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The flight paths of SWA708 and FDX1432 rendered in 3D
FedEx and Southwest planes come within 100 feet of each other in Austin

A FedEx 767 and Southwest Airlines 737 came within 100 feet of each other last weekend in Austin. The 767 was attempting to land in low visibility conditions, but the 737 was still occupying the runway. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the incident.
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A screenshot from Flightradar24 showing a high altitude helium balloon broadcasting ADS-B that is not the Chinese spy balloon. The flight info panel reads "No, this is not a Chinese balloon"
No, this not a Chinese spy balloon

A Chinese stratospheric spy balloon floated across the United States last week. It wasn’t trackable on Flightradar24, but many people mistook a separate high altitude research balloon for the Chinese balloon. Fast forward a few days and the US military closed airspace off the coast of South Carolina and shot the balloon down. We break down the whole bizarre chain of events on this week’s AvTalk, plus we discuss all of the other incidents that occurred this week. 
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Coulson Flying Tankers 737-300 Tanker 139 after crashing and catching fire
Both pilots walk away from Coulson fire bomber crash

A Coulson Flying Tankers 737-300 crashed fighting bush fires in Western Australia this week. Tanker 139 was fighting a fire in the Fitzgerald River National Park when it crashed near the fire line. Amazingly, both pilots walked away from the accident.
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Flight path of QR161 after take off from Doha
Qatar’s roller coaster departure

In the early morning hours of 10 January, Qatar Airways flight 161 departed Doha bound for Copenhagen climbing to 1,850 feet. But then the aircraft descended to just 800 feet before recovering and climbing again. The flight arrived in Copenhagen six hours later.
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"60 years of the 747: from design to final delivery" ovelaid on a photo of the final 747 departing Paine Field on delivery
The Queen of the Skies: from conception to coronation

To celebrate 54 years since the Queen’s first flight, nearly 60 years since conception, and just over a week since the final delivery, we take a journey through the design, development, construction, and many iterations of the 747 to see what makes it the Queen of the Skies.
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US Air Force Global Hawk
Which military aircraft are visible near Ukraine and what are their roles? 
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"Wait, this is Ryanair!?" overlaid on a photo of a Ryanair 737-8 200 MAX focused on the aircraft’s left engine.
Comfortable, pleasant, Ryanair!?

Gabriel Leigh is back on Ryanair, this time flying the airline’s 737-8-200 MAX squish-o-matic. But it turns out there’s a way to make the flight downright enjoyable.
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"Full landing into East Greenland: Nuuk to Kulusuk" overlaid on a photo of the Air Greenland first officer sitting in the Dash 8 flying the approach into Kulusuk.
This first officer is ready for his close up

Part of our “no talking, just flying” series—sit back and watch this Air Greenland first officer bring the Dash 8 into Kulusuk’s gravel runway. We get a great view of his work on the throttles and control column as well.
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Universal Hydrogen’s Dash 8-300 converted for use with Hydrogen fuel
Universal Hydrogen receives FAA clearance for test flights 

The FAA granted Universal Hydrogen a Special Airworthiness Certificate to begin flight testing its hydrogen-powered Dash 8-300. Flights are expected “soon” at Moses Lake in Washington.
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Relief flights arriving in Adana following the massive earthquakes in Turkey
Relief flights pour into Adana 

Aircraft bringing relief supplies, equipment, and search and rescue personnel continue to arrive in Adana following the massive earthquakes in Turkey. UAVs can also be tracked in the area assisting rescue efforts.
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FedEx 737 deicing
A FedEx (ASL Airlines) 737 deicing in Warsaw.
Japan Airlines A350
A Japan Airlines A350 departing Tokyo.
Silk Way 747
A Silk Way West Airlines 747 landing in Frankfurt.
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Listener Mail—What's up with Air Greenland’s A330-200?

Air Greenland is still flying its ancient A330-200 after taking delivery of its new A330-800neo. Gabriel Leigh stops by to answer a listener question asking, “Why?”. 
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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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