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How flight-tracking site FlightAware works, for consumers and airlines

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It started as the pet project of a software developer who was also a pilot. Today, the company boasts a team of 110 employees in four countries, and helps some 15 million travelers per month, over 200 airlines and 15,000 other companies. (thepointsguy.com) 更多...

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Emirates Airline Begins Conducting Rapid COVID-19 Tests For Boarding Passengers

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In a move that could be a step toward making air travel palatable to the public again, Emirates Airline has begun conducing rapid-on site COVID-19 for passengers. The testing began with passengers on a flight from Dubai to Tunisia on Wednesday. The analysis is a blood test with results within 10 minutes. The airline says it is the first to roll out rapid testing. Emirates says it is working to scale up testing capabilities and extend it to other flights. It says its testing could also be used to… (www.npr.org) 更多...

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A thief stole two airplanes with a signature and a couple of stamps

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According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, the paperwork Hughes had sent to the FAA was phony, something that only came to light when a worker at the Washington State Department of Transportation placed a routine call to the Piper’s previous owner to confirm their cancellation of the plane’s registration. The confused owner, a US Navy doctor in Gig Harbor, WA, said he hadn’t sold his plane, nor did he intend to. (qz.com) 更多...

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Space-Based ADS-B Joins Search & Rescue Efforts

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Not only are such stories beginning to surface, but Aireon’s space-based ADS-B service, which is only compatible with 1090ES systems, has shown an ability to help as well—especially in areas where ground-based ADS-B data is not available. Don Hinkel was flying over the Bahamas on December 23 when the engine of his 1981 Cessna P210N failed. It would not restart, said Hinkel, who lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands and regularly flies back and forth to Florida. “I activated an onboard ELT when I… (www.aopa.org) 更多...

  • 70

ForeFlight Feature Focus: Internet Traffic via FlightAware

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Stream live global aircraft traffic directly in ForeFlight with the Internet Traffic feature. In partnership with FlightAware, ForeFlight allows you to view airborne traffic around the globe, and ground traffic at thousands of airports worldwide, to help you gauge airport activity like active arrivals and runways, see how ATC vectors traffic around weather, or assist with planespotting on the ground. Internet Traffic is included in all ForeFlight subscription plans. (www.youtube.com) 更多...

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Unusual Names Of Waypoints Used For Airplanes' Navigation

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Aviation relies on so-called "waypoints" — geographic coordinates in the sky that help with navigation. And all the waypoints are named with five-letter designations, sometimes funny and odd. (www.npr.org) 更多...

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Flight chief at Horizon Air alarmed at pilots’ safety culture

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In an urgent internal message on the eve of Thanksgiving, Horizon Air’s head of flight operations warned that a lax safety culture among the airline’s pilots had led to multiple potentially dangerous incidents in recent days. He called for urgent action to prevent a serious air accident. Hornibrook says that the two days before Thanksgiving were “the most difficult 48-hour period I have seen in my tenure with Horizon Air,” as he goes on to list the safety-related incidents that the airline saw. (www.heraldnet.com) 更多...

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NTSB: Los Angeles Newscopter Hit Drone

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The NTSB has concluded that damage sustained by a Los Angeles news helicopter late last year likely resulted from a drone strike. In findings released last week, the Board concluded that the probable cause of the damage was “an in-flight collision with a hard object of polycarbonate construction, with size and features consistent with that of a small UAS (drone).” (www.ainonline.com) 更多...

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Boeing to Restart Production in Washington State With 27,000 Workers

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Boeing plans to resume commercial airplane production in Washington State by bringing about 27,000 employees back to work, the company said on Thursday. Most will return by the end of next week. The announcement is the first attempt at large-scale resumption of business activity by a U.S. corporation since the coronavirus outbreak forced companies and government officials to shut down most nonessential work. President Trump is encouraging businesses and states to reopen the economy by May 1 or… (www.nytimes.com) 更多...

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Mooney Ceasing Production. Closes Kerrville Plant, furloughs hundreds of employees

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The Kerrville Daily Times is reporting that Mooney International has ceased manufacturing operations at its Kerrville Airport factory at Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), Texas. In the move, a company spokesman said, the company laid off 229 employees, bringing Mooney employment down to around 90 workers. None will be producing aircraft parts, however, which is certain to concern Mooney owners. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) 更多...

  • 47

Flexjet Chief Sees 'Upside' for Bizav Post-Covid

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Aircraft utilization at Flexjet has doubled over the past three weeks as the fractional provider recovers from the Covid-19-induced traffic lull, company CEO Mike Silvestro said this morning during a business aviation summit webinar held by investment research firm Jefferies Equity Research. Meanwhile, he noted that new customer leads over the past four weeks have been “off the charts” as more look to fly privately post-Covid. (www.ainonline.com) 更多...

