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Delta CEO says airline will permanently ban passengers 'who refuse to display basic civility'

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The CEO of Delta Air Lines has announced that the carrier will permanently ban passengers who disrespect fellow customers or crew. CEO Ed Bastian laid down the law in a memo sent to employees Friday, and shared with Fox News. The executive revealed that the airline has already added over 800 people to its no-fly list for refusing to wear mandatory face masks during travel, along with news of the company's latest policy. (www.foxnews.com) Altro...

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Virgin Orbit launches rocket from their modified Boeing 747

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Virgin Orbit successfully launched several satellites into space with a rocket deployed from a modified 747 in flight. The rocket was released from the plane a little before 11:40 AM PST today. See https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N744VG/history/20210117/1800Z/KMHV/KMHV/tracklog (www.bbc.com) Altro...

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Man lived inside O’Hare for 3 months before detection

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A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his arrest. Two United Airlines employees approached Singh and asked to see his identification. Singh showed them an airport ID badge that he was wearing around his neck, which actually belonged to an operations manager who had reported it missing Oct. 26. (www.chicagotribune.com) Altro...

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KLM To Halt Intercontinental Flights

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The move is part of the government’s requirement that all travelers, including crew, must undertake both a PCR and antigen test before flying. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Pilot of N8114F spells “God Bless” over Iowa

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The pilot of N8114F, a PA-28-181 Archer II, has spelled the phrase “God Bless” over Iowa on January 11th. The flight lasted nearly 3 hours long and covered a distance of 341 miles as the pilot spelled out the message in bubble letters (flightaware.com) Altro...

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FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings, paving way for first program to launch in Iowa

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In Cedar Rapids, screeners from a local health-care group, Mercy Medical Center, will ask travelers questions about their health and potential exposure to the coronavirus, and also take their temperatures. The first step should take 10 seconds. Anyone who fails the initial screening will be subject to a second review, which Lenss said in a few weeks could include rapid testing. Those who seem sick would be urged not to travel and be referred back to their airline, which would make the final… (www.washingtonpost.com) Altro...

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Men Who Gave CPR To Dying United Passenger With COVID Given $200 Flight Vouchers

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I think this is one of those “darned if you do, darned if you don’t” sort of things. (yourmileagemayvary.net) Altro...

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Ted Lumpkin Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 100

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Mr. Lumpkin, one of the oldest surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died on Dec. 26 at a hospital in Los Angeles, just a few days before his 101st birthday. He died of complications of Covid-19. (www.nytimes.com) Altro...

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So Long (and Good Riddance) to CNN Airport News

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Will we finally get some peace and quiet at the gate? (askthepilot.com) Altro...

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FedEx To Retire Its Remaining MD-10s By 2023

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Global freight business FedEx appears set to retire its remaining Boeing MD-10s by 2023. FedEx currently flies a fleet of 17 MD-10s. But buried in FedEx’s second-quarter report for the 2021 fiscal year is the news FedEx will be phasing the planes out over the next couple of years. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

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Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep flying calm and orderly, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is checking “hundreds of names” that may be prohibited from boarding aircraft, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cracking down on unruly passengers. (airlinegeeks.com) Altro...

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First Air Austral A220/CSeries Emerges In Mirabel, Quebec, Canada Airbus Factory

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Air Austral's very first Airbus A220 has been spotted outside the paintshop with its paintwork all complete. (www.fliegerfaust.com) Altro...

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West Atlantic Boeing 737 Suffers Hard Landing at Exeter

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Yesterday a West Atlantic Boeing 737 suffered a hard landing incident at Exeter Airport, UK. The 26 years-old 737-400 freighter, with registration G-JMCY and having just performed flight NPT-05L from the East Midlands, UK, suffered a very hard landing at Exeter airport, UK. The below images show that the aircraft sustained major damage, however the 2 crew on board were not injured. (samchui.com) Altro...

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Boeing jet's throttle becomes focus in Indonesia Sriwijaya Air crash probe

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Indonesian investigators probing the Jan 9 crash of a Sriwijaya Air flight are looking at the possibility that a malfunctioning automatic throttle could have led to the pilots losing control, according to a person familiar with the investigation. (www.straitstimes.com) Altro...

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Alphabet will 'wind down' Loon's internet-broadcasting balloons

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Google’s parent company Alphabet is pulling the plug on Loon's internet-broadcasting balloons, apparently because it couldn’t make the whole thing commercially viable. (finance.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Cat Reunited With Owner After 11 Days In LaGuardia Airport Ceiling

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Hooray! What starts as a sad story has a very happy ending! (yourmileagemayvary.net) Altro...

