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Model Boeing 777 made entirely from manila folders (photos)

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Luca Iaconi-Stewart built a 1:60 model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER made entirely from manila file folders. You have to see this thing to believe it. (www.flickr.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...

FlightAware TV now available - HDTV Fleet or Airport Maps

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FlightAware TV is the best solution for displaying worldwide, live flight tracking and weather radar imagery on your HDTV in your office, hangar, operations center — or anywhere. At a glance stay informed of your fleet's or airport's operations. FlightAware TV requires no custom hardware and no maintenance to continuously provide you with the information you need. Simply plug a modern (2011 or newer) laptop or computer into any 1080p HDTV and access your secure, custom FlightAware TV URL. Each… (flightaware.com) More...

What are These Giant Concrete Arrows Across the American Landscape?

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In the 1920s, America began coast-to-coast Airmail service, but the pioneer pilots had trouble navigating the route, since navigation charts of the day were fugazi and you couldn't exactly pull over to ask a farmer for directions. And traveling at night, when it would have been most efficient, or in bad weather was impossible. To solve this Congress then funded these gi-normous arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, some up to 70 feet long, to trace a route across the country. (www.core77.com) More...

Off-Duty Bomber Pilot Helps Land a United 737 After Captain Passes Out

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At that moment, Gongol thought it was a medical emergency with a first class passenger, his instincts told him to stay seated and stay out of the way. A fourth call went out, "are there any non-revenue pilots on board, please ring your call button." Immediately, Gongol realized the pilot was the patient. He looked to his wife; as she gave him a nod, Gongol pressed his button and headed toward the flight deck. (www.afspc.af.mil) More...

(Video) Unmanned parked aircraft takes off in high winds

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Short but amazing video and a good reminder to use tie-downs. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Jessica Ambats - Pulse-Pounding Aerial Photography

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A behind-the-scenes look at how photographer Jessica Ambats captures the beauty of flight. Jessica specializes in air-to-air photography, a high-stakes type of aerial photography that involves shooting from an airplane with the doors removed while the plane being photographed flies as close as 20 feet away. Do not try this at home. (www.youtube.com) More...

NTSB Animation of Asiana Flight 214 accident sequence

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NTSB animation with voiceover showing the Asiana 214 approach and accident sequence. (www.youtube.com) More...

Augmented reality apps from Cessna to see jets up close

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Interesting idea to turn a flat brochure into an interactive 3D model with an iPad. (www.cessna.com) More...

(Video) Amazing Las Vegas Photo Flight: Phenom 300

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Amazing shots during a behind the scenes video on a photo flight of an Embraer Phenom 300 over the Las Vegas Strip during NBAA 2013 (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Microburst Event at US Air Force Academy Airfield

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Amazing video showing the impact of severe wind on some unsecured airplanes (www.youtube.com) More...

ADS-B on FlightAware

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In addition to receiving over fifty different government air traffic control and private datalink sources, FlightAware operates a worldwide network of ADS-B receivers that track ADS-B-equipped aircraft flying around the globe. FlightAware owns and operates these receivers at dozens of airports around the world in conjunction with airport operators. We also invite customers and professional users to connect to FlightAware's network and feed additional ADS-B data from their receivers using the… (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) World's shortest commercial flight

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At just over one nautical mile between them, Kegata and Apowo airstrips in Papua, Indonesia are separated by a deep valley making aircraft an ideal mode of transport between the two villages. Take a ride with the locals in the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter on the 73 second flight from Kegata to Apowo. (vimeo.com) More...

The xkcd Phone, with FlightAware integration (joke)

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xkcd, one of the Internet's favorite comics, has announced the xkcd Phone in their latest issue. Further, it has deep FlightAware integration to annoy you every time a plane flies overhead. (xkcd.com) More...

(Video) Lufthansa 747 Cockpit

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Checklists and cockpit procedures on a Lufthansa 747 flight from EDDF to KLAX (www.youtube.com) More...

Skydiver and pilot survive airborne collision (photos)

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Two men were hurt when a plane collided with the parachute of a skydiver Saturday morning in Mulberry. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, 87-year-old Shannon Trembley, a WWII vet, was doing touch-and-goes in his private Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport. During his third pass, the passenger side wing of his plane became entangled in and then cut the strings of a skydiver's parachute 75 feet above the ground. (www.myfoxtampabay.com) More...

ForeFlight and FlightAware Collaborate to Integrate Flight Alert Feature

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ForeFlight & FlightAware teamed up to bring pre-departure route changes directly to ForeFlight Mobile, even for operators of blocked aircraft! (flightaware.com) More...

