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FlightAware Map Updates - View All Planes, Nearby Airports, Premium Map Layers

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You can now view all the nearby flights when tracking a flight; FlightAware will display all the air traffic around flights that you're tracking. Click the "+" in the upper right of the map and check the "Nearby Flights" The nearby flights will automatically load and display the airplane icons on the map. You can hover over a flight for more information, or click on it to go to a flight's tracking page. (flightaware.com) Mer...

Beauty or Beast? Up Close and Personal With the 787.

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Let's ignore the 787's well-publicized technical troubles for a moment, and have a look at the plane from a purely aesthetic point of view. Is it a beauty, a beast, or somewhere in between? Photos by the author... (www.askthepilot.com) Mer...

Time lapse of an airport makes airplanes look like shooting stars

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Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, airplanes are magical places. Okay, maybe not. But there's beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of airplanes at Shanghai's airport. It's like seeing man made shooting stars. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Mer...

Flying on the Breitling Super Constellation

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Straight after appearing at this year’s Farnborough air show, the Breitling Super Constellation operated a special flight on behalf of its original manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, for a 45min low-level sortie around the English south coast. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

A Day at the Office

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A Day at the Office. A video of a pilot for United Express (Republic Airways) flying the Q400! (youtu.be) Mer...

Why We Don’t Have an SST

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Ask why there was no replacement for the Concorde, which retired in 2003, and people will tell you that supersonic commercial flight is uneconomical. It’s not necessarily true. A supersonic transport (SST) is within the state of the art, but attempts to build one have been misdirected by politics and entrenched business interests, with a dash of class warfare. (www.airspacemag.com) Mer...

Pilots banned from acting like Uber drivers in the sky

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"You're going to Napa in your Cessna? Me too! If you let me hop in, I'll pay my share of the gas!" That arrangement is legal, but the FAA has declared that connecting brave passengers with amateur pilots for a fee is definitely a no-no. (techcrunch.com) Mer...

Pic: Ryanair Flight Departs Ahead of Tornado

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A tornado followed a plane as it took off from a U.K. airport (mobile.twitter.com) Mer...

Qantas sends two more 763's too Victorville for scrapping

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We finally two more hard working Qantas 763's left the fleet for the final time to the scrap man at Victorville from YSSY. VH-OGG and VH-OGK were flown out stripped of there decals heading for storage to be broken up. The new B787'S will replace them eventually. By 2015 all the remaining 763's will disappear from the Qantas fleet (www.theage.com.au) Mer...

Why You Shouldn't Panic When An Airliner Loses An Engine In Flight

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Over the weekend, a Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner suffered a failure in one of its massive GE turbofan engines over the Atlantic. Instances of an airliner losing an engine are obviously not unheard of. It can and does happen. Most of the time, the pilot diverts and no one is injured. (www.businessinsider.com) Mer...

Pilot's artificial arm 'became detached while landing plane'

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A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said. The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February. It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged. (www.bbc.com) Mer...

Dreamliners or Nightmares: Why Has India bought the troubled Boeing 787

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Despite more than a decade to work out problems and an estimated $20 billion to build it, Boeing’s 787 aircraft is still plagued by issues. Ever since 787s finally began flying in 2011, there have been technical and mechanical problems, from software bugs and engine defects to faulty wiring, trouble with hydraulics and fuel tank leaks. (www.newdelhitimes.com) Mer...

USAF Pilot Training GoPro Video

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Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Class 14-07 Graduation video. (vimeo.com) Mer...

CitationAir To Cease Flight Operations On October 31

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Textron Aviation confirmed to AIN that it will terminate flight operations at its former fractional and charter/management operation, CitationAir, on October 31. The move comes 2.5 years after CitationAir stopped selling fractional shares in new aircraft and ceased renewals for current fractional-share customers in February 2012, saying at that time it would instead focus on its jet card and aircraft management products. The company is now abandoning even that modest plan. (www.ainonline.com) Mer...

World War II veteran in the cockpit again

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ROANOKE, Va. - A Roanoke World War II veteran got the rare chance to be back in the cockpit Friday morning. Jack Franz is 96 years old and remembers his days as an Army pilot and prisoner of war; what endures is his love of flying. It was a day of nostalgia for World War II veteran Jack Franz ** See the Video in the article ** (www.wdbj7.com) Mer...

Cathay Pacific plans 'choose before you fly' meal selection

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Cathay Pacific will let passengers choose their inflight meals before setting foot on the plane next year, while paid-for 'meal upgrades' for economy class are also on the cards. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

After 60 years, C-130 still a 'magnificent machine'

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Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen -- then serving in the South Vietnamese air force -- escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. (www.foxnews.com) Mer...

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Plans to Build an Airline Fleet of Up to 10 Aircraft

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Bruce Dickinson has spent his life singing in the rock band Iron Maiden. Now, the frontman is working on an altogether different type of metal: airplanes. The business, Cardiff Aviation, plans to build an airline fleet of up to 10 aircraft within a few years and fill a market niche from its 132,000-square-foot hangar in St. Athan, Wales, Mr. Dickinson says. (online.wsj.com) Mer...

UPS Pilots Fight FAA Regulations After Fatigue Crash

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One year after the fatal crash of United Postal Service (UPS) flight 1354, UPS pilots are calling for an end to the exclusion of all-cargo airline operators from FAR Part 117 — the new pilot rest and operating rules Congress enacted to mitigate pilot fatigue. (www.aviationtoday.com) Mer...

Thumbs up for WiFi tests on AirAsia

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Passengers will soon be able to enjoy WiFi services on board AirAsia flights. (www.thestar.com.my) Mer...

