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New Flight Chops video features FlightAware data visualization

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The newest video from Steve Thorne's "Flight Chops" video series covers his trip to Oshkosh 2016. We're pleased to have been able to provide a data visualization to help illustrate just how busy the VFR arrival can get! (www.youtube.com) More...

The latest Gulfstream 650 demonstration flight spells out ....

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Now that is a lot of flight planning and a whole lot of miles! (flightaware.com) More...

Amazing Airspace Animations from NATS & FlightAware

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Airspace+ is a system we have to create visualisations of the air traffic in our skies. It can do this for anywhere in the world, and depending on settings, produce videos that update every hour to show the previous 24 hours of air traffic. (www.nats.aero) More...

Airplane Tires Don’t Explode on Landing Because They Are Pumped!

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ONE THING YOU almost never see when an airplane lands is a blowout. Think about that: Again and again, the tires hit tarmac at 170 miles per hour and bear the weight of a modest office building. And they nail it. Every time. (www.wired.com) More...

Baby Born on International Flight Gets 1 Million Airline Miles

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A recent flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Manila, Philippines took an unexpected turn when a pregnant woman went into labor about halfway through the nine-hour journey, 36,000 feet in the air, The Guardian reports. According to another passenger, the woman returned to her seat with baby Haven shortly after giving birth in the front of the plane. It was the first time a child has been born on a Cebu Pacific Air flight, and in celebration, the carrier awarded Haven and her family 1… (mentalfloss.com) More...

Countdown to Retirement: American Airlines Super 80s

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American Airlines readies the end of the Mad Dog era with the retirement of 20 MD-80s today. (airwaysmag.com) More...

Pilot captures unbelievable photo of haboob sweeping over Phoenix

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On Sunday afternoon, a thunderstorm collapsed over Phoenix, and a downward burst of wind collected a towering plume of dust that swept across the region. To the east, a Southwest Airlines pilot, Ryan Vermillion, captured an unforgettable view of the gathering storm, known as a haboob. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Santa Monica loses another round in effort to close its airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday rejected an appeal by Santa Monica to overturn a recent FAA decision that required the city’s embattled airport to remain open at least until 2023. (www.latimes.com) More...

Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says

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A week after the Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet ready for limited combat operations, the Pentagon’s top tester warned that the U.S. military’s costliest weapons program is still riddled with deficiencies (www.bloomberg.com) More...

The world's largest helicopter can lift an airliner with remarkable ease

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Designed and built by Moscow-based Mil Helicopters, the Mi-26 stands roughly the same height as a three-story building and its rotors have the same span as the wings of an Airbus A320 (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Moscow airport gets Kalashnikov souvenir shop

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Russian gun manufacturer Kalashnikov, maker of the AK-47 assault rifles, has opened a souvenir shop at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. The new store is selling branded clothing items, such as t-shirts and caps, bags, and -- yes -- souvenir plastic weapons. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Rare 14-Ship NATO Formation Over Baltic Sea: B-52, Eurofighters, F-16s, Gripens [Video]

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14 aircraft from 4 nations forming up behind a KC-135 over the Baltic Sea during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2016 exercise. Aircraft include one USAF B-52, four USAF F-16s, two German Eurofighters, two Polish F-16s, and four Swedish JAS 39 Gripens. (www.youtube.com) More...

Private Plane lands on highway in St. Louis, MO

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A small private plane has landed on the eastbound lanes of 364 (Page Extension) in St. Charles County. Authorities have blocked off 2 lanes of 364. The plane is a single engine aircraft. So far no injuries have been reported. It’s believed the plane had taken off from Creve Coeur Airport. (fox2now.com) More...

Boeing gets new order from Air Force

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Good news for Boeing on this National Aviation Day. (www.msn.com) More...

