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The plight of the An-225 Mriya, and aviation reporting

The New York Times has published an outstandingly good report on the sad state of affairs at the great Antonov airliner designer and maker and made it, as well, a telling story about current affairs in Ukraine. In fact the insights it offers into business life in Ukraine are likely to give the story a [...]

Emirates chief Clark repeats doubts over MH370 official narrative

For a third time, and with considerable support from within the airline industry, Emirates CEO Tim Clark has made it clear he doesn’t believe the official Malaysia narrative concerning the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The latest and most emphatic interview Clark has given on his widely shared doubts appears in Der Spiegel and [...]

Flight Review: Checking Out Condor Airlines’ Business Class to Frankfurt

My Condor Boeing 767-300ER on the ground at Frankfurt CONDOR AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS Airline: Condor Airlines Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER (Version 3 SEA-FRA and Version 1 FRA-SEA) Departed: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Arrived: Frankfurt Airport (FRA) Stops: Non-stop flight Class: Business class Seat: SEA-FRA 1D then 4A | FRA-SEA 3K Length: About 10 [...]Show More Summary

Australia’s Antarctic air plans will boost Tassie tourism

Antarctic Strategy soft peddles on air links, but does enough to give Hobart a runway on which to land Yasmania's long distance international tourism ambitions

I Would Have Gone With Stephen Hawking

Before making an approach to an airport, every pilot wants to know the wind strength and direction, what clouds they will encounter, the altimeter setting, and what runway is in use. At some airports the pilot figures out this information herself by flying over the field. Show More Summary

MH17 Oxygen mask found on Australian victim

Dutch authorities have apologised for distress that might have been caused by revealing that an oxygen mask was draped around ( or ‘over’ in some translations) the neck of an Australian victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July. What might the disclosure mean? Several flight attendants have made [...]

The Disaster That Wasn’t: Saving Eastern Air Lines Flight 902

An Eastern Air Lines L1011 – Photo: Wiki Commons This story was written by David J Williams on Student pilots are taught very early on to recognize that when an airplane approaches its minimum flying speed, the airflow over the wing will begin to separate or break down, creating turbulence over the tail. [...]Show More Summary

Photo Tour of TAM Airlines’ Flight Attendant Training

TAM Airlines’ flight training area – with pool By now, I have been to a few airline flight attendant training facilities and I am always in awe with what is similar and what is different. What I liked most about TAM’s training facility was they let us get really hands-on with the experience. Not [...]Show More Summary

Etihad targets Star, Oneworld with new Partners alliance

How will Etihad compete for customer loyalty with the big two global alliances, Star and Oneworld? By keeping their long broken promises it seems.

Qantas celebrates 70th year of the flying kangaroo logo

The lumbering, thundering appearance of B-24 Liberators in Australian skies emptied class rooms and filled playgrounds and city streets filled with awed watchers transfixed by their passage.

Dallas Love Field Completes Refurbishment Ahead of Wright Amendment Changes

Dallas Love Field’s terminal area with restaurant and bar In 1974, as Dallas/Fort Worth Airport opened to serve as the main regional airport and airlines moved their flights across town to the new facility, apart from one. Southwest AIrlines decided that their home at Love Field was the best way to service their customers, [...]Show More Summary

Virgin’s Little Red airline is dead

The streaker's defence as applied by Richard Branson to Little Red. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Boeing puts case for massive growth with same sized jets

Boeing and Airbus market forecasts are often framed in the rhetoric of Lions v Christians in the Coliseum. But they always generate sobering statistics that need careful consideration.


My eye just fell on a story from a month ago, of a Cirrus that flew into restricted airspace over Washington, DC. Intercepting jets noted that the pilot appeared unconscious, and followed the airplane until it crashed into the sea, I'm presuming because it ran out of fuel. Show More Summary

Classic Promotional Video on LAX

This is a classic promotional video for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) done back in 1970. Nothing like having some cheesy 1970s music while being able to look at retro airliners and LAX. Tweet The post Classic Promotional Video on LAX appeared first on

MH370 mystery is as weird on dry land as it is on the sea floor

The search for the truth about MH370 is just as elusive on dry land as it is 6000 meters down in the timeless darkness of the southern Indian Ocean

What goes on behind the scenes of SimpliFlying Awards?

Back when we launched the SimpliFlying Awards in 2010, they were the first and only awards dedicated to recognising the best social media practices in the airline industry. Committed to raising the standard of airlines on social media,...Show More Summary

Etihad incident? How should air rage be dealt with?

The diversion of pilot attention from what is going on in the cabin rather than the cockpit is the point at which air rage becomes really serious

Female Problems

Don't worry, this post isn't about instrument air filters or the lack thereof. But for the "problems men don't have" category I submit: Attend aviation conference before work. Bring flight clothes to change into. Forget shoes. Do six hour flight wearing really cute little ankle boots, colour coordinated with your camisole. Could have been worse. Show More Summary

China Airlines Receives their First 777-300ER

A Ribbon Cutting at Everett wouldn’t be complete without some Dragons right? On a sunny Everett Friday morning, press, dignitaries & staff all gathered on the ramp outside the Everett Delivery Center. In front of us was a brand new 777-300ER and a giant red ribbon and two dragons. China Airlines is the newest [...]Show More Summary

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