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First U.S.-Built Phenom 300 Makes Inaugural Flight

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

Embraer Executive Jets’ first made-in-the-USA Phenom 300 was rolled out and made its first flight yesterday. The aircraft joined the production line in September and Wednesday’s flight marks the anniversary of the maiden flight of the first Phenom 100 to be produced in the U.S. Delivery of the light Phenom 300, which seats up to [...]

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Boeing 787 Makes Emergency Landing as Inspections Ordered

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments

On the same day one of its new Dreamliners made an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem, Boeing said U.S. regulators had ordered the entire fleet of 787 jets to be inspected for a possible fuel line problem. The twin mechanical issues, while not necessarily uncommon, were yet another headache for Boeing, a company still [...]

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Snake Bites Man Aboard Airliner, Forces Landing

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments

An EgyptAir flight was forced to divert yesterday after a passenger’s hand was bitten by a snake he had smuggled on board. The pilots decided to perform an emergency landing at a nearby airport after hearing the terrifying screams of the victim and travelers who saw the deadly Egyptian cobra crawling under their seats. The Jordanian passenger, named [...]

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Work Resumes on Spirit of St. Louis Reproduction

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments

The Old Rhinebeck (N.Y.) Aerodrome Museum announced today it will continue work on its Ryan NYP – Spirit of St. Louis reproduction through its off-season. The plan for this winter is to finish the 46-foot-long, single-piece wing and ready the aircraft for display. Upon completion of the reproduction, the aerodrome will have built its first [...]

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Chinese Fighter Crashes into House

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments

A military jet on a routine training flight crashed into a house in southern China on Tuesday, setting the building on fire and injuring several people inside, state media reported. China Central Television said the pilot ejected and parachuted to safety before the crash in Shantou city in Guangdong province. It said one of the [...]

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U.S. Denies Iran’s Reports of Captured Drone

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments

Iran said on Tuesday it had captured a U.S. intelligence drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the U.S. military quickly denied having lost any unmanned aircraft in the Middle East. The incident highlighted tensions in the Gulf as the Islamic Republic and the United States demonstrate their military capabilities in [...]

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In the Viper: A Reporter Rides the F-16

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments

Editor’s note: Aviation Week reporter Amy Butler recently flew a Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon, the iconic fighter its pilots refer to as the Viper. The U.S. Air Force’s D model she rode is the latest in a long line of attack jets equipped to suppress and kill enemy radar sites. Butler’s report takes a [...]

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Flights Rerouted Ahead of North Korean Rocket Launch

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments

South Korea said today it plans to reroute passenger flights over the Yellow Sea to avoid possible collisions with debris from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch this month. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said it made the decision after learning that North Korea had informed China and Singapore of [...]

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