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Flight Test 787-8 ZA004 draws self portrait.

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I rarely get to share what I do with the public, but in this case I'm proud to show off. The pattern is my design and it took some fine tuning to make it fit our test requirements. (flightaware.com) More...

Happy 12th Birthday FlightAware

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Flightaware turns twelve today Happy Birthday! Flightaware has come very far! (flightaware.com) More...

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

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A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360, one thousand feet above, about 630nm southeast of Muscat, Oman, over the Arabian Sea. A short time later (1-2 minutes) the aircraft encountered wake turbulence sending the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll, turning the aircraft around at least 3 times (possibly even 5 times), both engines flamed out, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft, restart the… (flightservicebureau.org) More...

FlightAware announces availability of PiAware version 3.5

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The latest update to the free PiAware software includes significant improvements to the local map view interface. (discussions.flightaware.com) More...

Free Global Weather Now Available on FlightAware Flight Tracking Maps

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FlightAware announces the addition of free global weather information from EarthCast for all registered FlightAware users. (flightaware.com) More...

NTSB: Air Canada close-call at SFO was even worse than first reported

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Federal investigators on Monday revealed startling new information about the July 7 close-call at SFO, saying that the Air Canada pilot that mistook a crowded taxiway for his approved runway actually flew over at least one plane on the ground before aborting his landing. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in an initial report that Air Canada flight 759 from Toronto descended below 100 feet and aborted the landing “after overflying the first airplane on the taxiway.” (www.mercurynews.com) More...

Amazing contrail in flight

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On June 17 a pilot filmed another aircraft coming straight at him just a 1000 feet below him leaving a beautiful contrail behind. Just amazingly beautiful. (www.20min.ch) More...

First Delta A350 XWB maiden flight from Toulouse

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The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. The aircraft (MSN 115), registered under French test registration F-WZGP, will soon be the flagship of the Delta fleet under the registration N501DN. The aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport this morning at 10:24 local, and almost immediately climbed towards the Bay of Biscay where it completed several hours of tests at a variety of altitudes. (www.airlive.net) More...

FlightAware moves HQ higher into the sky

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FlightAware, a global flight tracking data company, will double the size of its headquarters and gain a modern space with panoramic views of Houston when it relocates to a full floor near the top of Eleven Greenway Plaza in November. (m.chron.com) More...

Pilot's time-lapse footage captures incredible beauty of flying at night

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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers. The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea. (elsewhere.nine.com.au) More...

Malaysia Airlines enlists SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware for 100% global flight tracking

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By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance. (flightaware.com) More...

Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

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President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. (www.govexec.com) More...

Boeing posts a video of the 787-10 on ground and flight tests

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Los Angeles - Boeing posted a video of the 787-10's recent flight and ground tests, the largest model in the Dreamliner family. In particular, low and high-speed take-off tests were conducted at the Edwards US Air Force base in California and aerodynamic flight tests a few feet above the ground, one of the most exciting for pilots. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

LATAM Chile is In Trouble With Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Santiago - A Boeing 787 of LATAM Chile is proving to be the most affected aircraft by the problems of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, needing urgent repairs. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

FlightAware Announces ADS-B Coverage Growth

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FlightAware enters 2018 with unprecedented flight tracking coverage. FlightAware has grown its network of terrestrial ADS-B receivers by 51% in 2017, enabling it to offer surveillance for aircraft flying over land in some of the world’s most remote areas. By adding over 4,000 terrestrial receivers FlightAware is also able to track aircraft movement on the ground at over 200 airports around the world. (www.einpresswire.com) More...

An employee of American Airlines is being hailed a hero after he saved two people's lives in one day.

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On Tuesday, an American Airlines employee got the airline’s Real American Hero Award for saving not just one, but two lives in separate incidents, on the same night at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. (www.wcnc.com) More...

Sun ‘N Fun 2017: What To See

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This is a good article if you're headed to Sun 'N Fun and looking for a demo of Garmin's latest options in the cockpit. (www.garmin.com) More...

