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Build your own network ADS-B receiver with PiAware from FlightAware for under $100

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You can build and run your own ADS-B ground station to be installed anywhere and receive real-time data directly from airplanes that you can view locally and also integrate with FlightAware. For about USD$100/EUR€80, your ground station can run PiAware to track flights within 100-300 miles (line of sight, range depending on antenna installation) and will automatically feed data to FlightAware. (flightaware.com) More...

AIR14 - The pilots' view

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Welcome to the highlights of the formation flypast by our SWISS Airbus A330 and the Patrouille Suisse at AIR14 in Payerne. Join the nine pilots in their cockpits and enjoy the air show from an angle you’ve never seen it from before! (www.youtube.com) More...

Bombardier adds 40 firm CSeries orders, shares rise

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said on Friday that aircraft leasing company Macquarie AirFinance had signed a firm agreement to buy 40 of the Canadian manufacturer's new CSeries jets, with an option for 10 more. (mobile.reuters.com) More...

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

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After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as possible. These are the planes that get them there. (gizmodo.com) More...

ANZ EX B744 ZK-SUH sold to new owner GE

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It was reported earlier a few months back after ANZ retired it second to last B744 former Lord of the Rings jet ZK-SUH which was flown to Victorville for refurbishment has finally being taken by her new owner GE as a engine test jet. ZK-SUH sat for a month in Victorville among other B744 awaiting there fate. She will be repainted into her new decals or livery over the coming weeks (www.retuers.com) More...

Fall flying Hudson River Vally

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Mid-Hudson river mist and fall foliage over the Catskill Mts. 1950 Beechcraft Bonanza (vimeo.com) More...

Canadian Lancaster bomber is back at its home base

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber is back at its home base in Hamilton, Ontario (about 40 miles west of Toronto) after a triumphant and, at times, dramatic six-week tour of the U.K. (www.avweb.com) More...

Watching a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Come Together Never Gets Old

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With her maiden flight just a few short weeks away, the newest 787—and the first for Virgin Atlantic—is all set to take to the skies. And to honor this momentous machine, Virgin has just released this stunning time lapse video of its construction. (gizmodo.com) More...

Airbus seen set to win A350 certification on Tuesday

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Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for its newest airliner, the A350, on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow Europe's newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth quarter. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Fixed Gear Is the New Retractable

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Three of the fastest new single-engine piston aircraft are equipped with fixed gear, rather than retractable landing gear. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Top Twelve Contra-Rotating Lunatics

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By the mid-1940s the limitations of piston aero engines were becoming apparent. Every possible scheme to squeeze the last bit of power from the internal combustion engine was tried. One of the most successful innovations was the contra-rotating propeller arrangement whereby two sets of propellers driven by one engine and sharing a common axis are contra-rotated (with one set travelling clockwise and the other anticlockwise). (hushkit.net) More...

Airbus A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification

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Airbus has secured European certification for the A350-900 following a 15-month flight-test campaign comprising more than 2,600h. The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the aircraft with two maximum take-off weight variants: a basic 268t and a higher 275t option. This higher capability is intended to mitigate the A350’s airframe weight which is around 3t above Airbus’s target specification. (www.airbus.com) More...

Phoenix Airport Damaged By Severe Thunderstorms

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Severe thunderstorms have caused significant damage to Phoenix's international airport. The storms have also grounded all flights, according to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport's Twitter account. Parts of the airport are reportedly flooding, and a portion of the airport's roof appears to have been ripped off in the storm. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

Day at the Beech~

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Montauk sunset flight. Return from MTP to SWF in 1950 B35 Bonanza. (vimeo.com) More...

What it's like to fly Singapore Suites Class (a review)

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Derek Low relates his experience in flying Singapore Airlines' luxurious "Suites" class. "Formerly, the only way for an average person to fly in the Suites was to take out a bank loan. And then I remembered that most of my personal net worth exists in frequent flier miles rather than cash..." (dereklow.co) More...

A380 superjumbo on world's longest flight

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The world's largest passenger aircraft is now flying the world's longest route after Qantas replaced its Boeing 747s with Airbus A380 superjumbos on the Sydney-Dallas route. The flight covers a whopping 13,800 kilometres and takes a little more than 15 hours. The Qantas Sydney-Dallas route became the longest non-stop flight in the world late last year after Singapore Airlines ended its non-stop flights from Singapore to New York, a 19-hour slog that covered 16,700 kilometres on a four-engine… (www.stuff.co.nz) More...