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On this episode of AvTalk, we talk to pilot Maria Langer about what it’s like to dry cherry trees with a helicopter. Also, the 737 MAX will stay grounded even longer and Pakistan reopens its airspace to all commercial flights.

The 737 MAX’s return delayed again

Airlines are now removing the MAX from their schedules through the beginning of November and it seems the MAX could stay out of commercial service into 2020. We discuss the latest developments.

Pakistan reopens its airspace to all commercial traffic

After nearly 5 months of restrictions on transiting traffic, Pakistan reopened its airspace to all commercial flights this week. We discuss what effect that will have on flights in the region.

Co-founder and CEO Bjorn Kjos departs Norwegian

Longtime Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos has stepped down. We discuss what this might mean for the carrier long-term.

Interview with Maria Langer

We talk with Maria Langer, a pilot based in central Washington about what it’s like to dry cherry trees with a helicopter. You can follow her flights here.

Follow Maria on Twitter, watch her dry cherries and more on her YouTube channel, and learn more about what she does in and out of the helicopter on her website.
 Keep your seat belt on

An Air Canada flight to Sydney hit unexpected turbulence and injures 35 just days before an Emirates A380 hit turbulence and injured passengers and damaged the aircraft cabin. Please keep your seat belt on.

The engine failure will be televised

A Delta MD-88 suffered an engine issue that was captured on video by one of the passengers. In the video, the nose cone of the left engine can be seen bouncing in the inlet and the engine core glowing bright orange. The flight landed safely and there were no injuries.

KLM India provides some ‘helpful’ statistiscs

The KLM India twitter account posted a tweet on air safety statistics, but it didn’t receive the reaction they were looking for.

Apollo 11 in real time

If you love space and history, visit Apollo 11 in Real Time to follow along 50 years to the second with the Apollo 11 crew as they land and walk on the moon. The creators of the site have done a masterful job with audio, video, archival images, and a transcript of the entire journey.

Let us know what you think

Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just .

 

 

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Virgin Orbit completed the first drop test of its LauncherOne rocket this week. The drop test marks a major milestone in the program to send small satellites into space aboard a rocket launched from a modified 747.

Drop test

The drop test was the first release of the rocket from the 747 launch platform after months of captive carry tests. Because of the unique method employed by Virgin Orbit to launch the rocket, the moment of release is visible in Flightradar24 data.

Flight data from the Virgin Orbit drop test showing the moment of LauncherOne release

In the image above, it is easy to see the climb and turn performed by the 747 as it releases the rocket from under its left wing. Below LauncherOne is mounted to Cosmic Girl, the 747 launch platform that previously flew for Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Orbit’s 747 ‘Cosmic Girl’ with LauncherOne attached

Additional tests are upcoming before the first live fire launch of the rocket. Stay tuned!

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One More Orbit is attempting a world circumnavigation speed record in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER by flying around the world over both poles in less than 48 hours. The One More Orbit team includes Col. Terry Virts, former astronaut and Space Station commander, Capt. Hamish Harding, the chairman of Action Aviation (one of four pilots on the flight).

The record attempt departed the Space Launch and Landing Facility in Florida at 9:32 ET, the same time Apollo 11 left the launch pad for the moon 50 years earler. The first leg of the flight will take the G650ER over the North Pole to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The second leg will depart for Port Louis, Mauritius. From there the team will fly over the South Pole en route to Punta Arenas, Chile and then back to Florida.

One More Orbit’s route over the poles. Graphic courtesy One More Orbit

Follow the Flight

The first leg of One More Orbit’s flight from Florida to Astana.

You can follow all four legs of the flight by searching for the aircraft registration A7-CGD or call sign QQE011. You can also follow the flight from inside the flight deck on One More Orbit’s live stream.

On the flight deck of the One More Orbit G650ER

Featured image © Vitaly Revyakin

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On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Jean Charles Perino, co-founder of La Compagnie, the all-business class transatlantic airline, for a wide-ranging discussion about the airline and where La Compagnie finds itself within the industry. We also get an update on when the 737 MAX could return to service, teams in Greenland make a breakthrough in the AF66 investigation, and we bid a final farewell to Joon.

Interview: Jean-Charles Perino, co-founder of La Compagnie

16:23 Our interview with Jean-Charles Perino takes us inside the all-business class airline for a look at how the unique carrier operates and how the airline is managing a major transition from its current 757 fleet to new A321neos.

Air France 66 fan hub found in Greenland

Investigators in Greenland have recovered the fan hub assembly from the engine of the Air France flight that experienced an uncontained engine failure in September 2017. The piece was found under 4 meters of snow and ice.

