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AvTalk Episode 56: How to land a plane

On this episode of AvTalk, Jet Airways halts flights, the FAA lays out its path to re-certification of the 737 MAX, and we sit down for a conversation with pilot and author Mark Vanhoenacker.

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Thar it flies! — the Airbus BelugaXL Makes First Flight

Airbus’ supersized whale took to the skies for the first time today in Toulouse, spending 4 hours 14 minutes above southern France. The BelugaXL will join the current Beluga fleet in moving Airbus aircraft components between production sites. The BelugaXL is 30% larger than the Beluga, enabling it to carry two A350 wings at a time rather than just one. (more…)

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17 from 2017: What Else Happened in the Sky This Year

As the year comes to a close, we look back on what we followed through the sky this year. From celebrations to challenges and goodbyes to some impressive sky drawing, here are 17 things that flew—or didn’t—in 2017. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 5: the COMAC C919 Takes Flight

In Episode 5 we sit down for an extended interview with CNN Aviation Editor Jon Ostrower to talk about the COMAC C919’s first flight and burgeoning Chinese aviation market. We also learn how to track newly built aircraft and send Jason off to Japan. (more…)

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COMAC C919 Completes First Flight in Shanghai

The COMAC C919, China’s first domestically developed large passenger jet, took flight for the first time Friday afternoon in Shanghai. The aircraft completed a 1 hour 18 minute flight that, in a first for any manufacturer, included a publicly available live video feed from the flight deck. (more…)

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