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Saturday, 29th August 2015

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    Boeing-built Satellite Will Create First Global High-Speed Broadband Network

    When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access. Inmarsat-5 F3 sent signals from space following its launch yesterday on an International Launch Services Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After reaching final […]

  2. The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago

    Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others to develop high-tech sensory gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet. The rapid development of new technologies is forcing the Pentagon to seek partnerships with the private sector […]

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    Scanner staff at UK’s Stansted Airport to strike

    (BBC) – Security scanner staff at Stansted airport are to stage a strike on Bank Holiday Monday in a row over pay. Members of the GMB union, who scan luggage, will take industrial action from 03:45-23:59 BST. The workers at the Essex airport, who are employed by private contractor Mitie, voted by 87%, in a […]

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    Condor Flight From Vegas to Germany Diverted Over Unruly Passenger

    (AP) – An international flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport escorted by two F-16 fighter jets Friday night after what officials called a “disturbance on the plane.” A pilot on the Condor Airlines Boeing 767 reported an in-flight emergency, and the fighter jets were sent as a […]

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    Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash

    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers. Commodore Dele Alonge, air force spokesman, said the Dornier-228 aircraft had taken off from Kaduna Military Airfield Saturday morning bound for the country’s capital, Abuja, when […]

  6. Boeing 747 CROSSWIND Landing at Düsseldorf

    Boeing 747 CROSSWIND Landing at Düsseldorf

    This was the first time I was able to film a Boeing 747 crosswind landing at Düsseldorf. Wamos Air is a new Boeing 747 operator from spain. Formerly known as “Pullmann Air” they mainly operate flights for other Airlines. This time Condor needed some help and the 747 was used for the Düsseldorf – Gran […]

  7. Philippine_Airlines_Airbus_A320_MRD-1

    PAL mulls getting new Boeing, Airbus planes

    MANILA (ABS-CBNnews) – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning to either purchase or lease eight Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 XWB planes to boost its flights to the US and Europe. The national flag carrier said the new planes will allow it to fly non-stop from Manila to more international destinations. The airline is also considering […]

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    Champagne cork forces easyJet plane to make emergency landing

    (The Telegraph) – An easyJet plane was forced to make an emergency landing after being damaged by a popping champagne cork. The cork smashed ceiling panels after a stewardess opened the bottle for a customer. It caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling. The plane was halfway through a four hour flight from London […]

  9. F-22 Raptors At Spangdahlem

    F-22 Raptors At Spangdahlem

    Video by Master Sgt. Kevin Nichols, Senior Airman Sarah Denewellis, Senior Airman Rusty Frank, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Four F-22 Raptors arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September. This first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, and provides […]

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    FedEx pilots’ union leadership approves the the tentative agreement

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), the governing body of the FedEx unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted late yesterday to approve the tentative contract agreement reached on August 19 with FedEx management. The agreement now goes before more than 4,000 FedEx pilots eligible to vote in balloting that […]

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    Vulcan bomber to make final flight over Rhyl

    (BBC) – An iconic Cold War British Vulcan bomber is scheduled to make its final flight over Welsh skies on Saturday. The Vulcan XH558 is taking part in the North Wales Air Show at Rhyl, Denbighshire, as part of a final series of displays which end in September. More than 180,000 people are expected at […]

  12. Reapers And Predators

    Reapers And Predators

    Video by Senior Airman William Branch 455th Air Expeditionary Wing MQ-1s and MQ-9s maintenance, taxiing, taking off, and landing. Click to subscribe! http://bit.ly/subAIRBOYD The most viewed aviation channel on YouTube.

