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(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) Plus d'info...

Qantas board members and CEO to be gone

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Today on the ABC news CEO Allan Joyce said they airline has suffered a $2.8 billion dollar loss since becoming the CEO. Most of the share holders along with Qantas employees say he is bluffing at getting Qantas to be in balance or have a profit by early 2015. Most want him to stand down along with board members who have helped cause the fall of Qantas. (www.abc.net.au) Plus d'info...

Update on missing MH370 MAS B772

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In the Australian newspaper today the search team a looking in a new area where the plane might have taken another course after it went of the radar link below will get you there http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/phone-call-clue-to-mystery-of-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/story-e6frg95x-1227040942458# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Plus d'info...

Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch takes us on a wild ride over the beautiful landscape of the Austrian Alps.

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The gut wrenching video take us through an aerobatic flight over the Austrian Alps with Hannes Arch. (Phew I am still dizzy writing this. (youtu.be) Plus d'info...

New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes Flight

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Pipistrel's new WATTsUP, a two-seat airplane design targeted for flight training, took flight last week, and Pipistrel hopes to deliver it to customers as soon as next year. The Siemens AG motor that powers WATTsUP weighs just over 30 pounds and produces 85kW. Pipistrel claims the motor produces more power than a Rotax 912 and can be fully charged in about one hour thanks to the company's battery management technology. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Qantas, Virgin Australia ban 'Knee Defender'

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Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned the controversial Knee Defender dongle which prevents economy seats from reclining. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Knee-defender sees passengers kicked off United flight

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. (www.smh.com.au) Plus d'info...

Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone Ban

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Several groups comprised of research universities, commercial drone operators and model aircraft hobbyists have filed federal lawsuits challenging the FAA over its rules relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. Three lawsuits filed on Friday ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of a June directive issued by the FAA, which the agency says is an attempt to clarify current model aircraft regulations. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Drone delays medical helicopter landing at OH hospital

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Police discovered a man using the drone to take aerial photos of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds across the street from the hospital. (www.12newsnow.com) Plus d'info...

Qantas to boost USA flights

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A spokes person for Qantas Simon Hockey has announced along with approval from Allan Joyce the CEO of Qantas that they will revamp flights from Australia to the USA.From YSSY passengers can have a choice of flying in the morning or in the afternoon to the USA. QF107 which flies from YSSY to KLAX and onwards to New York will be replaced by QF17, For which the service leaves YSSY at 17.30hrs daily using the B744. YBBN QF15 will remain unchanged but continue on from KLAX to JFK New York this is a… (www.qantas.com.au) Plus d'info...

NPR - Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

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In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. (www.npr.org) Plus d'info...

NTSB Boots UPS, Pilots Union from Crash Investigation Team

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A public relations war of words between UPS and the cargo airline's pilots union has gotten both kicked off the investigation team working to determine what caused the crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it has revoked the party status of UPS and the Independent Pilots Association, barring further involvement by representatives from either side looking into the crash of the UPS Airbus A300-600, which… (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Qantas ans Chine airlines new co share arrangements

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Qantas will be offering direct flights to Taipei very soon.A spokesman for the airline Stephem Thompson said in his statement on Tuesday that Qantas would have ten services a week and also co share with Chine airlines. China airlines has four times a week services out of YSSY and will increase these to ten services as well as co sharing on Qantas flights as well. Passenger numbers have increased to the destination including Hong Kong Singapore and Taipai. (www.australianaviation.com.au) Plus d'info...

First photos: British Airways' Airbus A350 Club World business class prototype

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A fresh BA patent application now reveals PHOTOS of its A350 Club World sofa-seat and cabin mock-up! (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Tragedies and Young Pilots

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Is 17 too young for a pilot to attempt such a flight? On one's own? The answer is an emphatic "yes." With help? Well, getting help makes such attempts dubious to begin with. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Sunwing flight to Cuba forced back to Toronto after disruption

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A Sunwing Airlines flight headed to Cuba was forced to turn back to Toronto’s Pearson airport Wednesday after an apparent disruption by two passengers. A NORAD spokesperson confirmed to CTV News that two Canadian fighter jets escorted the passenger aircraft back to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Earlier reports suggest the plane was near Florida when it had to turn around. Police said two female suspects were arrested. (www.ctvnews.ca) Plus d'info...

Cirrus aircraft crashes off Virginia in Atlantic Ocean

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Cirrus SR22 into the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Plus d'info...

