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Emirates A388 diverts to Colombo fumes in cabin area

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A Emirates Airbus A388 from NZAA to YSSY then continuing onto Dubai was diverted to Colombo in Sir Lanka after fumes were reported though out the cabin areas of the aircraft. The flight had just left YSSY/SYD and was at FL35000 when the pilots had raised concerns about the smell of fumes coming into the cabin areas. The flight continued on wards and then the crew decided to divert to Colombo after more complaints had come from the passengers during the flight. I do not understand why they didn't… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Air NZ B767-319 makes emergency landing at NZAA

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A air new zealand Boeing 767-319ER was forced to turn back to Auckland airport after a faulty fuel gauge sent alarm indications of in the flight deck. The crew of flight NZ10 destine for PHNL was at FL2,500 when the incident occurred. A full scale emergency was declared at NZAA. The aircraft with 289 passengers aboard landed safety. ZK-NCG was a former Lord of the rings aircraft. The CEO of anz says that nobody lives were at risk and the aircraft returned to service the following day. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Report backs third Heathrow runway

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The Airports Commission has backed a third Heathrow runway, saying it will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050. It would also connect Britain to 40 new destinations. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

The Man Who Saved Southwest Airlines With A '10-Minute' Idea

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The early 1970s were a turbulent time for a little startup called Southwest Airlines. The company had a tiny fleet of just four airplanes that flew to three destinations — all of which were in Texas. But by 1972, Southwest had already posted a net loss of $1.6 million, and the company was forced to sell one of its planes. (www.npr.org) More...

Helicopter crash in New Zealand three passengers survive

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Three people have survived a helicopter crash in Westland National Park this morning. Police were alerted about 10.35am that the helicopter had left Franz Josef to uplift two hunters nearby the Poerua Glacier was overdue. A spokeswoman for the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand said a pilot and two hunters were injured during the crash at take-off. The helicopter was located about 11.30am, and the trio were rescued about midday Three people have survived a helicopter crash in Westland… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Jetstar airways cannot operate flights to Hong kong

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Allan Joyce the CEO of Qantas has hit out at the head of Hong Kong Government about why his off shoot carrier JETSTAR cannot fly into the Asian hub. Over many months many proposals have being put forward to the Government of HONG KONG and the tourist industry. Stating there would be no room or competition for the airline here and it would not survive. Not only because of it's reputation which is in tatters and it's public relations towards fare paying passengers there is also be scandals with… (www.couriermail.com.au) More...

Airport expansion: It's build, build, build in much of the world

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three-year review into the future of air travel around London is due to finish with the recommendation that a new runway be built at one of two existing airports. But while the capital gingerly edges towards airport expansion, other parts of the world are witnessing a massive airport building boom. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Plane stowaway body found on roof

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A stowaway who is believed to have clung on to a plane has fallen to his death, while another is in hospital. The two men are believed to have been clinging to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Video: Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Landing at Dusk at RAF Fairford

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B-2 Spirits land June 8, 2015 at Royal Air Force Fairford, England. Both active duty and Air National Guard airmen from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings participating in hot-pit refueling and an engine-running crew change. These skills tests validate the vital importance RAF Fairford plays in projecting the Department of Defense's strategic bomber force to other areas of responsibility. The tests took place alongside the recent deployment of three B-52 Stratofortresses from Minot Air Force Base,… (youtu.be) More...

Video: Remove Cat Before Flight

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A cat video on Flightaware?! What a world . . . Unruly Purr-senger removed from flight. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) F-35 Ski Jump Test Launch

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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short take-off/vertical-landing (STOVL) variant June 19. During flight 298, BAE test pilot Peter Wilson launched aircraft BF-04 from a land-based ski jump located aboard NAS Patuxent River. This test is the first of a series of U.K. ski jump events scheduled for 2015. (youtu.be) More...

Passengers help soldier pull off surprise airport proposal

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SACRAMENTO, C.A. - Hearts were gushing at Sacramento International Airport for a soldier's homecoming ceremony – but this wasn't your typical welcome home celebration. After serving multiple deployments overseas, U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Vance decided to make one more commitment. (www.usatoday.com) More...

US Probing Possible Airline Collusion That Kept Fares High

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A letter received Tuesday by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or "the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity." (www.nytimes.com) More...

6 yr old starts up EC145 at Mankato (KMKT)Air Show

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Freak happening, when a 6 year old child managed to start up an EC145 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (www.startribune.com) More...

