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Entire plane pays tribute to 101-year-old war vet

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It’s not every day you turn 101, so it was only fitting that Clem McGregor had a plane-ful of strangers ready to help celebrate. Rallying the passengers of his Southwest Airlines flight, the crew got on the loud speaker to make sure Clem’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed. “If I could direct your attention up here to the front of the aircraft,” a flight attendant is filmed ...... (www.airlineboarding.net) 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...

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...

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...

A group of 12 year olds have come up with a cost effective way to help prevent bird strikes

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SALT LAKE CITY — A group of four Utah tweens has been nationally recognized for inventing a device to scare away birds from planes. (www.ksl.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...

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...

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...

The 'boneyard': Where airlines send old planes to be scrapped

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The “boneyard” is the term given to aircraft storage facilities where out-of-use planes are sent to be sold, stored or scrapped. Most are in arid locations. The one here in New Mexico – officially the Roswell International Air Center – is the preferred facility for American. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Pilots, check your bearings: Boeing Field catches up with Earth’s magnetic field

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Because the Earth’s magnetic field has shifted over the decades, the runway numbers at Boeing Field have just been changed, requiring pilots to pay attention and change their charts. (www.seattletimes.com) 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...

Bombardier CSeries Flying to 17 Airlines - Tour!

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Bombardier planning a world tour to 17 airlines with a CSeries CS300. (www.facebook.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...

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...

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...

Hong Kong Airlines will launch non-stop A350 flights to U.S.

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The line-up of international airlines flying to the U.S. mainland will grow this winter. The latest to announce service is Hong Kong Airlines, which will launch non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong on Dec. 18 on Airbus A350 aircraft. (www.airguideonline.com) 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...

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...

The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk

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Dann Runik still gets chills when he remembers the rainy morning of March 1, 1978. He was in the cockpit of a DC-8 at Los Angeles International Airport as he watched Continental Flight 603, a heavily laden DC-10, lumber down Runway 6R on its takeoff roll. The heavy trijet was bound for Honolulu with 198 passengers and crew aboard. Everything appeared normal to the DC-10’s flight crew as the aircraft accelerated toward its 156 KIAS V1 go/no-go decision speed. But when passing through 152 KIAS,… (aviationweek.com) More...

Passengers sue Boeing in Cook County court over worst crash in Emirates history

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More than a dozen passengers aboard an Emirates airline flight that crashed in August 2016 sued plane-maker Boeing on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, blaming an allegedly defective switch. (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

Ryanair accuses Lufthansa of Air Berlin 'conspiracy'

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Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up collapsed airline Air Berlin. Lufthansa is negotiating over buying Air Berlin planes, which are still flying following a 150m euro German government loan. (www.bbc.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...

‘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...