Aviation

We Fly: Beechcraft King Air 250

What is it about the Beechcraft King Air family of twin turboprops, I asked myself, that keeps these airplanes rolling out of the factory in Wichita, Kansas, more than 53 years after the first one emerged? I always thought I knew the answer to that question, but there in the confines of the King Air 250’s cockpit a quiet crisis …

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AeroMobil’s Luxurious Flying Car Turns Heads at Frankfurt Motor Show

The theme for the 67th annual International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, is “Future Now.” As such, there is a wide variety of concept automobiles on display this week, from the celebrated Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar to the eyebrow-raising and oddly-named Thunder Power SUV. And in a class of its own is AeroMobil’s flying car. It’s fitting that the Slovakian …

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RVSM airspace Letters of Authorization May Soon Become Unnecessary

RVSM airspace was created to safely and efficiently allow more aircraft to use a given piece of high-altitude airspace, defined as FL290 up to and including FL410. Users of reduced vertical separation minimum airspace are breathing a sigh of relief that a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Part 91 appears to be moving ahead, a move strongly supported by the …

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Ryanair Could Suffer Considerable Damage to Its Friendly New Image From Mass Cancellations

Ryanair Holdings Plc risks reviving its image for predatory customer service with a move to scrap hundreds of flights through the end of October because of poor planning. The shares fell nearly 5 percent. Europe’s biggest discount airline, which had previously treated its customers like a captive audience for hard-selling an array of products and services on board, has portrayed a kinder, friendlier …

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Privatization Remains a Front Burner Issue

Privatization Remains a Front Burner Issue: despite the lack of any discussion this week about the inevitable march toward an FAA reauthorization extension, six of the nation’s major aviation associations today voiced their continued collective concerns over the move to “hand over control of the nation’s air traffic control system to the airlines and other special interest groups.” The AOPA, …

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Flight Chops: Flying Inverted without Losing Your Lunch

Flight Chops: The scariest part of my aerobatic flight over Oshkosh at AirVenture 2017 was undoubtedly the moment that Team Oracle’s Cameron Jaxheimer offered me the controls and guided me through a barrel roll. It was probably more thrilling than terrifying, but it was still a tense moment, because in addition to repeatedly telling myself, “Don’t puke all over this …

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A New Delta Air Lines Card for Casual Travelers (and Frequent Diners)

American Express and Delta Air Lines are launching a new no-fee co-branded credit card, the Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. What’s interesting about this card is the fact that it earns 2X miles per dollar spent not only on Delta Air Lines purchases, but also at U.S. restaurants. The card earns 1X mile per dollar spent everywhere else. The card costs nothing, …

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Air Canada Adding Transatlantic 737 Flights

Thanks to technological advancements, airlines are flying smaller planes on longer routes than ever before. Decades ago, the only plane that could operate ultra longhaul flights was the 747. However, it’s tough to fill a 747, at least with decent yields, and that’s true in spite of how increasingly mobile the global population has become. As a result we’ve seen …

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General Accountability Office Says ATC Changes Could Affect NextGen Implementation

The General Accountability Office was tasked by Congress in November 2015 to research two questions following more than a decade of NextGen planning and implementation by the FAA. One, how has the agency implemented NextGen to date, the second to review the FAA’s plans to mitigate the challenges the agency still faces to complete NextGen. The GAO’s audit was completed …

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Life Slowly Returning to Normal at Florida Airports Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Florida airports were slowly resuming operations yesterday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which caused widespread devastation in the Caribbean and Florida Keys, but not as much destruction as feared elsewhere thanks to building code improvements and residents who heeded warnings before the massive storm. Many pilots, aviation businesses and schools like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach moved airplanes …

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