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FAA chief tells Congress 737 manuals should have mentioned MCAS

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Lawmakers grilled the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on 15 May, hammering acting administrator Dan Elwell with questions about the FAA’s certification and oversight of both Boeing and the troubled 737 Max. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Qatar Airways To Overhaul Fleet: A320ceo Family, A330s & A380s To Be Phased Out

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Qatar Airways has announced it plans to overhaul its existing fleet. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Ryanair Surpasses New Safety Standards For Flight Tracking With GlobalBeacon

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Ryanair, Europe’s favorite low fares airline, today announced the deployment of GlobalBeacon, a live flight monitoring platform that combines FlightAware’s data processing capabilities and web-interface with global flight tracking coverage from AireonSM. (flightaware.com) More...

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5 dead, 10 hospitalized, 1 missing after midair collision over Alaska

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Five people have been killed and 10 have been hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska. The collision took place in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 "collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances," the FAA told media. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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Audio reveals pilots angrily confronting Boeing about 737 Max feature before second deadly crash

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Just months before a second deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max airplane, American Airlines pilots angrily confronted Boeing. (amp.cnn.com) More...

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The Boeing 737 Max does not appear close to flying again

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Boeing's future rides on the success of the 737 Max. But all of those planes remain grounded, waiting for the world's aviation regulators to approve a software fix that will make them safer to fly. The 737 Max does not appear close to flying again. Aviation experts doubt global regulators will act in concert to approve the 737 Max for flight, because serious questions remain about how and why the FAA approved the 737 Max for flight and whether it rushed the certification process. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Boeing altered key switches in 737 MAX cockpit, limiting ability to shut off MCAS

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In the middle of Boeing 737 cockpits, sitting between the pilot seats, are two toggle switches that can immediately shut off power to the systems that control the angle of the plane’s horizontal tail. But as Boeing was transitioning from its 737 NG model to the 737 MAX, the company altered the labeling and the purpose of those two switches. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Boeing says it has completed 737 MAX software fix

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(CNN) Boeing says it has finished the development of a software fix to its troubled 737 Max, in a statement released Thursday. The plane maker says it has flown the aircraft with the updated software on 207 flights for more than 360 hours. This is the next step in what Boeing hopes will result in the Federal Aviation Administration allowing the plane to resume commercial service. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Chicago Sun Times: Dear Boeing: Repeat after me: ‘It’s our fault. We screwed up. We’re sorry.’

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Opinion by Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun Times: Read the article here - https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=2475607 (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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US Department of Transportation orders the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela

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The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country. In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said “conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew travelling to or from that country.” (www.airlive.net) More...

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The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked

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Like many technologies built in earlier decades, the ILS was never designed to be secure from hacking. Radio signals, for instance, aren’t encrypted or authenticated. Using a $600 software defined radio, the researchers can spoof airport signals in a way that causes a pilot’s navigation instruments to falsely indicate a plane is off course. (arstechnica.com) More...

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Iberia Express to take 232-seat A321neos

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IAG is to place four Airbus A321neos with its Spanish spin-off arm Iberia Express, deploying the twinjets with the carrier from April next year. Iberia Express already has four conventional A321s, part of a fleet which also includes 18 A320s. It says the re-engined aircraft will be configured with 232 seats, in a mix of business- and economy-class cabins.Iberia Express will fit the Recaro SL3510 seat in its economy section, while the business cabin will have the Collins Aerospace Pinnacle. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Before Ethiopian Crash, Boeing Resisted Pilots’ Calls for Aggressive Steps on 737 Max

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Weeks after the first fatal crash of the 737 Max, pilots from American Airlines pressed Boeing executives to work urgently on a fix. In a closed-door meeting, they even argued that Boeing should push authorities to take an emergency measure that would likely result in the grounding of the Max. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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WestJet is be sold to the Onex Corporation becoming a privately-held airline

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement that provides for its acquisition in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Onex Corporation and its affiliated funds will acquire all outstanding shares of WestJet for $31.00 per share, after which WestJet will operate as a privately-held company. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Worst airport in US has been named

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Newark Liberty Airport has officially been the dubbed the worst U.S. airport, according to a new ranking list. The New Jersey-based hub held the lowest U.S. spot at 116 of 132 around the world, according to AirHelp's annual rating list, which is an organization that specializes in air traveler rights by seeking compensation for delays and cancellations. Bloomberg News was first to report the rankings. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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Flight Numbers Explained: How Airlines Decide Route Numbers

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Sitting in a bright corner office of the ninth floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower, Patrick Quayle, VP of international network at United Airlines, beams as I walk in to meet him. Earlier this month, United Airlines announced new service between Newark and Cape Town, South Africa, one of the first carriers in the United States to ever offer that route, and the airline’s only service into sub-Saharan Africa. We’re here to talk not necessarily about why United chose that route, but how the route… (thepointsguy.co.uk) More...

