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John and Martha King Held By Gunpoint Over Aircraft Tail Number

August 31, 2010 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is calling for a review of the government?s process for obtaining, using and sharing aircraft registration information in light of the events that took place with the founders of the King School, John and Martha King. On Saturday John and Martha King filed an IFR flight plan and flew in their Cessna 172 aircraft, N50545, from San Diego to Santa Barbara Airport, California. Upon landing the King?s taxied their aircraft to the terminal area. Upon exiting the aircraft, the couple was stormed by the Santa Barbara police. They were told to put their hands up and detained by gun point. Read More Of This Story



FedEx Chairman To Receive The Howard Hughes Memorial Award

August 31, 2010 - The Aero Club of Southern California will honor Frederick W. (Fred) Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corporation with its 2010 Howard Hughes Memorial Award. The Howard Hughes Memorial Award is an aviation industry award presented annually by the Aero Club of Southern California. The award is given "to an aerospace  Read More Of This Story


AirTran Violated Rules Protecting Air Travelers With Disabilities

August 31, 2010 ? The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has assessed a civil penalty against AirTran Airways for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities. The carrier was assessed a civil penalty of $500,000, of which up to $200,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers beyond what is required by law. Read More Of This Story


C-130 Aircraft To Receive Avionics Modernization Program Upgrade

August 31, 2010 ? The Boeing Company announced the induction of the first C-130 aircraft slated to receive the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrade at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga. This is the first of 20 aircraft to be upgraded during low-rate initial production (LRIP). ?Warner Robins is ready to receive the C-130 and begin installing the AMP kits,? said Tommy  Read More Of This Story


Flights Between The U.S And Liberia Could Begin This Fall

August 31, 2010 ? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) announced the successful implementation of cooperative efforts to enhance aviation security. Flights between the United States and Liberia could begin as early as fall 2010. TSA has worked closely  Read More Of This Story

  Jeppesen Honors Miracle On The Hudson Pilots

August 30, 2010 - Jeppesen, known in the aviation industry as the worldwide leader in navigation and charting services, recently presented ?Miracle on the Hudson? pilots captain Chesley Sullenberger and first-officer Jeffrey Skiles with a specially designed approach chart and engraved Jeppesen chart binders to commemorate the remarkable ditching of US Airways flight 1549 in  Read More Of This Story

Flight Instructor Killed By Moving Propeller At Beverly Airport

August 30, 2010 - Michael Costales, age 30, a flight instructor at Beverly Municipal Airport, was struck and killed by an aircraft moving propeller on Saturday. Costales had taxied his aircraft out to the run-up area of the active runway, 34 at Beverly Municipal Airport. While doing his run-up, he noticed an aircraft   Read More Of This Story

  Asiana Airlines Executives Indicted On Price Fixing Airfares

August 29, 2010 - The Department of Justice has announced that a Brooklyn, New York grand jury returned an indictment against two former executives of Asiana Airlines, Inc. (Asiana) for participating in a conspiracy to fix economy class airfares paid by passengers for travel from the United States to the Republic of Korea. The one-count indictment  Read More Of This Story
    Boeing Unveils Dreamliner 787 Flight Simulator

August 29, 2010 - Boeing Training and Flight Services has started 787 Dreamliner flight certification training following the provisional approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Boeing's Seattle-based 787 flight training devices. As part of flight training, pilots train on a 787 flat panel training device and a 787   Read More Of This Story
  United, Continental Transfer Takeoff And Landing Rights To Continental

August 29, 2010 - The Department of Justice announced on Friday that in light of the agreement by United Airlines Inc. and Continental Airlines Inc. to transfer takeoff and landing rights (slots) and other assets at Newark Liberty Airport to Southwest Airlines Co., the department has closed its investigation into the   Read More Of This Story

World?s Fastest Civil Aircraft Gulfstream G650 Reaches Mach 0.995

August 29, 2010 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that its ultra-long-range, ultra-large-cabin Gulfstream G650 recently reached Mach 0.995 as part of its 1,800-hour flight-test program. Accomplishment establishes G650 as world?s fastest civil aircraft. The aircraft achieved this speed during flutter  Read More Of This Story


Northrop Grumman To Supply Largest Ever ATC System To China

August 29, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's Europe-based air traffic management system subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by China Aviation Supplies International Tendering Co. (CASITC) to supply VHF radio communication systems for the Chengdu area air traffic control centre. In total, 110 channels will be operated Read More Of This Story

