace back to normal after Swanwick control failure

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According to NATS, the earlier computer failure was resolved, and full capacity in the airspace has now been applied. Delays are expected until 10am GMT tomorrow (www.nats.aero) More...

Rolls-Royce Derby facility to produce Trent XWB engine

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Rolls-Royce announced that its Derby facility in England will be the main production centre for the new Trent XWB turbofan engine that exclusively powers the Airbus A350 XWB airliner. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Jeppesen approach chart in honour of Captain Sullenberger and all his crew.

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A splendidly crafted approach chart issued by Jeppeson to commemorate the sterling airmanship displayed by Captain Sullenberger and his crew following the loss of both engines following a goose strike on departure of US Airways flight 1549 from La Guardia on 15 January 2009. This a sobering yet humourous offering from Jeppeson. (www.jeppesen.com) More...

Four women in flight brawl over baby crying

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My goodness how about this a crying baby all the way in flight nerve racking and final three other women pull the mother of the child or baby out of the seat into the isle and start a punch and Judy match. Are they nuts? Mind you It is very hard not to put up with a crying baby all the way and the mother being stubin did nothing to stop her. Now read on viewers plane spotters flight aware crew have a laugh… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Russian Proton rocket mark 400th launch

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Russian workhorse satellite launch vehicle Proton marked a historic 400th launch on December 15, after the Proton M integrated launch vehicle successfully blasted off from Baikonur launch pad (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

United airlines A319 near Cleveland smoke in cockpit

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A united airline Airbus A319-100 with rego N84OUA with flight number UA 268 enroute from KLAX (Los Angeles) to Newark N.J was at FL370 110nm southwest of Cleveland when the crew reported smoke coming inside the cockpit of the aircraft. http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5079/united-a319-near-cleveland-on-dec-17th-2014-smoke-in-cabin-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Incident: Royal Jordanian B787 near London on Dec 16th 2014, engine problem

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A Royal Jordanian Boeing 787-800 from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to Amman (Jordan), was enroute at FL390 already in German Airspace about 40nm westnorthwest of Dortmund (Germany) when the crew reported an engine (GEnx) problem, turned around maintaining FL390 and diverted to London Heathrow (avherald.com) More...

Germany takes delivery of its first Airbus A400M

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Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany. A total of nine aircraft have now been delivered and the aircraft is in service with four nations. The Bundeswehr accepted the aircraft at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 18 December. (militaryaircraft-airbusds.com) More...

An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

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If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. (www.engadget.com) More...

United B764 near London cabin did not pressurize

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A united airlines Boeing 767-400 with registration N59053 with flight number UA-28 and 227 passengers aboard was climbing out of London's heathrow airport when the crew stopped the climb at FL 100 when a indication appeared that the cabin was not pressurized. the aircraft quickly descended and landed back at London's Heathrow airport with Medical teams on the ground waiting for them http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5080/united-b764-near-london-on-dec-17th-2014-cabin-did-not-pressurize (www.aeroinside.com) More...

How To Survive A Helicopter Crash

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The author takes a survival training course. School claims Passengers who take an underwater escape training class can as much as triple their odds of surviving a helicopter crash. (www.airspacemag.com) More...

Video: Northrop Grumman flies unmanned UAV off Coast Guard ship

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Unmanned Aerial Systems have the potential to significantly increase the surveillance range and capability of Coast Guard cutters. (www.verticalmag.com) More...

Flier Gets Lost Luggage Back—20 Years Later

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There's the headache of an airline temporarily losing your luggage, and then there's Maria Dellos' story. When the Tucson woman got a phone call on Tuesday about luggage that had turned up in the TSA's lost and found, she expected it was a follow-up regarding bags that went missing in August and had later been returned. Instead, Dellos was reunited with a bag that had mysteriously vanished two decades ago, KVOA reports. (www.newser.com) More...

World's Oldest Airworthy Jet Returns To America

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This North American F-86A Sabre built in 1948 is back on U.S. soil after a 22 year hiatus in Europe. The airplane is the only surviving "A" model rescued from a scrap yard in the '70s and is the oldest flying jet in the world. (planelopnik.com) More...

