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Airbus A350-1000 takes to the skies for the first time

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The World's first A350-1000 has taken to the skies for the first time. It departed to Toulouse Blagnac Airport / France (TLS/LFBO) at 10:42 for a 3hr test flight. Barring bad weather that could lead to a postponement, Thursday’s approximately three-hour debut will add a new 366-seat member to the lightweight carbon-fibre A350 family, which entered service with the smaller A350-900 early last year. It is part of a game of leapfrog at the top of the market for twin-engined long-haul jets, as the… (www.thenational.ae) More...

AirBaltic takes delivery of first Bombardier CS300

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Bombardier delivered the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator airBaltic Nov. 28. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers in a two-class layout. (atwonline.com) More...

South African Airways takes delivery of its first A330-300 aircraft

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South African Airways (SAA), has taken delivery of its first of five new leased A330-300 widebody jetliners, becoming Airbus’s first Southern African operator of the aircraft type. (www.airbus.com) More...

Accident: Canada Rouge B767 over Caribbean Sea on Nov 14th 2016, turbulence injures two cabin crew

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An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300, registration C-FIYE performing flight RV-1944 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Bogota (Colombia) with 231 people on board, was enroute at FL350 in smooth flight and cloud layers, when the aircraft suddenly experienced moderate turbulence that lasted for about 1-2 minutes causing injuries to two flight attendants working in the aft cabin, one of the two flight attendant was incapacitated (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Qatar B777 near Zurich on Nov 19th 2016, smoke on the flight deck

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A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A7-BAO performing flight QR-778 (dep Nov 18th) from Miami,FL (USA) to Doha (Qatar), was enroute at FL350 about 15nm northeast of Zurich (Switzerland) when the crew reported smoke on the flight deck and requested to divert to Zurich with CATIII ILS available for runway 16. ATC reported that only CAT I was available right at that point, CAT II was being activated. (avherald.com) More...

Plane With Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

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An airplane with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Why the Boeing 757 Cannot be Replaced by the 737 MAX

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An airline pilot reveals why a plane Boeing discarded 12 years ago is the one they desperately need. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Washington state Offered Billions in Illegal Tax breaks to Boeing

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A World Trade Organization panel on Monday ruled that Washington state offered billions in illegal tax breaks to plane maker Boeing, and that the U.S. government must take action to end the plans within months. (hosted.ap.org) More...

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix

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The FAA is mandating that operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner periodically reset the power on the airplane to avoid a glitch that could cause all three computer modules that manage the jet’s flight control surfaces to stop working while in flight. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Ghost airplane casts a pall over A350-1000 rollout

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Airbus presented dignitaries and media at the debut of its latest model with an unexpected sight: a white-painted $300-million A350 jetliner being prepared for delivery without an airline livery, considered an alarm signal in the aerospace industry because they usually signify that they have been built without an airline in place to operate them. (www.reuters.com) More...

Two Croatian Canadair aircraft putting out fires in Israel

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Two Croatian Canadair aircraft continued on Saturday to put out widespread forest fires in Israel which threaten houses and, despite difficulties in taking water from the Mediterranean Sea, flew until dusk on Friday. (eblnews.com) More...

Water supertanker lands in Israel

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The American firefighting aircraft nicknamed the Supertanker has landed at Ben Gurion Airport to help fire crews on the ground and in the air to extinguish a series of fires raging around the country, especially in the hills surrounding Jerusalem. (www.ynetnews.com) More...

Boeing T-X Headed Toward First Flight

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The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer is on track to fly by the end of the year after completing afterburner engine runs last week, Boeing officials said. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Incident: Biman B777 near Ashgabat on Nov 27th 2016, engine fuel pressure problem

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A Biman Bangladesh Boeing 777-300, registration S2-AHN performing flight BG-1011 from Dhaka (Bangladesh) to Budapest (Hungary) with 99 passengers and 29 crew, was enroute at FL320 about 50nm northeast of Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) when the crew decided to divert to Ashgabat due to a low fuel pressure indication for one of the engines (GE90). (avherald.com) More...

Anti-drone Gun can disable Drones from over a Mile Away

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DroneShield introduces the DroneGun, a jammer that disables drone signals (including GPS and GLONASS positioning) from as far as 1.2 miles away. (www.engadget.com) More...

LAX Rail Link Project Takes Step Forward

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A project that aims to connect LAX and Metro rail took a step forward Thursday. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will connect two Metro lines with a people-mover that will drop off travelers at LAX. The project involves building a new rail station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, just east of the airport. The station will be serviced by Crenshaw/LAX… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The Silent Anniversary. Fifteen Years (and Counting).

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Now in Ask the Pilot: The Silent Anniversary. Fifteen Years Since Our Last Major Crash. This isn't a minor story. On the contrary, it's one of the most significant milestones in U.S. aviation history. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Exclusive: Taking the Bombardier CS300 Transatlantic

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Airways Contributing Editor Andreas Spaeth was on board the delivery flight of the first Bombardier CS300 from Montréal to Stockholm. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce New Partnership with SITAONAIR to Provide Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking to Airlines

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Aireon LLC, FlightAware and SITAONAIR today announced a new partnership to provide SITAONAIR’s airline customers with Aireon’s space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data. Starting in 2018, SITAONAIR airline customers with ADS-B Out equipped aircraft will have access to 100 percent global flight tracking data, in real-time, through SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM® FlightTracker product. (flightaware.com) More...

