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Airbus innovation at work: 25 years of aircraft family commonality

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The commonality feature of Airbus’ fly-by-wire jetliner families is marking 25 years of operations, providing benefits that range from enhanced fleet deployment, improved efficiency and better scheduling for airlines to greater productivity, proficiency and job satisfaction for pilots. (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: Avior B737 at Barcelona on Sep 19th 2016, rejected takeoff due to both right main tyres burst

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An Avior Airlines Boeing 737-400, registration YV3243 performing flight 9V-1220 from Barcelona (Venezuela) to Miami,FL (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Barcelona when both right main tyres burst prompting the crew to reject takeoff at high speed. The aircraft came to a stop about 400 meters short of the runway end (length 3000 meters) and was disabled. (avherald.com) More...

St Helena islanders want compensation over unusable new £285m airport

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It was due to herald the end of St Helena’s status as Britain’s most marooned but populated island outpost, but instead the airport has become a runway to nowhere, on course to take off as the government’s biggest overseas aid fiasco. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Virgin Atlantic A330 fleet to be equipped with 2Ku by year-end

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UK-based Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330 fleet will be equipped with Gogo 2Ku inflight connectivity system by year-end. (atwonline.com) More...

Accident: First B737 at Montreal on Sep 19th 2016, fumes on board

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A First Air Boeing 737-400, registration C-FFNF performing flight 7F-866 from Montreal,QC to Kuujjuaq,QC (Canada) with 69 people on board, was climbing out of Montreal when a strong odour developed in cabin and cockpit causing nausea and headaches to some passengers (avherald.com) More...

'No evidence' MH370 exposed to fire

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Australian authorities have cast doubt on the theory that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have had a fire on board before it went missing. Earlier this month, pieces of debris appearing to show burn marks were recovered in Madagascar (www.bbc.com) More...

The Airbus A380 may finally have an American customer — and it's completely unexpected

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In an interview with Bloomberg's Christopher Jasper, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said his airline is seriously considering the Airbus A380 double-decker jet as a possible addition to the company's fleet. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Angry Chinese couple protest on Beijing airport runway to stop plane after they arrive too late to board

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Shanghai-bound Air China flight delayed 20 minutes as husband and wife stand with bag underneath the jet An angry couple in China who knocked down airport staff after arriving too late to board their flight staged a protest on the runway to stop the aircraft from taking off, Chinese media reported. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...

Russia certifies two GTF engines

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The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee’s Aviation Register (IAC AR) has certified Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G and PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines, enabling the engines to be flown by Russian airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Alitalia crews to strike Sept. 22

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Pilots and cabin crew at Italian carrier Alitalia are planning to strike for 24 hours Sept. 22, triggering flight cancellations. In a statement issued Sept. 20, Alitalia said it was implementing “special measures” during the walkout. (atwonline.com) More...

FlightAware and Aireon Announce Global Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking

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FlightAware and Aireon are proud to announce the world's first and only global, space-based ADS-B flight tracking solution. FlightAware's technology and Aireon's 66 ADS-B receivers in low earth orbit will forever change the world of flight tracking and flight safety. (flightaware.com) More...

Reno Air Race accident, in-cockpit video

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Thom Richard experiences engine trouble on the grid in "Hot Stuff," but due to an apparent miscommunication, the other aircraft are signaled to take off, resulting on another aircraft impacting Hot Stuff from behind. Severe aircraft damage, but only minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

U-2 Spy Plane Crashes In Sutter County; Pilots Ejected

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11:00 a.m. UPDATE: A U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane has crashed in Sutter County. The crash happened at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The Air Force and Beale Air Force Base have both confirmed the crash and that two pilots ejected. Their condition is unknown. (sacramento.cbslocal.com) More...

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol celebrates 100 years with amazing time-lapse animation

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What started as a humble grass strip in the first part of the 20th century has now evolved into a massive hub of transportation connecting all of Europe. Watch this beautiful rendering visualize the evolution ofAmsterdam Airport Schiphol over its one hundred year history. (www.youtube.com) More...

See A Dozen B-52 Nuclear Bombers Takeoff Together

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The United States 5th Bomb Wing B-52s and their crews recently performed a mass takeoff during Prairie Vigilance exercise at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Prairie Vigilance is an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

Southwest Flight 1045 into MDW diverts due to radio silence at control tower

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Just after midnight on June 4, 2016, the pilot for Southwest Airlines flight 1045 was unable to get anyone from the airport tower to respond. So a controller from the Federal Aviation Administration's regional center in Elgin stepped in. The airliner and other flights were put in a holding pattern as more attempts were made to reach the tower. Regional controller: Southwest 1045 did you try them on guard at all? Pilot: We tried them on guard, we got dispatch and company all trying to call them… (abc7chicago.com) More...

