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Improvements to FlightAware Maps & Understanding Map Behavior

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...

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

When Gray handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to see Gray's passport. Grays told the agent he wasn't carrying his passport and asked why he needed it. The agent said he didn't recognize the license. Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know. Gray was able to get through security and then stopped to complain to a TSA supervisor. Critics of the TSA said that what happened to Gray is… (www.wftv.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Black Boxes Found, Will be Turned Over to International Authorities

Rebels in Donetsk in Ukraine say they believe have recovered the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet and will turn them over to the international aviation authorities. Donetsk rebel leader Alexander Borodai said that his people have found “details which look like the black boxes” and confirmed he will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, but not to the Ukrainians.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

U2 Spy Plane - Cockpit View At 70,000 Feet

Very cool to see from a pilots perspective. From take off to landing (www.youtube.com) More...

Mountain Flying in Germany

Mountain fling in Germany. Please note that ATC is done either in German or in English. It is only mandatory in Eglish for IFR flights. (www.youtube.com) More...

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the two black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines 777 will be turned over to Malaysian officials and that the country will take custody of the victims’ bodies as well. Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country has held behind-the-scenes discussions ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Flight 17: U.S. builds case against rebels, Russia in downing of jet in Ukraine

Citing an “enormous amount of evidence,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry accused Russia of providing SA-11 antiaircraft missiles to the pro-Russian rebels and training them how to fire the advanced weapons. He also said U.S. intelligence agencies “saw the launch” of a missile from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine and recorded its trajectory at the moment the passenger plane vanished from radar. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Ars Technica author appeals and gets his PNR history

Cyrus Farivar from Ars Technica had previously attempted to get his PNR history from US CBP but was unsuccessful. After an appeal, he got what he requested and describes what kind of data is included. (arstechnica.com) More...

American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord

American Airlines announced on Saturday that three workgroups at US Airways ratified new collective bargaining agreements. The agreements cover over 11,000 employees at the American Airlines subsidiary and include (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Everything Changes for Southwest Airlines Today

As of July 1, Southwest Airlines will have to give up the purely “domestic” part of its short-lived, self-appointed title, because the carrier no longer flies strictly within the U.S. Service to Aruba and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Atlanta, Baltimore (BWI), and Orlando kicks off today, and in the coming months flights to the Bahamas and Mexico from gateways across the country (Milwaukee, Denver, and Orange County, Calif.) are scheduled to follow. (time.com) More...

Emirates launches the world’s shortest A380 flight

Emirates has launched a new A380 service from Dubai to Kuwait, making it the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight. The A380 flight to Kuwait is just one hour and 45 minutes. The arrival of the upgraded service on Wednesday at Kuwait International Airport, marks 25 years of Emirates’ flights to the country. (guyanaaviation.com) More...

Fake Screener Arrested in San Francisco After Allegedly Giving Women Private Patdowns

A man who posed as a screener at a security checkpoint and reportedly lured at least two female passengers into private screening booths at San Francisco International Airport was arrested earlier this week. The security checkpoint in San Francisco is managed by Covenant, a private security firm. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project Delayed - Port Authority Mulls Expanding Scope to Entire Airport

The long-overdue makeover of LaGuardia Airport in New York may take a bit more time. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Friday that it is delaying its announcement of a winner in the bidding for the $3.6 billion Central Terminal Building Replacement Project from mid July until September. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...