Posted on July 12, 2012
Anyone can be an astronaut, quite literally anyone. Virgin Galactic has opened the doors for hundreds, and soon thousands, of people from around the world to travel into space. With its maiden flight scheduled for next year, the world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic has received deposits for 529 passengers. The suborbital flights would begin as early as 2016 aboard the SpaceShipTwo.
Posted on July 10, 2012
AVWeb breaks the news that Hawker Breechcraft has agreed to an offer from a Chinese Company.
“Hawker Beechcraft will be sold to Superior Aviation Beijing Co. for $1.79 billion, the company announced on Monday, assuming that a final agreement is worked out over the next 45 days. The transaction will not include the Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co., which produces the T-6 trainer and is developing the AT-6 light attack aircraft. Read more
Posted on July 6, 2012
This is an excellent article from the Wall Street Journal (Scott McCartney) about a little airport that shows what planning and preparation can do.
“Trouble lands here, sometimes twice a week.
Airline flights with security threats, sick passengers and mechanical problems often end up at Bangor International Airport—the first or last major airport in the U.S. for the hundreds of flights across the Atlantic Ocean every day. Flights that are running low on fuel or need to wait out bad weather at their destinations put down here, too.
As a result, the airport in Bangor (pop. 35,000) is prepared for almost anything. Even though the airport has no scheduled international flights, it has a large international terminal with four empty gates. Customs and Border Protection officers are available on short notice, and a food stand sits ready with two cash registers. Two years ago, the airport bought a $700,000 heavy-duty tug capable of towing and pushing the largest jets in the world, including the Airbus A380 super jumbo jet.
Posted on March 20, 2012
Ignite Phoenix introduces Kevin Maxwell who enlightens us with the history behind airport codes that some pilots may not even know!
Posted on March 19, 2012
Posted on February 10, 2012
Excellent article by Flying Mag:
“Do you ever look to the skies and wonder what airplanes are flying above you? If you have an iPhone 4S, you can simply ask Siri – the service that not only answers your questions, but actually talks back too. But apparently it’s important to use proper language when you talk to Siri, just like when you communicate with air traffic controllers.
Posted on January 6, 2012
Posted on October 25, 2011
This is an excellent article from the FBI.
At the time, the 24-year-old had no idea that his decision to point the laser at the helicopter was a federal felony—or that the beam of light might have serious consequences for the pilot and his crew.
“It’s equivalent to a flash of a camera if you were in a pitch black car at night,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Doug Reinholz, the pilot on patrol that night when Stouder’s green hand-held laser “painted” his cockpit. “It’s a temporary blinding to the pilot,” he said during a recent news conference highlighting the danger of lasers directed at airplanes and helicopters.
Posted on October 20, 2011
The hot weather is finally ending in our desert oasis, ushering in the start of Autumn of our peak flying season. Fall flying is smooth as it is the end of the summer monsoons, but before storms brought about by winter cold fronts begin. As more pilots begin flying regularly, they are joined by their winged brethren. Migration season is kicking off with many birds beginning to flying south for the winter. Read more