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Horror at Eleven Thousand Feet?

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Allow me to apologize for this article's ambivalent title, but first let me tell you the story of how I went from cruising on autopilot at 11,000 feet while eating a bag of M&Ms to treading water in the shark infested Gulf of Mexico all in a matter of 3 minutes. I am an ATP rated pilot and use my aircraft extensively for business and personal transportation. On 20 September 2012, I had planned on flying from my home in Houston, Texas to Sarasota, Florida for some meetings. When I lined my…

Theodore Wright Schrijver
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Malaysia Airlines says flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air traffic control

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Malaysia Airlines says flight MH370 is carrying a total number of 227 passengers, including 2 infants, and 12 crew members. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS370/history/20140307/1635Z/WMKK/ZBAA (www.breakingnews.com) Meer...

Model Boeing 777 made entirely from manila folders (photos)

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Luca Iaconi-Stewart built a 1:60 model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER made entirely from manila file folders. You have to see this thing to believe it. (www.flickr.com) Meer...

Asiana 777 (AAR214) Crashes at SFO - Two Fatalities, Dozens Injured

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Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777-200ER, from Seoul to San Francisco crashed during landing at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO). The flight from Seoul was 10 hours and 23 minutes and seats 295 passengers. (flightaware.com) Meer...

Boeing 744 Dreamlifter Mistakenly Lands At Wichita Jabara Airport (KAAO)

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Flight was supposed to land at McConnell AFB. As of 0247 Zulu, the plane is still on the runway. (www.kwch.com) Meer...

Happy Birthday, FlightAware!

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FlightAware turned nine years old on March 17th, 2014. In the past eight years, FlightAware has grown from just an idea into a business with over 40 employees, offices in Houston and New York, flight tracking operations in over fifty countries, and over six million users across the world using FlightAware in over a dozen languages. (flightaware.com) Meer...

VIDEO: Breathtaking Boeing 747 Cockpit Scenes

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Every now and again, we come across a video that so perfectly captures the magic of aviation, we can’t help but share it. Today, we came across a three minute video capturing moments inside a Boeing 747-400. We couldn’t discern, for sure, what carrier it is or if it encompasses a single flight or clips from multiple. It does look like it starts off in Anchorage, however. (www.liveleak.com) Meer...

Confessions of a TSA Agent

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I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group—a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that… (www.politico.com) Meer...

What are These Giant Concrete Arrows Across the American Landscape?

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In the 1920s, America began coast-to-coast Airmail service, but the pioneer pilots had trouble navigating the route, since navigation charts of the day were fugazi and you couldn't exactly pull over to ask a farmer for directions. And traveling at night, when it would have been most efficient, or in bad weather was impossible. To solve this Congress then funded these gi-normous arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, some up to 70 feet long, to trace a route across the country. (www.core77.com) Meer...

Logan ATCer prevents a tragedy

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Sharp eyes and exceptionally good instincts averted a disaster at Boston's Logan International by a Cirrus attempting to land on a taxiway. Kudos to a man who did his job extraordinarily well. (www.pressherald.com) Meer...

American Airlines To Phase Out Complimentary Cabin Pressurization

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FT. WORTH, TX—Explaining that the costs of the service have grown too high in recent years, American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer free cabin pressurization to passengers starting March 15. “Unfortunately, to stay competitive as a legacy carrier in today’s air travel market, it no longer makes economic sense for us to provide breathable air at altitude,” said American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, noting that despite the cutbacks, air pressurization would still be available… (www.theonion.com) Meer...

(Video) Unmanned parked aircraft takes off in high winds

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Short but amazing video and a good reminder to use tie-downs. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Americans and Australians Believe they have found MH370

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After 2 weeks, plus calculations of final location from satecom pings, followed by a satellite search of area has found 2 distinct pieces of potential MH370 debris, and now sorties of a US P-8 and an Aussie P-3. A live abcnews report minutes ago from onboard the P-8, relays that the crew picked up significant radar hits and have taken photos to be analyzed once back. Australian ships are heading out. This is the most promising prospect in finding the missing plane. (www.usatoday.com) Meer...

