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Antonov offers its airplane to Trump

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U.S. President-elect earlier was displeased with costs of Boeing aircraft Ukrainian state-owned airplane manufacturer Antonov has offered its aircraft for Trump to consider using as the Presidential airplane. (uatoday.tv) More...

Emirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flight

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 — 1 December 2016 – DUBAI, UAE – Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey. The A380 flight touched down this morning at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water cannon salute and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception at the terminal. Travelling on… (www.emirates.com) More...

Bombardier: CSeries aircraft performing better than expected

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Bombardier said it will increase the formal specifications for the CSeries CS300, as the aircraft’s per seat and trip costs have already proven 2% better than its original brochure values. “Within six months we’ve got a two-member family into revenue service. That’s never been done before,” Bombardier president commercial aircraft Fred Cromer said last week at the CS300’s unveiling with Latvian launch customer airBaltic. (atwonline.com) More...

Private jet in crash that killed Bin Laden relatives came in too fast, report finds

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A private jet that crashed, killing three members of Osama bin Laden’s family, landed too far down the runway because it was travelling 40% faster than the recommended speed, accident investigators concluded. The Saudi-registered Phenom 300 jet smashed into an earth bank at the end of the runway at Blackbushe airport, Camberley, on the border of Hampshire and Surrey, on 31 July last year before becoming airborne again and colliding with several parked cars. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Etihad Airways wins top Airbus A380 Accolade

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Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the award for ‘Top Operational Excellence’ for A380 operations in 2015-2016. (nation.com.pk) More...

"Near Miss" Between Aircraft And Car At RAF Base

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A car that jumped a red light near RAF Waddington was almost hit by an aircraft approaching the runway. It's reported that the King Air plane missed the car by "just a few feet" on the A15 in Lincoln. (www.forces.tv) More...

Incident: Nordavia B737 at Murmansk on Dec 7th 2016, overran runway on landing

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A Nordavia Boeing 737-500, registration VP-BQI performing flight 5N-521 from Moscow Domodedovo to Murmansk (Russia) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, landed on Murmansk's runway 31 at 23:33L (20:33Z) but overran the end of the runway by 73 meters (avherald.com) More...

U.S. greenlights Norwegian Air flights in blow to U.S. industry

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The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's (NWC.OL) Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travellers across the Atlantic. The order finalised a tentative ruling the department made in April and came days after the European Commission formally filed for arbitration over Norwegian's request, which had languished for three years. U.S. airlines and unions have said the subsidiary, Norwegian Air… (uk.reuters.com) More...

FlightAware’s Redesigned Flight Tracking Page

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FlightAware is excited to announce our new flight tracking page, our largest redesign to the flight page in our 12 year history. We’ve kept all the same important content and mapping features as we spent almost a year re-designing it to be easier to understand and more usable. (flightaware.com) More...

Op-Ed: Pilots Can be Heroes, but Also Murderers

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The LAMIA 2933 crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was a foolish, irresponsible tragedy that should have been avoided by the Captain himself, as well a number of other people who hopefully will be investigated and brought to justice. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One

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The president-elect said in a tweet early Tuesday that the new Boeing (BA) 747 jet that's being built to carry "future presidents" already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order. (money.cnn.com) More...

Lufthansa’ first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

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The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The pictured Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse on November 29, 2016 but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a longtime US senator, died Thursday, according to the Ohio State University. He was 95. (www.cnn.com) More...

Air Force One is an 'unrivalled flying fortress'

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It's time for the American president to get a new plane. On the outside, the new Air Force One (which are actually two identical jets) will maintain its iconic blue and white livery - however, the inside will be barely recognisable. Considering the current plane was built at a time when having a fax machine on board was groundbreaking, the technology on board will get a considerable upgrade. It was never going to come cheap. President-elect Donald Trump cast a spotlight on the project this… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

Boise air traffic controller who couldn’t be reached fell asleep

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Police officers who entered the Boise Airport air traffic control tower after pilots could not reach controllers by radio on Nov. 19 found that one controller had fallen asleep and a second one had left the tower and smelled of marijuana, according to reports released Friday afternoon by the Boise Police Department. (www.idahostatesman.com) More...

NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

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A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes' fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor -- composed of the fan and a part called the inlet, which directs air into the engine -- designed to be embedded into a jet plane's body. Jet engines are typically placed away from the aircraft's surface, because of a highly distorted film of air called the boundary layer that envelopes the… (www.engadget.com) More...

Russian Su-33 crashed in the Mediterranean while attempting to land on Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

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Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker. (theaviationist.com) More...

