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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) Meer...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) Meer...

Air Canada jet has runway overrun in Halifax

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Air Canada flight 624 has crashed on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, the airline has confirmed. The plane reportedly hit power lines and sustained extensive damage upon crash-landing. No passengers were killed. (rt.com) Meer...

Botched water cannon salute grounds Virgin Atlantic flight when Foam is used.

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A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The water canon salute is the sort of flamboyant gesture for which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has become famous – and also marks something of a wider aviation tradition. The Virgin Atlantic plane – with its ‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 - had just landed in Manchester… (www.dailymail.co.uk) Meer...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) Meer...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Cessna Skylane makes emergency landing on highway

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A Cessna Skylane (N442SS) made an emergency landing after losing power on a flight from Ohio to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There were no injuries. (www.foxcarolina.com) Meer...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) Meer...

Boeing parks two American Airlines 787s in desert as it waits on delayed seat delivery

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Boeing is reluctantly storing two new 787 Dreamliners in the California desert as it waits for French seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to catch up with delivery of its high-end seats. (www.bizjournals.com) Meer...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) Meer...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) Meer...

FAA Wants To Fine Southwest $328,550

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The agency alleges that the Dallas-based carrier failed to properly inspect a Boeing 737 that experienced cabin depressurization on May 13, 2013. The flight, which was heading from Boston to St. Louis, made an emergency landing in Baltimore. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) Meer...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) Meer...

2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) Meer...

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Aviation expert wants Australia to prove plane is in Indian Ocean

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A military aviation technology expert has written to the Australian government to debunk its theory that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is lying in the southern Indian Ocean. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Meer...

Solar Impulse plane lands in China

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Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, touched down in Chongqing in China just after 17:30 GMT. It had left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) some 20 hours previously. (www.bbc.com) Meer...

Mexico becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W

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Thanks to the winglets, the C295W will be able to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. The Mexican Navy has specified the winglets for two C295s, for which the order was already announced, and winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on. (militaryaircraft-airbusds.com) Meer...

Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

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The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record. More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

FAA Flight Service Program Changes

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To help reduce costs, on October 1, 2015, the FAA will combine Flight Watch Services with the same service that supplies NOTAMs, TFRs, and flight plan services. Dedicated Flight Watch frequencies will be decommissioned. Additionally on the same date, the FAA will eliminate the domestic flight plan format, and implement flight plan filing exclusively using the format used by the ICAO. Finally, the Remote Airport Advisory Service (RAAS) will be phased out. (www.faa.gov) Meer...

Malaysian Radar Spotlighted in New MH370 Report

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The recent release by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport of a Factual Information report on the MH370 disappearance has provided more detail about the failure of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air defense radar system to identify and track the errant airliner. However, the report by the Malaysian Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team does not specify the military radars involved, continuing a pattern of withholding sensitive defense information that was evident during government briefings at… (www.ainonline.com) Meer...

Airplanes still 1 of the safest methods to travel

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In spite of some recent higher-profile airplane losses and accidents, flying still continues to be one of the safest strategies of transportation. (www.heraldrecorder.com) Meer...

Restored Doc B29 Emerges on 70th Anniversary

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It looks like Fifi, the only known B-29 to maintain airworthy status, will soon have some welcome company in the skies. After several decades, the efforts to bring the B-29 bomber named Doc from its dormancy in the Mojave Desert to back into the skies has taken one giant step in the right direction. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

CAE awarded contracts valued at more than C$70 million for five full-flight simulators and update services

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Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today announced that it has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Meer...

Ottawa imposes new airline cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash

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Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Meer...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) Meer...

HondaJet achieves FAA provisional certificate

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The new Honda HondaJet light business jet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (www.businesswire.com) Meer...

Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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Dozens of military personnel were injured when an RAF transport plane on its way to Afghanistan nose-dived 4,400ft after the captain's camera became lodged alongside the aircraft's joystick. In 27 seconds of chaos, the plane lost 4,400ft in altitude, throwing passengers and crew without seatbelts towards the ceiling, injuring 33 of those on board. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Meer...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) Meer...

(Video) F-35 Aerial Refueling Photo Flight. Stunning Close-Up Views...

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Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort observed a KC-130 aerial refueling of a F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, March 19, 2015. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is the center of excellence for F-35B training for Marine Corps Installations East. (youtu.be) Meer...

Aviation needs to replace an entire generation of staff in the next 15 years – ICAO

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ICAO secretary general, Raymond Benjamin, today warned that the aviation industry is facing the “critical challenge” of replacing an entire generation of staff and coping with a doubling of capacity over the next 15 years. (www.airport-world.com) Meer...

How do we encourage new aviators?

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Well, how do we? 19 year old pilot has some interesting ideas. (airfactsjournal.com) Meer...

