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Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 Shot Down Over Ukraine

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The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported. The Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said. The adviser said 280 passengers and 15 crew members who were on the plane are all believed to have died. (flightaware.com) Meer...

Improvements to FlightAware Maps & Understanding Map Behavior

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There has been a lot of attention and scrutiny to flight tracking maps in the last few days, so we've made some great improvements to improve visualization and have a few updates to help everyone understand what they're seeing and how the data is derived. (flightaware.com) Meer...

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

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When Gray handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to see Gray's passport. Grays told the agent he wasn't carrying his passport and asked why he needed it. The agent said he didn't recognize the license. Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know. Gray was able to get through security and then stopped to complain to a TSA supervisor. Critics of the TSA said that what happened to Gray is… (www.wftv.com) Meer...

Farnborough Air Show bans thrilling maneuver as Airbus and Boeing jets aim to impress

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On the opening day of the Farnborough Air Show, the Boeing 787-9 did a spectacular touch-and-go in the afternoon flying display, coming down and touching the tarmac as if to land, then powering up and climbing steeply away. On the second day, the Air Show authorities banned that maneuver. (blogs.seattletimes.com) Meer...

Airbus shows E-Fan, its electric plane due in 2017

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FARNBOROUGH, England -- Although battery weight may keep electric planes from becoming mainstream in the near future, Airbus believes its E-Fan 2.0 will find a real market: pilot training. It hopes to begin selling the E-Fan 2.0 in late 2017 for pilot training. That's only one fraction of the plane market. A later planned E-Fan 4.0 with space for four passengers, however, will be aimed at the general-aviation market. (www.cnet.com) Meer...

Ars Technica author appeals and gets his PNR history

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Cyrus Farivar from Ars Technica had previously attempted to get his PNR history from US CBP but was unsuccessful. After an appeal, he got what he requested and describes what kind of data is included. (arstechnica.com) Meer...

What Ronald Reagan Said When Korean Air 007 Was Shot Down by the Soviet Union in 1983

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Reagan evinced comparative respect for "the Congress." He moved between steely moral condemnations and detailed technical arguments, and he topped the whole sundae with a call for...reducing nuclear weapons. (reason.com) Meer...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Black Boxes Found, Will be Turned Over to International Authorities

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Rebels in Donetsk in Ukraine say they believe have recovered the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet and will turn them over to the international aviation authorities. Donetsk rebel leader Alexander Borodai said that his people have found “details which look like the black boxes” and confirmed he will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, but not to the Ukrainians.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

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A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board. (arstechnica.com) Meer...

Model drone finds elderly man, missing for three days, alive

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It took just 20 minutes for a model drone to locate a missing elderly Wisconsin man, a feat that helicopters, search dogs, and volunteers couldn't accomplish in three days. Just don't tell that to the Federal Aviation Administration, whose regulatory wings are already flapping about model drones. (arstechnica.com) Meer...

TransAsia Flight has crashed during emergency landing

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The information is still sketchy. I'm assuming that the craft was TransAsia. We'll know more shortly. (news.yahoo.com) Meer...

Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

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After Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration expanded an existing regulation that prohibited certain flights from operating in the region. The FAA regularly issues airspace restrictions and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft traveling through potentially hostile airspace. Here's where the FAA has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft as of July 18. (www.washingtonpost.com) Meer...

Mountain Flying in Germany

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Mountain flying in Germany. Please note that ATC is done either in German or in English. It is only mandatory in English for IFR flights. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

AI sends brand new 787 Dreamliner back to factory as it fails test flights

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A team of Air India pilots and engineers recently flew to Seattle to conduct test flights of a brand new 787 Dreamliner, supposed to be the national carrier’s 16th. “The aircraft from the very first test flight started giving problems, the most prominent being a problem with its landing gear,” a senior AI official told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity. (www.hindustantimes.com) Meer...

Airbus gets commitments for 496 aircraft in best-ever Farnborough performance

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Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier said the European manufacturer had one its most successful air show performances ever at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, where it won commitments for 496 aircraft worth more than $75 billion over four days. (atwonline.com) Meer...

Phenom 300 Photo Flight Over Monument Valley With Thunderbirds Pilot

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A behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to fly in formation with a Phenom 300 jet flown by a former USAF Thunderbirds pilot. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Santa Monica Residents to Vote on Airport Land Use Issue

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Airport supporters in Santa Monica can rejoice as a there is a small step in the right direction in the battle for the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), which is under threat of partial closure as soon as next summer. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Teen Flying Around the World Crashes Near American Samoa

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The plane of seventeen-year-old American-born Pakistani Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, who were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, has crashed into the Pacific. Harris's body was located; the father is still missing. (abcnews.go.com) Meer...

