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JetBlue: First Cuba flights will launch next month

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JetBlue’s first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba will begin next month, with fares beginning at $99 one-way. JetBlue’s first non-charter Cuba route will launch Aug. 31, when it begins nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. JetBlue initially will operate three flights a week before going to daily service on Oct. 1. (www.usatoday.com) עוד...

Boeing Considers Ending Production of Iconic 747

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Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it may stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of producing the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state. The prospect of ending 747 production after years of weak sales would close a chapter of Boeing's history that began when the humped jetliner won its first orders from Pan American World Airways five decades ago. (www.marketwatch.com) עוד...

FAA restores birthday solos

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Following a request from AOPA, the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their fourteenth or sixteenth birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are operating. (www.aopa.org) עוד...

Boeing Delivers 6000th Next-Generation 737

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Boeing has delivered the 6000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The aircraft is a 737-800, delivered to Turkish Airlines. (airwaysmag.com) עוד...

Blue Angels are upgrading to Super Hornets

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The Blue Angels demonstration squadron are transitioning from the F/A 18 A-D Hornets to the new F/A 18 E-F Super Hornets (www.popularmechanics.com) עוד...

London City airport expansion gets government approval

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UK Government ministers have given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion of London City airport (LCY - EGLC). The plans include an extended terminal, more space for planes to taxi to and from the runway, and new aircraft stands that will allow bigger, more modern planes to use the airport. (www.theguardian.com) עוד...

The owner of British Airways got screwed over by Brexit

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International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company which owns British Airways, is blaming Brexit for a €148 million (£124 million) foreign exchange loss in the first 6 months of 2016. (www.todayaviationnews.com) עוד...

Video: A-26 Invader Nose Gear Collapse On Landing

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On Monday, July 25th, the A-26 Invader "Silver Dragon" suffered a nose gear collapse on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The crew had already executed a go around after hearing a pop while cycling the gear, and orbited to troubleshoot the problem. Eventually the decision was made to land on runway 36. (www.youtube.com) עוד...

FAA Releases VOR Decommissioning Policy

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The FAA formally published its policy including the criteria for selecting hundreds of VOR navigation aids that will be decommissioned over the next decade. The policy, released today, further outlines the process for decommissioning. The agency has selected 308 VORs to be decommissioned as the agency moves to a satellite-based navigational system (www.ainonline.com) עוד...

Incident: Hawaiian B763 over Pacific Ocean on Jul 27th 2016, hydraulic problem

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N592HA performing flight HA-442 from Sapporo (Japan) to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 236 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL330 over the Pacific Ocean about 800nm southeast of Sapporo when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Tokyo's Narita Airport due to a low hydraulic pressure indication. The aircraft landed safely on Narita's runway 16R about 2 hours later (avherald.com) עוד...

Is fuel prices and maintenance costs main reason for End of the Boeing's iconic 747?

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The 747 has not been retired, although in terms of popularity it is significantly lower. The 747–8i (the newest 747 variant) has not received many orders from airlines and has survived essentially as a freighter (because that has a special nose-loading capability). Very briefly, the main reason is fuel prices and maintenance costs, which made newer, more efficient aircraft like the 777 significantly more attractive. (aviationsquad.com) עוד...

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