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FlightAware’s Redesigned Flight Tracking Page

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FlightAware is excited to announce our new flight tracking page, our largest redesign to the flight page in our 12 year history. We’ve kept all the same important content and mapping features as we spent almost a year re-designing it to be easier to understand and more usable. (flightaware.com) More...

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

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A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360, one thousand feet above, about 630nm southeast of Muscat, Oman, over the Arabian Sea. A short time later (1-2 minutes) the aircraft encountered wake turbulence sending the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll, turning the aircraft around at least 3 times (possibly even 5 times), both engines flamed out, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft, restart the… (flightservicebureau.org) More...

NTSB: Air Canada close-call at SFO was even worse than first reported

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Federal investigators on Monday revealed startling new information about the July 7 close-call at SFO, saying that the Air Canada pilot that mistook a crowded taxiway for his approved runway actually flew over at least one plane on the ground before aborting his landing. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in an initial report that Air Canada flight 759 from Toronto descended below 100 feet and aborted the landing “after overflying the first airplane on the taxiway.” (www.mercurynews.com) More...

FlightAware moves HQ higher into the sky

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FlightAware, a global flight tracking data company, will double the size of its headquarters and gain a modern space with panoramic views of Houston when it relocates to a full floor near the top of Eleven Greenway Plaza in November. (m.chron.com) More...

FlightAware Adds Animated Weather to Flight Tracking Pages

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FlightAware's latest feature for flight tracking maps is animated weather! You can now click the play icon at the top of the map to animate through the last hour of weather imagery. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) Boeing 717 Stall during test flight

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Amazing video of a recovery after an unusual attitude during a stall test. (vimeo.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines enlists SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware for 100% global flight tracking

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By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance. (flightaware.com) More...

Decades-Old Mystery Put To Rest: Why Are There X's In The Desert?

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Pez Owen was flying over the desert in her single-engine Cessna airplane when she spotted a huge "X" etched in the desert below. She says it was the strangest thing. "It's not on the [flight] chart," Owen says. "There just wasn't any indication of this huge cross." Then she spotted another one. (www.npr.org) More...

Global Space-Based ADS-B for Business Aviation with FlightAware Global

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Business aviation operators can now sign up to receive Aireon’s worldwide real-time space-based ADS-B flight tracking data through FlightAware Global, as soon as partial coverage becomes available, with full coverage available in 2018. FlightAware Global is a real-time web-based flight tracking solution used by thousands of flight departments and operators to monitor their fleet. The Aireon data will provide global flight tracking information at one minute position intervals. (flightaware.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce Qatar Airways as GlobalBeacon Launch Partner

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Aireon and FlightAware announced today that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to adopt the new GlobalBeacon℠ solution to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations. The agreement will provide Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre with minute-by-minute, global tracking of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft by 2018. (flightaware.com) More...

ForeFlight and Jeppesen partner to bring Jeppesen charts to ForeFlight

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Jeppesen's global charts, terrain, obstacles, and NavData® are coming to ForeFlight Mobile – your all-in-one solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying, and logging flights. (foreflight.com) More...

Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) More...

28 Amazing Pictures From The Golden Age Of Airlines

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People didn't always travel in sweatpants. (www.buzzfeed.com) More...

Colorado Springs pilot force lands Cirrus SR22 on mountainous terrain

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Russ Ford and his wife Sheri were flying their Cirrus SR-22 single-engine plane over the remote Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Meeker, CO, on Saturday when he says the engine cut out. They were at about 12,000 feet over rough terrain and Russ had to make a quick decision; whether or not to deploy the plane's emergency parachute, which is designed to bring the entire plane safely to the ground. (www.kktv.com) More...

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend

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At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, with three of those having what likely were unsettling encounters with F-15 jets and one with a military helicopter, according to the Federal Aviation… (www.palmbeachpost.com) More...

Santa Monica Airport will close in 2028 and be replaced by a park, officials say

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Capping decades of legal battles and protests, federal and local officials announced an settlement Saturday to close Santa Monica Airport in 2028 and immediately shorten the runway to limit jet flights. The city of Santa Monica has been fighting to shut down the general aviation airport — long a favorite of celebrities and business leaders — contending it is unsafe, noisy and pollutes nearby neighborhoods with potentially harmful aircraft exhaust. Aviation interests and the Federal Aviation… (www.latimes.com) More...

Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America

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To understand the forces defining air travel in America today, I spent eight days crisscrossing the country in economy class. Four airlines. Twelve flights (half of them delayed). Twelve cities. Twelve cups of tomato juice. Three trips through whole-body scanners. One alarming use of the words “groin area.” (www.nytimes.com) More...

Legendary aviator Bob Hoover flies west

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Oft-cited as "the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived," Bob Hoover flew fighters in WWII before becoming a test pilot after the war, and later becoming well-known for his "energy management" airshow routine, flying a Rockwell Commander through aerobatics with the engines shut down. He was 94. (blogs.mprnews.org) More...