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Cessna SkyCourier Completes First Flight

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The Cessna SkyCourier twin-turboprop prototype lifted off on its first flight Sunday morning from Beech Field at Textron Aviation’s east campus in Wichita. Piloted by senior test pilot Corey Eckhart and chief test pilot Aaron Tobias, the utility twin flew for two hours and 15 minutes. (www.ainonline.com) 更多...

  • 47

(Video) A New Standard of Clean – Delta Clean

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"The highest levels of clean should not be reserved in times of crisis. That's why we're extending our overall safety focus to include our new standard of clean - Delta Clean. " (www.youtube.com) 更多...

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Frontier Airlines to Implement Airport Temperature Screenings Effective June 1, 2020

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Frontier Airlines today announced it will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members prior to boarding flights, effective June 1, 2020. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied boarding. Additionally, effective tomorrow, May 8, passengers will be required to wear face coverings on all flights, as previously announced in late April. (news.flyfrontier.com) 更多...

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Tailwind and poor braking present before ERJ-145 excursion

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Preliminary indications suggest the Envoy Air Embraer ERJ-145 which suffered a runway excursion at Chicago O'Hare had landed with a tailwind in gusting conditions. (www.flightglobal.com) 更多...

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Southwest says new bookings now outpacing cancellations, a pandemic turning point

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Southwest Airlines said Tuesday that new bookings are outpacing cancellations, a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated air travel demand. (www.cnbc.com) 更多...

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Pilot in Fatal Atlas Crash Had Repeated Flight-Test Failures

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A pilot on a jet carrying Amazon.com Inc. packages that crashed near Houston in February had a record of repeatedly flunking flight tests and may have become disoriented in clouds, according to newly released documents. The pilot mistakenly thought the plane’s nose was pointed too high and jerked the jet down so steeply that the Boeing Co. 767 dove into a marsh, even as the captain fought to pull up, according to National Transportation Safety Board records released Thursday. (www.bloomberg.com) 更多...

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Airlines Return To Europe Skies For Summer, 400% More Flights: What To Expect

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As travel bans unwind worldwide, airlines will return to the skies in time for Europe’s summer with up to 400% more international flights in June compared to May. European airlines in particular are gearing up for a full return to travel freedom on the continent, and rise in demand, as Europe’s borders come back down. Germany’s Lufthansa is the first major European carrier to announce a feisty debut of post-Corona flight plans in June with 3,600 flights (1,800 roundtrips) weekly. That compares… (www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org) 更多...

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How airport control towers keep operating after workers test positive for coronavirus

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When a traffic control tower worker at Palm Beach International Airport recently tested positive for the coronavirus, the staff evacuated the tower to allow for a thorough cleaning. A makeshift tower to temporarily direct planes was then set up at the top of a nearby parking garage. The incident is one of several in the last few weeks that demonstrate how air traffic control workers have had to turn to creative alternatives to keep airlines operating in the midst of a pandemic that has so far… (www.latimes.com) 更多...

  • 39

NAVBLUE enhances its N-Tracking solution for flight-following and situational-awareness with AirSense, FlightAware and Aireon partnership

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As an AIRBUS company, NAVBLUE is uniquely positioned to leverage strategic partnerships towards developing a state-of-the-art solution to meet GADSS requirements. Working with AIRBUS AirSense, FlightAware and Aireon, N-Tracking has access to and can intelligently prioritize between ADS-B (terrestrial and space-based), ASDE-X, multilateration ATC feeds, FAA and Eurocontrol data and ACARS position data to provide the most cost-effective and accurate surveillance, as well weather and flight hazard… (services.airbus.com) 更多...

  • 38

Airline stocks take off as COVID-19 restrictions ease, more travelers fly

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Shares of airlines took flight Tuesday, amid growing investor optimism over the easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions and as government data showed a continued increase in air travelers. (www.marketwatch.com) 更多...

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Southwest Airlines launches first summer fare sale. Wait. What?

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In a CBS "Face the Nation" interview on Sunday, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly pushed a positive spin, stating that with physical distancing, masks and the deep cleaning of aircraft, it's time for air travel to resume. He said, "I don't think the risk on an airplane is any greater risk than anywhere else...It's as safe as an environment as you're going to find." (www.chron.com) 更多...

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As Passengers Disappeared, Airlines Filled Planes with Cargo

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To make up for lost revenue during the pandemic, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and other airlines are hauling more cargo on aircraft, including where passengers used to sit. (www.nytimes.com) 更多...

