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New Website Look for FlightAware on 10th Anniversary

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The team at FlightAware is proud to announce the release of a new site design, with the following features: We have improved and streamlined site search. We’ve replaced the three orange search boxes on the left (Private flight tracker, Airline flight tracker, and Airport tracker/info) with a single search box at the top of the page. You can now search for airports, airlines, flight numbers, and private aircraft in this single box. As you type, suggestions will appear. You can select your desired… (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...

Build an ADS-B receiver using your old Android phone

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Your mobile ADS-B station can run FlightAware's Android software to track flights within 50-300 miles (line of sight, range depending on antenna) and will automatically feed data to FlightAware. You can track flights directly off your Android device with the FlightFeeder app or via FlightAware.com. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) "Crosswind turboprop torment"

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"More BHXwinds action (X-winds at BHX airport), as Dash-8 and ATR twin-engines have a difficult time coping with gusts and windshear." (www.youtube.com) More...

1992 April Fools Day: Welcome to Chicago

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Airline passengers descending into Los Angeles Airport saw an 85-foot-long yellow banner on the ground that spelled out, in 20-foot-high red letters, "Welcome to Chicago." It was raised above the Hollywood Park race track, about three miles from the airport. Park spokesman Brock Sheridan explained, "It was something we always wanted to do. We thought it would be kind of funny and our new management... thought it would be a great practical joke." The sign remained up for two… (hoaxes.org) 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...

Caution, Wake Turbulence (Blue Angels fly-by)

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In this video shot by Jason Neeley, Blue Angel #5 does a low fly by and sends beach tents and umbrellas into the air. (www.youtube.com) More...

FlightAware Wins 2nd Place in SESAR (Single European Sky) Research Contest

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A second-place award was handed out to FlightAware, a US-based company, for providing a live feed of Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) flight position data on some 100,000 aircraft per day. This service was used by several other proposals in this SESAR SWIM Master Class. (www.atc-network.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...

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...

United Continental Sent Safety Warning to Pilots

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United Continental Holdings Inc. ’s management sent a dramatic safety warning to its pilots last month, calling for stepped-up compliance with rules and procedures following several serious incidents caused by cockpit errors. The bulletin, issued Jan. 9 under the heading “significant safety concerns,” said it was prompted by four separate “safety events and near-misses” in previous weeks, including a plane whose pilots had to execute an emergency pull-up maneuver to avoid crashing into the… (consumerist.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...

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...

(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...

Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic, scientists confirm

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Tipping the scale at a mere 4.2 ounces (12 grammes), the white-throated, black-capped blackpoll warbler (Setophaga striata) migrates each autumn from New England to South America. The geolocators, weighing only 0.02 ounces, found that the birds completed an astonishing non-stop flight of between 1,410-1,721 miles. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

New PiAware hardware, higher performance and easier than ever to build!

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FlightAware's PiAware now include dozens of improvements in the last few months and supports the all-new Raspberry Pi 2. (flightaware.com) More...

How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport

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Since most things about the modern airline experience are so unpleasant for most of the traveling public most of the time, it's worth noticing how smoothly these professionals do their work. (www.theatlantic.com) 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...

ForeFlight Announces Connectivity with Garmin Avionics

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Huge announcement from ForeFlight/Garmin -- wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, precise GPS position data, and dynamic pitch and bank information on ForeFlight from your Garmin stack! (blog.foreflight.com) More...

(Cockpit video) TBM Avenger emergency landing

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TBM Avenger participating in the V-E Day flyover experiences smoke in the cockpit and makes an emergency landing at KDCA. (www.youtube.com) More...

Guy Who Lives Near Airport Painted Misleading Greeting on His Roof

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Mark Gubin is an artist and photographer in Milwaukee and decades ago he realized that his studio was along the flight path to the local airport. He had the brilliant idea to paint on the roof of his studio in giant letters "Welcome To Cleveland." Why? To mess with people mostly. (www.gq.com) More...

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. (news.yahoo.com) More...

Video: F/A-18 Hornet carrier qualifications

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USN Hornets perform car quals aboard the French carrier Charles De Gaulle. Low approaches, touch and goes, and finally arrested landings. (www.youtube.com) More...

Neil Armstrong's secret stash of Apollo 11 mementos

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While cleaning out a closet, the late astronaut's widow discovered a bag of small items taken from the Eagle lander before it was jettisoned for the trip home. The artifacts are now on loan to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. (www.hq.nasa.gov) More...

Small-town airports close as higher plane costs, falling interest lead to pilot decline

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Like many small cities across the country, Onawa is closing its airfield largely because of the steady decline in the number of pilots, especially in rural areas. The number of pilots with private certificates peaked at 357,000 in 1980. Since then, though, that number has nose-dived to 188,000, and hundreds of local airfields have been closing. Interest has waned as planes became much more costly. (www.startribune.com) More...

Blind Pilot Flies And Lands A Real Airplane

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After a retinal degenerative disease stole pilot Jim Platzer's eyesight, one of his greatest fears would be that he could never fly again. After working closely with a certified flight instructor, Jim was able to take back the controls and performs the impossible feat of landing blind. (planelopnik.kinja.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...

