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Katherine Stinson – The Flying Schoolgirl

27 of September 1913 Katherine Stinson becomes the first woman in the United States to make an official airmail flight. So let's find out more about her. Known as the Flying Schoolgirl, Katherine Stinson became just the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn her pilot’s license on July 24, 1912. Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1891 in Fort Payne, Alabama, Ameri...

Flight MH17: Russia could face legal action over downing of jet over Ukraine

Russia could face a barrage of legal action over the downing of flight MH17 as affected countries gather in New York to discuss their options. Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will meet with her counterparts from Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine on Tuesday during the annual United Nations general assembly meeting. One of the proposals is for a tribunal sim...

Girls check out aviation careers at RDU

The aviation industry has a stereotype that’s hard to shake: Men become pilots and women become flight attendants. To get more girls interested in flight – and flight-related jobs on the ground – Raleigh-Durham International Airport hosted Girls In Aviation Day on Saturday. “It’s just not the first thing that girls may think of,” said Jenn Nash, a pilot an...

Aviation experts raise $400 million to return Concorde to the skies

The most impressive passenger jet in history could return to our skies, with a committed group of fans raising nearly $400 million to see the supersonic wonder restored to its former glory. The world’s only supersonic passenger plane could return to the skies, with a group of aviation enthusiasts raising more than $400 million to see the Concorde fly again. The aircraft was retired in...

Aviation tycoon Ryan bankrolls furniture collection made out of old aircraft parts

Aviation tycoon Declan Ryan has provided seed capital to a designer who makes furniture out of retired aircraft. Ciara O'Toole - herself a pilot - has launched a collection of five pieces inspired by adventurer Amelia Earhart, who went missing over the Pacific in 1937. Ryan, son of Ryanair founder Tony Ryan, has provided backing through his company Irelandia. One of O'Toole's pie...

Alaska Airlines’ Success is Fueled by More Travelers Visiting Hawaii

Alaska Airlines saw an opportunity in the Hawaii market nearly eight years ago that was too good to pass up. Aloha and ATA airlines shut down nearly simultaneously in the spring of 2008, and the Seattle-based carrier stepped in to fill the void. Alaska hasn’t looked back since while growing exponentially to become a major player in the islands’ tourism industry. Brad Tilden, c...

American Airlines Faces Boeing Fines Over Delayed Dreamliner Seats

One of the reasons  American Airlines filed a lawsuit against its aircraft-seat vendor Zodiac Seats is that the airline is getting squeezed by Boeing and could face substantial penalties for delayed aircraft deliveries caused by Zodiac’s ongoing and tardy seat-structure shipments. As detailed in American’s complaint, obtained by Skift and embedded below, these potential fi...

New sales leadership for Royal Brunei in UK

Royal Brunei Airlines has formally announced the appointment of Christina Vidos as UK country manager, joining as the airline celebrates its 25th year of flying from the destination. Vidos joins RB with a wealth of experience in the airline industry spanning over 30 years. As well as continuing to grow RB’s share of the UK’s long-haul market, she will particularly be focusing on...

Emirates enhances Algiers service

Emirates will be able to connect even more people and cargo with Algiers on 1st October when it switches from its Airbus A340-300 currently operating the route to a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft. “In line with the healthy commercial demand, we are pleased to introduce our Boeing 777-300 aircraft onto our Algiers route, offering our customers more seats and an enhanced onboard experience,...

Satellite, missile test or space junk? North Korea readies launch

The satellite that North Korea launched into space three years ago circles the earth every 95 minutes at an altitude of about 540 km (335 miles), its orbit decaying. No signal has ever been detected from the crude-looking 100-kg (220-pound) hunk of black metal that the North said was mounted with cameras to take images and transmit them back to Pyongyang. The North is planning another satell...

Sea-Tac Airport Locked Down Briefly for Security Breach

Port of Seattle police briefly closed all entrances to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while they responded to a security alarm. KING TV News reports that airport officials confirmed a post on Twitter saying police had closed entrances and stopped trains about 9:15 p.m. Friday. Police took a suspect into custody and lifted the lockdown after about 30 minutes. Planes con...

Police Warn Travellers Against Misusing Boarding Passes at Changi Airport

The police have issued an advisory warning travellers against misusing their boarding passes. In a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday morning, it said that nine cases of Misuse of Boarding Pass had been reported at Changi Airport since January this year. Thirteen people have also been arrested in connection to offences under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. &quo...

Dayton to host aviation writers

A dozen aviation media professionals with national or international audiences will get an exclusive, in-depth look at many of the Greater Dayton region’s nationally important aviation heritage sites, during the Aviation Writers Summit, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The first National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) Aviation Writers Summit Presented by Dayton International Airport will feature exclus...

Drone Has Near Miss with Air NZ Plane

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association says it is "very worried" after a drone had a near miss with a commercial flight in controlled airspace above Christchurch. The pilot of an Air New Zealand A320, with 166 passengers on board, reported sighting a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System flying in controlled air space north of Christchurch at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday night. C...

British Airways: Fury As Airline Regains Monopoly on Flights Between Heathrow and Scotland

British Airways this weekend regains its monopoly on flights connecting Scotland with Heathrow for the first time since 1982. The final Virgin Atlantic flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Europe's busiest airport depart on September 26, following heavy losses by Sir Richard Branson's airline. The Virgin flights, badged Little Red, were operated by the Irish airline, Aer Lingus. The l...

New United Airlines CEO Vows End to Disunity in Employee Letter

The new chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc. pledged to unite a divided workforce by consulting with affected employees before adopting any cost cuts and by scrutinizing the use of outside management consultants. Oscar Munoz urged employees to "come with me" in a personal letter on Friday that didn't announce major personnel or policy changes. He said he'...

Subang Airport Flights Suspended due to Haze

Flights in and out of Sultan Abdul Aziz airport in Subang were suspended from about 5 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Saturday due to poor visibility caused by the haze. Firefly chief executive officer Ignatius Ong, when contacted, said that the airport was closed to flight operations at about 5:00 p.m. He said that Firefly has flights operating out of Subang until 10 p.m. and all of its flights...

Air France claims to work more

Pilots flying on medium-haul projected to increase from 585 hours to 690 hours per year (+ 18%) and on long-haul, from 685 hours to 780 hours per year (+ 14%). As for hostesses and stewards, the efforts demanded by management are quite similar. Air France management stated: to return to profit growth, pilots and flight attendants will have to fly more without earning more. We hav...

Kinshasa says secures release of Congo Airways A320

Congo Airways (Kinshasa N'Djili) is set to take delivery of its second A320-200 almost a month after it was seized at Dublin Int'l by international creditors. Minister of Justice for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Alexis Thambwe told local television that an Irish High Court had granted the release of EI-DSN (cn 3412) on the grounds the debt did not concern the airline....

Houston Intercontinental Airport enjoys solid traffic growth and wins new key long-haul service

Softness in the energy sector is not dampening passenger growth at Houston Intercontinental Airport as the facility during 2015 is adding a mix of new services to Central America, Asia and Australia.  Houston Intercontinental has enjoyed solid expansion into Asia during the last couple of years, which has helped to bolster its international passenger numbers while domestic passenger growth...

Boeing Tanker Plane Makes First Flight

Boeing's first fully equipped KC-46A aerial tanker completed a four-hour inaugural flight on Friday, a milestone for the USD$49 billion aircraft that has run into cost and scheduling issues in recent years. The company tweeted pictures of the tanker as it took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and envi...