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Africa: IATA Lauds Africa's Push for Open Skies

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has hailed the move by the African Union to open up the airspace on the continent. The deal establishing a single air transport market for Africa is expected to be endorsed during the Heads of State summit in Ethiopia early next year, according to Abderahmane Berthe, the African Airlines Association secretary general. So far, 20 African countries out of 55 have endorsed the African single air market. Berthe said a single air transport market is… (allafrica.com) Mehr...

Namibia: Airports Face Closure Threats

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THE national air travel regulator is threatening to shut down two of the country's busiest airports over claims that the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) was failing to do upgrades as promised. Documents seen by The Namibian show that the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wrote to the NAC on 30 November, threatening to close down the Ondangwa Airport and the Hosea Kutako International Airport within two weeks. (allafrica.com) Mehr...

Nasa on it´s way!

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Boeing 747SP, world´s largest flying observatory is flying over the southwest of the USA... (flightaware.com) Mehr...

Air Namibia connects north with the coast

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Windhoek-Air Namibia has confirmed a new addition to its domestic flights route network. As of November 19, 2017, Air Namibia will fly from Ondangwa to Walvis Bay three times a week. These flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. (www.newera.com.na) Mehr...

Die Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz befürwortet neue Kampfflugzeuge, mit gewissen Bedingungen

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Die SP spricht sich explizit für die Beschaffung von bis zu 30 neuen Kampfflugzeugen aus. Unter anderem soll das Kosten-/Nutzen Verhältnis stimmen und die Angelegenheit vom Volk abgesegnet werden dürfen. (www.blick.ch) Mehr...

+++ tornado at Vienna Airport +++

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In the vicinity of Vienna airport - schwechat has formed a strong tornado. It has now dissipated - because of the radar image, the tornado can be re-formed at any time. Cell moves to the east, with: - hail with up to 6 OR 7 CM (!!!) = Tennis Ball size - squalls - huge rain --tornado at the south end of the super cell Source: https://www.news.at/a/wetter-tornado-wien-8224595 http://www.wetteronline.de/wetterticker?postId=post_201707105236165 (www.facebook.com) Mehr...

Tokio and Kapstadt as new Austrian destinations in 2018

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In the coming year, with Tokyo and Cape Town Austrian Airlines will start two seasonal long-distance destinations. As a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed exclusively against Austrian Aviation Net, Tokyo-Narita will be included in the frequency 5/7 on 15 May 2018. The first flight to Cape Town is scheduled for October 27, 2018. The African destination is to be served with two weekly runs. According to Austrian Airlines, Boeing 777 engines are used both to Tokyo-Narita and to Cape Town. Both… (www.austrianaviation.net) Mehr...

Edelweiss launches Zürich - San Diego direct flight

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Yesterday, on June 9th, Edelweiss launched a new non stop service between Zürich and San Diego. It will fly twice weekly (15) and be operated by their newly acquired A340s. (www.airplane-pictures.net) Mehr...

End of the Season for Super Connstellation HB-RSC, next target 2018

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Due maintenance problems (especially with the 24 wing flap link rods) and an fire damaging gears and hydraulic, the famous Bird of the Super Constellation Flyers Association (SCFA) has to cancel all planned flights this year. The Association whould be happy for some financial help - please share this info: Liebe Freunde der Super Constellation, Wir haben keine guten Nachrichten. Weil unsere «SUPER CONSTELLATION» noch mehrere Wochen, voraussichtlich die ganze Saison 2017, nicht flugtüchtig sein… (flytogrimmi.blogspot.ch) Mehr...

Air Namibia granted right to fly into US

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Windhoek-Namibia’s national airline has just joined the virtually elite club of a few African national airlines approved to carry passengers in and out of the United States of America (USA), a privilege thus far enjoyed by only South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Moroccan Royal Air Maroc and Cape Verde’s TACV airline. The approval, which the United States of America’s Department of Transport granted in April, is just one of the recent exciting developments around the embattled… (www.newera.com.na) Mehr...