Planes Without Pilots

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Advances in sensor technology, computing and artificial intelligence are making human pilots less necessary than ever in the cockpit. Already, government agencies are experimenting with replacing the co-pilot, perhaps even both pilots on cargo planes, with robots or remote operators. (www.nytimes.com) More...

U.S. taxpayers stuck with the tab as helicopter flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

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For some flight schools that train helicopter pilots, the GI Bill that took effect in 2009 was a windfall the government never intended. At one flight company, records show 12 veterans whose training had cost the government more than $500,000 each. As long as the money flows through a public institution, there is no limit on what the VA will pay for flight training. (www.latimes.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...

American Eagle pilot diverts after unable to activate runway lights

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American Eagle Flight 2536 was scheduled to fly about 125 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Sunday night. The plane left nearly a half-hour late, and when it got to Wichita Falls, the pilot told passengers that the runway lights were turned off and there was nobody at the airport to turn them on. Wichita Falls said pilots can operate the lights using a specific frequency on their radio system, but the Eagle pilot had the wrong frequency. (thetandd.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...

Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

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Schlappig, 25, is one of the biggest stars among an elite group of obsessive flyers whose mission is to outwit the airlines. They're self-styled competitors with a singular objective: fly for free, as much as they can, without getting caught. (www.rollingstone.com) More...

Man passes DFW airport security, boards plane without ticket

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U.S. transportation security officials are investigating how a man was able to pass through a security checkpoint without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and board a commercial airliner, airport officials said on Monday. An airline agent discovered what happened before the flight departed and called airport police, who arrested the man on criminal trespassing charges, the airport said. (www.reuters.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...

No-fly zones over Disney parks face new scrutiny

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The Disney restrictions have been in place since 2003, thanks to a provision quietly slipped into a massive congressional spending bill weeks before the Iraq war. Defense and counter-terrorism officials did not appear to ask for the Disney protections, which were instead urged by at least one Disney lobbyist, according to an Orlando Sentinel investigation in 2003. (www.latimes.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...

Man angry about overbooked flight strips off and throws naked tantrum in middle of the airport

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Travelers at a North Carolina airport had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning when a man stripped naked to protest at his flight being overbooked. According to witnesses at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the man was attempting to get on board a US Airways flight to Jamaica. One witness said he heard a man yelling and sounding very angry. An airport employee told her that the man was angry over his flight. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air

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The pilots of Instagram are internet famous. Their stunning photos of the skies, captured from their unusual perspective inside the cockpit, garner hundreds, sometimes thousands of likes from fans. But taking photos, or using most any electronic device, while piloting a commercial aircraft is prohibited by American and European regulators. Pilots for airlines large and small, flying planes of all sizes, seem to be violating the safety rules, taking photos with their phones as well as GoPro… (qz.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...

Student legally changes name to avoid £220 Ryanair change fee

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A student has changed his name by deed poll because it was cheaper than paying a “ridiculous” Ryanair charge for a booking error. Adam Armstrong, 19, was presented with a £220 administration fee after his girlfriend’s stepfather mistakenly reserved a seat to Ibiza for him with the budget airline under the surname of West. (www.theguardian.com) More...

Hacker on a Plane: FBI Seizes Researcher’s Gear

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The FBI seized equipment from noted security researcher Chris Roberts on Wednesday, alleging that Roberts may have tampered with the systems aboard a United flight to Chicago, based upon a tweet he made about purportedly being able to access the aircraft's EICAS system. Roberts denies the claim. (securityledger.com) More...

Bob Carlton's Carousel Hangar

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It's no fun when you need the airplane that's in the back of the hangar, so noted sailplane pilot Bob Carlton devised a unique solution to this common problem. (www.youtube.com) More...

20 Hours of Sim Time for Instrument Students? Well, No

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Remember when we made a big deal last month about the FAA permitting more training time in flight simulators to count toward the instrument rating? Well forget about it. The FAA formally withdrew that policy today, and then reinstated the mind-boggling requirement that instrument students wear Foggles or other view-limiting devices while flying on instruments in a simulator. The reason for the withdrawal? The agency received one negative comment from someone who apparently didn't like the… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. (www.youtube.com) More...

Actor Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

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Actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when a vintage World War II training plane he was piloting crash landed on a Mar Vista, California, golf course. The actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources said he sustained cuts to his head. (variety.com) More...

Sinkhole opens up at DFW Airport, forcing authorities to close a runway

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One of the runways at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is closed while crews deal with a sinkhole, located somewhere on the air field, “in the vicinity” of runway 18-L. That runway is closed for the time being. officials don’t know how long it will take to repair the 25-foot-by-25-foot sinkhole. The airport has six other runways available for use. (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com) More...

(VIdeo) Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes?

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"Angry passengers create turbulence for the airlines." (www.youtube.com) More...

P-51 Precious Metal Night Engine Run

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Running the Griffon engine up to 40 inches at night in preparation for Reno. (www.youtube.com) More...

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