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FlightAware releases real-time flight status and radar for all US/Canada flights

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US/Canada flight status and radar is now live with no more five minute delay! Previously, the US/Canada data feed contained a five minute delay due to FAA policy. (flightaware.com) More...

Maps now show sunlit earth, visualizing day/night around the world

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Just today, we released an awesome new feature -- sunlit earth. We now shade the map to indicate where it's dawn, day, night, and dusk! It really helps when tracking long-haul flights to understand the time of day around the world and the conditions of the flight. (flightaware.com) More...

Video: Exhilarating DC-10 Firefighter Plane Pulls Off Incredible Maneuver In Silverado Canyon 9/12/2014

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"When on a hike to view the carnage a wildfire was taking on my hometown, I caught a fantastic clip of DC-10- dropping fire retardant in a treacherous ridge about to be enveloped in flames. Nobody wanted to come with me because of the steep trail and the inherent dangers of being close to a forest fire, so I was just up there alone. A very unique experience. On the way up the steep trail, I watched many other planes pass over the burning ridge and drop retardant and water, and I was just… (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Dashcam of plane landing on road in Irvine, CA

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A small plane with an instructor and student pilot made an emergency landing on an Irvine street Wednesday evening, authorities said. The Piper Cherokee aircraft landed at 6:18 p.m. near John Wayne Airport at Red Hill and McGaw avenues during rush-hour traffic, coming to a stop at MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine Police spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Airbus A380 Crosswind Landing at Düsseldorf

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"I have filmed lots of crosswind landings within the past four years but this was the first time I was able to film an A380 crosswind Landing. All crosswind Landings are amazing but seeing an A380 fighting against the wind was something special. In addition to that the runway was very wet and the A380 touched down a little late." (www.youtube.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) Surprise at the end of a cat 1 ILS & go-around in a BBJ

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"The approach flown was a CAT I ILS. I could see the rain column approach from the other side of the field so I got out my phone camera from the jump seat. You can hear the GPWS announce minimums at 200' AGL, and shortly after all visibility is lost due to rain. You do not hear the "50" foot call out during the touch and go, but it had to be close. The HUD really provides incredible center-line tracking, although you can't see the symbology from the camera angle. Ultimately, we… (www.youtube.com) More...

Daytona Beach police arrest aviation student in airline laser pointing

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Sanchez said he was playing with the green laser light pointing it in various directions, the report states. The suspect said he saw an incoming plane "on short approach," the report states. Conley recognized the phrase as an aviation term and asked Sanchez if he was a pilot. Sanchez said he is studying to be a pilot at ATP Flight School, an airport property tenant. "It just perplexes me that someone who wants a future in aviation would do this." (www.news-journalonline.com) More...

Using approach paths to hide from the police in Los Angeles

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The heavily restricted airspace around Los Angeles International Airport, Burdette pointed out, has transformed the surrounding area into a well-known hiding spot for criminals trying to flee by car. Los Angeles police helicopters cannot always approach the airport because of air-traffic-control safety concerns. Indeed, all those planes, with their otherwise-invisible approach patterns across the Southern California sky, have come to exert a kind of sculptural effect on local crimes across the… (www.nytimes.com) More...

See the secret airplane bedrooms where flight attendants sleep on long-haul flights

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Flight attendants are humans too, and just like everyone else, they need to sleep on long-haul flights. Most Boeing 777 and 787 airliners have a secret stairway that leads to a tiny set of windowless bedrooms for the cabin crew — and few people know they even exist. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

(Video) 24 hours of FlightAware's airline flight data over the US

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How would it look if you animated an entire day of FlightAware's airline flight data over the US? NATS did it -- it's amazing and beautiful! The timestamps in the video are UTC, so the video starts in the middle of the night. (vimeo.com) More...

(Video) Labor Day flying: Behind the scenes at a busy airport

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A behind-the-scenes look at how one of the nation's busiest airport will get thousands of passengers to their destination over the busy Labor Day holiday. (www.youtube.com) More...

