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United Pilot Calls Out Air Traffic Control at SFO

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A United pilot got angry and called out the air traffic controllers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The aircraft was forced to go around twice due to a lack of spacing, which created an unnecessary 30-minute delay before being allowed to land. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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FlightAware Launches Integrated Maps Solutions for Applications and Websites

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“Customers have been asking FlightAware for an easy path to integrate the map experience of our flight stories into their digital properties,” said FlightAware president Matt Davis. “Over time, customers will migrate from legacy iFrame solutions to our new Integrated Maps Solutions for greater functionality and will appreciate the ease of integration.” (www.flightaware.com) More...

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FlightAware launches integrated map solutions

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Integrated Maps Solutions gives an easy path to integrate the map experience of FlightAware flight stories into customer's digital properties, an upgrade from legacy iFrame solutions. FlightAware has launched a comprehensive suite of highly customisable integrated flight map and status solutions. Integrated Maps Solutions easily fuses flight tracking visualisations for individual flights into any website or application. Users can now combine airborne and surface aircraft movement against a… (www.businessairnews.com) More...

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INFORM Aviation and FlightAware Agree to Optimize Airport Ground Operations

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INFORM's GroundStar (GS) RealTime solutions combined with FlightAware's predictive flight data give airport ground operators more accurate calculations of turnaround milestones and operational data to improve customer service. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Is It Still Okay to Recline Your Seat?

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Etiquette expert says now considered "rude" to recline any seat outside of First or Business class. But is it? The recline button is still intact in passenger jets...are we not supposed to use it? (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Read ADS-B Network News for July, plus Join a Network of Aviation Enthusiasts!

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See the latest from the FlightAware ADS-B Network, including June stats recap, featured receiver sites and the wrap up of the Optimizing Your Receiver for Reliability and Performance series, this month talking about lightning and electrical surge protection (blog.flightaware.com) More...

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Pilot in Shorts and Tee Evacuates 330 from Maui

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A United Airlines pilot on vacation in Hawaii volunteered to fly a plane from Maui to mainland US to help 330 people escape the fire (www.msn.com) More...

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TSA Intercepts Over 3,200 Firearms in First Half of 2023 at US Airports

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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) captured 3,251 firearms at airport security checkpoints within the first half of 2023, averaging 18 firearms a day, with over 92% of them being loaded. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Man Sentenced After Laser Pointed at Delta Air Lines Aircraft

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After the incident involving James Link from Rochester, MN, the vision of one of the pilots was impacted for several hours. On Thursday last week, a federal judge in Wisconsin sentenced the man to two years in prison for an incident that took place in 2021. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Ex-Boeing Employees Warn Against Flying on 737 MAX

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Former Boeing employees, including a senior manager, express reservations about flying on the 737 Max, citing safety concerns stemming from alleged production pressures and compromised quality control. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Americans Will Soon Need Authorization to Travel to Europe

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U.S. passport holders looking to take a trip across the pond in 2024 will need to take heed of this new travel requirement. Americans who previously did not need a visa to travel to Europe will now need to fill out an online application before visiting. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Air Force One debacle: Boeing has now lost more than $1 billion on each of the president’s two new jets

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Boeing has been reporting losses on the planes for years, as CEO Dave Calhoun admitted last year that the company should never have signed the contract with the Air Force to produce the jets for $3.9 billion. Under pressure from then-President Donald Trump, who was threatening to cancel the contract for the planes, Boeing agreed to a fixed price contract on the two new jets. (www.cnn.com) More...

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United Airlines Becomes Third Airline with Fake Engine Parts

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United Airlines has become the latest airline to have sketchy engine parts in its aircraft. On September 18, Bloomberg reported that UK-based supplier AOG Technics provided fake engine parts to the airline. United is not the only carrier with this issue: Virgin Australia and Southwest Airlines also received counterfeit parts from AOG Technics. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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1900 miles without an engine !!

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Pilot Gordon Boettger and copilot Bruce Campbell departed Minden Tahoe Airport (KMEV) at 0230 PDT on 19 June 2023 utilizing Night Vision Goggles (NVG’s) and after 17hr40min aloft in their glider flew the longest flight ever done in a sailplane with a distance of 3058 km or 1900 sm. Gordon utilized mountain wave to climb up to FL257 and he has a special clearance that allows him to climb into the flight levels with the approval of Air Traffic Control. The sailplane is not pressurized and has no… (www.weglide.org) More...

