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Aviation is Work … Usually

I really don’t like traveling much any more. It’s usually way too much work on the airlines, efforts over which I usually have very little control other than complaining a bit on Twitter which doesn’t do much these days anyway. My business jet trips are fewer and farther between than the old days too. Take my […]

Aviation Safety: Courage and the Pragmatic Acceptance of Inalienable Power

2 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Like pilots everywhere, I never surrender an opportunity to go flying. And then there are days like today. Thunder rumbles closer, rain beats on the windows, and online radar reveals the crawling approach of a large green blob with an enlarged blood red heart. Yes, today is a good day to be on the ground, […]

Jetwhine to AirVenture: Lunch for 20 Please

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Jetwhine to AirVenture: Lunch for 20 Please One of the best parts of my annual trek to AirVenture is that happily, I have always found it next to impossible to sit anywhere on the grounds and NOT talk to the person next to me. Over the years I’ve run into pilots, other bloggers and podcasters, […]

AirVenture Gateway Park: Portal to Drone Integration & Safety?

4 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Framed by the diagonal street that connects the main gate of EAA AirVenture to the forums area is a triangle of land that over the years has proven to be a prism that spotlights a newest member of the aviation community before it mixes invisibly into the larger community. Now named Aviation Gateway Park, this […]

Forget Better Seats, Delta is Upgrading Their High-Value Customers to Private Jets

If you’re one of Delta’s “high-value customers” (meaning, you’ve racked up enough SkyMiles to achieve the airline’s Medallion status), you may be offered their brand new... via

If Every Day Were Like Oshkosh...

You'd awake every morning at 6:30am to the beautiful music of Merlin V12s at full power as half a dozen P-51s roar overhead to embark on the dawn patrol....You'd cheerfully chat with perfect strangers while standing in line for a lukewarm...Show More Summary

Swiss Airlines Revitalizes Long-Haul Fleet With New Boeing 777 Aircraft

Starting next year, Swiss International Airlines will be giving their long-haul fleet a complete makeover by bringing in brand new Boeing 777 aircraft. Not only do the intercontinental twinjets gulp down a lot less fuel, emit less carbon diox... via

AirVenture 2015, Jetwhine AND a Free Lunch?

last monthVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Ed Note: We’ve had such a great response to the story that I’m sad to say we’ve run out of slots for lunch. Do send along an e-mail if you’d still like to connect at AirVenture to grab some Jetwhine/Airplane Geeks buttons.   Long before Jetwhine and the Airplane Geeks Show, there was the EAA […]

Delusions Impede Aviation Future

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Airbus recently flew the first production version of its Voltair E-Fan 2.0, a two-seat electric airplane. The realization of this aviation technology is something we should all celebrate because it is another important step toward aviation’s future. Offsetting this step is that the realization of this technology is being hailed, at least by the Wall […]

VIDEO: American Airlines Shows Off Their Business Class Perks

If you haven’t flown Business Class with American Airlines, the above video wants you to know what you’ve been missing. Taking you through one woman’s experience onboard the airline’s Boeing 767, you get to see things you may no... via

Brennand Airport Invests in Fun Flying

2 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Needing an airplane fix on the Saturday before Father’s Day I wandered over to Brennand Airport (79C), 10 miles north of Oshkosh and 4 miles west of Neenah. It is today what small, nontowered airports used to be, fence free and focused on fun flying. Maybe that’s because the public-use field is privately owned, but that […]

Hot Dog!

As mentioned a while ago, I've been awarded a slot on the 757/767, but training isn't until late October and that means I get another four months on the Mad Dog. I just had lunch with a couple of guys down in Atlanta yesterday, and though...Show More Summary

Commercial Drones Facing Pilot Shortage

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

To learn more about commercial drone operations, I recently attended a 4-hour introductory course for pilots conducted by Vortex UAS. The thorough presentation covered everything from history to the current legal landscape. What I did  not expect was to learn that commercial drones are facing a growing pilot shortage because they must be operated by an FAA […]

New Airbus H160 Helicopter Gets a Dramatic Video Showcasing Its Stealth

Airbus recently revealed its newest offering, the H160 medium-sized helicopter and as you can see in the video above, it’s sleek and dramatic. Boasting a composite airframe that reduces weight without having to compromise safety and strength, the... via

Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa Team Up For Insanely Cool Private VIP Jet Cabin

In a move that has one-upped their Senzati Jet Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz has taken to the skies by partnering with Lufthansa Technik to... via

Gray Skies and Memorial Day Reflections

3 months agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Most Americans today have but two connections with those who serve and have served in the military, and especially those who have perished in that service. The first is the hollow seconds it takes to utter “Thank you for your service,” an seemingly autonomic reflex when seeing someone in uniform. The other occurs should they […]

In Search of Sunshine Part IV: Cruising the Abacos

After departing Staniel Cay on the morning of March 31st, the six of us in my Piper Pacer and our rented Piper Warrior headed northeast to the island of Eleuthera, site of the Bahamas' oldest settlement (in 1646, by Pilgrims expelled from Bermuda). Show More Summary

Pilatus' New PC-24 Super Versatile Jet Gets a Round of Applause After Maiden Voyage in Switzerland

Yesterday Pilatus Aircraft sent its brand new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet out on its very first flight, which was a total success. The Swiss co... via

United Airlines Unveils New Culinary Partnership to Honor the Late, Great Chef Charlie Trotter

United Airlines has announced their newest in-flight dining offering, which has been created in partnership with The Trotter Project. Created to honor the late Chef Charlie Trotter, who was a legend in Chicago with his Michelin-starred eponymous restau... via

Delta Employees Excited for a Zac Posen Uniform Makeover

New York-based designer Zac Posen will be turning Delta aircraft aisles into a fashion runway by partnering with the airline for its new uniform program. Introduced in the above video, Posen will be creati... via

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