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Boeing Said Near $4 Billion Deal With Russian Firm to Save 747

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Boeing Co. is nearing a $4 billion deal with Russia’s largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo jet amid waning demand for four-engine aircraft, people close to the transaction said. (airlinenews.in) More...

Birthday boy becomes Scotland’s youngest pilot after taking to the sky at 14

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A Moray teenager has become Scotland’s youngest pilot after going solo in a glider on his 14th birthday. Ruari Tait was towed to 2,000ft to enjoy views as far away as Wick before serenely returning to the landing strip near Elgin. After completing two test flights in the morning at the Highland Gliding Club the Gordonstoun pupil was allowed to take the controls on his own. (airlinenews.in) More...

How Can Allegiant Airlines Survive?

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In April, Allegiant performed an “Air Pilots Satisfaction Survey” of their pilots and first officers. Of the 507 responses to the survey, they found: 46% of the pilots and first officers said they are not satisfied working at Allegiant. 83% say morale is low. 89% are not satisfied with their pay. (airlinenews.in) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Bombardier sells water bomber division to Viking Air

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A British Columbia company, Viking Air Ltd., has signed a deal to buy Bombardier's amphibious aircraft program, which has been on hold since December. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal will see Viking acquire the manufacturing rights for all variants of Bombardier's amphibious aircraft and assume responsibility for product support, parts and service. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident [1966 Palomares, Spain B-52 crash]

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In 1966, a B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol exploded over Spain, releasing four hydrogen bombs. Fifty years later, Air Force veterans involved with the cleanup are sick and want recognition. Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band. (www.nytimes.com) More...

United Airlines to add slimmer seats, bigger planes and higher fares

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United Continental Holdings Inc. on Tuesday outlined plans to boost profitability with another round of cost cuts and efforts to woo back corporate fliers who have deserted the third-largest U.S. airline by traffic. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Quebec finalizes 49.5% Bombardier CSeries investment

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Bombardier and the government of Québec have signed a “definitive agreement” under which Investissement Québec will invest $1 billion in the CSeries program in return for a 49.5% stake. In a statement issued June 23, Bombardier said the government will invest $1 billion in the program through two $500 million traches to be paid on June 30 and Sept. 1 (atwonline.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 takes off for flight across the Atlantic

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(CNN)From 3,000 feet over the Atlantic aboard the Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard says he feels like he's in a science fiction film. "Because you look at the sun, you see your props turning, and you think 'Wow, that's really magic,'" the Swiss pilot told CNN via satellite video from the cockpit. The aircraft took off Monday from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in the first attempt to fly a solar-powered aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. (www.cnn.com) More...

New FAA rules open the skies to commercial drones — mostly

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The FAA's new rules are huge for commercial drone operators (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Delta Flight 416, JFK to Dakar diverted back to JFK?

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Surfing overnight flights at JFK, I noticed Delta flight 416 turned around halfway to Dakar and is now on final back at JFK. It seems flight 416 code goes JFK to Logan with a A-319 some days, and JFK to Dakar with a 757 other days. Interesting I caught this diversion by luck! (flightaware.com) More...

Southwest to postpone delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8

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Southwest Airlines Co will push back the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by up to six years, delaying $1.9 billion of spending, a spokesman for the airline said. The delivery of the planes will be shifted to 2023-2025 from 2019-2022. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Paul Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its market is unclear

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Twin fuselage, wingspan larger than the Spruce Goose, designed to release a 275 ton rocket at 35,000 ft for launch into space. Fanciful planning, but will it fly? (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Watch: A 360-degree view of an A380 flightdeck

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.Emirates has released a 360-video tour of the cockpit of the world's biggest passenger plane - the Airbus A380 - featuring Kiwi pilot, Thomas Ziarno. Captain Ziarno and first officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi from the United Arab Emirates explain the the controls of the super jumbo. Emirates is the biggest operator of A380s in the world and flies them to Auckland via Australia from Dubai and later this year will fly directly from the UAE. Emirates has a further 62 A380s pending delivery,… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Why SingaporeAir's new US flight is about your backside

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The first real test of the comfort levels of the new Airbus A350 versus the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been set up on the painfully long Singapore-San Francisco route (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

South Pole medical evacuation flight launched

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After comprehensive consultation with outside medical professionals, agency officials decided that a medical situation at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station warrants returning a member of the station's winter crew to a hospital that can provide a level of medical care that is unavailable at the station. (phys.org) More...

