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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

Dassault Falcon 7X Climbs To 49,000 Feet To View Solar Eclipse

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A trio of Dassault Falcon 7X executive jets, packed with observation equipment, journeyed to the North Atlantic at nearly 50,000 feet in order to chase a rare chance to see the black sun. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Plus d'info...

Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) Plus d'info...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) Plus d'info...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) Plus d'info...

Alaska Airlines employee uses her own credit card to get stranded Delta passenger home

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When a stranded Delta passenger came to her for help, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant didn’t just pay it forward, she pulled out her own credit card and paid out of her own pocket. Miriam Thomas was stranded in Ontario, California after the kind of nightmare flight scenario that stresses you out just to read about it. Thomas was trying to get home to Vancouver and immediately ran into issues with her ticket, which was issued without a seat assignment. She said that Delta employees told her… (roadwarriorvoices.com) Plus d'info...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) Plus d'info...

Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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Dozens of military personnel were injured when an RAF transport plane on its way to Afghanistan nose-dived 4,400ft after the captain's camera became lodged alongside the aircraft's joystick. In 27 seconds of chaos, the plane lost 4,400ft in altitude, throwing passengers and crew without seatbelts towards the ceiling, injuring 33 of those on board. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Plus d'info...

Cessna Skylane makes emergency landing on highway

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A Cessna Skylane (N442SS) made an emergency landing after losing power on a flight from Ohio to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There were no injuries. (www.foxcarolina.com) Plus d'info...

Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

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The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record. More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Plus d'info...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) Plus d'info...

2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) Plus d'info...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) Plus d'info...

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Aviation expert wants Australia to prove plane is in Indian Ocean

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A military aviation technology expert has written to the Australian government to debunk its theory that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is lying in the southern Indian Ocean. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Plus d'info...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) Plus d'info...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) Plus d'info...

New Website Look for FlightAware on 10th Anniversary

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The team at FlightAware is proud to announce the release of a new site design, with the following features: We have improved and streamlined site search. We’ve replaced the three orange search boxes on the left (Private flight tracker, Airline flight tracker, and Airport tracker/info) with a single search box at the top of the page. You can now search for airports, airlines, flight numbers, and private aircraft in this single box. As you type, suggestions will appear. You can select your desired… (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

Boeing parks two American Airlines 787s in desert as it waits on delayed seat delivery

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Boeing is reluctantly storing two new 787 Dreamliners in the California desert as it waits for French seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to catch up with delivery of its high-end seats. (www.bizjournals.com) Plus d'info...

American Airlines Ends All In-Flight Duty-Free Sales Effective Immediately

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American Airlines ended all in-flight sales of duty-free items on board its international flights late last week. The Fort Worth-based airline is currently in the process of removing duty-free items, catalogs, and ads from its planes but actual sales ended on Thursday and Friday of last week.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Plus d'info...

Restored Doc B29 Emerges on 70th Anniversary

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It looks like Fifi, the only known B-29 to maintain airworthy status, will soon have some welcome company in the skies. After several decades, the efforts to bring the B-29 bomber named Doc from its dormancy in the Mojave Desert to back into the skies has taken one giant step in the right direction. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Ottawa imposes new airline cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash

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Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Plus d'info...

CAE awarded contracts valued at more than C$70 million for five full-flight simulators and update services

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Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today announced that it has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Plus d'info...

Empty Plane Crashes, Only Injury Is Pilot's Pride

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Having a plane to fly is terrific. Having your plane fly away without anyone at the controls is terrifying. That's exactly what happened to this Canadian man. Fortunately, the only casualties were emotional. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Plus d'info...

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

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Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed. (eandt.theiet.org) Plus d'info...

Air Canada Jet crashes in Halifax

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DEVELOPING STORY Reported to be flight 624 Watch for updates (rt.com) Plus d'info...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) Plus d'info...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) Plus d'info...

Aviation needs to replace an entire generation of staff in the next 15 years – ICAO

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ICAO secretary general, Raymond Benjamin, today warned that the aviation industry is facing the “critical challenge” of replacing an entire generation of staff and coping with a doubling of capacity over the next 15 years. (www.airport-world.com) Plus d'info...

US airlines endorse ATC privatization

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American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker told Congress that US airlines favor moving US air traffic control (ATC) to “a commercialized, non-profit type governance structure.” (atwonline.com) Plus d'info...

