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767 35-Knot Crosswind Landing

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What happens when 120 tonnes of landing Boeing 767 encounters severe turbulence just above the runway (15 at BHX). Just watch the wheels bouncing in all directions under the shear forces. Very reassuring that the undercarriage can take this sort of punishment without blowing itself to pieces. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

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A 14-year-old girl named Sarah using the Twitter handle @QueenDemetriax_ sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and the response, both on the part of the airline and the online community, was sure and swift. The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan,” concluding “I’m going to do something really big bye” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed out that pranks on Twitter have more consequences… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Bloomberg profile on FlightAware ADS-B Deployment

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FlightAware provides real-time flight tracking that’s licensed by companies and accessed by consumers via free mobile apps. The nine-year-old company mainly aggregates data from air-traffic-control organizations and airlines, but it’s able to fill in some holes using the trackers it distributes to anyone willing to climb on top of their houses. Each FlightFeeder device weighs half a pound and is about the size of a soda can. Customers plug in the blue-and-white box and put an antenna on the… (www.bloomberg.com) Altro...

Most Incredible Air to Air Footage

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A must watch! There's a lot of great air-to-air footage out there, but sometimes you see something and just say "WOW". This is one of those videos. Wolfe Air, maker of this incredible video, is the self-proclaimed leader in aviation cinema. They shoot using a Lear 25B, Cessna Skymaster and A-Star helicopter. (www.boldmethod.com) Altro...

JetBlue to Begin New Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale Service

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JetBlue Airways announced it will launch new daily, non-stop service between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 29. Flights will operate using Airbus A320 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Tracking system nabbing drug dealers and law-abiding pilots

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"Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, was detained and his plane searched by federal agents -- without legal justification -- after he landed at a small airport in Detroit. Instead of uncovering a drug cache, the officials found luggage, golf clubs and an empty Thermos." (www.latimes.com) Altro...

Electric Taxiing Motors Could Save Airlines Millions Of Dollars

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Mexican airline Interjet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell and Safran, developers of the Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS), to become the first airline in the Americas to use the system which will save airlines up to $450,000 per plane, per year once it comes to market. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Altro...

The economic worth of an Airbus A380 flight

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How much actual economic value does an A380 bring to a city, compared to smaller aircraft like a Boeing 777? Using Sydney Airport as an example, Deloitte calculates a daily A380 flight contributes an estimated $342 million to Australia's GDP annually, compared to $287m for a Boeing 777 and just $176m for other international aircraft. (www.ausbt.com.au) Altro...

The Navy Should Bring The 40-Year-Old S-3 Viking Back From The Dead

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The Navy's choice to retire the S-3 Viking in 2009 was thought of by many as extremely nearsighted and brutally lacking in creativity. Now, a half decade later, Lockheed, the aircraft's original manufacturer, wants to resurrect the Vikings from their collective grave in Arizona, and fly them from America's flattops once again in a crucial role. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Altro...

First Look: Dassault Flying Formation

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Aviation Week readers have been given an exclusive first look at the formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet, filmed and photographed by two chase planes. It’s the first time a combat drone has flown in formation with other aircraft. The flight took place on 20 March 2014 over the Mediterranean ocean. Lasting 1 hour, 50 minutes the flight involved four manned aircraft and the UCAV flying alongside each other in a confined… (www.aviationweek.com) Altro...

GOL, TAP to Begin Codeshare

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Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced that it plans to enter into a codeshare agreement with Portuguese carrier TAP Portugal. The agreement is pending government approval. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

An & Ria's First Flight

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Two elderly ladies fly for the first time in their lives. Their childlike wonder is touching. Kleenex alert: the video may even produce some wet eyes, even among the most seasoned and cynical of us. Certainly it's a heartfelt reminder of the most basic reasons many of us fly. Enjoy! (www.youtube.com) Altro...

Hunt for Flight 370 Hits Hurdle As Underwater Vehicle Resurfaces - Searchers to Study Data from Submarine, Will Redeploy Tuesday

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The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines entered a new phase on Monday as the quest for pings was abandoned and an underwater vehicle was deployed to examine the floor of the southern Indian Ocean. Australian authorities reported Tuesday that the autonomous underwater vehicle tasked the search of the sea floor hit a hurdle on its first mission and returned to the surface. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Daring One-Wheel Mountainside Helicopter Rescue

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Mountain Rescue Aspen and the HAATS Unit from the Colorado National Guard work together to evacuate a man who had fallen on North Maroon Peak. (www.aviationvideos.co) Altro...

How Old Is Your Plane? These Airline Fleet Age Rankings May Surprise You

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a sector that's as capital intensive and competitive as the airline industry. It literally takes billions of dollars these days to get an airline company off the ground. The costs of fueling, maintaining, and purchasing new aircraft, as well as paying unionized pilots and flight attendants, is enormous and often leaves only a very small profit margin left over. (www.seattlepi.com) Altro...

