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

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...

Colorado Company Will Build Russian-Designed Firefighting Planes

The Beriev Be-200 Altair is a well-known tanker aircraft, used for firefighting. It may not be pretty, but the Russian-designed plane can drop 3,170 gallons of water on a blaze in one second. Now that Colorado is looking for a fleet of firefighting planes, an agreement has been made to build the Be-200 on U.S. soil. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Bombardier adds 40 firm CSeries orders, shares rise

TORONTO (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said on Friday that aircraft leasing company Macquarie AirFinance had signed a firm agreement to buy 40 of the Canadian manufacturer's new CSeries jets, with an option for 10 more. (mobile.reuters.com) More...

AIR14 - The pilots' view

Welcome to the highlights of the formation flypast by our SWISS Airbus A330 and the Patrouille Suisse at AIR14 in Payerne. Join the nine pilots in their cockpits and enjoy the air show from an angle you’ve never seen it from before! (www.youtube.com) More...

Day at the Beech~

Montauk sunset flight. Return from MTP to SWF in 1950 B35 Bonanza. (vimeo.com) More...

Fall flying Hudson River Vally

Mid-Hudson river mist and fall foliage over the Catskill Mts. 1950 Beechcraft Bonanza (vimeo.com) More...

Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route

Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. (news.yahoo.com) More...

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as possible. These are the planes that get them there. (gizmodo.com) More...

Top Twelve Contra-Rotating Lunatics

By the mid-1940s the limitations of piston aero engines were becoming apparent. Every possible scheme to squeeze the last bit of power from the internal combustion engine was tried. One of the most successful innovations was the contra-rotating propeller arrangement whereby two sets of propellers driven by one engine and sharing a common axis are contra-rotated (with one set travelling clockwise and the other anticlockwise). (hushkit.net) More...

Another Aviation Icon Fades Away

It's gone. It was an iconic building—designed for the future of aviation, built at a time of relentless optimism in the nation's newest technology and with a belief that the appearance of public buildings should reflect they dynamism of those who created them. (www.avweb.com) More...

AAL1654 makes emergency landing at DFW

An American Airlines MD-82 en route from DFW to BWI was forced to return due to a landing gear blowout (www.nbcwashington.com) More...

Canadian Lancaster bomber is back at its home base

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber is back at its home base in Hamilton, Ontario (about 40 miles west of Toronto) after a triumphant and, at times, dramatic six-week tour of the U.K. (www.avweb.com) More...

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano slated to replace Afghan Mi-35 attack helo fleet

The Embraer Super Tucano turpoprops will replace Afghan Air Force Mi-35 Attack Helicopters (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Russia and China absent from Toronto Space Conference

Feds Deny Chinese, Russian Delegates Visas To Attend International Space Conference (www.huffingtonpost.ca) More...

Air China takes delivery of first Boeing 747-8

Air China is now the proud owner of a Boeing 747-8 – the first airline in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new-generation Boeing 747. While Air China hasn’t named an inaugural international flight for the jumbo, travellers can hitch a ride between Beijing and Guangzhou from October 11, with flights now on sale via the Air China website... (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Airbus seen set to win A350 certification on Tuesday

Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for its newest airliner, the A350, on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow Europe's newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth quarter. (uk.reuters.com) More...