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Celebrity Pilots - do you know them - Morgan Freeman

MORGAN FREEMAN (Actor) PRIVATE PILOT 03/02/2005 AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND  AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND  INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE Actor Morgan Freeman, best-known for his stoic, smooth-talking characters in The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby, has said that he wanted to fly a plane since he was a kid sitting in English class, daydreaming about being a fight...

Celebrity Pilots - do you know them - Angelina Jolie

Let's find out who are they, celebrity pilots! ANGELINA JOLIE  STUDENT PILOT 06/23/2004 PRIVATE PILOT (FOREIGN BASED) 07/29/2005 AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND Limits: ISSUED ON BASIS OF AND VALID ONLY WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY UNITED KINGDOM PILOT LICENSE NUMBER(S) UK/PP433873A/A. ALL LIMITATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE UNITED KINGDOM PILOT LICENSE APPLY The famous actres...

China syndrome: how the slowdown could spread to the Brics and beyond

umbling share prices. A sell-off in commodity markets. Capital flight from some of the world’s riskier countries. Hints of a looming currency war.Financial markets ended last week in panic mode as fears emerged that the world was about to enter the next phase of the crisis that began eight years ago in August 2007. Back then, the problems began in the developed world – in Ameri...

Eurozone condemned to permanent crisis without reforms

Political paralysis in the eurozone will force the bloc into permanent turmoil unless countries stop “muddling through” the crisis and take responsibility for reforms, the architect of Europe’s tough budget rules has warned. Olli Rehn, who served as the European Commission’s top economic official at the height of the eurozone crisis, said political rifts between countrie...

Boeing on track to meet 737 MAX production targets: spokesman

Boeing Co (BA.N) remains on track to meet production targets it has set for its 737 MAX jetliner, a company spokesman said on Friday following a report on industry concerns that slow output at supplier GKN PLC (GKN.L) could cause delays. The Chicago-based aircraft maker expects to roll out the first 737 MAX before the end of 2015, fly it in early 2016 and deliver it to customers on time beginni...

Pilot killed in light plane crash at Swiss air show

Two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland, on Sunday, killing one of the pilots, police said. The aircraft, in a German flying group of three planes, crashed at around 0515 ET, Basel-Landschaft police said in a statement. One of the pilots, a 50-year-old man, was killed while the other escaped unharmed by parachute. The third aircraft was able to land safel...

Inmarsat to launch third Global Xpress satellite Aug. 28

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat confirmed the third satellite in its Global Xpress program—Inmarsat-5 F3—will launch Aug. 28. It is scheduled to be deployed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:44 p.m. (BST). The third Global Xpress satellite to be launched, I-5 F3, will cover the Pacific Ocean region and will, together with...

China’s AVIC receives 185 orders for the MA700

The Aviation Corp. of China (AVIC) has received 185 orders for the Chinese regional turboprop MA700 from 11 customers. According to AVIC VP Geng Ruguang, the MA700 will be off the final assembly line and will launch its inaugural flight in 2017. It is scheduled to get an airworthiness certificate and be delivered to its first customer in 2019. The MA700 is the stretched version of the...

ATR enters Japan with first ATR 42 delivery to Amakusa Airlines

Japanese regional carrier Amakusa Airlines has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-600, making it the first ATR operator in Japan. ATR has opened a representative office in Tokyo as it seeks to expand its foothold in the Japanese market. “We are delighted to enter such a major market, one of the few Asian countries where ATR had not flown before,” ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac said...

737 Classic era comes to an end at British Airways

More than three decades of Boeing 737 service at British Airways (BA) is due to come to an end in the next few weeks as the carrier retires its last examples of the twinjet. BA has just three 737 Classics remaining in service, the last survivors of what was, at its height, a 39-strong fleet serving domestic and European destinations. The UK carrier took delivery from Boeing of its...

FAA issues list detailing UAV sightings in commercial airspace

FAA has released a list of all reports by pilots, air traffic and the public of possible encounters with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that were submitted between Nov., 2014 and August 20. The list, posted on the FAA site Aug. 21, follows a statement released by the agency in mid-August stating that the number of reports by commercial pilots of drones flying close to their aircraft h...

World Heritage Air Museum Announces New Headquarters at Oakland County International Airport

The World Heritage Air Museum (WHAM) announced the opening its new headquarters and flight operations base at a renovated hanger at Oakland County International Airport (OCIA).  The hanger will be home to several rare vintage jets from around the world where visitors can get an up close view and learn more about the aircraft and the roles they played in history. Accordi...

Miami Airport's Energy Makeover Saves Power, Money

With millions of lights spread around three terminals and two parking garages, changing burned-out bulbs at Miami International Airport is no easy task. So, sometimes when lights go -- especially on fixtures 90 feet high -- they stay out for a while, leaving some areas dim. But a new energy-saving, environmentally friendly overhaul of the massive airport will replace 64,000 fixtures with mor...

India Launches World's First Solar-powered Airport

The world's first ever fully solar-powered airport has been launched in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Indian government has already directed other airports around the country to start incorporating solar energy into their daily operations. Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports from Kochi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YILtyIkeANg    

Swiss Aviation Training completes Airbus-Boeing simulator conversion

Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) has converted the first Airbus full-flight simulator (FFS) to the latest version of theBoeing 777-300ER. The EASA-certified FFS has been put into training operations for Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The new device was converted from an existing Airbus A330/340 simulator and is located in SAT’s Kloten training facilities, near Zurich Airport. It...

Kaliningrad subsidy program status

Russian airlines carried more than 125,000 passengers on Kaliningrad-Moscow and Kaliningrad-Saint Petersburg routes within the framework of Kaliningrad subsidy program for the first four months. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, since April 15, 2015, RUB269 million ($4.09 million) was spent for subsidies, 64% of its budget of RUB420 million. T...

Ankara will become third Turkish Airlines hub

Rapidly growing Turkish Airlines is developing the nation’s capital airport, Ankara Esenboğa International Airport (ESB), into its third hub. Its two other major hubs are in Istanbul—Atatürk and (IST) Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) airports. “We want to make Ankara a hub for scheduled domestic and international operations,” CEO Temel Kotil told ATW....

Etihad Airways teams up with lifestyle concierge service provider Ten Group

Etihad Airways has teamed up with leading global concierge service provider Ten Group to serve the unique needs of guests travelling in The Residence by Etihad, onboard the airline's Airbus A380 fleet. Ten Group will provide a specially trained Etihad Lifestyle Concierge team who will work closely with the airline’s London Savoy-trained Residence by Etihad Butlers. Utilising intellige...

Etihad Airways launches new 'fare choices'

Etihad Airways will implement a new fare structure from 14 September 2015 to provide more choice and clarity when booking flights. A total of eight new ‘Fare Choices’ will be introduced, allowing travellers to tailor their bookings to their individual needs. The ‘Fare Choices’ are transparent and differ in baggage allowance, flexibility and included benefits that otherwi...

Pegasus Airlines to commence services to Baghdad

Pegasus Airlines is to start services from Istanbul Baghdad, Iraq, three times a week from September 1. Pegasus will operate the flights from Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport.  The Turkish airline will also serve Erbil, in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq, four times weekly from September 10.  

Fedex reaches tentative agreement with pilots

FedEx (FDX.N) pilots tentatively agreed with the package delivery company on an amended collective bargaining agreement, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said. Fedex and its pilots have been negotiating on employment conditions since 2011. FedEx management filed for a mediation process with the National Mediation Board in October 2014. The terms of the agreement are not being released...