NTSB releases Asiana 214 CVR Transcript

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PDF of the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder for Asiana 214 (dms.ntsb.gov) More...

FlightAware is hiring for ten different positions!

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FlightAware is eight years old and profitable, but operates with the agility and pace of a start-up. We're looking for amazing new members of our team in Houston and New York. Currently interviewing for ten different positions, please take a look and pass it on. (flightaware.com) More...

The co-designer of the F-16 on why the F-35 is a failure [video]

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CBC The Fifth Estate interview with Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16. (www.youtube.com) More...

Aeros with Josh (VIDEO)

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A pilot takes a passenger that is afraid of flying up for some aerobatic maneuvers... (www.youtube.com) More...

Redbird’s Skyport Will Sell Dollar-a-Gallon Avgas During October

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Redbird’s Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, will be selling avgas for a dollar a gallon throughout the month of October. What’s the catch? There really isn’t one, other than the company will ask fuel buyers to participate in a brief survey probing their views on flying habits and how—or even if—the price of avgas affects those views and, especially, flying behavior. “The idea is to test whether the cost of flying had either a direct or indirect or even a cumulative effect on the fact that there’s a… (www.avweb.com) More...

Russia: Crashed pilot may have had fake license

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MOSCOW — The Russian pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive, killing all 50 people on board, might have had a fake license, Russian investigators said Friday. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said his team believes that some pilots working for small regional airlines in Russia have not been properly trained but managed to get fake licenses in centers certified by the country’s aviation agency. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Most creative ways to recycle a plane

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As their aircraft near the end of their service lives, aircraft owners must find ways for dealing with retirees. Futuristic rivets, elegant curves, gleaming surfaces and the ability to withstand extremes ... it's easy to see why furniture designers would be intrigued by the potential of decommissioned airplanes. (www.cnn.com) More...

Ethiopian Airlines 702 Hijacked and Flown to Geneva

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A plane has landed at Geneva after apparently being hijacked over Africa. A spokeswoman for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation confirmed Geneva airport had been closed. Flight ET702 from Addis Ababa to Rome landed in Geneva about 4.15pm. (www.smh.com.au) More...

FAA to officially rule on flight-sharing services

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There's been a lot of debate about the legality of flight sharing services like FlyteNow and AirPooler, but AirPooler has officially requested the FAA's legal interpretation to put the matter to bed. (techcrunch.com) More...

UTA 772 Desert Memorial on Visible on Google Maps

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A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane. So I did some more research and discovered there’s an incredibly tragic and beautiful story behind it. Here it is, from start to finish. (www.viralnova.com) More...

$6000/mo US Gov't Hangar Queen

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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — At an airfield in rural Georgia, the U.S. government pays a contractor $6,600 a month for a plane that doesn’t fly. The plane is a 1960s turboprop with an odd array of antennas on its back end and the name of a Cuban national hero painted on its tail. It can fly, but it doesn’t. Government orders. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

(Video) Introducing the Boeing 777X

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Slick video from Boeing, with a few subtle digs at the competition (www.youtube.com) More...

NTSB: Crash of Asiana Flight 214 Accident Report Summary

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This is a synopsis from the Safety Board’s report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause, and safety recommendations. Safety Board staff is currently making final revisions to the report from which the attached conclusions and safety recommendations have been extracted. The final report and pertinent safety recommendation letters will be distributed to recommendation recipients as soon as possible. The attached information is subject to further review and… (www.ntsb.gov) More...

Government moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

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The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

Low and High IFR En Route Charts on FlightAware

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FlightAware maps can now display low and high IFR en route charts in the United States by selecting the map layer. With this new feature, you can see FlightAware flight and airport on top of IFR charts that show you VORs, navigation fixes, airways, and more! (flightaware.com) More...

Bloomberg profile on FlightAware ADS-B Deployment

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FlightAware provides real-time flight tracking that’s licensed by companies and accessed by consumers via free mobile apps. The nine-year-old company mainly aggregates data from air-traffic-control organizations and airlines, but it’s able to fill in some holes using the trackers it distributes to anyone willing to climb on top of their houses. Each FlightFeeder device weighs half a pound and is about the size of a soda can. Customers plug in the blue-and-white box and put an antenna on the… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

UVair Jet Fuel Pricing Now Integrated in FlightAware

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UVair fuel card customers can now get real-time, guaranteed, customized fuel prices alongside retail prices on FlightAware FBO pages! (flightaware.com) More...

