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California Airports And Suppliers Reach Legal Settlement With Use Of Avgas

December 17, 2014 - The Center for Environmental Health announced it has won a legal agreement with 30 companies that sell and/or distribute lead-containing aviation gas (avgas) at 23 California airports, calling on the companies to  Read More

 

NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry On Mars

December 17, 2014 - NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic Read More

 

A New UN Inquiry Into The 1961 Secretary General Plane Crash Is Likely

December 15, 2014 - The United Nations has come under public pressure to look into the death of former UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold. On September 18, 1961, the plane UN Secretary General Hammarskjold  Read More

 

Garmin Announces New Datalink Weather Receiver

December 14, 2014 - Garmin announces the new GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM datalink receivers. These new datalink receivers offer access to new weather service packages with lower activation fees, which are made available by SiriusXM and their latest G4 satellite network Read More

             
     

FAA Places Corporate Gains Over Pilot Safety

December 10, 2014 - It appears that the fight that has been going on for the past two years over commercial airline cargo pilot duty-time is over, and that surprisingly it appears the FAA placed profits above pilot safety in its issuing of a Final Supplemental Regulatory Impact Read More

 

Airline Profitability Improves With Falling Oil Prices

December 10, 2014 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an outlook for improved industry profitability in its Economic Performance of the Air Transport Industry report. Airlines are expected to post a  Read More

 

FAA Grants Five More Commercial UAS Exemptions

December 10, 2014 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology. “Unmanned Read More

 

Carson Helicopter VP Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the US Forest Service

December 10, 2014 - Steven Metheny, 44, of Medford, Oregon pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud and the Making of False Statements in defrauding the United States Forest Service in procuring Read More

             
     

Embraer Jet Crashes In A DC Suburb Killing All Onboard And Three On The Ground

December 9, 2014 - On Monday, a Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 jet, N100EQ, crashed into a home located in a Washington, D.C., suburb killing all three onboard and killing a mother and two of her children on the ground. At about  Read More

 

NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test

December 7, 2014 - NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of  Read More

 

Qatar Airways Is Set To Take Delivery Of The World’s First A350 XWB

December 4, 2014 - Qatar Airways and Airbus announce the highly anticipated date of the official delivery of the first of its 80 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on order, set to take place in Toulouse, France. The airline is set to take  Read More

 

FAA Fines IBC Airways For Operating Charter Flights In A Uncertificated Aircraft

December 3, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $97,500 civil penalty against IBC Airways, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for allegedly operating as a scheduled Read More

             
     

Salt Lake City Helicopter Crash Likely Due To Rotor And Tail Separation

December 3, 2014 - The FAA and NTSB are investigating yesterdays helicopter crash near Salt Lake City, Utah in which the pilot and passenger were killed after the Robinson R44 Raven II, helicopter, N3234U, broke apart in mid air and Read More

 

Boeing Conducts World's First Flight With 'Green Diesel' As Aviation Biofuel

December 3, 2014 - Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 Read More

 

NTSB Report Concludes Shortcomings Led To Boeing 787 Lithium-Ion Battery Fire

December 1, 2014 - Shortcomings in design and certification ultimately led to the fire in a lithium-ion battery installed on a Boeing 787 jetliner that had just completed an intercontinental flight to Boston, the NTSB determined in its  Read More

 

Red Bull Air Race World Championship Returns In 2015

December 1, 2014 - The Red Bull Air Race World Championship has announced its return in 2015, featuring eight stops spanning the globe, including five of the most popular locations from the riveting 2014 season. In addition, the season will visit new locations  Read More

             
     

FAA Restricts Flights Over Ferguson Due To Shots Fired Into The Air

November 24, 2014 - Due to reports from law enforcement of gunshots fired into the sky, the Federal Aviation Administration activated a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri. For safety reasons, only law  Read More

 

Cessna Sees Uptick In Caravan Interest Among Asia-Pacific Operators

November 24, 2014 - Cessna Aircraft called the first year of operations at Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd. a success. The joint venture between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company  Read More

 

Southwest Airlines Sued Over The “Early Bird Check-In” Program

November 24, 2014 - Robert Zammetti went online to Southwest's website to book a roundtrip flight between San Diego and Detroit. At the point of purchasing his ticket online he was offered and selected an add-on, the “Early  Read More

 

Delta Airlines To Modernize Aircraft Fleet With Purchase Of 50 Airbus Aircraft

November 24, 2014 - Delta Air Lines has chosen the Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo to replace older generation Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft starting in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The order for 25 state-of-the-art Airbus  Read More

             
     

United Airlines And Orbitz Sue Skiplagged Over “Hidden City” Ticketing

November 22, 2014 - Lets say you wanted to fly from Boston to New York direct and the cost of the airfare was $300. However, but the carrier has a flight from Boston to New Jersey with a stop first in New York and that flight was for Read More

 

Boeing Subcontractor Sentenced On Federal Fraud Charges

November 21, 2014 - The final defendant in a bribery kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts, Jeffrey Lavelle, owner and operator of J. L. Manufacturing was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. J.L. Manufacturing  Read More

 

United States, Mexico Reach Modernized Aviation Agreement

November 21, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that a new, modernized air service agreement has been reached that will expand opportunities for passenger and cargo carriers to provide service between the United Read More

 