What happened to the "Center Core" of Falcon Heavy

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Florida - The Falcon Heavy rocket of SpaceX made a successful launch on February 6 from Kennedy Space Center, with a limited edition of Tesla Roadstar as its payload, playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on repeat. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

The largest engine of the world gets ready to power B777X

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With a fan of composite material more than 11 feet (3.35 meters) in diameter, General Electric GE9X is the largest engine in the world. This is the new engine of the Boeing 777X. It will be the largest and most efficient dual-aisle aircraft operating in the world, according to the North American manufacturer (airlinerwatch.com) More...

Elderly flight passenger throws coins into engine for ‘luck’, delays take-off for hours

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A flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed after an elderly woman passenger was suspected of throwing coins into the plane’s engine to ensure “good luck”, mainland media reported. (www.scmp.com) More...

FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against TapJets, Inc.

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WASHINGTON–The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against TapJets, Inc. of Spring, Texas and Fargo, North Dakota, for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft. (www.faa.gov) More...

Flight draws Texas-shaped track over Texas

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Piper Cherokee draws Texas-shaped track over Texas (flightaware.com) More...

American Airlines Crew Duct Taped Woman After She Tried To Storm Cockpit

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A passenger on an American Airlines flight was charged Thursday after federal authorities accused her of attacking three crew members aboard the flight as it approached Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. (www.msn.com) More...

Nurse on JetBlue flight credited with saving life of fellow passenger

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Donlon, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, has only been working as a nurse for nine months, but she’s already being credited with saving the life of an airline passenger who experienced a cardiac event mid-flight. (www.foxnews.com) More...

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes its last commercial flight in the US

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Atlanta - The Boeing 747, the world's first jumbo jet and the most recognizable passenger aircraft will pass into aviation history this week. After 50 years after of its debut, the 747 will make its final commercial flight on Tuesday, December 19 with Delta Air Lines from Seoul to Detroit. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

World gets first peek at Boeing '797'

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The world has been given a peek at Boeing's plans for a new small twin-aisle aircraft, unofficially dubbed the 797. Boeing (BA) released the first image of its new "middle-market airplane" at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday as a teaser for what will be the company's first new airliner since its 787 Dreamliner. (money.cnn.com) More...

ForeFlight and Jeppesen partner to bring Jeppesen charts to ForeFlight

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Jeppesen's global charts, terrain, obstacles, and NavData® are coming to ForeFlight Mobile – your all-in-one solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying, and logging flights. (foreflight.com) More...

Video of Water bomber refilling with water from the inside.

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The reason that it’s so rare to see footage like this is because there are simply not many of these planes around. Only 90 CL-415s were built and they’re not used on a continuous basis. As of this writing, we’ve only seen two of these water bombers in action from this vantage point. According to the description of the video, this took place in Portugal and the crew was getting water from Rio Douro. You can actually see them pass over a dam before dipping down and getting to work. (www.youtube.com) More...

Another Air Canada Incident at SFO

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Air Canada 781 was on final for SFO and the tower told him to go around at least 5 times and they still landed. https://soundcloud.com/user-771239359/oct-23-2017-0400z (www.airliners.net) More...

Top FlightAware Squawks of 2017

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Take a look back at the top FlightAware Squawks from 2017 and relive the year's top aviation news. Happy New Year! (flightaware.com) More...

Horizon flight lands on taxiway instead of runway; FAA is investigating

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About 3 miles from the airport, the crew positioned the aircraft for landing and attempted to activate the remote-controlled runway lights, said Horizon Air spokesman Ray Lane in an email. "The crew having not been informed of the non-operational runway lights, misidentified (the taxiway as the runway), lined up to it and safely landed," Lane said. (lmtribune.com) More...

WestJet Denies Close Call Caught on Camera at St. Maarten

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Westjet 2652 (CYYZ-TNCM) descended through MDA, was pictured about 50 feet off the ocean surface at Princess Juliana. They executed a go-around and landed successfully later. WestJet denies anything happened. Pictures show a very low aircraft. (www.christinenegroni.com) More...

Emirates A380 Jet Nearly Loses Directional Control In Windy Landing

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A380 Pilot way overcontrols the rudder after rough crosswind landing. (www.avgeekery.com) More...

Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

Air Canada flight nearly lands on taxiway at San Francisco International Airport

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Details are emerging about what could have been a serious incident at San Francisco International Airport last Friday night when an Air Canada plane from Toronto nearly landed on the taxiway. With ATC text (abc7news.com) More...

