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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...

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...

Algerie Flight AH5017 disappears from radar over North Africa

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An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers carrying over 100 people has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Soar above the clouds with YouTube

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Nothing but plane passion on this YouTube video of a 737 flies through some really ugly but strangely beautiful weather. (youtu.be) More...

First Female Pilot Joins Blue Angels

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Female naval aviators have been flying fighter jets for 20 years but none have ever broken into the rarefied territory of the choicest job available to them — Blue Angels demonstration team pilot. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Teen Flying Around the World Crashes Near American Samoa

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The plane of seventeen-year-old American-born Pakistani Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, who were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, has crashed into the Pacific. Harris's body was located; the father is still missing. (abcnews.go.com) More...

You don’t need to be a terrorist to get on no-fly list, US manual says

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Federal agencies have nominated more than 1.5 million names to terrorist watchlists over the past five years alone, yet being a terrorist isn't a condition of getting on a roster that is virtually impossible to be removed from, according to a leaked US "Watchlisting Guidance" manual. (arstechnica.com) More...

Want major new aircraft designs? Wait until 2030

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Boeing and Airbus are tweaking the tried-and-true instead of going all out for all-new. Here's why the jet-age pizzazz has been grounded. (www.cnet.com) More...

Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

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A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board. (arstechnica.com) More...

TransAsia Flight has crashed during emergency landing

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The information is still sketchy. I'm assuming that the craft was TransAsia. We'll know more shortly. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Delta Airlines Pilot Gets Angry at ATC Controller

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Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Enjoy this video of pilot of Delta Airline Pilot gets angry at Air Traffic Control Ground in Atlanta. (www.liveleak.com) More...

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

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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...

Mountain Flying in Germany

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

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...

Dutch Take Over Flight 17 Crash Investigation - Images Emerge Showing Signs of Surface-to-Air Missile Detonation

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As more detailed photographs from the crash scene are emerging, Dutch officials said that the country would take the lead in the investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The Netherlands, which had the most citizens on the flight, is also assuming responsibility for the forensic identification of victims. Meanwhile, images of the debris of Flight 17... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Airbus shows E-Fan, its electric plane due in 2017

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FARNBOROUGH, England -- Although battery weight may keep electric planes from becoming mainstream in the near future, Airbus believes its E-Fan 2.0 will find a real market: pilot training. It hopes to begin selling the E-Fan 2.0 in late 2017 for pilot training. That's only one fraction of the plane market. A later planned E-Fan 4.0 with space for four passengers, however, will be aimed at the general-aviation market. (www.cnet.com) More...

Santa Monica Residents to Vote on Airport Land Use Issue

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Airport supporters in Santa Monica can rejoice as a there is a small step in the right direction in the battle for the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), which is under threat of partial closure as soon as next summer. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Delta Profit Up 17% in Second Quarter

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Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $801 million, a year-over-year increase of 17%, or $116 million, from $685 million in the second quarter of 2013..... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

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

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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...

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

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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...

U2 Spy Plane - Cockpit View At 70,000 Feet

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

Everything Changes for Southwest Airlines Today

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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...

Airlines quick off the mark to fly the Boeing 787-9

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From low-cost Scoot to high-luxe Etihad, six airlines will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 this year... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Southwest Flight 424 makes emergency landing in Columbus Ohio

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A spokesperson from Southwest Airlines said Flight 424 from Baltimore/Washington to Chicago-Midway diverted to Columbus after the pilots received a smoke indication in the forward cargo hold. (www.10tv.com) More...

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” - Amelia Earhart.

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A timeless quote and a great photo of a legendary aviator... (theimpossiblecool.tumblr.com) More...

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

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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...

American Airlines Reports Record Profit in Q2

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American Airlines Group announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The airline reported a profit of $864 million, compared with $220 million in the same period in 2013. On a combined basis, earnings in 2013 were $507 million. Total revenue was up 76% to $11.36 billion.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Bombardier Aerospace CEO retires amid restructuring that will see 1,800 jobs cut

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MONTREAL - Bombardier Aerospace president and CEO Guy Hachey is retiring after six years in the post amid a restructuring of operations at aerospace that will result in the layoff of 1,800 employees. (www.montrealgazette.com) More...

Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel Indefinitely

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Not much info. Delta Cancels All Flights to Israel Indefinitely, Cites Report of Rocket Near Tel Aviv Airport (abcnews.go.com) More...