Passengers Call 911 From Ramped Airliner

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The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has ordered Air Transat to explain why passengers were driven to call 911 for help as they sat in packed aircraft for up to six hours on a hot afternoon and evening in Ottawa. (www.avweb.com) More...

Operation Migration - In Search of Generous Pilots

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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada is able to raise three or four parent-reared Whooping crane chicks this year, but getting into the U.S. is problematic. A number of Ports-of-Entry along the US/Canada border are able to process live animals imported into America but they normally deal with livestock transported by trucks or trains. The closest Port-of-Entry at an airport is in Chicago, but the only commercial aircraft flying between Calgary and Chicago does not have cargo doors to its… (operationmigration.org) More...

Eclipse travel keeps NetJets busy

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Columbus-based NetJets, the world’s largest operator of private jets, is seeing a rise in flight bookings through Tuesday, tied to eclipse-viewing trips. (www.dispatch.com) More...

NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. The center has uploaded roughly 300 of the planned 500 films that it will continue to put up over the coming months. They have everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests to videos of the time that they intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984. (motherboard.vice.com) More...

FAA and Aireon Announce Space-Based ADS-B Flight Test Success

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The FAA and Aireon today announced a successful flight test of space-based ADS-B, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system’s capability from low-earth orbit. The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA’s specially equipped “flying laboratory” Bombardier jet with three Aireon payloads available to receive data. A total of 2,462 ADS-B messages were received and decoded providing comparable data to that of terrestrial… (aireon.com) More...

Allegiant Air’s planes started failing more and more, but the FAA didn't crack down

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Before the night was finished on June 25, 2015, five Allegiant flights had been interrupted in four hours, all because different planes had failed in midair. The Federal Aviation Administration collected records on all of the incidents. But it didn’t order a single corrective action. (www.tampabay.com) More...

California Man Sentenced to Prison for Piloting Private Jets without a Type Rating

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On April 27, 2016, Arnold Gerald Leto III was arrested on federal charges of illegally piloting a private airplane from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without a pilot’s license. The Department of Justice and FAA determined that Leto had illegally piloted a number of flights dating back to at least 2015, and he ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges. This week, Leto was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, and required to pay a $5,500 fine. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY

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Each time President Trump spends a weekend away from the White House, there’s a massive military effort to protect him from threats… including from above. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was given rare access to present a dramatic demonstration of how the Air National Guard keeps presidential airspace safe. (www.youtube.com) More...

Passengers From O'Hare Uncontained Engine Fire File Lawsuit

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Eighteen passengers have filed a lawsuit against Boeing and American Airlines after the airplane they were on caught fire last month on the tarmac of O'Hare International Airport when part of an engine failed. The passengers also claim American Airlines employees should have done a better job inspecting the plane, and that they failed to provide "assistance, supervision and instruction" during evacuation. (abc7chicago.com) More...

Bombardier wins CRJ900 jet order from Irish carrier CityJet

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Bombardier and the Irish regional carrier Cityjet have signed a conditional purchase agreement for up to 10 CRJ900 aircraft from the Canadian plane maker. The order is valued at approximately US$280 million and could increase to $467m at list prices should CityJet exercise all its options. Dublin-based airline has also confirmed its acquisition of the Danish carrier Cimber, a subsidiary of the Scandinavian airline SAS. (www.thenational.ae) More...

Air Force Looks At Sharing Pilots With Airlines

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The Air Force is considering allowing its dwindling pilot population to moonlight as airline pilots as a way of keeping them available for active duty. Senior brass are reportedly giving pilots more latitude in shaping their own careers with active duty flying as part of the mix. (www.avweb.com) More...

747 Transforms Into Air Force One Replica

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A 747 that has been parked at Quonset State Airport in Rhode Island for a couple of years now is being transformed into a replica of Air Force One, according to a local news station. (www.avweb.com) More...

Cessna Scraps Unsold Skywatchers (photos)

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Cessna has scrapped the remaining inventory of its 162-model Skycatcher airplanes, capping the end of the company’s light-sport program. The unsold Skycatchers were destroyed as shown in photos of an assembled but unfinished Cessna 162 being dropped into a recycling container as similar aircraft sit in storage (AVweb). (www.avweb.com) More...

Teterboro’s Circling Approach to Runway 1 Can Be Tricky

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With strong winds out of the west, conditions that existed at the time of Monday’s Learjet crash, starting the turn to the runway early is crucial. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

In-Flight Entertainment System Flaws Put Passenger Data at Risk

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A security consultant at IOActive privately disclosed the issues he discovered to Panasonic in March 2015. The vulnerabilities in the Panasonic Avionics IFE firmware could allow a local attacker to access passenger IFE systems, display incorrect or misleading information about a flight path, for example, or in other cases, steal personal information and payment card data. (threatpost.com) More...

Big Bear small plane crash claims lives of newly engaged couple

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A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and her fiance were killed when a small aircraft crashed in a remote area of Big Bear. (abc30.com) More...

