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Jorge Manalang
Meet Jorge Manalang, Chicago-O’Hare catering cart demolition derby champion
When a catering cart spun out of control in Chicago this week, Jorge Manalang came to the rescue, driving a pushback tug into the cart preventing injuries and damage to a nearby aircraft.
See video of Jorge’s tug take-down
Composite image of Adria, Thomas Cook, XL and Aigle Azur planes

Where do the planes go?
Lease returns, the process of sending a leased aircraft back to its lessor, have begun for former Thomas Cook, Aidra Airways, XL Airways, and Aigle Azur aircraft. But where are they going? We’ve compiled a list of list of the leased aircraft and where they’re stored now so you can follow the lease return flights.

Follow the lease returns
Boeing 737-800
FAA requires 737NG pickle fork inspections
Cracks in multiple 737NG pickle forks, supports where the aircraft body and wing meet, discovered during passenger-to-freight conversions have prompted the FAA to issue an airworthiness directive requiring inspections of all 737NG aircraft with 30,000 flight cycles within 7 days. Only 737NGs (-600, 700, 800, 900) are affected. 737 Classics and MAX are not covered by this AD.
Read the Airworthiness Directive
UPS Drone
UPS receives FAA Part 135 approval for drone operations
UPS has received Part 135 Standard approval from the FAA, making it the first company to operate a drone airline. The company completed its first revenue generating beyond visual line-of-sight flight this week.
L-1011 Stargazer
Stargazer L-1011 set to launch NASA ICON satellite this month
The L-1011 Stargazer will launch the NASA ICON satellite this month from a Pegasus XL rocket off the coast of Florida. The rocket is fitted to the bottom of the aircraft, then released at altitude before igniting and carrying the satellite to space. 
Follow N140SC
Avianca retro jet A320
Avianca goes retro to celebrate its centenary
Avianca has painted N284AV in a retro jet livery to celebrate its centenary. 
Follow N284AV
SAS first A350
The first SAS A350 breaks cover
Wearing the airline’s new livery, the first A350 for SAS has broken cover in Toulouse. Test flights will be conducted as F-WZHJ before the aircraft is registered permanently as SE-RSA
Follow the test flights
South African Airways A330
A South African Airways A330 on final approach at Munich.
Cathay Pacific 777 landing in fog
A Cathay Pacific 777 landing in London fog.
Japan Airlines A350
A Japan Airlines A350 taxiing in Tokyo.
Comet flight deck
61 years across the Atlantic 
On 4 October 1958, British Overseas Airways Corporation—the predecessor to British Airways—inaugurated transatlantic jet service, operating each way between New York and London with the De Havilland DH-106 Comet 4.
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Electrodes for long-haul
Qantas captain Lisa Norman walks us through the monitoring, including brain wave scans, pilots will undergo during the 3 Project Sunrise test flights.
Listen to AvTalk Episode 67
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