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An airplane pilot went viral for scolding his passengers—Harvard expert says it’s great leadership: ‘Bravo’

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When a video of an American Airlines pilot scolding his passengers during a pre-flight announcement went viral, some people deemed it patronizing. Others, including a Harvard University expert, are hailing the pilot’s speech as an example of strong leadership — at a time when passengers desperately need it. “I say bravo to the American Airlines pilot. He has every right to do that. He’s the captain of the flight, and he’s in charge of what happens,” Bill George, an executive fellow at Harvard… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Catering Issue Prompts British Airways to Serve KFC Onboard

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On a recent long-haul flight, class divisions disappeared as flight attendants onboard a British Airways flight were forced to serve food from the fast-food chain "Kentucky Fried Chicken" (KFC) due to an apparent catering issue that occurred immediately before the flight. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Japan Airlines Accident Highlights Importance Of Flight Attendants And Passenger Discipline

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Evacuating 379 people from a burning jet is no small feat. On a day when so much went wrong, this article celebrates what went right on Japan Airlines 516 today. (avgeekery.com) More...

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TUI Passengers Find Themselves in North Africa Instead of London Gatwick

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LONDON — On a seemingly typical Saturday, TUI passengers were in for a surprise. Instead of landing at London Gatwick as anticipated, they found themselves descending towards an airport in North Africa. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Deadheading Pilot Stepped in After On-Duty Air Canada Pilot Incapacitated

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In an extraordinary incident, the safe landing of an Air Canada commercial jet airliner was attributed to an off-duty pilot, who swiftly stepped in after one of the on-duty pilots was rendered incapacitated mid-flight. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Wrong fuel tank cap leads to accident

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The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection, he filled the Piper J-4A’s forward (main) fuel tank to about 1 inch below the top and noted that the auxiliary fuel tank contained 4 gallons of fuel. The pilot used a stick to “dip” the two fuel tanks and validate the amount of fuel in them. The pilot planned on departing from North Omaha Airport (3NO) in Nebraska for flight operations in the airport’s traffic pattern. Before the takeoff, the fuel selector was positioned for the forward… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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Delta Pilot Threatens to Shoot Captain Over Medical Diversion

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Federal authorities in Utah have indicted a former Delta Air Lines pilot for allegedly trying to shoot his captain during a flight last year. Jonathan Dunn was indicted in a Utah District Court on October 18 for disrupting the crew's operations on a commercial flight. This incident, along with another one involving an Alaska Airlines pilot, signifies the importance of mental health in the aviation industry. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines employee sparks innovative recycling tactic in Nome, Alaska, changing the game for Cargo business & planet

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Through her work with Kawerak, Tozier has observed her community’s efforts to collect recycling, which sometimes sits for months waiting for space on barges headed to Seattle. Materials come in and never leave, she said. Sometimes, it’s heavy equipment, lead-acid batteries, electronics — things that are usually expensive to transport and unhealthy for the environment if left unattended. So, Tozier was inspired to do something to fix it. (news.alaskaair.com) More...

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Boeings own records show they’re responsible for Alaska plug door failure.

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The fuselage panel that blew off an Alaska Airlines jet earlier this month was removed for repair then reinstalled improperly by Boeing mechanics on the Renton final assembly line, a person familiar with the details of the work told The Seattle Times. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Overweight British Airways Passenger Gets Stuck in First Class Seat on Lagos to London Flight

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In an unusual incident on a British Airways flight, a passenger traveling from Lagos, Nigeria, to London found himself stuck in his first-class seat. The incident took place on July 29, 2023, during a 6-hour flight on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The passenger was seated in 1A, a spacious first-class seat with 78 inches of legroom and a seat width of 22 inches, according to Seat Guru. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Boeing Needs to Be Led by Engineers, Time is Not On Its Side, Emirates President Says

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Boeing needs to be led by engineers if it wants to pull itself out of its current crisis, Tim Clark, the president of Emirates Airline, said Wednesday (www.cnbc.com) More...

