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London City airport expansion gets government approval

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UK Government ministers have given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion of London City airport (LCY - EGLC). The plans include an extended terminal, more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway, and new aircraft stands that will allow bigger, more modern planes to use the airport. (www.theguardian.com) More...

The owner of British Airways got screwed over by Brexit

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International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company which owns British Airways, is blaming Brexit for a €148 million (£124 million) foreign exchange loss in the first 6 months of 2016. (www.todayaviationnews.com) More...

Is fuel prices and maintenance costs main reason for End of the Boeing's iconic 747?

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The 747 has not been retired, although in terms of popularity it is significantly lower. The 747–8i (the newest 747 variant) has not received many orders from airlines and has survived essentially as a freighter (because that has a special nose-loading capability). Very briefly, the main reason is fuel prices and maintenance costs, which made newer, more efficient aircraft like the 777 significantly more attractive. (aviationsquad.com) More...

Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew

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Dismissals at the national carrier occurred after it was determined the employees were linked to a religious movement President Erdogan has said attempted to overthrow the government. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) More...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.com) More...

JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) More...

The Captain Jepp Challenge

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Sharpen your aviation knowledge and become a safer pilot through the quarterly Captain Jepp Challenge—as a bonus, you’ll be entered in monthly drawings for $250 MyGoFlight gift cards and for the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to EAA AirVenture 2017 (two-night stay and airfare included). (www.aopa.org) More...

Singapore Airlines to switch Houston stopover from 4Q

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will switch the stopover on its Singapore Changi to Houston Intc'l flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester Int'l with effect from October 30 of this year. The route will continue to operate 5x weekly. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

FAA restores birthday solos

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Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. (www.aopa.org) More...

JAL B763 at Singapore on Jul 12th 2015, rejected takeoff from taxiway

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A JAL Japan Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration JA606J performing flight JL-38 from Singapore (Singapore) to Tokyo Haneda (Japan) with 198 passengers and 10 crew, had taxied from the gate to depart runway 20C via taxiway WA (parallel to runway 20R), NC2 (North Cross 2) and was turning onto taxiway EP parallel to runway 20L at about 02:25L (18:25Z Jul 11th) when the crew received takeoff clearance for runway 20C. Tower controller noticed the aircraft was accelerating for takeoff on taxiway EP… (avherald.com) More...

Embraer's Phenom 100E Evolves to EV

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Embraer has launched the next upgrade to its Phenom 100 entry-level jet, the Phenom 100EV, which will be equipped with a new flight deck based on the Garmin G3000 suite and be powered by modified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines. Announced today at EAA AirVenture 2016, the upgraded model is scheduled to reach the market in the first half of 2017. (www.ainonline.com) More...

[Video] Harrier Nozzles Glowing Red During Night Landing At Sea

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AV-8B Harrier landing at night on the USS Boxer at sea. The Harrier's nozzles glow red as the jet increases thrust for a gentle vertical touch down. (www.youtube.com) More...

JetBlue Considers Adding Routes to Europe

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JetBlue Airways Corp. said it is considering adding routes to Europe in the next few years, as it reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations. A move into the European market would be a major strategic shift for the primarily domestic discount airline. (www.wsj.com) More...

Blue Angels are upgrading to Super Hornets

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The Blue Angels demonstration squadron are transitioning from the F/A 18 A-D Hornets to the new F/A 18 E-F Super Hornets (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet). The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 is on its last leg of the around the world flight

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After 14 hours of flight time Solar Impulse 2 is almost at the 30% mark of its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi of the around the world tour. (www.solarimpulse.com) More...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) More...

White House takes aim at a fast-growing source of emissions: airplanes

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took a key step toward limiting pollution caused by the nation’s fleet of commercial aircraft, part of a broader push in the Obama administration’s waning months to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA issued a scientific assessment known as an “endangerment finding,” which determined that emissions from certain kinds of plane engines contribute to pollution that fuels climate change and creates health risks for Americans. Emissions that… (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight

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An Air Asia A330 Airbus, the type of aircraft involved in the near-miss with Jetstar. ... Air Asia plane comes within 150m of colliding with Jetstar flight. ... AN INQUIRY is under way into a hair-raising near miss in which an Air Asia plane taking off from the Gold Coast came dangerously .. (www.heraldsun.com.au) More...

Frontier expands to Punta Gorda, shifts three routes from Fort Myers

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After years of trying, Florida's Punta Gorda Airport has landed service from a second commercial carrier. That will come from Frontier Airlines, which will launch nonstop flights between between the airport in southwest Florida and Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Phenom 300 Skids off Runway at Sugar Land, Texas Airport

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Looks like they are attempting to cover the tail number. (www.click2houston.com) More...

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

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The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. (www.airbus.com) More...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

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Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused it of violating its airspace. (www.eurasianet.org) More...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

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Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes and lifts to closely examine an plane's structure and components. It's mildly risky, slow and laborious process -- but soon, it may not be. Airbus has started testing drone inspections that may speed up the process by over an hour. (www.engadget.com) More...

2 Air Transat pilots charged with being impaired

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Plane's cabin crew raised the alarm ahead of Monday flight. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Police investigate a bomb scare on QFA737 at Queenstown airport

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Police are still trying to find the passenger who left a note about a bomb on a plane in Queenstown. The airport was evacuated, although flights still took off after 3pm, when emergency services were alerted to the note. It was discovered by a cleaner after passengers had left the plane. The note contained information about a bomb, but a police search found there was no evidence of an explosive on board or in the terminal. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Unstable approaches at major air show fly in.

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Oshkosh Airventure air show had some weather and airport issues that lead to some dangerous close encounters and rough landings.. (m.aviationweek.com) More...

United to drop a hub

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UAL may be poised to drop one of its hubs - either LAX or DCA. (www.fool.com) More...

Incident: Hawaiian B763 over Pacific Ocean on Jul 27th 2016, hydraulic problem

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N592HA performing flight HA-442 from Sapporo (Japan) to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 236 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL330 over the Pacific Ocean about 800nm southeast of Sapporo when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Tokyo's Narita Airport due to a low hydraulic pressure indication. The aircraft landed safely on Narita's runway 16R about 2 hours later (avherald.com) More...

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