Squawks en Opschriften ✈ Algemeen ✈ Populair (Deze week)

Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) Meer...

Delta shoots down Boeing’s CSeries dumping claim

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Delta Air Lines shot down Boeing’s claim that Bombardier “dumped” the CSeries order, in testimony last week before the US International Trade Commission. Boeing filed a complaint April 27 that Bombardier sold the CS100 to Delta for $19.6m, well below its production cost, a price that constitutes “dumping.” (leehamnews.com) Meer...

Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) Meer...

NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash

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NTSB reports unusual pilot actions at Teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) Meer...

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent. Risks of loss of selling military planes to Canada

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Two words underpin Boeing's (BA.N) decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier (BBDb.TO), which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: "Never again". Still, Boeing faces a headache over what to do about lost fighter sales if Canada makes good on a threat to drop a deal for F/A-18 warplanes in retaliation for Boeing's trade claim. With Boeing's future fighter production in jeopardy as sales run dry, Boeing is anxious to keep its presence in that business long… (www.reuters.com) Meer...

Allegiant Celebrates Delivery of First New Airbus A320

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The low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, unveiled the first brand new aircraft, an Airbus A320 (N246NV) in an event at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). N246NV is the first aircraft from Allegiant’s July 2016 order for 12 A320ceo aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) Meer...

Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians

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Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation… (arstechnica.com) Meer...

Teterboro’s Circling Approach to Runway 1 Can Be Tricky

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With strong winds out of the west, conditions that existed at the time of Monday’s Learjet crash, starting the turn to the runway early is crucial. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Singapore Airlines' A350-900ULR won't have any economy seats

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Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A350-900ULR will sport a two-class configuration of business and premium economy, without any economy seats. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

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Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Meer...

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) Meer...

Air Force One damages blamed on Boeing mechanics

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Boeing reimbursed the US government $4 million after three company mechanics damaged the oxygen system for a VC-25A, a modified VIP 747-200 also known as Air Force One, the US Air Force says in a new accident investigation report. (www.flightglobal.com) Meer...

JetBlue paints Airbus A320 in colors of New York City police

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JetBlue rolled out its newest special paint scheme Monday, unveiling a livery honoring the New York City Police Department. The Airbus A320 will begin flying through JetBlue’s 101-city network after Monday’s unveiling at New York’s JFK Airport, the carrier’s busiest base. (www.airlineboarding.com) Meer...

Court ruling nullifies US requirement that hobbyists register drones

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A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a regulation requiring the public to register drones. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Aviation Administration did not have the authority to regulate so-called "model aircraft." If it stands, the decision means that the public does not have to abide by the FAA requirement established in 2015. The ruling is not yet enforceable, however, as the court gave the FAA seven days (PDF) to consider… (arstechnica.com) Meer...

Southwest Airlines Say Flights to Hawaii are a Priority, Canada is on the Radar

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Southwest CEO says flights to Hawaii are a priority while flights to Canada are on the radar but currently not a priority. (www.usatoday.com) Meer...

The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the next big thing in private jets

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The Airbus A380 has officially found a new lease on life as an ultraluxurious private jet. On Monday, Sparfell & Partners announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition that it would sell secondhand Airbus superjumbos as head-of-state aircraft. The Geneva-based firm also announced that it would work with London's Winch Design to create the A380 private jet's opulent interior. (finance.yahoo.com) Meer...

Guy Tries to Prove Earth is Flat with a Level on a Plane -- Gets Owned on Social Media

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A flat-earth conspiracy theorist took a spirit level on a plane to “prove” the earth is flat. He also filmed it... Presumably in the name of science? (www.indy100.com) Meer...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) Meer...

Etihad celebrates delivery of its 10th Airbus A380

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While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience. Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. (gulfnews.com) Meer...

First Delta A350XWB Takes Flight

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. (airwaysmag.com) Meer...

Pop-up hold wins Airbus' Fly Your Ideas 2017 contest

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We've all endured the stress of not being able to cram our hand luggage into the plane's overhead lockers. But a new invention could change everything, in the shape of a pop-up compartment which sits under the seat in front, giving each passenger their own personal storage hold. The concept was designed by a team of students at the University of Hong Kong, and won a contest held by aircraft manufacturer Airbus. (www.aviationfigure.com) Meer...