Flight 370: Black Box Search Ends Without Success, ‘Time to Go Underwater’ - Oil Slick Found in Search Area Could Be Additional Lead

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After almost a week without pings from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines 777, Australian officials said that the search for signals from the emergency beacons from the aircraft’s black boxes will end and that it is time to deploy an underwater vehicle. “We haven’t had a signal in six days, “ said Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre that is running the search, at a news conference Monday. “It’s time to go underwater.” ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Virtual Tour: Munich Airport Visitors Park - Besucherpark is Planespotting Paradise Open to Public (great pictures)

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While many airports around the world offer travelers visiting their terminals large windows with great views of the tarmac and runways, and a few have open viewing decks and terraces, one airport, Munich, has an entire park to welcome aviation fans. Munich Airport Besucherpark, or Visitors Park, is open to the public and has no security checkpoints. Everyone is welcome. It provides excellent parking as well as its own stop on the S1 and S8 commuter rail lines. The Besucherpark is comprised of… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

MH370: Black box pingers are 'most likely' dead, official says

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- The batteries that power the beacons attached to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's black boxes are "most likely" dead or almost depleted, an official with the company that designs and builds the pingers told CNN on Sunday. (www.cnn.com) Altro...

Alitalia Cancels $5 Billion Airbus A350 Order

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Alitalia, the troubled Italian flag carrier, quietly cancelled a $4.7 billion order for new aircraft with Airbus last month. Airbus reported the cancellation in a quarterly report and said that the order had come from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm that was set up to fund new aircraft for Air One, which later merged with state-controlled Alitalia. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Airport Lounge Review: Virgin Clubhouse and Upper Classs Wing at LHR

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Virgin Atlantic, in keeping with its fun-and-games image, doesn’t simply have a lounge,; it has its own Clubhouse. The current Clubhouse opened in T3 in 2006 (the first Clubhouse opened in London Gatwick in 1990)and offers everything from a poolside lounge to an outdoor deck. The Clubhouse is located in area H, near American Airlines’ Admirals Club. With four bags in tow (who’s counting, when one travels Upper Class) I took the lift up one flight and entered a reception area with what appeared… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Scorpion Jet Program Makes Progress

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The test pilots have brought the Scorpion as high as 30,000 feet to speeds up to 430 knots true airspeed. G forces of +3.7 G and -0.5 G have been imposed on the airframe and the stall speed has been shown to be below 90 knots calibrated airspeed. In addition, the test pilots have done engine shutdowns and restarts in flight and have demonstrated a low-speed aircraft interception with a Cessna 182, which can be seen in the accompanying video. (www.flyingmag.com) Altro...

Aussie defence force may have found pings to MH370

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The most recent update from all the Australian TV networks have reported that the Australian defence force along with the New Zealand and Chinese defence forces may have found the location of the missing 772 MH370 with in the last six hours of more stronger pings being picked up in a area 1100km North west of Perth. There maybe light at the end of the tunnel sooner then later even though the fate of passengers and crew have perished. The plane maybe down 4500 meters in deep water of the Indian… (www.ten.com.au) Altro...

Aeromexico to Offer All-Dreamliner Service to London

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Aeromexico announced plans to inaugurate all-Dreamliner service on flights to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning this week. The move will increase the airline’s capacity on its Mexico City-London flights by 40%. Flights will operate out of Terminal 4 at Heathrow, which is dedicated to airlines that are members of the SkyTeam alliance. Aeromexico’s Dreamliners have 32 fully lie-flat seats in Clase Premier, the airline’s business-class cabin. .... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Coming soon: Superjumbos with no economy seats

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In August, Skymark will take delivery of the first of four Airbus A380 superjumbos it plans to fly to international destinations including London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. The A380s will have 114 almost-lie-flat business class bed seats of 152 cms (60 inches) per seat row upstairs, and the entire downstairs devoted to 280 premium economy seats. That’s a total of 394 seats per plane when most airlines have 480 to 520 seats. Read more:… (www.smh.com.au) Altro...

the pilot stuck what out the window?

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from the ordinary to the spectacular, amazing views from a creative pilot. (www.huffingtonpost.com) Altro...

At Feds’ request, GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi service added more spying capabilities

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A prominent privacy activist has discovered a previously little-known filing with the Federal Communications Commission showing that GoGo, an in-flight Wi-Fi provider, has voluntarily done more to share user data with law enforcement than what is required. While GoGo and its competitors must follow the same wiretap provisions outlined in the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union recently found that GoGo takes its… (arstechnica.com) Altro...

Czech Saboteurs in World War II and B-17s

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During WWII, some of the Czechs collaborated with the Nazis and some were Svejks–those who simply stood by and did nothing. But there were also many Czechs who resisted and who provided assistance to the Allies via clandestine activities. One B-17 was saved by their efforts. (charlesoheller.com) Altro...

