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FlightAware provides easy way to track your iPhone pre-order

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Once you've got your UPS tracking number and you see a departure scan out of ZhengZhou, you can use this page to easily find the flight track of the airplane that's got your iPhone on it. It won't get the phone to you any quicker, but it'll give you something to watch while you wait. (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

Doomed TBM 900 Pilot Twice Asked for Lower Altitude

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The pilot of the TBM 900 that crashed in the sea near Jamaica after straying hundreds of miles off course on Friday twice asked Atlanta Center for clearance to a lower altitude because of an unspecified problem, but the controller handling the flight apparently didn’t comprehend the seriousness of the emergency that was unfolding. Minutes later, without receiving the requested clearance, the pilot stopped responding to ATC queries as the airplane flew on over the Atlantic on its last assigned… (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

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Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Plus d'info...

FAA OKs Drone Use for Search and Rescue Effort

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The FAA has issued an emergency Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the use of a drone to aid in the search for a 23-year-old woman who disappeared recently near Plano, Texas. The request to the FAA came from the Plano Police Department. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

One pilot missing, one stable after 2 F/A-18 Hornets crash in Pacific

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The Navy is searching for one pilot and treating the injuries of another after two F/A-18 Hornets crashed over the western Pacific while operating from an aircraft carrier on Friday. (www.stripes.com) Plus d'info...

'Flying Is...' Video Contest: Watch the Winner

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When we launched our "Flying Is..." video contest, sponsored by Garmin, we knew we'd be in for some great flying footage and some amazing aerial views. And you didn't disappoint. Throughout the contest we've received incredible videos showcasing the power of aviation to take individuals to new heights, both literally and figuratively. These videos capture how aviation opens doors to new worlds while giving new vantage points to old ones. Whether they're taking us along for an aerobatic… (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

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NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space… (www.foxnews.com) Plus d'info...

Canadian Air Force takes parts from museum to fix ailing aircraft

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The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. In July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. (ottawacitizen.com) Plus d'info...

America has four doomsday B747's active

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According to reports from many media organisations and many secret service agencies. The American President has for of these highly sophisticated N747 jets active. The last time ine was used was when the attacks happened back in September 11 2001. http://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/doomsday-plane-yes-its-a-thing-in-fact-the-usa-has-four-of-them/story-fnjwpv3a-1227057316911 (www.couriermail.com.au) Plus d'info...

Qatar to finally take delivery of the a380

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In what has no doubt been one of the most exciting airline controversies of the year, Qatar Airways and Airbus have been going back and forth over the A380. Qatar Airways was supposed to take delivery of their first one several months ago, though apparently wasn’t pleased with the quality of the interiors. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) Plus d'info...

Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

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Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. (www.cnn.com) Plus d'info...

Delta Flight 5733 loses cabin pressure shortly after leaving Austin TX

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An Embraer 175 regional jet ( Delta Flight 5733 ) bound for Los Angeles, lost cabin pressure and returned to Austin TX (www.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

Hailstorm Seriously Damages AirEuropa Plane Traveling From Madrid to Buenos Aires

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... On September 9th, an AirEuropa Airbus A330 flying into Argentina’s Ezeiza Airport encountered a serious hailstorm in the last 20 minutes of a 12-hour flight, theblaze.com reports. (www.wunderground.com) Plus d'info...

Fortunes sour for regional airlines as majors prosper

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Regional airline profits are shrinking, costs are rising, and they're having trouble finding enough pilots to work for the salaries they pay. (www.usatoday.com) Plus d'info...

Qantas Airways are flying to Vancouver in the peak season

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Qantas have decided to add six extra flights a week from Australia to Vancouver to compete with Air Canada and ANZ who operate these flights direct from New Zealand which has connecting flights from YBBN/YSSY/YMML daily to NZAA and then onto Vancouver Canada http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-put-on-vancouver-flights-for-the-us-ski-season/story-e6frg95x-1227060130870?sv=6f4d0ed57479e8170b9e51d5cca7cb62# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Plus d'info...

Fatal GA Accident Rate Drops to All-Time Low

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General aviation accidents showed a welcome decline in 2013, falling from 1,471 crashes in 2012 to 1,222 last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, by every measure GA flying was safer last year than the year before. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Partnership between University and Charter company is paying off

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A partnership between the University of Nebraska Omaha's aviation institute and local charter company JetLixs is paying off for both. (www.omaha.com) Plus d'info...

THAI bans external battery packs on board

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BANGKOK, 14 September 2014 (NNT) - Thai Airways International has put a ban on external battery packs on all of its aircraft for safety reason. Citing the safety standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Thai Airways has announced that passengers will no longer be allowed to bring on board external battery backs, commonly known as Power Banks. (www.thaivisa.com) Plus d'info...

