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(Video) National Air and Space Museum - Ignite Tomorrow

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The National Air and Space Museum is unveiling plans for a bold new future. Over the next several years, the Museum will completely reimagine its flagship building in Washington, DC inside and out, including all 23 galleries and presentation spaces. You can be a part of the mission to transform America’s favorite museum. Learn more about the Ignite Tomorrow campaign and how you can help inspire the next generation of pilots and explorers. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Emotional Reunion as Pilot Meets ZFW Team That Helped Save His Life

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Over the better part of an hour, Porter and his Enis used every technique they knew to attempt to reach Edenhoffer. They asked other aircraft on frequency to attempt to reach Edenhoffer and continually advised him of his aircraft’s position to emergency airports and more favorable weather conditions for visual flight, even with no response. At that point, the team brainstormed new ways they could reach Edenhoffer. They finally were able to locate his cell phone number through a hospital that… (www.natca.org) More...

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Five Years After MH 370, Aviation Industry Rolling Out Tech To Ensure No Plane Disappears Again

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On March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777 with 239 people went missing on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. As details emerged within hours of the airplane’s last communication with air traffic control, it became clear that Malaysian Airlines 370 (MH370) was lost … literally; no one knew where the airplane went once it disappeared from radar about 40 minutes after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. Because the Boeing’s transponder also ceased functioning, tracking the airplane by air traffic control… (www.forbes.com) More...

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FAA Grounds All Cirrus Vision Jets over Angle of Attack Issues

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The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive that grounds the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet due to issues with the airplane's angle-of-attack and stall protection systems. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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(Video) McDonald's Drive-Thru in a Helicopter

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"My name is Ian and I am a helicopter flight instructor. In this video, we decided to have a little fun and go get some lunch at McDonalds with one of the helicopters in a little unorthodox manner, or at least it seems that way. Through some fun editing and camera angles, we were able to pull this off. This video had actually been in the works for a long time. We finally were able to get all the footage we needed to put it together." (www.youtube.com) More...

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Boeing acquires ForeFlight

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] completed the acquisition of ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications. ForeFlight has partnered with Boeing for the past two years to bring aviators Jeppesen's aeronautical data and charts through ForeFlight's popular mobile platforms. Now, the teams will integrate talent and offerings to bring innovative, expanded digital solutions to all segments of the aviation industry. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

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Cessna Caravan Engine Failure and Ditching in Ocean, Filmed From Inside (HD)

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On December 11, 2013, about 1522 Hawaiian standard time, a Cessna 208B, N687MA, was destroyed following a loss of engine power and ditching into the Pacific Ocean near Kalaupapa, Hawaii. One passenger was fatally injured, the airline transport pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, and five passengers received minor injuries. (www.youtube.com) More...

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London Gatwick Shut by `Deliberate' Drone Raid Amid Holiday Rush

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London’s Gatwick airport is closed to aircraft following multiple sightings of illegal drones, disrupting flights for as many as 115,000 people on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Lines of passengers circled Gatwick’s two terminals Thursday and hundreds hunkered down on departure-hall floors, with the airport saying at 11:30 a.m. that it could give no indication of when it might reopen. Police said the incursions were clearly deliberate though most likely not terror related. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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(Video) "She Can" STEM Camp Takes Off at National Air and Space Museum

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The National Air and Space Museum's "She Can" STEM summer camp is aimed at introducing aviation to 60 underrepresented middle school girls in the DC metro area. As part of the camp, the students launched a high-altitude weather balloon to measure atmospheric data. (www.youtube.com) More...

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People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too

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A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online. The image was retweeted hundreds of times, with many people expressing concern about the privacy implications. As it turns out, some seat-back screens in American Airlines’ premium economy class have them, too. (www.buzzfeednews.com) More...

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NYT: 1 Broken Drone, No Video, 2 Suspects Released: Gatwick Episode Doesn’t Add Up

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Britain’s second-busiest airport stalled for 36 hours. About 1,000 flights diverted or canceled. Around 140,000 passengers inconvenienced at the height of holiday travels. One broken drone recovered, and a British couple detained and then released over the weekend without being charged. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Wingwalking Isn't What It Used To Be, And That's A Good Thing [video]

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Back in the 1920s, wingwalking claimed lives. Daredevils would move around on the top of a plane's wings, in mid-flight, often without any harness or any safety line. Maybe they'd be able to clip onto something during takeoff and landing, but maybe not. There are still a few of those true daredevil wingwalkers out there in the world, but in the 21st century... it's usually a bit different (www.youtube.com) More...