Soar above the clouds with YouTube

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Nothing but plane passion on this YouTube video of a 737 flies through some really ugly but strangely beautiful weather. (youtu.be) Meer...

Cover-up: Ukraine rebels destroying all links to MH17 air atrocity

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Pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are hastily covering up all links to the Buk missile battery suspected to have been used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, according to western-based defence and intelligence specialists. (www.theguardian.com) Meer...

Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

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Reminiscent of the multi-service F4 Phantom the F-35 is overweight, underpowered. slow and sluggish. It's also expensive and apparently asks too much from its single engine. (blogs.reuters.com) Meer...

Fake Screener Arrested in San Francisco After Allegedly Giving Women Private Patdowns

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A man who posed as a screener at a security checkpoint and reportedly lured at least two female passengers into private screening booths at San Francisco International Airport was arrested earlier this week. The security checkpoint in San Francisco is managed by Covenant, a private security firm. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Malaysian airlines not a fault for B772 MH17 accident

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We are all indeed astounded in shock for what has happened to another MAS 772 aircraft which was shot out of the skies over Ukraine. Many reports has suggest there are two countries responsible for the downing of this civilian jet which is unacceptable to us all and the innocent lives taken as a result of this. It seems MAS have again lost another aircraft of the sister ship MH370 which to date still remains missing. We cannot blame MAS for this accident at all as they didn't cause it. They had… (www.tennews.com.au) Meer...

Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation - Images Emerge Showing Signs of Surface-to-Air Missile Detonation

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As more detailed photographs from the crash scene are emerging, Dutch officials said that the country would take the lead in the investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The Netherlands, which had the most citizens on the flight, is also assuming responsibility for the forensic identification of victims. Meanwhile, images of the debris of Flight 17... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Everything Changes for Southwest Airlines Today

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As of July 1, Southwest Airlines will have to give up the purely “domestic” part of its short-lived, self-appointed title, because the carrier no longer flies strictly within the U.S. Service to Aruba and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Atlanta, Baltimore (BWI), and Orlando kicks off today, and in the coming months flights to the Bahamas and Mexico from gateways across the country (Milwaukee, Denver, and Orange County, Calif.) are scheduled to follow. (time.com) Meer...

Virgin Australia axes Melbourne-Los Angeles flights

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Virgin Australia will axe its flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles but ramp up the Brisbane-USA route to a daily service. (www.ausbt.com.au) Meer...

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

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Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the two black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines 777 will be turned over to Malaysian officials and that the country will take custody of the victims’ bodies as well. Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country has held behind-the-scenes discussions ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

U2 Spy Plane - Cockpit View At 70,000 Feet

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Very cool to see from a pilots perspective. From take off to landing (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Southwest Flight 424 makes emergency landing in Columbus Ohio

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A spokesperson from Southwest Airlines said Flight 424 from Baltimore/Washington to Chicago-Midway diverted to Columbus after the pilots received a smoke indication in the forward cargo hold. (www.10tv.com) Meer...

Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel Indefinitely

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Not much info. Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel Indefinitely, Cites Report of Rocket Near Tel Aviv Airport (abcnews.go.com) Meer...

FBI: Passenger Threatened to Kill Flight Attendants, Blow Up Plane on BA Flight to Los Angeles

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A Hawaiian man on a flight earlier this week from London to Los Angeles threatened to kill several flight attendants and blow up the plane, according to federal agents. The FBI charged Kevin Lee Mosele, a 20-year-old man from Hawaii, with interfering with a flight crew on a British Airways flight. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Historic World War II-era plane set to fly again

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WICHITA, Kan. – Decades after pieces of World War II-era history were left to deteriorate in the desert, one B-29 is close to flying again. (www.foxnews.com) Meer...

Flight 17: U.S. builds case against rebels, Russia in downing of jet in Ukraine

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Citing an “enormous amount of evidence,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry accused Russia of providing SA-11 antiaircraft missiles to the pro-Russian rebels and training them how to fire the advanced weapons. He also said U.S. intelligence agencies “saw the launch” of a missile from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine and recorded its trajectory at the moment the passenger plane vanished from radar. (www.washingtonpost.com) Meer...

