Linda Blachly


Linda joined the staff of Penton Aviation Media in July 2010. She works in the Silver Spring office as Editor, ATW Online and is responsible for writing, copyediting and online content management. She has been in journalism for more than 30 years and is a former newspaper editor and publisher of her own travel magazine.

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Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa Group resumes flights to Erbil
The Lufthansa Group has resumed flight operations to Erbil in Northern Iraq, based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, it said.
NTSB: IPA, UPS Airlines failed to meet confidentiality agreement in crash probe
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revoked the “party status agreement” of the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines from its ongoing investigation of a UPS Airbus A300-600 freighter that crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 14, 2013.
FAA bans US flights over Syria citing anti-aircraft weapon concerns
FAA has issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US air carriers from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria. FAA cited the “ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria,” which “poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation.”
Airbus A350 XWB in Helsinki
Airbus A350 XWB completes route proving tour
Airbus A350-900 flight test aircraft, MSN005, has completed a series of route proving trials at 14 cities over the past three weeks and is on track toward type certification in the third quarter of 2014.
FAA opens Virginia UAS test site
FAA has opened the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site program—the sixth and final site.
Remains of a plane that crashed near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Aug. 10.
Antonov aircraft crashes in Tehran, killing at least 39
An Antonov 140 passenger aircraft, operated by Sepahan Airlines, crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Iran’s Tehran Mehrabad Airport on a flight to Tabas in Eastern Iran, according to FARS news agency (FNA).
FAA: New York unmanned aircraft systems test site goes live
FAA announced the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Rome, New York—the fifth of six—is now operational.
FAA restricts US operators from flying over Iraq
FAA on Friday issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) restricting all US air carriers and commercial operators from flying in the airspace above Iraq.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit Airlines, flight attendants reach tentative labor agreement
Florida-based Spirit Airlines and its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, have reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract.
IATA welcomes US DOT final approval of Resolution 787
IATA said it has welcomed the decision by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval of Resolution 787, the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC).
Republic Airways Holdings posts 2Q net income of $20.1 million
Indianapolis, Indiana-based Republic Airways Holdings—parent of Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America—reported second-quarter net income of $20.1 million, down 18.3% from $24.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Qatar Airways emergency landing
Qatar Airways A330 lands safely in Manchester after bomb threat
Qatar Airways has confirmed that an Airbus A330-300—enroute from Doha to Manchester—landed safely at Manchester Airport after receiving a bomb threat.
Malaysia DCA approves Baltic Aviation Academy training center
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Malaysia has approved a Baltic Aviation Academy training center to provide Boeing 737-600/900 type rating training and base training.
Boeing 787-10
UTC Aerospace, Boeing sign 787-10 nacelle deal
Boeing has selected UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures to extend its provision of complete nacelle systems for the 787 Dreamliner to include the 787-10 variant.
Bombardier Q400 Next Gen turboprop
Unidentified customer orders five Bombardier Q400s 
Bombardier has received a firm order for five Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, in an order valued at approximately $168 million based on current list prices.

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