Bombardier resets CSeries debut to 2016 as timeline slips again

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Canadian certification of the plane should come in late 2015, Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare said Friday after a shareholder meeting in Montreal. He said that will set the stage for a handover next year to the first customer, which Bombardier hasn’t identified. (montrealgazette.com) Meer...

First Poland-based Learjet 75 Handed Over

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Bombardier Business Aircraft last week delivered the first Learjet 75 that will be based in Poland. It was handed over to an undisclosed customer in the Eastern European country following type approval by the Poland's Civil Aviation Authority. The Learjet 75 light jet—a longer-range version of the Learjet 45 with Garmin G5000 integrated avionics, redesigned winglets and more efficient Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines—was certified by the U.S. FAA in November 2013. (www.ainonline.com) Meer...

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Flyover - Still Kicking

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The United States Air Force flew this B-52 Stratofortress all the way from Guam to Avalon in Australia to provide visitors to the Australian International Airshow with a chance to see this awesome aircraft flyby at speed. Once the display was done the aircraft headed back to Guam — all without landing on Australian soil. (www.uasvision.com) Meer...

China reasserts 'two in cockpit' rule it already had

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China's civil aviation authorities have again required that at least two crew members are in the cockpit of a flying civil plane at any given time, after Tuesday's deadly Germanwings plane crash. (www.wantchinatimes.com) Meer...

American Airlines Blends Loyalty Plans as Merger Nears End

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American Airlines Group Inc., formed in the 2013 merger with US Airways Group, is moving a step closer to completing the tie-up by combining the carriers’ frequent-flier plans on March 28. (www.bloomberg.com) Meer...

'These men are expected to be beyond human': pilot health warning

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A Perth psychologist has warned more pilots are hiding their mental health issues from their employers for fear of losing their jobs. "I've seen a lot of pilots as clients in the past and they have to be super secretive about seeing a psychologist because there's so much stigma attached," said clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Henshaw. (www.watoday.com.au) Meer...

World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

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The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Meer...

Pilots' union to bolster mental health support

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The New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association has approved a programme which will use trained volunteer psychologists to recognise and support mental health issues. (www.radionz.co.nz) Meer...

US airlines endorse ATC privatization

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American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker told Congress that US airlines favor moving US air traffic control (ATC) to “a commercialized, non-profit type governance structure.” (atwonline.com) Meer...

Severe hard landing stranded Malaysia Airlines jet in Melbourne

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A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. (blogs.crikey.com.au) Meer...

Aeroflot Group will take delivery of 152 aircraft over the next three years

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Aeroflot Group (comprises Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Pobeda, Aurora Airlines and Donavia) will take delivery of 152 aircraft (both Russian-produced and foreign-produced ones) over the next three years, said in the carrier’s statement, RIA Novosti reports (www.ruaviation.com) Meer...

New MH370 Report Reveals Radar, Procedural Failings

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One year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a factual document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to fulfill its obligations under ICAO Annex 13 has shed new light on the partial primary radar traces obtained after MH370’s secondary surveillance radar mode ceased to function. It also exposed failings in communications and procedures at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Area Control Centre (ACC) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Operations Control Center (OCC). The director-general of… (www.ainonline.com) Meer...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) Meer...

Boeing donates ZA002 787-8 Dreamliner to Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson AZ USA

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The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection. (www.pimaair.org) Meer...

Easyjet raises profit forecast on fall in oil price and euro

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Easyjet has raised its profit forecast because of the weakening euro and lower oil price. Previous guidance that it would make a pre-tax loss of £10m to £30m for the six months to 31 March had been revised, the carrier said. (www.bbc.com) Meer...

Alaska Airlines employee uses her own credit card to get stranded Delta passenger home

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When a stranded Delta passenger came to her for help, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant didn’t just pay it forward, she pulled out her own credit card and paid out of her own pocket. Miriam Thomas was stranded in Ontario, California after the kind of nightmare flight scenario that stresses you out just to read about it. Thomas was trying to get home to Vancouver and immediately ran into issues with her ticket, which was issued without a seat assignment. She said that Delta employees told her… (roadwarriorvoices.com) Meer...

Teen Pilot Who Died in Crash Had 'Passion' for Flying

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A 16-year-old pilot was killed after his plane crashed in a field in Orange County, Virginia, Sunday morning. (www.nbcwashington.com) Meer...

Capt. Sullenberger: Aviation culture needs to allow pilots to get help

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It was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, who was in the cockpit when the plane crashed into the French Alps. Investigators called it a "deliberate" move, one that killed Lubitz and 149 others. His motive is still unclear, leading to questions about how the aviation industry screens pilots for issues like mental health. (www.cbsnews.com) Meer...

Liability for Germanwings Crash May Still Rest With Airline, Insurer

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The unusual circumstances surrounding the Germanwings crash won’t necessarily free the airline and its insurers from claims of negligence, aviation lawyers said. (www.wsj.com) Meer...

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