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'Armed police' called after angry passengers 'go crazy' over delayed BA flight from Heathrow

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Armed police were reportedly called as passengers reacted with fury when a British Airways flight from Heathrow was delayed for two days. The flight to Las Vegas was supposed to set off at 4.40pm on Sunday, but following two aborted take-offs didn’t leave until Tuesday afternoon. (www.standard.co.uk) More...

Passenger detained for claiming to blow up airliner to Pudong

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Police have detained a passenger after a bomb scare forced a thorough inspection on Spring Airlines airliner to Pudong with more than 100 passengers on board, the airline said today. The captain with Flight 9C8568 from Jeju Island in South Korea to Pudong reported to the carrier that a passenger claimed there was a bomb on the aircraft thrice at 9:15pm on Monday shortly before the Airbus 320 was about to land at the Pudong international airport. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

FedEx ads a B737-400F to their fleet in full FedEx Colours

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FedEx has added a Boeing 747-400 Freighter to their fleet. Click on the link to see a photo. (www.planespotters.net) More...

FlightAware moves HQ higher into the sky

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FlightAware, a global flight tracking data company, will double the size of its headquarters and gain a modern space with panoramic views of Houston when it relocates to a full floor near the top of Eleven Greenway Plaza in November. (m.chron.com) More...

The End of an Era: On Board United's Last Domestic 747 Flight

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Many years ago the Jumbo Jet dominated major airports across the US, and seeing domestic flights operated by the 747 was the norm... But today, United and Delta are the last US carriers to operate the 747 on commercial routes. Both are set to retire the iconic American-made jetliner by the end of this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

Southwest is Travel Industry's Favorite Airline

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The world’s travel industry professionals and frequent flyers have named their favorite airline. According to new data from YouGov, 35 percent of travel industry pros who participated in the survey prefer Southwest. It easily beat the competition, gathering twice as much support as the nearest competitor, American Airlines, which was named favorite by 15 percent of professionals, followed by Delta, with 11 percent. (www.msn.com) More...

Passengers Call 911 From Ramped Airliner

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The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has ordered Air Transat to explain why passengers were driven to call 911 for help as they sat in packed aircraft for up to six hours on a hot afternoon and evening in Ottawa. (www.avweb.com) More...

Air Berlin files for Insolvency after Etihad withdraws support

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Air Berlin has filed for Insolvency after Etihad withdraws support, and is now in discussions with Lufthansa... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Air India Flight In US Denied Take-Off Over Seat Belt Tags

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NEW DELHI: The American air safety regulator on Friday stopped an Air India aircraft to take off as scheduled from Chicago for India due to missing tag numbers from several seat belts. (economictimes.indiatimes.com) More...

ATC Monitoring Eclipse Balloon Launch

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Pilots flying on the days leading up to the coming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 have surely planned already to cope with extra traffic near the path of totality, but they also need to be aware of a nationwide balloon launch that will take place along that path. Teams of students will release about 100 high-altitude scientific balloons from about 30 locations along the eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina. The balloons will carry instruments to about 100,000 feet, where they will send back… (www.avweb.com) More...

ANALYSIS: After Years of Turbulence, Ultra-Low Cost Carriers Could Finally Take Flight in Canada

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The allure of so-called ultra-low-cost carriers is clear to both passengers and airlines. For passengers, cheap flights have always been very attractive and evidence in the United States and Europe has shown that travellers are willing to undergo a fair amount of annoyance and discomfort, if the price is right. (www.cbc.ca) More...

United Airlines to Offer Flights out of Paine Field

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Following suit with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines will become the second carrier to offer flights out of Paine Field starting in fall 2018. This puts the planned passenger terminal out KPAE/PAE to almost full capacity. United plans to operate six daily flights to it's Denver and San Francisco hubs. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Russian surveillance plane soars over the Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sights

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A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday, presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon, the Capitol and other government buildings, two U.S. officials said. The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft made the flight through the Treaty on Open Skies, which Russia, the United States and 32 other nations have signed. The treaty established criteria under which countries can make unarmed observation flights over the soil of… (www.msn.com) More...

ExpressJet to end run as Delta Connection carrier

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A longtime Delta Connection contract carrier based in Atlanta will soon no longer fly for Delta Air Lines. (www.myajc.com) More...

See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY

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Each time President Trump spends a weekend away from the White House, there’s a massive military effort to protect him from threats… including from above. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was given rare access to present a dramatic demonstration of how the Air National Guard keeps presidential airspace safe. (www.youtube.com) More...