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    Carlyle looks to sell Landmark Aviation for $1.7 billion

    (Reuters) – Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP has been exploring a sale of aircraft leasing and maintenance company Landmark Aviation for as much as $1.7 billion (1 billion pounds), including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The business jet market is slowly recovering from a downturn sparked by the global financial […]

  14. United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey

    United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

    (Reuters) – United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which […]

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    MH370 wing part mystery defies resolution

    Children once thought their parents on MH370 might come back The New York Magazine has published a succinct article as to why the wing part of a Boeing 777 washed up on La Réunion in the west Indian Ocean late in July continues to defy positive identification as having come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight […]

  16. IATA director general Tony Tyler listens to a question at a news conference in Beijing

    Tony Tyler to Retire as IATA Director General and CEO in June 2016

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position. “Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as Director General and CEO. I […]

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    Stunt Plane Crashes Ahead of NY Air Show, Killing Pilot

    NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot was killed after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York’s Hudson Valley, state police said Friday. Trooper Steven Nevel said the accident happened around 2 p.m. Friday at Stewart International Airport in the Orange County town of […]

  18. A-10 Aerial Refueling

    A-10 Aerial Refueling

    Video by Staff Sgt. Marvin Wigfall 86th Airlift Wing Maryland Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II’s are refueled by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard flying a Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker. Click to subscribe! http://bit.ly/subAIRBOYD The most viewed aviation channel on YouTube.

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    Africa’s Fastjet signs lease for 5th aircraft

    fastjet (AIM:FJET), Africa’s low-cost airline, has signed an operating lease with SMBC Aviation Capital Limited (SMBC) for an Airbus A319 aircraft. This aircraft was originally announced on 10 July 2015 when the LOI was signed and will become the fifth aircraft in the fastjet fleet. The aircraft will commence commercial services in Tanzania on 1 […]

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    SkyGreece airline temporarily stops, blaming financial crisis

    (CBC News) – SkyGreece apologized to customers and blamed the Greek economic crisis for its problems Friday after announcing it was temporarily stopping operations. The fledgling airline revealed in an online statement that it’s been in an “operational crisis” since suffering a financial setback related to the financial chaos in Greece. Passengers in Toronto and […]

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    FAA Issues Statement on Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Traffic Procedures

    On Friday, August 28, weather permitting, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow limited arrivals on Runway 35 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This change will enable the airport to safely accommodate more arriving aircraft. To comply with the new safety requirements, arrivals on Runway 35 and departures on Runway 30-Left will be alternated. The resumption […]

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    Tests show F-35s can share data with older aircraft

    (Reuters) – Two weeks of joint testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters. Colonel […]

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  1. Manufacturer

    Boeing-built Satellite Will Create First Global High-Speed Broadband Network

    When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access. Inmarsat-5 F3 sent signals from space following its launch yesterday on an International Launch Services Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After reaching final […]

  2. Airports

    Scanner staff at UK’s Stansted Airport to strike

    (BBC) – Security scanner staff at Stansted airport are to stage a strike on Bank Holiday Monday in a row over pay. Members of the GMB union, who scan luggage, will take industrial action from 03:45-23:59 BST. The workers at the Essex airport, who are employed by private contractor Mitie, voted by 87%, in a […]

  3. Manufacturer

    Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others to develop high-tech sensory gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet. The rapid development of new technologies is forcing the Pentagon to seek partnerships with the private sector […]

  4. Safety & Training

    Condor Flight From Vegas to Germany Diverted Over Unruly Passenger

    (AP) – An international flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport escorted by two F-16 fighter jets Friday night after what officials called a “disturbance on the plane.” A pilot on the Condor Airlines Boeing 767 reported an in-flight emergency, and the fighter jets were sent as a […]

  5. On the Radar

    Boeing Builds a Drone Killer

    Engineers at Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) have successfully brought down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly called a drone, with a portable laser cannon. What made the laser device unit stand out is its portability: the cannon, cooling system, power supply and other gear are contained in four suitcase-sized containers. The range of the […]

  6. On the Radar

    What Does a Boeing 777-9X Cost?

