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The METAR and Honolulu airport
Meet the METAR 
Weather reports are provided to pilots in a standardized format that is designed to be a concise as possible. What may seem a jumble of characters is really a distilled version of critical information. Become an expert METAR decoder with our handy guide and impress friends and relatives with your newfound weather knowledge.
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Daily flight tracking statistics
Troubling traffic trends
Recent commercial traffic trends have flattened as travel demand ebbs, raising the specter of a stalled recovery. There are encouraging signs in Chinese traffic however, with flights at the 25 busiest airports now down only 17% from pre-pandemic levels.
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engine cover with frowning face on it
An especially rough month ahead
On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Ian and Jason lay out the stark reality facing many in the industry as airlines struggle to find their balance. In the US, the end of emergency government funding could mean thousands of furlough notices go out at the end of September. But we do manage to find a few bright spots.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Cargolux 747 in special mask livery
Cargolux’s new ‘Not without my mask’ 747
Cargolux International’s LX-VCF now wears a mask and special titles to help promote mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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737 MAX
EASA to test the 737 MAX in Vancouver
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency will test fly the 737 MAX ahead of recertification during the first week of September in Vancouver. We'll post additional details as available regarding the timing of the flights as well as which aircraft will be used for the tests as soon as available. Also make sure you're signed up for Featured flight alerts in our app to be notified when the flight departs. In the app tap Alerts, then Featured flights.
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Vistara makes first long-haul flight
Vistara’s first long-haul international flight landed in London this week. The airline will operate three times per week between Delhi and London through September with its new 787.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Lufthansa A340 flight deck
Final approach at Frankfurt as the sun rises on the flight deck of a Lufthansa A340.
ANA's BB-8 special livery 777
ANA’s special BB-8 Star Wars livery 777 departing Tokyo.
British Airways 747
A British Airways 747 departing Los Angeles
DATA IS YOUR FRIEND
N135WF’s flight path from Brazil to France
Running down a rumor
Rumor had it that private jets flocked to Stockholm to avoid lockdowns elsewhere as COVID-19 travel restrictions were put into place. We looked at the numbers to see what truth there was to the rumor.
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Close coordination
Pilots and controllers worked together last week to safely bring a FedEx 767 into LAX with a disabled left main landing gear. We discuss how air crews and controllers work together so well.
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