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A red arrow points to an example of the panel that was damaged on Emirates A380 A6-EVK this week
Let’s get it right, shall we?

This week an Emirates A380 suffered a tire (or for those that prefer non-US English, tyre) blow out after the gear had retracted. This blew out a portion of one of the panels on the aircraft’s wing root fairing, outside the pressurized portion of the aircraft. On AvTalk this week, Ian goes off on a bit of rant about the breathless initial reporting from some outlets that made the issue sound much worse than it was.
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Flight paths of aircraft acting as television relays for the Tour de France
Coverage of the Tour de France returns

The Tour de France is making its way through the French countryside and with it a fleet of television coverage aircraft, from camera helicopters to fixed-wing relay aircraft. You can find the Tour each day by searching ‘ASR’ or ‘PXR’ in the Flightradar24 search bar or adding those call signs as a filter. You can also read more about how the Tour goes from cycle to screen on our blog.
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A Boeing 737-10 MAX test aircraft
Boeing CEO Calhoun threatens to cancel MAX 10 if rules aren’t changed

Boeing CEO David Calhoun spoke with editors from Aviation Week prior to the Farnborough Airshow and stated Boeing will look at canceling the 737-10 MAX if the US Congress fails to extend a December certification deadline. The -10 needs to be certified before then or face the prospect of adding a new crew alerting system to the flight deck.
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THE REFERENCE SECTION—MILITARY AIRCRAFT
NATO E-3A Sentry AWACS
Which military aircraft are visible near Ukraine and what are their roles? 
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INFLIGHT WITH GABRIEL LEIGH
Behind the Scenes in Unalakleet!
A visit with Flightradar24 receiver host Tim Daniels

Tim is the mechanic keeping the Bering Strait School District's Beech 200C King Air flying day in and day out to the district’s 15 schools. He also hosts a Flightradar24 receiver to keep track of the King Air in remote western Alaska.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Akasa Air 737-8 MAX
Akasa Air receives its AOC

Startup Indian airline Akasa Air received its air operator certificate this week with planned service to commence at the end of the month.
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First landing on Hong Kong’s 3rd Runway
Hong Kong opens third runway

A Cathay Pacific Cargo 747 was the first commercial flight to land on Hong Kong’s new third runway. Like the rest of the airport, the third runway complex was built on infill (as seen in the satellite photo above) to create an artificial island. 
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Boeing 7 series line up at BFI
Back in July 2016 Boeing gathered its entire 7-series line up for a family photo, celebrating the airframer’s 100th anniversary.
CL-415 water drop
A Vigili del Fuoco CL-415 makes a water drop on a fire in Tiaggia, Italy.
Condor Retro livery 767
Condor’s retro livery 767 touching down in Minneapolis.
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The summer of suck continues

Fresh mass cancellations, delays, IT glitches, pilot strikes, ground handler strikes, lost baggage, you name it, flying right now is unpleasant for everyone. It’ll get better, but when?
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