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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) Altro...

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) Altro...

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) Altro...

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) Altro...

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) Altro...

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) Altro...

'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) Altro...

Australia introduces two-person cockpit rule

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Australia has joined other jurisdictions including Canada and New Zealand in requiring two people to be in the cockpit of regular public transport (RPT) flights at all times. (australianaviation.com.au) Altro...

British airlines ordered to review safety procedures

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British airlines have been told to review all safety procedues in the wake of the Germanwings airline disaster. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had contacted all airlines "to require them to review all relevant procedures" following the French Alps tragedy. (www.telegraph.co.uk) Altro...

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) Altro...

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

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Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One. (www.intelligent-aerospace.com) Altro...

Mainland China's M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

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The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday. Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong. (www.chinapost.com.tw) Altro...

RAF prepares for attack by Russia with biggest air defence exercise in 30 years

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. (www.ibtimes.co.uk) Altro...

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) Altro...

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) Altro...

Bombardier Delays First CSeries Delivery Until 2016

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In an announcement on Friday that surprised few in the industry, Bombardier Aerospace’s new Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare confirmed that the CSeries CS100′s Entry-Into-Service (EIS) will slip into 2016. (airwaysnews.com) Altro...

Lufthansa Tragedy Reveals European Loophole Over Pilot Screening

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Air crew at Deutsche Lufthansa AG and other European carriers haven’t been required to undergo repeated mental screening mandatory in some countries outside the region and depend instead on doctors uncovering a mental issue in checkups -- or on pilots themselves disclosing a condition. (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

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) Altro...

Arab strikes hit Yemen's main airport, foreigners flee

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Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and struck a renegade troop base in the capital, as Arab leaders vowed Sunday to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender. (www.smh.com.au) Altro...

KLM Cityhopper Orders 17 E-Jets to Replace Its Remaining Fokker 70s

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KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has placed a firm order for 15 Embraer 175s and two E190s. The Dutch carrier’s purchase contract for the 17 Embraer E-Jets also includes an option for 17 additional E-Jets for KLM Cityhopper or Hop!, Air France’s regional subsidiary. (www.airlinesanddestinations.com) Altro...

Boeing, ANA Finalize Order for Three 787-10 Dreamliners

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SEATTLE, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing's newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. (boeing.mediaroom.com) Altro...

American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

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On Sunday, American implemented a major change in how it schedules flights at the two airports, putting banks of flights into fairly narrow time windows. Banking flights, as it is called, means that more flights arrive and depart in short period of time, offering tighter and presumably better connections for connecting passengers. The hope is that a shorter layover at either of these hubs will, which translates to an overall shorter travel time, will convince more travelers to fly American.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Thais scramble to remove flight curbs

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Thai airlines and tour operators are struggling to control the snowballing damage caused by the move by Japan and South Korea to restrict flights by certain Thailand-registered carriers to their nations. (www.bangkokpost.com) Altro...

Piper plane crashes in Orange, Va.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Piper PA-28 in Orange, Va., on Sunday. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) Altro...

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) Altro...

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