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All flights grounded at Cologne, Germany over security breach

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All flights have been grounded at Cologne airport over reports that a person has evaded security checks at the terminal. Terminal 1 at Cologne Bonn Airport has been cleared of passengers, according to local newspaper the Kölnische Rundschau, after a "suspicious person" entered a secure area through a door next to a supermarket. A police spokeswoman told the Germany news agency DPA all flights had been stopped until the security alert could be resolved. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

17 Boeing Employees Arrested

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Yesterday, we reported exclusively that more tax evasion arrests were in the works for employees working at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility. These arrests were to be in addition to the eleven Boeing employees pinched last month on similar charges. (www.stumbleupon.com) More...

Boeing made a ‘major mistake’ 12 years ago that left its customers in the lurch

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The 757 was always a bit of an odd duck for Boeing.It’s a twin-engine, narrow-body airliner that’s larger than the run-of-the-mill 737, but smaller than wide-body jets like the 787 Dreamliner. It’s a true tweener in Boeing’s lineup. Even though the Renton, Washington-based airplane maker was able to book more than 1,000 orders for the jets over its two decades in production, it was never a hot seller. By the early 2000s, sales of the 757 had all but dried up and Boeing put the plane out to… (www.facebook.com) More...

Korean Air evacuates plane at Japan's Haneda airport after engine smoke

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Korean Air Lines evacuated 319 passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan's Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. The incident prompted authorities to temporarily close down Japan's busiest aviation hub. Images broadcast by NHK showed the Boeing 777 on a runway being sprayed with foam by fire trucks, with four of its emergency slides deployed. The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney… (www.reuters.com) More...

TSA'S Summer Meltdown, and The Solution That Nobody Will Talk About

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Now in Ask the Pilot: TSA's Summer Meltdown. Security lines are longer than ever, and the obvious fix is one that nobody will talk about. TSA doesn't need more screeners, it needs FEWER... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Delta Airlines Boeing 767

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Two Greek F16 fighter jets intercepted a Boeing 767-400ER of Delta Airlines plane after it strayed into its airspace in the Mediterranean Sea without identifying itself, according to Greek media. The civil aircraft reportedly belonged to Delta Airlines and was flying from Germany to Kuwait. But mystery surrounds why the pilots did not identify themselves to Greek authorities. Reports say the passenger jet first appeared on Greek radar at 7.10pm last night (Thursday). After failing to respond two… (www.airlive.net) More...

FAA Denies L.A. Anti-helicopter Petitions

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Last week the FAA denied a quartet of petitions that sought to impose helicopter minimum altitudes; mandatory routings; and hover, orbit and pooling restrictions on tour and electronic news gathering (ENG) operators for all helicopters operating within the Los Angeles Basin. The petitions were filed by various groups of anti-helicopter activists under the umbrella group known as the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition. (www.ainonline.com) More...

World's Second Airworthy B-29!

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May 20th, 2016, Wichita, KS, Today the FAA handed over the airworthiness certificate to "DOC". Doc is a B-29 that rolled of the assembly line in Wichita, Ks in March of 1945. After years serving in Non-Combat roles, Doc was sentence to China Lake for target practice. Rescued in 1998, Doc was transported back to Wichita for restoration. As of today, May 20th, 2016; Doc was finally presented with a new Airworthiness Certificate. From first start to first taxi, and soon to be first… (twitter.com) More...

Boeing Mulls Larger Engine For Biggest 737 MAX

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Boeing is considering a plan to put a larger engine on its biggest narrowbody airliner in an effort to blunt the runaway success of a rival Airbus jet that outsells it by four to one, industry sources said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Johannesburg to Be Singapore Airlines' Second Airbus A350-900 Long-Haul Destination

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Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination for Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 fleet. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) More...

Lufthansa suspends Caracas flights as Venezuelan economy struggles

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International airlines have for years struggled to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue held in the local bolivar currency due to exchange controls, prompting many to limit service and require that passengers pay fares in dollars. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus just patented what could become the fastest helicopter in the world

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Airbus is trying to take high-speed helicopters to a whole new level. Last month, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound copter (www.seattlepi.com) More...

Icon A5 production slowdown amid customer backlash

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The California-based start-up ceremonially delivered the first aircraft as a charitable donation to the Young Eagles, a youth aviation organisation, in July 2015. But ambitious plans to aggressively ramp up deliveries to 175 aircraft in 2016 have been thwarted by quality control issues by suppliers and at the final assembly stage, Icon says in a statement released on 24 May. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing reduces size of tech workforce

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Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Wednesday it was reducing the size of its tech support unit as part of an ongoing drive to lower costs. The company declined to comment on how many Information Technology workers are being laid off, after the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that hundreds of IT jobs were being cut. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Cathay Pacific Airways becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

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Cathay Pacific Airways has become the sixth airline to operate the world’s latest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The airline’s first aircraft featuring the carrier’s new livery has arrived at its home base in Hong Kong. (www.airbus.com) More...

Computer Glitch Forces Brief Ground Stop For All LAX Flights

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A computer software problem resulted in a ground stop of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for a time Thursday before technicians were able to resolve the issue, authorities said. The software problem at the FAA’s Approach Control in San Diego was reported about 7:20 a.m. and only affected LAX, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All departing and arriving flights were affected by the ground stop, but the restriction was quickly lifted for… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The 11 Worst Soviet Aircraft

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The Soviet Union lasted a mere sixty-nine years (the Spitfire has been flying longer), but in that time produced some of the largest, fastest, toughest and most agile aircraft. Even now, 25 years after its collapse, almost all Russian and Ukrainian aircraft have their roots in the communist super state. Favoring clever robust design over high technology and refinement, the Soviet approach enabled the mass production of cheap machines. Many of these were outstanding, but some – for reasons of… (hushkit.net) More...

Pilot lands Cessna 150 on Interstate 10 in Mississippi

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Perfect timing, no injuries to the pilot and passenger and no accidents caused by his landing. (www.sunherald.com) More...

Singapore Airlines sends A350XWB to Johannesburg

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Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 fleet, with effect from June 23, 2016. The A350 will initially be deployed on flights serving the Singapore-Johannesburg route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Frequency of A350-900 services will progressively increase to cover all seven weekly Johannesburg flights, including four weekly flights which continue to Cape Town. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

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