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AirBaltic takes delivery of first Bombardier CS300

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Bombardier delivered the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator airBaltic Nov. 28. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers in a two-class layout. (atwonline.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...

South African Airways takes delivery of its first A330-300 aircraft

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South African Airways (SAA), has taken delivery of its first of five new leased A330-300 widebody jetliners, becoming Airbus’s first Southern African operator of the aircraft type. (www.airbus.com) More...

Airbus A350-1000 takes to the skies for the first time

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The World's first A350-1000 has taken to the skies for the first time. It departed to Toulouse Blagnac Airport / France (TLS/LFBO) at 10:42 for a 3hr test flight. Barring bad weather that could lead to a postponement, Thursday’s approximately three-hour debut will add a new 366-seat member to the lightweight carbon-fibre A350 family, which entered service with the smaller A350-900 early last year. It is part of a game of leapfrog at the top of the market for twin-engined long-haul jets, as the… (www.thenational.ae) More...

Incident: Jetlite B737 near Hyderabad on Dec 3rd 2016, hydraulic problem

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A Jetlite Boeing 737-800, registration VT-JLF performing flight S2-4364 from Kolkata to Bangalore (India) with 147 passeners and 8 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 120nm southeast of Hyderabad (India) when the crew reported a hydraulic problem and decided to divert to Hyderabad (avherald.com) More...

Qantas and Perth Airport in dispute over planned Perth-Europe direct flights

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Qantas says that Perth Airport may delay the start of direct flights between Perth and Europe for several years, unless the airport is willing to enable international operations from Terminals 3 and 4 (T3 and T4), instead of Terminal 1 (T1). The airline is currently planning the initial routes for its much anticipated fleet of new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which will be delivered from 2017. The airline believes that direct services between Perth and London Heathrow are possible with the new… (www.aviationwa.org.au) More...

Plane With Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

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An airplane with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Why the Boeing 757 Cannot be Replaced by the 737 MAX

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An airline pilot reveals why a plane Boeing discarded 12 years ago is the one they desperately need. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Washington state Offered Billions in Illegal Tax breaks to Boeing

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A World Trade Organization panel on Monday ruled that Washington state offered billions in illegal tax breaks to plane maker Boeing, and that the U.S. government must take action to end the plans within months. (hosted.ap.org) 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...

Boeing T-X Headed Toward First Flight

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The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer is on track to fly by the end of the year after completing afterburner engine runs last week, Boeing officials said. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Ghost airplane casts a pall over A350-1000 rollout

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Airbus presented dignitaries and media at the debut of its latest model with an unexpected sight: a white-painted $300-million A350 jetliner being prepared for delivery without an airline livery, considered an alarm signal in the aerospace industry because they usually signify that they have been built without an airline in place to operate them. (www.reuters.com) More...

Incident: Biman B777 near Ashgabat on Nov 27th 2016, engine fuel pressure problem

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A Biman Bangladesh Boeing 777-300, registration S2-AHN performing flight BG-1011 from Dhaka (Bangladesh) to Budapest (Hungary) with 99 passengers and 29 crew, was enroute at FL320 about 50nm northeast of Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) when the crew decided to divert to Ashgabat due to a low fuel pressure indication for one of the engines (GE90). (avherald.com) More...

Delta receives first US-produced Airbus aircraft

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Airbus has delivered the first A321 to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines from its US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. (atwonline.com) More...

Plane makes emergency landing at GRR after damage

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after damage inside the cabin Monday evening. (woodtv.com) More...

Water supertanker lands in Israel

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The American firefighting aircraft nicknamed the Supertanker has landed at Ben Gurion Airport to help fire crews on the ground and in the air to extinguish a series of fires raging around the country, especially in the hills surrounding Jerusalem. (www.ynetnews.com) More...

Exclusive: Taking the Bombardier CS300 Transatlantic

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Airways Contributing Editor Andreas Spaeth was on board the delivery flight of the first Bombardier CS300 from Montréal to Stockholm. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Two Croatian Canadair aircraft putting out fires in Israel

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Two Croatian Canadair aircraft continued on Saturday to put out widespread forest fires in Israel which threaten houses and, despite difficulties in taking water from the Mediterranean Sea, flew until dusk on Friday. (eblnews.com) More...

Anti-drone Gun can disable Drones from over a Mile Away

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DroneShield introduces the DroneGun, a jammer that disables drone signals (including GPS and GLONASS positioning) from as far as 1.2 miles away. (www.engadget.com) More...

Incident: Scoot B787 near Singapore on Nov 26th 2016, engine shut down in flight

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A Scoot Boeing 787-900, registration 9V-OJF performing flight TZ-1 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to Singapore (Singapore), was descending towards Singapore when the right hand engine (Trent 1000) emitted sparks through the tailpipe. (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Loud Bang Heard, Flames Reported From United Plane Engine After Leaving SFO for Tokyo

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United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco heading to Narita experienced engine problems returns to San Francisco. (www.nbcbayarea.com) More...

Watch an Etihad Airbus 380 fly in formation with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team over Abu Dhabi

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The UAE Air Force aerobatic display team formed up with an Etihad Airways A380 for the 2016 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (theaviationist.com) More...

