The Flightradar24 blog is turning one today! We began the Flightradar24 blog a year ago to have a space for longer posts on aviation, flight tracking, and how FR24 works. With a year—and nearly 100 posts—gone by, we’re looking back at some of our most popular posts.
How Qantas Ferried an Engine on the Wing of a 747
In January 2016, a Qantas 747 in Johannesburg suffered an engine issue that kept the aircraft on the ground. To get a replacement engine there as quickly as possible, Qantas decided to employ the rarely used “fifth-pod” option and carried the engine under the wing of another 747.
Flight Paths and Great Circles—Or Why You Flew Over Greenland
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but when a line on a globe is shown on a two-dimensional map, it looks like an arc. Flights make use of these straight lines called Great Circles everyday to get to destinations halfway across the world as quickly as possible.
Putting Ed Force One Back Together Again
On 12 March, while being moved to a refueling dock in Santiago, Ed Force One suffered substantial damage after it collided with the ground tug pulling it. Less than 10 days later the 747 was back in the air. We wrote about the logistics required to fly two 747 engines and other spare parts 0ver 11,000 kilometers.
How to Draw a Plane with a Plane
Earlier in March, the pilot of D-EFHN took to the skies to draw a plane—with a plane. We looked at what it takes to perform aerial artwork and what else the pilot has drawn.
How to Paint a Plane: Going Inside the Paint Hangar
Step inside the paint hangar to see how airplanes get their liveries and how you can track them when they do.
Planespotting in St Maarten Just Got Even Better
In March our friends at PTZtv launched their brand new HD webcam at the Sunset Bar and Grill right next to the runway at Princess Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten. Planespotting at SXM has always been great, but now it’s possible to go planespotting there without having to be there. FR24 is embedded on the webcam page so you know which flights are on their way and when they’ll get there.
A Week in the Life of Three Types of Airplanes
United operates a diverse fleet, so we examined a week in the life of three types, an Embraer E175, Boeing 737, and Boeing 787-9. Together they flew over 231,000 kilometers and spent over 250 hours in the air.
Following the Emirates A380 Fleet for a Day
With Emirates taking delivery of its 75th Airbus A380 in March, we thought it would be interesting to see how they put their fleet to use. We crunched the numbers for one day of Emirates A380 operations and followed 68 aircraft on 131 flights to 38 airports across 5 continents.
A day with the @emirates @Airbus #A380 fleet: 131 total flights, 119 through @DubaiAirports. https://t.co/jG0bmtmA4J pic.twitter.com/iUW6FCedB9
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) April 24, 2016
Squawking 7700—In-flight Emergencies from a Pilot’s Perspective
We field many inquiries each time a flight declares an emergency, so we spoke with pilot Ken Hoke to understand more about what is happening on the flight deck during an emergency situation. Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy.
Making Sure an Aircraft is Ready to Fly
Before we visited the paint hangar, we toured the maintenance hangar to see what it takes to keep large aircraft flying safely. We also have some tips for tracking test flights after an aircraft undergoes heavy maintenance.
A Day in a Minute
We compressed a full day of traffic over the United States into under a minute. In our blog post accompanying the video we explored details of some of the 76,329 flights the crossed the country on 1 April.
When an incident occurs, we publish our data on our blog under the Major Incident category. We also publish occasional updates on past events here as well.
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