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Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) Más...

Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) Más...

Air Canada jet has runway overrun in Halifax

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Air Canada flight 624 has crashed on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, the airline has confirmed. The plane reportedly hit power lines and sustained extensive damage upon crash-landing. No passengers were killed. (rt.com) Más...

Botched water cannon salute grounds Virgin Atlantic flight when Foam is used.

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A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up its engines by spraying thick foam instead of water. The water canon salute is the sort of flamboyant gesture for which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has become famous – and also marks something of a wider aviation tradition. The Virgin Atlantic plane – with its ‘Beauty Queen’ name emblazoned on the fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 - had just landed in Manchester… (www.dailymail.co.uk) Más...

FAA Wants To Fine Southwest $328,550

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The agency alleges that the Dallas-based carrier failed to properly inspect a Boeing 737 that experienced cabin depressurization on May 13, 2013. The flight, which was heading from Boston to St. Louis, made an emergency landing in Baltimore. (aviationblog.dallasnews.com) Más...

Cessna Skylane makes emergency landing on highway

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A Cessna Skylane (N442SS) made an emergency landing after losing power on a flight from Ohio to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There were no injuries. (www.foxcarolina.com) Más...

Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) Más...

Boeing parks two American Airlines 787s in desert as it waits on delayed seat delivery

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Boeing is reluctantly storing two new 787 Dreamliners in the California desert as it waits for French seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to catch up with delivery of its high-end seats. (www.bizjournals.com) Más...

New cockpit policy for Air Canada

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Following the fatal Germanwings crash, Air Canada has announced it will be implementing a policy change requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit of all flights at all times. (www.ctvnews.ca) Más...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) Más...

OSHA Orders Pilot To Be Reinstated After Being Illegally Fired

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Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods Corp. was ordered to reinstate the pilot, pay $158,000 in back wages and $8,500 in damages, and remove disciplinary information from the… (www.dol.gov) Más...

2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) Más...

Solar Impulse plane lands in China

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Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, touched down in Chongqing in China just after 17:30 GMT. It had left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) some 20 hours previously. (www.bbc.com) Más...

First Poland-based Learjet 75 Handed Over

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Bombardier Business Aircraft last week delivered the first Learjet 75 that will be based in Poland. It was handed over to an undisclosed customer in the Eastern European country following type approval by the Poland's Civil Aviation Authority. The Learjet 75 light jet—a longer-range version of the Learjet 45 with Garmin G5000 integrated avionics, redesigned winglets and more efficient Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines—was certified by the U.S. FAA in November 2013. (www.ainonline.com) Más...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) Más...

Mexico becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W

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Thanks to the winglets, the C295W will be able to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. The Mexican Navy has specified the winglets for two C295s, for which the order was already announced, and winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on. (militaryaircraft-airbusds.com) Más...

FAA Flight Service Program Changes

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To help reduce costs, on October 1, 2015, the FAA will combine Flight Watch Services with the same service that supplies NOTAMs, TFRs, and flight plan services. Dedicated Flight Watch frequencies will be decommissioned. Additionally on the same date, the FAA will eliminate the domestic flight plan format, and implement flight plan filing exclusively using the format used by the ICAO. Finally, the Remote Airport Advisory Service (RAAS) will be phased out. (www.faa.gov) Más...

Malaysian Radar Spotlighted in New MH370 Report

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The recent release by the Malaysian Ministry of Transport of a Factual Information report on the MH370 disappearance has provided more detail about the failure of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air defense radar system to identify and track the errant airliner. However, the report by the Malaysian Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team does not specify the military radars involved, continuing a pattern of withholding sensitive defense information that was evident during government briefings at… (www.ainonline.com) Más...

Ottawa imposes new airline cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash

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Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) Más...

Airplanes still 1 of the safest methods to travel

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In spite of some recent higher-profile airplane losses and accidents, flying still continues to be one of the safest strategies of transportation. (www.heraldrecorder.com) Más...

CAE awarded contracts valued at more than C$70 million for five full-flight simulators and update services

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Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today announced that it has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. (canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com) Más...

How do we encourage new aviators?

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Well, how do we? 19 year old pilot has some interesting ideas. (airfactsjournal.com) Más...

Frustration with U.S. airlines is soaring

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For flight changes or cancellations, which can run into the hundreds of dollars. For seat assignments, which can cost around $50 per seat. For checked bag, usually around $25 per bag. For priority boarding, about $50. (www.cbsnews.com) Más...

HondaJet achieves FAA provisional certificate

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The new Honda HondaJet light business jet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (www.businesswire.com) Más...

(Video) F-35 Aerial Refueling Photo Flight. Stunning Close-Up Views...

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Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort observed a KC-130 aerial refueling of a F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, March 19, 2015. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is the center of excellence for F-35B training for Marine Corps Installations East. (youtu.be) Más...