    Flight Attendant Gets Fired For Saying She Qualifies For Food Stamps

August 28, 2010 - A Compass Airlines flight attendant, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), was terminated on Thursday after publicly revealing she qualified for foods stamps. Despite a full-time schedule, flight attendant Kirsten Arianejad was recently featured in a local television interview announcing that she had been approved  Read More Of This Story

FAA Celebrates Completion of San Francisco International Airport

August 28, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation?s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday marked the completion of $14.5 million in runway projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that will ensure continued safety for flights at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). ?The Recovery  Read More Of This Story

    Aerial Spraying Aircraft Cover 300,000 Acres In Two Nights For EEE

August 28, 2010 - As a precautionary measure to fight Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts, Dynamic Aviation was contracted by the state to proved aerial spraying of more than 300,000 acres across southeastern Massachusetts which was completed in two nights. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is caused by the most neuropathogenic   Read More Of This Story


Pratt & Whitney To Layoff Employees Before Contract Negotiations

August 27, 2010 - Pratt & Whitney has informed IAM District 26 in Kensington, Connecticut that the company plans to cut 129 hourly jobs at their Overhaul & Repair center in Cheshire, Connecticut. These layoffs coincide with Pratt?s original plan for emptying the plant prior to contract negotiations, a plan that was ruled illegal by the District Court  Read More Of This Story


FAA Proposes Largest Ever Fine Against American Airlines

August 27, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines Inc. for failing to correctly follow an Airworthiness Directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. This civil penalty is the largest ever proposed by the FAA. ?We put rules  Read More Of This Story


Holding The Line, TFRs, NORAD And General Aviation

August 27, 2010 - Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are nothing new, but in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks they've taken on a much more important role in the security of events and elected officials, often to the dismay of private aviators. In weaponizing aviation in a way not seen since the final years of World War II, terrorists have forced the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration  Read More Of This Story


NASA And NOAA Study Finds El Ninos Growing Stronger

August 27, 2010 - A relatively new type of El Nino, which has its warmest waters in the central-equatorial Pacific Ocean, rather than in the eastern-equatorial Pacific, is becoming more common and progressively stronger, according to a new study by NASA and NOAA. The research may improve our understanding of the relationship between El Ninos and climate change, and has potential significant  Read More Of This Story


The Search Continues For A Missing de Havilland Beaver In Alaska

August 26, 2010 - On Wednesday the U.S. Coast Guard at first light assisted the National Park Service and the Anchorage Rescue Coordination Center using both the HC-130 Hercules and the MH-60 Jayhawk to cover more than 1,600 square miles in search of an over due aircraft. On Saturday afternoon, a de Havilland  Read More Of This Story


Pratt & Whitney Completes First PurePower PW1524G Engine

August 26, 2010 - Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly on its first PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier C Series aircraft and will deliver the engine to the company?s West Palm Beach, Florida, facility later this month to initiate testing. The engine Last Bolt Ceremony was held Wednesday at Pratt &   Read More Of This Story

  Beechcraft To Debut Hawker 4000, King Air 350i Aircraft In Mexico

August 26, 2010 - Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced it is debuting its Hawker 4000 and Beechcraft King Air 350i in Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 26. The introduction is part of the company?s aircraft demonstration tour following its successful participation in the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition
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China's Henan Airlines Flight 8387 Overshoots Runway Killing 42

August 25, 2010 - On Tuesday China's regional airline, Henan Airlines, Flight 8387 (VD 8387) had departed Harbin Taiping International Airport, Harbin, China with 91 passengers and 5 crew members onboard a Embraer E-190 aircraft. The pilot, under heavy fog acknowledged to air traffic control that he had the  Read More Of This Story


Supersonic Freefall From The Edge Of Space To Be Recorded

August 25, 2010 - The Red Bull Stratos mission team provided a first look at the custom camera systems that will record and broadcast Felix Baumgartner's stratospheric mission in real time and high definition. The details, announced at capsule manufacturing facility Sage Cheshire Aerospace, reveal that  Read More Of This Story

    Nepal Air Carrier Agni Air Flight Goes Down Killing All Onboard

August 25, 2010 - On Tuesday, Nepal's air carrier Agni Air, operating a German built Dornier 228 turboprop twin engine airplane, Flight AG-101 crashed in heavy rain on approach to Simra Airport killing all 14 onboard. Flight AG-101 had departed Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at about  Read More Of This Story

