America says goodbye to our first female astronaut

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Source: AP/NASA

Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space has passed away at the age of 61. One of the first female trailblazers in the world of Aviation and Aerospace, Ride has left behind a legacy of knowledge and inspiration. One of six women chosen to be astronaut candidates, Ride surpassed the others earning her place in history. Read more

Amazing time lapse video of Earth

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As pilots or passengers of private aviation we enjoy a special perspective gazing upon the world in which we live from aloft. Few vantage points can top the view from the rarefied air we are so privileged to experience until now. View this stunning time lapse of the earth as seen from space. Enjoy! Read more

Airlines say goodbye to First-Class [video]

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Another black eye for business travelers as well as those seeking comfort and convenient while travelling on the airlines.  Read more

Boeing 787 jet engine made of Lego pieces [video]

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From the Wall Street Journal – Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s Rolls-Royce have created the world’s first jet engine made from 150,000 Lego bricks.

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Anyone can be an astronaut

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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.

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The Future of Hawker Beechcraft

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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

Little Airport, Big Emergencies

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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.

The former Air Force base has an 11,440-foot-long runway – longer than anything at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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.
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Charter is Face to Face

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Face to face communication is still the most effective way to do business. Many industries have forgotten this and they rely on automation, the internet and out-sourcing to call centers. An industry infamous for this behavior is the airline industry.

Travelers deal with the TSA at the airport and rarely get a peek at who their pilot is going to be. They deal with random people from the airline company with different ranges of courtesy.

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What is the history of your airport code?

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Ignite Phoenix introduces Kevin Maxwell who enlightens us with the history behind airport codes that some pilots may not even know!

At what altitude did the worst air disaster in history ever occur?

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It happened on the ground.

Runway incursions and taxiway safety may not sound like much, but are in fact very important for avoiding accidents. Live Science explains the exciting new solution that NASA is developing for the commercial aviation industry.

Source: NASA Langley Research Center

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