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Airlines sue DOT over new rules requiring disclosure of fees

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Major airlines have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over new rules that would require carriers to disclose all airline fees — including those for checked and carry-on bags as well as change and cancelation fees — up front. (www.cnn.com) More...

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FAA bill would force the agency to craft 'real world' rules for airplane evacuations

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If an airplane has to be evacuated, the Federal Aviation Administration says all passengers must be capable of getting out within 90 seconds. But critics say the agency's testing standards have not kept pace with the shrinking size of airplane seats — which means more people jammed into the cabin — or the changing composition of the flying public. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth argues the FAA's current tests fail to take real world conditions into consideration. (www.npr.org) More...

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NASA's DC-8 finally retired

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Link to video of flyover by DC-8-71 N817NA. It will be replaced by a B777. (www.aerotime.aero) More...

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Delta Planning to Fly Premium-Heavy CRJ-550s

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The airline is slated to add the 50-seat aircraft to its regional fleet. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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German aviation company Lilium and Swiss firm to open new sites in France

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PARIS, May 12 (Reuters) - German aviation firm Lilium and Swiss-based nickel refinery company KL1 will set up new sites in France representing a combined investment of 700 million euros ($753.83 million), French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. Lilium will invest 400 million euros in a new factory that will create up to 850 new jobs. KL1's new site in Blanquefort, near Bordeaux, will amount to an investment of 300 million euros, creating 200 new jobs, Le Maire said. The… (www.reuters.com) More...

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Trump's plane clips another jet's wings after late-night landing at PBIA; FAA investigates

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WEST PALM BEACH — The FAA is investigating an incident in which former President Donald Trump's private plane clipped another jet after landing at Palm Beach International Airport early Sunday, May 12. The Boeing 757 landed safely at the airport at about 1:20 a.m. While taxiing, its winglet made contact "with a parked and unoccupied corporate jet," the statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said (www.msn.com) More...

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Jumping from History: The Skydiving DC-9 Hot Rod Flies Again

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It’s been over a decade since a former SAS Scandinavian Airlines DC-9 took to the skies over southern California for a skydiving mission. It finally made its return to the skies last week! (avgeekery.com) More...

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Ground Agent Injured After Falling From A320 Doorway

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A ground agent attending to a Transnusa Airlines flight at an Indonesian airport ended up in the hospital after falling from the door of the Airbus A320-200 aircraft. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Issue with A320 forces diversion

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Delta Airbus A320 performing flight 1166 from Austin to NY JFK diverted to Cincinnati due to technical issues and met by fire vehicles on landing. No details yet. (www.flightaware.com) More...

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Department of Justice says Boeing may be criminally liable in 737 Max crashes

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Boeing has violated a 2021 agreement that shielded it from criminal prosecution after two 737 Max disasters left 346 people dead overseas, the Department of Justice told a federal judge in a court filing Tuesday. (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Tanzanian Dreamliner Takes a Long Nap: Engine Problems Keep Plane Grounded in Malaysia

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One of Air Tanzania’s fancy Boeing 787 Dreamliners has been stuck in Malaysia for almost seven months! This plane hasn’t flown any passengers since last August because of problems with its Rolls-Royce engines. Mechanics are working on it now, but it took so long because there weren’t any spare engines available. This particular airplane (registration 5H-TCJ) is brand new – they got it in 2019. It’s supposed to be one of two Dreamliners that Air Tanzania has, but for now, only one is flying… (www.msn.com) More...

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Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-900ER Hits Spirit Airlines Airbus A321neo At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

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An unfortunate incident involved damage to Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines aircraft in Cleveland. Both planes have been taken out of service for inspections due to the contact between the two aircraft. The incident caused multi-hour delays to Delta's flights and the cancelation of Spirit's flight. A Boeing 737-900ER operated by Delta Air Lines came in contact with a Spirit Airlines Airbus A321neo at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on Sunday. The incident caused the… (www.msn.com) More...

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Is Comac's C939 Widebody Jet Poised To Take On Boeing And Airbus?

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COMAC is working on the C939, which is set to seat up to 400 passengers, positioning it against Airbus A350 and Boeing 777. The C939 is part of COMAC's lineup, including the ARJ21 and C919, aiming to compete in the aircraft market. With plans for a twin-engine aircraft capable of intercontinental distances, COMAC aims to challenge the Airbus-Boeing duopoly in commercial aviation. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has begun work on its C939 widebody aircraft, which will be… (www.msn.com) More...

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NASA Langley Research Center converts Boeing 777 into flying research lab

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The Boeing 777 sitting in NASA Langley Research Center’s hangar isn't any ordinary plane. It's being converted into a science lab for researchers to better understand our atmosphere and oceans. Acquired in December 2022 from an airliner based in Japan, NASA Langley Research Center is in its second year of renovating the plane. (www.wtkr.com) More...

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WWII Triple-Ace Col Bud Anderson Has Passed Away

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WWII triple-ace fighter pilot legend Col Bud Anderson (ret.) has passed away. He was 102 years young. Anderson shot down 16 Nazi Luftwaffe. (avgeekery.com) More...

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FAA Order May Delay First Artemis, Starship Moon Landings

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A new FAA order for an environmental review of SpaceX’s Starship ops at Kennedy Space Center in Florida may delay the first Artemis, SpaceX moon landings. Right now, NASA has a $4.2 billion contract with SpaceX to develop a Starship variant to land NASA’s first Artemis astronauts at the moon’s South Pole on Artemis-3 by the end of 2026. SpaceX hopes to fly an un-crewed Starship lunar landing test in 2025, to give NASA confidence for a crewed landing. (avgeekery.com) More...

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Southwest May Soon Crack Down On Seat Savers And Wheel Chair Abusers

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Southwest Airlines may look into the possibility of assigned seating, which would crack down on seat savers and those abusing the preboarding process. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Congress exempts Boeing 767 freighter from 2028 production cutoff

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The FAA bill provides a nice gift for Boeing, FedEx and UPS related to 767 freighters. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Remembering Dick Rutan, Aviation Legend and Decorated Veteran

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This weekend, the aviation world mourns the loss of a pioneer in the industry. Remembering USAF Lt Col (ret) Dick Rutan, an aviation legend and decorated combat veteran. Rutan passed away on May 3, while battling a severe lung infection. (avgeekery.com) More...

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Singapore Airlines Awards Staff With Bonus Equivalent to Nearly Eight Months Salary

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The airline recorded a nearly $2 billion profit during the fiscal year. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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