FAA declares ADS-B radio network is complete

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Today, the FAA announced that the nationwide installation of NextGen's Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network is complete. It supports a satellite-based surveillance system that tracks aircraft with the help of GPS, providing more accurate aircraft location information than the current radar system. (www.faa.gov) Altro...

Air Canada to Provide Wi-Fi Service on North American Flights

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Air Canada announced it will begin offering Wi-Fi service to passengers on its North American routes under an agreement with in-flight Internet provider Gogo. The airline currently offers in-flight Internet connection on two of its Airbus A319 planes operating in Canada and the United States, and plans to roll out the service to all of its 130 narrow-body aircraft by December 2015. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Cathay Pacific confirms all-new business, economy seats for Airbus A350

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Cathay Pacific will launch all-new designs for its business class and economy seats on its Airbus A350 fleet from early 2016. The airline has hired Porsche Design Group to craft its new business class seats, codenamed ‘FB3’ as it will be Cathay’s third flatbed business class. Also on the roster is London-based Tangerine, perhaps best known as the former home of Apple design guru Jony Ive, which is responsible for new economy seats. (www.ausbt.com.au) Altro...

House Committee Passes Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed new legislation that will help ensure that airline passengers know how much of their ticket price goes to federal taxes. The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 will prevent airlines from incorporating government taxes in advertised prices. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Searching for Answers: Why Stopping the Hunt for Flight 370 is Not an Option

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As the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane continues, and the costs begin to mount, one thing has become clear: the hunt for the Boeing jetliner that took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, China on March 8 is likely to become one of the most expensive recovery efforts in history and possibly one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 21st century. While the mood on Monday was decidedly optimistic as Australian officials said they were “very close” to finding the wreckage, the tone… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Swiss to Offer Special In-Flight Services for Travelers with Allergies

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Swiss International Air Lines announced it is tailoring some of its in-flight services and amenities to the special needs of travelers with allergies. The airline has begun to offer lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options to passengers with allergies, and will also allow these passengers to request allergy-friendly snacks. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Twin Otter aircraft to arrive mid-2014 for Air Seychelles

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Two of the three aircraft Air Seychelles has ordered from Canada’s Viking Air will arrive in mid-2014, one year ahead of schedule. Air Seychelles, the national airline of Seychelles, revealed this information yesterday. Last October, Air Seychelles placed an order for three Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft in a multi-million dollar deal which will enable the island carrier to renew its domestic fleet. Deliveries were scheduled for mid-2015, with earlier advancement possible if… (www.nation.sc) Altro...

Southwest Flight Attendant Turns Safety Announcement Into a Comedy Show

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If airplane flights have you tense, this Southwest Airlines attendant might be the perfect cure to lighten your mood. The clever flight attendant, Marty Cobb, started off the safety instructions with a bang as she introduced the other attendants. If that doesn't loosen you up, we're not sure what will! She might even be better than a lot of comedians out there — just listen to the roar of laughter! Her performance was so good, she even got a round of applause when she finished … and our comedic… (www.abc15.com) Altro...

Malaysian Military hid data on MH370

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it was reported on a web site ninemsn.com.au and reuters.com that the Malaysian defence force had hidden data on MH370 after it disappeared of radar on 8th March 2014. It was reveled that the other defence forces were thrown off course and scouring are's where the plane had not come down. Now why the hell would the Malaysian Government try to hide this info which was revelled today. Hard to trust such a corrupt Government who has there hands in the defence force and MAS itself. I can see why… (www.reuters.com) Altro...

Australian Vessel Picks Up Ping in Indian Ocean, Moves to Investigate - Malaysian Officials Promise ‘Same Level of Vigour and Intensity’ Going Forward

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As the first month of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner draws to a close, Australian officials said they had detected pulse signals in the southern Indian Ocean, one day following a similar report by Chinese authorities. An Royal Australian Navy vessel, the Ocean Shield, picked up a separate pulse signal Sunday approximately 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) from its location, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination… (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Spirit to add Miami flights?

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Spirit Airlines -- the self-described ultra-low-cost carrier that has its main base near Fort Lauderdale -- is now considering from flying out of Miami, the airport next door. (www.usatoday.com) Altro...

American Airlines Unveils 5-Tier Award Redemption Chart, New Baggage Policies

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American Airlines announced several changes to both its AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles frequent-flyer programs as well as to its checked-baggage policies.Starting today for travel commencing June 1, American is offering a lower one-way redemption rate for AAnytime awards of 20,000 miles, effectively creating three tiers in this category of award travel. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Non-Stop Service to Beijing

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Hawaiian Airlines announced the beginning of new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing. The service operates three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) Altro...