Stowaway falls from wheel well in London

A body discovered in London is believed to have fallen from the wheel well of an arriving Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi.

737 MAX Update

A new software snag pushes back the MAX’s service re-entry. When will the 737 MAX re-enter service? Good question.

Iranian airspace restrictions add to an already complicated situation

We discuss the new restrictions and advisories regarding Iranian airspace and how their compounding the already complicated airspace restrictions in the region.

Runway excursions in India

5 runway excursions occurred in 3 days with 2 Air India Express and 3 SpiceJet flights exiting the runway on landing in airports around India. Thankfully no serious injuries have been reported, but the SpiceJet runway excursion in Mumbai has led to extensive delays there as work is performed to remove the aircraft.

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Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts. You can apply to host one of our receivers or easily build your own. The dozens of new Flightradar24-supplied receiver kits and the hundreds of home-built receivers activated in June combined with over 20,000 existing receivers, helped us track over 6 million flights for the first time ever, including our busiest day ever when we tracked 224,508 flights.

New receivers activated in June helped improve our coverage in places like India, Australia, and Brazil. Our MLAT coverage in the United States experienced improvement as well.

The June Map

New Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in June 2019

Help Add ADS-B Coverage

We are always looking for new receiver hosts. Especially if you or someone you know lives in a remote location, please apply to host a receiver. All of our receiver hosts get a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription, which can be used on the web or within our mobile app. If you’re interested, please apply today. If you’d you like more information about our application process, you can read more about it in our blog post.

Use Your Own Hardware

Have a Raspberry Pi sitting around collecting dust or looking to get started with tracking flights with a quick project? Build your own receiver to help us increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage in your area. Our simple guide walks you through the steps from getting the parts you need to setting up your receiver. Learn more today!

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We’re happy to announce new icing and turbulence forecast layers are now available on Flightradar24.com and will soon be available in our mobile apps as well. The three new layers available today display forecasted icing, in-cloud turbulence, and clear air turbulence (CAT). Users with a business subscription will find the new layers available in weather settings.

Icing forecast

The new icing layer show areas that are forecast to generate icing conditions at various altitudes during a specified time period. Icing conditions can lead to ice build up on aircraft which can be extremely dangerous.

The icing forecast layer on Flightradar24.com

The icing layer forecast is valid for a 3 hour period (00:00 UTC, 03:00 UTC, etc.) for the upcoming 36 hours and the forecast is refreshed every 6 hours. Forecast icing conditions may be viewed at 4000 foot intervals from 6,000 to 30,000 feet.

In-cloud turbulence forecast

The pink and purple shading shows the forecast areas of in-cloud turbulence

Currents and water vapor in and around clouds can cause turbulence, which aircraft want to avoid. The new in-cloud turbulence layer displays those areas which are forecast to generated in-cloud turbulence. Like the icing layer, in-cloud turbulence forecasts are valid for a 3 hour period (00:00 UTC, 03:00 UTC, etc.) for the upcoming 36 hours and the forecast is refreshed every 6 hours. In-cloud turbulence forecasts are available at Flight levels FL100 (10,000 feet), FL140, FL180, FL240, and FL300.

Clear air turbulence (CAT)

Forecast areas of clear air turbulence (CAT) displayed as moderate (yellow) to severe (red)

Clear-air turbulence is the turbulent movement of air without visual references, like clouds. Clear air turbulence is common in and around the jet stream and in the vicinity of thunderstorms. The new forecast layer displays those areas which are forecast to generated clear air turbulence. Like the icing and in-cloud turbulence layers, clear air turbulence forecasts are valid for a 3 hour period (00:00 UTC, 03:00 UTC, etc.) for the upcoming 36 hours and the forecast is refreshed every 6 hours. In-cloud turbulence forecasts are available at Flight levels FL240 (24,000 feet), FL270, FL300, FL340, FL390, and FL450.

All three of the new forecast layers are available now on Flightradar24.com and will be available in our mobile app for iOS and Android soon. If you’d like to take advantage of these layers, please visit our subscription page to learn more about these weather layers and all of the other great features available as part of our business subscription.

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On this episode of AvTalk, aviation journalist John Walton joins us from the Paris Air Show to discuss Airbus’ launch of the A321XLR and the importance of IAG’s order of 200 737 MAX aircraft. We also discuss a recent GPS issue that grounded some flights.

A Paris Surprise

Aviation journalist John Walton joins from the Paris Air Show with reaction and analysis of IAG’s surprising order for 200 737-8 and 737-10 aircraft. We also look at Airbus’ new A321XLR, the 4700 NM version of its A321neo launched at this year’s show.