Unmanned K-Max Helicopter Demonstrates Firefighting Capabilities

November 19, 2014 – A team from Lockheed Martin and Kaman Corporation successfully demonstrated than an unmanned aircraft can aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Read More

             
     

NTSB Overrules Judge's Decision On Unmanned Aircraft Sends Case Back For Review

November 18, 2014 - The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that it has served the FAA and respondent Raphael "Trappy" Pirker with its opinion and order regarding Mr. Pirker's appeal in case CP-217, regarding Read More

 

Twin Engine Aero Commander Crashes Into Chicago Home

November 18, 2014 - At about 2:45 AM an unidentified pilot operating Aero Commander 500B, N30MB, departed Chicago-Midway Airport, IL for Wheeling-Chicago Executive Airport, IL. As the Aero Commander departed the field it developed engine problems. The  Read More

 

Coast Guard Tows Sea Plane To Port After Emergency Landing

November 17, 2014 - A Coast Guard boatcrew towed a sea plane into port after a mechanical failure on the plane forced the pilot to make an emergency landing one mile off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Thursday afternoon. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape  Read More

 

Airbus Launches Development Of New Beluga Oversize Transport Aircraft

November 17, 2014 - To industrially accompany the A350 XWB ramp-up and other aircraft production rate increases, Airbus took the decision to launch the development and production of five new Belugas. The new Beluga will be Read More

             
     

ATP Pilot Age Limit And Crew Pairing Requirement

November 14, 2014 – Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its much anticipated “notice of policy” to initiate harmonization with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “Pilot Age Limit Crew Pairing Requirement”. Contained within this  Read More

 

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Successful First Flight

November 13, 2014 - Bell Helicopter announced the successful first flight on Monday of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xtm helicopter. The maiden flight took place at the company's Mirabel, Québec manufacturing facility. "Bell Helicopter pioneered the short light single Read More

 

Bono's Learjet Looses Cargo Door At 15,000 Feet

November 13, 2014 - On Wednesday U2 singer "Bono" was traveling from Dublin to Berlin, Germany in his private jet, Learjet 60 (DCGEO). At about 15,000 feet the rear luggage compartment cargo door become detached from the aircraft and fell to the ground somewhere Read More

 

Airbus A350-900 Jetliner Receives FAA Type Certification

November 13, 2014 - The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, received Type Certification on November 12th from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at FAA headquarters in  Read More

             
     

PeoplExpress Gets Hit With More Bad News

November 11, 2014 - The newly formed no-frills budget flyer, PeoplExpress out of Newport News Williamsburg International Airport gets hit with more bad news. The airport, its base of operations has terminated services with the carrier and will not allow the Read More

 

Owner Of Flying Tigers An Aircraft Repair Business Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

November 10, 2014 - Jay Stout, owner of Flying Tigers, Inc, a aircraft repair business specializing in the Boeing 737, 757, 767 & Airbus A319 & A320, was sentenced to 60 months incarceration on fraud involving aircraft parts and the Read More

 

Founder Of BFMI And Eight Others Killed In Plane Crash In The Bahamas

November 10, 2014 - On Sunday a Learjet 35A (N17UF) had departed Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport in the Bahamas for Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport with 7 passengers and a crew of two. At about 5 PM Read More

 

Boeing Presents Original Flight Test 787 Dreamliner To Museum Of Flight

November 8, 2014 - Boeing and its employees joined the Puget Sound community today in celebrating the donation of one of the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. "Boeing is committed to Read More

             
     

Two Air Traffic Controllers At JFK Arrested After Stealing Time From The Feds

November 6, 2014 - “No Show” Air Traffic Controllers Took More Than $165,000 Worth of Unearned Pay, Overtime, Sick Leave and Vacation Time by Reversing More Than 300 Payroll Entries. A criminal complaint was unsealed today in Read More

 

Airline Consumer Complaints Up From Previous Year

November 6, 2014 – Airline consumer complaints filed with DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division during the first nine months of this year were up 18.2 percent from the first nine months of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air  Read More

 

Rule Sets New Icing Standards For New Transport Airplanes

November 3, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that transport Read More

 

Air Traffic Control, When Radio Contact Fails

November 1, 2014 - Question: If radio contact failed completely, how else would air traffic control communicate with an aircraft? Answer: If the aircraft is on the ground, there are several ways to communicate if its radio has failed. Each tower is equipped Read More

             
     

UK's Court Refusal To Hear Cases Means Airlines Must Pay For Flight Delays

October 31, 2014 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued advice to passengers and called on airlines to comply with the law on compensation for disrupted flights, following the UK's Supreme Court decision to refuse  Read More

 

A Boeing Employee And Two Subcontractors Sentenced On Corruption Charges

October 31, 2014 - Former Boeing Procurement Officer, Deon Anderson was sentenced to 20 months in prison in connection with a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts, as well as structuring currency Read More

 

Kansas, A Former ATC And Three Others Die In A King Air Plane Crash

October 31, 2014 - On Thursday a Beechcraft 200 King Air, N52SZ departing  runway 1R at Wichita Mid Continent Airport, Kansas for Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, Arkansas crashed just after takeoff killing four people. At or  Read More

 

United Airlines Announces Highest Ever Quarterly Profit Of $1.1 Billion

October 27, 2014 - United Airlines (UAL) reported its third quarter profit for 2014, it is the companies highest-ever reported. The company reports its net income for this period was $1.1 billion an increase of 99 percent year-over-year. United's Read More

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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