Harrier Jump Jet Turns 50

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Detail shots of the Boeing (Mcdonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier, which turns 50 this year. The first Sea Harrier flew in 1967, while the AV-8Bs, which are significantly redesigned from the original Hawker Harrier of the 60s, first flew in 1985. The US Marine Corps plans to operate the Harrier until at least 2025; the F-35B model is slowly replacing it. This jet still uses water injection, creating dark clouds of smoke during high-power maneuvers. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

MC-21-300 commercial airliner has completed maiden flight

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On 28 May, 2017, the maiden flight of MC-21-300 commercial aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The duration of the flight was 30 minutes at the altitude of 1000 meters, at the speed of 300 km/hour. The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. (mc21eng.irkut.com) Meer...

White House proposes to privatize Air Traffic Control

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President Donald Trump is proposing to shift oversight of the United States Air Traffic Control from the federal government to an independent group, according to budget documents released on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (www.reuters.com) Meer...

Emirates First Class Flight + Lounge Review New York – Dubai (JFK-DXB)

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Introduction: The following is a guest post from Dara who scored first class tickets on Emirates. Really looks like a fantastic experience! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to snag two first class seats on Emirates flagship JFK-DXB-LUS (Lusaka, Zambia). The DXB-LUS leg was also in first class but the aircraft, a Boeing 777, was not as impressive as the A380. Therefore, I will focus this review on the JFK-DXB leg. (www.planeetiquette.com) Meer...

Swiss adds maiden CS300; commercial debut due on June 1

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Swiss (LX, Zurich) has taken possession of its maiden CS300 following the handing over of HB-JCA (msn 55010) on Friday, May 26. The aircraft will shortly be positioned to the carrier's Geneva hub ahead of its entry into service on June 1 on flights to London Heathrow. (www.ch-aviation.com) Meer...

British Airways computer systems down ‘across the world’ causing queue chaos at UK airports

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BRITISH Airways’ computer systems are “down worldwide” with the airlines customers taking to social media to complain. Passengers are saying that their flights aren’t taking off, that there are huge queues at check-in, and that they can’t use the app or website... (www.aviationfigures.com) Meer...

Emirates Opens Up a Slew of New A380 Routes – Beijing, Shanghai and Birmingham Get Upgraded

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Good news Birmingham, Beijing and Shanghai – you’re about to enjoy the Emirates’ flagship aircraft on all services to and from Dubai. That’s what we found out Monday when the Dubai-based airline announced the three destinations would go all A380 – replacing the current Boeing 777-300 aircraft used on these services. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) Meer...

IBAS 2017: First Edition of the International Brazil AirShow

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Held at RioGaleão and Copabacana beach, the event received more than 60 thousand people... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Meer...

Canada Calls Boeing's Trade Challenge ‘Lousy Customer Relations’

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Boeing Co.’s pursuit of a trade complaint against Canadian rival Bombardier Inc. at a time it’s negotiating with the government on a major sale of military aircraft is “lousy customer relations,” Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said. (www.bloomberg.com) Meer...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

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New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) Meer...

UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

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Britain's Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning. (www.bbc.com) Meer...

Air Namibia granted right to fly into US

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Windhoek-Namibia’s national airline has just joined the virtually elite club of a few African national airlines approved to carry passengers in and out of the United States of America (USA), a privilege thus far enjoyed by only South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Moroccan Royal Air Maroc and Cape Verde’s TACV airline. The approval, which the United States of America’s Department of Transport granted in April, is just one of the recent exciting developments around the embattled… (www.newera.com.na) Meer...

Azul increases international flights departing from São Paulo (Viracopos)

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In the second half, the airline will have up to 10 weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale / Miami, eight flights to Orlando, and seven flights to Lisbon... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Meer...

This new Airbus jet gives you a view of the sky above

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By Mike Wehner – For the vast majority of air travelers, a jet is just a big metal tube that delivers you to your eventual destination, but for wealthy among us, a flight needs to be just as luxurious as every other aspect of their lives. Airbus just announced a new jet that will most definitely fit that bill, thanks in no small part to a cabin that is more like a trendy country club than an airliner. It boasts high-end luxury seating, a massive flat screen TV, and dining area that rivals fancy… (www.aviationfigure.com) Meer...