If you’re interested in more from John Walton at the Paris Air Show, especially passenger experience related news, check out the Runway Girl Network ‘In Conversation’ podcast next week.

Rename the MAX?

We discuss Boeing’s branding options and where the airframer may be heading with the MAX name.

GPS Errors resolved

We discuss the recent issue affecting Collins Aerospace GPS equipment that grounded some flights and forced others to revert to older forms of navigation.

Aeroflot 1492 interim report

Russian authorities released an interim report on Aeroflot 1492. We discuss the findings thus far.

United 757 gets crunched at Newark

A United 757 suffered significant damage on landing at Newark Airport last week. Jason fills us in on what happened.

Let us know what you think

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ADS-B sky art has grown significantly as more aircraft are equipped with transponders and better lower-level coverage allows non-pressurized aircraft to join in. We’ve seen airplanes draw airplanes, a forest full of Christmas trees, hearts of all sizes, and plenty of written messages. But this is new to us. Last week, pilot Robert Green drew a sky art tribute to his pet hedgehog.

Aristotle

Green is currently building flight hours to begin his commercial pilot license at Fairoaks Flight Centre. Nearing the required number of hours to proceed with his license, he was getting a bit bored with standard patterns and decided to pay tribute to his pet hedgehog, Aristotle, who is beloved at the flight centre. The entire flight to the southwest of London in a Reims-Cessna F150H took just over 2 hours.

We spoke with Green who provided us with a picture of Aristotle. Best of luck to both of them.

Aristotle the hedgehog

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On this episode of AvTalk, Mitsubishi sets its eyes on the CRJ program, we learn more about the Air Astana loss of control incident in Portugal, and Jason and Seth Miller check in from the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul.

Mitsubishi eyes CRJ program

Fresh from the renaming of the MRJ to the Space Jet, The Air Current first reported that Mitsubishi is in talks with Bombardier to purchase the CRJ program. This development comes as Bombardier continues its exit from commercial aviation after selling the C-Series and Dash 8 programs.

Preliminary report on Air Astana incident in Portugal

Investigators released a preliminary report on the Air Astana loss of control incident in Portugal that took place in November 2018. The findings so far discovered an incorrect installation of the aileron control cables, which led to reversal of the aileron function.

Visualization based on FDR data from the Air Astana E190 from the Portuguese report

Airbus celebrates its 50th anniversary

Airbus celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special formation flight in Toulouse. We put together our own flypast line up as well.

Boeing 737 MAX update

No update from the FAA or Boeing on when a certification test flight will take place, but airlines have expressed their trepidation with putting the airplane back into service after the MCAS fix is certified. Ethiopian Airlines has said that they will be the last to reintroduce the aircraft to its fleet.

IATA AGM

Jason and Seth Miller head to Seoul for the IATA annual general meeting, but also for an aviation adventure.

Going the distance

Airbus discussed their plans to have an A321XLR in service by 2024 and both Boeing and Airbus are finalizing proposals for Qantas’ ‘Project Sunrise’, which would see flights from the east coast of Australia to London.

D-Day 75th anniversary

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a fleet of Dakotas departed Duxford in the UK for Normandy to once again drop paratroopers into France. Some of those participating in the drop were also there in 1944.

The post AvTalk Episode 59: From Regional Jet to Space Jet appeared first on Flightradar24 Blog.

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Each month we send out complete ADS-B receiver kits that include an ADS-B receiver, antennas, and all necessary cabling to qualified hosts. You can apply to host one of our receivers or easily build your own. The dozens of new Flightradar24-supplied receiver kits and the hundreds of home-built receivers activated in May combined with over 20,000 existing receivers, helped us track nearly 6 million flights, including our busiest day ever when we tracked 217,824 flights.

New receivers activated in May helped improve our coverage in places like Australia, Russia, and Mexico. Our MLAT coverage in the United States and Canada experienced improvement as well.

The May Map

New Flightradar24-supplied ADS-B receivers activated in May 2019

Help Add ADS-B Coverage

We are always looking for new receiver hosts. Especially if you or someone you know lives in a remote location, please apply to host a receiver. All of our receiver hosts get a free Flightradar24 Business Subscription, which can be used on the web or within our mobile app. If you’re interested, please apply today. If you’d you like more information about our application process, you can read more about it in our blog post.

Use Your Own Hardware

Have a Raspberry Pi sitting around collecting dust or looking to get started with tracking flights with a quick project? Build your own receiver to help us increase ADS-B and MLAT coverage in your area. Our simple guide walks you through the steps from getting the parts you need to setting up your receiver. Learn more today!

The post New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in May 2019 appeared first on Flightradar24 Blog.

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