    DHS Performs 100 Percent Watchlist Matching On U.S. Air Carriers

August 25, 2010 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday announced that 100 percent of passengers flying domestically and internationally on U.S. airlines are now being checked against government watch lists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight
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Adventure Pilot Announces The New iFly 700 GPS

August 24, 2010 -- Adventure Pilot LLC, announces the latest in affordable satellite GPS navigation devices for general aviation pilots. The iFly 700 offers everything from flight planning to enroute navigation.  Feature packed with image enhanced hi-resolution sectional maps, highlighted Special Use Airspace, IFR Low  Read More Of This Story

  NTSB Report Out On SW Airlines Boeing 737 Skin Ruptured At 35,000 Feet

August 24, 2010 - Southwest Airlines (SWA) Flight 2294 departed Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee, on July 13, 2009 with 131 onboard a Boeing 737-3H4, N387SW. At approximately 35,000 feet, the Boeing 737 fuselage crown skin ruptured just forward of the vertical stabilizer. The passenger 
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    The FAA Gives The Country Of Nigeria Category 1 Safety Rating

August 24, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Nigeria has achieved a Category 1 rating under the FAA?s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, which means that Nigeria complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil
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Nextant Aerospace Begins Power Runs For Engine Certification

August 24, 2010 - Nextant Aerospace announced they have begun the full power ground runs stage of the Williams International FJ44-3AP certification process. The installation of the Williams FJ44-3APs engines is the final phase of the 400XT product which breathes new life into the Beechjet 400A/XP. The engine certification is progressing on schedule with the first flight taking place shortly.  ?I was thrilled to be able to pilot  Read More Of This Story


TSA Worker Charged With Stealing Laptop Computers At Newark Airport

August 24, 2010 - A New Jersey woman surrendered on Monday to face charges that she stole laptops from a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lost and found facility and made false statements to effectuate her thefts, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Jennifer Steplight, 40, is charged by Complaint with one count of embezzlement by a government employee  Read More Of This Story


Air Force Reports Pilot Error In The Crash Of An MQ-1B Predator

August 24, 2010 - U.S Air Force reports pilot error caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator at Southern California Logistics Airport during an April 20 training mission, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Aug. 20. The Predator was an Air National Guard aircraft from the  Read More Of This Story


Piper Aztec Go Down In Bahamian Waters All Six Onboard Rescued

August 23, 2010 - Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) and Royal Bahamian Defense Force (RBDF) respond to a downed Piper aircraft in the waters about 23 miles northeast of Freeport, Bahamas today. All six persons aboard the aircraft were located with no Read More Of This Story

    Saudi Arabia?s Sama Airlines Is Forced To Close Its Doors

August 23, 2010 - Sama Airlines, a Saudi Arabia low-cost airline which is based at King Fahad International Airport, Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia (the most oil-rich region in the world), will close its doors on Tuesday as a result of mounting debt and their inability to get government and  Read More Of This Story 

Wasaya Airlines Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement

August 23, 2010 - The Wasaya pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), announced that they have reached a tentative contract agreement with their management. Should it be ratified by the entire pilot group, the resulting new contract would be the first for Wasaya pilots.  Read More Of This Story


Tibet Airlines To Launch Its Operations With The A319

August 23, 2010 - Lhasa-based Tibet Airlines has chosen the Airbus A319 to build up its fleet and is set to become Airbus? newest customer in China. The airline, which obtained the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in March 2010, has signed a commitment to acquire three A319s. The aircraft will be able to accommodate 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, with eight first class seats. The carrier plans to operate the A319s both on routes  Read More Of This Story


Illegal Alien Indicted After Entering McConnell Air Force Base

August 23, 2010 - A second illegal alien has been indicted for document fraud after trying to gain access to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Air Force Security Police at McConnell and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Lorenzo Mondragon-Sanchez, 38, a Mexican national, tried to enter the base Aug. 11 as part of a work crew for  Read More Of This Story

  Lockheed Martin Completes GPS III Design Phase Ahead Of Schedule

August 22, 2010 - The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force?s next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III, has successfully completed the program?s Critical Design Review (CDR) phase two months ahead of the baseline schedule. CDR completion, the program?s most 
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    JetBlue Incident What?s It Like To Be A Flight Attendant

