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Airbus' ZEROe Program: The Race to Hydrogen-Powered Flight by 2035

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The aviation industry's impact on the environment is undeniable. While it connects people and cultures across the globe, its reliance on fossil fuels contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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‘Help’ written in palm fronds assists US forces in rescuing Micronesians stranded on tiny island

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The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard found and rescued three men Tuesday from a tiny atoll south of Guam, where they spent more than a week after they were left stranded. Stripes has a paywall, but they allow a certain number of free views before it kicks in. (www.stripes.com) More...

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Kalitta Charters II retires last Boeing 727

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April 5th, 2024, marks a sad day for old jet and aviation lovers as Michigan based Kalitta Charters II has retired its final Boeing 727 freighter. N729CK sn 22982 was a Boeing 727-264 built in May 1982. The almost 42 year old aircraft was the last operating 727 in Kalitta’s fleet. The aircraft was ferried from the companys headquarters at Willow Run, KYIP to its maintenance and storage facility in Oscoda, KOSC. The short 39 minute flight operated as KII729 or dragster 729. Prior to its… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Nolinor offers major salary increases to its pilots

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MIRABEL, QC, April 9, 2024 /CNW/ - As the aviation industry faces a shortage of pilots, compounded by regulatory challenges and the after-effects of the pandemic, Nolinor Aviation is setting itself apart with a bold initiative aimed at valuing and retaining talent within its team. Recognizing the crucial importance of its pilots in maintaining the quality of service for which the company is renowned, Nolinor has announced a major revision of the salary grid for its Boeing 737 Captains.This new… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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United's Island Hopper Adventure: 7 Pacific Islands in 15 Hours on a Boeing 737

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When it comes to serving remote communities, airlines are sometimes the only means to provide vital resources to these places. One such example is the "Island Hopper", a service by United Airlines from Honolulu (HNL) to Guam (GUM) that stops in various Pacific islands. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Intercepting the Solar Eclipse in T-38s with the USAF

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In what might be the last time a T-38 is flown into an eclipse, this is the story of the planning it took to get an epic shot of the storied trainer jet. (avgeekery.com) More...

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A Southwest Boeing 737 lost engine cover during takeoff, FAA is investigating

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An engine cowling fell off of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 and struck a wing flap during takeoff from Denver International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday. (www.cnbc.com) More...

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N703CK (Kalitta Air) 747 retirement

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Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400 N703CK landing at Willow Run, YIP this morning on its second to last flight. The aircraft arrived at YIP as CKS9703 from YYZ to clear customs before its scheduled departure later today to OSC for retirement (www.youtube.com) More...

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Iranian Drone Attacks Force Airspace Closures, Airlines to Cancel or Divert Flights

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Several Middle Eastern countries closed their airspace to flights after Iran launched a drone attack against Israel on April 13. This drone attack comes a few days after an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus killed seven officers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Multiple airlines canceled or diverted flights flying over the region amid the worsening geopolitical environment. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Boeing CEO’s penchant for cost-cutting doesn’t apply to his trips on the company jet

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When it comes to building planes, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is all about streamlining costs. An accountant by training, Calhoun has prioritized fiscal discipline over his four years at the helm, tightening the belt to free up cash flow and put the company on better financial footing. ... Boeing reported in a regulatory filing that ... Calhoun got an extra half-million dollars worth of personal private jet travel on the company’s dime that had previously been improperly recorded as business travel. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Spirit To Furlough Pilots; Defer Aircraft Deliveries Due To Cash Crunch

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Spirit Airlines announced today that, to save cash, it will furlough 260 pilots and postpone Airbus aircraft deliveries scheduled from the second quarter of next year through 2026. The aircraft deliveries are scheduled to be deferred until 2030-2031. Deliveries scheduled from 2027 to 2029 are not affected. The pilot furloughs are scheduled to start September 1. (www.avweb.com) More...

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Whistleblower reporting defects in 787/777

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Federal authorities say they’re investigating Boeing after a whistleblower repeatedly raised concerns with two widebody jet models, and claimed the company retaliated against him. Whistleblower Sam Salehpour, a Boeing engineer, alleges that Boeing took shortcuts when manufacturing its 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets, and that the risks could become catastrophic as the airplanes age. The New York Times was first to report the whistleblower complaint. (www.cnn.com) More...

