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Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Exclusive and Onboard: The Last U.S. Operated Boeing 747-200 Soars Into Retirement

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On April 21, 2017, a very quiet but very special retirement flight took place out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Kalitta Air retired its final operating Boeing 747-200, officially flying the last flight of a “Classic” 747 by a U.S. Part 121 airline. Airways Magazine correspondent and reporter Cody Diamond was onboard the flight deck for the final flight. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

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Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. (time.com) More...

Pilot: Stop blaming United

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Like many, I stood in shock as I watched the cell phone video of Dr. David Dao being forcibly removed from United Express Flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (edition.cnn.com) More...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. http://atwonline.com/aircraft-interiors/iberia-reveals-first-premium-economy-routes >fofo (atwonline.com) More...

Philippine Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Sydney Airport

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A Manila-bound Philippine Airlines flight has been forced to land at Sydney Airport. Flight PR212 was anticipated to depart the airport at 12.45pm, and was later grounded at 2.12pm, according to Sydney Airport. Nine News understands the plane is now being towed off the runway and there have been no injuries. It is not yet known what caused the emergency landing. (www.msn.com) More...

Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes

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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes. (atwonline.com) More...

Incident: Jet Airways B777 at Amsterdam on Apr 21st 2017, suspected tailstrike

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Amsterdam Radar complained the aircraft was not showing their callsign on Mode-S (Transponder), it was all 0s, the crew advised they had set it, the aircraft was subsequently showing the callsign climbing through about FL140. A minute later the crew advised they'd like to divert back to Amsterdam (avherald.com) More...

Boston International Traffic up 11.3% YOY

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As you can watch in the somewhat shaky video above, lots of new traffic to Boston over the past few years has led to consistent international traffic growth. 5 years ago, you would not be able to watch most of the scene here - WOW Air (81% Load), Norwegian to OSL (87% Load!) and LGW (94% Load!), Turkish to IST (71%), JAL to NRT (84%). https://www.massport.com/media/432874/0317-avstats-airport-traffic-summary.pdf One question - will the growth last?? (www.youtube.com) More...

At 75, A World War II Legend Gets A Full Makeover

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NPR story on "Memphis Belle" restoration dated April 22, 2017. She has been undergoing a patient and precise restoration at the National Museum of the Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio. (www.npr.org) More...

American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

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American Airlines (AAL.O) has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. (www.reuters.com) More...

Flying car costing more than $1 million goes on show in Monaco

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A Slovakia-based company unveiled the commercial design for a flying car priced at more than $1 million on Thursday, saying it was ready for pre-orders with first deliveries expected by 2020. (www.reuters.com) More...

What Really Happens to Your Body on an Airplane

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Flying is still a scary experience for many. Planes are frightening machines that can be very intimidating. They usually take you to your vacation destination and nothing gets you to where you need to be faster, but all of this comes at a price. (www.msn.com) More...

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

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SEATTLE -- A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the jet and its crew will shuttle the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane will be retired for good by the cargo carrier. (www.usatoday.com) More...

‘Eject, Dude’: Pilot Error Blamed For U-2 Trainer Crash

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A deadly Lockheed Martin TU-2S crash during a pilot evaluation flight last year has been blamed on pilot error. The accident investigation also highlights just how difficult it is to fly the Cold War-era aircraft, which is slated for retirement. (aviationweek.com) More...

Meet the Maxes: What's different about the Boeing Max 7, 8 and 9 jets?

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The 737 Max is Boeing's fastest-selling aircraft family ever. Here are the key differences between the 737 Max variants: (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Two AI aircraft come close to midair collision after a pilot allegedly flew below his allotted altitude

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New Delhi: Over 500 people had a close shave when two wide-body aircraft of Air India came perilously close to each other while flying into the city. Timely action by pilots of the two Boeing 787s averted a tragedy, (timesofindia.indiatimes.com) More...

Japan's Mitsubishi Regional Jet aims to revive the country's aircraft industry

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The MRJ passenger aircraft can carry 90 passengers and would be used on regional routes. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built passenger jets seems assured by the corporate muscle behind it and a government set on reviving an aerospace industry dismantled after World War Two. (www.traveller.com.au) More...

2 Air Peace aircraft collide at Lagos airport

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The Sun is reporting that two airplanes belonging to Air Peace Limited have collided at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos state. (screammie.com) More...

An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) More...

FBI arrests suspect in bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights in 2015

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Channel 2’s Mark Winne was the first to learn that the FBI has arrested a person suspected of tweeting bomb threats that targeted Atlanta flights. (www.wsbtv.com) More...

Emirates' US flight cut 'not permanent'

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Airline's president says the decision to cut 25 of the 126 weekly flights a temporary measure because of fall in demand. (www.aljazeera.com) More...

United Airlines Is Now Asking Passengers at Check-In If They’re OK Being Bumped for $200

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United Airlines has a pointed question in their online check-in process: “Are you interested in possibly taking a different flight in exchange for a travel certificate?” Translation: Are you okay with being bumped? (www.yahoo.com) More...

WATCH: New Airbus airliner lands at Trenton-Mercer Airport

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If you were watching planes land at Trenton-Mercer Airport Thursday you might have seen the first landing of Frontier Airlines' newest jet - the Airbus A320neo. The A320neo - neo stands for new engine option - touched down just before 4:30 p.m. on a flight from Tampa, Fla. (www.nj.com) More...

Boeing not to compete 'unfair' Belgian fighter requirement

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Boeing has chosen not to compete Belgium's fighter replacement requirement, citing an unfair advantage for one or some of its competitors. In announcing its decision on 19 April not to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) that the Belgian government issued in March, Boeing said that its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would not be competing on "a truly level playing field". (www.janes.com) More...

