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Florida Air traffic one week prior to Hurricane Ian’s landfall and at the time of landfall
Hurricane Ian leaves path of devastation in Florida, aims for South Carolina

Hurricane Ian left a path of devastation across southern Florida over the past few days, coming ashore with winds at 150 miles per hour. It has now turned toward Charleston, South Carolina with sustained winds around 85 miles per hour. Tampa and Orlando airports have reopened, but flight activity has not yet returned to normal.
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Hurricane Hunters at work inside Hurricane Ian earlier this week
If you missed our live stream on how to track Hurricane Hunter aircraft and use Flightradar24 weather layers earlier this week, you can now replay it here.
FAA rooftop vertiport design
Coming soon to a roof top near you?

The FAA has issued design guidance for vertiports, the facilities that will be used by eVTOLs. We discuss the design criteria and the potential impact these will have on neighboring buildings.
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Eviation’s Alice
Eviation’s Alice makes first flight

Eviation’s Alice all-electric aircraft made a successful first flight this week, circling Moses Lake airport for about 10 minutes before landing. 
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SOFIA Telescope 747SP
SOFIA’s final science flight 

SOFIA, the heavily-modified 747SP with a 2.7 meter infrared telescope inside, conducted its final science flight this week. Funding for the platform was not extended after a NASA review last year. The agency said it could not continue to justify the cost of the program given the launch of the Webb space telescope and other priorities. We’ve not yet heard from NASA what will happen to the aircraft, but we’re hopeful it will find its way to a museum.
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Airways in Iraq at risk from rocket fire
Flights in Iraq at risk from rocket fire

Iran has closed a portion of its airspace along the Iraqi border in order to launch missiles into Iraq, targeting areas near the Erbil airport. Flights operating within Iraq are being advised to use extreme caution.
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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
Singapore Airlines A380 with text "$15,000 private suite!"
Suites class from New York to Singapore 

Gabriel tries out Suites class from New York to Singapore via Frankfurt. Is the one-stop via FRA better than the non-stop? Has Singapore outdone themselves with their new A380 Suites?
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
EC-NXD, the 500th Airbus A350
Airbus delivers 500th A350 to Iberia

Airbus customers have now taken home 500 A350s, with Iberia being lucky customer number 500. 
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China Airlines’ new Pokemon livery
A new Pokémon livery

China Airlines has rolled its latest special livery out of the paint hanger, showing off a new Pokémon-themed A321neo.
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ANA 777 in new Demon Slayer livery
ANA unveils third Demon Slayer livery

ANA now has three aircraft in special Demon Slayer livery with 777 JA745A joining 767s JA608A and JA616A
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Lufthansa 747 taxiing past two much smaller Cape Air aircraft
A Lufthansa 747 showing its size in front of a pair of Cape Air flights in Boston.
Qantas retro roo 737
One of Qantas’ retro roo 737s departing Sydney.
Emirates 777 in 50th anniversary livery
An Emirates 777 under tow in Taipei.
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More countries dropping Covid restrictions

This week, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada announced the lifting of restrictions. Which are going away and which country could be next to act?
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