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Jetstar pilot applauded after white-knuckle landing at Wellington Airport

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A Jetstar passenger said she “felt like the plane was going to drop out of the sky” as a pilot made a second hairy attempt to land at Wellington Airport. Flights in and out of the capital have been heavily impacted by a weather bomb which has hit over the past 12 hours, bringing heavy rain and gusts in excess of 100 kilometres per hour.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Are Female Cabin Crew at Qatar Airways Now Being Treated Fairly?

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So female cabin crew were sacked for getting pregnant and weren't allowed to get married for at least five years! With the risk of getting sacked and deported! They might win loads of awards but this sounds horrendous! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is This for Real? Etihad and Lufthansa in Merger Talks

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News from an Italian paper that Etihad is about to buy a 30-40% stake in Lufthansa - and even possibly merge into one airline. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is it likely that MH370 will ever be found?

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The 120,000sq km area of Indian Ocean off southern Australia was chosen based on satellite data as the most likely place the Boeing 777 could have come down along what is presumed to have been its flight path. (www.bbc.com) More...

MRJ first delivery expected to be delayed again

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Japanese newspaper The Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi Aircraft parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has confirmed the delay of first delivery of the MRJ90 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) to mid-2020 (atwonline.com) More...

Fruitless search for MH370 could mean bountiful catches for fishermen

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, though fruitless in terms of finding the aircraft, should provide fishermen in the Indian Ocean with detailed sea-floor maps, and help them land huge catches. Australia, Malaysia and China ended the search for the Boeing 777 airliner on Tuesday, after a $150 million hunt over almost three years failed to find any trace, leaving one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries unanswered. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Ryanair may abandon UK domestic market on Brexit

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Speaking a day after Prime Minister Teresa May confirmed the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Single Market, and by extension the European Single Aviation Market, Sorahan said the anticipated need for a UK AOC would be considered in light of the UK domestic market's role in the carrier's overall operations. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Another final departure: Gene Cernan, 1/16/2017

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Legacy astronaut, and one of only 12 who walked on the moon, Gene Cernan passed today. Another of the brave and honorable men that represented the early American space effort. Our collective condolences, and may he Rest in peace. (abc13.com) More...

Obama's last airline regulation proposal: Disclose bag fees at all points of sale

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In the final week of the Obama administration, the federal agency proposed one final regulation: a requirement that airlines and travel agents disclose bag fee information at all points of sale. (www.latimes.com) More...

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 called off after nearly 3 years

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This is the only source so far this site has from my experience has only told true facts. (bnonews.com) More...

FlightAware announces the release of PiAware version 3.3

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PiAware 3.3 is now available for new installations and upgrades. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Lots of private planes to swoop in for Super Bowl

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To avoid commercial flights and airport crowds, celebrities and other high-rolling Super Bowl-goers are expected to arrive in droves, many of them by private plane. Kyle Chank, director of transportation and operations for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, said about 1,100 such aircraft will descend upon the area between the Thursday before the Feb. 5 big game and on Sunday itself. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Trump and Boeing CEO Look to Downscale Requirements on Air Force One Replacement

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WASHINGTON — Boeing will reduce the cost of the Air Force One replacement program by adhering to scaled-down requirements and using commercial practices, Boeing head Dennis Muilenburg said after a Tuesday meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Accident: Canada B777 near Khabarovsk on Dec 29th 2016, turbulence injures pilot

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An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FIVM performing flight AC-32 from Beijing (China) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 396 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 415nm north of Khabarovsk (Russia) when the aircraft encountered two bouts of severe clear air turbulence (avherald.com) More...

NASA To Test New Approach System

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NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. (www.avweb.com) More...

NTSB Preliminary Report on Cleveland Citation CJ4 Accident

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Accident occurred Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Cleveland, OH. (www.ntsb.gov) More...

United eyeing 767 replacement in fleet review

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United Airlines is evaluating options for a replacement of its Boeing 767 fleet, as part of its on-going widebody fleet review. The 767 is the only aircraft that the Chicago-based carrier does not have a “line of sight” in terms of a replacement in its fleet, said president Scott Kirby in a recorded question and answer session with employees in Denver viewed by FlightGlobal. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

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The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (uk.reuters.com) More...

CJ4 Skids off runway

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Non fatal - CJ4 damaged beyond repair A Cessna 525C Citation CJ4 corporate jet suffered an apparent runway excursion on landing at Howell-Livingston County Airport, Michigan, USA. The pilot survived the accident. The airplane departed Batavia-Genesee County Airport, New York, at 10:57 hours local time. The flight landed on runway 13 at 11:56 hours. An eyewitness reported that the aircraft travelled pas the end of the runway over about 390 m of airport terrain before it crossed Tooley Road. The… (www.livingstondaily.com) More...

F-35, F-22, F-15 and F-16 practice for first inaugural flyover since 1949

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A 335th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle conducts practice runs, Jan. 19, 2017, in the skies over Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, for the official U.S. Air Force aircraft flyover of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. A four-ship formation including the 335th FS F-15E Strike Eagle; a 94th FS F-22 Raptor from Langley AFB, Virginia; a 58th FS F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida; and a 55th FS F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will complete the flyover… (www.youtube.com) More...

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

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Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an internal project designed to test viability and refine a prototype for urban air transport. (techcrunch.com) More...