The End of an Era: On Board United's Last Domestic 747 Flight

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Many years ago the Jumbo Jet dominated major airports across the US, and seeing domestic flights operated by the 747 was the norm... But today, United and Delta are the last US carriers to operate the 747 on commercial routes. Both are set to retire the iconic American-made jetliner by the end of this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

Aireon space-based ADS-B tracking exceeding SITAONAIR expectations

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El Bez says the Aireon space-based ADS-B data, in particular, is filling out gaps in flight tracking coverage. SITAONAIR has shared its learnings thus far with AIRCOM FlightTracker customers so that they can see “how this could be used in different parts of the world where existing coverage is not sufficient” such as polar routes and for certain oceanic coverage gaps. (runwaygirlnetwork.com) More...

Editorial: Air Canada, FAA hindered investigation of SFO near-miss

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The FAA, which was responsible for having only one air controller working traffic in the tower at the time, took more than 24 hours to notify the NTSB. The delay allowed Air Canada to use the plane for three flights in which the cockpit recorder was taped over multiple times. (www.eastbaytimes.com) More...

Man pulled off of United plane in Chicago set for Louisville

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WHAS11) — Disturbing footage sent to us from viewers on social media shows a man forcibly removed from a United Airlines Flight headed from Chicago to Louisville on April 9. The man was forced out of his seat by officials and dragged him down the aisle. (www.aircrew.in) More...

St. Maarten beach-goer throws ball at incoming aircraft

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One week after a tourist lost her life at the airport in St. Maarten, another tourist was photographed throwing a ball at an incoming aircraft. (www.trymodern.com) More...

GE Board Was Kept in the Dark About CEO's Extra Plane

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While CEO, Mr. Immelt wanted a backup jet in case there was a mechanical issue that could lead to delays, the people said. Flight crews were told to not openly refer to the backup planes, for fear of raising eyebrows, especially at the small airport facilities for private jets, the people said. One person said the flight manifest sometimes listed "Robert Jeffries" or "Jeffrey Roberts" as the passenger on the second plane, when in fact the seats were empty. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

United Airlines grounded a flight after passengers witness jet fuel gushing from the wing

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Clearer video of the #united #gasleak. How not one crew member saw this is beyond me. Thank god we were lookin out the window at take off. United Airlines was forced to cancel a Venice, Italy-bound flight after the plane suffered a massive fuel leak while waiting to take off at Newark Liberty International Airport. Video captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 767-300 shows fuel gushing from its left wing. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

Mechanic says he was fired for refusing to sign off on faulty jet

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Bosses at charter-jet service Pro Pilots LLC didn’t want to hear mechanic Dennis Portalatin’s concerns about the nine-seat Dassault Falcon 20, which had eight “discrepancies,” including a leak in a wing and the fuselage, he charges in New Jersey federal court. (nypost.com) More...

Why the DC-3 is such a Badass Plane

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Eight decades after its first flight, the DC-3 remains an aviation legend. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...

Will circular runways ever take off?

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Circular runways. Apparently they're serious. They've actually done some testing in the simulator. (www.bbc.com) More...

Delta Flight Deviates to See the Eclipse

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I believe the deviation over Wyoming and Nebraska for Delta's flight 2466 from Portland to Atlanta was so that both sides of the plane could view the eclipse. There were lots of news articles about this particular flight following the eclipse path. Nice of ATC to allow the deviation! (flightaware.com) More...

LEARJET 35 CRASH Teterboro NJ

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A Learjet 35 just crashed on approach to KTEB - Tail # N452DA http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N452DA (www.reuters.com) More...

Pilot Confesses Secret Just Moments before Takeoff. Hands Woman Envelope 21 Years in the Making

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With all the airline horror stories of late, sometimes the happy ones need to be posted. Here is a video of a Southwest captain celebrating his one millionth passenger....classy. (www.liftable.com) More...

Airbus A321LR Completes First Transatlantic Flight

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On Tuesday, the newest product of the Airbus A320 family, the A321LR, completed the first transatlantic flight, from Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, to New York’s JFK. The trip was made by a test aircraft, with registration D-AVZO, in 8-hours and 44-minutes. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

Dutch King Reveals He Has Been a First Officer for KLM for 21 Years

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King Willem-Alexander, 50, said he has ended his role as a regular First Officer after 21 years on KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 planes. He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service. (dailym.ai) More...

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