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Sunday Open Thread: LightRail

Lightrail – Making mass transit more magical from michelebaggio on Vimeo.

The Claus Conspiracy

There's a rumour afoot that Santa Claus, that benevolent supplier of presents to children worldwide, doesn't just use his reindeer-powered sled to deliver presents. One man - Craig Waarheid - is convinced the jolly old elf gets help from a huge, diesel-powered entity.None other than... Show More Summary

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. On Friday afternoon one of its key members, Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent SA) took [...]

Aerial Firefighting Part One: Anchor, Flank, and Pinch

06 Lockheed P2V fire-fighting aircraft – Photo: Julian Cordle Fall brings cool, wet weather, which serves as a huge relief to areas devastated by the 2014 US wildfire season. In the last sixty days, a number of high-profile tragedies have highlighted the dangers of wildfires. In September, the town of Weed, California was nearly [...]Show More Summary

Canada’s Homegrown Astronaut: Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield describes life onboard the International Space Station to a packed house at the Future of Flight – Photo: Kris Hull Colonel Chris Hadfield (RCAF ret.) is probably one of the most easily recognizable astronauts today. His popularity was spurred to rock star-like status in 2012 while he was training for his [...]Show More Summary

MH370: Boeing needs to explain neglect of 777 security flaw

The unsecured electrical and electronics bay located under the floor and behind the cockpit of the Boeing 777-200ER that performed vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is again in the spotlight. This very well written article on the Jeff Wise blog will not come as a surprise to those who have followed the MH370 mystery on [...]

Gone Gliding – Part One

Gliders flying in formation near Lake Tahoe – Photo: Soaring NV If you’ve ever flown into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) when the winds are howling out of the west, you know that the approach and landing can be…sporty. In fact, it sometimes gets so turbulent that the mainline jets head for Sacramento International Airport [...]Show More Summary

Return to Kamloops

I was in Kamloops, British Columbia this week for work, so of course I did a little railfanning for a few evenings. Of course, it's October so the daylight hours are less, but you do what you can. June 20 I landed on Monday morning, after cruising over the lovely Rocky Mountains. Show More Summary

Sunday Open Thread: Monongahela Incline

Ode to an Incline (Pittsburgh’s Monongahela Incline) from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

My Railfan Five Challenge

Eric Gagnon over at the excellent Trackside Treasure blog threw down the gauntlet and challenged myself and three other bloggers to share five photos from our railfan journeys.Unlike Eric, I haven't been a railfan for most of my life. Show More Summary

Call of the Northland

Thomas Blampied has released a new book, Call of the Northland. This book talks about the former Ontario Northlander passenger train and the author's journey on it.The Ontario Northlander was a passenger train that ran from Toronto, ON to Cochrane, ON by the Ontario Northland Railway. Show More Summary

Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737

After watching this video my first thought was, “holy cow that is a lot of blue.” When I first saw the leaked photos of the new Southwest Airlines’ livery I was not a fan. After seeing full photos of the new livery, it has started to grow on me, but I wouldn’t say that [...] The post Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737 appeared first on AirlineReporter.com.

Metro Shuttles and Sounder Sunday Runs Return for Gridiron Season

Gridiron and rainy season are fast approaching. Husky football has returned to Montlake. Until U-Link opens in 2016, your best bet getting to a game is either hope there is room on Metro’s non-expanding fleet of local service, or take a $5 shuttle from one of eight park & ride lots. Once again, cash and […]

Xiamen Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen’s first Boeing 787 conducting test flights at Paine Field – Photo: The Boeing Company On Friday, another airline took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; Xiamen Airlines. This event was special for the airline, since the 787 is the first wide-body to join their fleet. The airline currently operates Boeing 737-700s, 737-800s [...]Show More Summary

Flight Review: Experiencing Spirit’s “Bare Fare” Model Firsthand

Spirit’s first flight out of Kansas City receives a dual water cannon salute – Photo: Aaron Wright, KC Aviation Dept. It’s true, people vehemently despise Spirit Airlines. Just the mention of the company elicits emotion-filled horror stories. Indeed they have a solid 1 out of 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, and they are frequently [...]Show More Summary

Announcing the Best Airlines in Social Media at SimpliFlying Awards 2014 – Top 3 Finalists

Thank you for supporting the SimpliFlying Awards 2014 with all your votes! After receiving almost 40,000 votes from the public (making up 30% of total score) and judging by our highly-esteemed jury (making up 70% of total score), we are pleased to announce the Top 3 Finalists for our airline categories in this year’s SimpliFlying Awards 2014. Show More Summary

Planespotter’s Bucket List: A Day at Maho Beach, St. Martin (SXM)

Air Caraibes Airbus A330 over the bay, about to land – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter My fiancee and I, chatting earlier this year while I was at my computer: “Hey sweetie, did you realize our honeymoon cruise stops for a day at St. Martin?” “Um, I think so, yea…” “Did you know that [...]Show More Summary

Catching Up with the Mitsubishi MRJ Regional Jet

Composite image of the Mitsubishi MRJ – Image: Mitsubishi This story was written by John Cameron for AirlineReporter. The MRJ will be the first airliner designed and produced in Japan since the 1960s. A bright new day will soon be dawning in the world of commercial aviation as a new breed of narrow-body jets [...]

“Slovak Force One” – My First Flight on a Russian TU-154

The Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter Not too many opportunities exist in this day and age where one can still take flight on a classic Russian aircraft, let alone in a VIP configuration. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in a flight onboard a [...]

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