Qatar reveals first Airbus A350 in full livery

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Qatar has revealed its first Airbus A350 in full livery ahead of the jet's debut before the end of this year. (tinyurl.com) Plus d'info...

Drone View of Napa Earthquake

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Nicely done short video of Napa Earthquake damage. This is a good way to use drones. (www.cnn.com) Plus d'info...

China Southern drops first-class – in name only – due to anti-corruption drive

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China Southern Airlines plans to change the name of its first-class cabin to business class in a bid to reclaim official customers amid Beijing's crackdown on wasteful government spending. All passengers sitting in the newly named business class will enjoy the same service as first-class customers after the change takes effect on Oct. 26, the carrier said in a statement. The move will include China Southern's narrow-body jets flying domestic routes. (uk.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

Another A380 at Miami International

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Air France announced that it will use the Airbus A380 for flights between Miami and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport! (www.miamiherald.com) Plus d'info...

New study proves just how worthless TSA airport body scanners really are

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‟In laboratory tests with a real machine, we were able to conceal guns, knives, and explosive simulants in such a way that they were not visible to the scanner operator,” the report reads. ‟We also studied the cyberphysical security of the machine and were able to show how an attacker could subvert the operator console software so that it would be possible to conceal all types of contraband.” (www.dailydot.com) Plus d'info...

New charges for Sunwing passengers after in-flight scuffle

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Two Sunwing passengers are due in an Ontario court Thursday after allegedly disrupting a Cuba-bound flight and forcing it to return to Toronto. (www.ctvnews.ca) Plus d'info...

American Eagle mid-air fuel leak

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The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday. The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri. (hisz.rsoe.hu) Plus d'info...

Air New Zealand flying high with record NZ$262m profit

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Air New Zealand has chalked up record post-tax profit of NZ$262 million, representing a meaty 30% growth over its 2012-3013 results and believed to be biggest take-home pot for AirNZ in a decade. It's also a large number for a relatively small airline, which underscores why Air New Zealand is one of only four airlines in the world to boast an investment-grade credit rating. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?

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A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. (airfactsjournal.com) Plus d'info...

Malaysia Airlines Said to Mull Job Cuts, Order Review, New CEO‬

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Malaysian Airline System is considering job cuts, a review of aircraft orders and replacing its chief executive officer after the national carrier suffered two disasters this year, people familiar with the plan said. (www.thejakartaglobe.com) Plus d'info...

Australia Says MH370 'May Have Turned South Earlier Than Thought'

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. (www.businessinsider.com) Plus d'info...

Aussie airlines Qantas, Virgin get approval for 'gate-to-gate' gadgets

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Passengers on domestic Virgin Australia flights, along with domestic and international Qantas flights, will finally be allowed to use their iPads, Kindles and other personal electronic devices on a 'gate to gate' basis from Tuesday, August 26. (tinyurl.com) Plus d'info...

Bárðarbunga Volcano erupts, resulting in airspace restrictions

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The Icelandic Met Office says a small subglacial eruption started today beneath the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier, near the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists aboard a surveillance airplane above the glacier see no signs of an eruption yet. All flight traffic has however been banned near the volcano. (www.ruv.is) Plus d'info...

Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance

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This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact. (Video) (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Plus d'info...

Boeing tours ecoDemonstrator, tests ceramic engine nozzle

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Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator is back – but this time the company is using a 787 for the role rather than the polished aluminum 737-800 which it leased from American Airlines for the first ecoDem mission in 2012. The first task for the aircraft, Boeing’s fourth 787 development unit ZA004, was an evaluation of an engine nozzle made from Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composite (CMC). (aviationweek.com) Plus d'info...

Malaysian airlines crises looms

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On the news and on the today-tonight show that channel seven network in Australia. A report investigation into some passenger dramas in flight has showed a female passenger being indecently assaulted before any flight crew had come to intervene. This happened last week on a MAS flight from NZAA to Kuala Lumpa on a B772 aircraft a sister aircraft to the two recent incidents where both aircraft have being lost. A man believed to be of Asian appearance tried to sexually assault this young girl who… (www.todaytonight.com.au) Plus d'info...

Google unveils UAV parcel delivery concept

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Google is continuing its journey into the world of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), as it introduces a parcel-delivery UAV prototype developed under its two-year Project Wing effort. The technology company is developing the concept through its Google X research division, and the announcement follows on from the company’s April 2014 acquisition of Titan Aerospace – a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) solar-powered UAV manufacturer. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...