New Boeing 737s to get innovative Space Bins, increasing cabin capacity by 48 percent

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Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar. Space Bins will arrive on all next-generation 737 and 737 Max airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015. (www.oregonlive.com) More...

FlightAware Announces Worldwide Flight Tracking For Garmin Avionics

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FlightAware and Garmin International today announced that aircraft operators with Iridium-equipped Garmin cockpits can now downlink real-time flight positions while in flight and use FlightAware for worldwide flight tracking. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) CNBC discusses FlightAware vs airline data with JetBlue COO, FlightAware CEO

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CNBC interviewed JetBlue and FlightAware this morning to discuss the differences between the data on FlightAware.com and the data being received from FlightAware. (video.cnbc.com) More...

FBI Announces New Crackdown On Pointing Lasers At Aircraft

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FBI announced a program aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft—a felony punishable by five years in jail—and rewarding those who come forward with information about individuals who engage in this dangerous activity with up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft. (www.breaking911.com) More...

ATC guides VFR Cherokee in IMC through storm into Austin

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The pilot of a Piper Cherokee 140 (N141SW) is safely on the ground after relying on air traffic controllers to guide him to Austin's international airport through severe weather. Matt Cartwright said he was flying from New Orleans toward the Austin area when he notified controllers just before 12 p.m. that he could not see a landing point. Other arrivals were held up for 30 minutes... (abclocal.go.com) More...

Federal judge throws out Santa Monica's lawsuit over airport

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The effort to close Santa Monica Airport suffered a major setback Thursday when a federal judge threw out the city’s lawsuit that sought to wrest control of the facility from the federal government. U.S. District Judge John F. Walters dismissed the claim that title to the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County should be returned to the city because the action was brought too late under the statute of limitations. (www.latimes.com) More...

Engine failure and crash caught on GoPro cameras (VIDEO)

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A pilot loses engine output on takeoff and makes a crash landing into a tree. Video captured by three GoPro cameras. (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing Forecasts Demand for 36,770 New Airplanes Valued at $5.2 Trillion

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Boeing forecasts that 8,600 new airplanes will be needed in the twin-aisle segment, led by small widebody airplanes in the 200 to 300 seat range such as the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner. This year's forecast reflects a continued shift in demand from very large airplanes to efficient new twin-engine products such as the 787-10 and new 777X. (www.marketwatch.com) More...

Boeing flies 787-9 ZB002 test aircraft nonstop Seattle-Auckland

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SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9's international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began. The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the flight-test program, ZB002 flew direct from Seattle's Boeing Field to Auckland International Airport, departing January 3 at 9:55 a.m. local time and landing (shown here) some 13 hours, 49 minutes later. The airplane is… (flightaware.com) More...

General aviation plane sales rebounding

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There's finally some good news, experts say, after corporate jet prices have dropped for 25 consecutive quarters: The number of transactions, especially for used planes, has risen slightly for two years now. Also, business aviation leaders have launched a campaign - so far successful - to ward off changes in federal law they say could stunt restarting a vital means of transportation for companies. (www.9news.com) More...

On the Typography of Flight-Deck Documentation

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Many types of paper documentation are employed on the flight-deck. They range from a simple checklist card to a bulky Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM). Some of these documentation have typographical and graphical deficien- cies; yet, many cockpit tasks such as conducting checklists, way-point entry, limitations and performance calculations, and many more, require the use of these documents. Moreover, during emergency and abnormal situations, the flight crews’ effectiveness in combating the situation… (ti.arc.nasa.gov) More...

Southwest Airlines Fined $200,000 for False Advertising About Fares

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The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV ) $200,000 by on Tuesday for advertising low airfares on flights that in one case the airline didn't make enough low-fare seats available, and in other cases didn't make any cheap seats available at all. The DOT found the airline had advertised one-way nonstop fares "for $100 or less" for travel this past Feb.14 but hadn't made a reasonable number of those seats available. (www.fool.com) More...

Ars Technica author appeals and gets his PNR history

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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...

(Video) Air Tahiti Nui Christmas Special

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"This is a fantastic video that Air Tahiti Nui, the airline of French Polynesia has put together showing all what goes on behind the scenes when their aircraft are operating." (allplane.tv) More...

(HD Video) Flying with the Thunderbirds

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Advertising Photographer and Nikon Ambassador Blair Bunting flies with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. blairbunting.com (vimeo.com) More...

German fighter and Learjet collide - two feared dead

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A civilian Learjet plane carrying two people has crashed in western Germany after a mid-air collision with a German air force Eurofighter jet. (www.bbc.com) More...