Calif Proposition 65 Lawsuit Regarding Leaded Avgas Settled

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FBOs Required To Post Warnings About Exposure To Lead Near Airports, Pay Small Penalty, Make MoGas and 100VLL available. Under the settlement, the companies must sell the lowest lead fuel that is commercially available in sufficient quantities, warn the public about the danger of lead exposure through signs posted at airports and notices sent to nearby residences, and pay a total of $550,000 in penalties and legal costs. (news.sciencemag.org) More...

Second SpaceShipTwo to fly in 2015

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After the tragic loss of the first SpaceShipTwo called Enterprise, during its 55th test flight, Virgin Galactics is advancing the assembly of the yet to be named second SpaceShipTwo. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Ethiad Receives their first A380

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Video courtesy of Airbus. The beautiful new aircraft is going to fly soon and appear in airports (youtube.com) More...

Video: X-15 Jettisons Ventral Fin, Lands at Edwards AFB (1963)

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X-15 pre-landing jettison of auxiliary propellants and lower ventral fin, and landing at Edwards AFB. The X-15 had its share of emergency landings, but only two resulted in serious injury or death. (youtu.be) More...

Airbus A350 XWB Program Timeline

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With the world's first A350 XWB delivery scheduled to take place to Qatar on Monday, it's clear the A350 has come a long way, and this article recaps all of the highlights since the A350 XWB program was first announced. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Air France Flight AF447 Crash Investigation Report

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On Sunday 31 May 2009, the Airbus A330-203 registered F-GZCP operated by Air France was programmed to perform scheduled flight AF 447 between Rio de Janeiro Galeão and Paris Charles de Gaulle.Twelve crew members (3 flight crew, 9 cabin crew) and 216 passengers were on board. The departure was planned for 22 h 00 min. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Dassault unveil first Falcon 8X Business Jet

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Dassault Aviation rolled out the first prototype of its new flagship Falcon 8X, the latest addition to the trijet Falcon business jet family. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Flybe DH 8D near Belfast engine fire

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A flybe de havilland dash 8-400 aircraft with rego G-FLBC enroute from Glasgow to Belfast city airport was descending at FL140 when the crew received a fire indication warning for the left hand engine with 76 pax aboard. The passengers sighted the streak of flames coming from the engine. The fore was extinguished and the engine shut down http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5074/flybe-dh8d-near-belfast-on-dec-16th-2014-engine-fire-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

India successfully launch new GSLV MK3 launch vehicle

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Indian Space Research Organisation successfully completed the maiden launch of its new GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle, the biggest rocket built by India, today. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

ЕasyJet secures Paris - Tel Aviv traffic rights

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easyJet has been given the go-ahead to commence direct Paris CDG to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion flights by the French civil aviation authority (Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile - DGAC). The route, which the UK-based budget carrier applied for earlier this year but was passed over for Transavia France (TO, Paris Orly), will operate 3x weekly beginning March 31, 2015. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants

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On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. (arstechnica.com) More...

Middle East is new global travel crossroads

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator's head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else. (www.usatoday.com) More...

SpiceJet: Indian airline planes 'grounded'

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India's troubled airline SpiceJet has grounded flights after oil companies refused to refuel any of its planes, reports say. The debt-ridden carrier owes money to creditors, including oil companies. SpiceJet is India's fourth-biggest airline by market share. (www.bbc.com) More...

Blame the FAA for air-traffic controller shortage

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...there is a growing problem that could affect air-passenger safety - an impending shortage of air-traffic controllers. (www.cnbc.com) More...

American unveils newest heritage jet

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Photos of a certain American Airlines plane started showing up on the internet on Monday, which ended up being a brand new heritage livery. (jansaviation.com) More...