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Frontier Airlines passengers got sick after reportedly drinking bad airport water

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Passengers on board a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio to Tampa, Florida fell ill on Tuesday and bad airport water may be to blame. Tampa Airport spokeswoman confirmed that there were six ill passengers and their primary symptom was vomiting. The airport spokeswoman went on to say that the sick passengers were evaluated and released. (www.thisisinsider.com) More...

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The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked

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Like many technologies built in earlier decades, the ILS was never designed to be secure from hacking. Radio signals, for instance, aren’t encrypted or authenticated. Using a $600 software defined radio, the researchers can spoof airport signals in a way that causes a pilot’s navigation instruments to falsely indicate a plane is off course. (arstechnica.com) More...

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Terrifying moment plane crashes into Ferris wheel

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The video of the ordeal has been released for the first time since it happened at the Old Bar Beach Festival in 2011 in Australia. A girl who was on the ride repeatedly screamed "it's going to crash" as she filmed the plane before the impact. The pilot is suing a NSW local council after he crashed into a Ferris wheel in 2011, while the now 21-year-old girl who was on the ride is suing him and the council. (www.thesun.co.uk) More...

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FAA reauthorization bill approved by Senate and House. Now onto White House

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The bill passed the Senate 93-6 after six extensions that kept the FAA’s funding at a level first set in 2012. In addition to keeping vital programs like the $36 billion NextGen program afloat and paying the FAA’s 14,000 air traffic controllers, the bill tweaks airline regulations, sets additional guidelines for drone aircraft and provides funding for the Transportation Security Administration. (www.mercurynews.com) More...

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FAA Reassigns Senior Managers in Office Overseeing Southwest Airlines

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The Federal Aviation Administration has removed three senior managers in the office overseeing Southwest Airlines Co. , amid allegations of lax safety enforcement raised by agency whistleblowers and various resulting government inquiries, according to people familiar with the matter. The Transportation Department’s inspector-general has been looking into some of the safety issues for many months, these people said, including lapses by the airline in documenting maintenance for more than 100 of… (www.wsj.com) More...

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Saudi airline cancels $6B Boeing order in favor of Airbus. Who's next?

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“If this plane doesn’t start flying again before Christmas, it could start to get very ugly for Boeing in terms of order cancellations,” one aviation expert said. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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Several pilots who fly planes for Amazon Air said they thought an accident was inevitable.

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The rapid growth of Amazon's air-cargo empire, coupled with low pay, has led to inexperienced pilots in the cockpit, veteran pilots said, adding that it could lead to safety problems. The pilots described difficulties in attracting experienced pilots, training they considered shoddy, experience with fatigue, plummeting morale, and pay that's considerably lower than at other cargo carriers. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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Airline thanks fliers for patience in turtle delay: 'They aren't the fastest-moving creatures'

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A Jetstar Airways flight had the cutest reason for a four minute plane delay: a small turtle was crossing the tarmac. Suffice it to say, he took things slow and steady. (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Beijing is building hundreds of airports as millions of Chinese take to the skies

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In the space of barely more than a decade, China has transformed from a nation where few had ever experienced air travel to one where millions of its citizens are flying not only across their own vast territory, but to destinations around the world. (www.cnn.com) More...

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The Aerospace Newcomer Whose Data Helped Make the Difference on Grounding the 737 MAX

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When the Federal Aviation Administration reversed course and grounded Boeing Co.’s BA 1.52% 737 MAX jetliner, it moved partly after seeing data from a little-known aerospace newcomer that is changing the way the aviation industry tracks planes. (www.wsj.com) More...

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Wheels Up Acquires Charter Operator TMC

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Wheels Up today announced that it acquired Travel Management Company (TMC), an Elkhart, Indiana-based wholesale jet charter operator with a fleet of 26 Hawker 400XPs. According to the New York City-based membership-based private aviation company, the move strengthens its light jet offering and growing Charter Marketplace offering, which allows members to book charter flights from safety-vetted and verified charter operators. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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GlobalBeacon Goes Live Ahead of ICAO Airline Flight Tracking Date

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Aireon LLC and FlightAware today announced that GlobalBeaconSM is live and providing airlines with global flight tracking ahead of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations, which will be effective November 8, 2018. GlobalBeacon provides airlines with minute-by-minute global aircraft tracking for their aircraft at all times, anywhere in the world. (aireon.com) More...