Helicopter down in Wanaka NZ

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helicopter broken completely in two pieces The wreckage of a helicopter that crashed on a mountain near Wanaka, killing a man and injuring six others, will be inspected by Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) investigators (home.nzcity.co.nz) Mer...

Details Emerge in Fatal Beach Accident

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released its initial report regarding an accident that occurred on July 27 in Venice, Florida, in which a man and his daughter were killed. The two people were playing in shallow water at a local beach when a Piper Cherokee made a forced landing. The pilot and his passenger were not injured, but the four-seat airplane was substantially damaged, according to the report. (www.flyingmag.com) Mer...

Airbus A350 Ends Flight Tests, Paving Way for Deliveries

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Airbus’s A350 jet landed at the company’s Toulouse base in southern France last night to end 14 months of trials that pave the way for the new model’s certification and first delivery later this year. The flight from Helsinki completed a three-week, four-stage tour with one of five test planes visiting 14 destinations including Johannesburg, Sydney, Santiago, Doha and Moscow. Airbus crews were at the controls, assisted by so-called airworthiness pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency. (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

Robin hood airport in doncaster closed due to aircraft crash

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Doncaster airport is closed due to a small passenger aircraft crash landing on the side of its runway (www.theguardian.com) Mer...

United States of America's Lost Airforce One

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A YouTube presentation. In 1953 the near miss of Eastern Airlines flight 8610 and Air Force flight 8610 over NY City resulted in the historic change and designation of Air Force One. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Brazilian presidential candidate dies in small plane crash

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(CNN) -- Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was among those killed Wednesday morning in the crash of a small plane in Santos, Brazil, the country's state news outlet Agencia Brasil reported. The exact number of people killed in the crash wasn't immediately known, but there were no survivors, Agencia Brasil reported, citing officials from Campos' Brazilian Socialist Party. (www.cnn.com) Mer...

How wars and volcanic eruptions have forced DRC's Goma airport into abandonment... and the best playground a street child could ever hope for

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A devastating volcanic eruption and two decades of wars have forced this airport into abandonment - and created the best playground a Congolese street child could hope for. Photographer Christopher Michael Brown captured these breathtaking images of Goma Airport, during a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Mer...

Diesel Engines Emerging As New Technology For Future GA Aircraft

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With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the general aviation industry in the United States appears to be entering a new diesel evolution phase, said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. (www.aero-news.net) Mer...

Plane aborts landing as traffic controllers nap

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. (news.msn.com) Mer...

Experiencing Spirit’s “Bare Fare” Model Firsthand

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It’s true, people vehemently despise Spirit Airlines. Just the mention of the company elicits emotion-filled horror stories. Indeed they have a solid 1 out of 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, and they are frequently found at, or near, the top of various “worst airline” rankings. In direct contrast to these ratings and frequent “I’ll never fly Spirit again” claims, the airline continues to grow and increase market share. This begs the question – is the experience really THAT bad? Or, is there… (www.airlinereporter.com) Mer...

RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Canadian Lancasters in Formation Eastbourne 2014

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The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster in formation with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster over Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow 2014. (www.youtube.com) Mer...

Finnair reveals new Airbus A350 seats, interiors; first routes to Asia

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Finnair has revealed the seats and interiors of its new Airbus A350 fleet which will begin flying in the second half of 2015 to Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

Russian Knights Demo Team not to participate in Air14 Airshow in Switzerland

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The Swiss Department of Defence has decided to cancel participation by Russian pilots and aircraft in the Air14 air show at Payerne, Switzerland. This corresponds with the previous and current policy of exercising restraint in the area of military contacts with Russia. (www.aviationnews.eu) Mer...

Dreamliner woes: Raju to meet Boeing execs

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With the Boeing 787 Dreamliner continuing to give sleepless nights to Air India (AI), aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati has decided to take matters into his own hands. Aviation ministry sources said Raju would soon be summoning top Boeing officials for a meeting to discuss the unending glitches with the Dreamliner that have taken away much of the sheen off AI’s newest aircraft. (www.hindustantimes.com) Mer...

Alaska Airlines passengers sue over first class toilet

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Two US travellers are taking legal action against Alaska Airlines over use of a first class toilet, claiming US$11,498 in damages ranging from medical to emotional. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...

Mumbai: Jet Airways London Flight Departs After Nearly 24-Hour Delay

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Almost 300 passengers were stranded on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to London for over 22 hours (www.ndtv.com) Mer...

Did Cold Weather Cause Boeing Battery Meltdown? Probably Not

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The prospect of frigid winter weather as a factor in the fires was raised in numerous news reports last week. Japan’s Asahi newspaper and Kyodo News separately reported that low temperatures may have caused the 787’s lithium-ion batteries to deteriorate, causing a short circuit that led to a fire. (www.designnews.com) Mer...

United Jumbo Jet’s Hull Punctured in July Airport Mishap

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A United Airlines (UAL) jumbo jet’s hull was punctured in a Chicago airport collision with another plane in July, four people familiar with the matter said, grounding the Boeing Co. (BA) 747 for weeks of repairs. No one was aboard. (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

QantasLink unveils new 'Recognise' aircraft livery

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Qantas has unveiled a new regional livery on a QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 aircraft as part of a movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution of Australia. The aptly-named Recognise campaign already has over 200,000 supporters ahead of a referendum to acknowledge these individuals by securing a resounding ‘yes’ vote when the matter goes to the polls. (www.ausbt.com.au) Mer...