Germanwings Intentionally Crashed? Cockpit Door Locked Out One Pilot

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The New York Times is reporting the cockpit voice recorder indicates one pilot refused to allow the other back into the cockpit as he crashed the plane intentionally. (www.nytimes.com) Más...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) Más...

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Flyover - Still Kicking

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The United States Air Force flew this B-52 Stratofortress all the way from Guam to Avalon in Australia to provide visitors to the Australian International Airshow with a chance to see this awesome aircraft flyby at speed. Once the display was done the aircraft headed back to Guam — all without landing on Australian soil. (www.uasvision.com) Más...

Pilots' union to bolster mental health support

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The New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association has approved a programme which will use trained volunteer psychologists to recognise and support mental health issues. (www.radionz.co.nz) Más...

World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

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The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Más...

Bombardier resets CSeries debut to 2016 as timeline slips again

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Canadian certification of the plane should come in late 2015, Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare said Friday after a shareholder meeting in Montreal. He said that will set the stage for a handover next year to the first customer, which Bombardier hasn’t identified. (montrealgazette.com) Más...

'These men are expected to be beyond human': pilot health warning

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A Perth psychologist has warned more pilots are hiding their mental health issues from their employers for fear of losing their jobs. "I've seen a lot of pilots as clients in the past and they have to be super secretive about seeing a psychologist because there's so much stigma attached," said clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Henshaw. (www.watoday.com.au) Más...

China reasserts 'two in cockpit' rule it already had

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China's civil aviation authorities have again required that at least two crew members are in the cockpit of a flying civil plane at any given time, after Tuesday's deadly Germanwings plane crash. (www.wantchinatimes.com) Más...

Boeing donates ZA002 787-8 Dreamliner to Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson AZ USA

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The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection. (www.pimaair.org) Más...

Delta and Virgin Atlantic expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture schedule this weekend

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) are celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. (worldairlinenews.com) Más...

Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) Más...

Airbus patents interactive touchscreen aircraft windows

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Airbus has patented a 'smart window' concept which might one day grace its most advanced commercial airliners. (www.ausbt.com.au) Más...

(Video) MV-22 Osprey Close-Up Aerial Refueling

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U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa completed an aerial refueling mission from Morón Air Base, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015. Two MV-22B Ospreys connected to refueling lines on a KC-130J, which refueled the Ospreys over the Atlantic Ocean. (youtu.be) Más...

Two-Person Flight Deck Action Following Germanwings Crash…The Right Action?

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Following the crash of Germanwings flight 9525, international aviation regulators and airlines are moving swiftly to implement two-person flight deck rules, but is this the right action? (airwaysnews.com) Más...

Liability for Germanwings Crash May Still Rest With Airline, Insurer

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The unusual circumstances surrounding the Germanwings crash won’t necessarily free the airline and its insurers from claims of negligence, aviation lawyers said. (www.wsj.com) Más...

Capt. Sullenberger: Aviation culture needs to allow pilots to get help

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It was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, who was in the cockpit when the plane crashed into the French Alps. Investigators called it a "deliberate" move, one that killed Lubitz and 149 others. His motive is still unclear, leading to questions about how the aviation industry screens pilots for issues like mental health. (www.cbsnews.com) Más...

Australia introduces two-person cockpit rule

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Australia has joined other jurisdictions including Canada and New Zealand in requiring two people to be in the cockpit of regular public transport (RPT) flights at all times. (australianaviation.com.au) Más...

Mainland China's M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

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The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday. Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong. (www.chinapost.com.tw) Más...

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

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Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed. (eandt.theiet.org) Más...

Teen Pilot Who Died in Crash Had 'Passion' for Flying

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A 16-year-old pilot was killed after his plane crashed in a field in Orange County, Virginia, Sunday morning. (www.nbcwashington.com) Más...

British airlines ordered to review safety procedures

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British airlines have been told to review all safety procedues in the wake of the Germanwings airline disaster. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had contacted all airlines "to require them to review all relevant procedures" following the French Alps tragedy. (www.telegraph.co.uk) Más...

Empty Plane Crashes, Only Injury Is Pilot's Pride

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Having a plane to fly is terrific. Having your plane fly away without anyone at the controls is terrifying. That's exactly what happened to this Canadian man. Fortunately, the only casualties were emotional. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) Más...

Aviation Expert: How Well Is US Cockpit Policy Enforced?

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While many have touted a U.S. policy that prevents commercial pilots from being left alone in the cockpit, aviation expert Todd Curtis says he has concerns about how well the policy is enforced. (www.newsmax.com) Más...

UPS looking to recruit more women into aviation fields

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Louisville's largest employer is looking to attract women to careers in aviation -- a field dominated by men. The Worldport hub is rolling out the red carpet trying to recruit more women into a specific part of its workforce. (www.wdrb.com) Más...

Air Force Spaceplane Returning to Orbit

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The secretive X-37B spaceplane operated by the US Air Force is scheduled to return to orbit this May. The last mission of this type lasted around 470 days and landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (spaceflightnow.com) Más...

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