WWII P-38 Fighter Pilot Fulfills Vow Made 70 Years Ago to Honor Comarades

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Fredric Arnold entered combat with 13 other P-38 fighter pilots more than 70 years ago. Only he and one other survived combat. The two survivors vowed to honor their comrades. Over the last seven years, he sculpted 12 life-size bronze figures as a monument to the more than 88,000 Airmen killed in WWII. The monument depicts a mission briefing scene. A squadron leader addresses six airmen prior to the mission. Five more are shown in a lighter color representing spirits of those already killed. All… (www.denverpost.com) More...

SeaPort Airlines to be liquidated, fleet grounded

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SeaPort Airlines, an 8-year-old commuter carrier that tried to carve a niche serving subsidized routes to small regional airports, will ground its flights Tuesday as it faces liquidation in bankruptcy. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

Santa Monica Airport Begins Evictions - FAA Warnings Ignored

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Two weeks after the FAA reiterated its longstanding and unambiguous view that Santa Monica Municipal Airport must continue operating on “fair and reasonable terms” until 2023 at least, the city issued eviction notices targeting both of the airport’s fixed base operators, Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers. (www.aopa.org) More...

Hawaiian Airlines open to Europe flights

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The Airbus A330neo, already on order, might have range to make new long-haul routes feasible, CEO says (www.wsj.com) More...

Helicopter Loses to Cow

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A cow in Australia scuffled with a helicopter over the weekend, and the battle didn’t end the way you might expect. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

United flight at DIA suffers mechanical problem, veers off runway

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A United Airlines Airbus 320 plane approaching takeoff on a flight from Denver to Reno went off the runway Sunday night due to a mechanical problem, Denver International Airport officials said. “Nobody was hurt,” DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Azores Airlines to add A321LR to fleet

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By 2019, A321LR will be used on longer-range routes (www.airbus.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines opens Honolulu-Brisbane ASPIRE route

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Hawaiian said the flight, which used an Airbus A330, saved a projected 1,500 lbs. (over 680 kg) of fuel. Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu-Auckland route became the airline’s first ASPIRE city pair earlier this year, with an inaugural flight April 22, 2016. (atwonline.com) More...

Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

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The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Spirit Airlines took place today in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. (www.airbus.com) More...

WTO slams EU, Airbus (Again)

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Sept. 22, 2016: The World Trade Organization (WTO) today found that the European Union not only did not cure its previous finding that Airbus received illegal financing aid in launching the A300 through A380, it further violated rules by obtaining launch aid for the A350 XWB. (leehamnews.com) More...

Qatar Airways becomes Sydney Airport’s latest A380 operator

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Qatar Airways has boosted the capacity and product offering on its Sydney-Doha flights after upgauging its daily service to the Airbus A380. The oneworld alliance member has switched the Sydney-Doha route from the Boeing 777-300ER to A380. The first flight of Qatar’s QR908 with the world’s largest passenger aircraft arrived in Sydney a little after 1900 on Friday, after a 13 and a half hour journey from its Doha hub. The aircraft, A7-APE, was on the ground for about three hours before operating… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 at Los Angeles on Sep 19th 2016, burst tyre on departure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N555LV performing flight WN-2634 from Los Angeles,CA to Nashville,TN (USA) with 142 passengers and 5 crew, departed Los Angeles' runway 25R when the crew suspected they blew a left main tyre on departure (avherald.com) More...

Explosives found on Egyptair 804 debris

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In May, EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Paris to Cairo. All 66 people on board have been presumed dead, and causes of the crash are still being investigated. No group has yet claimed overt responsibility for the crash, but investigators just found explosive residue on the wreckage. (jalopnik.com) More...

The US Air Force’s next long-range bomber has a name: The Raider

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The B-21's name, selected through a contest, honors Doolittle's Raiders. The US Air Force has picked a name to go with the number for its next long-range bomber—even though it will be nearly a decade before the aircraft comes into service. After sifting through 2,100 unique names submitted in a contest run by the Air Force Global Strike Command (the successor to the Strategic Air Command), the Air Force's leadership selected "Raider" as the official name for the B-21. (arstechnica.com) More...