$3 billion 3Q net profit for 10 largest US passenger airlines

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The 10 largest US scheduled passenger airlines collectively reported net income of $2.99 billion in the 2014 third-quarter, down 13.8% from a 2014 second quarter net profit of $3.5 billion but nearly matching (down by 0.5%) the $3 billion in net income the 10 carriers posted in the 2013 third quarter. (atwonline.com) More...

Robot Travels as Airline Passenger

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No danger of this passenger experiencing an episode of nut rage: In what Los Angeles International Airport says is an aviation first, a robot traveled as a paying passenger on Monday, sitting in an economy-class seat of its own on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany, Reuters reports. (www.newser.com) More...

Southwest Airlines boosts flights on 12 DIA routes; will hire 50 in Denver

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Southwest Airlines said Wednesday it will add flights on 12 existing domestic routes to and from Denver and is adding another 50 jobs in Colorado. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Sweet Caroline - US Marines

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US Marines on the flight home after they find out one of their flight attendants name is Caroline. Posted to remind us of what it must feel like to return home from theater and to show that in this world of rude, nasty passengers, these troops must have been a joy to serve. (www.usvethub.com) More...

Two emergency landings in one day at Virginia airport

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Two aircraft were forced to make emergency landings at Newport News-Williamsburg Int'l Airport Tuesday in two separate incidents. (www.wtop.com) More...

9 Posh Interiors from the Middle East

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Airlines in the Middle East are known for chic interiors. Here is a look at some classy cabins from the Middle East… (aviationweek.com) More...

Air Canada A330 diverts to YHZ from LHR due to a unruly passenger

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An Air Canada flight from London's Heathrow Airport that was headed to Toronto's Pearson airport was diverted to Halifax due to an "unruly passenger." (www.cbc.ca) More...

Bag workers picket Southwest Airlines over flight delays

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INDIANAPOLIS — Southwest Airlines baggage handlers picketed at Indianapolis International Airport and other airfields Tuesday, contending that increased flights are causing unprecedented delays and overworked employees. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Pilots have organized a ferocious, at times threatening, response to Quartz’s story about Instagrams in the sky

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Quartz’s investigation of commercial airline pilots taking photos and videos of their flights provoked a furious response from the aviation community. Hundreds of pilots and their fans have been harassing the reporter who wrote the story with vitriolic comments and, at times, threats of violence. (qz.com) More...

Boeing boosts share buyback, raises dividend by 25 percent

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CHICAGO • Boeing Co. on Monday raised its share repurchase authorization to $12 billion from $10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook for the year... (www.stltoday.com) More...

MC Industrial building Boeing 777X parts facility

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MC Industrial, a subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, has landed the contract to build the building that will put Boeing’s St. Louis operation in the commercial airline business... (www.stltoday.com) More...

AirShares Elite Quietly Shuts Down

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AirShares Elite, the fractional ownership company that operated a fleet of Cirrus piston singles, quietly ceased operations on November 30. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Omini B763 near Bogota "Hot food""

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An Omini air international Boeing 767-300 on behalf of Avianca with registration N342AX with flight AV-25 from Bogota was enroute to Lima (Peru) with 104 passengers and 12 crew aboard When they notice a detection in the galley for a smoke alarm comg from thefood trolley compartment. The aircraft was only 30 minutes int flight a returned back tO Bogota and landed safe.But the food was cooked or should we say well done. Now that would have been a real hot chillie blaster of a meal… (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Old Arrows for the USPS Pilots

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So many of us pack light for a road trip these days. Compass? Atlas? Directions? Too easy... it's all in your smartphone. So imagine the nightmare you could find yourself in should you lose your phone in the middle of nowhere. (www.wimp.com) More...

Fuel Prices Coming Down… For Our Cars

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Like you I've been loving the low gas prices I've been paying to fill up my sport ute. I just got back from a longish trip to the backcountry to do some backpacking and ran into a little central Texas gas station where the unleaded was $2.19 a gallon. Of course it immediately made me think that we might be seeing car gas for $1-something per gallon, which makes my heart glad. Not just that, but it's good for business, which is good for everyone. Experts say that lower gas prices, driven by price… (www.flyingmag.com) More...