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Sydney Airport COVID-19 slowdown hands hobby pilots bucket list take-off experience

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Hobby pilots have been landing and taking off from Sydney Airport during the coronavirus period. Restrictions on air travel mean commercial jets are barely using the airport's runways. Recreational pilot Mark Keech said landing at the airport was a unique opportunity he had to take. (www.abc.net.au) Más...

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Lufthansa’s A380s And A340-600s May Never Fly Again

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Lufthansa has announced a third round of restructuring plans after the carrier saw a significant decline in bookings. (www.gatechecked.com) Más...

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Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

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Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035 (www.airbus.com) Más...

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In 2005, Helios flight 522 crashed into a Greek hillside. Was it because one man forgot to flip a switch?

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Early on the morning of 14 August 2005, Alan Irwin, then 44, was with his partner, Donna, and their two young children in an apartment in Larnaca, Cyprus. It was a convenient base, only minutes from the airport. Irwin was an aircraft engineer; he had become obsessed with the technical aspects of planes as a young man in the Royal Air Force, following in the footsteps of his father, also an aircraft engineer and pilot. “I enjoy being around machines,” Irwin says. “If they’re broken, they’re… (www.theguardian.com) Más...

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Boeing Whistle-Blower Says Proposed 737 Max Fixes Aren’t Enough

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A whistle-blower at Boeing Co. is urging aviation regulators to add additional protections to the grounded 737 Max. (www.bloomberg.com) Más...

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American Airlines plans pilot training on Boeing 737 Max in November

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American Airlines is planning to start training its pilots on the still-grounded Boeing 737 Max this November, according to a company memo sent Monday 21 September. “With the planned return to service for our B737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin conducting B737 MAX Special Training for our B737 pilots,” Ameya Kingaonkar, director of flight training planning and scheduling, said in a pilot memo, which was seen by CNBC. Kingaonkar said that the company expects to train all of its… (www.cnbc.com) Más...

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Last in, first out: Female pilots bear brunt of airline job cuts

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In the United States alone, the top two airlines are set to furlough more than 3,000 pilots when government stimulus expires this month, and a disproportionate number of those are women. Under layoff agreements between airlines and unions, junior pilots lose their jobs before senior ones, regardless of gender, race or age. (www.reuters.com) Más...

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Boeing Clocks New Orders For Converted 737 Freighters

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Boeing announced it had received two firm orders for converted 737-800 freighters. This means the manufacturer now has a total of 134 orders. With such strong demand, Boeing will open two new conversion lines in Asia to meet its customer’s needs. One line will open in Singapore, and another will open in Guangzhou, China. (simpleflying.com) Más...

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Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines

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‘Flights to Nowhere’ are smart public relations for Asia-Pacific airlines, but that such flights are even under consideration underlines the immense challenges they face. Reports recently emerged that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering what local reports refer to as ’Flights to Nowhere,’ whereby passengers board in Singapore, fly around a few hours enjoying SIA’s in-flight service, and land again in Singapore. (www.flightglobal.com) Más...

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Three injured after North American B-25 Mitchell vintage WWII bomber crashes in California, United States

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On 19 September, a North American “Old Glory” TB-25N Mitchell vintage WWII bomber (registered N7946C and built in 1944) was severely damaged in an off-airport landing near Stockton, California, United States. The plane attempted a landing in an open field and appeared to have struck an irrigation ditch. All three people on board sustained injuries, two of them were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. (www.aviation24.be) Más...

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Why JetBlue Is Still Eager to Get the Airbus A220

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Air travel demand plunged earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it isn't expected to recover fully for years. In response, airlines have negotiated aggressively with Boeing and Airbus (OTC:EADSY) to defer aircraft deliveries in order to relieve some of the pressure on their balance sheets. JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) has been no exception. Entering 2020, the leisure-focused airline planned to take delivery of at least 46 -- and possibly as many as 56 -- Airbus A321neos… (www.fool.com) Más...

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