United grounds all domestic flights for evening of 1/22/17

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United Airlines grounded all domestic flights for the evening of 1/22/17 due to an unspecified IT error. (www.cnn.com) More...

FBI arrests United passenger who claimed he found note about bomb on plane to Denver

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A 20-year-old man, who has been arrested for allegedly falsely claiming he found a letter in an airplane bathroom that indicated a bomb was on United Airlines flight, faces a potential penalty of 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Korean Air admits using electric stun gun on five passengers

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South Korea's national airline has used electric stun guns on five passengers during flights, the BBC has learned. Korean Air is believed to be the only major carrier to routinely have the weapons on board. The airline is ramping up training for staff using the guns after criticism for the way it handled a recent in-flight disturbance. In that incident, US singer Richard Marx was among passengers who helped restrain an unruly passenger. (www.msn.com) More...

U.S. B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from Whiteman AFB conduct precision airstrike in Libya

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A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2s leveled two ISIS training camps in Libya on Jan. 18. The mission marked the first time the “stealth bombers” had been used in combat since the opening of the Libyan air campaign in March 2011, raising questions about why the costly, low-observable aircraft were employed for targets lacking sophisticated air defenses. (theaviationist.com) More...

When 'The Donald' Ran 'The Shuttle'

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In 1988, Donald Trump bough Eastern Air Lines' Air-Shuttle, and, typically, renamed it for himself. Three years later, he sold it, and stills speaking negatively of the experience. (airwaysmag.com) More...

DB Cooper may have worked at Boeing

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Citizen scientists examining the JC Penney tie of DB Cooper have found particles that may place him at Boeings SST's project. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

DCA To Lead Response Team Handling MH370 Matters

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Following suspension of the underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 jetliner which vanished two years ago, a response team led by the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will be established (www.bernama.com) More...

Mitsubishi delays MRJ deliveries by two years

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has confirmed a two-year delay to the MRJ regional jet programme, the fifth time its schedule has been pushed back since launching in 2008. The first MRJ90 is now targeted to be delivered to launch customer All Nippon Airways in mid-2020, from a former goal of mid-2018. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Tigerair Australia to return to Bali from February 3 with Airbus A320s

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Tigerair Australia will operate its Airbus A320s internationally for the first time from February 3 after securing the green light to return to Bali. The breakthrough in negotiations between the airline and Indonesian authorities comes after Tigerair was forced to suspend flights to the popular tourist destination on January 10 due to what it said were “new administrative requirements”. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Japan Airlines to launch NYC-Tokyo Haneda flights

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Japan Airlines will add nonstop service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s close-to-downtown Haneda Airport, the carrier announced Thursday. The new route – which will be in addition to JAL’s existing service between JFK and Tokyo’s more-distant Narita airport – will launch April 1. The airline will fly one daily round-trip flight on the route using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Incident: KLM B747 near Cairo on Jan 16th 2017, loose part on wing

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A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFL performing flight KL-565 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 376 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm southwest of Cairo (Egypt) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. (avherald.com) More...

A Look at the Remaining Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 Orders & Deliveries

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Jumbo and Superjumbo jets have captivated passengers and airlines for decades. Unfortunately, the economics of these aircraft are becoming a tough sell for the manufacturers, partly due to the dwindling economic performance. The days that the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 are in production could become numbered soon. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Beechcraft King Air 300 crash at Tucson airport

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appears to be fatal accident Airplane - Beechcraft King Air 300 (tucson.com) More...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Spotted In Angeles National Forest

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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say the wreckage of a small plane found in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest is an aircraft reported missing last week. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the wreckage spotted Wednesday morning near Lake Hughes. There was no immediate information about the plane’s occupants. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane is a Mooney M20J that went missing Jan. 12 during a flight from Tehachapi to… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Air India starts selling seats in female-only section

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Air India has begun selling female-only seat sections. The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were being groped by other passengers. A general manager from Air India told The Hindu they wanted to reassure passengers who were traveling alone. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Analysis: Boeing Clarifies Plans For Stretched 737 MAX

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If enough airlines bite, the MAX 10X will be formally launched as a new 737 variant for entry into service (EIS) by 2020. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Incident: United B767 near Shannon on Jan 20th 2017, captain incapacitated

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A United Boeing 767-400, registration N59053 performing flight UA-946 (dep Jan 19th) from Washington Dulles,DC (USA) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 82 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL350 over the Atlantic Ocean about 180nm northwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the first officer advised the captain had become unconscious (avherald.com) More...

The mystery of MH370: Timeline

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Almost three years after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, its underwater search has been suspended, according to a joint statement from Australian, Chinese and Malaysian officials on Jan. 17, 2017. The three countries were leading the search for the flight, which was carrying 239 people on board when it went missing in March 2014. The statement said: "Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from… (www.msn.com) More...

MyCargo 747-400 (TC-MCL) crashed in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Jan. 16 / Kabar /. Cargo airplane crashed in Kyrgyzstan due to poor visibility because of thick mist, the sources of Manas airport told Kabar Agency. The airplane Boeing 747, the flight # 6491 heading to Bishkek from Hong Kong crashed outskirts of the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Monday early morning. the plane was to be landed at 7.20 am at Manas airport, the source said. (www.eng.24.kg) More...

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