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Azul opts for FlightTracker/Aireon space-based ADS-B tracking

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The Brazilian low-cost carrier has upgraded to SITAONAIR’s FlightTracker option, which integrates Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data from FlightAware. This gives the airline enhanced awareness of the precise position, speed and altitude of its full airborne fleet, anywhere in the world. (www.getconnected.aero) More...

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One Century of Plane Crashes

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A data exploration of 100 years of plane crash data. As we look deeper into this dataset, I would ask you to keep in mind that we are focusing exclusively on crashes. The statistics, therefore, are closely tied to only the flights that end in crashes. (blog.ebemunk.com) More...

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Icelandair Adopts Next Generation of Flight Tracking Technology Through FlightAware's Firehose

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HOUSTON And REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Nov. 2, 2018 -- Icelandair will integrate FlightAware's Firehose data feed to enhance their existing operational tools with global flight tracking. The feed will deliver live aircraft position data from FlightAware's terrestrial network of ADS-B receivers, as well as from Aireon's space-based ADS-B network (flightaware.com) More...

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Exploring California's surreal airplane 'graveyards' by night

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"I think humans are fascinated with their own mortality," he suggested, by way of explanation, while maintaining that his work is intended to be more "playful" than macabre. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Gulfstream # 17 Flight Track on FlightAware

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Test pilot draws "GV" across nearly a dozen states. (flightaware.com) More...

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Swift Fuels Suspends PAFI Activities

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Swift Fuels announced that it has suspended its work activities with the FAA’s Piston Alternative Fuels Initiative (PAFI) unleaded 100LL replacement fuels program on Wednesday. The company says that it is now focusing on testing a high-octane unleaded avgas replacement that is not part of PAFI and working privately with the FAA and OEMs to get that fuel certified. (www.avweb.com) More...

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Wind to blow ash off Mount St. Helens, could affect aviation

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Weather forecasters say strong winds are expected to blow volcanic ash that's on Mount St. Helens to nearby Washington state communities and that the blowing ash could affect aviation. (abcnews.go.com) More...

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‘We’ve had a really good year.’ Here’s what’s ahead for Cessna’s newest, biggest planes

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A chunk of Textron’s 9,000 employees are immersed in developing the single-engine turboprop Denali and twin-turboprop SkyCourier, and certifying the Citation Longitude, its biggest business jet to date. (amp.kansas.com) More...

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Sikorsky’s autonomous helicopter tech is ready for takeoff

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“Eventually, the computational firepower between your ears runs out,” he says. This is one of the problems Sikorsky is trying to solve by developing autonomous technology for helicopters. What Sikorsky has developed is more than just a little autonomy, though. The innovation team has built a fascinating, complex sort of hybrid system that makes flying a helicopter so simple that they let me try it after barely 45 minutes on a simulator. (www.theverge.com) More...

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Boeing 787 source code leak exposes deep security flaws

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At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Ruben Santamarta claims that leaked code has led him to something unprecedented: security flaws in one of the 787 Dreamliner's components, deep in the plane's multi-tiered network. In a statement, Boeing said it had investigated IOActive's claims and concluded that they don't represent any real threat of a cyberattack. (www.wired.com) More...

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EAP: ADS-B, AD Could Lead to Mass Bizjet Retirements

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The combination of the ADS-B upgrade and an Airworthiness Directive (AD) affecting certain Honeywell TFE731 engines is threatening to force the retirement of a large number of older Dassault Falcon, Hawker, and Cessna Citation business jets that are not currently enrolled in hourly engine programs, warned Dallas-based hourly maintenance specialist Engine Assurance Program (EAP, Booth 1881). The ADS-B mandate has a Jan. 1, 2020 deadline, while AD 2012-17-05 will affect aircraft that have not… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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A Nightmare Summer for American Airlines

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A federal judge ordered lawyers for American Airlines and its mechanics union to meet in person over an alleged work slowdown, but American’s top two attorneys didn’t show. Their flights got canceled. It’s been that kind of summer for many American Airlines passengers. Cancellations have skyrocketed. In June, American canceled about 4% of its schedule, or more than 7,500 domestic and international flights. (www.wsj.com) More...