(Video) Jessica Ambats - Pulse-Pounding Aerial Photography

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A behind-the-scenes look at how photographer Jessica Ambats captures the beauty of flight. Jessica specializes in air-to-air photography, a high-stakes type of aerial photography that involves shooting from an airplane with the doors removed while the plane being photographed flies as close as 20 feet away. Do not try this at home. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

New Camera Phone Video Shows Asiana Flight 214 Crash

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Recently released public video shows the Boeing 777's approach and subsequent crash at San Francisco Int'l (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Delta Honor Guard

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I had no idea that Delta did this for our heroes. Big kudos to them for this! Oh, and by the way, try to keep it together for the video...I couldn't. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Civilian Cargo Boeing 744 Down at Bagram

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Civilian contract to US Air Force AMC went down today at Bagram. Condolences to the familys and friends of the 8 crew-members aboard. According to the Aviation Herald, listeners on the frequency heard the aircraft report a shifting load as the aircraft aprupty pitched upward and stalled right after takeoff. (avherald.com) Meer...

"After V1" Stunning Slow Motion Airline Footage in Argentina

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Filmed in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Onboard cameras were also installed combined with airport and flight progress timelapses. Filmed and edited by Cesar Meloni. (bit.ly) Meer...

(Video) BBJ goes around after minimums when runway disappears

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douglesso - "The approach flown was a CAT I ILS. I could see the rain column approach from the other side of the field so I got out my phone camera from the jump seat. You can hear the GPWS announce minimums at 200' AGL, and shortly after all visibility is lost due to rain. You do not hear the "50" foot call out during the touch and go, but it had to be close. The HUD really provides incredible center-line tracking, although you can't see the symbology from the camera angle." (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Augmented reality apps from Cessna to see jets up close

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Interesting idea to turn a flat brochure into an interactive 3D model with an iPad. (www.cessna.com) Meer...

SWA Lands at wrong Branson, MO airport

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SWA landed at the much shorter College of the Ozarks runway instead of the intended Branson airport (www.jrn.com) Meer...

Iran Air 727 lands without nose gear. Nice job.

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Gotta admit, when a fellow aviator type, a master of the fine art of subtle sarcasm, sent me this link I didn't expect what I saw. It would be hard to improve on the technique, and this guy probably has more time in a 727 than Len Morgan did. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

(Video) Amazing Las Vegas Photo Flight: Phenom 300

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Amazing shots during a behind the scenes video on a photo flight of an Embraer Phenom 300 over the Las Vegas Strip during NBAA 2013 (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Co-Pilot Killed, two injured in Challenger Crash at Aspen Airport

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A co-pilot was killed and two other people were injured after a private plane crashed as it tried to land at the Aspen airport in Colorado on Sunday afternoon, officials said. (www.thedenverchannel.com) Meer...

El Al Pilot Makes Special Move for Cancer Patient

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An El Al Airlines pilot made an extraordinary gesture toward an 11-year-old girl who had been removed from a flight from Israel to New York City after she lost her passport... (shine.yahoo.com) Meer...

Watch an Airplane Turn Fog Into Beautifully Spinning Cloud Spirals

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It's majestically beautiful. The wingtip vortices formed when an Airbus A340 landed at Zurich Airport on a foggy night. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Respect the Sign

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Turbulence is a daily reality in aviation, but that doesn’t stop all pilots from doing their best to steer clear of it. The possible absence of visual clues where turbulence resides forces flight crews to rely on their knowledge of its causes as well as reports from other nearby aircraft to avoid it. Although a recent trend of turbulence related injuries might substantiate a dose of fear in the mind of some passengers, the likelihood of aircraft damage resulting in a crash is highly remote.…

Daniel Fahl Schrijver
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Carrier Landing During a Sandstorm

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Carrier landing during a sandstorm in the Persian Gulf in 2003. The carrier only comes into view about 6 seconds before touchdown. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

FlightPrep sues AOPA

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Remember when FlightPrep sued (and shutdown) RunwayFinder and then threatened dozens of others, which resulted in a massive backlash from the aviation community? Now, a couple years later, they've renamed ("SD holdings") and have sued AOPA . . . for $66,000,000. I'm not sure if anyone uses FlightPrep products still, but I'm sure this desperate attempt won't help their sales. (www.generalaviationnews.com) Meer...

