Category : Aviation Explainer Series

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‘Why Don’t They Just Land?’: Why the Best Diversion Airport May Not Be the Closest

While over 150,000 flights per day land at their intended destination, some divert due to weather, mechanical, or medical reasons. When a flight diverts, we’re often asked why the aircraft didn’t land at the nearest airport. While there are instances when landing as soon as possible is the best course of action—such as the recent […]

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EASA Notification Regarding Flights in the Eastern Mediterranean

On 10 April, Eurocontrol published a rapid alert notification from the European Aviation Safety Agency to its operations portal, warning of the possibility of missile activity in the ‘Eastern Mediterranean / Nicosia FIR’ and intermittent disruption to radio navigation equipment within 72 hours of publication. The message was first published by Eurocontrol at 15:19 UTC.

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Clearing up Call Sign Confusion

Every few months, when airlines introduce updated schedules, we note that some routes may initially be displayed incorrectly on Flightradar24 because of new call signs. The new call signs that most affect route matching are the alphanumeric call signs used by an increasing number of airlines. We’ll explain how alphanumeric call signs have made our […]

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Make a Right at Lands End—Fun with Aircraft Leasing

Air Europa took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 last week, but the aircraft didn’t fly straight home. From Charleston, EC-MSZ (MSN 62171) flew northeast along the the US and Canadian coast and eastward across the Atlantic, headed directly for the Lands End VOR-DME. But why the circuitous route? In a word: paperwork.

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 […]

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