Boeing Details Interior Arrangement Of The 777-9

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Boeing 777-9 to seat 414 passengers in two-class lay out Boeing 777-9 to seat 349 passengers in three-class lay out The Boeing 777-9 costing roughly $200 million adds more to performance than to passenger comfort While the maiden flights of the Boeing (BA) 787-10 and Boeing 737 MAX captured headlines, in the background Boeing has been detailing the Boeing 777-9. In its latest document, the jet maker detailed the interior arrangement for the Boeing 777-9. (seekingalpha.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes Near Salida, CO

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Witnesses said they saw a single engine Cessna plane lose altitude before crash landing in a cow pasture near the Salida airport Wednesday evening. (denver.cbslocal.com) More...

Vietnam Helicopters Museum spars with Contra Costa County over hangar

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In a claim filed with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Vietnam Helicopters Museum alleges that Contra Costa County has discriminated against the organization by repeatedly thwarting its attempts to lease a hangar at Buchanan Field Airport. (www.mercurynews.com) More...

TSA Misses Santa Monica Police Officer’s Handgun In Carry-On Bag

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Standard security measures were not followed after an off-duty Santa Monica police officer was allowed to board a flight to Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport with a handgun in her carry-on bag, authorities said Thursday. Santa Monica police officials were notified last week that Officer Noell Grant was not allowed to leave Taiwan after she entered the country on April 13 in possession of a firearm, according to authorities. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Pilot Review: Embraer Legacy 650E

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With over 40 years of experience producing successful aircraft that are delivered worldwide, Embraer introduces the Legacy 650E, which will replace the already successful Legacy 650. Standing for Evolution, the 650E is scheduled to enter into service this year and is priced at $25.9 million. (www.magellanjets.com) More...

Airbus and Singpost testing last-mile drone package delivery

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Drones buzzing around the island delivering small parcels may soon become a reality, as Singapore Post inked an agreement on Tuesday (April 18) with Airbus Helicopters to conduct research and trials on drone delivery. The agreement makes SingPost a partner under Airbus Helicopter's Skyways parcel delivery project, which aims to develop the safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for package delivery in urban environments. (www.straitstimes.com) More...

American, Delta, and United Airlines Slam Emirates' Decision to Scale Back Service in the US

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US airlines have responded to Emirates' announcement that it will reduce service to the US. In a statement, the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies — the lobbying organization that speaks on behalf of American, Delta, and United Airlines — said it was "laughable" that Emirates would refer to itself as a profit-oriented enterprise. (www.msn.com) More...

Miracle Flights flies sick children to treatment facilities at no charge

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The Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program began in 2007. Since the program’s inception, Southwest has donated more than $23.6 million in complimentary air travel benefiting more than 59,000 patients and caregivers. (www.kiiitv.com) More...

Memphis TN Airport to reveal new modernization plan

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The sky may be the limit when it comes to a new vision for the Memphis International Airport. The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) is expected to provide extensive new information about its upcoming plans to consolidate airline operations and redesign the B Concourse at its Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, April 20. (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Tampa FL Tampa International Airport details $543 million second phase of massive construction plan

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Airport officials Tuesday unveiled the $543 million second phase of its massive expansion project that includes express curbside drop-off for passengers without checked bags and the commercial development of 17 acres of airport property. (www.tampabay.com) More...

NJ/ NYC Newark Airport to Get New Terminal A

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Of Newark Airport’s three terminals, A’s the most obsolete. The Port Authority’s vision for a new A includes a 1 million square-foot, T-shaped terminal that’ll handle 13 million passengers through 33 gates — a 50 percent increase in capacity. (www.njtvonline.org) More...

Baltimore Armed Fallston Man Arrested At BWI, Officials Say

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Authorities said the Harford County man had a gun loaded with 15 bullets, including one in the chamber, as he went through BWI security. (patch.com) More...

PLATTSBURGH NY Newly remodeled airport a hit

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PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County officials are hopeful that passengers flying in and out of Plattsburgh International Airport can soon get a nice meal while they are at the terminal. Hall (D-Area 10, City of Plattsburgh), who chairs the County Legislature's Airport Committee, helped lead a tour of the newly remodeled airport Wednesday for local business leaders and media. (www.pressrepublican.com) More...

The State & Promise of the Electric Airplane

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The electric airplane industry truly is the final frontier. Hauling a battery pack in a car for propulsion is fairly easy compared to dragging one in the air. In this article is the state and promise of the electric airplane — the new wild frontier. (cleantechnica.com) More...

Are ultra-long airplane flights bad for your health?

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These ultra long-haul flights are becoming more efficient and economically viable. They’re also a slog for passengers. But is there a point where a super-long flight becomes a public health risk? (www.popsci.com) More...

Tragic error led to California U-2 spy plane crash that killed Air Force pilot

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An Air Force investigation into a U-2 spy plane crash near the Sutter Buttes in September 2016 revealed a tragic error when a pilot in his first flight in the famed spy plane throttled up too quickly in a training exercise on recovering from a midair stall. As a result of the fateful maneuver, the Air Force announced Wednesday, the aircraft went into an “unintentional secondary stall.” According to a detailed report on the incident, the U-2 suddenly rolled hard, banking to the left. Read more… (www.sacbee.com) More...

Supersonic flight goes commercial, again

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Boom Technology describes its program to validate a cost-effective faster-than-sound airliner. (www.compositesworld.com) More...

Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) More...

Copa Airlines added to international lineup at Denver International Airport

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Denver International Airport on Wednesday announced it has landed Copa Airlines, a Star Alliance partner that will increase options for travelers flying to Central and South America and the Caribbean. (www.denverpost.com) More...