Sonntäglicher Luftpolizeieinsatz der Schweizer Luftwaffe

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Es handelte sich um eine Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV-X Gulfstream G450 Bern, 24.04.2017 - Ein Businessjet ohne Funkverbindung sorgte für einen sonntäglichen Einsatz der Schweizer Luftwaffe im Rahmen des Luftpolizeidienstes (LP24). Das Flugzeug war von Beirut nach Paris unterwegs. Die italienische Luftwaffe informierte am Sonntagmorgen um 10.20 Uhr die Einsatzzentrale Luftverteidigung (EZ LUV) der Schweizer Luftwaffe, dass sich im Luftraum Südtirol ein Businessjet ohne Funkverbindung befinde. Das… (www.admin.ch) Mehr...

Unusual Footballcharter with an Douglas DC-6 !

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Red Bull's DC-6B (OE-LDM) flew this morning from Salzburg (Austria) to Geneva. On Board where the Football Club Staff of Red Bull Salzburg which will play against Lisboa e Benfica for the UEFA Youth League finals this evening. The Charter should be return directly after the game, but because Salzburg will close down at 2200h LT there is a chance that they will stay overnight. (flytogrimmi.blogspot.ch) Mehr...

Gulfstream looses nose gear

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Right after takeoff a Gulfstream G450 retuned back to Salzburg Airport (SZG/LOWS) due to a technical problem. Back on the ground on the way to the apron, the nose gear broke away on the taxiway. (www.salzburg.com) Mehr...

Condor code share with AirNamibia

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From summer 2017, lots of advantages for passengers of both airlines with daily connections and new destinations. Frankfurt am Main, 9 March 2017 – Condor and Air Namibia concluded a codeshare agreement. This agreement will allow Condor passengers to have access to daily flight connections to Windhoek from summer 2017. The twice-weekly Condor flights from Frankfurt (Mondays and Fridays) are being supplemented with flights from Air Namibia. (www.airnamibia.com) Mehr...

Ethiopian Airlines Signs Codeshare Agreement with Air Namibia

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Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, concluded a codeshare agreement with Air Namibia on February 21st, 2017. The codeshare agreement covers Ethiopian thrice weekly services to Windhoek and the services of both airlines beyond their respective hubs. The agreement will allow both airlines to expand their global network through the services of each airline and also facilitate the provision of competitive and convenient travel choices to their respective customers. (aviationtribune.com) Mehr...

Swiss PC-7 Team kills an TV-camera - nobody hurt

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If it's not scary by thinking of the Prowler-Incident in Italy a few years ago, it whould be a funny anecdote ... Anyway - Swiss PC-7 Team touched an cable of an camera due training of the Demo on FIS Ski World Cup in St. Moritz (Switzerland). The camera crashed into the middle of the ski arena, luckily nobody there at the moment. Also the aircrafts/pilots returned safely to there temporary home on Samedan airfield nearby. Swiss Air Force cancelled all further flights of the Team in St. Moritz… (www.srf.ch) Mehr...

Imagine an A380 as a Flowerpot?

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Who says the era of the Airbus A380’s use is waning when clever minds can still find unique uses for the aircraft, or at least creations that look an awful lot like an A380? (www.flyingmag.com) Mehr...

Air Namibia & Turkish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement

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Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) signed a codeshare agreement yesterday. The agreement that will be effective as from 01st March 2017, covers routes between Turkey and Namibia, and set to expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of two airlines. The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in İstanbul. Namibia Deputy Minister of Works & Transport honorable Sankwasa James Sankwasa and Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi signed the deal… (www.airnamibia.com) Mehr...

Antonov AN-124 on the way to save SWISS 777 in the arctic

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At the moment, ADB228F is on the way to ZRH for taking a new engine. It will depart again in the afternoon to Iqaluit, where SWISS flight LX40 is stranded since Feb 2nd due engine shutdown. Antonov An-124 UR-82007 is a former Soviet Air Force Aircraft. (flightaware.com) Mehr...

