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Flights Suspended at Donetsk Airport Due to Rebel Takeover

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Early Monday morning a group of armed rebels took over the Donetsk Airport, causing all flights into and out of the airport to be suspended.  The men who took over the airport are armed members of the Donetsk People’s Republic, who took over the airport and demanded the withdrawal of all Ukrainian troops stationed at the airport.  No shots were fired during the incident.

The airport has put a statement on their website saying that the flight suspension is temporary, but has not indicated when they will resume.  They have only said that flights will resume “at a later point.”  The seizure of the airport comes a day after chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko claimed a win in the Ukrainian presidential election.  The official election results have not yet been released.

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

Two planes narrowly avoid colliding in Houston

Monday, May 26th, 2014

United flights 437 and 601 were southeast of the airport in Houston when they narrowly avoiding colliding due to an error by air traffic control.

The two planes were both leaving the United States, one heading to Mexico City and one to Vancouver, and air traffic control told one by mistake to turn right instead of left. This put the one aircraft directly in the path of the other, only 120 meters (about 393 feet) below it.

Passengers on the plane had no idea how close they came to a fatal collision.

The FAA is investigating the incident, but according to an aviation safety expert, near-misses are not always reported to the FAA, nor to the media, so people have no idea how serious the problem actually is.

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

MP and council oppose plans to redirect flights

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The MP for South West Surrey is concerned that if the proposed changes to the airport space

A proposal to change the airspace of the TAG Farnborough Airport is meeting opposition from Waverley Borough Council. Residents are concerned that those living under the flight path will be exposed to increased noise.

Right now, the airport works with an uncontrolled airspace and is requesting to introduce a fixed one. Every year the airport handles up to 28,000 air traffic movements but has the authority to increase its flights in and out.

Jeremy Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, has written a letter opposing the changes. According to him, residents under the proposal, the increased take-offs and landings will affect their enjoyment of their outdoor spaces, particularly between 5 and 8 pm.

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

Scottsdale Airport sees more international flights

Monday, May 19th, 2014

In the early portion of 2014, a record number of international flights landed ad Scottsdale Airport. Part of the reason is because the city added a Customs officer and expanded the hours at the airport.

Up until the end of April, 334 international flights landed at the airport, compared to only 490 in 2013.

Flights using the Customs officers pay the fees that reimburses the city for the two officers. The fees range in price from $50 to $750 depending on the size of the plane. The city pays for the officers, and hopes to recoup the fees within two years.

All of the traffic at the airport is private: no commercial aircraft use it.

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

Over one thousand flights canceled in Chicago after problems in air traffic facility

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Over 1,100 flights were canceled on Tuesday at Chicago’s two main airports due to an electrical problem. Smoke was sent into a radar facility’s control room, which made officials call a temporary halt to all air traffic.

All employees were evacuated from the facility around 11:30 am and returned around 2:30 pm. By late afternoon, a limited amount of departures and landings had resumed.

The smoke was caused by a bathroom exhaust fan. The fan overheard and melted insulation on some wires, which caused smoke to move throughout the ventilation systems and into the control room.

By 3:30 pm about 75 percent of arrivals were back on track at O’Hare.

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

Air Canada customers upset over bump to Rouge

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Some Air Canada passengers are angry after the airline transferred their tickets to the new budget Rouge carrier.

Many people had bought Air Canada tickets months ahead of time but found themselves bumped to the discount flights with smaller seats, no complimentary food, and limited entertainment. Air Canada denies that service has suffered with the transfer.

One man, Jim Noon, was transferred without being told; the six-foot-three man had to squeeze into a seat that has less legroom than the flight he’d originally purchased. He says he’ll never fly with Air Canada again.

He’s not the only one complaining, either: social media comments on Skytrax shows it’s a problem many people have experienced. There’s even a term for getting a flight bumped: “I got Rouged.”

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

Computer problem causes delays at LAX

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

On Wednesday afternoon, the FAA issued a ground stop for al departing flights at LAX due to a computer malfunction.

The ground stop started shortly after 2 pm and lasted about an hour, but some flights are still delayed as a result.

Officials at LAX tweeted shortly after 2 pm that flights would be allowed to land but not leave; some incoming flights were diverted to other airports unaffected by the computer glitch. LAX wasn’t the only airport affected; some others impacted were Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

There is no report yet as to how many flights were affected.

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

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