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Jetstar pilot applauded after white-knuckle landing at Wellington Airport

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A Jetstar passenger said she “felt like the plane was going to drop out of the sky” as a pilot made a second hairy attempt to land at Wellington Airport. Flights in and out of the capital have been heavily impacted by a weather bomb which has hit over the past 12 hours, bringing heavy rain and gusts in excess of 100 kilometres per hour.... (www.aviationfigures.com) More...

Are Female Cabin Crew at Qatar Airways Now Being Treated Fairly?

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So female cabin crew were sacked for getting pregnant and weren't allowed to get married for at least five years! With the risk of getting sacked and deported! They might win loads of awards but this sounds horrendous! (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Is it likely that MH370 will ever be found?

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The 120,000sq km area of Indian Ocean off southern Australia was chosen based on satellite data as the most likely place the Boeing 777 could have come down along what is presumed to have been its flight path. (www.bbc.com) More...

Is This for Real? Etihad and Lufthansa in Merger Talks

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News from an Italian paper that Etihad is about to buy a 30-40% stake in Lufthansa - and even possibly merge into one airline. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

Another final departure: Gene Cernan, 1/16/2017

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Legacy astronaut, and one of only 12 who walked on the moon, Gene Cernan passed today. Another of the brave and honorable men that represented the early American space effort. Our collective condolences, and may he Rest in peace. (abc13.com) More...

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 called off after nearly 3 years

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This is the only source so far this site has from my experience has only told true facts. (bnonews.com) More...

MyCargo 747-400 (TC-MCL) crashed in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Jan. 16 / Kabar /. Cargo airplane crashed in Kyrgyzstan due to poor visibility because of thick mist, the sources of Manas airport told Kabar Agency. The airplane Boeing 747, the flight # 6491 heading to Bishkek from Hong Kong crashed outskirts of the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Monday early morning. the plane was to be landed at 7.20 am at Manas airport, the source said. (www.eng.24.kg) More...

DB Cooper may have worked at Boeing

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Citizen scientists examining the JC Penney tie of DB Cooper have found particles that may place him at Boeings SST's project. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Lots of private planes to swoop in for Super Bowl

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To avoid commercial flights and airport crowds, celebrities and other high-rolling Super Bowl-goers are expected to arrive in droves, many of them by private plane. Kyle Chank, director of transportation and operations for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, said about 1,100 such aircraft will descend upon the area between the Thursday before the Feb. 5 big game and on Sunday itself. (www.aviationpros.com) More...

Trump and Boeing CEO Look to Downscale Requirements on Air Force One Replacement

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WASHINGTON — Boeing will reduce the cost of the Air Force One replacement program by adhering to scaled-down requirements and using commercial practices, Boeing head Dennis Muilenburg said after a Tuesday meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (www.defensenews.com) More...

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

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Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an internal project designed to test viability and refine a prototype for urban air transport. (techcrunch.com) More...

NASA To Test New Approach System

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NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. (www.avweb.com) More...

CJ4 Skids off runway

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Non fatal - CJ4 damaged beyond repair A Cessna 525C Citation CJ4 corporate jet suffered an apparent runway excursion on landing at Howell-Livingston County Airport, Michigan, USA. The pilot survived the accident. The airplane departed Batavia-Genesee County Airport, New York, at 10:57 hours local time. The flight landed on runway 13 at 11:56 hours. An eyewitness reported that the aircraft travelled pas the end of the runway over about 390 m of airport terrain before it crossed Tooley Road. The… (www.livingstondaily.com) More...

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

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The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (uk.reuters.com) More...

NTSB Preliminary Report on Cleveland Citation CJ4 Accident

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Accident occurred Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Cleveland, OH. (www.ntsb.gov) More...

FBI arrests United passenger who claimed he found note about bomb on plane to Denver

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A 20-year-old man, who has been arrested for allegedly falsely claiming he found a letter in an airplane bathroom that indicated a bomb was on United Airlines flight, faces a potential penalty of 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine. (www.denverpost.com) More...