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American Airlines responds to video of pilot threatening to 'dump' passengers in Kansas

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American Airlines has issued a statement defending the actions of a pilot who said he would "put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off" if they didn’t behave on a flight leaving from Washington D.C. on Friday. (www.foxnews.com) Altro...

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Singapore Airlines hopes to be world's first fully-vaccinated airline

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) ... that all of their crew members -- including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public -- have been offered free coronavirus vaccines by the Singaporean government. (www.cnn.com) Altro...

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Boutique Air PC-12 gas wheel fall off

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A Boutique Air wheel fell into a yard near ORD. No injuries. (www.nbcchicago.com) Altro...

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FAA requires fuel-sealant inspections on some Boeing 737 Max

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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing inspections of 25 Boeing 737 Max 9s after determining that a fuel sealant was not applied during manufacturing. (travelandaviation.com) Altro...

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Electric aviation startup MagniX opens new headquarters and production facility in Everett

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Local aviation startup MagniX, which is developing electric motors to replace the gas turbine engines on commuter airplanes carrying up to 40 passengers, announced Tuesday it is consolidating its operations at a new facility in Everett. (www.seattletimes.com) Altro...

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United Airlines invades Delta's backyard with Atlanta cargo route

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United Airlines goes after Delta's Atlanta hub for cargo share. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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Airbus Reportedly Planning To Increase A320 Production

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Airbus to open a mega warehouse in Hamburg. Scheduled to open in July, the mega warehouse will allow Airbus to better control its logistics and supply train. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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FAA now has zero-tolerance policy for unruly airline passengers

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the FAA says passengers who interfere with, threaten or physically assault airline crew members or other passengers will face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment, if they are convicted. The stricter policy also makes the wearing of face masks mandatory on all flights. (www.wcvb.com) Altro...

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Lufthansa Plans Its Longest Flight – 15 Hours In An Airbus A350

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It will be the longest flight that Lufthansa has carried out since it began operations 66 years ago. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Alaska Airlines warns of increased cash burn in January

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Alaska Airlines has seen passenger demand and revenue deteriorate since October. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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Boeing's MCAS on the 737 MAX may not have been needed at all

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This postscript to the most severe safety crisis in Boeing's history outlines the moments, milestones, and catastrophic missteps that lead to MCAS's fateful implementation. Yet the saga of MCAS lives on with one haunting realization: according to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, in a sentiment shared by many European regulators, the system may not have been necessary at all. (theaircurrent.com) Altro...

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The Demise of Eastern at 30

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Up now in Ask the Pilot: The Demise of Eastern at 30. On January 19th, 1991, one of aviation's most storied franchises ceased operations. (askthepilot.com) Altro...

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Russian Prototype MC-21 Slides Off Runway And Gets Stuck In The Snow

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A test flight for an Irkut MC-21 prototype aircraft ended in a slippery mess when the plane slid off the runway and got stuck in the snow (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Canada introduces additional requirements to allow return of the Boeing 737 MAX

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In March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX passenger airliner was grounded worldwide after 346 people died in two crashes (www.canada.ca) Altro...

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What Happened To The Boeing 747s That Flew The Space Shuttle?

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With its unique design, the Boeing 747 is an aesthetically-striking aircraft in its own right. However, two of these iconic double-decker quadjets became perhaps even more conspicuous following the end of their passenger services. Of course, I am referring to the two 747-100s that NASA converted for use as ‘Shuttle Carrier Aircraft’ in the 1970s and ’80s. But what happened to these legendary outsize freighters? (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Europe Explores Standardized COVID Passports

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The European Commission is working on a standard COVID vaccine passport, which would allow for an easy verification that one is vaccinated. If completed, this would allow for more effortless travel between participants. Officials from these countries plan to meet virtually this week to look deeper into making this a reality. So far, a number of countries have already shown their support for this idea, hinting that it could be widely approved in the near future. (theexplorerblog.com) Altro...

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This New 6-Passenger Electric Aircraft Could Revolutionize Commuting

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A UK startup has just released a redesigned six-seat eVTOL that it plans to start flying next year. Autonomous Flight revamped its initial two-seat Y6S design into a larger-cabin all-electric aircraft called, appropriately, the Y6SPlus. The aircraft will have a range of 80 nautical miles, with speeds of up to 125 mph. (robbreport.com) Altro...