    24/7 Wall St.Last week, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) announced that it had firmed up its configuration plans for the 777-9X, the latest addition to the 777 family of planes, scheduled for production in 2017 and delivery to customers in 2020. The company did not go into …

  7. Safety & Training

    Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash

    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers. Commodore Dele Alonge, air force spokesman, said the Dornier-228 aircraft had taken off from Kaduna Military Airfield Saturday morning bound for the country’s capital, Abuja, when […]

  8. Air Transport

    PAL mulls getting new Boeing, Airbus planes

    MANILA (ABS-CBNnews) – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning to either purchase or lease eight Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 XWB planes to boost its flights to the US and Europe. The national flag carrier said the new planes will allow it to fly non-stop from Manila to more international destinations. The airline is also considering […]

  9. Air Transport

    Champagne cork forces easyJet plane to make emergency landing

    (The Telegraph) – An easyJet plane was forced to make an emergency landing after being damaged by a popping champagne cork. The cork smashed ceiling panels after a stewardess opened the bottle for a customer. It caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling. The plane was halfway through a four hour flight from London […]

  10. On the Radar

    Zimbabwe’s Rainbow Airlines defers launch plans

    Rainbow Airlines (RA, Harare Int’l) has indefinitely deferred its launch date following complications with its regulatory paperwork. The start-up had planned to launch with Harare Int’l-Johannesburg O.R. Tambo flights on Wednesday, August 26 using a B737-300 on wet-lease from …

  11. Air Transport

    FedEx pilots’ union leadership approves the the tentative agreement

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), the governing body of the FedEx unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted late yesterday to approve the tentative contract agreement reached on August 19 with FedEx management. The agreement now goes before more than 4,000 FedEx pilots eligible to vote in balloting that […]

  12. Military

    Vulcan bomber to make final flight over Rhyl

    (BBC) – An iconic Cold War British Vulcan bomber is scheduled to make its final flight over Welsh skies on Saturday. The Vulcan XH558 is taking part in the North Wales Air Show at Rhyl, Denbighshire, as part of a final series of displays which end in September. More than 180,000 people are expected at […]

  13. On the Radar

    PAL Express looking to renew Bombardier turboprop fleet

    PAL Express (2P, Manila) is looking to replace its existing fleets of Dash 8-300s and Dash 8-400s with newer models of the same type. Jaime Bautista, the President and Chief Operating Officer of the airline’s parent firm, PAL Holdings, Inc., told Reuters in an interview that PAL Express is …

  14. On the Radar

    Envoy to maintain limited ERJ-140 ops through 2016

    Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) President and Chief Executive Officer Pedro Fábregas says his airline has reconsidered its ERJ-140 fleet-retirement plans. In a letter to employees, Fábregas said parent American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) had requested the subsidiary to continue operating the …

  15. Air Transport

    United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

    (Reuters) – United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which […]

  16. General & Biz

    Carlyle looks to sell Landmark Aviation for $1.7 billion

    (Reuters) – Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP has been exploring a sale of aircraft leasing and maintenance company Landmark Aviation for as much as $1.7 billion (1 billion pounds), including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The business jet market is slowly recovering from a downturn sparked by the global financial […]

  17. Air Transport

    MH370 wing part mystery defies resolution

    Children once thought their parents on MH370 might come back The New York Magazine has published a succinct article as to why the wing part of a Boeing 777 washed up on La Réunion in the west Indian Ocean late in July continues to defy positive identification as having come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight […]

  18. On the Radar

    Iberia eyes Europe-Latin American alliance

    Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) is considering establishing an alliance to operate in the Europe-Latin American market airline Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Luis Gallego Martin has revealed. Speaking to Airline Business, Gallego said the IAG subsidiary is looking to replicate the …

  19. On the Radar

    All-You-Can-Fly startup Beacon sets September launch date

    Beacon (Boston) has scheduled a September 15 launch date for its maiden commercial operations. Beacon will initially operate in the New York-Boston market operating from White Plains to serve New York City before expanding into other regional markets. Founded by former Surf Air (URF, Palo Alto) …

  20. Air Transport

    Tony Tyler to Retire as IATA Director General and CEO in June 2016

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position. “Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as Director General and CEO. I […]