Small Plane Crashes on Emergency Landing (VIDEO)

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When this French pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, he was unable to land perfectly and crash-landed instead, rolling over multiple times. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. (www.liveleak.com) More...

(Video) Engine failure and forced landing in a Cessna

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(Video) Engine failure and forced landing in a Cessna. Great job by the pilot. (www.youtube.com) More...

xkcd comic: Captain Speaking

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If you're not familiar with xkcd, you'll need to hover over the comic for the second part. (xkcd.com) More...

What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot...

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The next time you’re thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead. Two-dimensional barcodes and QR codes can hold a great deal of information, and the codes printed on airline boarding passes may allow someone to discover more about you, your future travel plans, and your frequent flyer account. (krebsonsecurity.com) More...

Flight to Phoenix returns to Houston due to heat

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"The temperature limitation for this aircraft [Embraer 175] to operate safely was 118," according to a United Airlines spokeswoman. "Temperatures are not expected to hit that peak heat today [Monday] so we do not anticipate impact on operations due to the heat." (www.azfamily.com) More...

Flights cancelled in Alaska due to ash concerns from Pavlof Volcano

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Twenty Alaska Airlines flights have been cancelled Monday and about 1,300 people will be affected, according to spokeswoman Bobbie Egan. Flights to and from Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow and Dead Horse have been cancelled and conditions are currently being monitored in Fairbanks. The plume of ash emitted from Pavlof Volcano has risen to about 37,000 feet and is extending for 400 miles to the northeast, as of Monday morning, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. (www.ktuu.com) More...

(Video) 747 cockpit, oceanic crossing procedures

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What pilots do flying over the Pacific from Alaska to Asia. (www.youtube.com) More...

FlightAware adds ADS-B across Australian Outback

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FlightAware is excited to announce that comprehensive ADS-B flight tracking coverage is now available across all of Australia including the Outback. The Outback can be extremely remote and lack infrastructure, yet there is significant air traffic from transcontinental flights as well as flights between Asia and Eastern Australia. FlightAware is the first flight tracking provider to offer fully comprehensive ADS-B flight tracking the Outback, which complements existing ADS-B and RADAR on the… (flightaware.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 Pro Stick, revolutionary USB ADS-B and MLAT receiver announced

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FlightAware is announcing a revolution in the world of USB SDR ADS-B Receivers -- the FlightAware Pro Stick, a customized, high-performance USB R820T2 software defined radio (SDR) with a built-in RF amp for maximum ADS-B/MLAT performance. The FlightAware Pro Stick can receive ADS-B or Mode S (for MLAT) transmissions from up to 300 miles away and is an evolutionary leap in low-cost flight tracking hardware. (flightaware.com) More...

FlightAware Reaches New Heights with MLAT Aircraft Tracking

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LAS VEGAS – November 17, 2015 – FlightAware is announcing a major innovation in global flight tracking with its launch of multilateration (MLAT) tracking of aircraft without ADS-B, an industry first for business aviation. Leveraging FlightAware’s network of over 4,000 receivers in more than 110 countries, FlightAware now offers live flight tracking positions for non-ADS-B equipped aircraft by using multilateration (MLAT) of Mode S transponder signals. When a non-ADS-B aircraft is within line of… (flightaware.com) More...

Windows 3.1 Is Still Alive, And It Just Killed a French Airport

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A computer glitch that brought the Paris airport of Orly to a standstill Saturday. Le Canard Enchaîné said in an article the computer failure had affected a system known as DECOR, which is used by air traffic controllers to communicate weather information to pilots. Pilots rely on the system when weather conditions are poor. DECOR, which is used in takeoff and landings, runs on Windows 3.1, an operating system that came onto the market in 1992. (news.vice.com) More...

(video) Navy SEALS' Insane Parachute Jump into Football Stadium!

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Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, jump into Neyland Stadium to kick off the Orange vs. White UT Vols Spring Scrimmage football game as part of Knoxville Navy Week, April 16, 2016. (www.youtube.com) More...

