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FAA: NOTAM System that Caused January Failure Cannot Be Fully Upgraded Before 2030

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WASHINGTON — Aviation authorities in the U.S. are facing criticism for failing to update the critical-alert system that malfunctioned last month, resulting in thousands of flight disruptions. The delay in the system's modernization is being seen as a potential risk to passenger safety. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Details Emerge Regarding Recent Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Sudden Descent Incident

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Last month, a Denmark-bound Qatar Airways Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' was involved in an alarming incident that saw the aircraft suddenly lose altitude shortly after takeoff. The plane dropped below 1,000 feet while flying over the Persian Gulf on its way out of the carrier's Doha hub, but the situation was recovered. Dropping in the darkness According to the Aviation Herald, this incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, January 10th this year. However, due to it not having… (www.msn.com) More...

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EASA rejects single pilot operations

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Feb 7 (Reuters) - Europe's aviation regulator has ruled out an industry push to allow planes to be crewed by just pilot by 2030 but said it is considering allowing limited single-person operation for parts of flights as early as 2027. The regulator is weighing a pitch from European planemakers Airbus SE (AIR.PA) and Dassault Aviation SA (AM.PA) for solo flying in the cruise phase, which is less demanding than take-off and landing, when at least two pilots would still have to be in the… (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Mitsubishi gives up on Japan's first domestically manufactured passenger jet

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Lessons learned could be applied to a next-gen fighter, says company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), a core company within Japan's Mitsubishi Group, announced on Tuesday that it was finally killing its regional aircraft, the SpaceJet.… Although the decision was already made internally, Mitsubishi released the details of the cancelation to the public within its Q3 2022 reports. The company said it was "unable to find sufficient business feasibility to resume development" of the… (www.msn.com) More...

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Breeze Begins Airbus A220 Flights To Cincinnati

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Cincinnati has welcomed its next airline: Breeze. On February 8th, Breeze launched Charleston and San Francisco. It joins Allegiant to the South Carolina city, while it reconnects Cincinnati to San Francisco after being unserved for almost three years. Cincinnati welcomes Breeze With flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, Breeze's two initial Cincinnati routes are scheduled as follows, with all times local. I've detailed how the operating aircraft – an A220-300 – is flowed, beginning and… (www.msn.com) More...

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Hawaiian Airlines Grounds Two Airbus A321neos Due To Engine Issues

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Hawaiian Airlines has been forced to ground two of its Airbus A321neos due to ongoing engine maintenance issues. The Honolulu-based carrier has cited supply chain problems as the reason behind the delays in maintenance, which have led to the aircraft being unable to operate. One of the Airbus A321neos in question, N220HA, was delivered to Hawaiian Airlines in May 2019, and has been grounded at Oakland International Airport (OAK) since November 21, 2022. The other, registered as N226HA and… (www.msn.com) More...

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At least 4 injured after battery catches fire on United flight from San Diego

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A United Airlines flight from San Diego to Newark was forced to return to San Diego International Airport shortly after takeoff because of an external battery device that caught fire on the flight. The San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) reported on Twitter that an external battery pack caught fire, but the flight crew prevented it from spreading further through the airliner's cabin by placing a fire bag over it. SDFD evaluated all passengers and crew following the incident and said that four… (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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Nine Decades Since Its First Flight: The Story Of The Boeing 247

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Considered by many to be the first modern passenger airliner, the Boeing Model 247 helped commence the era of speed, safety, and comfort in commercial air travel. The all-metal twin-engine aircraft, designed in the early thirties, had then-modern features like an autopilot, pneumatically operated de-icing equipment, and more. But how did this revolutionary airplane come to be, and what did it do for aviation? The little airplane that could In the years leading up to the inception of the 247,… (www.msn.com) More...

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Airlines are getting tough on ‘personal items,’ and it could cost you

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If you’re stopped before boarding, it can come as a costly surprise: Your “personal item” is too big to bring on the plane. For Sergio Diaz, it was a projector he used for his keynote presentations. “It’s not much bigger than a laptop,” said Diaz, a professional speaker from Los Angeles. But on a recent flight from Los Angeles to New York, an American Airlines gate agent declared the projector was too large to fit under his seat, and he had to pay $50 to check it. Airlines are usually clear… (www.msn.com) More...

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The Best Tool for the Job: Assessing Languages for Microservice Development at FlightAware

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Most of the posts on the Angle of Attack blog look to the past. "This is how we solved a hard technical problem;" "here's how we designed a product;" "here's how I optimized something." This post takes a different approach, as it speaks more to what FlightAware will do rather than what it has done. My hope is that it will give readers some insight into how significant technical decisions are made at FlightAware. (flightaware.engineering) More...

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Boeing set to win order for 15 MAX jets from Hong Kong airline - report

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Boeing (NYSE:BA) is poised to win an order for 15 737 MAX jets from Hong Kong's Greater Bay Airlines, a win for over rival Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF) (OTCPK:EADSY), which also had been vying to supply planes to the carrier, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Greater Bay Air likely will start taking delivery of some of the 737-9 MAX jets, which are 20% more fuel efficient than their predecessor, from mid-2024, according to the report. (www.msn.com) More...

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Moment-by-Moment Pilot Audio of the Shoot Down Of China's Spy Balloon

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Ken Harrell, retired Dorchester County (near Charleston, SC) Emergency Services Director and resourceful aviation radio monitor, captured 20+ minutes of fascinating cross-talk between NORAD, USAF F-22 and F-15 pilots and nearby P8 and KC-135 crews up to, during and after the shoot-down of the infamous Chinese balloon off Myrtle Beach. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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