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Introducing Florida One

I’m not one to get excited by big planes but I love this video of Boeing building Southwest’s “Florida One”. From the Southwest Airlines website: Date unveiled: April 23, 2010 Process time: 8 days Number of People: 32 over 3 shifts Paint colors: 16 Total gallons: Approximately 46 Premask (stencil outline): 15 boxes or approximately…

Read more… 30 Apr 10

Eyjafjallajökull

The ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland has had a very personal knock-on effect on our household. Connor, my son, was supposed to fly to England to return to school after his Easter break and his flights were one of the many cancelled. The Saratoga was parked in England so we couldn’t transport…

Read more… 23 Apr 10

Video from Airventure 2009

This is an awesome video taken at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration by Slick Aviation, a college student who shot 6 hours of video over the ten days he spent at Airventure and cut it down to the best 5 minutes. I couldn’t help but grin at his blogpost about the…

Read more… 4 Dec 09

Have You Seen These?

This week: A selection of aviation articles and images that I found intriguing. Bird strike! The moment 200 starlings were sucked into passenger jet engine on take-off | Mail Online ‘It was like a scene from the Hitchcock movie The Birds. One second all was clear, and the next thing you saw were these birds…

Read more… 2 Oct 09

Best of the Rest

This week I’ll shut up about myself for once and share a collection of links that have shown up in my inbox. Vincent (Plastic Pilot) and Jason (MzeroA) have successfully launched their new website: http://www.flyingacrossamerica.com. They are starting in Florida and aiming to make their way west to my home-state and visit Catalina Island –…

Read more… 3 Jul 09

Best of the Web

The best thing about going away is the amount of interesting and intriguing articles waiting for me to read once I’m safely back home. This week, join me in catching up on some of the most intriguing aviation pieces to have landed in my in-box. First of all,a hat tip to Plastic Pilot who linked…

Read more… 1 May 09

Accident Reports

Engine Failure Before Take-Off

Last week, we looked at an accident in a business jet which ran off the runway during a failed take-off run. I tried to give you all of the information…

Runway Excursion on Take-Off

This accident happened some time ago but it is new to me. A twin-engine business jet departing from Portland, Oregon, crashed shortly after take-off with four on board. The Aerospatiale…

Demystifying

Maintaining the Stores

We don’t often talk about parked aircraft because it is not very common for them to be involved in crashes. However, one of the side-effects of these pandemic times is…

How Many Successful Ditchings of Commercial Airliners?

When I was learning to fly, I remember someone in the pilots’ bar insisting that all that talk about life jackets under your seat was a waste of time; if…

History

An Icon of Aviation

I have a guest post this week by Nicholas Brown, the Campus President of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. The college has been rebuilding a replica of Little Stinker,…

The Last Known Whereabouts of the White Bird

The disappearance of L’Oiseau Blanc in 1927 is one of the enduring mysteries of aviation history. The pilots eventually achieved their goal of changing aviation history, but certainly not in…

Fun Stuff

The Tetris Challenge

When the Kantonspolizei Zürich (the police department of the Swiss canton of Zurich) posted a photograph on Facebook showing the contents of a standard patrol car, they had no idea…

The History Listen

I was on the radio on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in a show called The History Listen. They asked me to tell them about a famous story in Australian and…