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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 Map Updates - View All Planes, Nearby Airports, Premium Map Layers

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You can now view all the nearby flights when tracking a flight; FlightAware will display all the air traffic around flights that you're tracking. Click the "+" in the upper right of the map and check the "Nearby Flights" The nearby flights will automatically load and display the airplane icons on the map. You can hover over a flight for more information, or click on it to go to a flight's tracking page. (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...

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...

(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...

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...

NORAD F-15s intercept unresponsive TBM 700

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A TBM-700 from New York to Florida has lost communication with air traffic control and overshot its destination by >250 miles. NORAD F-15s are investigating. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) Airbus A340 Emergency - Engine Failure - Cockpit

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On the way from Zurich to Shanghai during the flight was an increased oil temperature found in engine 3. The flight had to be canceled, a landing was necessary. Then the flight was continued with a new plane. The video shows the entire approach to the landing, in an exceptional situation. (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...

(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...

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) now displayed on FlightAware Maps

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All FlightAware users can now view United States Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on FlightAware maps! Simply enable the TFR layer by clicking the "+" in the upper right corner of any map, then check the "TFR" layer. Current and future published TFRs will then be drawn on US maps as red polygons. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) First Flight: One Week Wonder

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On August 5, 2014, the airplane that was built in seven days at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 flew for the first time—carrying more than 2500 signatures of those who helped build the plane into the air. (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...

(Video) Mississippi Delta Crop Duster pilot

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The world of crop dusting cotton in the Mississippi Delta flying a dual cockpit Stearman (Skip to 2m35s for flying part) (vimeo.com) More...

Build your own network ADS-B receiver with PiAware from FlightAware for under $100

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You can build and run your own ADS-B ground station to be installed anywhere and receive real-time data directly from airplanes that you can view locally and also integrate with FlightAware. For about USD$100/EUR€80, your ground station can run PiAware to track flights within 100-300 miles (line of sight, range depending on antenna installation) and will automatically feed data to FlightAware. (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...

(Video) If Wing Tufts Could Talk

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"We've all seen videos of wings with tufts on them that show how airflow breaks up over the wing in a stall, right? But have you ever wondered how the tufts felt about stalls? Or spins? Here's your chance to listen in. Check out acrocamp.com for more information about the feature film of which this sequence will be a part." (vimeo.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...

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...

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...

(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...

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...

FlightAware provides easy way to track your iPhone pre-order

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Once you've got your UPS tracking number and you see a departure scan out of ZhengZhou, you can use this page to easily find the flight track of the airplane that's got your iPhone on it. It won't get the phone to you any quicker, but it'll give you something to watch while you wait. (flightaware.com) More...

What a plane crash feels like - United 232

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Brad Griffin had his hands on the first class seat in front of him, which was the first row in the airplane. Gerald Harlon Dobson, a retired state trooper from New Jersey, sat with his wife, Joann, dressed in their festive Hawaiian clothes directly across from Rene Le Beau’s jump seat. Griffin had been meditating. He felt no fear, even though he could feel how unusually fast the plane was going. “And when we hit the runway,” Griffin recalled, “my seat belt pops.” He was stunned for a second,… (www.salon.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...

(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...

Video: Dead stick landing at Reno Air Races

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Watch as Thom Richard experiences an engine failure in Precious Metal and glides safely back to the runway. Features a nice gyro cam setup that works properly for 60% of the video. (www.youtube.com) More...

United Airlines Converts Majority of 787-8 Deliveries to 787-10

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United Airlines has converted seven of its eight remaining Boeing 787-8 orders to the larger 787-10, as it prepares to take its first 787-9. The Chicago-based carrier will take the seven 787-10s from 2018 under the deal that was reached with Boeing in July, it says in a quarterly stock exchange filing. The 787-8s were scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018. (www.flightglobal.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...

Flying the Typhoon Through the Mach Loop at Low Level

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Ride along with RAF display pilot Jamie Norris at 400 knots and 500 feet through the hills and valleys of the Mach Loop. (www.youtube.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...

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...

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...

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...

Propeller breaks 13,000 feet in the air

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Tim Cassell crash landed his plane in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada and then he spent 18 hours in the cold before being rescued. The pilot took off in his signal-engine Piper Cherokee plane. However, 20 minutes away from his destination and 13,000 feet high above the San Joaquin Valley, the plane's propeller broke in half. (www.ktvu.com) 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...

FlightAware Releases Major Enhancements to Global Flight Tracking for Business Aviation

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FlightAware is announcing major developments to global flight tracking at NBAA 2014, including the launch of FlightAware’s worldwide ADS-B network, additional foreign and worldwide data sources, and the ability to track flights without available flight plans, in the US and abroad. (flightaware.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...

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...