Chinese Airlines Wave Wads of Cash to Lure Foreign Pilots

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For those of you in the job market who are open to moving east... (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Fly Sao Tome eyes Embraer, Fokker metal for ops

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Fly Sao Tome (São Tome) is a São Tomé-based start-up carrier currently undergoing certification with the West African island-state's civil aviation authority (Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil - INAC). (www.ch-aviation.com) More...

Airshow Spectators Rescue Downed Pilot [Video]

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Onlookers at the Herne Bay Air Show in England earlier this week were about to see a rare demonstration, when a pilot's single-engine, open-cockpit aircraft lost power and he was forced to make an emergency landing on the water in front of thousands of spectators. But then things went wrong: After gently touching down the aircraft immediately flipped over, leaving the pilot trapped under water. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Auto create flight logbook entries with FlightAware and Pilot Partner

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Pilot Partner now integrates with FlightAware through the FlightXML API to provide an opportunity to automatically create flight logbook entries from FlightAware flight tracks. Pilot Partner also automatically attaches the FlightAware flight track image to your flight in your logbook. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Will Boeing Beef Up Its Orders for Wide-Body Planes?

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As of August 16, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has taken net orders totaling 38 for its four wide-body jets: the 747, 767, 777 and 787. (247wallst.com) More...

A new type of aircraft carrier is gearing up to dominate the seas

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Word has come back from the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, and it looks like this new breed of aircraft carrier could be the future of amphibious warfare (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Engine fire after takeoff - Qatar A330 at Istanbul

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Qatar Airways A330 has engine fire after takeoff from Istanbul Airport (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

ATSB warns passengers about lithium batteries following August 11 incident

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Prior to departure of a QantasLink flight on August 11, smoke was observed coming from a passengers carry-on bag. The incident was caused by poorly packaged lithium batteries that had shorted in the passengers bag. (www.atsb.gov.au) More...

When the Pilot Is a Mom: Accommodating New Motherhood at 30,000 Feet

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Airlines are seeking to accommodate all the pilots in the fleet. (www.nytimes.com) More...

NextGen Benefits at Salt Lake City International

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NextGen is bringing new benefits to Salt Lake City International Airport through a technology called Data Comm. (www.faa.gov) More...

World's longest aircraft takes its first flight (video)

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That aircraft you see above may look more than a little odd, but it just made history... and it might be the future of flight. Hybrid Air Vehicles has successfully flown the Airlander 10, a long-endurance airplane/airship hybrid billed as the longest aircraft ever at 302ft end to end. It was just a short, minutes-long trip around the countryside in UK's Bedfordshire, but it showed that the massive (if more than a little posterior-like) design is airworthy. (www.engadget.com) More...

A-10s make rare highway landing near Russian border [Video]

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USAF A-10s taking off and landing from a temporary highway airfield in Estonia near the Russian border. The attack planes are currently deployed to Amari Air Base, Estonia. (www.youtube.com) More...

EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar Thursday morning, according to multiple news accounts citing the airline. Flight 804 had 59 passengers and 10 crew aboard. According to Sky News Arabia, the plane was last detected in the skies over Greece, about 40 minutes from Athens. (www.washingtontimes.com) More...

'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

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The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. (www.newser.com) More...

Stolen plane crashes on Peterborough, Ontario street

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Pilot and sole occupant dies as the plane he stole crashed on a downtown street in Peterborough, Ontario. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Long Beach Airport Closed Due To Disabled Military Jet

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say Long Beach Airport is closed due to a disabled military jet on a runway. The airplane, a T38, became disabled on Runway 30 around 11:15 a.m. Friday. Stu Mundel, reporting in Sky2, reported in the CBS2 News at 5 p.m. that a second runway has been opened to alleviate some take offs and landings of commercial vehicles. The Long Beach Fire Department remains on scene trying to move the aircraft. Travelers should check with airlines about the latest flight… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

After 50 Years, Boeing Plans to Terminate Its Masterpiece, the 747

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As epoch-ending statements go, this one was stealthy and carefully modulated: “It is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.” (www.thedailybeast.com) More...

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