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Hawaiian Airlines Acquires Turboprops for Lanai, Molokai Flights

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments

Hawaiian Airlines’ corporate parent, filling the only void in its interisland service, plans to inaugurate flights to Molokai and Lanai next year with its newly established turboprop operation. The company said on Wednesday it has completed the purchase of its first ATR 42 twin-turboprop aircraft, and has an agreement to acquire a second plane in Novem­ber. [...]

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Airline Passengers Thrilled by Role in Yacht Rescue

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments

The diversion might have made them late landing in Sydney, Australia, but airline passengers have revelled in the excitement of helping to rescue a yacht drifting away from New South Wales coast. Two commercial jets were called in by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Tuesday morning to assist in the search for a missing [...]

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Myanmar to Excavate Spitfire Fighters

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

Myanmar has signed a deal with a British aviation enthusiast to allow the excavation of a World War II treasure: dozens of Supermarine Spitfire fighter planes buried by the British almost 70 years ago. Aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall discovered the locations of the aircraft after years of searching. The planes are believed to be [...]

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Bombardier Starts Building Boeing, Airbus Competitor

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Bombardier took another step toward breaking the Boeing-Airbus lock on the narrowbody jet market Monday, saying it has begun assembling its rival CSeries jet, and that it is still on course to start flight-testing by year-end, despite concerns that timetable could slip. Fuselage and other parts for the first CSeries plane, which will include assemblies [...]

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Light Plane Missing After Leaving Half Moon Bay

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

A search is under way for a single-engine airplane that flew out of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday morning bound for Arizona but never reached its destination, aviation officials said. The Aeropro CZ A240 left around 5:50 a.m., and the pilot’s wife said he intended to make a fuel stop in Apple Valley, said Federal [...]

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Yeager Re-Enacts Sound Barrier Flight

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of a McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle as it broke the sound [...]

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Baumgarter Sets Records in Successful Jump Attempt

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Felix reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph (1,342.8 kmh) or  Mach 1.24. This preliminary figure would make him the first man to break the [...]

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County-Owned 737 Missing Engine

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments

With Scot Spencer and San Bernardino (Calif.) International Airport, nothing is simple. When airport officials were asked to account for three engines that Spencer used along with a Boeing 727 as collateral for a $550,000 loan from the airport, there wasn’t a yes or no answer. Instead, there was a question: Where are the engines? Airport [...]

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