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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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Russia Plans To Use Western Aircraft Until 2030, Despite Safety Concerns

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA — In an interview with a local news agency, Alexander Neradko, the Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport, stated that Western-made airliners used by Russian carriers can continue to "easily fly" until 2030 since work is done to maintain their airworthiness. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airlines Flying to More Than 100 Destinations Worldwide

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DALLAS — According to IATA and ICAO data, there are more than 1000 airlines flying across the globe, but few of them fly to more than 100 destinations. Today we look at the passenger airlines that have achieved this milestone. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Restructured Norwegian to Add Six Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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OSLO, NORWAY — Restructured low-cost airline Norwegian has taken a major step in expanding its fleet by signing a Letter of Intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) to lease six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Boeing to slash about 2,000 white-collar jobs in finance and HR

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At the end of last month, on the same day that Boeing touted plans to hire 10,000 people this year, senior leadership convened virtual meetings internally to break bad news to nonunion staff in human resources and finance. Despite the growth elsewhere, those corporate positions will be slashed through substantial job cuts and layoffs. (www.seattletimes.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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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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Austin airport plane incident under Federal Aviation Administration investigation

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Federal Aviation Administration said it was looking into an incident involving two planes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board initially tweeted about a “possible runway incursion and overflight” that involved a Southwest Airlines plane and a FedEx cargo plane. (www.kxan.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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Europe’s Aviation Authority Keeps 2 Pilots in Cockpit For Commercial Flights, For Now

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The airline industry has pushed for loosening the two-pilot rule for decades, with some carriers clamoring more loudly during the Covid-19 pandemic. A global pilot shortage came to a head last summer, when travelers were routinely encountering up to 20,000 delayed flights every day, and has given pilot unions leverage in negotiating some fat salary bumps for their members. (www.forbes.com) More...

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Aviation expert reveals the safest place to sit on a plane

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An aviation expert has revealed the seats you may want to avoid during a crash and the safest place to sit on a plane. While Doug Drury, a professor and head of aviation at Central Queensland University, is overwhelming positivity about the safety of planes past research has given clues to which seats passengers may want to avoid when booking. (www.aerotime.aero) More...

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More Investment is Needed for For Sustainable Aviation To Take Off

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he aviation industry, under increasing pressure to curb its fast-growing carbon emissions, is placing huge bets on both sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and electric aviation to meet its net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. But while some predictions are optimistic, including that the aviation industry will be 25 percent electric or hybrid by 2025, a more likely scenario is that the first fully electric flights will be limited to a few regional or short-haul trips. Yet with an estimated half… (www.triplepundit.com) More...

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Uncovering the History and Legacy of the Boeing 737-400 Twin-Engine Airliner

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The Boeing 737-400 is a twin-engine commercial airliner that was produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes between 1988 and 2000. It is a variant of the Boeing 737-300 and is often referred to as the “Baby Boeing” due to its smaller size. With a capacity of up to 189 passengers, the 737-400 is the largest member of the 737 family. (avecdotes.com) More...

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Shuttered South African airline Comair sues Boeing over 737 MAX purchases

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A shuttered South African airline sued Boeing Co for fraud over its agreement to buy eight 737 MAX planes and seeks damages of at least $83 million. Boeing "placed profits over safety and led with a plan of deception," Comair's suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle said. Boeing declined to comment. Comair said Boeing committed fraud over its failure to disclose problems with a key flight control system tied to two fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 in Indonesia… (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 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III: An Overview of Its History, Capabilities, and Impact on Military Operations

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The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It is the latest in a series of military transport planes developed by Boeing, and is the most advanced and capable in the series. (avecdotes.com) More...

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The Reliable and Versatile Antonov An-24 - A Look at its History, Design, and Uses

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The Antonov An-24 was designed by the former Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in 1959 and has since become one of the most common twin-engine, short-haul turboprop aircraft in the world. The Antonov An-24 was designed to replace the aging fleet of piston-powered aircraft used for passenger and freight transport in the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries. (avecdotes.com) More...

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A Russian passenger plane caught fire in Thailand after a top Russian official said the country's planes were safe despite sanctions on its airlines

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Passengers captured video of a Russian passenger plane that caught fire as it was preparing to depart from the Phuket International Airport in Thailand. Cellphone video obtained by The Sun shows the plane's wing smoking while the plane drives across the airport's tarmac. (www.insider.com) More...

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What you may not know about the China spy balloon

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The balloon, actually an airship, was shot down on Saturday afternoon (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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