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What should we do with disused airports?
Monday, 18 August 2014 09:17

Berlin's Tempelhof AirportNew terminals are cropping up all over the world at a stratospheric rate– but what happens to the ones that are no longer useful?

It is hard to predict quite what commercial flight will be like in future decades, yet we can be sure that many of today’s ambitious new airport terminals, some designed by the world’s most highly rated architects and engineers, will be redundant faster than you can say Concorde.

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Heathrow passenger numbers hit record high in July
Monday, 11 August 2014 09:46

27 JulyHeathrow said passenger numbers hit a record high in July as it reiterated its argument for expansion.

The UK's busiest airport said passenger numbers totalled 6.97 million passengers last month, up 0.5% on July 2013. The month included its busiest ever day on 27 July when 239,928 passengers travelled through the airport.

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Malaysia Airlines: State fund proposes takeover
Friday, 08 August 2014 09:35

Malaysia airlinesMalaysia's state investment firm Khazanah Nasional has proposed a "complete overhaul" of troubled national carrier Malaysia Airlines.

Khazanah wants to buy the shares it does not already own in Malaysia Airlines and delist the carrier. The airline has been hurt by two major tragedies - the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine and disappearance of flight MH370 - in recent months.

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San Francisco Airport testing beacon system for blind travelers
Monday, 04 August 2014 11:10

beacon App will tell visually-impaired travelers, and eventually everyone, what's around them at all times.

San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around one of its newest terminals, a program it could roll out to the rest of the airport if successful.

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China to have effect on GA manufacturing
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:33

CHINA MANUFACTURINGChina will have a greater effect on the manufacture of general aviation aircraft than it will on commercial airliners, a Senate committee was told Thursday at a Congressional hearing discussing, domestic challenges and global competition in aviation manufacturing.

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Wipaire completes installation of floats on Airvan 8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:33

Wipaire AirVanWipaire reports it has completed installation of Wipline 3450 amphibious floats on a Mahindra Airvan 8 and has begun conducting preliminary flights to test the feasibility of the aircraft on floats.

Pending successful outcome of the feasibility tests, a certification program will launch later this year.

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Avatars poised to power airline check-in
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:29

Dr Mark Sagar One of the developers behind special effects technology used in the movie Avatar has inked a deal with airline check-in kiosk manufacturer BCS.

"Intelligent, live and highly expressive" avatars are poised to become the new face of airline check-in after developer Limbic IO sealed a deal with check-in kiosk manufacturer BCS last week. 

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The Total Track System for aviation launches
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:37

Aircraft ToolsDynamic Systems, which specializes in barcode software solutions and data collection applications, has unveiled a turn key system to track tools and inventory for the aviation/MRO/ BO industry based on the latest bar code technology.

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Boeing, Spirit Assessing Effects of Train Derailment
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:35

Boeing buildsBoeing and Spirit Aerosystems have dispatched a team of experts to the site of a July 3 train derailment in Montana to assess the damage to six 737 fuselages, three of which slid down an embankment and into the Clark Fork River.

Of the 19 cars that derailed near Rivulet, Montana, several also contained assembles for the 777 and 747.

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Quicksilver awarded Special-LSA certificate
Friday, 04 July 2014 10:23

Quicksilver AwardedQuicksilver Aeronautics reached an important milestone with the receipt of an airworthiness certificate for its first-ever Special Light-Sport Aircraft.

This final approval now enables the Southern California producer to begin offering ready to fly models of its aircraft. “On June 26th we received the airworthiness certificate and the operations limitations sheet for our Special LSA Sport 2SE after a three-hour inspection from the FAA,” said Quicksilver Aeronautics President and CEO Will Escutia.

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