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Op-Ed: Pilots Can be Heroes, but Also Murderers

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The LAMIA 2933 crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was a foolish, irresponsible tragedy that should have been avoided by the Captain himself, as well a number of other people who hopefully will be investigated and brought to justice. (airwaysmag.com) Mer...

John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a longtime US senator, died Thursday, according to the Ohio State University. He was 95. (www.cnn.com) Mer...

FlightAware’s Redesigned Flight Tracking Page

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FlightAware is excited to announce our new flight tracking page, our largest redesign to the flight page in our 12 year history. We’ve kept all the same important content and mapping features as we spent almost a year re-designing it to be easier to understand and more usable. (flightaware.com) Mer...

Balloon Pilot Who Killed 16 Was on Drugs and Had Five DWI Raps

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The pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed last summer in Texas, killing himself and 15 sight-seeing passengers, had taken a cocktail of prohibited drugs including the opiate pain-killer oxycodone, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. (www.msn.com) Mer...

Boeing's First 787-10 Enters into Final Assembly

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Boeing said on Thursday it has begun the final assembly of the first 787-10, a production milestone for the third and largest member of the Dreamliners. (airwaysmag.com) Mer...

Celebrating the “Airbus family spirit” on International Civil Aviation Day

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In celebration of today’s International Civil Aviation Day (7 December), Airbus has released a video showing its jetliner family in action – underscoring how the company is shaping the future of air transportation with its comprehensive product line of modern jetliners. (www.airbus.com) Mer...

NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

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A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes' fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor -- composed of the fan and a part called the inlet, which directs air into the engine -- designed to be embedded into a jet plane's body. Jet engines are typically placed away from the aircraft's surface, because of a highly distorted film of air called the boundary layer that envelopes the… (www.engadget.com) Mer...

Air Force One is an 'unrivalled flying fortress'

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It's time for the American president to get a new plane. On the outside, the new Air Force One (which are actually two identical jets) will maintain its iconic blue and white livery - however, the inside will be barely recognisable. Considering the current plane was built at a time when having a fax machine on board was groundbreaking, the technology on board will get a considerable upgrade. It was never going to come cheap. President-elect Donald Trump cast a spotlight on the project this… (www.nzherald.co.nz) Mer...

Private jet in crash that killed Bin Laden relatives came in too fast, report finds

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A private jet that crashed, killing three members of Osama bin Laden’s family, landed too far down the runway because it was travelling 40% faster than the recommended speed, accident investigators concluded. The Saudi-registered Phenom 300 jet smashed into an earth bank at the end of the runway at Blackbushe airport, Camberley, on the border of Hampshire and Surrey, on 31 July last year before becoming airborne again and colliding with several parked cars. (www.theguardian.com) Mer...

Etihad Airways wins top Airbus A380 Accolade

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Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the award for ‘Top Operational Excellence’ for A380 operations in 2015-2016. (nation.com.pk) Mer...

US flight regulators consider whether to allow or bar in-flight Wi-Fi calls

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The US Department of Transportation announced Thursday it was seeking public comment on the topic. It is asking the public to ponder whether a rule should demand that airlines, if they offer potential phone service, should provide advance notice to fliers (perhaps at the time of ticket purchase). Regulators also want public input on whether in-flight Wi-Fi calling should be banned outright. (arstechnica.com) Mer...

German pilot writes HELLO with flight track

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Wrote Hello and also drew a flower!! He may have too much time on his hands! (flightaware.com) Mer...

Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One

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The president-elect said in a tweet early Tuesday that the new Boeing (BA) 747 jet that's being built to carry "future presidents" already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order. (money.cnn.com) Mer...

"Near Miss" Between Aircraft And Car At RAF Base

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A car that jumped a red light near RAF Waddington was almost hit by an aircraft approaching the runway. It's reported that the King Air plane missed the car by "just a few feet" on the A15 in Lincoln. (www.forces.tv) Mer...

Emirates confirms premium economy launch by mid-2018

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Emirates CEO Tim Clark has given the green light for premium economy to be fitted across the airline's 250-strong widebody fleet, with the new cabin to be launched "in the next 12 to 18 months". (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

Rolls-Royce and Boeing to Test New 787-10 Powerplant

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Rolls-Royce and Boeing have partnered to carry out the first flight of the Trent 1000-TEN powerplant aboard a Dreamliner, in Seattle on Wednesday. The aircraft, a 787-8 (ZA004 • N7874 • MSN 40693 • LN 4) departed from Boeing Field at 10:35 PST, for a two-hour round robin flight up to Paine Field, and back to Boeing Field at 12:27 PST. (airwaysmag.com) Mer...

Lufthansa’ first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

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The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The pictured Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse on November 29, 2016 but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages. (worldairlinenews.com) Mer...

Transatlantic for $69 plus tax one way??

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Norwegian Air to offer Upstate NY to Ireland flights. (www.poughkeepsiejournal.com) Mer...

Incident: Nordavia B737 at Murmansk on Dec 7th 2016, overran runway on landing

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A Nordavia Boeing 737-500, registration VP-BQI performing flight 5N-521 from Moscow Domodedovo to Murmansk (Russia) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, landed on Murmansk's runway 31 at 23:33L (20:33Z) but overran the end of the runway by 73 meters (avherald.com) Mer...

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