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(YouTube) Where Hollywood Shoots All Its Plane Scenes | Movies Insider

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Many of the most iconic plane and airport scenes were filmed in the same place — Air Hollywood, the LA production studio entirely dedicated to aviation. We take you behind the scenes of their sets to see how they created famous scenes in movies like “Bridesmaids,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Kill Bill,” and in TV shows like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Silicon Valley,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Air Hollywood was also behind some of the famous plane crash… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Is this the worst time to be an aviation professional in India?

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India's recent turmoil has left thousands of professionals in a financial lurch. Staff of Jet Airways, Air India, and India’s state-owned helicopter service Pawan Hans haven't been paid salaries for weeks. The crisis has led to an over supply of aviation talent, according to the Mumbai-based hiring firm Headhunters. Experts are now advising Jet employees to accept any offer available irrespective of the salary package, or to even change career paths. (qz.com) More...

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(VIdeo) Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes?

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"Angry passengers create turbulence for the airlines." (www.youtube.com) More...

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TBM700 plane crashes on NJ highway; 5 dead

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A small plane has crashed on the busy Interstate 287 in Harding, located in northern New Jersey. State Police Trooper Christopher Kay says there is a report of three possible deaths in the crash. Shona Sternberg of Hillsborough tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that she was about three cars behind where the plane went down and saw an explosion when the aircraft hit. She says it looked like the right wing was breaking off before the plane went down. (www.huffingtonpost.com) More...

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FAA General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program is Back!

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has elected to restart the ADS-B rebate incentive program. The program originally ran from September 2016 through September 2017 and provided certain aircraft owners access to a $500 incentive for ADS-B equipage. (www.faa.gov) More...

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United Airlines put an underage passenger on a plane to the wrong country

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A 14-year-old boy from Raleigh, North Carolina, endured an all-night ordeal after the United Airlines unaccompanied minor escort service directed him onto a plane heading to the wrong country. The paperwork that the 14-year-old was given had the correct flight information on it, but there was a gate change between when it was printed and when he arrived at Newark for the connecting flight. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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Secret 'no-fly zone'? Pilot seeks answers after arrest

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Robin Fleming, 70, had been arrested for breach of peace after flying his Rolladen-Schneider LS8-18 sailplane noiselessly over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome—on his way to search for lift at nearby Lake Robinson. No airspace restrictions were printed on sectional charts; no notam marked the area off-limits. (www.aopa.org) More...

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Aireon Space-Based ADS-B -- Before vs After coverage over the North Atlantic

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ADS-B flight tracking over the Atlantic before @AireonLLC space-based ADS-B. vs flight tracking over the Atlantic with 50% of the #Aireon network complete. #ProofIsInThePayload (twitter.com) More...

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(Video) "Fly American" commercial from 1933

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Early American Airways promotional film with twin engine Curtiss Condor airplanes showing plane interiors and passengers, airport facilities, pilots and cockpit, map with destinations at that time, chart showing passenger growth from 1928 to 1933 (www.youtube.com) More...

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Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill

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Contained in the FAA reauthorization bill currently speeding its way through Congress is a little noticed provision that would change the charter game completely. The new provision would effectively allow private pilots to post ride share notices online, which would in theory open up the market to companies wanting to enlist pilots in a money making endeavor. FAA reauthorization is expected to zip through both chambers as early as next week. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

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Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures of Tourist Attraction at Airport

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According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Nancy Genovese, a mother of three, was driving home on County Road 31 past Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County. Gabreski Airport displays a decorative helicopter shell by the roadway to the public, which is visible to all who pass by. As Nancy Genovese was preparing to drive away, she was stopped and approached by Robert Iberger, a lieutenant with the Southampton Town Police. (www.longislandlawyerblog.com) More...

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Duncan Unveils FBO Pricing Calculator

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Duncan Aviation, which operates four FBOs in Michigan, Nebraska, and Utah, introduced an FBO services calculator on its website that will enable transient customers to easily see their complete service charges and fees before visiting each location. Using the application, operators select the facility, their aircraft type, fuel type and amount needed, and whether overnight parking is required. The system will then provide the price per gallon of fuel, the minimums required to waive ramp fees,… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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SkyRyse makes helicopters smarter to ease pilots’ work

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SkyRyse, a 2-year-old startup that revealed its plans this week, is retrofitting helicopters with technology to make them easier to fly. SkyRyse announced Tuesday that it has a contract with the city of Tracy to transport first responders to emergency situations starting in January. Eventually, SkyRyse wants to join the rush to autonomous helicopters. (www.sfchronicle.com) More...

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