(Video) Running Low on Fuel: British Airways 747

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A British Airways 747 approaching Singapore gets stuck in a hold and the flight crew become concerned that a diversion and fuel emergency will become necessary. This visualisation, which follows the 747, contains air traffic control audio recorded between 2:30PM and 3:40PM local time on Sunday, February 9th 2014. (www.youtube.com) More...

FlightAware Ties for 2nd Place in SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

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FlightAware Tied for 2nd place in the services category for its live flight positions data feed, a standalone flight tracking data feed that aggregates ADS-B, MLAT, and RADAR positions combined with flightplan and flight status (FLIFO) information, to create a real-time, worldwide flight tracking picture. The winners were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels and were among 30 air traffic management (ATM) information solutions that were submitted to… (flightaware.com) More...

A Look Back at American’s Shifting Fleet As It Plans to Retire Two More Types

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In an internal memo last week, American explained that it was going to retire two more fleets in the next couple of years with both the Embraer 190 and A330-300s hitting the road. Both these moves make sense in the context of the airline’s future plans, but it made me think about the evolution of American’s fleet through two mergers and plenty of crises. I went back to the year 2000 to illustrate just how much things have changed. Here’s a chart showing the fleet mix at the end of each of the… (crankyflier.com) More...

EAA partners with Dynon Avionics to bring experimental avionics to the certified world

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EAA announced today that, in partnership with the FAA and Dynon, an STC will be available to use the Dynon D10 EFIS in certain certified aircraft, giving certified aircraft owners a new low-cost option for a panel upgrade. (www.eaa.org) More...

When the USAF discovered the "flaw" of averages

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In the early 1950s, the U.S. air force measured more than 4,000 pilots on 140 dimensions of size, in order to tailor cockpit design to the "average" pilot. But it turned out the average airman didn't exist. (www.thestar.com) More...

James "Red" Duke, iconic surgeon who started Life Flight, dies at 86

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Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr., Houston's iconic, cowboy-style doctor who delivered homespun health advice on nationally syndicated television and founded the Life Flight helicopter ambulance system, died Tuesday. He was 86. (www.chron.com) More...

Record-Setting British Pilot Eric 'Winkle' Brown Dies at 97

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Eric "Winkle" Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97. (abcnews.go.com) More...

(Video) Aerial firefighting in Portugal

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AT-802 Fireboss aircraft conduct aerial water application to the 2013 wildfires in Portugal (www.youtube.com) More...

FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker to speak at NBAA 2015 in Las Vegas about Flight Tracking Data Security and Privacy

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Flight tracking companies and software are expanding rapidly, which can allow friendly, and not so friendly, entities to track your flights around the world. Learn about the varying forms of flight tracking technology, how they work, how the industry is addressing security and privacy concerns, and what operators can do to benefit from the technology while addressing concerns. With the ADS-B mandate, this issue is becoming more and more relevant to aircraft owners and operators every day. (flightaware.com) More...

(Video) Van's Aircraft RV-14 Drop Testing

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Here's just a small bit of the testing, stress, and abuse that Van's kit designs go through before going on the market. (www.youtube.com) More...

Signature to Buy Landmark Aviation for $2.1 Billion

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LONDON — BBA Aviation said on Wednesday that it had agreed to acquire Landmark Aviation, a provider of refueling and other ground services at airports, for $2.1 billion in cash from the Carlyle Group, the private equity giant. The deal is expected to significantly expand BBA’s Signature Flight Support business, a so-called fixed-base operator that provides refueling and other aviation support services to the owners and operators of private, business, military and commercial aircraft. After the… (mobile.nytimes.com) More...

(PDF) Irish report for United 757 incident on approach to Dublin

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While descending in or near turbulence, first officer airspeed became unreliable. FO twice initiated a high altitude stall recovery, which led to injuries and aircraft damage, before the captain took over with an operable airspeed indicator. (www.aaiu.ie) More...

FAA Awards NextGen Contract to Lockheed Martin

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin worth $344 million to develop and implement a new NextGen technology that will improve the efficiency of departures and arrivals, as well as the movement of aircraft on the ground. Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) will replace the paper flight strips that air traffic controllers currently use at most airports to share flight plans with electronic flight strips that will enable faster and more informed tactical… (www.faa.gov) More...

Fantastic air-to-air video of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber conducting a flyover at Rose Bowl 16

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On Jan. 1, 2016, a B-2 Spirit with 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, opened the Rose Bowl college football bowl game played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California with a flyover that was filmed from a helicopter. (theaviationist.com) More...

Electroflight | Fully Charged (video)

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This remarkable sport racing aircraft is still in its early stages but is clearly something we'll be following on Fully Charged. A fully electric 300+mph racing plane with counter-rotating propellers. (www.youtube.com) More...

Matt Lauer 'interns' at JFK's air traffic control tower

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As part of TODAY's "Up for the Job" series, Matt needed to tap into his ability to multi-task for the day he spent as an air traffic controller at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. (www.today.com) More...

(Video) Rob Holland's championship-winning freestyle aerobatic routine

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For the third year in a row, American Rob Holland won the freestyle competition at the World Aerobatics Championship, with this routine. (www.youtube.com) More...

Three billion passengers travel by air every year

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With one traveling season over and another one about to begin, it is a good time to acknowledge that a greater proportion of humankind than ever can enjoy the miracle of flight, and enjoy the experience of visiting far-off places. The number of air passengers carried globally increased by over 900 percent since 1970! (reason.com) More...

Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting Down Drone; cites right to privacy

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Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his weekend: "Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard. And they come in and said, 'Dad, there's a drone out here, flying over everybody's yard.'" Merideth grabbed his shotgun and waited to see if the drone crossed over his property. When it did, he took aim and shot it out of the sky. The owners showed up shortly, and the police right after. He was arrested and… (www.wdrb.com) More...

(Video) We Are Breitling: The Anthem

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Breitling and aviation enjoy passionate and enduring ties. A quest for innovation dedicated to fine accomplishments. A desire to constantly push existing boundaries. A taste for risk and adventure. (www.youtube.com) More...

Boeing 787-8, Trent 1000, Thrust Reverser operation.

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This video shows the operation of the Thrust Reverser on a Trent 1000 powered Boeing 787. In the video you can see the blocker doors closing the D-Duct (aka the Fan Duct) when the Thrust Reverser section moves rearwards. As it moves rearwards, it opens the sides of the engine, the Fan Air moves out through the sides instead of going out of the back. This directs the thrust of the Fan through the Cascade Vanes on the sides of the Thrust Reverser (seen in the video), the cascade vanes are… (www.youtube.com) More...

Man who built gun, flamethrower drone must comply with FAA, judge says

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A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against a young drone operator and his father. They will now have to turn over a slew of documents and materials as part of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. The two men and their legal team argued that the FAA lacks authority to regulate drones, but the FAA clearly disagrees with this assessment. (arstechnica.com) More...

Texas businessman recovers cellphone that fell from plane

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A North Texas businessman used the "Find My iPhone app" to find his phone in a pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson, who owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls, and a pilot were in a Beechcraft Bonanza returning home Monday. (kxan.com) More...

Teen Pilot From Compton Returns to SoCal After Record-Setting Flight

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Isaiah Cooper, 16, touched down at Compton airport after a roughly two-week flight around the country, becoming the youngest African American pilot to complete the cross-country flight. A flight instructor accompanied him. Cooper's 8,000-mile flight was not without difficulty. Bad weather forced him to make a hard landing that heavily damaged his original plane in Wyoming. (www.nbclosangeles.com) More...

(Video) 2015 Integrated Live Fire Exercise - US / S Korea

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HD video of a US / S Korea live fire military exercise - August 2015 (www.youtube.com) More...

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