Delta Bans Trump Supporter Who Ranted At 'Hillary Bitches' On Flight

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In a video posted to Facebook by Emma Baum, one of the passengers on the flight is seen standing up from his seat and yelling about Donald Trump to the rest of the plane. The flight crew had received criticism on social media for not kicking the man off of the flight. Passengers on the Tuesday morning flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania would be refunded the cost of their tickets and that the man in the video “will never again be allowed on a Delta plane.” (talkingpointsmemo.com) More...

DOT Approves Norwegian Air US Flights

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The US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air's application for a foreign carrier permit, allowing it to launch flights from the US to EU countries. Norway is not a member of the European Union, but the airline’s Irish subsidiary which made the application will now be able to access the EU’s aviation rights to fly between the US and EU. (news.airwise.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce New Partnership with SITAONAIR to Provide Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking to Airlines

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Aireon LLC, FlightAware and SITAONAIR today announced a new partnership to provide SITAONAIR’s airline customers with Aireon’s space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data. Starting in 2018, SITAONAIR airline customers with ADS-B Out equipped aircraft will have access to 100 percent global flight tracking data, in real-time, through SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM® FlightTracker product. (flightaware.com) More...

Nobody Wants the A380 and That’s Breeding Creativity

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There isn’t anything quite like the A380. The airplane is enormous, and frankly, it is a true delight to fly (as a passenger, at least). The cabin design feels spacious, you can barely hear any engine noise, and it handles turbulence well. From an airline perspective, however, it’s the economics that matter most. And in most cases, the A380 just doesn’t work. (crankyflier.com) More...

Delta Crj200 Comfort+ mod

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Deltas new comfort + mod for the CRJ200. Adding the first row of seats as Comfort+ (www.youtube.com) More...

LAX Rail Link Project Takes Step Forward

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A project that aims to connect LAX and Metro rail took a step forward Thursday. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will connect two Metro lines with a people-mover that will drop off travelers at LAX. The project involves building a new rail station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, just east of the airport. The station will be serviced by Crenshaw/LAX… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

The Silent Anniversary. Fifteen Years (and Counting).

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Now in Ask the Pilot: The Silent Anniversary. Fifteen Years Since Our Last Major Crash. This isn't a minor story. On the contrary, it's one of the most significant milestones in U.S. aviation history. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Blaine and the Plane, the best MH370 article for many months

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If you only read one MH370 story a month, this has to be the one (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Virgins top on-time honours for October

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Virgins top on-time honours for October November 30, 2016 by australianaviation.com.au Leave a Comment VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT SYD APR15 RF 5K5A1324 Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney Airport. (Rob Finlayson) It was a tight bunch at the top of the punctuality tables in October, with Virgin Australia and its regional arm taking the honours for on-time performance. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Virgin Australia regional had the… (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Changi-led consortium acquires Vladivostok Airport

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A consortium comprising Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Changi Airports International has acquired Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East from Sheremetyevo International Airport. (www.breakingtravelnews.com) More...

How One Little Lock on an Airplane Could Save Hundreds of Lives

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Selfish passengers spend valuable seconds during evacuations opening overhead bins in order to take their luggage off the plane with them. There is actually one simple solution: locking overhead bins. The bins would be locked during taxi, takeoff and landing. They would be unlocked at cruising altitude. Then they would be locked again when it’s time to prepare the cabin for arrival... (www.travelpulse.com) More...

Pilot Report: Diamond DA62

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There’s a new twin in town — and Diamond Aircraft’s DA62 represents a major step forward when compared to the two other airplanes in its class: The Beechcraft G58 Baron and the Piper Seneca V. The differences are numerous, but the three most obvious include a sleek carbon fiber fuselage, seating for seven, and Austro turbo-diesel engines with full electronic controls. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Incident: China Southern B737 near Lanzhou on Dec 1st 2016, the hottest phone one can get

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A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration B-1782 performing flight CZ-6976 from Shanghai Pudong to Urumqui (China), was enroute at 9200 meters about 120nm east of Lanzhou (China) when the crew decided to divert to Lanzhou after a passenger's mobile phone turned hot and emitted smoke (avherald.com) More...

The importance of the A350-1000

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Airbus had another first flight, this time the A350-1000. The aircraft looks good. A video from AirlineFlyer captured the moment from this morning’s takeoff. (airinsight.com) More...

Laser beams pose danger in the air

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New Delhi - While approaching runway 29 of Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday night, the pilot of a Pune-Delhi Vistara flight reported distraction in vision. Around 10pm, the pilot of the UK 922 flight told Air Traffic Control that a green laser light approximately 6 nautical miles away from his location had caused the distraction.Following this, Airport Operation Control Centre informed airport operator DIAL. Police too were informed. This is not the first time that such an… (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com) More...

Qatar Airways Announces Service to Las Vegas, Rio De Janeiro, Canberra and Dublin

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Qatar Airways recently announced the launch of a variety of new destinations, including Las Vegas, Rio De Janeiro, Canberra and Dublin. These routes add to a large number of routes Qatar Airways will begin service to in 2017, including Auckland, which will take the distinction of the world's longest flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

UK issues revised guidance for drone users

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Conscious of a lack of awareness about drone usage rules, an increasing number of drone incidents and in anticipation of many more drones taking to the skies this Christmas, the UK has issued revised guidance for consumer drone users. The "Dronecode" is designed to be a simple way for consumers to fly drones safely and legally. The five points of the code, the first letters of which spell out the word "drone," are: don't fly near airports or airfields, remember to stay below… (newatlas.com) More...

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