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Qantas board members and CEO to be gone

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Today on the ABC news CEO Allan Joyce said they airline has suffered a $2.8 billion dollar loss since becoming the CEO. Most of the share holders along with Qantas employees say he is bluffing at getting Qantas to be in balance or have a profit by early 2015. Most want him to stand down along with board members who have helped cause the fall of Qantas. (www.abc.net.au) More...

Update on missing MH370 MAS B772

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In the Australian newspaper today the search team a looking in a new area where the plane might have taken another course after it went of the radar link below will get you there http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/phone-call-clue-to-mystery-of-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/story-e6frg95x-1227040942458# (www.theaustralian.com.au) More...

Cirrus aircraft crashes off Virginia in Atlantic Ocean

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Cirrus SR22 into the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) More...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Virgin on track for delivery of B737 MAX

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The Virgin Australia CEO Borghetti has announced that the first B737 MAX which was due for delivery for July 2012 will now go ahead and be delivered. He won't give a date or time frame but its is scheduled for delivery very soon. The remaining 22 B738 MAX aircraft will be delivered by 2019. In his speech or statement recently Borghetti is in no rush to make a decision on ordering the B787 or the A350 Airbus aircraft. (www.virginaustralia.com.au) More...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) More...

Qantas to boost USA flights

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A spokes person for Qantas Simon Hockey has announced along with approval from Allan Joyce the CEO of Qantas that they will revamp flights from Australia to the USA.From YSSY passengers can have a choice of flying in the morning or in the afternoon to the USA. QF107 which flies from YSSY to KLAX and onwards to New York will be replaced by QF17, For which the service leaves YSSY at 17.30hrs daily using the B744. YBBN QF15 will remain unchanged but continue on from KLAX to JFK New York this is a… (www.qantas.com.au) More...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) More...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) More...

Qantas ans Chine airlines new co share arrangements

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Qantas will be offering direct flights to Taipei very soon.A spokesman for the airline Stephem Thompson said in his statement on Tuesday that Qantas would have ten services a week and also co share with Chine airlines. China airlines has four times a week services out of YSSY and will increase these to ten services as well as co sharing on Qantas flights as well. Passenger numbers have increased to the destination including Hong Kong Singapore and Taipai. (www.australianaviation.com.au) More...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) More...

Sunwing flight to Cuba forced back to Toronto after disruption

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A Sunwing Airlines flight headed to Cuba was forced to turn back to Toronto’s Pearson airport Wednesday after an apparent disruption by two passengers. A NORAD spokesperson confirmed to CTV News that two Canadian fighter jets escorted the passenger aircraft back to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Earlier reports suggest the plane was near Florida when it had to turn around. Police said two female suspects were arrested. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.com) More...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) More...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) More...

New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) More...

Boeing tours ecoDemonstrator, tests ceramic engine nozzle

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Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator is back – but this time the company is using a 787 for the role rather than the polished aluminum 737-800 which it leased from American Airlines for the first ecoDem mission in 2012. The first task for the aircraft, Boeing’s fourth 787 development unit ZA004, was an evaluation of an engine nozzle made from Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composite (CMC). (aviationweek.com) More...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) More...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

American Eagle mid-air fuel leak

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The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday. The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri. (hisz.rsoe.hu) More...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Bárðarbunga Volcano erupts, resulting in airspace restrictions

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The Icelandic Met Office says a small subglacial eruption started today beneath the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier, near the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists aboard a surveillance airplane above the glacier see no signs of an eruption yet. All flight traffic has however been banned near the volcano. (www.ruv.is) More...

Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance

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This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact. (Video) (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

L-139 One of a kind

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There is only one L-139 from the Czech Republic, now it is flying in the US. Made a debut at OshKosh 2014 before the restoration was completed - but the paint is spectacular. This is just the design and paint detail, more to follow. (vimeo.com) More...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

3 people killed, 2 others injured in small plane crash near municipal airport north of Denver

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ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say three people were killed and two others were injured when their small plane crashed near an airport north of Denver. (www.usnews.com) More...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) More...

Google unveils UAV parcel delivery concept

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Google is continuing its journey into the world of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), as it introduces a parcel-delivery UAV prototype developed under its two-year Project Wing effort. The technology company is developing the concept through its Google X research division, and the announcement follows on from the company’s April 2014 acquisition of Titan Aerospace – a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) solar-powered UAV manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from June 1, 2015

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Etihad will begin Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 1 June 2015. The daily superjumbo service will run as EY454 (Abu Dhabi to Sydney) and EY455 (Sydney to Abu Dhabi), replacing the current Boeing 777-300. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Bombardier CSeries hits more turbulence

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Bombardier Inc. will have to find another CSeries jet buyer to become the plane's first operator after Sweden's Braathens Aviation AB said it's seeking changes to its delivery schedule. Braathens agreed in 2011 to order 10 of Bombardier's CSeries jets in a pact valued at $665 million, based on list prices. The accord also contained options for a further 10 aircraft, boosting its potential value to about $1.37 billion, Bombardier said at the time. Bombardier didn't disclose a timeline for the… (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

UK Pilots Who Violate Airspace Will Be Required To Take An Online Exam

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), at its discretion will not require pilots who infringe controlled or restricted airspace to submit to an online test to assess their airmanship skills (avstop.com) More...

Lufthansa could face another pilot strike

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Lufthansa pilots could go on strike again, German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced. VC said in a statement that talks with Lufthansa management has failed to reach an agreement over its early retirement scheme. The union said it will inform the traveling public in advance before any strike action would start. (atwonline.com) More...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Hartsfield-Jackson unveils plan for new parking decks, gates, runway

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Hartsfield-Jackson International officials unveiled a draft of plans for future expansion through 2031, including the replacement of the airport’s aging parking garages and eventually, potential additional concourses and a sixth runway. (www.ajc.com) More...

Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark

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A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. The decision comes three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards. (www.af.mil) More...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) More...

One survivor of Cessna 172 crash near Kootenay Lake in British Columbia

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A Cessna 172 Skyhawk C-GFAM crashed on Kokanee Springs golf course attempting to land at grass airstrip next to Kootenay Lake. Despite fire, nearby residents were able to remove occupants from plane with help of local paramedic and first responders. Survivor remains in hospital. (www.cbc.ca) More...