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Air Canada flight circles Tel Aviv airport after rocket fire targets the airport

Posted: July 28th, 2014

An Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto had to circle above the airport after multiple rockets were fired at the Ben Gurion airport on Friday. Flight AC84 altered course eight kilometres after rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. Israeli Air Traffic Control ordered the pilots to perform a standard go-around until the airspace conditions could be cleared as safe for landing.

The rockets were fired around 11:445 am local time and were brought down by Israel’s defense systems. No one was injured and the return flight to Toronto left Sunday at 2:00 pm as planned.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Algerian plane disappears from radar

Posted: July 27th, 2014

A plane being operated by Air Algerie disappeared from radar Wednesday, approximately 50 minutes into its flight. According to authorities there were 110 passengers and six crew members on board Flight AH5017 that was going from Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso to Algiers. Contact was lost around 1:55 GMT, according to the official Algerian news agency. The incident occurred hours before it was reported to the public.

The owner of the plane, Swiftair, said it’s not possible to contact the plane and people are trying to figure out what happened to it. There were two pilots and four cabin staff on board in addition to the passengers. Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan.

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Malaysian Flight MH17 ordered to fly over eastern Ukraine

Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that the pilot of the doomed MH17 flight was instructed by the traffic control tower in Kiev to fly at a lower altitude when it came into Ukraine airspace.  The original flight plan had the plane flying at an altitude of 35,000 ft, but air traffic control in Kiev had the plane come down to an altitude of 33,000 ft, just 1000 feet higher than the restricted altitude in the warzone.

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that the pilot of MH17 was following the rules established by Eurocontrol and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and following a flight path that is similar to that followed by as many as 150 international flights that pass over Eastern Ukraine each day.  The order for the change in flight path did not come from Eurocontrol, but proof as to who gave the order is not available and all audio records are being held by the government in Kiev.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Rebels to hand over black boxes from Flight MH17

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Russian separatist rebels have recovered the black boxes from Flight MH17, shot down by a ground-to-surface missile on July 17. A rebel leader said Sunday that they will hand over the black boxes to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The rebels also have the bodies recovered from the crash site and will keep them in refrigerated train cars in the rebel-held town of Torez until the aviation delegation arrives.

Ukraine and the separatists both deny being responsible for the downed plane, and each accost the other. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board the flight are presumed killed.

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Virgin Atlantic announces flights between Orlando and Belfast

Posted: July 17th, 2014

Northern Ireland is in for a treat with Virgin Atlantic’s new flight schedule between Belfast and Orlando, home to Universal Studios and Disney World in addition to other tourist attractions. These will be the first ever scheduled flights between Florida and Ireland.

The eight flights starting next summer will be leave from Belfast International on a 747-400 on four Thursdays between the end of June and the middle of July, and four return flights on Thursdays in July. The program will be reviewed and more flights may be added if the initial ones are a success.

Belfast Airport officials hope the announcement will draw travelers from southern Ireland to the area wishing to fly to Florida.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Fights break out near Tripoli airport in Libya

Posted: July 14th, 2014

Three people are dead and flights are suspended due to fighting between rival militias at Libya’s main airport on Sunday. The Zintan militia were in control of the airport but came under heavy attack by what appears to be rebels from Misratis.

The Zintan militiamen helped overthrow Gaddafi in 2011 but the government is unable to control their continued defiance of state authority. Although they supposedly work for the government, they do as they want, seizing oil fields, fighting, and demanding the authorities follow their political agendas.

This most recent clash has injured 11 people to date and all domestic and international flights have been halted. Several rockets are reported to have hit the airport perimeter

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Uncharged or non-working cellphones and laptops banned from U.S.-bound flights

Posted: July 8th, 2014

All passengers wishing to board a plane to the United States have to ensure their electronic devices are fully charged and in working order. Under new rules, according to the Transport Security Administration, all passengers must be able to power on their electronics during check-in.

The new security measure was put in place by the U.S. head of Homeland Security last week, one of many instituted to increase security for planes on direct flights to the United States.

It’s unknown at this time how the TSA will deal with phones and devices being brought to the States as gifts, still in their original packaging.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Mounties to carry loaded firearms on Canadian flights

Posted: July 6th, 2014

The Conservative government in Canada has agreed to allow peace officers to carry loaded firearms on Canadian airplanes. The in-flight security officials, to date, have never carried loaded guns on flights before. Airlines were barred from “knowingly allow[ing] a person to transport a loaded firearm on board an aircraft.”

The government has not yet said who will be considered eligible to carry loaded firearms on board. As part of the Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program, RCMP officers travel undercover on planes.

The change was part of an overhaul of the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations. The changes will take effect on July 14, 2014.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Big changes for Southwest Airlines

Posted: July 2nd, 2014

Starting July 1, Southwest Airlines will become an international carrier. It will now offer flights to Jamaica and Aruba from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. Over the coming months, more gates will follow.

While not long-haul flights, these represent a big change in the company’s history. It’s been a domestic-only carrier for 43 years, and this is made possible by Southwest’s taking over of the operations for its subsidiary, AirTran. These flights are just the first step, though, because eventually more routes will be added to Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and some parts of South America.

It is unknown at this time how Southwest’s presence on these flights will impact ticket prices.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Transweast Air offers a way for people to get to the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games

Posted: June 30th, 2014

For those football fans in Saskatoon who want to go see the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games in Regina, Transwest Air is offering a flight package. A shuttle will take the enthusiasts to the stadium and back from the aircraft, as well.

The deal costs $235 CAD plus tax, and leaves Saskatoon about 90 minutes before takeoff, the flights take about 35 minutes each way. Of course, the price of the package does not include the tickets.

The Roughriders’ regular season starts Sunday at 5 pm. They will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Flights can be booked by calling or emailing Transwest Air.

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