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Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. Poland’s state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes. It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by the end of [...]

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Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series begins in February with “They Dared to Fly” in honor of Black History Month. Join several of the original Tuskegee Airmen as they share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. This event features open-forum and question-and-answer sessions. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee [...]

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London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter, an Augusta A109E flown by Surrey-based charter [...]

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Emergency Landing Grounds Japan’s 787s

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the [...]

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Copilot Visits Famed Airliner

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

Four years ago, Capt. Sully Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. On Monday, his copilot, Jeff Skiles, was at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. “Everybody on board that aircraft has some memory of where they were standing, where they were sitting, so it’s always going to be impactful to come back [...]

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California School Gets 727 for Program

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet with 47,900 hours under its wings made its final flight Thursday morning, landing at Riverside (Calif.) Municipal Airport under a ceremonial water arch to become a laboratory for students in California Baptist University’s new aviation science program. Professor C. Daniel Prather, chairman of the university’s aviation science program, said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Camille Lagesse, a Canadian WWI fighter ace credited with 20 victories. 1912 – Lt. Commander Charles Samson flies a Short S.38 from the deck of battleship HMS Africa moored in the River Medway, England, becoming the first British naval aviator. 1945 – A U.S. Army Air Corps Northrop P-61B Black Widow, [...]

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