Archive for : May, 2018

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Tesla Model X sets a world record by towing a Qantas 787-9

Joining the ranks of production cars towing airplanes world record holders, Tesla and Qantas teamed up to tow a 787-9 with a Tesla Model X. By pulling the 130 tonne 787 in Melbourne, Tesla set the Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 31: Aviation Uncertainty

On this episode of AvTalk, aerospace journalist John Walton joins us for a wide ranging discussion about aircraft and airlines new and old. And we speak with Joe Duval, the chief test pilot at Honeywell Aerospace about what it’s like to fly a 757 with an engine attached to the fuselage and some of the other interesting projects he’s working on. (more…)

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‘Why Don’t They Just Land?’: Why the Best Diversion Airport May Not Be the Closest

While over 150,000 flights per day land at their intended destination, some divert due to weather, mechanical, or medical reasons. When a flight diverts, we’re often asked why the aircraft didn’t land at the nearest airport. While there are instances when landing as soon as possible is the best course of action—such as the recent Southwest flight 1380 or Air France flight 66 in 2017—most of the time the best outcome involves a more complicated calculation about where to divert a flight. (more…)

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British Airways and Chicago-O’Hare Airport Inaugurate A380 Service

On 4 May, British Airways inaugurated the first regular A380 service to Chicago, beginning daily service between London-Heathrow Airport and O’Hare International Airport. The first regular service by the A380 to Chicago comes 10 years after the aircraft entered service and two years after the Chicago airport first became A380 capable. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers Activated in April 2018

In April, we activated nearly 100 receivers, adding coverage in some helpful locations. A new receiver in Eureka, Canada is providing excellent coverage of polar flights and our transpacific coverage got a boost from a new receiver in far eastern Russia. These receivers and the tens of thousands of others that make up the Flightradar24 network helped us track over 5.1 million flights and set a new single day record of 191,583 flights! (more…)