SWISS to Replace Airbus A319s With Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

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Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to replace its five remaining Airbus A319s with Bombardier CS100/300 aircraft in the spring of 2018, SWISS CSeries fleet chief Peter Koch told journalists in Zurich at the CS100 launch to London City Airport. (atwonline.com) More...

Swiss Says Goodbye to the Avro “Jumbolino”

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Swiss International Airlines has retired its last Avro RJ100 regional jet. To mark the occasion, the airline flew the 15-year veteran aircraft on a special final flight between Geneva and Zurich. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Santa Monica Firms Contract for Shorter SMO Runway

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The Santa Monica city council in California has agreed to a $3.5 million “guaranteed maximum price” contract to Aecom to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from 5,000 feet to 3,500 feet. The August 8 approval of the contract is in line with the city’s timeline to begin work on shortening the runway in October and complete the project by December 7, when new FAA charts are ready for release. (www.ainonline.com) More...

Hate Basic Economy Fares? More Are Coming

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Buying airline tickets is getting even more dastardly: Basic Economy fares are spreading nationwide. (www.msn.com) More...

FCC issues Enforcement Advisory

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Issued On: Aug 8, 2017 Document Numbers DA/FCC: DA-17-747 Enforcement Bureau Reminds Civil Aviation Community That Use Of A Certain Aviation Frequency Is Restricted To Emergency Use. The FAA's ability to monitor aviation channel 121.500 MHz for emergencies is being impaired by increased use of 121.500 MHz for non-emergency communications. The FCC will aggressively enforce the rules related to aviation radio operations. (www.fcc.gov) More...

Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-off

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Virgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

Aviation City to add restroom and showers

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ARCADIA, Fla. – Do you like to camp at airports? If so, and you happen to also enjoy proper restroom and shower facilities, you can help make both a reality at Aviation City at Florida’s Arcadia Airport. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Virgin Orbit’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ 747 moves closer to rocket launches

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The jet returned to Long Beach after going through a series of inspections and modifications conducted in collaboration with L3 Platform Integration and VT Aerospace, two of Virgin Orbit’s partners. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

‘Incredible’ Boeing Everett site turns 50 years young

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In May 1967, Boeing employees moved into a new factory built beside Paine Field near Everett, Wash. Thirteen months later, the group that became known in aerospace legend as “The Incredibles” rolled out the 747. (www.bellevuereporter.com) More...

Heathrow Airport Reports Record Breaking Month for Passenger Numbers

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Heathrow Airport has managed to have its best month ever in July - increasing passenger numbers by 1.2% to 7.3 million. The Middle East continued to be one of the most popular destinations. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Taking flight: How an Airbus jetliner is made in Mobile

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Later this year, Airbus executives expect to see the Final Assembly Line in Mobile hit a target rate of four jets per month. Here's how it all comes together. (www.al.com) More...

U.K. Looks At Licensing Lasers

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British authorities are proposing to regulate the sale of laser pointers to curb attacks on aircraft. The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial has issued a “call for evidence” into possibly licensing the sale of small lasers. “Used irresponsibly or maliciously, these products can and do wreak havoc and harm others, with potentially catastrophic consequences,” said Business Minister Margot James. “That’s why we want to hear from business groups, retailers and consumers about the… (www.avweb.com) More...

Big Bear small plane crash claims lives of newly engaged couple

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A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and her fiance were killed when a small aircraft crashed in a remote area of Big Bear. (abc30.com) More...

Delta adds 'Delta One' surcharge up to US$1,000 on A350 flights between US and Seoul

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Delta Air Lines will slug passengers booked into its new Airbus A350 Delta One business class suites with a surcharge as high as US$1,000 on a return ticket for travel between the USA and South Korea. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Construction begins on Delta's $4B facilities at New York-LGA

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NEW YORK — Delta today broke ground on its $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport, a major component of the transformation of the vital hub into a completely rebuilt, unified 21st-century airport. (news.delta.com) More...

Spy plane pilot in South Korea prepares for flight

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It's a dangerous job with lots of physical challenges. Pilots flying U2 spy planes out of South Korea have.... (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Pilot fatigue | A growing safety concern after narrowly averted Air Canada disaster

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The issue of pilot fatigue, a longtime safety concern for Canadian pilots, has drawn renewed attention after Air Canada’s stunning close call in June at San Francisco's airport (www.cbc.ca) More...