About Sarah Simonovich

Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. While she lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania, her heart is in New England. Currently her biggest travel achievement has been (accidently) getting up close and personal with 3 moose in Baxter State park. When she’s not at work writing and drinking coffee, you can find her hanging out with her dog.

Pilot Encounters with UFOs

Do You Want to Believe? Planes aren’t always the only things flying in the sky. We’ve got helicopters, blimps, weather balloons, lost kites… and every once in a while, some eye spies something that’s not so easily identifiable. These are known as UFOs: unidentified flying objects. For some, UFOs are as American as baseball, apple [...]

By |September 18th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Messerschmitt Me 262

The World's First Operational Jet Fighter   While the design for the Messerschmitt Me 262 began pre-World War II, it didn't reach operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Even then, only small numbers of Me 262s actually appeared in combat. Design and Development Several years before the onset of WWII, Germans saw the potential for [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Blanche Stuart Scott: One of America’s Earliest Aviatrixes

In 1910, a woman set out in an automobile across the country to prove that women were well-equipped to drive automobiles. This feat made her the second woman to drive across the United States. Several months later, she also became the first American woman to take a solo hop into the air. Blanche Stuart Scott [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

What is Airplane Mode and Why Do You Have to Use it?

So, what exactly does it mean when that little plane icon appears? Airplane mode is a setting found on many modern smartphones. Maybe you've used it before when you travel. Maybe you've heard enabling it will help save battery life on your phone. Or maybe you've never put any thought into the little airplane icon. [...]

By |August 30th, 2017|General Aviation, Technology|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Pitts Special

These Pitts Sure Don't Stink. For a reliable aerobatic biplane, you can't go wrong with a Pitts Special. Design & Development Curtis Pitts designed this series of light, aerobatic biplanes beginning in 1943-1944. He built his first design, the S1, in 1945. Since then, the Pitts Special (and its derivatives) have dominated the world of [...]

By |August 25th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|Comments Off on Plane of the Week: Pitts Special

The Air Show Finally Returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania

After nearly two decades, acrobatic performances once again graced the skies of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania hadn’t seen an air show in 17 years. But that all—thankfully—changed on August 12. Like an Old Friend Returning The airport first officially announced the airshow back in March after speculation and unconfirmed [...]

By |August 14th, 2017|Aviation News, General Aviation|Comments Off on The Air Show Finally Returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Making of Modern Day Air Shows

Air shows have a rich history. Since man first learned to fly, airplanes--and aerial stunts--have wowed crowds of people on the ground. For many people in the early 20th century, flying was unreal. It didn't seem possible and seeing was believing. If you don't believe something is possible, witnessing it en masse is something truly [...]

By |August 9th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on The Making of Modern Day Air Shows

Plane of the Week: Lockheed Model 10 Electra

The Making of a Lockheed Signature The Lockheed Model 10 Electra represented a shift in aircraft technology. It was Lockheed's first all-metal, twin-engine monoplane airliner developed in the 1930s to replace the wooden, single-engine Orion. Not only was it a giant leap in airliner technology but it was also a precursor to the future of Lockheed [...]

By |August 4th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|Comments Off on Plane of the Week: Lockheed Model 10 Electra

The Montgolfier Brothers and the Rise of Balloonomania

On September 19, 1783, a duck, a sheep, and a rooster all made history as the first passengers to ever travel through the air in a balloon. While their names didn’t go down in the history books, the names of the balloon’s inventors certainly did. The Montgolfier Brothers Beginning in France during the late 18th [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|Aviation History|Comments Off on The Montgolfier Brothers and the Rise of Balloonomania

From Off the Ground to Out of this World: The Beginnings of NASA

Long before Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind (or, you know, didn’t, if that’s your belief), NASA’s work was a lot closer to home. In fact, it had nothing to do with aerospace at all. At least, not technically. The NASA we know and love today grew out of a federal agency founded [...]

By |July 17th, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on From Off the Ground to Out of this World: The Beginnings of NASA