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United And Alaska Airlines Aborted Landing In San Francisco To Avoid Hitting Southwest Airlines Jet

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On May 19, a United Airlines flight was forced to abort landing in order to avoid a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 on the runway. Then an Alaska Airlines jet aborted its landing, too. Air traffic control called out the Southwest pilot – “you shouldn’t be on the runway” – yet the FAA dismisses this in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle saying that there was no runway incursion (because of the aborted landings!) and that they “looked into the incident and determined the appropriate steps… (viewfromthewing.com) More...

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American Airlines Pilot Gets Petty Over Radio Phraseology Reprimand

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After being reprimanded by an air traffic controller over bad phraseology, an American Airlines pilot became very bitter and petty on frequency. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Video: 767-300 sunset takeoff at Heathrow

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United 767-300ER sunset takeoff at London Heathrow (www.youtube.com) More...

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Blast from the past: FlightAware’s Terrestrial ADS-B Network

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This blog was posted back in 2021. Since then, we've added many new receivers and have seen increased interest in FlightAware's ADS-B Network. With this in mind we updated some aspects and wanted to reshare the content. In addition, we have new posts in the works that go deeper into the technical aspects of ADS-B engineering at FlightAware, so stay tuned! - Eric T. How It Started In the early 2000s, there was an emergence of a new aircraft surveillance technology known as Automatic… (flightaware.engineering) More...

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Signature Aviation Unveils New Branding at S&D Show

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Earlier this year, the company began the rebranding process at its terminals, starting with its facility at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl. (www.ainonline.com) More...

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United Launches Program to Hire Active Military Pilots

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CHICAGO —United has launched an innovative initiative, the United Military Pilot Program, tailored to U.S. military pilots. This groundbreaking program assures them a position as a First Officer with the airline, contingent on meeting all hiring criteria. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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The oldest aircraft flown in to Oshkosh 2023

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“It’s the oldest airplane on the airport that flew in.” Pilot Andrew King is justifiably proud of the claim he makes for the 1926 Waco 9 he stands beside in the Vintage area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. The biplane’s neatly-faired OX-5 engine clattered and chugged to get King and the Waco to AirVenture from Brodhead, Wisconsin, near the state’s southern border with Illinois, where the plane was restored. The Waco 9 is a classic link in American civil aviation, enjoying popularity in the… (generalaviationnews.com) More...

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How the Max 9 door plugs are secured

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Nice video presentation on how the door plugs at Alaskan Max 9 row 26 are supposed to be kept closed by 4 bolts. The links skips to a that part of a longer presentation. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Grounded Russian Antonov AN-124 Will Be Flown to Ukraine

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Canada will give a grounded, Russian-registered Antonov AN-124 to Ukraine. The move comes amidst a new round of sanctions against the Russian government and enterprises within the country. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Australia’s Renowned Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) Selects FlightAware for Remote Enhanced Flight Tracking Capabilities

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“The game-changer for us is FlightAware’s AeroAPI data service. We obtain automatic notification of key flight events and comprehensive flight history details for every flight. We’ve integrated this flight tracking data into our operational systems and display this with other relevant information to our tasking officers, greatly improving situational awareness of our crews and fleet.” (www.flightaware.com) More...

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Catalina production to restart as a turboprop.

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Catalina Aircraft, holder of the Type Certificates for the 28-5ACF Catalina, today announced on Jul. 25, 2023 during Oshkosh AirVenture the rebirth of the iconic and legendary Catalina as the Catalina II Amphibious Turboprop. A production re-start program has been formalized for the Next Generation Amphibious Aircraft (NGAA) Catalina II twin turboprop amphibious flying boat, and the company is preparing to take pre-orders as part of the turboprop production re-start program (theaviationgeekclub.com) More...

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Introducing FlightAware Foresight Labs

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FlightAware Foresight, the most advanced machine learning predictions in the aviation industry, just became more accessible. FlightAware Foresight Labs is a space to explore potential new predictive applications powered by FlightAware data. (go.flightaware.com) More...

