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Wait, this aircraft mechanic has been with American Airlines for HOW LONG???

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Azreil “Al” Blackman is an Aviation Maintenance Technician Crew Chief for American Airlines who oversees aircraft mechanics at JFK International Airport. Like many mechanics he graduated from Aviation High School in Manhattan and, oddly enough, had to get permission from his mother to take the job with American, originally starting in the sheet metal shop as an apprentice. Sounds somewhat typical right? Here’s the thing: Al’s first day with American Airlines was July 17, 1942. Yes, you read that… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

EasyJet's new airline is a clever but expensive response to Brexit

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There will now be three easyJets, all with a capital letter in the wrong place and all located in different places - one in the UK, one in Switzerland and now one in Austria. (news.sky.com) More...

787, A350, or A380: What’s The Best Plane For Passenger Experience?

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Have you ever watched a bottle of water become a crushed, miniature version of itself while airborne? That simple visual is the most common reminder that flying in a metal tube is not quite like life down on earth. Fortunately, airlines are investing major dough in upgrading their fleets- and some of the newer offerings are simply fantastic for the passenger experience. Here’s how to choose between the best new planes… (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

MH17 three years on festers as an evil that benefited no one

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All we can say of MH17 is that evil was done three years ago, to no apparent purpose at all (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

NTSB: Air Canada close-call at SFO was even worse than first reported

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Federal investigators on Monday revealed startling new information about the July 7 close-call at SFO, saying that the Air Canada pilot that mistook a crowded taxiway for his approved runway actually flew over at least one plane on the ground before aborting his landing. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in an initial report that Air Canada flight 759 from Toronto descended below 100 feet and aborted the landing “after overflying the first airplane on the taxiway.” (www.mercurynews.com) More...

Jeppesen charts available on ForeFlight mobile

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Access Jeppesen’s global library of departure, arrival, and terminal procedures. Also in this release: Logbook detail reports, import custom charts, and global Procedure Advisor. (foreflight.com) More...

World War II pilot's remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later

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The 21-year-old Gray was on a dive-bombing mission on April 16, 1945, when his single-seat P-47D aircraft clipped a tree and crashed in Lindau. (www.foxnews.com) More...

Aircraft debris found on island

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Aircraft incident investigators will be dispatched to retrieve and secure debris discovered on Farquhar, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said on Thursday. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) More...

Norwegian Performs First Transatlantic Boeing 737 MAX Flight

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Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian has performed its first commercial transatlantic flights using the Boeing 737 MAX, with two aircraft now in revenue service. (atwonline.com) More...

Top Aviation Apps take flight with Gogo

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able to connect to popular pilot apps – such as Garmin, JetFuelX, FlightAware (business.gogoair.com) More...

Air France Secures Pilot Backing for New LCC "Boost"

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French Skyteam member Air France is expecting to formally sign an agreement with its pilots July 17, paving the way for the launch of its Boost new airline project in fall 2017. (atwonline.com) More...

Bombardier marks Global 7000 flight test milestone

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Bombardier Business Aircraft has surpassed 500 hours of flight testing with its new Global 7000 business jet, the company said Monday. The 500 flight hours have been accumulated between three Global 7000s based at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita. (www.kansas.com) More...

IT'S WAR: United Airlines President Slams Frontier After $39 Ticket Announcement and Vows 'United Will Win'

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On Wednesday, United Airlines president Scott Kirby weighed in on Frontier Airlines' plan to double the number of its routes and return to a network business model. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

PICTURES: UPS Airlines First Boeing 747-8F in Full Paint

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UPS Airlines' First Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft has been fully painted and now awaiting flight (twitter.com) More...

Pilot speaks out after Highway emergency plane landing

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Authorities say the C206 took off from Brookhaven Airport in Shirley and was heading to Eagles Nest Airport in West Creek, New Jersey, when it suffered some sort of mechanical failure. The pilot, Jim O'Donnell, said he had no choice but to land on the highway, avoiding stunned motorists who were no doubt avoiding him. "It wasn't good, but here I am," he said in an exclusive interview with reporter NJ Burkett. "No bent metal." (abc7ny.com) More...

Frontier Airlines Adds 21 New Destinations Out of Denver International Airport, Marking Renewed Focus on Home Hub

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Frontier Airlines announced an expansion of its network Tuesday — including 21 new destinations from Denver International Airport — and a fare sale to fill the seats. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Boeing 787 Payback Gap Widens

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The 787 Dreamliner is now on its sixth delivery year, well past half calendar time in the program’s 1,300 unit accounting block (for the explanation of accounting block and program accounting read here). (leehamnews.com) More...

AirBaltic's Sixth CS300 Sets A New World Record

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Today, on July 21, 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic has set a new world record as its newest CS300 turnaround for the first commercial flight took only 50 minutes after delivery from Canada. (50skyshades.com) More...

Air France Names Boost Airline ‘Joon’

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French Skyteam carrier Air France has christened its new lower-cost airline, which was previously known as the Boost project, as ‘Joon’ and named Jean-Michel Mathieu as CEO. (atwonline.com) More...

Frontier Is Said to Be Delaying IPO as U.S. Airline Competition Intensifies

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Frontier Airlines pushed back its initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said, as competitive tensions flared between the no-frills carrier and United Airlines. (skift.com) More...

PICTURE: Indonesian B737 freighter in Papua runway excursion

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A Boeing 737-300 Freighter operated by Tri MG Airlines suffered a runway excursion at Wamena on 18 July. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. The center has uploaded roughly 300 of the planned 500 films that it will continue to put up over the coming months. They have everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests to videos of the time that they intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984. (motherboard.vice.com) More...

Russia’s MC-21 and IL-114 Win New Orders at MAKS Air Show

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Russian-manufactured aircraft—the Irkut MC-21 and Ilyushin IL-114—won new orders on the second day of the MAKS Air Show in Moscow. (atwonline.com) More...

Thomas Cook Airlines Announce New Manchester to Seattle Route for Summer 2018

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Thomas Cook Airlines is today launching its long haul-flight programme for Summer 2018 and announcing a new route from Manchester to Seattle, USA from May next year. The addition of Seattle reinforces Thomas Cook Airlines’ position as the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester, serving more USA routes than any other airline. (thomascookairlinesuk-newsroom.condor.com) More...