Delta Bans Trump Supporter Who Ranted At 'Hillary Bitches' On Flight

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In a video posted to Facebook by Emma Baum, one of the passengers on the flight is seen standing up from his seat and yelling about Donald Trump to the rest of the plane. The flight crew had received criticism on social media for not kicking the man off of the flight. Passengers on the Tuesday morning flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania would be refunded the cost of their tickets and that the man in the video “will never again be allowed on a Delta plane.” (talkingpointsmemo.com) More...

Nobody Wants the A380 and That’s Breeding Creativity

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There isn’t anything quite like the A380. The airplane is enormous, and frankly, it is a true delight to fly (as a passenger, at least). The cabin design feels spacious, you can barely hear any engine noise, and it handles turbulence well. From an airline perspective, however, it’s the economics that matter most. And in most cases, the A380 just doesn’t work. (crankyflier.com) More...

Incident: Loud Bang Heard, Flames Reported From United Plane Engine After Leaving SFO for Tokyo

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United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco heading to Narita experienced engine problems returns to San Francisco. (www.nbcbayarea.com) More...

Incident: Scoot B787 near Singapore on Nov 26th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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A Scoot Boeing 787-900, registration 9V-OJF performing flight TZ-1 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to Singapore (Singapore), was descending towards Singapore when the right hand engine (Trent 1000) emitted sparks through the tailpipe. (avherald.com) More...

Lufthansa Now Operating

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After a three-day strike by Lufthansa pilots, the German company is already operating, said public broadcaster BNR on November 26. Sofia Airport confirmed that earlier this morning, two airplanes of Lufthansa left Sofia to Munich and Frankfurt. (www.novinite.com) More...

Watch an Etihad Airbus 380 fly in formation with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team over Abu Dhabi

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The UAE Air Force aerobatic display team formed up with an Etihad Airways A380 for the 2016 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (theaviationist.com) More...

Delta pilots oppose big regional jets, could be issue for Embraer, Mitsubishi

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"... protects well-paid pilot jobs at major airlines, as it prevents the carrier from using bigger planes on outsourced regional routes, which generally pay less well and have inferior working conditions." (www.reuters.com) More...

Pilot Report: Diamond DA62

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There’s a new twin in town — and Diamond Aircraft’s DA62 represents a major step forward when compared to the two other airplanes in its class: The Beechcraft G58 Baron and the Piper Seneca V. The differences are numerous, but the three most obvious include a sleek carbon fiber fuselage, seating for seven, and Austro turbo-diesel engines with full electronic controls. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Delta Crj200 Comfort+ mod

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Deltas new comfort + mod for the CRJ200. Adding the first row of seats as Comfort+ (www.youtube.com) More...

Canada Buys New F-18s After Canceling Its Order for the F-35

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The Great White North selects the F/A-18 Super Hornet as an interim fighter jet (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Qatar Airways Announces Service to Las Vegas, Rio De Janeiro, Canberra and Dublin

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Qatar Airways recently announced the launch of a variety of new destinations, including Las Vegas, Rio De Janeiro, Canberra and Dublin. These routes add to a large number of routes Qatar Airways will begin service to in 2017, including Auckland, which will take the distinction of the world's longest flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

The world's oldest serving flight attendant

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For nearly six decades, Bette Nash has been sharing her contagious smile with the world -- from 30,000 feet. (www.cnn.com) More...

Changi-led consortium acquires Vladivostok Airport

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A consortium comprising Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Changi Airports International has acquired Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East from Sheremetyevo International Airport. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Air Force Pilot logs 6,000 Hours in Service on the A-10

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On Nov. 14, 2016, Lt. Col. John Marks, a pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, logged his 6,000th hour in the A-10 Thunderbolt II at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, becoming one of the highest time fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Laser beams pose danger in the air

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New Delhi - While approaching runway 29 of Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday night, the pilot of a Pune-Delhi Vistara flight reported distraction in vision. Around 10pm, the pilot of the UK 922 flight told Air Traffic Control that a green laser light approximately 6 nautical miles away from his location had caused the distraction.Following this, Airport Operation Control Centre informed airport operator DIAL. Police too were informed. This is not the first time that such an… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

American Airlines Completes US Airways Mainline Fleet Repaint

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Nearly 2 years after the merger was consummated creating the world's largest airline, American Airlines has repainted the entire original US Airways mainline fleet. (airwaysmag.com) More...

UK issues revised guidance for drone users

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Conscious of a lack of awareness about drone usage rules, an increasing number of drone incidents and in anticipation of many more drones taking to the skies this Christmas, the UK has issued revised guidance for consumer drone users. The "Dronecode" is designed to be a simple way for consumers to fly drones safely and legally. The five points of the code, the first letters of which spell out the word "drone," are: don't fly near airports or airfields, remember to stay below… (newatlas.com) More...

Bombardier to Deliver First CS300 to airBaltic Next Monday November 28

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Bombardier has confirmed today that the delivery of the CS300 to launch operator airBaltic has been scheduled for next Monday, November 28, 2016. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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