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Proof that anyone can land an Airbus! (Video)

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It is Greta’s very first time sitting in the cockpit and she has no idea how to handle the plane. BAA Training instructor Vilmantas will help her to face the challenge in Airbus A320 full flight simulator. In this experiment Greta acts as if she is alone in the cabin and tries to land an aircraft (www.youtube.com) More...

Virgin Atlantic Learns That The Best Way To Save Fuel Is To Ask Its Pilots

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How do you make significant fuel savings in kerosene-guzzling jet airliners? The easiest way is to just tell the pilots to take their feet off the pedal, and ease up on the jet fuel a little. (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...

Large 'likely' piece of MH370 wing lands in Canberra

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The sea floor search for MH370 appears to be running out of places to look just as more fragments of the airliner are washed up on western and southern Indian Ocean shores (blogs.crikey.com.au) 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...

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...

Incident: Condor B767 at Halifax on Jun 28th 2016, uncommanded roll

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A Condor Boeing 767-300, registration D-ABUM performing flight DE-2414 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Halifax,NS (Canada), was on approach to Halifax when the crew noticed some uncommanded roll of the aircraft that was countered. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Halifax's runway 23. (avherald.com) More...

Airbus considering 19-seat hybrid-electric aircraft for general aviation market

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Airbus is now considering general aviation designs with up to 19 seats with hybrid-electric power after meeting with potential development partners among a small group of traditional US small aircraft manufacturers, a senior executive tells Flightglobal. The new studies replace plans to develop a smaller, four-seat, hybrid-electric general aviation aircraft after demonstrating the propulsion technology in a future two-seat trainer and current two-seat prototype. But the larger aircraft concept,… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) 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...

Use Jeppesen Social Tags to Win a Flight with AeroShell Aerobatic Team at EAA AirVenture

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Jeppesen will award social media users with the flight of a lifetime – a ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the 2016 EAA AirVenture Fly-In and Convention in Oshkosh, Wisc. (ww1.jeppesen.com) More...

AirAsia orders 100 A321neos

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Budget carrier AirAsia has ordered 100 Airbus A321neos, and will equip the jets with a high-density 240-seat layout. The airframer has disclosed the purchase at the Farnborough air show. No engine selection has been given for the aircraft, but AirAsia is a strong CFM International customer. Its firm agreement takes AirAsia’s overall A320-family orders to 575, of which over 170 have been delivered. Read more here: (www.flightglobal.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...

PICTURE: First Lufthansa A350 nears completion

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Look at the picture: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/picture-first-lufthansa-a350-nears-completion-426764/ German flag-carrier Lufthansa’s first Airbus A350-900 is nearing structural completion at the Toulouse final assembly line. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN74, will be registered D-AIXA. Lufthansa has not given a specific date for delivery, stating only that the aircraft will be stationed at Munich “in the winter”. The powerplants have yet to be mounted on the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Air Lease orders three more A350s

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US-based lessor Air Lease Corporation is ordering another three Airbus A350s as part of a package which also includes a single A321. Airbus disclosed the agreement during the Farnborough air show. The additional A350-900s bring Air Lease’s overall orders for the type to 24, while it also has agreements to take five of the larger A350-1000. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

NTSB Warns of Dangers of Flying with Cataracts

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The U.S. NTSB is urging the FAA and the AOPA to engage in an educational campaign on risks that cataracts could pose to flight safety. The Safety Board made that recommendation as a result of its investigation of a Dec. 26, 2013 crash of a Cessna 172K in Fresno, Calif. That accident involved “a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing,” the NTSB said. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Seaplane full of VIP guests crashed into a bridge on its inaugural flight

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Five people have been confirmed dead after a seaplane crashed into a highway bridge on the edge of Shanghai. The 30million Yuan (£3million) Cessna was on its inaugural flight in the Chinese city. Ten people were on board - two crew members and eight invited guests, mostly government workers and local journalists. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

American Airlines to Defer Airbus A350 Deliveries

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American Airlines (AA) and Airbus have reached an agreement to defer deliveries of 22 A350-900 on order, from spring of 2017 to late 2018. (airwaysmag.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...

TSA: Newark to get 17 ‘automated’ screening lanes this fall

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New York Newark International Airport (EWR) will become the sixth major US airport to have what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is calling “automated” screening lanes installed. TSA said it will deploy 17 of the of the revamped security screening lanes at EWR in conjunction with Chicago-based United Airlines this fall. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus predicts surge of Chinese A350s for 2020-25

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Airbus is expecting the A350 to form a good part of the Chinese airlines' widebody fleet in the medium term, though the A330 continues to serve as their widebody workhorse for now. The country will only get its first A350-900 in the second half of 2017, when Air China receives one, Airbus China president Eric Chen told FlightGlobal at the Farnborough air show. Air China and China Eastern Airlines are the only Chinese customers for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft at present, with… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Jetstar Pacific signs for 10 A320s

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Qantas-Vietnam Airlines joint-venture carrier Jetstar Pacific has tentatively committed to another 10 Airbus A320s. The airline has signed a memorandum of understanding for the aircraft, the airframer disclosed during the Farnborough air show. No engine selection has been given but its current A320-family fleet is fitted with International Aero Engines V2500 powerplants. Airbus says the pact, if firmed, would mark the carrier’s first direct purchase of aircraft with the manufacturer. Read more… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

First flight of Facebook's Aquila

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Facebook announced the first full-scale flight of Aquila, a solar powered UAV with the wingspan of a 737 that weighs "one third as much as a car". More details of the test are available at https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189 (newsroom.fb.com) More...

Emirates Inagural A380-800 Flight

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Emirates flight EK235 makes its first flight with the A380 to Vhicagos O'hare intl airport (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

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