August 22, 2010 - There?s a deeper story behind the unfortunate Steven Slater JetBlue incident in which the flight attendant who cursed over the airplane's public address system, grabbed a beer and then exited JetBlue?s Flight 1052 via the aircraft's emergency chute. There has been a tremendous change in 
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Do?s and Don?ts For Aircraft Datalink Weather

August 21, 2010 - Datalink is an industry term that many, including pilots, aviation journalists, and manufacturers, use to describe a wide range of equipment and services that all do one basic thing?get data into the cockpit so that the pilot can use it to make decisions. The technology is relatively new and evolving so rapidly   Read More Of This Story


Divers Recover A Navy Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver Aircraft

August 21, 2010 - In March 2009, a fishermen, Duane Johnson while using a fish finder in search of bass fish in the Lower Otay Reservoir, San Diego County, California, stubble upon what appeared on his fish finder scope as an outline of an aircraft. Johnson notified authorities which led divers to a Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver Read More Of This Story


Airlines And Regional Air Carriers To Be Audited By OIG For Safety

August 20, 2010 - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to audit domestic code share agreements between mainline and regional air carriers. These agreements allow mainline and regional carriers to coordinate their flight schedules so that the regional carriers marketed under the name of the mainline carrier can provide passengers with   Read More Of This Story


Air Force Clarifies Pilot Fehrenbach?s Discharge Status Under DADT

August 20, 2010 - Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach has served in the United States Air Force for over 19 years as a jet pilot and has flown numerous missions against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets, including the longest combat mission in his squadron's history. Fehrenbach was also hand picked to fly an F-15E Strike Eagle above the nation's capital on  Read More Of This Story


ALPA Brings Pilots? Perspective To FAA Safety Symposium

August 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA) brought the views of nearly 53,000 airline pilots to the FAA?s Partnership for Safety Symposium, held this week in Washington, D.C., and made clear the importance of ensuring that every professional involved in the operation of a flight adheres to the highest possible communications  Read More Of This Story


Boeing To Open New Plant At Illinois' MidAmerica Airport

August 20, 2010 - Boeing announced that it is expanding its St. Louis-area operations with the planned opening of a new manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. The facility, tentatively scheduled to open in late 2010 or early 2011, will use leased space in an existing building to house assembly and subassembly work. It is expected to initially  Read More Of This Story

  X-JET FBO Of Denver Forms Branding Agreement With Avfuel

August 19, 2010 - Avfuel Corporation has announced a new branding alliance with luxury aviation services provider X Jet FBO of Denver, Colorado (APA). The agreement means that X Jet will offer AVTRIP point awards to pilots on qualifying fuel purchases, and 
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World Aviation Experts To Speak At The 2010 Global PBN Summit

August 19, 2010 - Leading international experts from airlines, aviation regulatory agencies and navigation service providers will share cutting-edge knowledge and experiences at the fourth annual Global PBN Summit in Seattle, Oct. 19-20, presented by Naverus,  Read More Of This Story


FAA Selects NMSU To Lead Air Transportation Center Of Excellence

August 19, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, NM, to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. The center is a partnership of academia, industry, and government, developed for the   Read More Of This Story

    Red Bull Air Race Pilot Alejandro Maclean Dies In Plane Crash

August 18, 2010 - Red Bull Air Race pilot Alejandro (Alex) Maclean, died today at the age of 41 following a fatal accident in his native Spain while carrying out aerobatic training for an Air Show. The entire Red Bull Air Race community and the aerobatic fraternity have lost one of their most vibrant and passionate characters. Maclean was a husband to wife Emma and a father of two children aged 7 and 12.  Read More Of This Story
  27 Charged In Narcotics Trafficking At Miami International Airport

August 18, 2010 - Twenty-seven members of an international drug trafficking organization operating primarily through Miami International Airport (MIA) were charged with federal narcotics violations, following an investigation by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Drug Enforcement 
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    What Brought Down Aires Airlines Flight 8250

August 18, 2010 - On Monday an Aires Airlines Flight 8250, while on final approach for landing at Gustavo Rojas Pinillas International Airport, San Andreas Island, Colombia, a resort island, was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. The Boeing 737-700 (registration HK4682) with 131 onboard crashed landed and broke up into three main peaces.
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NTSB Symposium Airline Code Sharing It?s Role On Aviation Safety