World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017 in Davos - airspace restrictions January 16th 'till 21st, 2017

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Air traffic over Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy will be restricted within a radius of 25 nautical miles (about 46 km) from the centre of Davos. Restrictions apply not only to helicopters and aeroplanes. From 16 January 2017, the restrictions on flight operations apply to all airspace users, including model airplanes, drones, hang gliders and para-gliders. The Graubünden cantonal police will issue special restrictions for this purpose. Validity of the restrictions: Monday, January… (www.vtg.admin.ch) Mehr...

Flight scheduled to open Trail’s airport terminal diverted to Castlegar

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When the Trail Regional Airport (TRA) opened its new terminal building on Nov. 29 there was only one problem — the Pacific Coastal flight that was scheduled to arrive for the opening ceremony couldn’t land at the airport. Due to weather conditions, the plane was diverted to land at Castlegar’s West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA). (www.bclocalnews.com) Mehr...

How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for

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Interesting article I found. It's amazing how nobody wanted the 717, yet now everybody wants them. Comment below if you think Delta lucked out. (www.businessinsider.com) Mehr...

Canada doesn't buy Fighter Aircraft from Boeing

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This is not an airliner news and normally shouldn't be mentioned here on "Airliner Watch". But it is strictly related to the airliner wars between Boeing and Bombardier, and makes the headline. (airlinerwatch.com) Mehr...

Joon flies from Berlin to Paris up to six times a day

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Joon, the latest subsidiary of Air France, now connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. The first Airbus A320 from Joon was formally received at Tegel Airport. (www.airguideonline.com) Mehr...

Chinese authorities test drone-aircraft collision

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the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted the first test of a collision between a UAV (drone) and a passenger plane at the Xiangbei Experimental Base of Aviation Industry. This was done to determine the effects of a quad-copter drone hitting the front windshield of a passenger plane in flight. (news.aviation-safety.net) Mehr...

AI pilots fly plane with fuselage crack

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New Delhi: Two senior commanders and a flight engineer of Air India have been grounded for flying an aircraft with a crack on its fuselage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline are probing this lapse as the crew reportedly operated the flight even after discovering the crack on the main body section of the Airbus A-319 during a pre-flight walk around inspection. (epaper.timesgroup.com) Mehr...

Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

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A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed. (www.aviationrepublic.com) Mehr...

SAS Boeing 737 at Kirkenes on Dec 6th 2017, unsafe gear

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A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-600, registration LN-RPF performing flight SK-4472 from Oslo to Kirkenes (Norway) with 71 passengers, was on final approach to Kirkenes' runway 24 when the crew initiated a go around reporting an unsafe gear indication. (www.aeroinside.com) Mehr...

Malaysia Airlines scraps planned Amsterdam A350 route in favour of Tokyo, Auckland

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Malaysia Airlines will fly its new Airbus A350 jets to Auckland and Tokyo from 2018, scuppering plans to restart direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam in partnership with KLM. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mehr...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) Mehr...

Emirates A388 at JFK Dec 4th 2017 at about 200 feet in turn to runway 13L

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There is some question on the actual altitude. ATC alerted flightcrew which initiated go around. How low would that put the lower wingtip? (avherald.com) Mehr...

JetBlue's Fleet Review Should Wrap Up Soon -- and It's a Big Deal

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Earlier this year, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) launched a comprehensive fleet review, led by new CFO Steve Priest. This entails fine-tuning the timing of aircraft deliveries from Airbus (NASDAQOTH:EADSY) -- as well as the mix of models within the A320neo family -- and making a decision about the future of the carrier's Embraer (NYSE:ERJ) E190 fleet. (www.fool.com) Mehr...