Amateur MH370 sleuth releases pictures of personal items found near plane wreckage

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An amateur MH370 sleuth has released photographs of 20 personal items he says may belong to passengers who were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Blaine Gibson, a US lawyer dubbed a "real life Indiana Jones", recently set up camp in Madagascar as part of a self-funded search for the Boeing 777. Mr Gibson found the items, which include several distinctive bags, at least one mobile phone case, and a prayer hat, on Riake Beach in north east Madagascar, earlier this month (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

NTSB Wants Timely Pireps and More of Them

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Building a collaborative relationship between pilots and ATC in using pilot reports (Pireps) to assemble a clearer picture of in-flight weather conditions was the underlying theme of a two-day forum, “Pireps: Pay it Forward… Because Weather for One is Weather for None,” held earlier this week in Washington, D.C. In addition to emphasizing the need for pilots to submit timely and relevant Pireps, the gathering shed light on how ATC uses those reports to provide safer routing. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Brexit vote threatens dire consequences for UK aviation

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Peter Morris, chief economist at Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, here teases out some of the aviation implications of the UK electorate's vote to exit the European Union (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air Serbia launches historic Belgrade-New York service

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ir Serbia begins Belgrade-New York JFK service Thursday, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The Serbian carrier is using a two-class Airbus A330-200 leased from Jet Airways of India, on the 5X-weekly service. Air Serbia and Jet Airways are part of Etihad Airways’ group of equity partner airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

Marine Corps forced to pull warbirds out of 'boneyard' after new fleet delay

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The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust for years. (www.msn.com) More...

Hainan Airlines to relaunch Beijing-Cairo service

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China’s Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Haikou-based carrier plans to fly an Airbus A330 on the 3X-weekly service. The last time it operated this route was in 2012. (atwonline.com) More...

New York-bound American Airlines plane with 100 people on board diverts to Ireland because of a 'battery discharge'

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The Boeing 777 was 90 minutes into its seven-hour journey to New York JFK Airport and made a safe landing at Shannon. It had departed Heathrow at 8.40pm, landing in Ireland at 10.10pm. The crew had advised controllers they had an issue with a 'battery discharging' and had been advised to divert to the nearest airport, reported the Clare Herald. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Airbus developing automatic refuelling and datalink relay tech for the A330 MRTT

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Australia has expressed interest in automatic refuelling and datalink relay technology Airbus Defence & Space is developing for the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport. The RAAF operates five MRTTs as the KC-30A (with two more on order) and is watching closely the development of the automatic refuelling technology in particular, Airbus DS head of engineering Miguel Angel Moreno told media on Monday. “A lot of Air Forces are interested, the Australians are much more interested in this capability… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Delta flight diverted - escorted by F16's

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Delta flight diverted, escorted to Tucson airport by F-16s due to unruly passenger (www.tucsonnewsnow.com) More...

Lockheed building a Hercules training center

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Lockheed Martin has broken ground on a Hercules training center for pilots and crew of C-130J transports and LM-100J commercial freighters. (www.upi.com) More...

Emirates upgrades Auckland services with A380

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to operate its daily nonstop Dubai-Auckland services with an Airbus A380-800 from Oct. 30, less than a year after switching from a Boeing 777-200LR. The first Dubai-Auckland flight was flown by an A380 in early March to commemorate the start of the nonstop route, but flights have since been flown by the 777-200LR. (atwonline.com) More...

Brussels Airlines adds A330 premium economy class

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The new cabin, which covers 32 seats on each A330, will be available on Brussels Airlines’ intercontinental flights to Africa, the US and Canada. (atwonline.com) More...

Southwest Pushed Back Late 737 MAX Deliveries

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Southwest Airlines has deferred the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to 29023-2025. Despite the decision, it will still be the first operator of the type. (airwaysmag.com) More...

IBM and Gogo join forces to dodge in-flight turbulence

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In what might seem like an unlikely partnership, IBM's Watson division and Gogo Inc. (the people who bring you in-flight WiFi) have joined up to make flying a little bit smoother for everyone. As the Wall Street Journal reports, IBM is leveraging its $2 billion purchase of The Weather Company and Gogo's internet connection to give airline pilots a heads up on turbulence. (www.engadget.com) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

ATSB investigates B737 descent below safe altitude incident

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident where a Boeing 737-300 freighter flew below the lowest safe altitude while attempting to land at Launceston on 17 June. The ATSB says the Express Freighters Australia-operated Boeing 737 (registration VH-XMO) was conducting a missed approach procedure when it “diverted off the published heading and flew below the lowest safe altitude”. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

An Inflight Review & Inside Look Southwest Airlines' New Cabin

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The new "Heart" passenger cabin provides Southwest Airlines' customers and cabin crews a look and feel of the future. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Incident: United B747 near Portland on Jun 19th 2016, smell of smoke from aft galley

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A United Boeing 747-400, registration N107UA performing flight UA-893 from Seoul (South Korea) to San Francisco,CA (USA), was enroute at FL390 about 160nm southwest of Portland,OR (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Portland reporting passengers had smelled smoke (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings Europe launches operations

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23. The company received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria recently. Its first Airbus A320 is based in Vienna and the fleet should grow to up to three aircraft by October (atwonline.com) More...

FedEx’s 270 Boeing Planes

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Package delivery company FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) owned 582 airplanes at the end of May 2015 and leased another 65, for a total fleet of 647 planes. Of the planes it owned, 241 were manufactured by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) or by McDonnell Douglas prior to its merger with Boeing in 1997. Another 29 Boeing planes were leased, bringing FedEx’s total Boeing fleet to 270 planes. (247wallst.com) More...

IAC warns four carriers of legal repercussions over debts

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The holding firm responsible for running Iran's civilian airports, the Iran Airports Company (IAC), has warned four local carriers that they risk legal action if they fail to settle IRR700 billion (USD22.9 million) in outstanding fuel bills. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

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