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De Havilland Set To Suspend Q400 Production

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Canadian turboprop manufacturer De Havilland Canada is preparing to press pause on the Q400 project. The total backlog of Dash 8-400s at the present time is just 17 aircraft. Once those are built, no more will be produced unless further orders are received. With plenty of planes on the secondhand market and the lease on DHC’s factory up for renewal, could we be approaching the end of the Dash 8 project? (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Pilot Report: My 737 MAX Simulator Ride

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One of the requirements for the return to service of this aircraft is that pilots undergo a training session in a simulator. The purpose of the sim ride is to familiarize pilots with the behavior and possible failure modes of various flight control and indication systems. The ride included demonstrations of the normal function of the speed trim system (STS) and Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) during a stall and failure scenarios of angle of attack (AOA) and airspeed… (www.avgeekery.com) Altro...

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Lufthansa to carry out its longest passenger flight with polar explorers on board

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On behalf of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, the Lufthansa Group's most sustainable aircraft, an Airbus A350-900, will be flying 13,700 kilometers nonstop from Hamburg to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. The flight time is calculated at around 15:00 hours. There are 92 passengers booked for this charter flight LH2574, half of which are scientists and the other half, being the ship crew for the upcoming expedition with… (www.airlinerwatch.com) Altro...

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JetBlue and American Airlines Announce More Details of Codeshare Partnership

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JetBlue and American Airlines have announced the latest updates and received Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for their new partnership. The new codeshare is expected to further round out American’s domestic network in regions of the country where it has a smaller influence such as the Northeast and will give more slots to JetBlue at busy airports like JFK. (theexplorerblog.com) Altro...

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Two entire planes affected by COVID days after Canada implements negative test requirement

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At least 72 international flights land in Canada with infected passengers since negative test requirement began Jan. 7 (torontosun.com) Altro...

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Those Mysterious Dark Helicopters Were Landing On Multiple Downtown LA Rooftops Last Night

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Atrio of mysterious gray Bell 407 helicopters equipped with unique antennas, which may belong to an especially secretive U.S. military aviation unit, was up in the skies again over greater Los Angeles yesterday. You can read more about what we've been able to determine about them so far in our initial reporting here. During their most recent flights, two of them landed multiple times on rooftops in downtown L.A. This is very reminiscent of realistic urban training exercises that the U.S.… (www.thedrive.com) Altro...

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Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 (and first class) returns to the US in March

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Lufthansa pulled its Boeing 747-8 aircraft from international flights to the U.S. in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak massively reduced international travel demand, instead operating smaller twin-engine jets on these routes. (thepointsguy.com) Altro...

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Flight Attendant Union Calls On Airlines To Combine No-Fly Lists

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The AFA-CWA is asking airlines to share their no-fly lists with each other, as a matter of security (yourmileagemayvary.net) Altro...

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Airlines Greatly Increasing Safety Ahead of Presidential Inauguration

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After the violence at the Capitol last week, airlines are taking action to ensure the safety of the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, January 20. Given the threat of additional violence or armed protests, the FBI and TSA are working with airlines to increase security procedures on flights to and from Washington, DC. Overall, this level of security is unprecedented and has not been seen since the months immediately after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. (theexplorerblog.com) Altro...

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Delta Boeing 767 Returns To JFK With Landing Gear Troubles

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The crew decided to return to the departure airport and declared an emergency. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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ANA 777 Suffers Engine Issues over Chicago

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Japanese Airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) suffered an engine issue shortly after takeoff from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, reporting vibrations in engine no. 1 after departing ORD. (theexplorerblog.com) Altro...

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American Airlines To Get $3.1bn In Additional Government Support

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American Airlines received over $5 billion under the initial PSP enacted right at the start of the crisis. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Allegiant’s Time To Thrive: How The Crisis Could Be Good For The Carrier

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Allegiant Air is an ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) that can sometimes fly under the radar, so to speak. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Stealthy Avenger Drone Flies With Infrared Search And Track Pod

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General Atomics has conducted a flight test involving one of its stealthy Avenger unmanned aircraft carrying a Lockheed Martin Legion Pod under its wing. The Legion Pod is fitted with an infrared search and track sensor, or IRST, designed to detect and track other aircraft at extended ranges, but can also be configured to carry various other sensors and systems. This combination could quickly give Avengers an array of new capabilities for use when acting as a "loyal wingman" together… (www.thedrive.com) Altro...

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Severely damaged West Atlantic UK Boeing 737 after hard touchdown at Exeter Airport, UK

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On social media platforms, users indicate that the aircraft got damaged to this extent after a hard touchdown and that Royal Mail was unable to offload the cargo. (www.aviation24.be) Altro...

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GlobalX takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 at Miami International Airport

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GlobalX will provide charter airlift for major airlines, tour operators, professional and collegiate sports teams, casinos, and corporate groups. (www.laranews.net) Altro...

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Airlines absorb $391 billion revenue shortfall in 2020

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It was a long and difficult 2020 for airlines in 2020, capped off with a big revenue deficit. (www.freightwaves.com) Altro...

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