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Emirates Takes Heed from EK521 Tragedy: Tweaks Safety Video in Attempt to Change Passenger Behaviour

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Emirates has taken heed from the GCAA’s report into the crash landing of EK521 and the observed behaviour of their passengers. In the latest iteration of their safety video, Emirates has added a short but vitally important point, reminding passengers to leave all carry on bags behind in the event of an emergency evacuation. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Did Singapore Airlines Just Kill the Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet?

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Last week, Singapore Airlines picked Boeing (NYSE: BA) over Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY) for the next stage of its fleet renewal. It signed a letter of intent for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s Opens a New Window., which should be converted to a firm order soon. Singapore Airlines will also have options for six more of each aircraft type. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Meet the 31-year-old Pegasus Airlines pilot who has become an Instagram sensation

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Nobody knows travel better than a pilot. And 31-year-old Eser Aksan Erdogan, a pilot for Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus, has garnered a following for sharing her jet-setting life on Instagram. Some 29.4k followers track her and her husband Volkan’s movements around the world, from photos in the cockpit to beautiful images of the destinations where her plane touches down. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

German air force jets intercepting Jet Airways 777

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VT-JEX, one of the Boeing 777-300ER planes of Jet Airways, had a loss of communications over the German airspace near Cologne earlier this week while operating as 9W 118 from Mumbai to London. This lead to the German Air Force scrambling two Eurofighter Typhoon jets. It is usual protocol to scramble jets to check in on the cockpit in case someone stops responding to the radio, to be able to visually communicate with the aircraft pilots and in case something is wrong in the plane, take further… (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Actor Harrison Ford lands plane on Taxiway at John Wayne (KSNA)

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Actor Harrison Ford lands in error on a taxiway instead of runway 20L he had been cleared for. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

Vesna Vulovic, Stewardess Who Survived 33,000ft Fall, Dies

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Vesna Vulovic, an air stewardess who survived the highest ever fall by a human being after her plane broke up at 33,000ft (10,000m), has died aged 66 (www.bbc.com) More...

(Video) Boeing 717 Stall during test flight

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Amazing video of a recovery after an unusual attitude during a stall test. (vimeo.com) More...

MT-Propeller secures approval for five-blade prop on 208 Supervan

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Germany’s MT-Propeller has received US supplemental type certification for its MTV-27, 5-blade, constant-speed prop on the Texas Turbines Cessna 208/B Supervan. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Flying bum' to take to the skies once more

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The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, is ready to take to the skies again after crashing into a telegraph pole on a test flight last summer. Affectionately known as the "flying bum", in recognition of the curves of its rear, the 92m-long plane, which is part helicopter and part airship, suffered a "hard landing" in an airfield in Bedfordshire last August. No-one was injured. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

'Who wants pizza?': WestJet pilot buys food for stranded Air Canada passengers

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A WestJet pilot is earning high praise after paying for pizza for passengers that got rerouted while travelling to St. John's — on an Air Canada flight. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Passenger discovers missing screws on wing of Frontier airplane

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Frontier Airlines is investigating why a plane flew with about 20 screws missing from an area near the front of the wing, Denver7 Investigates confirmed with officials Friday. A passenger noticed the missing screws on a Frontier Airlines Airbus 319 from Trenton, N.J., to Punta Gorda, Fla., on January 5 and notified the captain. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

TSA allows JFK passengers to walk through security checkpoint without being screened

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Eleven unidentified passengers walked through a security lane without being screened at Kennedy Airport early Monday because the TSA left the area open and unattended, law enforcement sources said. A security camera captured a metal detector going off three times as the travelers walked through the screening lane, the sources said. There was no one present to operate the magnetometer, the x-ray machine and do the pat downs and secondary screening, the sources said. (www.nydailynews.com) More...

British Airways owner 'lined up to buy' C Series jets from Bombardier

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Speculation coming out of Ireland sees an order between IAG and Bombardier for the Canadian-built CSeries aircraft being announced soon. The order, if announced, is believed to be for fleet requirements at British Airways, Vueling, and Aer Lingus. (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk) More...

Surviving VFR into IMC

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VFR into IMC events have a distressingly high fatality rate. Here's why they happen and some strategies for surviving based on research into reports from pilots who successfully handled the challenge. (www.avweb.com) More...