With Flaps Hung, B-29 'Doc' Nearly Ready to Fly

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Doc's Friends, the Wichita-based nonprofit organization that is restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc to flying condition, says the historic airplane will be ready to fly as soon as the avionics, fuel tanks and a few other last remaining items are finished. The goal is to get the airplane back in the air by the end of the year. A group of 30 volunteers has finished hanging the flaps on the aircraft, the last major structural piece to be installed as part of the Herculean restoration. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Boeing denounces Al Jazeera documentary on 787 Dreamliner

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In addition to chronicling some of the 787 program’s well-known production problems and the overheating batteries that led to its three-month grounding, the documentary includes hidden-camera video of workers at the company’s South Carolina plant criticizing their co-workers and the planes they produce. (seattletimes.com) Plus d'info...

Malaysian airlines wants authorites to find more on MH17

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Malaysia airlines has come out asking the authorities in Ukraine and other agencies to find the final remains of victims and aircraft wreckage as many parts and victims remain un accounted for. Weeks after the aircraft was shot down over Ukraine the hope of finding the remains is bleak being scattered apart over a wide area in a war zone. https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24959431/malaysia-calls-for-new-mh17-search-for-victims-remains/ (www.yahoo.com.au) Plus d'info...

MH17 vitims remains returned home to Australia

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Nine of the Australian victims identified in the MH17 MAS B772 incident have returned home to Melbourne Australia. Nine hearses drove the victims to a morgue in full honours and respect from the RAFF Military aircraft in a area of the Melbourne airport. https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/24969554/malaysia-airlines-mh17-remains-of-nine-australian-victims-arrive-in-melbourne/ (www.sevennews.com.au) Plus d'info...

AOPA: NTSB Pilot Drug Study 'Incomplete'

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AOPA says a study released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week on pilot drug use is "incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution." The study of more than 6,600 cases reviewed toxicology tests performed on pilots killed in aviation accidents from 1990 through 2012. In it the NTSB concluded that drug use of all types, including over the counter and prescription medications, is on the rise among pilots and that the risk of impairment from drugs is also… (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

NASA Shuttle Carrier B747 moves to Palmdale's Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

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NASA press release tells a quick story about the history and fates of the two modified 747's that carried the Space Shuttles. (www.nasa.gov) Plus d'info...

Malaysia Airlines flight to Hyderabad turns back due to auto-pilot defect

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A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to India has turned back due to a defect with the plane's auto-pilot system. Flight MH198 from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad departed late on Saturday, but the Boeing 737-800 turned back due to an auto-pilot defect. (www.abc.net.au) Plus d'info...

Waves in the Sky: Gliding over the UK

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Flying in wave is a special experience, often requiring many attempts to transition from the low level ridge, thermal or rotor to the silk smooth air of the wave itself. The cobble-stone ride gives way to glass, the low hiss of your airspeed and gentle beeping of your vario are the sounds that accompany you as the earth falls away and you are carried above the clouds. (www.youtube.com) Plus d'info...

Lufthansa orders 15 A320neos for Swiss

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Swiss International Air Lines is to receive 15 Airbus A320neo jets following an order for the type from parent Lufthansa Group. The carrier will undergo the fleet renewal as part of a broad modernisation agreed by the Lufthansa executive board. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...

Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

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Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA) said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. (www.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

NORAD F-15s intercept unresponsive TBM 700

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A TBM-700 from New York to Florida has lost communication with air traffic control and overshot its destination by >250 miles. NORAD F-15s are investigating. (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

MH370 Police General knows what happen to the flight

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On channel seven network today it has being revealed that the Indo chief police Sutarman CLAIMS HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MH370 flight even though Malaysian airlines is involved in the statement https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24999968/i-actually-know-what-had-actually-happened-with-mh370-police-chief/ (www.sevennews.com.au) Plus d'info...

Avoid IFR iPad Distractions

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When flying IFR, one of the most important things is to know what your priority should be at any given time. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Virgin's Branson says flight ban would hurt Russia most

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Russia would be the biggest loser if it carried out a threat to ban Western airlines from flying over its territory, Richard Branson, the founder of British airline Virgin Atlantic, said on Friday. "It would cost us quite a lot of money but it would actually cost Russia more money. They charge enormous amounts of money for the privilege of flying over Russia," Branson told Reuters Television on the sidelines of a conference in Kiev. (uk.reuters.com) Plus d'info...

B789 ANZ aircraft makes sneak visit to Perth

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Overnight ANZ sent there new B789 ZK-NZE aircraft to Perth for a breif visit. They will begin the new B789 services on October 15th as NZ176 & NZ175. The aircraft made a quite touch down with a few members of the media and some travel agent staff along with air new zealand staff. (www.thewestaustralian.com.au) Plus d'info...

Qantas wants to boost and utilize its aircraft fleet

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Qantas boss Simon Hicket want to boost and utilize the Qantas aircraft fleet and to put extra flights on some of the past or original destinations to help the airline profit. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/qantas-international-mixes-and-matches-to-meet-demand/story-e6frg8zx-1227060756612# (www.theaustralian.com.au) Plus d'info...

