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Florida plane crash: US authorities probe mid-air collision which killed Indian trainee pilot, three others
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Florida plane crash: US authorities probe mid-air collision which killed Indian trainee pilot, three others

Police and aviation authorities in Florida's Miami-Dade are scouring a swampy grassland for clues to help explain what caused the midair collision between two small aircraft in which an Indian woman trainee pilot and three others were killed.

Non-stop Air India flights to the US to get additional security measures for electronic devices
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Non-stop Air India flights to the US to get additional security measures for electronic devices

A senior security officer said that due to some changes in the US rules, personal electronic devices have to undergo the electronic trace detection.

Aircraft makes emergency landing at California's Fresno-Yosemite airport after smoke fills passenger cabin
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Aircraft makes emergency landing at California's Fresno-Yosemite airport after smoke fills passenger cabin

Smoke filled the cabin of an Allegiant Air jet after it landed at a California airport on Monday, forcing coughing passengers to cover their faces with shirts and firefighters to board the plane

Trump to discuss wireless technology and drones with tech executives
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Trump to discuss wireless technology and drones with tech executives

The Trump administration still is considering whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for purposes such as deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator.

Air India may penalise pax for delays: How US levies huge fines to avoid misconduct in skies
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Air India may penalise pax for delays: How US levies huge fines to avoid misconduct in skies

Will Air India finally be able to extract large sums from passengers who are unable to control their anger in the skies?

Boeing has hired Norsk Titanium AS to 3D print titanium parts; to save $2-3 million off each plane
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Boeing has hired Norsk Titanium AS to 3D print titanium parts; to save $2-3 million off each plane

Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium AS to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner.

SpaceX delays launch until January as the company did not receive license to fly from FAA
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SpaceX delays launch until January as the company did not receive license to fly from FAA

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday.

Air traffic controllers, airline pilots soon to switch to text communications
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Air traffic controllers, airline pilots soon to switch to text communications

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies
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FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future.

SpaceX blast 'most difficult, complex failure' says Elon Musk
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SpaceX blast 'most difficult, complex failure' says Elon Musk

SpaceX founder and chief Elon Musk said on Friday he was unsure why one of the company’s Falcon rockets burst into flames on its Florida launch pad last week, destroying both the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into orbit.

FAA warns air passengers against turning on their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones
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FAA warns air passengers against turning on their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones

Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned on Australian airlines after battery fires
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned on Australian airlines after battery fires

Three Australian airlines have banned passengers from using or charging Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights due to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be banned from flights in the US: Report
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be banned from flights in the US: Report

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 issues don’t seem to have ended with the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 devices. The FAA is now reportedly “actively exploring” the issue and might be considering a ban of the device on all flights.

Virgin Galactic granted Space Tourism Rocket operating License
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Virgin Galactic granted Space Tourism Rocket operating License

Richard Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, has been granted an operating licence to fly its passenger rocket ship with the world's first paying space tourists aboard once final safety tests are completed, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

White house clears takeoff for small, commercial drones
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White house clears takeoff for small, commercial drones

Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration

FAA writing rules for Commercial drone flights over people
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FAA writing rules for Commercial drone flights over people

Federal aviation officials said they will work quickly on regulations that would permit small, commercial drones to fly over people and crowds.

Safety inspectors face multiple issues: Why the DGCA must get its act together
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Safety inspectors face multiple issues: Why the DGCA must get its act together

Not only are there not enough inspectors, their service conditions seem to have been formulated by the DGCA in a hurry. So now, myriad issues have cropped up for inspectors who have already joined.

US declares Washington as 'no drone zone', violators to be fined
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US declares Washington as 'no drone zone', violators to be fined

The US has declared its capital Washington, in particular some of the government buildings like the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon, a "no drone

 DGCA panel looking into norms for checking pilots' health
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DGCA panel looking into norms for checking pilots' health

The DGCA head also denied that national carrier Air India was given any dispensation as far as operating flights with less than required number of cabin crew was concerned.

India gets back top safety ranking from US FAA
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India gets back top safety ranking from US FAA

India will no longer be equated with countries like Ghana and Mozambique in its aviation safety parameters. Also, airlines like Jet Airways and Air India can now expand their operations into the US.