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Pan American Airways Global Holdings, Inc. (New York) is the parent holding company of six brands of the Pan American family. The would-be paper airline wants to revive the Pan Am name and brand. If it does, it will be the fourth version using the venerable name.  On April 5 the company issued this statement:  Pan […]

A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about […]

  A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Sacramento was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Nebraska on Sunday after a passenger reportedly tried to make an abrupt mid-air exit. Video recorded by a producer from NBC station KCRA in Sacramento shows authorities removing the man from flight 722 after the pilot put the plane […]

he pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 reportedly made a phone call that ‘was abruptly cut off’ before the plane mysteriously vanished. Could this new development be the proof needed to confirm the plane’s possible hijacking? Investigators have learned that a possible life or death phone call was attempted by Fariq Abdul Hamid’s cell just as the Boeing […]

An Air France-KLM flight en route to Paris nearly collided with a Russian bomber on patrol last month, coming within 100 meters of each other, a news report said Friday, citing the French pilot and Russian investigators.   The Airbus A319 passenger jet was heading west from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and climbing while the Tu-95 bomber was coming from the southwest and descending during the March 14 incident, the Izvestia newspaper […]

An Australian vessel searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected signals consistent with those from “black box” flight recorders. The Ocean Shield ship picked up the signal twice, once for more than two hours, said Angus Houston, a retired air chief marshal leading the search. He called it the “most promising lead” so […]

After missing last year’s show because of the federal government sequestration, the Navy Blue Angels will be back to tear up the skies at the 40th annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In & Expo next spring at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.   “After a year of sequestration and no military participation at airshows, […]

Sun ‘n Fun 2014 opened this week with all the associated happenings and news. Sun ‘n Fun president John “Lites” Leenhouts started the 2014 edition of Sun ‘n Fun with a shocking announcement. Because Sun ‘n Fun had been unable to reach an agreement with the FAA for air traffic control services, all air operations were […]

Aircraft owners now can rent out their airplane when they’re not using it to help subsidize their costs, OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic told AVweb at Sun ‘n Fun this week. “Collaborative Aircraft Rental” makes the process “simple and affordable,” Rakic said. The program includes a customized insurance policy that covers the aircraft owner, and uses OpenAirplane’s “universal […]

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