August 18, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day symposium on the role that airline code-sharing arrangements play in aviation safety. The event, chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, will be held on October 26-27, 2010, in Washington, DC. Code-sharing is a marketing arrangement in which one airline places its  Read More Of This Story


Air Transat Pilots Overwhelmingly Authorize Union To Call Strike

August 18, 2010 - The pilots of Air Transat, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), resoundingly support conducting a lawful strike if a collective agreement is not reached with their management. In a recent strike ballot issued by the union leadership to the pilot group, an overwhelming 97 percent of pilots voted in favor of a lawful strike, should  Read More Of This Story


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Pilot Training Courses Receives FAA Approval

August 17, 2010 - Boeing Training & Flight Services has been granted provisional approval for its 787 Dreamliner pilot training courses by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the 787 pilot training courses, pilots can transition to the new airplane in five to 20 days, depending on pilot experience. Boeing 777  Read More Of This Story


Quebec?s Air Carrier Aeropro To Shut Down Flight Operations

August 17, 2010 - Quebec air carrier Aeropro reported on Monday that the company is shutting down its flight operations as a result of its failure to convince a Federal Court in Quebec, Canada to reverse the decision made by Transport Canada which had revoking its operating license. Following a deadly crash near  Read More Of This Story


Evergreen Airlines Crewmembers Reject Company Offer

August 17, 2010 - Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), rejected a tentative collective bargaining agreement with management. Ninety-two percent of EIA crewmembers participated in the ratification process. Ninety-six percent of voting members cast ballots against accepting the  Read More Of This Story


FAA Alleges Hillsboro Aviation Deliberately Falsified Maintenance Records

August 16, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $580,000 civil penalty against Hillsboro Aviation, of Hillsboro, Oregon for allegedly performing improper repairs, deliberately falsifying maintenance records and operating a helicopter in a reckless manner. The FAA alleges that Hillsboro mechanics used incorrect parts  Read More Of This Story


Aviation Groups Partner With NY Lawmakers To Flight GA Aircraft Taxes

August 16, 2010 - New York State is one of the top destinations for business aircraft in the country, but many businesses choose not to base their aircraft at New York airports because of the state's especially high taxes. While neighboring states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut have tax policies designed to attract  Read More Of This Story


Cessna Pilots Check Your Tanks For Water Contamination

August 16, 2010 - Recent safety information on Cessna 150, 170, and 172 series airplanes caused the FAA to re-examine their efforts in preventing accidents and incidents due to water contaminated fuel. The FAA has put out a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to alert pilots, owners, operators, and   Read More Of This Story

  So You Think Steven Slater JetBlue?s Flight Attendant Is A Hero

August 15, 2010 - There are numerous people who view Steven Slater as a hero. Slater was the flight attendant who on Monday cursed over the airplane's public address system, grabbed a beer and exited JetBlue?s Flight 1052 via the aircraft's emergency chute at JFK airport 
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    NMB Orders New Elections For Delta Air Lines Flight Sim Technicians

August 15, 2010 - Following a unanimous ruling earlier this week that Delta Air Lines illegally interfered with a representational election for Flight Simulator Technicians at Delta Air Lines, the National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled a rerun election to begin
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  Senator Stevens' Plane Crashed Into A Mountainside Without Warning

August 14, 2010 - On Monday August 9th Senator Ted Stevens and eight other passengers departed from Nerka Lake, Alaska in a de Havilland DHC-3T (N455A) to go on a fishing ship at Nushagak River. The aircraft departed sometime after 6 PM and about 15 to 20 minutes into the flight the aircraft crashed 10 miles northwest of Aleknagik, Alaska into a mountainside.
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Qantas Airline Pilots Negotiate Job Security Not Pay Increase

August 14, 2010 - The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has this week commenced bargaining negotiations with Qantas for a new enterprise agreement covering the airline?s long haul pilots. ?An extensive survey of pilots conducted by AIPA prior to commencing the bargaining process has  Read More Of This Story


Frontier Airlines Extends Lease On Denver Headquarters

August 14, 2010 - Frontier Airlines announced it has extended the lease agreement on its Denver-based commercial headquarters at 7001 Tower Road through May 31, 2020. Frontier has occupied the Tower Road facility since 2001. ?This lease extension further cements our commitment to our hometown, Denver, Colo.,? said Ian Arthur, vice president of marketing and branding. ?Denver continues to serve as  Read More Of This Story


