Archive for : September, 2019

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SAS unveils new livery ahead of first A350 delivery

SAS unveiled a new livery this week as it prepares to take delivery of its first of 8 Airbus A350 aircraft. The new livery will be applied to new A350s and A320neos as they are delivered and painted onto the rest of the fleet during standard maintenance visits. The entire SAS fleet will wear the new livery by 2024. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 66: Our Super Avgeek Week

On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Roswell, New Mexico for the Super80 Send Off. Then we cap off our avgeek week in Los Angeles with Cranky Flier’s Dorkfest and SpotLAX2019. Plus an American Airlines mechanic is arrested for sabotage and there’s a fresh obstacle for the 737 MAX’s return to service. (more…)

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Condor captain’s coffee causes Cancun cancellation

A Condor captain’s spilled cup of coffee required the Cancun-bound A330 to divert to Shannon in February, according to a UK AAIB report released Thursday. The flight was over the Atlantic Ocean this February when the coffee came in contact with the captain’s audio control panel (ACP), disabling it and damaging the first officer’s ACP as well. The flight from Frankfurt to Cancun resumed the following day after new panels were installed.

Condor flight DE2116

DE2116 flight path

The flight path of DE2116

According to the UK AAIB report, the coffee was spilled at approximately 16:20 and resulted in the immediate failure of the captain’s ACP. Approximately 1 hour later, the first officer’s ACP also failed and the captain decided to divert to Shannon. The aircraft landed safely in Shannon at 19:14.

Put a lid on it

An example A330 flight deck with the ACP panels highlighted

The ACP panels highlighted in red on an example A330 flight deck

The investigation revealed the chain of events and decisions that resulted in the coffee being spilled. The coffee cup was delivered to the flight deck without a lid. Because of the small size of the cups used on Condor flights, the captain elected to place the coffee on his extended table (example shown in the image above) and not into the cup holder. Prior to fully consuming the coffee, the captain’s attention turned to his duties related to an upcoming waypoint. The coffee was subsequently spilled on the captain’s audio control panel (highlighted in red above) on the left side of the console.

According to the report, the failure of the ACPs resulted in communication difficulties, but the landing was accomplished without further incident.

The airline has since reiterated the use of lids for all cups and initiated sourcing for cups that properly fit into the A330’s cup holders.

Featured image © Daniel Klein

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Submit Airport Photos to JetPhotos to be Featured on Flightradar24

With the launch of our updated Airport information panels, we’re looking for more great airport photos to feature for each airport. Photos uploaded to JetPhotos in the airport category are eligible for inclusion on Flightradar24. There are a variety of busy airports for which no photos are yet available, and you can help change that.


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SpotLAX2019 and Dorkfest Success

Dorkfest and SpotLAX2019 this weekend were an incredible success once again and we’re pleased we were able to meet and chat with such a wonderful group of aviation enthusiasts from all over the world. Our sincere thanks to Brett Snyder for organizing Dorkfest and the NYCAviation team, especially Ben Granucci and and Heather Abbott, for making SpotLAX2019 an fantastic event. (more…)

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Inside the American Airlines Super80 Send Off

On 4 September, American Airlines retired the MD-80 family of aircraft from its fleet after 37 years of service. Named the Super80 by American, the airline operated more than 360 of the aircraft at its peak. On Wednesday, the final 26 were retired and 23 of them flown to the desert in Roswell, New Mexico. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in August 2019

Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts. You can apply to host one of our receivers or easily build your own. The dozens of new Flightradar24-supplied receiver kits and the hundreds of home-built receivers activated in August combined with over 20,000 existing receivers, helped us track over 6 million flights.

New receivers activated in August helped improve our coverage in places like west African, India, and Indonesia. Our MLAT coverage in the United States experienced improvement as well with nearly 20 new receivers.

The August map

New Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in August 2019

New Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in August 2019

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 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!