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Jammed elevator cited as factor in Ameristar MD-83 accident

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A jammed elevator appears to have contributed to the March runway overrun of an Ameristar Air Cargo Boeing MD-83 in Michigan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The MD-83 was carrying the University of Michigan's men's basketball team on charter flight 9363, heading to Washington Dulles International airport for the Big Ten college basketball tournament. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

A350-1000 performed ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign in Latin America

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With the objective of conducting a ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign to check aircraft and engine performance in high-altitude, warm and humid conditions, the A350-1000 MSN071 test aircraft flew first to Bolivia before completing its tour in Colombia and then returning to Toulouse, France, after 10 days of flight and ground tests. (www.airbus.com) More...

British Airways ‘turning into Ryanair’ as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks

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British Airways has come under fire from both staff and customers as concern grows that cutbacks at the flag carrier are damaging its “elite” brand. Disgruntled cabin crew have provided a list to management of recent changes they say are diminishing the carrier’s reputation, the Sunday Times reported, including the loss of first-class perks, such as free amuse-bouches with customers’ first drink, no more fresh flowers in the first class toilets, and the downsizing of complimentary washbags... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

American Airlines Leaves Thousands of Passengers at Gates as It Pushes On-Time Departures

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Pilots at American Airlines said the airline is so committed to making sure airplanes take off on time that in February it left 20,000 passengers stranded at the gate as the door to the airplane closed. The number was provided to American pilots Thursday in a letter from Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Emirates Airline launches new A380 destinations in 3 continents on same day

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Emirates Airline, the world’s largest operator of A380s, today celebrated the launch of three A380 destinations, bringing its flagship three-class double-decker aircraft from Dubai to Tokyo- Narita, Casablanca and Sao Paulo on the same day... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries. They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? (www.airlineinfo.in) More...

British Airways launches BUDGET airline LEVEL with flights to Los Angeles for just £86

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BRITISH AIRWAYS has a new sister airline – Level is a budget carrier with cheap flights to the US launching in time for summer. International Airlines Group (IAG) is launching the newest addition to its fleet... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Montana airports reporting record business

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Nearly 3.9 million people stepped on or off commercial airplanes in Montana last year. That was 330,000 more than ever before, according to the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation. Four of the state’s six busiest airports – Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena – set passenger records in 2016. Only No. 5 Great Falls International saw a decrease, while Billings Logan International went up slightly. (missoulian.com) More...

Airbus breaks ground on Indian training center

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India’s civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju broke ground for the Airbus India Training Center, accompanied by Airbus CEO Tom Enders, on March 17. The new center—which is Asia’s first Airbus training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers—will be built on a greenfield site in the Aerocity district near Indira Gandhi International, the capital’s main airport. (www.airbus.com) More...

Accident: Delta B757 near Denver on Mar 23th 2017, turbulence injures two cabin crew

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N683DA performing flight DL-2302 from Atlanta,GA to Vail,CO (USA), was descending through FL340 towards Vail near Denver,CO (USA) when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries (avherald.com) More...

Incident: Norwegian B737 at Milwaukee on Mar 23rd 2017, rejected takeoff on ATC instruction

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A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGZ performing flight DY-9856 from Milwaukee,WI (USA) to Cancun (Mexico), had been cleared for takeoff from runway 19R and was accelerating for takeoff about 55 seconds after the takeoff clearance when ATC called "Stop!" (avherald.com) More...

21 Airlines to Move Terminals Overnight During Massive LAX Relocation Effort in Mid-May

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Twenty-one airlines will be relocated in mid-May at LAX in what airport officials are calling one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. (ktla.com) More...

US Diplomat Was Investigated for Spying as a Kid Because He Kept Writing Boeing Asking for Photos

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes. (paleofuture.gizmodo.com) More...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said. (money.cnn.com) More...

Plane crashes, no pilot found

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Plane was on auto pilot and crashed after it ran out of fuel. (www.foxnews.com) More...

British Airways Begins Daily A380 Service to Boston Logan - Windy Whale Makes Beantown Debut

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British Airways has served Logan with 777s, 747s, and 787s, but today was the first day scheduled A380 service started, with "Speedbird 213 Super" doing the honors. Go to 8:55 for the touchdown, this is shaky, someone forgot their tripod, better images for the taxi portion. We're all excited in Boston to have BA, EK, and eventually LH come in with 380s; the team has built a whole new terminal wing just for this on the Northwest side of Terminal E. (www.youtube.com) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Loooong T/O Run: Heavy LH MD-11F going airborne from high-elevation Nairobi!

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Air Clips joined Lufthansa Cargo's Captain Fokko and First Officer Johannes on a full rotation from Frankfurt (Germany) via Nairobi (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa) and back on the same routing. (www.youtube.com) More...

San Diego’s New Service to Europe — on Edelweiss?

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Recently, I received a press release email from my local airport, San Diego International. The title read: “Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego.” You’ve got to love it when your local airport adds new service, but this time was a little different than usual. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...

Hungarian fighter jets scrambled to intercept flight from London Stansted

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A cargo flight from London Stansted to Doha was intercepted this morning by Hungarian fighter jets. (www.airlive.net) More...

Brussels Airport in memory of the victims of #BrusselsAttacks

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Remembering this terrible day when there was a bomb attack. Watch the video. (www.airlive.net) More...

Southwest Airlines doing away with paper tickets

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I am curious how this is going to work out. What happens when someone needs to get on a flight and the phone battery goes dead or wont connect? I'd like to try it but would carry a paper ticket as a backup if possible. (www.foxnews.com) More...

CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted

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VIDEO CS100 Bombardier C-Series FTV 2 C-GWYD landing at London Stansted (www.airlive.net) More...

Propeller recovered from Revesby bushland after falling off REX plane

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A 100-kilogram propeller that fell off a Regional Express (REX) plane over south-western Sydney last week has been winched out of bushland, as investigators try to determine what went wrong. NSW Police and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officials on Wednesday morning used a PolAir helicopter to lift the propeller from bushland in the Georges River National Park, where it came to rest after (www.smh.com.au) More...