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Delta absorbs order for 10 Airbus A350 jets cancelled by Latam: sources

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PARIS (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) has taken over an order worth roughly $3 billion at list prices for 10 Airbus (AIR.PA) A350 jetliners from Latam Airlines Group LTM.S), two industry sources said. Airbus announced the cancellation of 10 A350 aircraft in a monthly order update last week. It also announced a simultaneous order for 10 A350 aircraft from an undisclosed airline. (www.reuters.com) 更多...

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A Swarm of 800 Drones Creates Giant Airplanes in the Sky

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its 800 drones coming together to light up the sky in massive shapes of airplanes and helicopters. (video) (interestingengineering.com) 更多...

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American Airlines CEO quells U.S. bankruptcy talk, says demand improving

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...demand is improving and net receipts have been in positive territory for the past 2-1/2 weeks. American’s planes were about 56% full over the long U.S. Memorial Day weekend, albeit in drastically reduced capacity... (www.reuters.com) 更多...

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Coast Guard searching for helicopter that likely crashed in the Gulf of Mexico

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for two people aboard an overdue helicopter that likely crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday. The tail number of the helicopter is N79LP and the owner is Panther Marine. Watchstanders at Coast Guard District Eight received a report at 10:37 a.m. from Panther Marine that the helicopter crew did not reach their destination. The passengers were transiting from one offshore platform to another but Panther Marine lost communications when they were 10… (www.wkrg.com) 更多...

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Ryanair expects Europe travel surge; schedules 40% resumption starting in July

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Temperature checks, masks and quarantine will not deter people from a holiday in the sun after three months “locked up” at home, Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday as he announced plans for 1,000 flights a day from July. (www.reuters.com) 更多...

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Barbie releases pilot and engineer dolls to encourage young girls into STEM subjects

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Mattel’s Barbie has announced three new dolls in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Created to encourage young girls to pursue careers in aviation, the three dolls include a pilot, engineer and member of the cabin crew. The new dolls are part of Barbie’s Dream Gap Project, which was launched to combat the fact that girls as young as five can start to limit self-belief and doubt their full potential. This initiative aims to level the playing field for girls globally and highlight role models… (www.standard.co.uk) 更多...

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Will empty middle seats help social distancing on planes?

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Several airlines are exploring the idea of keeping middle seats empty, to avoid passengers sitting directly beside each other. Planes are very much not set up for social distancing – entirely the opposite. The load factor – in essence, the percentage of seats on a plane occupied by passengers – determines whether flights break even and are worth operating. (www.bbc.com.) 更多...

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New Airline Launches During Aviation’s Worst Downturn – Zip Air Starts Flights From Japan

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It is aviation’s worst downturn with a global recovery not expected until at least 2023, yet a new airline with widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners will make its first flight in less than two weeks. (www.forbes.com) 更多...

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Accident Report Roundup: Time In Type

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“The number of hours in your logbook does not determine whether you’re a good pilot.” I’ve heard a variation of that phrase for decades, but in spite of the well-meaning advice, total time is still the measuring stick for pilots. A pilot with thousands of hours is assumed to be safe, and both his insurance premium and his reputation around the airport will probably reflect that assumption. But read through NTSB accident reports and you’ll quickly notice another measure of pilot proficiency is… (airfactsjournal.com) 更多...

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NBAA Cancels 2020 NBAA-BACE

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Washington, DC, July 1, 2020 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the cancellation of its 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, FL, Oct. 6-8. The cancellation is based on clear guidance from public health officials at all levels of government addressing the unique, complex COVID-19 related challenges associated with large indoor venues. For example, the Florida Department of Health has recently… (nbaa.org) 更多...

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Ranking Of World's Busiest Airports Shifts Due To Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the airline industry so much so that the ranking of the world's busiest airports is shifting. According to data provided by Flight Aware, Charlotte Douglas International ranks fourth and London Heathrow has been thrown from the top 25. (www.wbur.org) 更多...

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Sting to headline online virtual concert for Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (8pm ET Thursday)

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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present a virtual concert, “Space Songs: Through the Distance.” Featuring performances from musical guests filmed in their own homes, it will spotlight the creativity and community that can be found in distance and isolation, in both music and spaceflight. The concert will premiere on YouTube Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. EDT. It will be hosted by Tested’s Adam Savage and feature artists from across the country, including Sting, Clipping,… (www.youtube.com) 更多...

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One Century of Plane Crashes

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A data exploration of 100 years of plane crash data. As we look deeper into this dataset, I would ask you to keep in mind that we are focusing exclusively on crashes. The statistics, therefore, are closely tied to only the flights that end in crashes. (blog.ebemunk.com) 更多...