FAA Announces $9.2 Million In Recovery Act Projects For Atlanta

August 14, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation?s Federal Aviation Administration announced more than $9 million in upgrades funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that will make flights at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport safer, more efficient and more reliable. ?These projects are just a few examples of the terrific work being done around  Read More Of This Story

  F-35 Center Fuselage Delivery Time Table Improves

August 12, 2010 - Northrop Grumman is responsible for the production of all center fuselages for all three variants of the F-35: conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL); short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL); and the carrier variant. All F-35 center fuselages are currently being assembled in the company's Palmdale  
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    NOAA Scientists Uncover Oscillating Patterns In Clouds

August 12, 2010 - Findings has implications for climate change, a new NOAA study has found that rain clouds form synchronous patterns in which individual clouds in a large cloud field respond to signals from other clouds, much like chirping crickets or flashing fireflies on a summer night. The study, published online
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  Airline Consumer Passenger Law ?Tarmac Rule? Dramatically Reduces Delays

August 11, 2010 - The nation?s largest airlines reported only three flights in June with tarmac delays of more than three hours compared to 268 flights in June 2009 and with no increase in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of
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    Senator Stevens And Four Passengers Die In Alaskan Plane Crash

August 11, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday launched a Go Team to investigate Monday night's airplane crash near Dillingham, Alaska. Former Senator Ted Stevens, and former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and his son were onboard at the time of the crash. Stevens and O'Keefe and
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IATA Urges Spain?s Air Traffic Controllers Not To Strike

August 11, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged AENA, the Spanish air navigation service provider, and the Spanish air traffic controllers to take all measures possible to avoid strike action. Specifically, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA?s Director General and CEO urged Spain?s air traffic controllers to accept AENA?s offer to enter into an arbitration  Read More Of This Story


JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Released On Bond

August 11, 2010 - On Tuesday a New York judge set bail at $2,500 for JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater who was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater, age 39 was arrested on Monday after getting in an altercation with a passenger on Flight 1052. The flight originated out of Pittsburgh Intentional Read More Of This Story

  Cessna 402C Pilots Need To Be Remind Of ?HYD PRESS? Indicator Light

August 10, 2010 - The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alert to owners and operators of the Cessna 402C airplanes of an airworthiness concern, specifically a reminder of the meaning of the ?HYD PRESS? indication, and what may happen if this
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Military Aircraft Parts Maker Fined For Safety Volitions

August 10, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 22 citations against AAR Summa Technology for exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Huntsville plant. Proposed penalties total $191,500. "Management Read More Of This Story

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Honeywell Receives FAA Software Upgrade Approval On Its FMZ-2000 FMS

August 10, 2010 - Honeywell has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin delivering its Flight Management System (FMS) software upgrade that provides advanced GPS-enabled approaches and access to Future Air Navigation System (FANS) routes in congested air spaces and oceanic airways. The Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval from the FAA allows the company?s new FMS 6.1  Read More Of This Story


The FAA And American Airlines Honor Tulsa Mechanics For 50 Years Of Service

August 10, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and American Airlines has honored two mechanics into an elite group of FAA "Master Mechanics" for their five decades of service in the airline industry. The special awards ceremony took place at American's Maintenance and Engineering base in Tulsa. On Friday the FAA present retired Quality Assurance Supervisor C. W. "Bill" Denton and  Read More Of This Story


Spain?s Air Traffic Controllers Have A Nerve To Vote To Strike

August 9, 2010 - Air Traffic Controllers in Spain have overwhelmingly voted to strike over new government regulations that would reduce million dollar salaries. That's correct million dollar salaries. The air traffic controllers? union, Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA) reported that of their 2,300 controllers, 92  Read More Of This Story


Bonhomme Wins 2010 Red Bull Air Race In Germany

August 9, 2010 - Britain's Paul Bonhomme won the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship by taking second place behind Austria's Hannes Arch in the final race of the season at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany on Sunday. In another thrilling duel, Australia?s Matt Hall got the third podium of his career with third Read More Of This Story


FAA Proposes Hazmat Civil Penalties Against 11 Companies

August 9, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $91,000 against 11 companies for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Boston Scientific Corporation of Natick, Mass, was fined $91,000 for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing medical-grade  Read More Of This Story


