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Aviation Stats Update: July 30, 2021

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"Europe's commercial airline traffic surged 171% in the past three months, starting with an average of 6,667 airline flights in a day (the week of April 20), then soaring this week to an average of 18,041 airline flights in a day. " (blog.flightaware.com) More...

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149 Kg Concorde RC Model - Simply Amazing!

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I hope this isn’t inappropriate for this forum but I can’t think of an audience more likely to be inclined to appreciate it. Just when you think you’ve seen it all... (youtube.com) More...

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Lufthansa Launches Economy Sleeper Rows On Some Long-Haul Flights

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German flag carrier Lufthansa is set to launch economy class sleeper rows on certain long-haul flights next month. This comes after the Star Alliance founding member trialed the concept, which it has named ‘Sleeper’s Row,’ last year. Let’s take a closer look at the costs of this service, and the kinds of flights on which Lufthansa is set to offer it. (simpleflying.com) More...

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FBI investigating latest alleged Los Angeles 'jetpack guy' sighting

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The FBI is investigating a new report of Los Angeles’ elusive "jetpack guy"-- who may have been spotted soaring over California again this week. A commercial pilot radioed in the possible sighting Wednesday at 6:12 p.m., about 15 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport at an elevation of 5,000 feet. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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ExpressJet to Resume Operations

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ExpressJet Airlines says it will resume service “within the quarter” after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the regional carrier permission to restart commercial operations under its own brand. Atlanta-based ExpressJet had shuttered in September 2020 after United Airlines terminated its exclusive flying agreement with the airline. It applied to the DOT for recertification on 15 April, saying at the time it planned to fly point-to-point routes to underserved cities that had lost… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Seawind Saga: Pilot who crashed in Lake Michigan had 7 crashes in 7 days

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Dennis Collier, a licensed Traverse City pilot, paid $110,000 for the 2010 Seawind on a Saturday, ended up in the drink a week later, and on the way crashed — by his own account — seven times, in seven days in four states. (www.record-eagle.com) More...

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Aviation enthusiast potentially saves pilot's life after seeing sparks coming from his plane

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Photographer and aviation enthusiast Ian Simpson has lived in the East Anglia region of England all his life, and one of his favorite things to do is photograph planes at Royal Air Force bases in the area. But on the morning of July 13, he realized something wasn't quite right as he watched jets taking off at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, about 70 miles northeast of London. The base is run by the US Air Force and is home to the 48th Fighter Wing, the only US Air Force F-15 fighter wing in… (www.cnn.com) More...

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Will The Airbus A350F Encourage Boeing To Launch The 777XF?

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Speaking at a recent earnings call, Airbus Chief Guillaume Faury said that his company hopes to offer an A350 freighter, pending board approval. The decision is the result of customer feedback for increased competition and follows months of speculation and public ‘encouragement’ from one particular airline CEO. So, now that a next-generation Airbus freighter is on the way, will Boeing follow suit? (simpleflying.com) More...

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