Saudia Boeing 777 at Jeddah on Dec 9th 2017, tail strike indication

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration HZ-AK40 performing flight SV-21 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was in the initial climb out of Jeddah's runway 34C when the crew stopped... (www.aeroinside.com) Mehr...

Qatar Airways reconfirms and upsizes its order for 50 A321neo ACF

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Qatar Airways has re-affirmed its earlier order for 50 A320neo with a firm order for 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). The selection of the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011. (www.airbus.com) Mehr...

Direct flights from Zurich, Switzerland to Seychelles to begin next year

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Seychelles is set to get another direct flight to Europe when Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, begins flights to the island nation from September next year. (www.seychellesnewsagency.com) Mehr...

Video - Flight Deck View Landing A380 at FAOR

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In a video posted to YouTube by British Airways, captain Dave Wallsworth shares his awe-inspiring view from the flight deck. Watch as he and Senior First Officers Jeremy Goodson and Phil Gillespie interact with air traffic control to skillfully land one of our A380 aircraft in Johannesburg. (www.thesouthafrican.com) Mehr...

What Happened to Monarch Airlines aircraft?

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Hello. In this new video I made, I try to explain what happened to Monarch's aircraft after their collapse. (www.youtube.com) Mehr...

LGW is hiring Airbus A320 pilots, starts operating for Eurowings

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LGW ceased operations along with Airberlin on October 27, 2017 (ironically 10 years to the day it started operations).Since then the carrier has been hiring Airbus A320 crews. It started operating its first Airbus A320 for Eurowings on December 5. 2017. LGW will eventually replace the Airberlin A320s which previously operated for Eurowings. (worldairlinenews.com) Mehr...

Norwegian Boeing 737 at Funchal on Dec 9th 2017, flaps problem

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A Norwegian Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NGC performing flight DY-1784 from Oslo (Norway) to Funchal (Portugal) with 84 people on board, was on final approach to Funchal descending through about 700 feet when the crew initiated a go around reporting a flaps problem and decided to divert (www.aeroinside.com) Mehr...

DC-10 Drops Fire Retardant On Guy's House, Breaks His Truck Window

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DC-10 doing a crazy low pass for all the right reasons. Great work by some talented pilots. (www.avgeekery.com) Mehr...

KLM thinks the pilot cap is old fashioned

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KLM explains in a statement that it no longer sees "added value" from this accessory. Starting from the beginning of the new year, the airline operator wants to give a "more modern" appearance to its pilots by removing the cap from pilot uniforms. (airlinerwatch.com) Mehr...

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

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Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some international flights. The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent "engine events". (www.bbc.com) Mehr...

Passenger "Air Rage" soars in 2017

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Drunk and violent airline passengers are on the rise, with airline staff now forced to physically restrain more mid-flight troublemakers than ever before. (nypost.com) Mehr...

Qatar Airways A320 badly damaged in fire at Doha Airport

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Yesterday a Qatar Airways A321 was undergoing maintenance at a remote stand at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, and apparently the inflight entertainment satellite antenna caught fire. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) Mehr...

Dangerous and unprofessional manoeuvres

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Not a good squawk I guess, just couldn't resist posting this... (www.youtube.com) Mehr...

Pilatus PC-24 Awarded EASA and FAA Certification

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Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft received simultaneous approvals for its new PC-24 “super versatile” jet on December 7 from EASA and the FAA, including authorizations for flight into known icing and single-pilot operations. The $8.9 million (list price) 10-passenger aircraft is “the first ever Swiss business jet,” said the company, which added it was the culmination of eleven-and-a-half years’ work. (www.ainonline.com) Mehr...

Experts demand MH370 search party re-examine photos showing debris including a SUITCASE floating in the Indian Ocean

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Aviation experts have demanded a new investigation into images showing debris floating in the Indian Ocean soon after missing flight MH370 vanished. Leader of the MH370 Independent Group, US engineer Victor Iannello, said the pictures appear to show debris, including a suitcase and a cargo package, that could have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Mehr...