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Man reportedly kicked off Southwest flight for cracking wise about free vodka

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Everyone’s a critic, as the adage goes, and aboard a long-delayed Southwest flight, one man seems to have learned that the hard way. (thetakeout.com) More...

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A global software outage is causing delays at JetBlue's check-in counters

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Lines at JetBlue check-in counters were growing Tuesday morning after a global outage of the airline reservation system Sabre, a JetBlue statement said. It's unclear whether other airlines have also been affected by the outage, the latest to hit the system in recent months. (www.cnn.com) More...

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WestJet Breaks Records: Q1 Earnings, Load Factors Sky Rocket

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The impact of an uncertain economy has not held back the Calgary-based airline WestJet, as it reported a 33.4% increase in first-quarter net earnings, and a record load factor for the month of April—an encouraging signal for Albertans in today’s tough financial times. In a report released Tuesday, the company announced its first quarter results for 2019, with net earnings of $45.6 million, a 5.5% increase in profit margin, among a minimal 0.3- percentage point decrease in operating margin from… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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F-16 crashes in Riverside County, CA

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An F-16 from March Air Reserve Base has crashed into a warehouse in Riverside County, CA. Pilot appears to have ejected (fox5sandiego.com) More...

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Airbus considers acquiring Bombardier’s Belfast plant

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Airbus considers acquiring Bombardier’s Belfast plant after the Canadian manufacturer announced that it is for sale. Bombardier has been thinking for a while to offload its struggling Belfast plant. Early this month, the Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer finally announced that it decided to sell its facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today, Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said they were considering a takeover offer for Bombardier's Belfast plant as an option, among other… (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Southwest to break ground on $100M maintenance hangar at DEN

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DENVER — Southwest Airlines will break ground on a new $100 million maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport (DEN) in the next few months, Gary Kelly, the CEO and chairman of Southwest Airlines, announced Wednesday morning at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders. (www.9news.com) More...

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Air France To Cut 465 Jobs, Trim Short-Haul Capacity By 15%

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Air France will lay-off 465 domestic ground staff and reduce by 15% its short-haul capacity. The decision comes following the airline's new goals to cope with the competitive nature of the transport industry in Europe. The airline expects to trim its regional network by as much as 15% by 2021, also noting that, from now on, "there will be no forced departures". (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Azul Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A330neo (+Video)

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Brazilian carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas has taken delivery of its first of 15 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft over the weekend, becoming the first airline in Latin America to operate the re-engined A330 type. These aircraft were ordered by the international aviation leasing company, Avolon, and will be delivered to the Viracopos-base carrier over the next few years. The brand-new planes are set to replace the elder A330-200s in the airline's fleet. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Turkish Airlines Confirms 787-9 To New York, Boston, DC, Caracas

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Turkish Airlines has unveiled some of the initial routes its upcoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will be deployed on as soon as it takes delivery of the first one later this year. Starting in July 2019, Turkish Airlines is expected to see the new plane launch flights between Istanbul and the very popular holiday city of Antalya. However key changes are expected to go into the 2020 summer season. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing Turns to Texas to Store 737 Max Jets as Grounding Lingers

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Boeing Co. has started storing 737 Max jets at a vast Texas maintenance base as the planemaker continues to churn out the single-aisle aircraft while waiting for regulators to lift a global grounding. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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EasyJet Celebrates Its Edinburgh 50 Millionth Passenger

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UK low-cost airline, EasyJet, recently surpassed the 50 millionth passenger mark traveling through its Edinburgh base in Scotland. The Scottish capital has been associated with the airline since EasyJet started operations in the late 1990s as one of its first routes and bases. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Boeing Scores Zero Orders During April As 737 MAX Crisis Continues

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes did not sell a single aircraft during the month of April. The airplane manufacturer is facing the most difficult time in its 103-year history. The first quarter of 2019 has been quite traumatic for the American planemaker, which is trying to mitigate a damaged reputation for the two deadly crashes of its newest narrowbody aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 8. Comparing head-to-head, Boeing claims that this year it has received about 119 fewer orders than in 2018. In… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Drake shows off his new private 767 "Air Drake"

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The “In My Feelings” rapper showed off his new private jet, Air Drake. The giant 767 has two bedrooms and the rapper’s praying hands logo is painted on the tail of the plane. And while you might be thinking Drake just slapped his name on someone else’s plane, he makes it very clear … it’s HIS plane. “No rental, no timeshare, no co-owners,” the rapper says in the video. (theblast.com) More...

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JetBlue Just Rolled Out a Special Boston Bruins Plane

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There’s a new JetBlue airplane wearing a special livery, this time to celebrate the Boston Bruins hockey team. The airline revealed the special-colors plane, looking very different from the usual white-and-blue, at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday, as the Bruins compete in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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50 pound slab of blue ice falls off Air Force One narrowly missing “Occupy Las Vegas” protesters

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A group of several dozen “Occupy Las Vegas” protesters camping on Clark County land located under the final approach to Runway 19 at McCarran International Airport today narrowly missed being injured when a 50 lb. slab of “blue ice” reportedly landed within feet of their tents....Too easy so will pass on comment. (canadafreepress.com) More...

