Archive for : November, 2017

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Antonov An-22 Schedule, 29 November-6 December

The Antonov An-22 doesn’t fly all that often, but when it does, the world’s largest turboprop definitely makes its presence known. The An-22’s eight contra-rotating propellers produce an unmistakable sound as the aircraft passes overhead. Over the next week, the An-22 will make its way from Ukraine to Cuba and back via the UK, Finland, and Canada. (more…)

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Tracking the Airbus A350-1000 Flight Test Campaign

In just under a year, the Airbus A350-1000 went from first flight to type certification. Using three test aircraft, Airbus flew throughout Europe and visited North and South America and Asia to complete the necessary flights and tests. We’ve put together a visualization showing some of the A350-1000’s flight test program as it built hours toward certification.

362 days to certification

Red: F-WMIL | Blue: F-WLXV  | Yellow: F-WWXL

First flights

The A350-1000 first took flight on 24 November 2016, with MSN 059 | F-WMIL spending 4 hours 20 minutes in the skies above France.

Flight track and speed & altitude graph of the Airbus A350-1000’s first flight

MSN 071 | F-WWXL flew next on 10 January 2017 and MSN 065 | F-WLXV made first flight 1 month later, taking off on 7 February.

Milestones

We checked in on the program in late February.

A350-1000 flight tests through 20 February 2017

And Airbus performed its first long flight passenger tests on 11 May when F-WLXV flew around Europe with a full complement of passengers and crew.

The Airbus A350-1000’s ‘Extra Long Flight’

Certification

The A350-1000 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration on 21 November 2017, paving the way for delivery of the first aircraft to launch customer Qatar Airways later this year.

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Volcanoes, History, and Statistics: New and Updated Flightradar24 Features

We’ve just released a few new updates that bring more flight tracking information to Flightradar24. We’ve updated how the volcanic ash advisories are displayed to provide more info, added more historical data, and introduced data feed statistics sharing. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 19: They Bought How Many Planes!?

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent adventures on a variety of Japanese low-cost carriers and his flight on the COMAC ARJ 21. He also fills us in on the status of Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift and the upcoming Operation Gift Lift. And we recap the massive order book of the Dubai Airshow and check in on a few A380s in the news. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 18: A United 747 Farewell

In this episode of AvTalk, we send Jason to Hawaii on the final United Airlines 747 flight, the Maho Beach Cam comes back after Hurricane Irma, and Emirates takes delivery of its 100th Airbus A380. (more…)

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United Says Farewell to the 747

17,275 days after the first United 747 flight the airline retires its 747 fleet today with a special flight between San Francisco and Hawaii. Passengers aboard UA747 will be treated to a flight that recreates the atmosphere of the first flight in 1970. Take a tour of United’s 747 fleet through the years and see how you can follow the final flight. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in October 2017

In October we activated nearly 100 new receivers, including a few that have immediately had a large coverage impact. Throughout the month, we tracked 4.9 million flights, nearly 300,000 more flights than in October 2016.

Two new receivers in Yemen, including one on Socotra, are providing good coverage of flights over the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. A cluster of receivers in the southern United States are helping provide increased coverage and expanded MLAT coverage there. And a new receiver in Slave Lake, Canada is helping with coverage of flights in central Canada.

The Map

Here’s the full map of all receivers activated during October (click to expand).

New Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers activated during October 2017 (click to enlarge)

Help Add ADS-B Coverage

We are always looking for new receiver hosts. Especially if you or someone you know lives in a remote location, please apply to host a receiver. All of our receiver hosts get a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription, which can be used on the web or within our new mobile app. If you’re interested, please apply today. If you’d you like more information about our application process, you can read more about it in our blog post.

Use Your Own Hardware

Have a Raspberry Pi sitting around collecting dust or looking to get started with tracking flights with a quick project? Build your own receiver to help us increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage in your area. Our simple guide walks you through the steps from getting the parts you need to setting up your receiver. Learn more today!

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