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Scathing report: FAA isn’t delivering what was promised in $40 billion NextGen project

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Mincing no words, the panel of 10 academic experts brought together by the academy’s National Research Council (NRC) said the FAA was not delivering the system that had been promised and should “reset expectations” about what it is delivering to the public and the airlines that use the system. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Ever wondered what happens to your luggage upon check in?

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your luggage after you check it in? Let's go behind the scenes with GoPro to find out! (www.youtube.com) More...

Battle Shapes up Over Video Cameras in Airline Cockpits

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The many entities involved are on the move to revisit this debate. (www.wsj.com) More...

Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau makes emergency landing in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport. Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was en route from Juneau to Seattle when problems arose with one of the plane's two electrical systems. The Boeing 737-400 touched down in Vancouver shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday. (www.adn.com) More...

Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt WWII Fighter

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Long but pretty interesting video. Watch how a P-47 Thunderbolt was uncrated and assembled in the field, using no heavy equipment or special tools, only repurposed shipping crate materials and a lot of manpower. (www.youtube.com) More...

Pratt and Whitney Exec: We're Going Ahead with F-35 Engine

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When questioned, Exec evasive as to cost associated with the program (www.bloomberg.com) More...

First Airbus A350 To Land In America As Qatar Airways Expands

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The first Airbus A350 in scheduled service to the United States will land next year, as Qatar Airways expands its U.S. flights using the world’s latest jetliner, the last major design from Airbus and Boeing to enter service for decades to come. Qatar Airways said in a statement on Monday that it will begin service to three new U.S. cities next year, with flights to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston. (www.ibtimes.com) More...

Airbus Backlog of $1 Trillion Makes Boeing Look Smaller Than It Is

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Airbus Group, the parent of European aircraft builder Airbus, reported first-quarter results Thursday morning. Revenues totaled €12.1 billion (about $13.5 billion), down about 4% compared with the first quarter of 2014. Earnings per share rose by 80%, from €0.56 to €1.01 (about $1.13). (247wallst.com) More...

Incident: Air Canada B787 over Gulf of Alaska on Apr 26th 2015, hydraulic leak

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An Air Canada Boeing 787-800, registration C-GHQQ performing flight AC-3 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was enroute at FL360 over the Gulf of Alaska about 850nm northwest of Vancouver and about 350nm southeast of Anchorage,AK (USA) when the crew declared PAN reporting a possible hydraulic leak and decided to return to Vancouver (avherald.com) More...

FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Small Plane takes off without pilot, crashes; no one injured.

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Prop start goes bad with girlfriend in plane that collides with building. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

Nepal Air's second Airbus A320 comes with 5 tons of quake relief

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HAMBURG, Germany – Nepal Airlines took delivery of a new Airbus A320 that will fly to the earthquake-ravaged nation with 5 tons of relief supplies. The Thursday morning delivery completes Nepal Airlines' order for two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The carrier received its first of the aircraft in February. (www.usatoday.com) More...

FAA warns Boeing 787 bug could shut off aircraft power

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AFP. In a new problem for the Boeing 787, the US aviation regulator has ordered repairs to correct a software bug that could cause the aircraft to suddenly lose all power. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive dated Friday warning that after a 787’s generators have run continuously for 284 days, they could abruptly shut down, leading to a loss of aircraft control. The FAA said Boeing itself identified the problem: an internal software counter in the generator control units (GCU)… (www.aviationnews.eu) More...

Airbus says will file criminal complaint over US spy claims

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Berlin (AFP) - European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said Thursday it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of US industrial espionage. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Boeing’s Smallest 737 Faces an Uncertain Future

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Southwest is talking with Boeing about switching some or all of its remaining 56 orders for the 737-700 to a version that seats 32 more passengers, Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said in an interview. The Dallas-based carrier last took delivery of a new -700 in 2011. Airlines and planemakers are watching to see whether Southwest, Boeing’s biggest narrow-body customer, will also amend its plans to receive the 737 Max 7, an update to the -700 that is due to enter service late this… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Pilatus PC-24 begin taxi trials

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Pilatus has begun taxi trials of its new Pilatus PC-24 light business jet, ahead of the planned maiden flight later this month. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

6 Incredible Airport Runways

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Because runways are in constant demand due to the increase in travel, airports sometimes have to get creative with how they extend and manage aircraft landings. Here are six unique runways from around the world. (aviationweek.com) More...

Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

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ABILENE, Texas, April 30, 2015 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1B Lancer celebrates its soon to be 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base this week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers the supersonic bomber into the digital age with new upgrades. The latest upgrade, a trio of updates known as the integrated battle station, are ensuring the B-1 meets today’s mission requirements and further establishes… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

Judge throws out United Airlines lawsuit against 22-year-old

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United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets. Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city. The dismissal "is definitely a victory," Zaman told CNNMoney. "It is… (money.cnn.com) More...

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