Small plane makes emergency landing in Mid-Michigan

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) - A small plane had to make an emergency landing Monday on a Midland County road. (www.wnem.com) More...

Flight 3407 families may face off against Air Force general on pilot experience rules

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 Monday renewed their fight to preserve pilot experience requirements they got written into the law seven years ago, but this time they could be facing their most daunting opponent yet: the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (buffalonews.com) More...

Stockholm air traffic control tower is now a luxury apartment

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Spending the night at an airport isn't usually an aspirational sleeping arrangement. That was before someone transformed the original flight control tower at Stockholm Arlanda Airport into a luxury apartment. The disused tower is now home to a spacious, bright space complete with panoramic views of the runways below. (www.cnn.com) More...

Spirit Airlines adds to destinations at Bush airport

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While you're planning for spring and summer 2017, Spirit Airlines wants to give Houstonians some ideas. The low-cost airline announced on Tuesday that it's adding two new routes from Houston's big airport, otherwise known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, or IAH. (www.chron.com) More...

ATC Monitoring Eclipse Balloon Launch

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Pilots flying on the days leading up to the coming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 have surely planned already to cope with extra traffic near the path of totality, but they also need to be aware of a nationwide balloon launch that will take place along that path. Teams of students will release about 100 high-altitude scientific balloons from about 30 locations along the eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina. The balloons will carry instruments to about 100,000 feet, where they will send back… (www.avweb.com) More...

Orange County picks new airport operator amid fuel-price hiking allegations

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Supervisors said they awarded the contract to California-based ACI Jet rather than longstanding operator Signature Flight Support to spur competition. That decision follows allegations from some airport tenants in the past year that Signature and the airport’s other contractor, Atlantic Aviation, simultaneously and artificially inflated their fuel prices, frequently within pennies of each other. Atlantic retained its contract Tuesday. (www.ocregister.com) More...

Bear spray discharge forces dozens from Salt Lake City airport

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Dozens of travelers were forced to clear out of Salt Lake CityInternational Airport Sunday morning after an airline employee accidentally discharged a canister of bear spray after it was confiscated from a passenger. (gephardtdaily.com) More...

See what JFK airport will look like after $10 billion in improvments

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $10 billion plan to transform New York's aging John F. Kennedy International Airport into a world-class hub with easy access. (abc7ny.com) More...

Reno Air Race accident, in-cockpit video

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Thom Richard experiences engine trouble on the grid in "Hot Stuff," but due to an apparent miscommunication, the other aircraft are signaled to take off, resulting on another aircraft impacting Hot Stuff from behind. Severe aircraft damage, but only minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

Delta Bans Trump Supporter Who Ranted At 'Hillary Bitches' On Flight

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In a video posted to Facebook by Emma Baum, one of the passengers on the flight is seen standing up from his seat and yelling about Donald Trump to the rest of the plane. The flight crew had received criticism on social media for not kicking the man off of the flight. Passengers on the Tuesday morning flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania would be refunded the cost of their tickets and that the man in the video “will never again be allowed on a Delta plane.” (talkingpointsmemo.com) More...

Aireon and FlightAware Announce New Partnership with SITAONAIR to Provide Space-Based ADS-B Flight Tracking to Airlines

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Aireon LLC, FlightAware and SITAONAIR today announced a new partnership to provide SITAONAIR’s airline customers with Aireon’s space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data. Starting in 2018, SITAONAIR airline customers with ADS-B Out equipped aircraft will have access to 100 percent global flight tracking data, in real-time, through SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM® FlightTracker product. (flightaware.com) More...

History: Thousands witness horrifying wreck of Goodyear blimp in 1932

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The Goodyear blimp Columbia lost a battle with nature 85 years ago in a spectacular wreck that was witnessed by thousands. There was nothing anybody could do. Not even the pilot. (www.ohio.com) More...

NASA To Test New Approach System

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NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. (www.avweb.com) More...

Hate Basic Economy Fares? More Are Coming

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Buying airline tickets is getting even more dastardly: Basic Economy fares are spreading nationwide. (www.msn.com) More...

Join the beta testing for the upcoming FlightAware iOS app

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FlightAware is currently beta testing the upcoming version 5.3.3 of our iOS flight tracking app. This new version adds a few minor features as well as a few bug fixes. If you would like to volunteer to join the testing of this upcoming release, comment in either this squawk or the linked forum post so that we can add you. We are planning on some bigger iOS releases in the next few months, so you will also be automatically included in the testing opportunities of those as well. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Santa Monica Firms Contract for Shorter SMO Runway

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The Santa Monica city council in California has agreed to a $3.5 million “guaranteed maximum price” contract to Aecom to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from 5,000 feet to 3,500 feet. The August 8 approval of the contract is in line with the city’s timeline to begin work on shortening the runway in October and complete the project by December 7, when new FAA charts are ready for release. (www.ainonline.com) More...