  21. Safety & Training

    Stunt Plane Crashes Ahead of NY Air Show, Killing Pilot

    NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot was killed after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York’s Hudson Valley, state police said Friday. Trooper Steven Nevel said the accident happened around 2 p.m. Friday at Stewart International Airport in the Orange County town of […]

  22. Air Transport

    Africa’s Fastjet signs lease for 5th aircraft

    fastjet (AIM:FJET), Africa’s low-cost airline, has signed an operating lease with SMBC Aviation Capital Limited (SMBC) for an Airbus A319 aircraft. This aircraft was originally announced on 10 July 2015 when the LOI was signed and will become the fifth aircraft in the fastjet fleet. The aircraft will commence commercial services in Tanzania on 1 […]

  23. Air Transport

    SkyGreece airline temporarily stops, blaming financial crisis

    (CBC News) – SkyGreece apologized to customers and blamed the Greek economic crisis for its problems Friday after announcing it was temporarily stopping operations. The fledgling airline revealed in an online statement that it’s been in an “operational crisis” since suffering a financial setback related to the financial chaos in Greece. Passengers in Toronto and […]

  24. Airports

    FAA Issues Statement on Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Traffic Procedures

    On Friday, August 28, weather permitting, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow limited arrivals on Runway 35 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This change will enable the airport to safely accommodate more arriving aircraft. To comply with the new safety requirements, arrivals on Runway 35 and departures on Runway 30-Left will be alternated. The resumption […]

  25. Military

    Tests show F-35s can share data with older aircraft

    (Reuters) – Two weeks of joint testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters. Colonel […]

  26. On the Radar

    Skygreece temporarily suspends operations

    Skygreece Airlines (GW, Athens Int’l) has temporarily suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellations that began last week and which have lasted until now. The carrier said in a statement that the Greek economic crisis has impacted its operations resulting in an …

  27. Air Transport

    British Airways Just Can’t Kick its 747 Habit

    (Bloomberg) – If it’s the end of the line for Boeing Co.’s 747 jetliner, nobody told British Airways. The largest operator of the hump-backed icon — dubbed the Queen of the Skies on its debut in 1970 — is plumping up seat cushions, hanging fresh curtains and upgrading entertainment systems on 18 planes. Yet competitors […]

  28. On the Radar

    Slovenia’s Solinair takes delivery of A300-600 freighter

    Solinair (SOP, Portoroz) has taken delivery of an ex-China Cargo Airlines (CK, Shanghai Hongqiao) A300-600(F) (msn 532) originally expected to be delivered to sister carrier MNG Airlines (MB, Istanbul Atatürk) of Turkey. According to Skyliner Aviation the aircraft registered N532UK arrived in …

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    Champagne cork forces easyJet plane to make emergency landing

    (The Telegraph) – An easyJet plane was forced to make an emergency landing after being damaged by a popping champagne cork. The cork smashed ceiling panels after a stewardess opened the bottle for a customer. It caused oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling. The plane was halfway through a four hour flight from London […]

  • Boeing 747 CROSSWIND Landing at Düsseldorf

    Boeing 747 CROSSWIND Landing at Düsseldorf

    This was the first time I was able to film a Boeing 747 crosswind landing at Düsseldorf. Wamos Air is a new Boeing 747 operator from spain. Formerly known as “Pullmann Air” they mainly operate flights for other Airlines. This time Condor needed some help and the 747 was used for the Düsseldorf – Gran […]

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    PAL mulls getting new Boeing, Airbus planes

    MANILA (ABS-CBNnews) – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning to either purchase or lease eight Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 XWB planes to boost its flights to the US and Europe. The national flag carrier said the new planes will allow it to fly non-stop from Manila to more international destinations. The airline is also considering […]

  • United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey

    United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

    (Reuters) – United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which […]

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    Vulcan bomber to make final flight over Rhyl

    (BBC) – An iconic Cold War British Vulcan bomber is scheduled to make its final flight over Welsh skies on Saturday. The Vulcan XH558 is taking part in the North Wales Air Show at Rhyl, Denbighshire, as part of a final series of displays which end in September. More than 180,000 people are expected at […]