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FlightAware 2023 Intern Summer Projects - Part 1

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This summer, we had 5 students from across the country join FlightAware as interns. They collaborated with other FlightAware engineers to build out their project (and in one case, two projects!) and accomplished impressive work that they demoed to the entire company. In addition to that, they got to know each other better through get-togethers and participated in talks about tech and career development presented by FlightAware engineers. We invite you to see the results of their hard work, as we… (flightaware.engineering) More...

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Next Generation Model Serving

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Model Server Motivation Producing real-time predictions requires two components: feature vector building and model evaluation (aka inference). Our original infrastructure (the Python streamer) handled both of these in one place. It followed our flight data feed to build feature vectors and evaluated those vectors on models it loaded into memory. The streamer was not performant enough to run for all the airports we wished to make predictions for, so we ran many copies of it, with each streamer… (flightaware.engineering) More...

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San Carlos Tower Has An ATC Problem

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The repercussions of contracted controllers being overworked and underpaid seem to be spilling onto the radio waves, and is a sign of a bigger problem with the system. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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PHOTOS: Alaska Airlines Unveils New Alaska-Themed Livery

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The newest special livery of Alaska Airlines has taken to the skies. This eye-catching paint job commemorates the airline's home state of Alaska and is painted on a Boeing 737-800. This brand new Alaska-themed livery is painted on N559AS, a 16-year-old Boeing 737-890 which is the former "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" jet. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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How This 2-year-old Airline Was Able to Push $200 Million in a Single Quarter

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In the years after Norweigian’s struggles, more specifically in early 2021, Norwegian entrepreneur Bjord Tore Larsen announced plans to start a new long-haul low-cost airline but this time, to execute it well. The name was chosen to be Norse Atlantic Airways for this new company. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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United tells Boeing to stop making the Max 10s the airline ordered

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby reportedly revealed Tuesday March 12 the carrier has asked Boeing to halt production of the 737 Max 10s the airline ordered, and to build Max 9s instead after an extended delay. "We’ve asked Boeing to stop building Max 10s, which they’ve done, for us and start building Max 9s," Kirby said Tuesday at a JPMorgan investor conference, according to Bloomberg. "It’s impossible to say when the Max 10 is going to get certified." (www.foxbusiness.com) More...

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Russian Man Flies to Los Angeles Without a Passport or Boarding Pass, Leading to FBI Investigation

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Anyone who flies internationally knows you must have a passport and boarding pass. However, a strange incident involving a man flying to another country without either document recently occurred. On November 4, a Russian man named Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava took a Scandinavian Airlines flight from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Ochigava's inability to provide documents verifying his identity to the customs authorities upon arrival led to an FBI… (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Cessna Citation violates US Capitol airspace, crashes in Virginia

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Reuters reported that U.S. authorities scrambled jet fighters to pursue a light aircraft that entered restricted airspace over the U.S. Capitol area, that later crashed into the mountains in southwestern Virginia. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna Citation that took off from Elizabethton, Tennessee, and bound for Islip, New York crashed in the sparsely populated town of Montebello, Virginia in around 3 p.m. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Rough landing during a hurricane

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It was a rough landing during a hurricane on one of the shortest commercial runways in the US. They cancelled over 1000 flight that day, and this probably should have been 1001 (www.cnn.com) More...

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Reducing Flight Delays with AI and Analytics

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The way today’s airlines operate – having one aircraft arrive at a location just in time to refuel, clean the cabin, and depart again can create challenges when problems arise. If an aircraft is delayed because of weather at one airport or mechanical problems in the air that need attention when they land, this “just in time” approach to flight scheduling can result in a snowball effect that impacts multiple other flights in multiple other destinations and airports. But there are ways that these… (connectedaviationtoday.com) More...

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Ukrainian Prosecutors Investigate Alleged Negligence in Destruction of An-225 Myria

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KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating a case of alleged official negligence concerning the destruction of the Antonov An-225 heavy transport aircraft during a battle at Kyiv's Gostomel airport. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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B-21 Raider Has Flown For The First Time

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On Friday, November 10, the US Air Force B-21 Raider took off from Palmdale Plant 42, taking its first flight. A video showed the B-21, with its landing gear down, along with a F-16 chase plane. (www.thedrive.com) More...

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