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China begins trial production of world's largest amphibious aircraft TA600

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Trial production of the TA600 amphibious aircraft, intended to be the world's largest, has started in China and is expected to undertake its maiden flight next year, a company executive said on Sunday. (indiatoday.intoday.in) More...

Model drone finds elderly man, missing for three days, alive

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It took just 20 minutes for a model drone to locate a missing elderly Wisconsin man, a feat that helicopters, search dogs, and volunteers couldn't accomplish in three days. Just don't tell that to the Federal Aviation Administration, whose regulatory wings are already flapping about model drones. (arstechnica.com) More...

Improvements to FlightAware Maps & Understanding Map Behavior

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There has been a lot of attention and scrutiny to flight tracking maps in the last few days, so we've made some great improvements to improve visualization and have a few updates to help everyone understand what they're seeing and how the data is derived. (flightaware.com) More...

Alaska Airlines Has a Machine That 'Prints' Pancakes

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The airline's lounges have pancake "printing" machines that work at the push of a button, originally offered in Seattle and now with expanded hours of operation in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. While a printed pancake is far from gourmet, it doesn't look any worse than a lot of airline fare. The airline says it was the first to bring the pancake machine to airport lounges. (mashable.com) More...

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in and out of China Due to Military Exercises

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Officials are warning that flights to and from airports in eastern China will face considerable delay or cancellation over the next few weeks, although the delays have already begun in earnest. China’s Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the Ministry of Defense announced plans to conduct military exercises in southeast coastal areas starting July 29. The flight delays as well as the military exercises apparently started last week, however. Xinhua said that recent delays ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...