NTSB Offer Training On Aircraft Accident Emergency Communications

August 9, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board is devoting two days at its Training Center to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident. The training will be offered on October 7-8, 2010, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn Read More Of This Story

  Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Adrian Judd Dies In Motorcycle Accident

August 8, 2010 - Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Adrian Judd, a driving force behind the sport for the last five years, has died at the age of 44 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Germany. A man widely respected and deeply admired by pilots and crew alike and known for his commitment to the sport,
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    PASSUR Software Improves Aircraft Traffic Efficiency At JFK Airport

August 8, 2010 - PASSUR Aerospace, Inc. announced that the company?s collaborative software has reduced ground congestion and delays during runway construction at one of the nation?s busiest airports, John F. Kennedy International, and is recognized as a model ?NextGen? capability.  Read More Of This Story

Women In Aviation International And WomenVenture Gather At AirVenture 2010

August 8, 2010 - WomenVenture, Women in Aviation International and the Experimental Aircraft Association repeated their WomenVenture initiative, with a week's worth of camps, seminars, panels and of course, networking breakfast and reunion picture during AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. "There's just something about the energy that hundreds of women  Read More Of This Story


Porter Airlines Adds Four Bombardier Q400 Aircraft To Its Fleet

August 8, 2010 - Porter Airlines of Toronto has signed a firm order to acquire four Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an additional six Q400 NextGen aircraft. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Porter?s firm order is valued at approximately $120 million US, which could increase to $308  Read More Of This Story


SkyWest Airlines And ExpressJet Merger Under Investigation

August 6, 2010 - SkyWest Airlines will purchase Houston based ExpressJet Airlines outstanding shares of common stock for $6.75 per share (in cash) representing a net purchase price of approximately $133. The sale should be completed by the fourth quart of this year, at which time both companies will merge as  Read More Of This Story

    Northrop Grumman To Close Navy P3 Aircraft Maintenance Plant Hagerstown

August 6, 2010 - Northrop Grumman has notified employees at the Hagerstown Maintenance and Modification Center, Hagerstown, Maryland, that there would be another round of layoffs on August 26th and the plant would be closing by the end of the year. Company spokeswoman Leah Smith indicated there would  Read More Of This Story

Pilot Arrested Fly?s 75 LBS Of Marijuana Into Peachtree Dekalb Airport

August 6, 2010 - Igor Goldenshtein, 42, of Los Angeles, and Edward Akselrod, 36, of Tarzana, Calif., were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield, on charges of conspiracy and possession of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Those who think that Georgia is the place to smuggle narcotics to  Read More Of This Story


Airline Tarmac Delay Rule Needed For Pets After 7 Puppies Died

August 6, 2010 - On Tuesday, some time before 6:30 AM, American Airlines personnel placed 14 puppies in the belly of a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 on American Airlines Flight 851 which was to depart Tulsa International, Oklahoma to Chicago at 6:35 AM.  Due to thunderstorms in the Chicago area Flight 851 was delayed until 7:30 AM and by that time the outside  Read More Of This Story


Mexicana Airlines Files Bankruptcy

August 5, 2010 - Mexicana Airlines filed a ?Concurso Mercantil? or insolvency petition with a Mexico City district court to ensure the continued operation of the Company. Likewise, a Chapter 15 petition was filed with a New York bankruptcy court in order to obtain bankruptcy protection and injunction relief in both countries.   Read More Of This Story


Maylan Flight Academy Doors Closed Students Career Dreams Shattered

August 5, 2010 - Many students from all walks of the globe, dream of becoming a pilot since the invention of the airplane and this is the same for young people living in China. However, there is a big difference in the opportunity for students to receive flight training. Read More Of This Story


Northrop Grumman Sponsors Students For Summer Aviation Camps

August 5, 2010 - For the third consecutive year, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Global Hawk program sponsored six high school students to attend this year's Oshkosh Summer Aviation Camps. In addition, the company sponsored two college students to serve as seasonal camp counselors. Three of the high school students are from the Los Angeles area and three are from the Washington, D.C. area.  Read More Of This Story


Sikorsky CH-53K Helicopter Program Achieves Critical Design Review

August 05, 2010 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced the successful completion of the CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Critical Design Review (CDR) event, signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) CH-53K helicopter program team hosted  Read More Of This Story


