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JetBlue Shakes Up Pilot Hiring by Training Them From Scratch

JetBlue Airways Corp., breaking with historical practices at U.S. airlines, plans to recruit potential pilots with no flight experience and provide its own training under a proposal awaiting approval from federal regulators. The program would be the first of its kind in the U.S. and would be similar to those used by some European and Asian carriers. Candidates still would have to meet U.S. requirements, including 1,500 hours of flight experience, to be certified as commercial airline pilots,… (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

Maiden flight for Burt Rutan's SkiGull seaplane

The SkiGull seaplane designed by legendary American aircraft designer Burt Rutan flew for first time on Tuesday from the Coeur d’Alene airport in northern Idaho. (www.aviationanalysis.net) Mer...

Airbus' detachable cabin concept could save you time at the airport

There are probably plenty of things that frustrate you about air travel, but waiting to take off or disembark is probably high on your list. Why should you have to board well before the plane is ready to get moving? Airbus might have a way to cut that idle time to near zero, though: it recently received a patent for a detachable passenger cabin that would lift into the airport gate. Your aircraft would only show up when it's actually ready to go, and would spend far less time on the ground as a… (www.engadget.com) Mer...

[Video] F-16 Low-Level Cockpit Footage with Radio Audio

Cockpit footage from an F-16 during low-level and formation flying, with radio audio included. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Muslim woman forced off United Airlines flight

After passing through regular security checks at Newark Liberty International Airport on her way to a holiday in Istanbul, Kameelah Rasheed was called for further questioning by customs officers. She was later allowed on the United Airlines flight, but eventually forced to leave the aircraft ahead of takeoff to be interrogated by an FBI agent. The 30-year-old Muslim American told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal a day earlier has left her traumatised and unable to… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mer...

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting. The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners. (www.bbc.com) Mer...

EASA and FAA certify PW powered A320NEO

The world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft, the A320neo, has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 24th November 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines. The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate –… (www.aviationgazette.com) Mer...

KLM launches unboxing movie Boeing 787 Dreamliner

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a light-heartedunboxing movie featuring the latest addition to its fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The short film shows the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being “unwrapped”, as it were. KLM is the world’s first airline to present a new aircraft in this way. (www.airnewslive.net) Mer...

Accident: Aviatraffic B737 at Osh on Nov 22nd 2015, hard landing collapses all gear

An Aviatraffic Company Kyrgyzstan Boeing 737-300, registration EX-37005 performing flight YK-768 from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) with 153 passengers and 6 crew, performed an ILS approach to Osh's runway 12 at about 07:56L (01:56Z) but touched down hard causing all gear to collapse and separate, the aircraft went off the runway and ran over rough terrain, the left hand engine (CFM56) separated and the right hand engine received substantial damage before the aircraft came to a stop… (avherald.com) Mer...

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