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German airports reach agreement to end strike action

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The German trade union Verdi has made a pay agreement covering some 25,000 security staff to avert more strike action. A dispute with airports has led to a series of strikes at some of Germany's busiest hubs, with a large number of flights canceled on numerous strike days. The agreement comes after an arbitration process that was launched on Friday at a secret location. What we know so far Verdi had said it would not call for any further work stoppages by security service providers until… (www.dw.com) More...

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ICAO Council adopts new international aviation Standards and Recommended Practices for remotely piloted aircraft systems

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Montréal, 5 April 2024 – New aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) adopted at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will enhance safety and accelerate the transformation of the global air navigation system, including the integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). “The sustainable development of aviation worldwide requires a performance-driven and service-oriented advanced global air navigation system. Today we have taken significant steps towards… (www.icao.int) More...

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Cargo airline sends new Boeing 767 freighters directly to storage

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Northern Air Cargo and its affiliates have grounded two cargo aircraft before their first commercial flight. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Lufthansa and cabin crew union reach a pay deal to end string of German aviation disputes

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BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa and a union representing cabin crew reached a pay deal Thursday, concluding the last of several major disputes that have led to recent strikes at Germany’s biggest airline and in the country’s wider aviation sector. The UFO union said nearly 19,000 cabin crew will get a pay rise effectively totaling 17.4% in three stages under the three-year deal, plus a one-time payment of 3,000 euros ($3,240) per person to offset inflation. Some bonuses also will be increased. The… (apnews.com) More...

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Boeing Won’t Even Consider Moving HQ Back to Seattle

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t’s been a brutal six years for Boeing, with two fatal jet crashes kicking off a series of safety crises — and raising concerns about the quality and safety of the planes rolling off its assembly lines. As Boeing scrambles to repair its reputation, some critics and shareholders are asking: Why not move headquarters away from the shadow of Washington, D.C., and back home to its roots in Seattle? But Boeing has now made clear: We are not interested. (edition.cnn.com) More...

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A Badly Damaged 33-Year-Old United 767 Comes Back From The Dead

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Eight months after one of United Airlines’ Boeing 767-300ERs suffered substantial frame damage during landing, the aircraft lives to see another day. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Skydweller Aero, complets the world’s first autonomous flight of a large solar-powered aircraft.

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Skydweller Aero, a trailblazer in sustainable aviation, has completed the world’s first autonomous flight of a large solar-powered aircraft. This monumental flight, undertaken without any human intervention either onboard or remotely, embarked from Stennis International Airport in the United States, marking a historic milestone in autonomous aviation and environmental stewardship. A Milestone in Aerospace Innovation Skydweller’s remarkable achievement showcases the company’s technical prowess… (www.environmentenergyleader.com) More...

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Hainan Airlines Eyes Major Airbus A330-900 Order Amid Fleet Expansion

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Hainan Airlines, a prominent player in China’s aviation sector, is reportedly on the brink of significantly boosting its fleet with an order for up to 20 Airbus A330-900 aircraft. This speculation arises from a stock exchange filing which revealed the airline’s board of directors’ approval for the purchase of aircraft kitchen equipment specifically designed for the A330-900, despite the airline currently not operating any A330-900s in its fleet. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Rolls-Royce begins testing of its most powerful business aviation engine

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Rolls-Royce, makers of powerful jet engines and brilliant cars, has announced the start of the flight test campaign for their engine, the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X. The Pearl 10X will power the Dassault Falcon 10X, the French manufacturer’s newest flagship aircraft. The first flight of the engine was onboard the company’s dedicated test aircraft, a Boeing 747 flying testbed. The Pearl 10X is the newest member of Rolls-Royce’s state-of-the-art Pearl engine family. It is also the first-ever… (interestingengineering.com) More...

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Before GPS: How Did Pilots Navigate in the Early Days of Aviation?

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Navigation is something we do every day without even considering it. In its simplest terms, navigation is getting from point A to point B. It's fairly easy when the distances are short, and the environs are obvious. Finding your way to the kitchen in your own home, for example. But when the distances grow longer, and if the destination is unfamiliar, then the challenges increase. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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The Most Dangerous Airport in the World, Plus 12 Nail-biters

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Thanks to aircraft technology, more efficient air traffic control and better training for pilots and mechanics, air travel has become safer. The number of fatal accidents involving jet airliners worldwide dropped from 40 per million flights in 1959 to just 0.05 deaths per million flights in 2021, according to global data gathered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing. (science.howstuffworks.com) More...

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