Archive for : January, 2018

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AvTalk Episode 23: Ground Stop

On this episode of AvTalk we recap the meltdown at JFK Airport in New York after a blizzard that forced some flights to wait over 7 hours for a gate. A 737 tries to go swimming in the Black Sea. We review the 2017 Airbus and Boeing delivery numbers. And we remember a few moments from this week in aviation history. (more…)

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Smell My Exhaust—NASA’s DC-8 to spend time sniffing the DLR’s A320 over Germany

This week, NASA and the DLR began the ND-MAX research program designed to understand engine performance, emissions, and contrail formation from different types of aviation fuel. The collaboration sends the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s DC-8-72 Flying Laboratory to Germany for paired flying with the DLR’s A320 Advanced Technology Research Aircraft. (more…)

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Highlights from the Airbus 2017 Delivery Figures

Airbus released its 2017 order and delivery figures on Monday, delivering a company-record 718 aircraft. Most of the aircraft delivered by Airbus in 2017 were from the A320 family, which includes the A319, A320, and A321. 181 of the A320 family aircraft were New engine option (neo) variants. (more…)

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JetPhotos 2017 Year in Review

The JetPhotos catalog grew by more than 250,000 photos in 2017, reaching over 3.6 million total photos and 250,000 unique registrations. Those photos help power the photos of actual aircraft tracked on Flightradar24. To end the year, we asked the JetPhotos team for some of their favorite photos added to the catalog in 2017. (more…)

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Highlights from the Boeing 2017 Delivery Figures

Boeing released its 2017 order and delivery figures today, managing a record 763 aircraft deliveries, the most ever delivered in a single year. 69 percent of those deliveries were for variants of the venerable 737, including the first deliveries of the new 737 MAX. (more…)

Blizzard 2018: Cancellations, Diversions, and a Slow Recovery

On Thursday, 4 January, a massive blizzard hit the northeast United States, impacting travel along the east coast from Maine to Miami. In our first ever YouTube Live event, AvTalk hosts Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz are joined by aviation journalist Seth Miller to talk about how the blizzard affected airline operations, including some diversions to far away airports, and how airlines are recovering. Our discussion of recovery may have been premature as Friday night into Saturday morning, some flights have waited over 5 hours for a gate, while one flight, Air China 989 waited 7 hours.

Watch our discussion and see a live map of JFK operations below.

Live map of JFK

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AvTalk Episode 22: AvTalk Revisited: Selected Interviews from 2017

Happy new year from AvTalk! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our first new episode of the year. In this episode, we revisit three interviews from our earlier episodes that really stood out to us. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in December and 2017’s Final Tally

In December we activated nearly 100 new Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers and hundreds more people around the world built their own receivers to contribute data to our network. These receivers and tens of thousands of others helped us track 4.5 million flights this month. (more…)