Top 100 Warbirds

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We proudly present Flying Magazine's Top 100 Warbirds, our list of the best, most influential, fastest, most powerful, most effective and most revered fighting airplanes of all time. As with any top list, there's sure to be some disagreement with the birds we've chosen to fill these 100 slots, and that will likely be more and more true as you move up the list toward the Number One warbird of all time. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

FAA bans U.S.-Israel flights, citing rocket attack

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The FAA has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from" the airport on Tuesday morning, the FAA said. (www.cnn.com) More...

U.S. ends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

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Washington (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns. (www.cnn.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines wins support after poignant MH17 tweet

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Malaysia Airlines has posted a poignant message to Twitter – “Tough times do not last, tough people do #staystrong”, featuring an image of two flight attendants holding hands. (www.smh.com.au) More...

Flying Matters: Wings of Hope Uses Planes to Give Others a Better Way of Life

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Wings of Hope pilot, T.J. Stewart, will never forget the day he made an unplanned stop during his regularly scheduled flying medical clinics serving 24 villages in rural Tanzania. Usually, this village was the day's last stop, but he had changed course to give a woman who had just given birth at the hospital in Arusha a ride back to her village. After dropping off the new mother, he prepared to take off to complete his rounds. Suddenly, he saw an elderly woman timidly approach the plane. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Rising Stars: 5 Planes That Will Change Aviation

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It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety, comfort and efficiency, and if airplane builders can deliver on those commodities, they will sell airplanes, sometimes a lot of them. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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

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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...

Watch Aeroflot's sensual slow-motion inflight safety video

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Aeroflot's sensual safety video for the Boeing 777-300ER is all about slow-motion poses and sultry looks. Laden with lingering clips of the female flight attendants – the blokes appear once and only at the 30 second mark (and of course they're pilots) – the video seems to celebrate stunning Russian cabin crew as much as knowing where your nearest exit it located. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

United Second Quarter Profit Up 68%

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United-Continental Holdings announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The Chicago-based airline reported a profit of $789 million.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Aviation-Themed Steakhouse Opens Near Chicago

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Let's face it, you've done the hundred-dollar hamburger thing more times than you can count. If you're in the Chicago area it's time to check out PM Prime, a new steakhouse that pilots will love for the food and the incredible aviation-themed decor. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

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After Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration expanded an existing regulation that prohibited certain flights from operating in the region. The FAA regularly issues airspace restrictions and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft traveling through potentially hostile airspace. Here's where the FAA has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft as of July 18. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

ANA beats AirNZ to launch world's first commercial Boeing 787-9 flight

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Japan's ANA will fly the world's first commercial Boeing 787-9 service on August 4 from Tokyo's Haneda airport, snatching the honour from the plane's launch customer Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Closeness of MH17 and TransAir crashes coincidental, experts say

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Its been a bad couple of days for aviation.The crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop in Taiwan comes six days after the tragedy July 17 involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Although the crashes may have come a few days apart, industry experts say that's nothing more than a coincidence. "Air travel remains safe," says Henry Harteveldt, aviation and travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group in San Francisco. "The facts show it is safer than any other form of… (www.usatoday.com) More...

Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

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Authorities say a small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning. (news.msn.com) More...

The "Crash Cluster"

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Three plane crashes in a week leave passengers nervous and the media in a frenzy. But take a look at history. Plus, the plane crash as art? Also, what's in a name: when Air Algerie isn't really Air Algerie. (www.askthepilot.com) More...

American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord

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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...

Reports Of Bomb Threat Cause Traffic Backup At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police Thursday responded to the Los Angeles International Airport after receiving reports of a threat. LAX Airport Police said a bomb threat was called in around 12 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Anti-Missle Technology on Planes?

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Should U.S. airlines and commercial planes be equipped with missile deflecting technology? (www.cnn.com) More...

Ukraine: Two military jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. (edition.cnn.com) More...

Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 Shot Down Over Ukraine

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The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia's Interfax reported. The Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said. The adviser said 280 passengers and 15 crew members who were on the plane are all believed to have died. (flightaware.com) More...

Airbus set to axe A350-800 as Hawaiian converts to A330neo

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Airbus is expected to shelve plans to build the A350-800 jet following a decision by Hawaiian Airlines to convert its long-standing A350-800 order to the newer A330-800neo. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...