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Plane of the Week: F-16 Fighter Falcon

The Lightweight Fighter Mafia contributed to the F-16 Fighter Falcon design used today. As founding members of the Fighter Mafia, John Boyd and Tom Christie did more than attract controversy by advocating for a new US air combat doctrine. The informal group wanted military reform in one way—do more with less. Boyd made his mark [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|General Aviation, Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

From Letters to Luxury: The Revolution of Flying First Class

With how popular commercial flying is today, it's hard to believe the multi-billion-dollar industry ever served anyone other than its passengers. Airplane development in World War 1 encouraged officials to consider the potential of using planes for fast commercial and mail transportation. By early 1918, Congress approved $100,000 to experiment with an air mail route. [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|0 Comments

How Satellites Make for Safer Flights

In between Iceland, Scotland, and Norway lies the Faroe Islands’ Vágar Airport—an airport completely reliant on a satellite-based navigation system. The airport has one runway and grass-covered hills surrounded by steep, rocky cliffs. Clouds above the water make landing on the remote island difficult to maneuver at times. Satellite-based landing increases flight safety. Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Aviation News, General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Navy PB4Y-2

Two years before WWII ended, the military re-purposed the PB4Y-1 Liberator into a Navy PB4Y-2. The U.S. Army Air Corp originally designed the plane for their use; however, the plane did so well in maritime patrol that engineers transformed it into a long-range patrol bomber. Naval officers initially called the plane the Sea Liberator, but [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

International Paris Air Show

The International Paris Air Show began on June 19 and will continue until June 26. The International Exhibition of Aeronautics and Space (SIAE) host the event, and it is the 52nd edition of the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world. The show is held every odd year and welcomes the latest in [...]

Are Pilotless Planes in Our Future?

Utopia: a place of ideal perfection. Tall, bright buildings between smooth highways surrounded by green grass. Driverless cars making seamless lane changes. Computers performing jobs better than humans ever could. Appealing as this may sound, real life is a bit more… messy. Pilotless planes seem like something taken out of a Utopian society that will [...]

By |June 12th, 2017|Aviation News, General Aviation, Technology|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Lockheed JetStar

Technology and budget made building the JetStar a challenge. In the 1950s, aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson designed the Lockheed JetStar. The design was originally produced for the US Air Force, but it was eventually used for business. Four Pratt & Whitney JT12A6 turbojets powered the aircraft with a swept wing and cruciform tail. Inflatable rubber deicing [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|General Aviation, Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Vintage Air Rally: Crete2Cape Proves Vintage Planes Still Got It

“VintageAirRally attempt the almost impossible with vintage biplanes, because there’s no satisfaction in easy.” The Great Pyramid of Giza has seen it all. From decorated wall paintings to King Tutankhamun’s coffin made of 22 pounds of solid gold—now that’s a rich history. The only intact and original member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments

Helicopters: A Real Lifesaver

“If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life.” – Igor Sikorsky Do you know what Leonardo da Vinci and maple seeds have in common? The helicopter. That’s right, one of the most brilliant minds in history and [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: The Erco Ercoupe

Between aisles of herringbone suits and wool neckties sat the ERCO Ercoupe. The small, twin-tail metal plane with a bubble canopy caught everyone’s eye. The 1945 Manhattan department store advertisement read, “Macy’s the world’s largest store, within a matter of days, will bring you America’s first certified spinproof plane!” The World’s Safest Plane Ercoupe took [...]

By |May 19th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments