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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...

Asiana 777 (AAR214) Crashes at SFO - Two Fatalities, Dozens Injured

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Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777-200ER, from Seoul to San Francisco crashed during landing at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO). The flight from Seoul was 10 hours and 23 minutes and seats 295 passengers. (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...

(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...

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...

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...

(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...

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...

Sukhoi Superjet 100 Wheels Up Landing During Autoland Testing

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Sukhoi says a Superjet 100 involved in a wheels-up landing at Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport in Iceland on July 21 will be repaired and returned to the test program. The Russian manufacturer says the fourth development aircraft, which joined the program in 2010, was in the final phases of autoland certification testing when the accident occurred on the airport’s runway 11. The aircraft, with five onboard, was conducting Cat IIIA autoland tests in crosswinds as well as simulated… (www.aviationweek.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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots' fake names

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KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit - and a major embarrassment to the station. (www.sfgate.com) More...

Video Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (B788) Take-off, Window Demo, Approach, Landing

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Video from the cabin during UAL32 KIAH-KORD on 6/24/2013 demoing the passenger experience. (www.youtube.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...

(Video) Bonanza Engine-Out Crash at Fairbanks Shown from 3 Onboard Cameras N334DH

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From Youtube: "Three high definition cameras were mounted to my Beechcraft Bonanza when the engine quit on takeoff from Fairbanks Alaska on July 26th 2012, One was pointed forward, one to the right side, and one to the rear. All three cameras caught the crash as it happened in HD. Both people on board survived with only minor injuries, but the airplane didn't." (www.youtube.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) NTSB Chairman's Sunday Briefing on Asiana 214

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Chairman Hersman's briefs media on Asiana flight 214, July 7, 2013 (www.youtube.com) More...

UK Investigators: Disable Locator Beacon on 787s

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U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. A spokeswoman for the investigation branch said the easiest way to make the transmitter systems "inert" — as set out in their recommendations — would be to take out their batteries. (abcnews.go.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...

Emergency vehicle may have run over one of Asiana crash victims

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San Francisco's medical examiner is now conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of the girl's death, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. "One of the deceased did have injuries consistent with those of having been run over by a vehicle," Talmadge said. "Many agencies were on the field yesterday." (www.reuters.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...

Custom, Framed FlightAware Maps of your Flights

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Relive past flights or share your travels with this beautiful framed print from Sporty’s and FlightAware. The one-of-a-kind flight track map shows all IFR flights for the airplane of your choice, including departure and destination airport identifiers and the actual route flown. Also features a custom-engraved plaque with your N-number and dates. Ideal for office or hangar, the high resolution print measures 26”h x 29”w framed. (www.sportys.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...

United offers peek at new gate agent display

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In a presentation at the 2013 Morgan Stanley China Industrials Conference, a United presentation included a sneak peak at what is likely to become the new gate agent interface. When in production, it would replace the command line SHARES interface and likely be a huge step forward in many directions. (i.imgur.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

(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...

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...

(Video) NTSB Chairman's Monday Briefing on Asiana 214

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On Monday afternoon, the NTSB Chairman discussed the status of the investigation and provided in-depth information on the altitude and airspeed of the plane during the final approach. (www.youtube.com) More...

Mystery of pilot's metal CLIPBOARD crammed with aviation documents that fell from the sky in New York City suburb

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Adam Rosenberg, a pilot and Federal Aviation Administration examiner, told NBC New York that while it is possible the aviator in question forgot the clipboard on top of a wing before flight, it is unlikely that the item would have stayed in place during takeoff. Rosenberg added that it’s unusual, but not unheard of, for an item to fall out of a plane if the cockpit door was accidentally left ajar, or if the plane has an exposed cockpit. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

Talks on Private Air-Traffic Control Turn Serious in U.S.

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Discussions about removing government management of the U.S. air-traffic control system are the most serious in two decades, prompted by budget cuts and uncertain funding for converting to satellite navigation. Insulating air-traffic management from politics would speed technology development while also providing steadier funding for it, said George Donohue, a former FAA associate administrator. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Airline, Airport Employees Caught Abusing Security Badges

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An exclusive NBC 5 investigation uncovered police reports showing workers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport abusing their security badges, even using them to help family and friends skip the checkpoints to board flights. (www.nbcdfw.com) More...

Passengers Experience in The Crash Landing of Southwest 345

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I read somewhere that technically what we experienced isn’t considered a crash landing, but in my mind when a plane hits the runway nose first, crushes the front landing gear, and skids 2,175 feet in a shower of sparks before stopping, it’s a crash landing. Our descent felt shaky, then without warning we hit the runway with a loud BANG. People whose seat belts were loose yelled in surprise as they were thrown into the seatbacks in front of them. (nickbradbury.com) More...