FAA Approves License for Houston Spaceport

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The Houston Spaceport will be the 10th licensed commercial spaceport location in the nation. (www.khou.com) More...

Man shoots downs neighbor’s hexacopter in rural drone shotgun battle

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While we’ve heard of consumer drones getting in the way of commercial airliners, and more recently, obstructing firefighting operations, we’ve haven’t heard of many cases where drones are shot out of the sky by a neighbor. Eric Joe, told Ars he was flying his homemade drone over his parents’ orchard late last year. After just three-and-a-half minutes of flight time, a single shotgun blast rang out from the neighbor’s property at the low-flying, slow-moving hexacopter. The drone came crashing… (arstechnica.com) More...

A Billionaire Just Spent £400 Million Pimping Out A Boeing 747-8i

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Welcome aboard the custom-built plane that makes Air Force One look like The Wright Brothers’ first effort. These extraordinary images show an enormous jumbo jet that has been converted into a luxury home for a mystery billionaire. (www.viralthread.com) More...

Cal Fire: Drone Grounded Firefighting Aircraft Near Big Bear Lake

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BIG BEAR LAKE (CBSLA.com) — A drone flying above a 20,000-acre brush fire in the San Bernardino Mountains interfered with the firefight Wednesday, officials say. Fixed wing air craft had to be grounded due to FAA regulations after a drone was seen flying over the Onyx Summit area around 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire officials say. A spokesperson for the agency says the sheriff’s department was contacted. In a tweet posted around 7:30 p.m., Cal Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant wrote that… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Female airline pilots wish more women would join them

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It's a career above the clouds, a sky full of opportunity. So America's female airline pilots have one question: Why aren't there more of us? "There have been women airline pilots for decades. But it is not a warm and fuzzy profession," says Karen Guadagni, 49, of St. Joseph, who is a captain for ExpressJet on flights for United and Delta airlines. In her 14 years as a pilot, Guadagni estimates that she has been paired with another woman only about 20 times on the flight deck. (www.freep.com) More...

This Video Puts You In The Cockpit Of An F-16 Rocketing Over Alaska

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The 35th Fighter Squadron, based in Kunsan Airbase in South Korea, participated in two Alaskan exercises this year, and they happened to take their GoPro cameras with them. The result of which is some gorgeous and exciting footage. (www.youtube.com) More...

F-22 from Hangar to Takeoff (Video)

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F-22 Raptor on the flight line, in a hangar, as it taxis and takes off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. (youtu.be) More...

Airbus wins $1.3 billion South Korean airborne tanker deal

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SEOUL, South Korea • South Korea said Tuesday that it has decided to buy four military airborne refueling tankers from European aerospace giant Airbus Defense and Space for $1.3 billion. (www.stltoday.com) More...

The Solar Impulse 2

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Solar-powered plane attempts Japan-Hawaii flight. A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel took off from Japan early Monday after an unscheduled, month-long stop. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Defense contractors compete for huge bomber contract

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In the coming weeks, the U.S. Air Force will announce the biggest defense deal of the decade. It will also be the last contract for a new manned combat aircraft for probably 20 years (www.cnbc.com) More...

Delta flight diverts to KGVT but no one knows how to fuel it!

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A Delta jet, low on fuel, diverted to KGVT east of DFW. Once they got on the ground they realized the airport worker didn't know how to fuel the plane. They had no stairs to deplane passengers either....fun night for that crew. (www.wfaa.com) More...

JetBlue to Add Checked Bag Fees as Early This Week

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JetBlue will be removing its popular policy of having one free checked bag for all passengers. The new system will include a tiered fare program, with the highest tier including two free checked bags, reduced penalties for changing flights and even refundability. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Air Canada Rouge at Kelowna

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On Saturday, June 27th, 2015, Air Canada's subsidiary Rouge will begin nonstop flights from Kelowna International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport using their Airbus A319 aircraft. With the Airbus A319 aircraft replacing the Embraer E190 on this route, it offers a 40% increase in the seating capacity on this busy route. The Airbus aircraft will touchdown in Kelowna at approximately 11:40am on Saturday morning. (www.kelownacapnews.com) More...

Bomb threat reported on Saskatoon-bound WestJet flight

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Another WestJet flight — the third in the past week — has received a bomb threat. WestJet reported its Toronto to Saskatoon flight received the threat late Tuesday evening. Flight 323 landed safely at the John Diefenbaker airport in Saskatoon, WestJet reported. (www.cbc.ca) More...