American Airlines Blends Loyalty Plans as Merger Nears End

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American Airlines Group Inc., formed in the 2013 merger with US Airways Group, is moving a step closer to completing the tie-up by combining the carriers’ frequent-flier plans on March 28. (www.bloomberg.com) Plus d'info...

FAA Flight Service Program Changes

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To help reduce costs, on October 1, 2015, the FAA will combine Flight Watch Services with the same service that supplies NOTAMs, TFRs, and flight plan services. Dedicated Flight Watch frequencies will be decommissioned. Additionally on the same date, the FAA will eliminate the domestic flight plan format, and implement flight plan filing exclusively using the format used by the ICAO. Finally, the Remote Airport Advisory Service (RAAS) will be phased out. (www.faa.gov) Plus d'info...

Air Canada 624, A320 Hard Landing at Halifax, Minor Injuries

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Flight AC624 "took a very hard landing and skidded off the runway" at approximately 12:35 a.m. AT said Peter Spurway, a spokesman for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. FlightAware Track: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/ACA624/history/20150329/0055Z/CYYZ/CYHZ Image of Damage: https://twitter.com/airlivenet/status/582064632518574081/photo/1 (www.cbc.ca) Plus d'info...

Easyjet raises profit forecast on fall in oil price and euro

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Easyjet has raised its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price. Previous guidance that it would make a pre-tax loss of £10m to £30m for the six months to 31 March had been revised, the carrier said. (www.bbc.com) Plus d'info...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) Plus d'info...

FAA: American Airlines to Obtain Single Operating Certificate on April 8

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American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in February 2013, is continuing to make progress as it attempts to combine the two carriers into the world’s largest airline. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Plus d'info...

Aeroflot Group will take delivery of 152 aircraft over the next three years

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Aeroflot Group (comprises Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Pobeda, Aurora Airlines and Donavia) will take delivery of 152 aircraft (both Russian-produced and foreign-produced ones) over the next three years, said in the carrier’s statement, RIA Novosti reports (www.ruaviation.com) Plus d'info...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) Plus d'info...

Capt. Sullenberger: Aviation culture needs to allow pilots to get help

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It was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, who was in the cockpit when the plane crashed into the French Alps. Investigators called it a "deliberate" move, one that killed Lubitz and 149 others. His motive is still unclear, leading to questions about how the aviation industry screens pilots for issues like mental health. (www.cbsnews.com) Plus d'info...

Severe hard landing stranded Malaysia Airlines jet in Melbourne

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A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. (blogs.crikey.com.au) Plus d'info...

Boeing 757 EcoDemo Focuses On Laminar And Active Flow

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Test flights are getting underway of a Boeing 757 with an actively blown vertical tail and new wing-leading-edge sections, which could pave the way for the wider use of natural laminar and active flow control technology in future airliner designs. (aviationweek.com) Plus d'info...

To recline or not to recline? The war over airline seats

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THERE are around 160 seats on the Qantas 737-800 flying me from Brisbane to Perth and every one of them is in the upright position except the one in front of me. Well, that’s probably an exaggeration but that’s how it feels. (www.news.com.au) Plus d'info...

World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

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The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Plus d'info...

How Pilots Are Screened for Depression and Suicide

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While it’s not clear exactly why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a French mountainside, the black box from the cockpit raises questions about whether mental health issues were involved, and how aviation officials identify and monitor the mental health of pilots. (time.com) Plus d'info...

Not Losing Our Luggage Has Made Airlines $18 Billion Richer

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Lost luggage is a nuisance for passengers and expensive to airlines. But new innovations in technology and processes are making mishandled luggage less likely, and airlines’ books look better as a result. (skift.com) Plus d'info...

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

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Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we… (www.airbus.com) Plus d'info...

UPS looking to recruit more women into aviation fields

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Louisville's largest employer is looking to attract women to careers in aviation -- a field dominated by men. The Worldport hub is rolling out the red carpet trying to recruit more women into a specific part of its workforce. (www.wdrb.com) Plus d'info...

Boeing's plans to bid for the new Air Force trainer contract

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Boeing is teaming with Saab, the Swedish maker of the Gripen fighter jet, to bid for the contract to build the T-38’s successor, nicknamed the T-X. (www.stltoday.com) Plus d'info...

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