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A320neo makes maiden flight

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First Airbus A320neo prototype took off today from toulouse on maiden flight (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

UK Tornados ready to strike ISIL

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UK deployed its Tornado fighters to attack ISIL targets in Iraq (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

A320neo first flight on Sept 25

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Airbus A320 jetliner will make its maiden flight on Sept 25 (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) now displayed on FlightAware Maps

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All FlightAware users can now view United States Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on FlightAware maps! Simply enable the TFR layer by clicking the "+" in the upper right corner of any map, then check the "TFR" layer. Current and future published TFRs will then be drawn on US maps as red polygons. (flightaware.com) More...

Flights Delayed After Fire at Chicago-Area FAA Facility

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Fire at a Federal Aviation Administration in suburban Chicago is causing delays this morning at O'Hare International and Midway International airports (www.nbcchicago.com) More...

Watching a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Come Together Never Gets Old

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With her maiden flight just a few short weeks away, the newest 787—and the first for Virgin Atlantic—is all set to take to the skies. And to honor this momentous machine, Virgin has just released this stunning time lapse video of its construction. (gizmodo.com) More...

The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

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From airfares to safety to the roles of the captain and copilot, ASK THE PILOT take a look at seven of the most persistent and irritating myths and quasi-truths about flying. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

U.S. Military Releases Video Of F-22 Strike Against ISIS

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The Pentagon on Tuesday released an image of the Syrian-based ISIS command center targeted by the first F-22 Raptors ever used in actual combat, along with a video of the successful strike. (news.yahoo.com) More...

A380 superjumbo on world's longest flight

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The world's largest passenger aircraft is now flying the world's longest route after Qantas replaced its Boeing 747s with Airbus A380 superjumbos on the Sydney-Dallas route. The flight covers a whopping 13,800 kilometres and takes a little more than 15 hours. The Qantas Sydney-Dallas route became the longest non-stop flight in the world late last year after Singapore Airlines ended its non-stop flights from Singapore to New York, a 19-hour slog that covered 16,700 kilometres on a four-engine… (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Build your own network ADS-B receiver with PiAware from FlightAware for under $100

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You can build and run your own ADS-B ground station to be installed anywhere and receive real-time data directly from airplanes that you can view locally and also integrate with FlightAware. For about USD$100/EUR€80, your ground station can run PiAware to track flights within 100-300 miles (line of sight, range depending on antenna installation) and will automatically feed data to FlightAware. (flightaware.com) More...

Problem-plagued plane hits ISIS: F-22 goes into combat

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Washington (CNN) -- The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). (www.cnn.com) More...

Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

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Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17 news release from the unit. (www.stripes.com) More...

Phoenix Airport Damaged By Severe Thunderstorms

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Severe thunderstorms have caused significant damage to Phoenix's international airport. The storms have also grounded all flights, according to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport's Twitter account. Parts of the airport are reportedly flooding, and a portion of the airport's roof appears to have been ripped off in the storm. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Airbus to help develop first supersonic business jet

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How would you like to trim three hours off the current commercial jet flight time between Paris and Washington, D.C.? (www.cnn.com) More...

Fixed Gear Is the New Retractable

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Three of the fastest new single-engine piston aircraft are equipped with fixed gear, rather than retractable landing gear. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Propeller breaks 13,000 feet in the air

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Tim Cassell crash landed his plane in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada and then he spent 18 hours in the cold before being rescued. The pilot took off in his signal-engine Piper Cherokee plane. However, 20 minutes away from his destination and 13,000 feet high above the San Joaquin Valley, the plane's propeller broke in half. (www.ktvu.com) More...

U.S. proposes plugging fire-suppression hole in Boeing 787

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(Reuters) - The U.S. aviation safety regulator has proposed requiring operators of some Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners to replace parts near the plane's lithium battery in an effort to improve the plane's ability to fight an on-board fire. In a directive issued on Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said it had received reports that some 787-8 planes did not have foam-like plugs properly installed as required to keep a fire-suppression chemical in an electrical compartment in the… (www.reuters.com) More...

LIVE: Airbus A320neo First Flight

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Live video. The initial A320neo aircraft to fly – designated MSN6101 – is planned for its maiden takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, France. (www.youtube.com) More...

AIR14 - The pilots' view

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Welcome to the highlights of the formation flypast by our SWISS Airbus A330 and the Patrouille Suisse at AIR14 in Payerne. Join the nine pilots in their cockpits and enjoy the air show from an angle you’ve never seen it from before! (www.youtube.com) More...

UAE's first female fighter pilot led airstrike against ISIS

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(CNN) -- Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri may be ISIS's worst nightmare. The first female fighter pilot in the United Arab Emirates, she led a strike mission this week against the terror group, that country's ambassador to the United States said Thursday. (www.cnn.com) More...

DOT: ADS-B Falling Well Short of Promises

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The FAA's progress on ADS-B implementation isn't going nearly as well as the agency would like us all to believe, according to a scathing report released yesterday by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General. Despite completing installations of 634 ADS-B ground towers "on time and on budget," the DOT report says the FAA has identified service coverage gaps that will require erecting 200 more towers at an additional cost of $258 million. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

O'Hare on pace to take back 'world's busiest airport' title

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O’Hare International Airport is on pace to again be the world’s busiest airport, a designation it lost a decade ago, Chicago city officials said Wednesday. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

A General Aviation Safety Mirage?

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The marked improvement in the light general aviation safety figures for 2013 is the cause of some controversy, and I get that. For years we doubted that the FAA was accounting accurately for all of the hours that we GA pilots were flying, making the accident rate seem artificially high. To my knowledge, we never claimed that GA flying didn't have its risks or that the safety stats were way off base, just off base. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Bombardier gets boost with major C Series order

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Bombardier Inc.’s C Series jet program got a big boost Friday with the announcement that Macquarie AirFinance has committed to the purchase of 40 planes. While Bombardier did not disclose the value of the deal, it is estimated to be about $3-billion (U.S.) based on the list prices of previous transactions. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

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After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as possible. These are the planes that get them there. (gizmodo.com) More...

A320neo makes maiden flight

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The Airbus A320neo has made its maiden flight, taking off from Toulouse at just past noon Central European Time. Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered MSN6101 carried a crew of five. The type, also to be available with CFM International’s new Leap Engine, promises to cut fuel burn by 20% compared to standard A320s, owing to the new generation engines and aerodynamic improvements including Airbus’s sharklet wingtip extensions. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

KLM's New Lost & Found Service

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KLM has a enlisted a new employee to help with Lost items left on the plane. (mashable.com) More...

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Lights, cameras, drones - The drone industry got more than just a Hollywood ending Thursday

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The FAA’s approval for six television and motion picture companies to use drones as flying cameras doesn’t open the floodgates to all the other businesses eager to use them to photograph weddings, dust crops or deliver packages. But it sets the stage for more pro-drone decisions to follow, after years of the agency insisting that just about all commercial use of drones was illegal. (Apologies if this is a duplicate squawk. I couldn't find one in the search.) (www.politico.com) More...

Boeing, Airbus cautioned on raising jetliner output

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All aerospace suppliers..... “are absolutely at maximum rates right now,” Air Lease Corp President John Plueger said. Increasing production rates further “is going to be a tremendous stress and pressure on that supply chain.” (www.mb.com.ph) More...

FAA Expected To Approve Drones For Moviemaking

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...