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Missile which downed MH17 transported from Russia, inquiry finds

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The missile that downed Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, adding that more than 100 people were under investigation for the 2014 disaster. (www.yahoo.com) More...

New Aircraft Technology Could Transform These 2 Airlines

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The additional range of Airbus' upcoming A321neo and A321LR aircraft will open up new business opportunities for these 2 U.S. airlines. (www.fool.com) More...

Bombardier CS300 begins European route-proving flights

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that its CS300 jetliner—the second CS300 flight test vehicle—has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside first operator airBaltic of Latvia. (atwonline.com) More...

Airbus family flight: A380, A350, A330 and A320 perform spectacular formation flight

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Four Airbus airliners have flown together in formation in a spectacular display flight to mark 25 years of the aircraft manufacturer's "fly-by-wire" system. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

Airbus innovation at work: 25 years of aircraft family commonality

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The commonality feature of Airbus’ fly-by-wire jetliner families is marking 25 years of operations, providing benefits that range from enhanced fleet deployment, improved efficiency and better scheduling for airlines to greater productivity, proficiency and job satisfaction for pilots. (www.airbus.com) More...

St Helena islanders want compensation over unusable new £285m airport

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It was due to herald the end of St Helena’s status as Britain’s most marooned but populated island outpost, but instead the airport has become a runway to nowhere, on course to take off as the government’s biggest overseas aid fiasco. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Saab ready for second Swedish remote tower

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Saab will roll out its remote air traffic control system to Sundsvall airport in Sweden in the coming weeks, extending a service that has been in place at Örnsköldsvik airport since April 2015 (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Russia certifies two GTF engines

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The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee’s Aviation Register (IAC AR) has certified Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G and PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines, enabling the engines to be flown by Russian airlines. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: France B777 at Paris on Sep 25th 2016, compressor stall

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The crew, in consultation with dispatch, subsequently decided to divert to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and landed safely on CDG's runway 27L about one hour after departure. (avherald.com) More...

The Airbus A380 may finally have an American customer — and it's completely unexpected

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In an interview with Bloomberg's Christopher Jasper, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said his airline is seriously considering the Airbus A380 double-decker jet as a possible addition to the company's fleet. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Entire Lufthansa A320 fleet to get Ka-band satellite connectivity

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Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT) has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for Lufthansa Group's entire Airbus A320 aircraft family – approximately 300 aircraft -- bringing broadband communication to the airline’s short- and medium-haul flights, the company said Sept. 26. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Flydubai B737 at Multan on Sep 27th 2016, bird strike

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A Flydubai Boeing 737-800, registration A6-FGD performing flight FZ-321 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Multan (Pakistan), was on approach to Multan's runway 36 when the right hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird (avherald.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

Southwest Flight 1045 into MDW diverts due to radio silence at control tower

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Just after midnight on June 4, 2016, the pilot for Southwest Airlines flight 1045 was unable to get anyone from the airport tower to respond. So a controller from the Federal Aviation Administration's regional center in Elgin stepped in. The airliner and other flights were put in a holding pattern as more attempts were made to reach the tower. Regional controller: Southwest 1045 did you try them on guard at all? Pilot: We tried them on guard, we got dispatch and company all trying to call them… (abc7chicago.com) More...

26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week. (www.cnn.com) More...

WWII P-38 Fighter Pilot Fulfills Vow Made 70 Years Ago to Honor Comarades

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Fredric Arnold entered combat with 13 other P-38 fighter pilots more than 70 years ago. Only he and one other survived combat. The two survivors vowed to honor their comrades. Over the last seven years, he sculpted 12 life-size bronze figures as a monument to the more than 88,000 Airmen killed in WWII. The monument depicts a mission briefing scene. A squadron leader addresses six airmen prior to the mission. Five more are shown in a lighter color representing spirits of those already killed. All… (www.denverpost.com) More...

F-22 Raptor Does A Loop On Its Axis Performing The Elusive Falling Leaf

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Talk About Stability. It's no secret the F-22 Raptor is one of the most maneuverable, if not THE most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world. A strong case could be made that fourth generation Sukhoi and MiG aircraft also have thrust vectoring and could do the same, but there's really no way of telling which is better. One thing's for sure though. The Raptor looks great when it does it. Link direct to video https://youtu.be/P8zPh8kAcAU (frontlinevideos.com) More...