FAA bans U.S.-Israel flights, citing rocket attack

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The FAA has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from" the airport on Tuesday morning, the FAA said. (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Flying Matters: Wings of Hope Uses Planes to Give Others a Better Way of Life

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Wings of Hope pilot, T.J. Stewart, will never forget the day he made an unplanned stop during his regularly scheduled flying medical clinics serving 24 villages in rural Tanzania. Usually, this village was the day's last stop, but he had changed course to give a woman who had just given birth at the hospital in Arusha a ride back to her village. After dropping off the new mother, he prepared to take off to complete his rounds. Suddenly, he saw an elderly woman timidly approach the plane. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Airbus A350 successfully conducted ‘Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off’ test

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Airbus has carried out a high-speed rejected take-off test for its new A350 airliner, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The test is a key step towards European safety certification which industry sources expect in late August (www.airbus.com) Meer...

LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project Delayed - Port Authority Mulls Expanding Scope to Entire Airport

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The long-overdue makeover of LaGuardia Airport in New York may take a bit more time. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Friday that it is delaying its announcement of a winner in the bidding for the $3.6 billion Central Terminal Building Replacement Project from mid July until September. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Rising Stars: 5 Planes That Will Change Aviation

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It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety, comfort and efficiency, and if airplane builders can deliver on those commodities, they will sell airplanes, sometimes a lot of them. (www.flyingmag.com) Meer...

Air India flight close to MH17

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Contrary to previous announcement, an AI flight with 126 on board was 90 seconds from the ill fated jetliner. (www.ibtimes.com) Meer...

Airbus Beats Boeing in Airshow Orders Race

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Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, getting nearly twice as many orders and commitments. The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is its second in a row in the unofficial airshow competition after last year's triumph in Paris — the French capital and Farnborough, a town in southern England, alternate the location of the airshow. For years, the airshow has served as a platform for a sales race between the world's two… (abcnews.go.com) Meer...

Ukraine Rebel Leader Claims MH17 Was Filled With Dead Bodies Before Takeoff

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A pro-Russia separatist leader has claimed that the Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was filled with dead bodies even before it took off on Thursday. (au.ibtimes.com) Meer...

U.S. ends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

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Washington (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns. (www.cnn.com) Meer...

American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord

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American Airlines announced on Saturday that three workgroups at US Airways ratified new collective bargaining agreements. The agreements cover over 11,000 employees at the American Airlines subsidiary and include (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Bombardier Gets Order for Up to 24 CSeries Jets

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Bombardier said on Saturday that Falko Regional Aircraft Limited has signed two letters of intent to purchase up to 24 CS100 jets. Falko is an aircraft lessor based in Britain. The announcement is the first new CSeries deal since the beginning of the year.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...

Closeness of MH17 and TransAir crashes coincidental, experts say

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Its been a bad couple of days for aviation.The crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop in Taiwan comes six days after the tragedy July 17 involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Although the crashes may have come a few days apart, industry experts say that's nothing more than a coincidence. "Air travel remains safe," says Henry Harteveldt, aviation and travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group in San Francisco. "The facts show it is safer than any other form of… (www.usatoday.com) Meer...

Emirates launches the world’s shortest A380 flight

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Emirates has launched a new A380 service from Dubai to Kuwait, making it the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight. The A380 flight to Kuwait is just one hour and 45 minutes. The arrival of the upgraded service on Wednesday at Kuwait International Airport, marks 25 years of Emirates’ flights to the country. (guyanaaviation.com) Meer...

Hong Kong Aviation Capital orders 70 A320neo Family aircraft

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Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC), a fast growing aircraft leasing company based in Hong Kong, has signed a firm order with Airbus for a total of 70 A320neo Family aircraft (40 A320neo and 30 A321neo) The contract was finalised at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow by Donal Boylan, CEO of HKAC and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the 2013 Paris Air Show. (www.airbus.com) Meer...

Flying Over Dangerous Areas

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ASK THE PILOT looks at the protocols of flying over dangerous areas: "...Above restive areas flights are restricted to particular routes, specific altitudes and airspace sectors. Large chunks of airspace are often totally off limits. Look at the typical aviation chart, meanwhile, and you’ll see military operations areas and various restricted and prohibited zones scattered all over the place. This is true even over the United States. Compliance with these restrictions is important, but they… (www.askthepilot.com) Meer...

AC1174 declares mayday

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Ninety-three Air Canada passengers and crew are shaken but safe after their flight issued a mayday (toronto.gotnewswire.com) Meer...

Delta Profit Up 17% in Second Quarter

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Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $801 million, a year-over-year increase of 17%, or $116 million, from $685 million in the second quarter of 2013..... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Meer...