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Southwest Airlines adds 11 new routes, plans to resume a full schedule by year’s end

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On Thursday, the Dallas-based carrier extended its schedule through Jan. 4, 2021. The plans call for about as many flights as it flew at the end of 2019 by the end of this year. That includes growing the number of available seats for sale by 10% or more at its bases in Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Nashville (BNA) and Phoenix (PHX). (thepointsguy.com) 更多...

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Snowstorm causes more than 459 delays, 543 cancellations at Denver airport

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Air travelers dealt with delays at Denver International Airport Tuesday as snow fell on the metro area for the third day in a row. Inbound flights were delayed at their origin airports for more than three hours, and all flights are having to stop at de-icing pads before takeoff. (www.denverpost.com) 更多...

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‘New Normal’ Could Bring Opportunity for Bizav in Asia

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The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is hoping general aviation and business aviation stakeholders will seize the current opportunity to expand their businesses and presence as governments around the region look at general/business aviation in a different light following the Covid-19 pandemic, the AsBAA board said yesterday during a webinar. (www.ainonline.com) 更多...

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GAMA Publishes 2019 Third Quarter Aircraft Shipment and Billings Report

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Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published a nine-month industry update with the release of its third quarter general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report. Aggregate business jet and piston airplane deliveries continued experiencing increases through the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year, whereas the number of turboprops and rotorcraft deliveries declined. "The first nine months of 2019 show positive results for business… (gama.aero) 更多...

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Dimitri Neonakis is using his airplane as an artist’s brush to create images

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A recent flight traced a clenched fist, protesting racism and injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota—but the Canadian Cirrus SR22 pilot has also recently honored a slain police officer, the class of 2020 graduates, a fallen Snowbirds captain, and his family. (www.aopa.org) 更多...

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Duncan Transforms GIV Shuttle Interior

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Duncan Aviation recently completed a unique major renovation project on a Gulfstream GIV-SP. A Duncan client used the long-range twinjet as a corporate shuttle, often flying up to 14 passengers on long international trips. As the aircraft came due for its 96-month inspection, which required the removal of the interior, the customer expressed dissatisfaction with the aircraft’s seating configuration and challenged Duncan’s design team to come up with one that better suited its needs. (www.ainonline.com) 更多...

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Boeing 787 source code leak exposes deep security flaws

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At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Ruben Santamarta claims that leaked code has led him to something unprecedented: security flaws in one of the 787 Dreamliner's components, deep in the plane's multi-tiered network. In a statement, Boeing said it had investigated IOActive's claims and concluded that they don't represent any real threat of a cyberattack. (www.wired.com) 更多...

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US NTSB Publishes Annual Aviation Accident Statistics for 2018

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2019) — U.S. civil aviation deaths increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The year 2018 saw the nation’s first airline passenger fatality since 2009, when a passenger on a Southwest airliner was killed in connection with an engine failure. Most aviation deaths in 2018 took place during general aviation operations, when 381 were killed, compared to 331 the year before. The… (www.ntsb.gov) 更多...

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NTSB Points to Pilot Error in Icon Crash Near Chicago

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The 74-year old pilot and his wife own identical Icons and both departed Indianapolis Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE) with 17 gallons of fuel in each airplane. For 1.2 hours of flight, the pilot operated the Rotax at 100 percent power in violation of the aircraft’s placard. In addition to violating the pilot’s operating handbook, the pilot failed to realize how much extra fuel the engine would consume at such high power settings, considerably more than what he’d planned for. (www.flyingmag.com) 更多...

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FAA Grounds All Cirrus Vision Jets over Angle of Attack Issues

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The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive that grounds the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet due to issues with the airplane's angle-of-attack and stall protection systems. (www.flyingmag.com) 更多...

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Saudi airline cancels $6B Boeing order in favor of Airbus. Who's next?

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“If this plane doesn’t start flying again before Christmas, it could start to get very ugly for Boeing in terms of order cancellations,” one aviation expert said. (www.nbcnews.com) 更多...

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The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked

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Like many technologies built in earlier decades, the ILS was never designed to be secure from hacking. Radio signals, for instance, aren’t encrypted or authenticated. Using a $600 software defined radio, the researchers can spoof airport signals in a way that causes a pilot’s navigation instruments to falsely indicate a plane is off course. (arstechnica.com) 更多...

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People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too

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A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online. The image was retweeted hundreds of times, with many people expressing concern about the privacy implications. As it turns out, some seat-back screens in American Airlines’ premium economy class have them, too. (www.buzzfeednews.com) 更多...

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