Queen of the Skies takes her last Air NZ flight

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Air New Zealand's last jumbo has completed its final passenger flight for the airline but will carry on flying for another carrier. The 16-year-old Boeing 747-400 touched down in Auckland this morning and has been sold to global aircraft supply company AerSale (www.nzherald.co.nz) Plus d'info...

The 12 strangest-looking aircraft ever built

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The Airbus A300-based Beluga is this week celebrating 20 years of transporting aircraft sections between the company's European plants. Named after the white whale because of their distinctive shape, the fleet of five Belugas carry out more than 60 flights each week between 11 sites. To mark the anniversary, we have chosen our 12 oddest-shaped aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) Plus d'info...

TBM 900 Crash: Rethinking Inflight Emergencies

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If there's a textbook case of an inflight emergency that most everyone agrees was handled flawlessly, it's Capt. Sully's "Miracle on the Hudson" splashdown in January 2009. It made Sullenberger and copilot Jeff Skiles instant national celebrities, and still serves as a model of the calm and collected flight crew skillfully handling an extremely difficult situation. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

Australia on high alert at the anniversary of 911

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Australian Asio and other agencies have put all australian airports on high alert over the recent arrest of two muslim islamic men who have associations with the terrorist group. Qantas Jetsar Virgin have had more security screening in place on the eve of the 911 September 11 attacks 20o1. This will mean lengthy delays at all airports arrivals and departures. http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics (www.theage.com.au) Plus d'info...

Grumpy Controllers

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In many ways the job of air traffic controller is a tough one. When things are busy, they handle too many airplanes, too many frequencies and too many sectors all while working what amounts to a heck of a long day. Does this explain bad behavior on their part? Yes! Does it excuse it? It doesn’t. (www.flyingmag.com) Plus d'info...

FTL Airport Software Handled 800 Aircraft A Day With Only One Runway In Use

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NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one (avstop.com) Plus d'info...

Beluga celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

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With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites. (www.airbus.com) Plus d'info...

A380 ‘bar wars’: Qatar, Emirates and Etihad add social spaces to the superjumbo

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Qatar Airways is the latest to join the superjumbo social club with an inflight business class lounge, alongside Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad and, to a lesser extent, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Qantas. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Qatar’s A380 flies to London on October 10, then Paris

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 will make its commercial debut on October 10 as the flagship flight QR001 to London, airline CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed at the delivery ceremony for its first Airbus A380 in Hamburg. Paris will also see a superjumbo within three weeks of the London inaugural, Baker said, although he refused to confirm New York as the third city on the A380 route map. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

First Flight for Boeing KC-46 Tanker Platform Slips Further

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Poorly designed wiring bundles for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 tanker replacement aircraft have driven program officials to further slip first flight of the Boeing 767-2C aircraft from June to no earlier than the middle of November. (aviationweek.com) Plus d'info...

Springfield to close air traffic tower by end of the year

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The city of Springfield will close its air traffic control tower at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport by the end of the year to save money. The city has spent about $1.3 million operating the tower since the Ohio Air National Guard F-16 training mission ended in 2011, hoping to land another military flying mission at the airport. But a study finished this month found that economic development won’t be affected by closing the tower. (www.daytondailynews.com) Plus d'info...

The Airbus helmet: the future of inflight entertainment?

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Could the future of inflight entertainment be an air conditioned, seat-mountable and ‘sensorial isolation’ helmet? And it’s not just any helmet: it comes packed with 3D and holographic video support, and can be operated by a remote control or motion capture gloves worn by the passenger to type on a virtual keyboard. (www.ausbt.com.au) Plus d'info...

Jetstar low cost Aussie carrier B787's will be flying to PHNL

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The low cost carrier owed by Qantas Airways in Australia is set to be the second airline to start flying B787'S into Hawaii as of February 2015 Eventually these B787's will replace the A330's which are currently on this route from YBBN/YSSY/YMML. Most of the A330's will evenually end back up in the Qantas fleet http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/09/jetstar-adds-honolulu-as-10th-dreamliner-destination/ (australianaviation.com.au) Plus d'info...

Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests

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Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The first test aircraft is on the “final run-in” towards its maiden flight, a spokesman said in answer to a query, but added it was too early to predict an exact date. (www.aviationnews.eu) Plus d'info...

NASA To End Astronaut Space Travel With Russia

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Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been dependent on the Russian spacecraft, Soyuz for astronaut space travel to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA's Office Of Inspector General reported that the (avstop.com) Plus d'info...

AirAsia Group expands Thai presence

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BANGKOK: -- AIRASIA GROUP is establishing new businesses in Thailand, ranging from insurance to communications and entertainment, as it anticipates growing market demand once the Asean Economic Community is realised next year. (www.thaivisa.com) Plus d'info...