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What It's Really Like Piloting Private Jets For The Rich And Famous

Flying privately owned aircraft gives pilots a unique lifestyle within the spectrum of aviation jobs. The set of challenges they face can be very different from those of flying airliners. Among the greatest challenges is passenger behavior. In a short period of time, pilots are all but guaranteed to experience some of the wildest interactions and witness some of the craziest behavior of their lives. (www.thedrive.com) Plus d'info...

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Man lived inside O’Hare for 3 months before detection

A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his arrest. Two United Airlines employees approached Singh and asked to see his identification. Singh showed them an airport ID badge that he was wearing around his neck, which actually belonged to an operations manager who had reported it missing Oct. 26. (www.chicagotribune.com) Plus d'info...

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Woman Allegedly Hacked Flight School, Cleared Planes With Maintenance Issues to Fly

A 26-year old woman allegedly hacked into the systems of a flight training school in Florida to delete and tamper with information related to the school's airplanes. In some cases, planes that previously had maintenance issues had been "cleared" to fly, according to a police report. The hack, according to the school's CEO, could have put pilots in danger. (www.vice.com) Plus d'info...

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FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings, paving way for first program to launch in Iowa

In Cedar Rapids, screeners from a local health-care group, Mercy Medical Center, will ask travelers questions about their health and potential exposure to the coronavirus, and also take their temperatures. The first step should take 10 seconds. Anyone who fails the initial screening will be subject to a second review, which Lenss said in a few weeks could include rapid testing. Those who seem sick would be urged not to travel and be referred back to their airline, which would make the final… (www.washingtonpost.com) Plus d'info...

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‘It’s Not Quite Like Riding a Bike’: Pilots Get Ready to Fly Again

As airlines ramp up service, pilots who have been furloughed or laid off need to be retrained in everything from dealing with the control tower to “volcanic ash” scenarios. (www.nytimes.com) Plus d'info...

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Jeff Bezos to be on first Blue Origin space flight next month

Jeff Bezos said on Monday that he would be on board when his rocket company, Blue Origin, conducts its first human spaceflight next month. He said his brother Mark Bezos would join him on the flight. Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Mr. Bezos in 2000, is also auctioning off a passenger seat on the New Shepard, a suborbital spacecraft that is set to take off on July 20. Bidding has reached almost $3 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries, the company said. (www.nytimes.com) Plus d'info...

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FAA Suspends Operations of Crashed Cargo Plane Operator

The Federal Aviation Administration said it suspended operations of an airline whose cargo plane crashed into the ocean earlier this month, following an investigation into the airline’s parent company. Two pilots flying a Boeing Co. BA -1.63% 737-200 cargo plane for Transair Flight 810 were forced to land in the ocean near Honolulu around 1:30 a.m. local time on July 2, a crash that sent both of them to the hospital. The FAA on Friday said it had been probing maintenance and safety practices of… (www.wsj.com) Plus d'info...

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Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation Announces Agreement to Sell Atlantic Aviation to KKR for $4.475 Billion

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE: MIC) and KKR today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for MIC to sell its Atlantic Aviation business to KKR for $4.475 billion in cash and assumed debt and reorganization obligations. Atlantic Aviation operates one of the largest networks of fixed base operations (FBOs) in the U.S. providing a full suite of critical services to the private aviation sector. (www.businesswire.com) Plus d'info...

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Merlin Labs wants to fill the sky with pilotless planes carrying cargo and passengers

Autonomous flight startup Merlin Labs is coming out of stealth mode to announce that it’s raised $25 million in funding from Google Ventures and First Round Capital. The company has also struck a deal with aviation services contractor Dynamic Aviation to begin putting its pilotless plane technology into commercial operation. (www.theverge.com) Plus d'info...

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The Air Force Is Having To Reverse Engineer Parts Of Its Own Stealth Bomber

In a surprising turn of events, the United States government is calling upon its country’s industry to reverse engineer components for the Air Force’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The requirement includes reverse-engineering the re‐core process for the B‐2 Load Heat Exchangers. The B‐2 Load Heat Exchanger (NSN 1660‐01‐350‐8209FW) uses air and Ethylene Glycol Water (EGW) liquid to produce cold air for the cooling system. (www.thedrive.com) Plus d'info...

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Nat'l Park Service Proposes Destruction of Unique GA Airport

A unique GA airport (Stovepipe Wells) in the middle of historic Death Valley is under attack by some folks at the National Park Service, under the direction of Superintendent Mike Reynolds of the Death Valley National Park, because they want to turn it into a locale for star gazing. Airport supporters are calling for the aviation community to participate in the planning process by submitting their comments by December 23, 2020 to the NPS. (aero-news.net) Plus d'info...