Canada: Feds choose Airbus C295 for new search-and-rescue plane

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The federal Canadian government will choose the Airbus C295 (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

Lufthansa criticises new fee structure at Frankfurt Airport

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Lufthansa has criticised Frankfurt Airport’s new fee structure following authorisation by the ministry of economic affairs, energy, transport and regional development of Hesse. The new fee structure not only involves an unreasonable increase in fees overall but also lowers fees for those airlines that are new to flying out of Frankfurt, argues the German flag-carrier. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

Pakistan: Plane goes missing with 40 passengers on board

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(CNN)Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 carrying 40 passengers has lost contact with a control tower, the airline said in a statement Wednesday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Comlux Extends A321 Range With Auxiliary Fuel Tank

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Comlux will announce at the MEBAA show today that it is to offer a forward auxiliary fuel tank system for the Airbus A321, while Comlux America, the company’s completions and service center in Indianapolis, is announcing a new partnership with a quartet of leading designers to offer a range of aircraft interior concepts. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Boeing's First 787-10 Enters into Final Assembly

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Boeing said on Thursday it has begun the final assembly of the first 787-10, a production milestone for the third and largest member of the Dreamliners. (airwaysmag.com) More...

United E175 (Skywest 494J) Suffers Nose Gear Failure and Lands at San Antonio International

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Skywest 494J operating Embraer E175 as United traveled departed Houston Bush (KIAH) enroute to Monterey MX (MMMY) and had gear problem. Diverted to San Antonio TX (KSAT) where it landed without nose gear. 55 souls on board. No injuries reported initially. (www.ksat.com) More...

Celebrating the “Airbus family spirit” on International Civil Aviation Day

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In celebration of today’s International Civil Aviation Day (7 December), Airbus has released a video showing its jetliner family in action – underscoring how the company is shaping the future of air transportation with its comprehensive product line of modern jetliners. (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: Southwest B737 near Jackson on Dec 6th 2016, loss of cabin pressure

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300, registration N374SW performing flight WN-214 from Atlanta,GA to Houston Hobby,TX (USA) with 118 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL300 over Jackson,MS (USA) when the crew initiated an emergency descent due to the loss of cabin pressure, the passenger oxygen masks deployed (avherald.com) More...

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix

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The FAA is mandating that operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner periodically reset the power on the airplane to avoid a glitch that could cause all three computer modules that manage the jet’s flight control surfaces to stop working while in flight. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Balloon Pilot Who Killed 16 Was on Drugs and Had Five DWI Raps

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The pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed last summer in Texas, killing himself and 15 sight-seeing passengers, had taken a cocktail of prohibited drugs including the opiate pain-killer oxycodone, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. (www.msn.com) More...

American Airlines flight attendants want new uniforms recalled

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American Airlines' flight attendants union called on the airline Friday to recall its new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems. American and the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, have been jointly testing the uniforms to determine if the clothing is responsible for the reactions that have triggered more than 1,600 health complaints by cabin crews. The airline has also offered… (money.cnn.com) More...

Over 2 000 stranded at Chengdu Shuangliu Intl because of smog

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More than 20,000 people are stranded at an airport in Chengdu, China, as flights were grounded by heavy smog and fog, Chinese state-run media reported. Multiple flights to and from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in central China were canceled or delayed, while many were forced to land at other airports, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, calling it “the worst fog to hit the … city in years.” (edition.cnn.com) More...

Transatlantic for $69 plus tax one way??

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Norwegian Air to offer Upstate NY to Ireland flights. (www.poughkeepsiejournal.com) More...

Incident: Norwegian B738 at Kristiansand on Nov 4th 2016, "racing start"

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Here is an odd duck I found at AVHerald. A low speed rejected takeoff, followed shortly by takeoff and flight limited to half it's cruising altitude. Also I think noteworthy is the AVH reporting their efforts to get the story straight. The incident is worth looking into. (avherald.com) More...

US flight regulators consider whether to allow or bar in-flight Wi-Fi calls

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The US Department of Transportation announced Thursday it was seeking public comment on the topic. It is asking the public to ponder whether a rule should demand that airlines, if they offer potential phone service, should provide advance notice to fliers (perhaps at the time of ticket purchase). Regulators also want public input on whether in-flight Wi-Fi calling should be banned outright. (arstechnica.com) More...

Boeing pledges $1 million for Donald Trump's inaugural events

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The company already had committed $1 million to help underwrite inaugural events when Trump took aim at the manufacturer this week, according to a Boeing official familiar with the planning, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the discussions. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Airbus Awarded $2.3B Canadian Search-and-Rescue Projec

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Airbus Awarded $2.3B Canadian Search-and-Rescue Projec (www.defensenews.com) More...

Government spies surveil phones in flight, report says

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Turns out the skies are not so friendly after all, at least as far as privacy is concerned. American and British intelligence agencies have been surveilling cell phone use on commercial flights since 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. (www.cnet.com) More...

Aviation giants to invest millions in Poland

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Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and America's General Electric have announced they will invest EUR 250 mln in a joint aviation engine-service centre in Poland. (www.thenews.pl) More...

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