Category : Special Aircraft Tracking

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NASA Completes ATD-1 Flight Testing

NASA, Honeywell, Boeing, and United Airlines spent the month of February testing a new technology that could enable more aircraft to safely land at an airport in a given time period. The tool, Flight Deck Interval Management (FIM), is being developed as part of NASA’s larger Air Traffic Management (ATM) Technology Demonstration – 1 (ATD-1).

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The Best Avgeek Videos We Saw This Week

As the weekend comes to a close, here’s a look at the the best avgeek videos we watched this week. From early 1990s planespotting to brand new aircraft being tested, with a Northern Lights spectacular for good measure, hopefully you enjoy these as much as we did.

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Tracking Santa’s Flight with Flightradar24

Just in time for Christmas, Santa’s sleigh is out of the workshop and upgraded with the latest ADS-B transponder and elf-designed cabin interior for a long night’s work. Rudolph’s anti-collision beacon red nose has received a polish as well. With the work complete, Santa is ready for tracking on Flightradar24!

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The Emirates A380 Fleet Revisited

In April, we followed the Emirates Airbus A380 fleet for a day, tracking their then 75-strong fleet. Since April, Emirates has inaugurated new routes—both long and short—and grown their A380 fleet to 88. With this in mind, we decided to check in with the world’s largest A380 fleet.

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Watching Airports Grow with Google Earth Engine

Google has released a new version of its Google Earth Engine Timelapse. This new version stretches from 1984 to 2016 and includes clearer imagery of previous years than the old version. Check out some examples of the airports that have been built or have grown significantly since then.

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The Flights Behind the Photo

On 12 November, photographer Seth Jaworski captured the departure queue for Runway 34L at Sydney Airport. While the identity of a few of the aircraft was readily apparent, we wanted to see if we could identify all six aircraft in the photograph. We turned to our Global Playback feature for the answer.

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Where Airplanes Retire

We’ve previously written about where airplanes are born and where they’re maintained, but what happens when they’re ready to retire? Around the world, aircraft ‘boneyards’ are used to store aircraft, either permanently or until they find new life with another airline.

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