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New Website Look for FlightAware on 10th Anniversary

The team at FlightAware is proud to announce the release of a new site design, with the following features: We have improved and streamlined site search. We’ve replaced the three orange search boxes on the left (Private flight tracker, Airline flight tracker, and Airport tracker/info) with a single search box at the top of the page. You can now search for airports, airlines, flight numbers, and private aircraft in this single box. As you type, suggestions will appear. You can select your desired… (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

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Risk of COVID-19 exposure on planes 'virtually nonexistent' when masked, study shows

The study, conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines, was published Thursday. They ran 300 tests in a little over six months with a mannequin on a United plane. (abcnews.go.com) Plus d'info...

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Space-Based ADS-B Joins Search & Rescue Efforts

Not only are such stories beginning to surface, but Aireon’s space-based ADS-B service, which is only compatible with 1090ES systems, has shown an ability to help as well—especially in areas where ground-based ADS-B data is not available. Don Hinkel was flying over the Bahamas on December 23 when the engine of his 1981 Cessna P210N failed. It would not restart, said Hinkel, who lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands and regularly flies back and forth to Florida. “I activated an onboard ELT when I… (www.aopa.org) Plus d'info...

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Emirates Airline Begins Conducting Rapid COVID-19 Tests For Boarding Passengers

In a move that could be a step toward making air travel palatable to the public again, Emirates Airline has begun conducing rapid-on site COVID-19 for passengers. The testing began with passengers on a flight from Dubai to Tunisia on Wednesday. The analysis is a blood test with results within 10 minutes. The airline says it is the first to roll out rapid testing. Emirates says it is working to scale up testing capabilities and extend it to other flights. It says its testing could also be used to… (www.npr.org) Plus d'info...

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As Passengers Disappeared, Airlines Filled Planes with Cargo

To make up for lost revenue during the pandemic, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and other airlines are hauling more cargo on aircraft, including where passengers used to sit. (www.nytimes.com) Plus d'info...

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See lower fuel prices at nearby FBOs on FlightAware

When displaying FBO fuel prices on FlightAware, we now search nearby airports and show prices at FBOs that have lower prices. Unlike sites like AirNav.com that only show nearby FBOs if the FBOs pay AirNav -- this is another FREE, unbiased, and 100% comprehensive feature from FlightAware for the pilot community. Enjoy! (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

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Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) now displayed on FlightAware Maps

All FlightAware users can now view United States Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on FlightAware maps! Simply enable the TFR layer by clicking the "+" in the upper right corner of any map, then check the "TFR" layer. Current and future published TFRs will then be drawn on US maps as red polygons. (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

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Improvements to FlightAware Maps & Understanding Map Behavior

There has been a lot of attention and scrutiny to flight tracking maps in the last few days, so we've made some great improvements to improve visualization and have a few updates to help everyone understand what they're seeing and how the data is derived. (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

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A thief stole two airplanes with a signature and a couple of stamps

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, the paperwork Hughes had sent to the FAA was phony, something that only came to light when a worker at the Washington State Department of Transportation placed a routine call to the Piper’s previous owner to confirm their cancellation of the plane’s registration. The confused owner, a US Navy doctor in Gig Harbor, WA, said he hadn’t sold his plane, nor did he intend to. (qz.com) Plus d'info...

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FlightAware Predictive Technology Added to The United Airlines Operational Toolset

FlightAware announced today that United Airlines has integrated its predictive data tool into the airline's operational toolset to help decrease the instance of preventable delays; reduce missed passenger connections; and help prevent flight cancellations. FlightAware operates the world's largest flight tracking and data platform, fusing thousands of data sources around the world to provide the most accurate and comprehensive flight tracking intelligence. Over half of all estimated… (flightaware.com) Plus d'info...

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Unusual Names Of Waypoints Used For Airplanes' Navigation

Aviation relies on so-called "waypoints" — geographic coordinates in the sky that help with navigation. And all the waypoints are named with five-letter designations, sometimes funny and odd. (www.npr.org) Plus d'info...

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ForeFlight Feature Focus: Internet Traffic via FlightAware

Stream live global aircraft traffic directly in ForeFlight with the Internet Traffic feature. In partnership with FlightAware, ForeFlight allows you to view airborne traffic around the globe, and ground traffic at thousands of airports worldwide, to help you gauge airport activity like active arrivals and runways, see how ATC vectors traffic around weather, or assist with planespotting on the ground. Internet Traffic is included in all ForeFlight subscription plans. (www.youtube.com) Plus d'info...

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Flying Magazine - 1930s to Present - Free on Google Books

Google Books has hundreds of historical editions of Flying Magazine for the last century online. (books.google.com) Plus d'info...

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