Pilot forced to make emergency landing after restraining agitated elderly passenger

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An elderly passenger in a light plane tried to grab the aircraft's controls before the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock in New South Wales (www.smh.com.au) Plus d'info...

In Europe, flying on empty leg private jet flights is cheaper than discount airline

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Empty-leg flights on private jets are offered for up to 75 per cent less than the usual going rate (www.dailymail.co.uk) Plus d'info...

Etihad to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from June 1, 2015

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Etihad will begin Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 1 June 2015. The daily superjumbo service will run as EY454 (Abu Dhabi to Sydney) and EY455 (Sydney to Abu Dhabi), replacing the current Boeing 777-300. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Lufthansa could face another pilot strike

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Lufthansa pilots could go on strike again, German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced. VC said in a statement that talks with Lufthansa management has failed to reach an agreement over its early retirement scheme. The union said it will inform the traveling public in advance before any strike action would start. (atwonline.com) Plus d'info...

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 82 Airplanes

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"Boeing announced today an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and part of the Singapore-based leasing company's effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes." (boeing.mediaroom.com) Plus d'info...

Church of the High Speed Pass

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Join Apache, Hide, Vandy and the Dreamland Squadron as they make great music and fly their Vans aircraft over the woodlands of Florida. (vimeo.com) Plus d'info...

Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark

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A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. The decision comes three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards. (www.af.mil) Plus d'info...

Boeing Struggles to Find Buyers for Early Version Dreamliners

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Aerospace Company Has Tough Time Unloading 787s Built at the Height of Its Problems With Plane Design and Supply Chain Snafus (online.wsj.com) Plus d'info...

Chinese develop super-fast submarine to ‘fly’ through water in an ‘air bubble’

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Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they're hard at work on a submarine that the newspaper claims could travel the 6100 miles (9820 kilometres) from "Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes" by creating a bubble of air that encompasses the whole submarine, ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by… (www.smh.com.au) Plus d'info...

3D Printed Jet Engine.

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Lately we have seen it all from 3D printers. From weapons, computer parts and even now JET ENGINES! (youtu.be) Plus d'info...

Mayor on Frontier suspending Sioux City flights: 'Unacceptable'

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Frontier Airlines jilts Sioux City, Iowa for the second time, third time if you count original Frontier Airlines dumping the route back in the 1980's (siouxcityjournal.com) Plus d'info...

Honeywell, Rockwell Collins roll out advanced (3-D) cockpit radar

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For airlines, better radar can help planes weave safely through and around weather systems. It can enhance safety and save money by reducing weather delays. And for passengers, improved weather radar can reduce the midair bumps, jolts and plunges that come inside and on the periphery of storms. (www.dallasnews.com) Plus d'info...

Drug Smuggling Ring uncovered at Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport. According to the indictment, the drugs were given to a US Airways employee working at McCarran. The employee would then bypass security, then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. (www.8newsnow.com) Plus d'info...

Warbirds: The Planes of D-Day

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The 70-year anniversary of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe at Normandy Beach in France that we celebrated this year is a special one, as it is a solemn recognition of the incalculable contribution of a legion of fighters, the survivors of whom are now at least in their late 80s, most well into their 90s. All too soon the memory of that epic invasion, the climactic battle of World War II, will be the stuff of history only and not memory. So it is fitting that we mark this event. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Pilots Aim to Land in 49 State Capitals in Two Weeks

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Two general aviation pilots announced plans this week to fly a private GA airplane to all state capitals in the lower 48 United States and Alaska in just two weeks to raise public awareness about how important smaller, municipal airports are. The Capital Air Tour journey will cover 12,000 miles with stops at 57 airports. The flight will be flown by Field Morey, EAA 1151584, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell, Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings &… (www.eaa.org) Plus d'info...

Bombardier CSeries hits more turbulence

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Bombardier Inc. will have to find another CSeries jet buyer to become the plane's first operator after Sweden's Braathens Aviation AB said it's seeking changes to its delivery schedule. Braathens agreed in 2011 to order 10 of Bombardier's CSeries jets in a pact valued at $665 million, based on list prices. The accord also contained options for a further 10 aircraft, boosting its potential value to about $1.37 billion, Bombardier said at the time. Bombardier didn't disclose a timeline for the… (www.montrealgazette.com) Plus d'info...