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Interview: The French Bee Effect, According to its President, Marc Rochet

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One of the world’s newest and most radical airlines, French bee, has entered the long-haul/low-cost market in a somewhat successful fashion. French bee has joined into a congested industry trying to grab a market share where low yields and high competition are the norm. The carrier’s no-frills, long-haul, French-oriented model—not to mention its stunning blue livery—has caught the eyes of many around the world. Airways visited the airline’s headquarters in Paris, where its President, Marc… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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A successful eighth and final launch for Aireon

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At 7:31 AM PST (15:31 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low earth orbit (LEO). This launch brought the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and 9 spares), completing the historic launch program and passing one of the last remaining milestones before Aireon ushers in a new era of global air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking. (aireon.com) More...

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This lady is not telling the truth

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I was actually on this flight on Friday evening from ORD to DCA. I have been a reader of this forum for a long time but seeing this all over the news made me sign up so I could tell you what really happened here and hopefully stop this liar in her tracks....As many on this forum suspected we were not getting the whole truth. (www.flyertalk.com) More...

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Boeing downgraded by Barclays on survey showing flyers will avoid 737 Max

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Survey of airline passengers says many people will avoid the 737 Max “for an extended period” once the aircraft is flying again. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Air Italy Changes Course: Planned 787s To Be Swapped For A330s

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Air Italy has shelved its initial plans to equip its long-haul fleet with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in favor of streamlining its operations to a potential all-Airbus fleet. The delivery of two more A330s for the Italian carrier is expected to happen within the next 12 months. With this, the airline will establish consistency in the current branding and product that's installed on the five A330s in the carrier's fleet. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

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Companies are constantly surveying customers to see what those customers really think. It's a little like a lover who keeps saying Do You Love Me? over and over again. In the airline world, it's no different and the most important metric to many airline executives is the Likelihood To Recommend score. You've seen it on so many surveys. How likely are you to recommend this product or service to your friends? American Airlines is concerned its passengers aren't recommending its… (www.inc.com) More...

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Boeing was told 737 Max had safety flaws in 2017, say unions

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Three unions representing aviation safety inspectors said in a sharply worded report months before the Boeing's 737 Max was approved for use that the planemaker was given too much authority to oversee itself and that the new jet had safety flaws. (www.smh.com.au) More...

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NASA creating world's first all-electric airplanes powered by 'holy grail' frozen hydrogen fuel to save Earth from eco-disaster

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NASA funded scientists are working on an environmentally friendly electric plane that's powered by cryogenically-liquified hydrogen fuel. The engineers have been given three years and $6 million (£4.6million) to create the tech which could revolutionize the aviation industry. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Photos: First Airbus A321neo For La Compagnie Spotted In Hamburg

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La Compagnie's first Airbus A321neo has been spotted at the Airbus facility in Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport, performing Rejected Take-off Tests (RTO) ahead of its upcoming delivery. The aircraft, currently registered D-AVZP, will then become F-HBUZ and is expected to be delivered this year. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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First Japan Airlines A350 XWB makes maiden flight

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The first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft to be produced by Airbus for the airline and features a special A350 logo on the fuselage. (www.airbus.com) More...

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Boeing statement on AOA Disagree Alert

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Boeing has issued this statement: On every airplane delivered to our customers, including the MAX, all flight data and information needed to safely operate the aircraft is provided in the flight deck on the primary flight deck displays. This information is provided full-time in the pilots’ primary field of view, and it always has been. Air speed, attitude, altitude, vertical speed, heading and engine power settings are the primary parameters the flight crews use to safely operate the airplane in… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Air Force 1 refurbished

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The big question since February has been, how is that $1.4 billion being calculated? Here, at last, is the Air Force’s answer. (www.defenseone.com) More...

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Financial Times: Boeing admits flaw in 737 MAX flight simulator

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Boeing has now admitted it has been forced to correct a flaw in the software of the Boeing 737 MAX stimulators according to this article by the Financial Times. Read the full story. (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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Global flight tracking standards take effect as first step in radical GADSS distress safety system

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New international rules that mean airlines must report their fleet’s flight positions every 15 minutes become official today more than four years since the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. (airtrafficmanagement.keypublishing.com) More...

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FAA Announces Safety Rating for Costa Rica

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Costa Rica does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating means the country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with… (www.faa.gov) More...

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Amazing tale of a desperate WWII US pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace

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On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working....a great read. (www.nypost.com) More...

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United unveils winning designs by female artists for upcoming Boeing 757-200 special livery

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United Airlines today made this announcement: United Airlines today revealed the two winning designs, selected through a combination of official judging and public voting, for Her Art Here, a first-of-its-kind contest designed to find and uplift underrepresented women artists by providing a chance to have their work painted on a canvas like no other — a United Airlines aircraft. While 51% of today’s artists are women, less than 13% of art on display in museums is by women artists according to… (worldairlinenews.com) More...

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