Taiwan's Bid to Join ICAO Was Denied

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Taiwan's request to be invited to the September 27 ICAO meeting in Montreal was denied. ICAO is the UN's regulatory arm for the aviation industry. Taiwan was invited to attend an ICAO meeting in 2013 but has not been invited since. Many suspect that China moved to prevent Taiwan from being invited in order to further isolate Taiwan politically. Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world and the 11th busiest international passenger airport in the world. (thediplomat.com) More...

FAA will investigate Santa Monica's 'starvation strategy' to shut down its municipal airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it would investigate Santa Monica’s so-called starvation strategy that could close the city’s embattled airport within two years. It also issued a sharply worded warning for the city to put the brakes on the pending eviction of two airport businesses, a move some see as the first steps in Santa Monica’s plan. Santa Monica officials have told Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major tenants that provide a variety of aircraft… (www.latimes.com) More...

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol celebrates 100 years with amazing time-lapse animation

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What started as a humble grass strip in the first part of the 20th century has now evolved into a massive hub of transportation connecting all of Europe. Watch this beautiful rendering visualize the evolution ofAmsterdam Airport Schiphol over its one hundred year history. (www.youtube.com) More...

Hawaiian Airlines open to Europe flights

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The Airbus A330neo, already on order, might have range to make new long-haul routes feasible, CEO says (www.wsj.com) More...

FIS-B Advisory Service Adding Data, Curtailing Older NOTAMS

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AOPA is working with the FAA to make pilots aware of new weather products that will become available on the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) beginning next year. Pilots also should note new limitations in the delivery of notices to airmen that will take effect in September. (www.aopa.org) More...

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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The inflight entertainment system maps on some Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft have changed as a new provider introduced more detailed flight maps, the airline said. (news.airwise.com) More...

Reno Air Race accident, in-cockpit video

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Thom Richard experiences engine trouble on the grid in "Hot Stuff," but due to an apparent miscommunication, the other aircraft are signaled to take off, resulting on another aircraft impacting Hot Stuff from behind. Severe aircraft damage, but only minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

SQ says non-stop A350-900ULR flights to USA will be about sleep, not speed

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Singapore Airlines says the biggest allure of non-stop flights to LAX, JFK will be the chance for non-stop slumber. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

LAX Unveils $148 Million Connector To Link International, Domestic Terminals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers moving from some domestic terminals to the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport can now avoid a long walk and security re-screening thanks to a new connector. The $148.5 million connector opened with fanfare Thursday. It allows travelers to move directly between the recently expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal on the west side of the airport and the five terminals on the airport’s south-facing side. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

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Newest member of the world’s most popular wide-body family takes shape (www.airbus.com) More...

Incident: Etihad B777 at Abu Dhabi on Sep 27th 2016, engine problem

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An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETL performing flight EY-450 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was in the initial climb out of Abu Dhabi's runway 13R when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet due to problems with the left hand engine (GE90) and returned to Abu Dhabi. (avherald.com) More...

GoGo Announces its Next Generation Ground Network to Support In-Flight Connectivity in North America

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Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today that it is developing its next generation ground-based technology to better serve the connectivity needs of business and commercial aviation in North America. (business.gogoair.com) More...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

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When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have underestimated the creativity of airmen and the pitfalls of public polling. Nukey McMeltface and Trump Bomber were among more than 2,100 submissions to a list that was released by the air branch on Sept. 22 after a number of freedom of information requests were filed seeking the document. (aviationweek.com) More...

FlightAware and Aireon Announce Global Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking

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FlightAware and Aireon are proud to announce the world's first and only global, space-based ADS-B flight tracking solution. FlightAware's technology and Aireon's 66 ADS-B receivers in low earth orbit will forever change the world of flight tracking and flight safety. (flightaware.com) More...

Lufthansa plans Brussels, Air Berlin deals in Eurowings drive

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Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring (uk.reuters.com) More...

Air NZ acts after Air Nippon Dreamliners are grounded

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Air New Zealand is putting in "proactive systems" for its Dreamliner fleet after problems were identified in engines of the same aircraft type operated by Japanese carrier ANA. Air New Zealand operates seven of the planes and says it is aware of a technical issue that has affected some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engines operated by other international carriers. It says that in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has put… (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

See A Dozen B-52 Nuclear Bombers Takeoff Together

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The United States 5th Bomb Wing B-52s and their crews recently performed a mass takeoff during Prairie Vigilance exercise at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Prairie Vigilance is an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations. (aviationbuzzword.com) More...

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