FAA: Go away!

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If you are a pilot, you have likely heard the unofficial slogan of the FAA, "We're not happy until you're not happy." Like most idioms, there is often a bit of truth to this. Any pilot who has crossed a FAA inspector knows how miserable they can make your life. Pilots have very few rights as an airman certificate is considered a 'privilege', rather than a right. However, these injustices hardly touch on the significance behind the FAA's motto. It is much more complex than a few bad…

Theodore Wright Schrijver
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The Ultimate Ground Speed Check - Tales from the Blackbird

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There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment. (oppositelock.jalopnik.com) Meer...

ADS-B on FlightAware

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In addition to receiving over fifty different government air traffic control and private datalink sources, FlightAware operates a worldwide network of ADS-B receivers that track ADS-B-equipped aircraft flying around the globe. FlightAware owns and operates these receivers at dozens of airports around the world in conjunction with airport operators. We also invite customers and professional users to connect to FlightAware's network and feed additional ADS-B data from their receivers using the… (flightaware.com) Meer...

Reports of UPS Plane Crash in Birmingham

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Getting preliminary reports of a UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham, Alabama. (www.alabamas13.com) Meer...

Apple's Maps App Directs Drivers onto Taxiway Bravo at Fairbanks International Airport

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Relying on the iPhone map app's directions to get to Fairbanks International Airport is downright dangerous. That’s because the directions take you on a turn-by-turn route to Taxiway Bravo. From there, it's a direct shot across the main runway to the terminal. (www.alaskadispatch.com) Meer...

1968 LaGuardia International Airport Runway 31 Pre- Security Footage

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I found this over at LiveLeak today after perusing a few pages. It appears that a couple of kids sneaked into LaGuardia and took some footage of planes taking off and landing. Thank You "distar97" for the awesome footage! "As a 15 year old kid in 1968, I liked visiting LaGuardia airport. One day a friend and I went out to runway 31 to film takeoffs and landings. We made our way out on the concealed side of the old seawall, filming a few planes along the way. After sunset we hopped… (www.liveleak.com) Meer...

Delta CEO gives up airplane seat to mom

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(CNN) -- Jessie Frank had spent the entire day trying to get home. When a man in a collared shirt and tie placed her carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment and pointed her in the direction of her seat, she didn't give it a second thought. She assumed he must have been an off-duty pilot. "As the plane descended into Atlanta, the flight attendant announced that there was a special guest on board," wrote Frank, in a letter to Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. "He was… (www.cnn.com) Meer...

Exclusive images show skydivers' terrifying collision and chaotic plunge

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The cameras strapped to the skydivers' helmets were supposed to memorialize their perfectly timed jumps and exhilarating descent from two small planes to the earth 12,000 feet below. (usnews.nbcnews.com) Meer...

FlightAware and Boeing team up to track 787s everywhere

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This is really quite amazing, especially the Google Earth integration and animations. I'm slightly surprised this hasn't been posted yet, since I got it from FlightAware's FB page. (flighttracker.newairplane.com) Meer...

(Video) World's shortest commercial flight

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At just over one nautical mile between them, Kegata and Apowo airstrips in Papua, Indonesia are separated by a deep valley making aircraft an ideal mode of transport between the two villages. Take a ride with the locals in the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter on the 73 second flight from Kegata to Apowo. (vimeo.com) Meer...

VIDEO: Watch dramatic engine failure on Thomas Cook Airbus A330

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Yesterday was quite eventful for plane spotters at Manchester Airport in the UK. A routine morning of arrivals and departures was dramatically overshadowed by the engine failure of a Thomas Cook Airbus A330-200 during the afternoon. (www.youtube.com) Meer...

Video: Livin’ the Dream! A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot

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Captain Eric Auxier, who also happens to be a writer and blogger, produced a great video detailing a day in the life of an airline pilot. From wake up call to shutdown checklist, Auxier illustrates not only what he does before and after a flight (with some added humor along the way), but also what happens when his airbus A319 is cruising along at 32,000 feet. (airchive.com) Meer...