Accident: Canada B777 near Khabarovsk on Dec 29th 2016, turbulence injures pilot

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An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FIVM performing flight AC-32 from Beijing (China) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 396 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 415nm north of Khabarovsk (Russia) when the aircraft encountered two bouts of severe clear air turbulence (avherald.com) More...

F-35, F-22, F-15 and F-16 practice for first inaugural flyover since 1949

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A 335th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle conducts practice runs, Jan. 19, 2017, in the skies over Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, for the official U.S. Air Force aircraft flyover of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. A four-ship formation including the 335th FS F-15E Strike Eagle; a 94th FS F-22 Raptor from Langley AFB, Virginia; a 58th FS F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida; and a 55th FS F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will complete the flyover… (www.youtube.com) More...

Korean Air admits using electric stun gun on five passengers

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South Korea's national airline has used electric stun guns on five passengers during flights, the BBC has learned. Korean Air is believed to be the only major carrier to routinely have the weapons on board. The airline is ramping up training for staff using the guns after criticism for the way it handled a recent in-flight disturbance. In that incident, US singer Richard Marx was among passengers who helped restrain an unruly passenger. (www.msn.com) More...

AirBaltic: CS300 performance ‘exceeding expectations’

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“Both of our aircraft have entered full commercial operations, servicing our passengers just like any other airBaltic aircraft. The smooth operational performance is complemented by a lot of positive feedback that we receive from our customers about the improved flying experience,” CEO Martin Gauss said in a statement. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: KLM B747 near Cairo on Jan 16th 2017, loose part on wing

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A KLM Boeing 747-400, registration PH-BFL performing flight KL-565 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 376 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm southwest of Cairo (Egypt) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. (avherald.com) More...

Boeing 747-400 on a DoD mission lands at Poznan airport for the first time

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An Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 on “a military passenger charter flight” for the U.S. Defense Department’s (DoD) landed for the first time at the Polish airport of Poznan. (theaviationist.com) More...

When 'The Donald' Ran 'The Shuttle'

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In 1988, Donald Trump bough Eastern Air Lines' Air-Shuttle, and, typically, renamed it for himself. Three years later, he sold it, and stills speaking negatively of the experience. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Tigerair Australia to return to Bali from February 3 with Airbus A320s

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Tigerair Australia will operate its Airbus A320s internationally for the first time from February 3 after securing the green light to return to Bali. The breakthrough in negotiations between the airline and Indonesian authorities comes after Tigerair was forced to suspend flights to the popular tourist destination on January 10 due to what it said were “new administrative requirements”. (australianaviation.com.au) More...

Japan Airlines to launch NYC-Tokyo Haneda flights

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Japan Airlines will add nonstop service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s close-to-downtown Haneda Airport, the carrier announced Thursday. The new route – which will be in addition to JAL’s existing service between JFK and Tokyo’s more-distant Narita airport – will launch April 1. The airline will fly one daily round-trip flight on the route using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Analysis: Boeing Clarifies Plans For Stretched 737 MAX

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If enough airlines bite, the MAX 10X will be formally launched as a new 737 variant for entry into service (EIS) by 2020. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Spotted In Angeles National Forest

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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say the wreckage of a small plane found in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest is an aircraft reported missing last week. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the wreckage spotted Wednesday morning near Lake Hughes. There was no immediate information about the plane’s occupants. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane is a Mooney M20J that went missing Jan. 12 during a flight from Tehachapi to… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Saudi's Flynas orders 80 Airbus A320neos, Upgrades 20 More

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Saudi Arabian budget carrier flynas is to buy 80 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo narrow body jets in a deal worth $8.6 billion that includes upgrading an earlier order, it said on Monday. (www.reuters.com) More...

Pan Am: History, Design & Identity Story (Book Review)

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Twenty-five years after its demise, Pan Am the erstwhile un-official flag carrier is still regarded as the most storied name in commercial aviation. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Air India starts selling seats in female-only section

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Air India has begun selling female-only seat sections. The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were being groped by other passengers. A general manager from Air India told The Hindu they wanted to reassure passengers who were traveling alone. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

Flight recorder retrieved from Boeing 747 crash debris

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Investigators have retrieved the first flight recorder from the wreckage of a Boeing 747-400F which crashed in the vicinity of Bishkek Manas airport. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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