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Missile which downed MH17 transported from Russia, inquiry finds

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The missile that downed Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, adding that more than 100 people were under investigation for the 2014 disaster. (www.yahoo.com) More...

New Aircraft Technology Could Transform These 2 Airlines

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The additional range of Airbus' upcoming A321neo and A321LR aircraft will open up new business opportunities for these 2 U.S. airlines. (www.fool.com) More...

Airbus family flight: A380, A350, A330 and A320 perform spectacular formation flight

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Four Airbus airliners have flown together in formation in a spectacular display flight to mark 25 years of the aircraft manufacturer's "fly-by-wire" system. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Finnair to launch San Francisco flights, increase Spanish network

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“In the same way as when Finnair flies to Asia, the northern position of our Helsinki hub will also present a quick alternative for our connecting European customers flying to North America’s West Coast.” Finnair CCO Juha Jarvinen said. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier CS300 begins European route-proving flights

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that its CS300 jetliner—the second CS300 flight test vehicle—has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside first operator airBaltic of Latvia. (atwonline.com) More...

UAV activity disrupts Dubai Airport operations

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Flight operations from Dubai International Airport were disrupted for nearly an hour Sept. 28 because of unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, activity. (atwonline.com) More...

Entire Lufthansa A320 fleet to get Ka-band satellite connectivity

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Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT) has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for Lufthansa Group's entire Airbus A320 aircraft family – approximately 300 aircraft -- bringing broadband communication to the airline’s short- and medium-haul flights, the company said Sept. 26. (atwonline.com) More...

Saab ready for second Swedish remote tower

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Saab will roll out its remote air traffic control system to Sundsvall airport in Sweden in the coming weeks, extending a service that has been in place at Örnsköldsvik airport since April 2015 (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Incident: Flydubai B737 at Multan on Sep 27th 2016, bird strike

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A Flydubai Boeing 737-800, registration A6-FGD performing flight FZ-321 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Multan (Pakistan), was on approach to Multan's runway 36 when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird (avherald.com) More...

Spring Airlines opens more than 40 international routes this year

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Shanghai-based Spring Airlines is expected to open more than 40 international routes by the end of 2016, reflecting the explosive growth of Chinese citizens’ outbound travel. As of the end of September, the Chinese low cost carrier (LCC) had opened 30 new international routes (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: France B777 at Paris on Sep 25th 2016, compressor stall

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The crew, in consultation with dispatch, subsequently decided to divert to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and landed safely on CDG's runway 27L about one hour after departure. (avherald.com) More...

China Airlines becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

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China Airlines (CAL) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. CAL’s A350-900 is configured with a premium three class layout with a total of 306 seats, comprising 32 in Premium Business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 31 in Premium Economy and 243 in the main cabin. (www.airbus.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

LAX Unveils $148 Million Connector To Link International, Domestic Terminals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers moving from some domestic terminals to the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport can now avoid a long walk and security re-screening thanks to a new connector. The $148.5 million connector opened with fanfare Thursday. It allows travelers to move directly between the recently expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal on the west side of the airport and the five terminals on the airport’s south-facing side. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

FAA will investigate Santa Monica's 'starvation strategy' to shut down its municipal airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it would investigate Santa Monica’s so-called starvation strategy that could close the city’s embattled airport within two years. It also issued a sharply worded warning for the city to put the brakes on the pending eviction of two airport businesses, a move some see as the first steps in Santa Monica’s plan. Santa Monica officials have told Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major tenants that provide a variety of aircraft… (www.latimes.com) More...

Taiwan's Bid to Join ICAO Was Denied

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Taiwan's request to be invited to the September 27 ICAO meeting in Montreal was denied. ICAO is the UN's regulatory arm for the aviation industry. Taiwan was invited to attend an ICAO meeting in 2013 but has not been invited since. Many suspect that China moved to prevent Taiwan from being invited in order to further isolate Taiwan politically. Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world and the 11th busiest international passenger airport in the world. (thediplomat.com) 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...

FIS-B Advisory Service Adding Data, Curtailing Older NOTAMS

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AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September. (www.aopa.org) More...

Lufthansa plans Brussels, Air Berlin deals in Eurowings drive

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Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring (uk.reuters.com) More...

Out of the Boneyard, Into the Fight: Ghost Rider Flies Again

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B-52 "Ghost Rider", relegated to the "boneyard" in 2008 @ Davis-Monthan AFB in Tuscon, AZ arises like a Phoenix to fly once again (www.minot.af.mil) 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...

SQ says non-stop A350-900ULR flights to USA will be about sleep, not speed

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Singapore Airlines says the biggest allure of non-stop flights to LAX, JFK will be the chance for non-stop slumber. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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The inflight entertainment system maps on some Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft have changed as a new provider introduced more detailed flight maps, the airline said. (news.airwise.com) More...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

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Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape (www.airbus.com) More...

GoGo Announces its Next Generation Ground Network to Support In-Flight Connectivity in North America

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it is developing its next generation ground-based technology to better serve the connectivity needs of business and commercial aviation in North America. (business.gogoair.com) More...

Incident: Etihad B777 at Abu Dhabi on Sep 27th 2016, engine problem

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETL performing flight EY-450 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was in the initial climb out of Abu Dhabi's runway 13R when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and returned to Abu Dhabi. (avherald.com) More...

Flight to Angola takeoff from Portugal with employee closed in cargo hold

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TAAG flight takeoff from Lisbon to Luanda (Angola) with employee passed out and closed in the cargo hold. (www.airlive.net) More...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

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When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have underestimated the creativity of airmen and the pitfalls of public polling. Nukey McMeltface and Trump Bomber were among more than 2,100 submissions to a list that was released by the air branch on Sept. 22 after a number of freedom of information requests were filed seeking the document. (aviationweek.com) More...

British Airways Scraps Free Snacks On Short Flights

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British Airways said it will drop free food and snacks in short-haul economy from January 2017. The airline said it will provide food from UK retailer Marks & Spencer in a new “premium food range”. (news.airwise.com) More...

The Virgin Atlantic Fleet

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A comp featuring photos and take off/ landing videos of the aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet (www.youtube.com) More...

Air NZ acts after Air Nippon Dreamliners are grounded

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Air New Zealand is putting in "proactive systems" for its Dreamliner fleet after problems were identified in engines of the same aircraft type operated by Japanese carrier ANA. Air New Zealand operates seven of the planes and says it is aware of a technical issue that has affected some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engines operated by other international carriers. It says that in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has put… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Incident: American B767 near London on Sep 11th 2016, hydraulic leak

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The Canadian TSB reported the aircraft performed an overweight landing back in Chicago. (avherald.com) More...

Spain's Vueling eyes France-Algeria market

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Vueling Airlines (VY, Barcelona El Prat) is planning to enter the France-Algeria market ch-aviation research has revealed. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Air Canada adds six new destinations to its international network

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Air Canada announced the addition of six new destinations to its international network Wednesday, including year-round Boeing 787-9 service between Toronto and Mumbai and between Vancouver and Taipei. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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