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier Fighter Jet Crashes Off Coast of Okinawa

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Tokyo (CNN) — A US Marine Corps pilot ejected safely when his fighter jet crashed into the waters off the Japanese island of Okinawa, officials said. The fighter jet, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet, departed the Kadena US Air Base and crashed 153 km (95 miles) off Hedo Cape, according to a local coast guard official. (www.cnn.com) More...

Here's an Air Force C-17 Threading a Canyon

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The canyon sees mostly fighters and bombers, but as this video shows, anything could turn up. (www.youtube.com) More...

Saudi Arabian Airlines jet 'isolated' in Philippines due to false hijacking alarm

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A false hijacking alarm caused a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane to be isolated at an airport in Manila, the Philippines, according to an airline spokesman. The incident, which is now over, took place after the pilot said the aircraft was under threat. The plane, identified as SVA 872, landed at Manila airport at 3pm local time. It arrived from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to the local ABS-CBN channel, there were possibly around 300 passengers on board. (www.rt.com) More...

Cruise line turns Boeing 777-200LR into 84-seat luxury airliner

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When a luxury cruise line decides to launch its own airline, you know it won't be business as usual. Crystal Cruises aims to replicate the luxury cruise ship experience at 30,000 feet on board two private Boeing 777 and 787 jets designed to fly the super-rich around the world in first class style. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Gander 9/11 - The Kindess of Strangers

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Video of how a tiny village in Newfoundland welcomed the passengers from the aircraft forced to land on 9-11. Canadians already know of Newfoundland hospitality, but this is the story of individuals who received first hand exposure to man looking after their fellow man in distress. (vimeo.com) More...

Virgin Australia to start Perth-Abu Dhabi services from June 2017

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Virgin Australia plans to launch new Perth-Abu Dhabi services three times weekly with Airbus A330-200s from 9 June 2017. This will be the first time that their A330 aircraft will be used on a long-haul international route, and the services will use their existing fleet, by slight reducing A330 services between Perth and the Eastern States. Virgin’s A330-200s carry 275 passengers in a two-class configuration, with 20 Business and 255 Economy class seats. Currently, Etihad Airways operates daily… (www.aviationwa.org.au) More...

Prescott PIREP: Local Pilots Offer Tips

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Several pilots based at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, offer tips on flying into the airport for the AOPA Fly-In Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Love Field is located 7 miles north of Prescott, at an elevation of 5,044 feet. Runway 3R/21L is 7,619 by 150 feet and Runway 3L/21R is 4,846 by 60 feet; the crosswind runway, 12/30, is 4,408 by 75 feet, although it will be closed for aircraft parking during the AOPA event. (www.aopa.org) More...

Air Mauritius to operate additional Perth-Mauritius services using Airbus A340s and A330s

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Air Mauritius is to operate additional summer seasonal flights on the Perth-Mauritius route using Airbus A340-300s, in addition to the regular twice weekly Airbus A330-200 service. Schedule is as follows: Until 30 NOV 2016: A330-200 WED & SUN - MK440 arrives at Perth at 0910 / MK441 departs Perth at 1305 1 - 16 DEC 2016: A330-200 WED & SUN - MK440 arrives at Perth at 0910 / MK441 departs Perth at 1305 A340-300 THU - MK440 arrives at Perth at 0910 / MK441 departs Perth at 1305 17 DEC… (www.aviationwa.org.au) More...

Canberra Airport welcomes inaugural Singapore Airlines service

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The first scheduled international passenger service to Canberra in more than a decade has landed. Canberra Airport welcomed the arrival of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) inaugural service with an Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) monitor cross on Wednesday morning. Flight SQ291, operated by Boeing 777-200 9V-SRP, touched down in the nation’s capital a little after 0810, after a seven-hour journey from Singapore, marking Canberra’s first scheduled international service since the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

FAA Concerned About Exhaust Leaks On A Lycoming Engine

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AOPA is working with the FAA to notify owners of aircraft using Lycoming’s TIO-540-AJ1A engine that an airworthiness concern sheet has been issued for possible exhaust leaks that could allow carbon monoxide gas to enter the cockpit. (www.aopa.org) More...

F-22 Raptor Does A Loop On Its Axis Performing The Elusive Falling Leaf

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Talk About Stability. It's no secret the F-22 Raptor is one of the most maneuverable, if not THE most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world. A strong case could be made that fourth generation Sukhoi and MiG aircraft also have thrust vectoring and could do the same, but there's really no way of telling which is better. One thing's for sure though. The Raptor looks great when it does it. Link direct to video https://youtu.be/P8zPh8kAcAU (frontlinevideos.com) More...

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