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The FAA Changed Its Definition of 'Astronaut' on the Same Day Jeff Bezos Went to Space

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Jeff Bezos is a lot of things. A tax-dodging megalomaniac. A Dr. Evil lookalike. A weirdly horny cowboy hat enthusiast. The one thing he isn’t—at least as far as the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned—is an astronaut. (gizmodo.com) Altro...

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Russian airlines bet on domestic recovery with airshow deals

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Russia's airlines struck deals for more than 80 regional jets at its flagship airshow this week, according to state-backed aerospace and leasing companies, as carriers bet on a partial market recovery driven by domestic flights. Russia, like other countries, has heavily restricted international air traffic due to the coronavirus since last year, but domestic flight routes are already recovering. State-owned companies backed by state leasing companies dominated the ranks of buyers and… (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Spain's Supreme Court rules some Ryanair luggage rules are unfair

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Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Ryanair's luggage rules, under which the budget carrier can send bags and suitcases on a different flight than passengers, were unfair. Following a complaint from a consumer association, the court said there may be cases that justify sending luggage on a separate flight, but that Ryanair's clause was too generic. (www.yahoo.com) Altro...

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Surf Air Mobility to Purchase as Many as 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EXs

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Textron Aviation today announced in a news release that Surf Air Mobility Inc., has signed a purchase agreement for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprop aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 100 aircraft and an option for 50 more. The order is part of an exclusive relationship between the two companies supporting Surf Air Mobility’s development of an electrified Cessna Grand Caravan,, beginning with a hybrid electric aircraft powered by Surf Air Mobility’s proprietary… (www.flyingmag.com) Altro...

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An airline pilot says she was forced to sleep in a plane overnight after her flight was diverted to a remote Colorado town because of severe weather

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SkyWest Airlines flight crew members said they were forced to sleep on their plane in Colorado. Jessica Taylor, the captain, said it was a first in her 15-year career. SkyWest said no hotels had been available and apologized for the inconvenience to passengers. A flight crew's routine trip from Denver to Raleigh, North Carolina, and back involved an overnight stay aboard their plane in Hayden, Colorado, where they had been diverted because of severe weather. (www.businessinsider.com) Altro...

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American Airlines details plans for Charlotte airport expansion, hundreds of new jobs

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American Airlines will open three new gates at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by the end of the year, company officials said in an earnings call Thursday morning. And American’s expansion plans don’t stop there — the airline plans to hire hundreds of new employees this year and next. Passengers are returning to air travel in crowds after a steep dive in early 2020. TOP ARTICLES (www.charlotteobserver.com) Altro...

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Qatar Airways CEO Wants Oneworld Alliance To Grow

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker was appointed the chairman of oneworld this spring, and he has some big plans for the alliance. In an interview this week, Al Baker talked about his plans for the oneworld alliance while he’s chairman: “First and foremost, my priority will be to grow the alliance. We want to be number one. Like in everything we do at QR, under my leadership we don’t accept anything other than being number one. So for me, it is a big challenge now to grow the alliance, to bring… (onemileatatime.com) Altro...

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Delta Adds Lifetime Diamond Medallion Status

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Delta gives Medallion members the opportunity to earn lifetime status based on the cumulative number of Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) earned over a member’s lifetime. This even includes MQMs earned through co-branded credit cards. Up until now it has only been possible to earn lifetime Silver, Gold, or Platinum Medallion status, while it’s now possible to earn lifetime Diamond Medallion status. Here’s how the Delta SkyMiles lifetime status program now works: (onemileatatime.com) Altro...

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F-35A Lightning II Meets P-51 Val-Halla Mustang Over Tacoma in Rare Duet

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You see, people attending American air shows can enjoy a little something called heritage flights. That’s when a modern plane flies alongside an older one that made history one way or another for the enjoyment of all. People taking part in the 4th of July weekend’s 2021 Tacoma Freedom Fair in Tacoma, Washington, got to see one of the newest and most advanced airplanes in the U.S. arsenal make a perfect aerial duet with a vintage P-51 Mustang. (www.autoevolution.com) Altro...

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Southwest Airlines Looking Closely At Its Boeing 737 MAX Options

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As Southwest Airlines navigates its way out of the crisis, the carrier is sitting on incredible flexibility with its order book. Recording over 730 Boeing 737 jets in its fleet already, the airline is one of the largest carriers in the world and has plenty of room to grow even bigger. Speaking on the airline’s second-quarter earnings call, Southwest’s executives indicate that the carrier is looking closely at its MAX options in 2022, and it may end up taking all, or at least most, of the options… (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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Russian airline Aurora signs deal for 19 Il-114-300 turboprops

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UAC announced the signing of a letter of intent to purchase 19 Il-114-300 regional turboprops with the airline Aurora, headquartered in the Far East of Russia. Aurora was controlled by Aeroflot until the end of 2020 and plans to expand its operations in the region. The 19 regional turboprops will start to be delivered in 2023, said UAC. Currently, the Il-114-300 is carrying out certification flights. A second test aircraft is being finalized to support the program. (www.airway1.com) Altro...

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Bezos et al, not yet astronauts according to new FAA rules.

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Jeff Bezos and the Blue origin space cree, won't get their astronaut wings, fue to New rules from the FAA. (hipertextual.com) Altro...

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SAS A330-300 into Hong Kong | Procedures over Siberia, Approach Briefing + Full Long Approach

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SAS A330-300 into Hong Kong | Procedures over Siberia, Approach Briefing + Full Long Approach (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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Aficionado Plane spotter saves a f15 and it's pilot

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A britt plane spotter saves a F15 Pilot, the Pilot later thanks him un person. (www.airforcemag.com) Altro...

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Cargolux Boeing 747 tears up runway as it prepared for takeoff at Prestwick Airport

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INCIDENT Cargolux Boeing 747 tears up runway as it prepared for takeoff at Prestwick Airport (www.airlive.net) Altro...

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Here’s Why United Airlines Had To Deplane A Flight To Orlando

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A United Airlines flight was heading to Orlando International Airport from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday afternoon when the passengers on the aircraft had to deplane due to a potential threat. (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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