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Flight recorder confirms fire on board Egyptair MS804

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Data retrieved from the damaged flight data recorder of ill-fated EgyptAir Flight MS804 has confirmed there was a fire on board moments before the crash but experts say a technical fault is likelier than a terrorist attack. "Recorded data is showing consistency with ACARS messages of lavatory and avionics smoke," Egypt's Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said in a statement. "Preliminary information shows that the entire flight is recorded on the FDR since its take-off… (eandt.theiet.org) More...

American Airlines A320 Catches Fire Prior to Departing Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) — American Airlines says their maintenance team is inspecting an airplane that caught fire as it prepared to take off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday, but there was no immediate word on the cause. Spokesman Ross Feinstein says flames were reported coming out of the auxiliary power unit in the rear of the aircraft while it was leaving the gate. (airlinenews.in) More...

Singapore 777-300ER catches fire after emergency landing due to fuel leak

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A Singapore Airlines plane has caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when the pilot reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6.50am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board.… (www.theguardian.com) More...

Two explosions at Istanbul airport, several people dead and injured

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Two explosions have rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 10 people and wounding around 20 others, Turkey’s justice minister and another official said Tuesday. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

Air Canada and Bombardier Finalize Landmark C Series Order for up to 75 Aircraft

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June 28, 2016 Montréal Commercial Aircraft, Bombardier Inc., Press Release Agreement includes firm order for 45 CS300 and options for an additional 30 (www.bombardier.com) More...

EgyptAir Flight 804 Recorders Being Fixed

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(CNN) The black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 804 -- badly damaged when they were found by searchers -- are being repaired and authorities hope they can help solve the mystery of what caused the plane to crash into the Mediterranean Sea last month. The French aircraft investigation bureau was able to fix the electronic board of the data recorder, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Monday. Final repairs on the cockpit voice recorder are expected to wrap up as early as Tuesday, the ministry… (www.cnn.com) More...

Cessa 150 landing at Georga golf course

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Engine failure on take off at low altitude. Young pilot was able to land on the golf course with minimal damage and no injuries. (www.fox5atlanta.com) More...

Brexit vote threatens dire consequences for UK aviation

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Peter Morris, chief economist at Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, here teases out some of the aviation implications of the UK electorate's vote to exit the European Union (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Australia's youngest female pilot Jade Esler flies solo at 15

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She's too young to drive a car, but Jade Esler is Australia's youngest female pilot. The year 9 student made her maiden solo flight at Fly Oz school in Cowra on her 15th birthday last week. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Smoke forces American Airlines evac at gate at Heathrow

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looks like APU started to smoke a little. No injuries. Video available. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Blues resume flying

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The blue angels resumed flying on Thursday, after a safety stand down following the crash in Tennessee. A replacement pilot for late captain Kuss has yet to be named. (www.navytimes.com) More...

First CSeries aircraft is delivered to SWISS Jun 29, 2016

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Bombardier will deliver the first CSeries aircraft to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), at ceremonies in Montreal Wednesday. The June 29 delivery marks an important milestone in an aircraft program beset with technical problems, delays and difficulty securing customers. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: British Airways B744 at Toronto and Montreal on Jun 22nd 2016, mass and balance problem

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A British Airways Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVJ performing flight BA-92 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was en route at FL350 about 110nm east-northeast of Montreal,QC (Canada) when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Montreal due to a cargo loading error. The aircraft landed safely on Montreal's runway 24R about 105 minutes after departure from Toronto and about 55 minutes after the decision to divert. A passenger reported cargo had been loaded into an… (avherald.com) More...

London for $639? Yes, British Airways is having a 'Brexit' fare sale

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Is British Airways having a "Brexit" fare sale? That's the vibe from the carrier’s in-progress three-day fare sale to London. British Airways is courting American customers by saying: “Your dollar has never gone further, and with our amazing 3 day sale you can see even more of London! “ As for the details, economy fares are available for as little as $639 round-trip from New York. Fares are slightly higher from “select” other BA gateways in the USA, including Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare,… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Emirates receives 80th Airbus A380

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A6-EUB is the 80th Emirates A380. The aircraft will be used to fly between Dubai (DXB) and Vienna on the 1st of July. (gulfbusiness.com) More...

Will the Bombardier CSeries Crack the Airbus-Boeing Duopoly? — Part One

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As the Bombardier CSeries program gains traction and momentum, will this be enough to threaten the current Airbus - Boeing duopoly? (airwaysmag.com) More...

CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’

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Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type. It is also the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s first Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history. “Adding the A350-900 to the fleet means the company is now moving to the next level. Our A350 and Boeing 787-8s are next-generation aircraft,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW at the delivery ceremony in Toulouse. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Emirates B773 at Hamburg on Jun 13th 2016, flaps up landing

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An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EGK performing flight EK-61 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Hamburg (Germany), was on approach to Hamburg's runway 05 descending through about 2800 feet when the crew initiated a go-around due to problems with the flaps. The aircraft entered a hold at 4000 feet while the crew worked the related checklists and prepared for flaps up landing. The aircraft subsequently positioned for another approach to runway 05 and landed safely at a higher… (avherald.com) More...

Southwest Pushed Back Late 737 MAX Deliveries

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Southwest Airlines has deferred the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to 29023-2025. Despite the decision, it will still be the first operator of the type. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilot incapacitated on Turkish Airlines flight

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A THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration TC-JYG performing flight TK-604 from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to Istanbul (Turkey), was enroute at FL360 south of Antalya when the captain became ill and was unable to continue duties. (www.aviationgazette.com) More...

Why Aren't There More Female Airline Pilots?

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It’s a sad fact, but it’s a rarity to find women in the aviation industry. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, says that women make up just 5% of its 53,000 members. Globally, it’s even worse — only 4,000 of the 130,000 airline pilots are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. (www.forbes.com) More...