Terrorist Found Guilty Of Conspiracy To Blow Up JFK Airport

August 4, 2010 - Following a six-week jury trial, Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir were convicted in the Eastern District of New York of conspiring to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, by exploding fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the  Read More Of This Story


TSA Announces Key Milestone In Cargo Screening On Passenger Aircraft

August 4, 2010 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the airline industry has met a key requirement of the 9/11 Act by screening 100 percent of air cargo on domestic passenger aircraft. TSA worked closely with the cargo and aviation industries to fulfill this important Congressional Read More Of This Story


YouTube Video Sparks Airline Passenger Safety Concerns In Canada

August 3, 2010 - In Canada, recent media reports have indicated airlines are not properly screening their passengers and passengers are routinely boarding aircraft without being visually identified. One example given, when passengers arrive at an air carrier?s check-in counter, each passenger is required to show an  Read More Of This Story


Machinists Withdraw From Comair Aviation Safety Program

August 3, 2010 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 announced it has withdrawn from the maintenance Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) at Delta Air Lines? regional subsidiary Comair. ?We have discussed the problems with this dysfunctional   Read More Of This Story


Boeing Relocating C-130 Avionics Modernization Program To Oklahoma

Aug. 3, 2010 - The Boeing Company announced it will relocate the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program from Long Beach to Oklahoma City. The move will begin with C-130 AMP starting in the first quarter of 2011 and conclude by the end of 2012 with the move of the B-1 Program. Both programs are part of the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades (MM&U) division of the Global   Read More Of This Story


A Canadian Federal Court Upholds Revocation Of Aeropro License

August 3, 2010 - Quebec based airline Aeropro had experience a plane crash that killed all seven onboard, the company filed an injunction to stay Transport Canada?s decision to revoke it?s operating license. However, a Federal Court judge has upheld Transport Canada?s decision to revoke the company?s operating license. On Saturday the company stopped all scheduled air transport operations, flights  Read More Of This Story

  Spirit Airlines Begins Charging For Carry On Bags

August 2, 2010 - Spirit Airlines began charging passengers a fee to those who bring carry-on bags onto their aircraft and place them in the overhead luggage bin which began Sunday. Passengers who pay in advance, either  Read More Of This Story


Dolderer To Fly Red Bull Air Race At EuroSpeedway Lausitz Germany

August 2, 2010 - Matthias Dolderer has been looking forward to flying in a Red Bull Air Race in his home country for many years, even before the German ace joined the world championship in 2009. Dolderer  Read More Of This Story


PAL Pilots Take Jobs With Other Carriers Forcing Flight Cancelations

August 2, 2010 - Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Saturday had to apologize to its passengers as a result of many of their pilots walking off the job due to low wages. The airline was forced to cancel a number of national and overseas flights, as the airline did not have an adequate number of flight crew to fly its Airbus A320 airplanes. Nearly a dozen pilots have walked off the job over the pass several weeks and have taken  Read More Of This Story


IAA Increases Airline Terminal Navigation Charges

August 2, 2010 - The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has announced the termination of the six month freeze in the Terminal Navigation Charge billed to airlines for take-off and landing services at Cork, Dublin, and Shannon Airports. The new charge of ?3.36 per ton will apply to all flights with a retroactive date of July 1st. Due to the difficult economic climate in which the airline industry is currently operating,  Read More Of This Story


Congress Passes Airline Safety And Pilot Training Improvement Act

August 1, 2010 - Both houses of congress have approved H.R. 5900 the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010. Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act has incorporated higher standards for pilot training, support for safety advocacy programs and a new pilot fatigue rule to help improve air  Read More Of This Story

    FAA Finds Mexico Does Not Meet ICAO Safety Standards

August 1, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation?s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Mexico is not in compliance with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following an assessment of the country?s civil aviation authority. As a
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Learjet Agreement To Secure Learjet 85 Production In Wichita

August 1, 2010 - $27 million in bond financing from the State of Kansas per the Economic Recovery and Revitalization Act Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Bombardier Business Aircraft President, Steve Ridolfi announced the details of a formal agreement that will secure production of the all-new midsize Learjet 85 aircraft at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. The agreement  Read More Of This Story


Northwest Airlines Pleads Guilty Of Price Fixing

August 1, 2010 - Northwest Airlines LLC has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $38 million criminal fine for its role, through Northwest Airlines Cargo, in a conspiracy to fix prices in the air transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced on Friday. According to a one-count felony charge filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Read More Of This Story

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