Join the beta testing for the upcoming FlightAware iOS app

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FlightAware is currently beta testing the upcoming version 5.3.3 of our iOS flight tracking app. This new version adds a few minor features as well as a few bug fixes. If you would like to volunteer to join the testing of this upcoming release, comment in either this squawk or the linked forum post so that we can add you. We are planning on some bigger iOS releases in the next few months, so you will also be automatically included in the testing opportunities of those as well. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Union Organization rejected at S. Carolina Boeing Plant

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Boeing Co handily defeated a union drive by workers at the company’s aircraft factory in South Carolina on Wednesday, as almost three-quarters of workers at the plant who voted rejected union representation. The secret ballot vote, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at polling locations throughout the North Charleston plant, was the first for Boeing and a high-profile test for organized labor in the nation’s most strongly anti-union state. The NLRB said 74 percent of the… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

737 Max 10 could be lucky 13 for Boeing

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A 13th passenger-carrying version of the Boeing 737 is now being seriously pursued in Seattle. If launched later this year, the 230-passenger 737 Max 10 would be 1.68m (66in) longer than the 737 Max 9 and 15.1m longer than the 737-100 that first flew 50 years ago in April. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Report Suggests B-21 Bomber, Boeing 737, as New Air Force One

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Back in December, Donald Trump caused a rucks when he tweeted that the costs for replacing Air Force One jets were "out of control." Now that Trump is in office, Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a full review of the $3.2 billion project to find ways to cut back costs. The aviation industry at large has taken notice. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Plane hits deer while taking off from North Carolina airport

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Plane hits deer while taking off from North Carolina airport (www.foxnews.com) More...

4th A320 Neo faces engine trouble in less than a month

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New Delhi: The Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine trouble on the Airbus A320 Neo (new engine option) shows no sign of ending. On Saturday , an IndiGo A320 Neo, powered by P&W engine, developed a snag in one of its engines. “The aircraft (VT-ITC) got a `oil chip detected' warning for one engine at Vadodara. It had to be flown back to Delhi as a ferry (without passengers) on Sunday for engine change,“ said a source. Saturday's trouble is the fourth in less than a month with both IndiGo and… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Frontier Airlines ranked No. 1 in complaints in November 2016

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Frontier Airlines has been named the worst airline for consumer complaints. The Air Travel Consumer Report issued by the Department of Transportation included flight delays, mishandled baggage and consumer complaints in January 2016. The report listed Frontier Airlines as No. 12 out of 12 major U.S. airlines for consumer complaints. Frontier had 40 complaints in the month -- the most per 100,000 enplanements, according to the DOT. (www.thedenverchannel.com) More...

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend

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At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, with three of those having what likely were unsettling encounters with F-15 jets and one with a military helicopter, according to the Federal Aviation… (www.palmbeachpost.com) More...

Kansas looks to build airport in Johnson Co. to rival KCI

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The state of Kansas is looking to build a new airport in Johnson County to rival Kansas City International. Airlines are requesting construction of a new single terminal airport at MCI, and the state of Kansas is continually looking for new economic development opportunities. With more than 50 percent of MCI passengers coming from Kansas, we are exploring the possibilities of this project.” (www.kctv5.com) More...

IAG Said to Seal Long-Range Airbus A321Neo Order for Aer Lingus

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IAG SA has sealed a deal to take seven long-range variants of Airbus Group SE’s A321neo single-aisle jetliner for Irish arm Aer Lingus, people with knowledge of the agreement said. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Unusual and record-breaking planes: Six incredible planes you'll never fly on

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In the past 10 years, travellers have become increasingly interested in the type of plane they fly on to reach their destination. Competition between the big two aircraft manufacturers, America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus, has seen great leaps forward in plane technology. The launch of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, the biggest commercial aircraft to fly, in 2007 and the carbon-fibre and cutting-edge technology found on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which took off on its first commercial flight… (www.msn.com) More...

Bombardier Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

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Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results. The Company also affirmed its guidance for 2017 and highlighted another quarter of solid performance as it executes its turnaround plan. “Our turnaround plan is in full motion,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “In 2016, Bombardier delivered on its financial commitments. We met our program milestones and we’ve positioned the Company to achieve all of the financial… (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

Air Canada Inaugurates First Montreal-Shanghai Non-Stop Flights

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MONTREAL, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Today marks the launch of Air Canada’s daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China, the airline’s first direct service to Asia from Montreal, offering convenient one-stop access to points throughout Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States. It also marks the airline’s first route from Montreal to be operated with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and cabin features. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and… (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) More...

jets scramble to protect Palm Beach no fly zone

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Sonic boom makes local news as military jet investigate no fly zone. Residents panic due to loud noise (www.local10.com) More...

WWII Aircraft Facts

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Absolutely amazing (American) World War 2 statistics and photos. I have always known that aircrew had the highest fatality rate but the loss rate (and cost of war) detailed below is absolutely horrific. (pippaettore.com) More...

The Cure For America’s ‘Third-World’ Airports: Private capital

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President Donald Trump has signaled he thinks private investment is the solution to the nation’s infrastructure woes. And he has outlined a way to draw it off the sidelines. Critics of public-private partnerships say that only low-risk, lucrative projects will fly. Proponents say that they can speed up what can be a cumbersome process, accelerating public works projects and bringing a sense of competitive capitalism—and accountability—to projects that could use them. (www.politico.com) More...

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