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Santa and his reindeer tracking on Flightradar24
Follow Santa on his flight around the world 

Santa is preparing to depart the North Pole with his sleigh and reindeer and we’re ready to follow his flight! We’ve been informed that he’ll make final preparations with a test flight beginning at 01:00 UTC on 24 December.
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A gingerbread cookie decorated with icing and chocolate pieces to resemble a flight management computer
The most avgeek Christmas cookie we’ve ever seen

The attention to detail by our friend and pilot Robin Bozarslan-Flodén is just incredible. It looks almost too good to eat. Almost.
A Christmas tree with presents, lights, ornaments, and a star drawn in the sky by a Cessna 172
And the most detailed sky art Christmas tree we’ve ever seen

Trees are common pieces of sky art during the Christmas season, but this is the most detailed tree we’ve seen. With ornaments, lights, presents, and a giant star, this tree drawn with a Cessna 172 over Florida is truly impressive. These bits of precision flying are often great ways for pilots to gain the hours and experience necessary for their next level of certification. 
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Aerolineas Argentinas’ special World Cup livery A330
Millions of football fans fired up Flightradar24 for flight following

Over 1.5 million people followed the flight of World Cup champions Argentina home from Doha via Rome, with 200,000 people tracking the flight as it landed in Buenos Aires. 

Fans of France, Croatia, and Morocco also came out in force with hundreds of thousands of people following each of their respective teams’ flights home.
A Boeing 737-10 MAX test aircraft
Boeing gets an early Christmas gift

On this episode of AvTalk, our final new episode of the year, Boeing gets an early Christmas gift—an extension on the certification requirements for the 737-7 & -10 MAX. Plus the 777X is back in the air for flight tests after an issue with the GE9X engine paused flights for nearly 3 months.
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Graph showing altitude and ground speed changes during severe turbulence suffered by HA35
Severe turbulence injures dozens on Hawaiian Airlines flight

Nearly three dozen people were injured and 20 taken to hospitals after Hawaiian Airlines flight 35 experienced severe turbulence 30 minutes prior to landing in Honolulu. Hawaiian has taken the aircraft out of service for inspection and the NTSB is investigating the incident.
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THE REFERENCE SECTION—MILITARY AIRCRAFT
US Air Force Global Hawk
Which military aircraft are visible near Ukraine and what are their roles? 
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INFLIGHT WITH GABRIEL LEIGH
"Greenland to Iceland on the Dash 8-200" overlaid on a view from the flight deck looking out at the mountains of eastern Greenland.
Flying across Greenland and the Atlantic in a Dash 8

For our last video of the year, Gabriel Leigh makes his way from Nuuk to Reykjavik via Kulusuk on the Air Greenland Dash 8-200. From stunning views to precision flying, this video has it all.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Azul’s Daisy Duck livery
Azul adds Daisy to the fleet

Azul continues to expand its Disney character fleet with Daisy Duck joining the roster in addition to Mickey, Minnie, and Donald.
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ITA Airways new special livery A320
ITA Airway’s new special livery

ITA Airways continues to roll out the special liveries, this time on an A320. The rear half of the aircraft wears a special pattern livery.
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AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
A United Airlines 767 experiencing an engine problem with flames visible behind the right engine
Flames are visible behind the right engine of a United 767 departing Hong Kong. The aircraft diverted safely back to Hong Kong.
KLM 777 in silver Sky Team livery
A KLM 777 in Sky Team livery under tow in Amsterdam.
Eurowings landing at Madeira.
A Eurowings flight on short final at Funchal.
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Airbus sends engineers to Dubai to fix Emirates A380s

60 engineers have been dispatched to Dubai to fix newly found wing spar cracks found on A380s Emirates is trying to return to service.
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"How to: Build and Set Up an ADS-B Receiver" overlaid on a photo of a raspberry pi ADS-B receiver
Step-by-step instructions to build and set-up and ADS-B receiver

If you’ve been considering sharing flight data with Flightradar24, but thought maybe it’s too difficult, this video has step-by-step instructions for building and setting up a raspberry pi ADS-B receiver. And remember, sharing ADS-B data with us gets you a free Flightradar24 Business subscription!
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