Australia urged to change MH370 search zone by independent expert review

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A very detailed review by the Independent Group of scientists has urged the Australian managed search for MH370 to shift its efforts much further to the north-east of the current priority zone on the floor of the south Indian Ocean. (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Incident: J-Air E170 at Osaka on Jun 28th 2016, speed disagreement

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A J-Air Embraer ERJ-170 on behalf of JAL Japan Airlines, registration JA213J performing flight JL-2051 from Osaka Itami to Fukuoka (Japan) with 72 people on board, was on the initial climb out of Itami Airport when the crew detected the speed indications between captain's and first officer's side disagreed by more than 10 knots, stopped the climb at 5000 feet and returned to Itami Airport for a safe landing about 15 minutes after departure. (avherald.com) More...

Qantas B744 over Pacific Ocean on Jun 21st 2016, smart phone erupts in fire

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A Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJS performing flight QF-11 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was enroute at FL340 over the Pacific Ocean near Kiribati Island (about N0 W162) about 6.5 hours into the flight when a passenger's smart phone, that had falled into the passenger seat's reclining mechanism, was crushed when the seat was moved. The battery of that crushed smartphone erupted in fire, which was extinguished by cabin crew. The aircraft continued to Los Angeles… (avherald.com) More...

Accident: Ryanair B738 enroute on Jun 23rd 2014, turbulence injures 5 occupants

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ENB performing flight FR-4398 from Dublin (Ireland) to Reus,SP (Spain) with 163 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Reus' runway 25 when the crew requested an ambulance and medical services to meet the aircraft upon landing reporting severe turbulence along the route had caused bleeding injuries to two passengers, three cabin crew were injured as well. The aircraft landed safely on runway 25. On Jun 24th, 2014 the airline reported the aircraft… (avherald.com) More...

Eurowings Europe launches operations

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Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23. The company received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria recently. Its first Airbus A320 is based in Vienna and the fleet should grow to up to three aircraft by October (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Alaska B737 over Pacific on Jun 22nd 2016, brakes issue

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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N517AS performing flight AS-861 from Seattle,WA to Kahului,HI (USA), was enroute at FL360 over the Pacific Ocean about 250nm short of the destination when the crew changed their destination to Honolulu,HI advising they needed the longer runway (avherald.com) More...

Solar Impulse 2 completes world’s first solar-powered Atlantic flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Seville, completing the world's first solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic. The 6765km (4,200mi) flight took just shy of three days (71 hours and 8 minutes), taking off from New York three days ago. Solar Impulse 2, which is slowly making its way back around the world to Abu Dhabi, has two pilots that take turns. The Atlantic hop was Bertrand Piccard's longest flight in Solar Impulse 2. André Borschberg, who piloted the agonisingly drawn-out Nagoya-to-Hawaii leg,… (arstechnica.com) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Westjet B737 near Toronto on Jun 19th 2016, strong fumes and haze in cabin

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-GWBN performing flight WS-2626 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Saint Lucia (Saint Lucia) with 72 people on board, was climbing out of Toronto when a strong odour/strong fumes were noticed in the cabin associated with haze. The crew stopped the climb at about 10,000 feet reporting smoke in the cabin and returned to Toronto for a safe landing about 35 minutes after departure. The Canadian TSB reported maintenance was unable to find any faults and returned the… (avherald.com) More...

Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident [1966 Palomares, Spain B-52 crash]

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In 1966, a B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol exploded over Spain, releasing four hydrogen bombs. Fifty years later, Air Force veterans involved with the cleanup are sick and want recognition. Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band. (www.nytimes.com) More...

What Does Brexit Mean for Commercial Aviation?

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While the consequences of this decision naturally have a major impact across Britain’s society and economy, the impact on aviation will be particularly acute. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Ask the Captain: Is scraping the tail while landing a big deal?

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Question: I was riding as a passenger on a 737-900ER, according to the safety card, and when we landed, we did a small bounce and had to get airborne again. On our second landing attempt, we apparently struck the tail. How bad is this? The crew member said that this airplane is too long and is prone to experience this. Why is it designed this way? (www.usatoday.com) More...

LATAM B788 near Madrid on Jun 29th 2016, fumes in cabin

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A LATAM Boeing 787-8, registration CC-BBH performing flight LA-705 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Madrid,SP (Spain), was descending towards Madrid when the crew reported fumes in the cabin. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Madrid's runway 32R. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 5:20 hours then continued the flight for the next sector to Santiago (Chile). The airline reported it was believed there were gasses coming from the cargo hold caused the delay. However, no gasses… (avherald.com) More...

Congo's ECAIR secures $35mn loan from regional bank

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ECAIR - Equatorial Congo Airlines (LC, Brazzaville) has secured a XAF20 billion (USD34.6 million) loan from the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) to be put towards the airline's fleet renewal and network expansion strategy. (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Delta flight diverted - escorted by F16's

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Delta flight diverted, escorted to Tucson airport by F-16s due to unruly passenger (www.tucsonnewsnow.com) More...

Southwest to postpone delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8

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Southwest Airlines Co will push back the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by up to six years, delaying $1.9 billion of spending, a spokesman for the airline said. The delivery of the planes will be shifted to 2023-2025 from 2019-2022. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Russia and China establish JV to design new widebody aircraft

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Russia and China have signed an agreement establishing a joint venture (JV) to design and develop new widebody aircraft during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to China June 25. The agreement stipulates the joint design, manufacture, marketing and after-sale support of new aircraft. The Russian-Chinese JV is expected to develop a widebody family, although it has not yet been disclosed how many aircraft it will include. (atwonline.com) More...

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