Archive for : July, 2017

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Enter Air’s 3.5 Hour Hold and Other Adventures in Funchal Weather

Funchal Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, or Madeira to some, may be best known as a marvel of modern engineering thanks to its extended runway sitting on columns 70 meters above the ocean. But for avgeeks, Funchal is also known as an airport with challenging approach procedures and great photography opportunities. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 10: Construction, Cows, and 225,000 Pounds of Ketchup

In episode 10, we talk to Andrew Poure, a flight operations supervisor for a U.S.-based major cargo airline. We see how construction fumes and cows affected aviation last week, celebrate an impressive milestone, and quickly preview next week’s Airventure.

All Cargo, All the Time

We sat down with Andrew Poure, who works for a major U.S. cargo airline, to learn more about what it takes to ship anything from cherries to horses around the world.

The main cargo deck of a 747-400F

Construction Fumes Cause Airspace Closure

Construction fumes caused the evacuation of the Washington ARTCC in Leesburg, Virgina last week, leading to airspace closures and significant delays along the U.S. east coast.

Cows on a Plane

Facing a milk shortage due to restrictions related to its ongoing dispute with other countries in the region, Qatar is importing dairy cows. The first 165 of 4000 cows arrived last week.

‘Al’ Blackman’s 75 Years of Service

American Airlines maintenance technician Azriel ‘Al’ Blackman has worked for the airline for 75 years. This week AA’s 777 N751AN was painted with Blackman’s signature on the forward fuselage in celebration of his service, which is now officially a Guinness world record.

N751AN celebrating Al Blackman’s 75 years as a mechanic at American Airlines. Photo courtesy American Airlines

Oshkosh

Airventure, the world’s largest aviation gathering begins Monday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. We give you a quick preview of what to expect.

We attended Oshkosh last year to tour Cathay Pacific’s ‘Hong Kong Trader’ 747-8F. Watch our video tour.

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Safety First: How Lightning Affects Airfield Operations

The Chicago-area experienced severe storms this week, halting operations at Chicago-O’Hare International Airport more than once. On Wednesday morning, Chicago news anchor Alan Krashesky posted a video that perfectly illustrates why airfield operations stop during a thunderstorm. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 9: Vectors for Landing and Coins for Luck

In episode 9, we talk about some of the stranger aviation stories over the past few weeks, including a passenger new to approach patterns and a woman who threw coins into an engine for luck. We also talk with Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Norwegian’s first 737 MAX delivery and long-haul, low-cost flying. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in June and the First Half of 2017

Each month we send out new Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers to hosts around the world to increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage. During the first half of 2017 we’ve activated 550 new Flightradar24 receivers and thousands of additional home-built receivers. This month those receivers helped us track over 5.1 million flights. (more…)