Richard Branson Hints at Starting New U.S. Airline

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With Alaska dropping the Virgin America brand in 2019 and following disputes regarding royalty paymeents to use the Virgin brand, Richard Branson hints at a possibility of starting up a new Virgin-branded airline in the U.S. (www.bloomberg.com) Meer...

Pagani was the designer of an Airbus jet cabin

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It’s interesting to see how the tide can turn – Italian hypercar manufacturer Pagani has never made it a secret about drawing inspirations from aeronautics for its high-end machines, and now a plane manufacturer asked it to return the favor. (www.inautonews.com) Meer...

First 737MAX Delivery.

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The first revenue flight ever of the 737MAX family took place today with 9M-LRC, a MAX 8. (atwonline.com) Meer...

Unruly Passenger Forces United Airlines Flight To Make unscheduled stop at SFO

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An United Airlines flight from China to Newark was forced to make an unscheduled stop at San Francisco International Airport after the flight crew became exhausted from delays caused by an unruly passenger while the plane was boarding in Shanghai... (www.aviationfigures.com) Meer...

Avianca Brasil inaugurates the new Airbus A330 in the Domestic Flights

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Airline to begin operations in the United States in June; Aircraft is configured in two classes of service, with a high standard of comfort... (cmsherbert.blogspot.com) Meer...

Analysis: Boeing and Bombardier Face Off Over Delta CSeries Order

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Boeing claims that the deal between Bombardier and Delta Air Lines for 75 CSeries jets (with 50 additional purchase options) puts the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and Boeing itself, at risk. (airwaysmag.com) Meer...

British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

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British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per "fare component" on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1. The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents. (www.travelweekly.com) Meer...

Bombardier Flies Green to EBACE

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Bombardier Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets on show at Static SD15 were flown here using biofuels supplied by AEG Fuels. The fuel was produced by AltAir Fuels, which starts with used cooking oils, and supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG to the KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, where the business jets were fueled for their flights to Geneva. (aviationweek.com) Meer...

French officials are investigating whether an iPhone and iPad played a role in a terrifying plane crash that killed 66 people

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French investigators are looking into the possibility that a pair of Apple mobile devices caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in 2016. According to a report by Le Parisien, French officials have ordered an investigation into whether the plane was brought down by a fire resulting from overheated mobile devices. Officials say an Apple iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the flight's first officer may have been plugged into an improper socket in the plane's cockpit — possibly causing a… (www.bigbozz.com) Meer...

Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA

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An Oregon man who stripped naked at an airport security screening checkpoint must pay a $500 fine after a federal appeals court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect this method of protest. The nude protest at Portland International Airport (PDX) by a traveler named John Brennan prompted legal action by both the federal government and the state of Oregon. Portland prosecutors charged him with indecent exposure. A local judge acquitted him, saying that Oregon cannot "punish"… (arstechnica.com) Meer...

UAL1579 evacuated on tarmac at KEWR with engine fire

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Engine fire spotted by EWR tower who notified crew. Evacuation commenced. (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Incident: Morningstar B757 enroute on May 24th 2017, jammed thrust lever

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A Morningstar Air Express Boeing 757-200 freighter, registration C-FMEP performing freight flight MAL-7070 from Calgary,AB to Winnipeg,MB (Canada) with 2 crew, was enroute at FL390 when the crew selected a lower speed due to light to moderate turbulence. Autothrust retarded the right hand thrust lever, the left thrust lever however did not move (avherald.com) Meer...

Nile Air Becomes First in Egypt to Order A321neo Aircraft

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Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline, has become the first Egyptian airline to order the newest Airbus single-aisle aircraft, the Airbus A321neo. In April 2017, the airline successfully converted its existing order with the European manufacturer from the current generation A321ceo to the latest technology A321neo offering the best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft. (aviationtribune.com) Meer...

Incident: Asiana B747 at Brussels on May 27th 2017, gear door remained open

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An Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration HL7413 performing freight flight OZ-588 from Brussels (Belgium) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting the left hand main gear doors did not close (avherald.com) Meer...

Blue Angels: Smyrna memorial to honor fallen pilot

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The town of Smyrna, TN unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial dedicated to the Blue Angels pilot whose plane crashed June 2, 2016, during a practice run for the Great Tennessee Air Show. "The Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial will celebrate the life and career of an American hero,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, who teared up as she recalled the day his plane went down. "It's been the culmination of months of hard work." (www.dnj.com) Meer...