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Missing MH370 satellite data released, contains new insights

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MH370's satellite link showed similar anomalies during the flight it completed prior to its disappearance (blogs.crikey.com.au) More...

Ridiculous: United Doesn’t Let Basic Economy Passengers Check-In Online

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Online check in has made what can be a pretty time-consuming airport experience a much shorter one — especially so for the time-sensitive business traveler who goes from meeting room straight onto the plane with only a cabin-sized bag in tow. TPG reader Karina, however, had the exact opposite experience, thanks to United’s Basic Economy fares. (www.airlineboarding.net) More...

Video: Test flight A350 for the Paris Air Show 2017

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The official video of the test flight of the Airbus A350 at the Paris Air Show 2017. (www.youtube.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada B777 near Frankfurt on Jun 15th 2017, smell of smoke in cabin

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An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FNNU performing flight AC-891 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 329 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 120nm south of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew decided to divert to Frankfurt reporting smell of smoke in the cabin (avherald.com) More...

Emirates interested in retrofit for A380 changes proposed by Airbus on new planes

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Emirates, the world’s largest A380 customer, would be interested in changes being made to its current fleet of the superjumbo that manufacturer Airbus said this week would only be for new aircraft. Airbus unveiled an upgraded version of the world’s biggest passenger jet on Sunday, seeking to boost demand for the slow-selling superjumbo and including a new wingtip design aimed at reducing fuel burn by up to 4 percent. (www.aviationfigure.com) More...

Russian jet buzzes US recon jet: Pictures released of 'unsafe' incident

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Striking photos released Friday show just how dangerously close a Russian fighter jet came to a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in a Monday interaction deemed "provocative" by a U.S. official. (www.foxnews.com) More...

World gets first peek at Boeing '797'

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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing (BA) released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be the company's first new airliner since its 787 Dreamliner. (money.cnn.com) More...

All-Electric Eviation Makes Debut at Paris Air Show

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An Israeli startup wants to change the point-to-point travel equation with this economical alternative to airline travel. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21

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Russia Operated Captured U.S. Aircraft for “OPFOR” Evaluation. As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) (theaviationist.com) More...

Airbus introduces the A380plus (video)

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Airbus confirmed that it is working on an improved version of the A380, called A380plus, hoping to boost sales of its Super Jumbo. (www.airlinerpulse.com) More...

Panda Route' to Chengdu opens up as newest airline from China touches down in Auckland

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Sichuan Airlines' first flight has arrived in Auckland just on 45 minutes early. The near-new Airbus A330 touched down just after 6pm from the Sichuan capital Chengdu and its three-flights-a-week service adds to 39 services linking New Zealand to the Chinese mainland. The province is in the south-west of China and has a population of around 87 million. (www.nzherald.co.nz) More...

F-16 Jet Catches Fire at Houston Airport

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Officials say an F-16 fighter jet caught fire while attempting to take off at Ellington Airport in Houston and the pilot ejected. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

The S-3 Viking: The Submarine Hunter Russia Feared (That Retired Way Too Early)

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With a maximum speed of only five hundred miles per hour—many airliners fly faster—the S-3 Viking wasn’t about to be the subject of any movies starring Tom Cruise. However, the long-legged Jets proved extremely useful in a very wide variety of roles, whether as an electronic spy, submarine hunter, aerial tanker, cargo plane or even an attack jet. And many of those roles have not been satisfactorily replaced since. (nationalinterest.org) More...

Boeing’s Iconic 747 Vanishes in New View of Passenger Flight

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Planemaker drops jumbo jets from its 20-year market forecast. Strategy contrasts with Airbus’s view on airlines’ fleet needs (www.bloomberg.com) More...

AOPA Backs New Senate FAA Bill

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The U.S. Senate released a draft FAA reauthorization bill June 22, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA. (www.aopa.org) More...

Incident: KLM B777 and KLM B737 at Amsterdam on Jun 22nd 2017, conflicting takeoff clearances

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Immediately after this instruction the incoming controller cleared KL-31 for takeoff, the crew of KL-1385 immediately reported they were still departing conflicting with KL-31's jet blast, the controller immediately cancelled takeoff clearance for KL-31 and instructed them to hold position, the aircraft had not yet moved. (avherald.com) More...

JAL makes inflight Internet free on all domestic flights

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The satellite-based GoGo service will now be free of charge, with JAL dropping a previous fee structure which charged up to US$10.75 to stay connected during the flight. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Subscription-based airline Surf Air launches in Europe

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U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air launched in Europe on Friday as it bids to tap into the frequent flyer market, challenging the continent's traditional airlines with a model of unlimited flights for a monthly fee. Surf Air Europe's first flight will be from London Luton to Ibiza, and for a subscription of 1,750 pounds ($2,216.55) a month, customers will be able to fly within Europe to destinations such as Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan as much as they like. Surf Air Europe Chief… (www.reuters.com) More...

Bombardier Unveils Ethiopian Airlines as Previously Undisclosed Customer that Ordered Q400 Aircraft

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $162 million US. (www.bombardier.com) More...

Aviation Industry Seeks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

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Escalating concerns about cyberthreats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...