In the making of: Vietnam Airlines’ first A350 XWB: Process

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The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines takes shape in this video clip, which highlights the delivery of components, assembly, painting and other key production steps, and concludes with the milestone widebody jetliner in flight. (youtube.com) More...

Proposed $77,000 civil penalty against National Air Cargo Group

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $77,000 civil penalty against National Air Cargo Group Inc., of Orlando, Fla., for allegedly failing to comply with requirements for loading and securing heavy cargo. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

'Top Gun' Sequel to Put Maverick in the Pilot's Seat Again

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If you’re feeling the need for some speed, then you’re in luck: During the Berlin press day for Terminator Genisys last week, Skydance Productions’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg provided some intel on the status of the sequel to the 1986 fighter-ace blockbuster Top Gun. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Small plane with cruise passengers crashes in Alaska

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(CNN)A small plane carrying a pilot and eight passengers from a cruise ship was believed to have crashed in Ketchikan, Alaska, Thursday. (www.cnn.com) More...

This lady is not telling the truth

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I was actually on this flight on Friday evening from ORD to DCA. I have been a reader of this forum for a long time but seeing this all over the news made me sign up so I could tell you what really happened here and hopefully stop this liar in her tracks....As many on this forum suspected we were not getting the whole truth. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

American Airlines Updates New Livery Paint Progress

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The airline expects to complete its 4-year repainting program by the end of 2017, together with the retirement of its MD-80 aircraft. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Woman Struck by Lightning While Getting Off Flight Diverted by Storms

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A Charlotte-bound flight was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday evening due to strong storms over the Queen City. As if landing in South Carolina against your will isn’t bad enough, a storm developed over Columbia and zapped a passenger as she got off the American Eagle flight. (thevane.gawker.com) More...

6 WestJet passengers injured after their flight was diverted to Winnipeg

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Six passengers were injured after a WestJet flight from Edmonton to Toronto was diverted to Winnipeg on Monday night due to an unspecified threat. The airline says the passengers from Flight 442 were injured during the emergency evacuation from the aircraft, which landed at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport at 8:40 pm CT Monday. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Iraqi F-16D crashes in Arizona

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The first Iraqi F-16D (RD01) crashed on a night training flight over Arizona, killing the pilot. The Iraqi Air Force is training with the 162nd, which trains most international pilots. (abcnews.go.com) More...

The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

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We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Pitts-S-2B crash at Cameron, Missouri Air Show

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The aircraft impacted open field terrain during an aerobatics performance flight at Cameron Memorial Airport (KEZZ), Cameron, Missouri. The biplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries. (aviation-safety.net) More...

Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

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The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. (uk.reuters.com) More...

3 unhurt when Cessna TR 182 crashes at Rio Vista Muni O88 6/30

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The aircraft reportedly had trouble when going around after a landing attempt and ended in an irrigation ditch. Temp 94F RH 29 Wind Var 5 (aviation-safety.net) More...

Korean Air brings Airbus A380, Boeing 777 onto Sydney-Seoul route

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Korean Air's A380 will make its first appearance in Aussie skies this December, preceded by a Boeing 777-300ER, as the airline ramps up capacity for the northern winter / southern summer peak travel period. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

US Military Hypersonic Jet

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US military jet could fly five times faster than the speed of sound (news.yahoo.com) More...

Vintage Catalina Flying Boat In Nic Cage Film Partially Sinks On Beach

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Yesterday, a gorgeous Catalina PBY named Flora-Bama that was being used as a prop for the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor began taking on water while performing touch and goes for the camera. Today, the plane sits half sunk in the surf along Gold Beach, Florida, a most peculiar sight for beach-goers. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...

Air Canada to fly to London Gatwick next spring

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Air Canada will add London Gatwick to its network in spring 2016, a move Canada’s largest carrier is making just as WestJet Airlines enters the market. Flights will be operated by Air Canada rouge, the low-cost subsidiary Air Canada created to compete with WestJet, Air Transat and other Canadian charter carriers. Air Canada rouge will fly Boeing 767s with 24 seats in a premium-economy section and 256 seats in economy. The summer-only service begins on May 19, 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 on trans pacific route

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Follow the plane live as it crosses the Pacific..... (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Turkish Regional Jet program move ahead

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U.S. based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, TRJet Havacilik Teknolojileri Anonim Şirketi (TRJet) in Turkey, as part of developing the first Turkish regional jet. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

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