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Live from Mitchell, SD

As I wrote in my "Taking Wing" column in the August issue of Flying that hit newsstands this week, I'm flying into Oshkosh for the fifth time this year - the first time in my flying club Piper Cub. What I didn't say is that I was flying...Show More Summary

I Heart NY

Well, it sure didn’t take long to get off low-time restrictions. My seven weeks of line flying on the Mad Dog have netted me 120 hours in the plane despite being on reserve. Reserve pilots usually fly less than lineholders because you're...Show More Summary

Take Your First Look Inside Air New Zealand's New Dreamliner B787-9

Air New Zealand will be the first airline to fly Boeing’s second generation 787-9 Dreamliner. Having had taken delivery of the first of these new planes in June, the airline hosted a press event this week in Seattle at Boeing’s Ev... via JustLuxe.com

Directional Aviation Acquires Skyjet & Appoints Industry Veteran Greg Richman as New President

Directional Aviation recently announced their addition of Skyjet, a brand that consolidates on-demand charter companies, to their portfolio (which includes Flexjet and Sentient Jet). Focusing solely on private travel, Skyjet promises higher flexibility... via JustLuxe.com

Old School / New School

I’ve been flying the Mad Dog on the line for about five weeks now, have finished IOE, am on my third week of reserve, and have about 90 hours in the airplane. I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable yet – that’s going to take some time – butShow More Summary

Qantas' New Massive Los Angeles Business Lounge On Track to Accommodate 600 Flyers

Along with joint owners and oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and British Airways, Qantas unveiled last week their new contemporary Los Angeles Business Lounge at the Los Angeles International Airport. The design (and culinary offerings) draws inspirati... via JustLuxe.com

SF & NYC Airports Get New AmEx Centurion Lounges With Help of Culinary Tastemakers

American Express recently announced its exciting partnership with Chef Christopher Kostow and Chef Cedric Vongerichten for the financial corporation's new American Express Centurion Lounge locations within the San Francisco International Airport (S... via JustLuxe.com

No More Inflight Selfies?

Well silly me for not keeping closer tabs on the Federal Registrar. I didn't know about this until a friend brought it to my attention, but in April the FAA published a final rule amending FAR § 121.542 - more popularly known as theShow More Summary

Water-Inspired VIP Dreamliner Private Jet Concept First to Have Bubble Wall

Apparently the future of private jet travel looks like a luxury spa vacation and we love it. Created by VIP Completions Ltd., the design is being carried out in a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for a private client who wanted a water-inspired interior. Not on... via JustLuxe.com

The Way We Train Today

The last fifteen years or so have seen a significant change in the way that airlines train their pilots, even though in many cases the airplanes themselves have not changed (the Mad Dog being a perfect example - it's a mid-80s update to a 1960s design). Show More Summary

New Format!

As promised, the slight redesign from the week before last was only an interim stopgap; since then I've used a parallel test site to do a complete redesign of the blog. This is an adaptation of the "OrangeLine" template offered for free over at BTemplates. Show More Summary

First Day of School

April 7, 2014. I was already awake when my cell phone alarm clock started beeping at 6am, and when the automated wakeup call came a few moments later. I lay in the dim dawn light of my hotel room, thinking. I'd been dreaming of this day for 20 years. Show More Summary

Etihad Airways' $43k 3-Room Residence Is Like an Apartment In the Sky

Have you ever been in a first class cabin and wished you didn't have to fly with such riff-raff? (If you just nodded your head, is your name Madonna?) In that case, you are probably going to be very excited about this.... via JustLuxe.com

Finnair's New Premium Lounge & Sauna Gives You a Reason to Move Into Helskinki Airport

Finnair is getting ready to officially unveil their newest Premium Lounge and Sauna in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki Airport, which features a cool Nordic-inspired design and will be full of super high-end amenities. The lounge, which opens on July... via JustLuxe.com

Air France Brings French Luxury to the Sky With La Première First-Class Suites

Air France is seriously upping their game with the unveiling of "La Première" first-class suites, which they're calling a "unique experience." Available on their Boeing 777-300 fleet starting September, the suites mark an... via JustLuxe.com

Uber Takes Over Skies With UberJET for Cannes Film Festival

Taxi drivers already hate Uber for taking their clientele, offering people more personalized and classy ride experiences, and now they're planning on doing the same in the sky for lucky rich kids heading to the Cannes Film Festival&n... via JustLuxe.com

So Long, "Blogging at FL250!"

I've kept this blog essentially unchanged since I started it in 2005, retaining the same title & format even after my job took me well above FL250 (which came from the maximum certified altitude of the Q400 that I was flying back then). Show More Summary

Airbus ACJ319 Elegance Jet Makes Customization a Breeze With Module Range

Promising to "give wings to your lifestyle," the new Airbus ACJ319 Elegance (a partner aircraft to their ACJ319) was introduced in April and is the newest private jet option out there for discerning customers. Giving you several customization... via JustLuxe.com

easyJet Breaks World Record With In-Air Bard Performance to Make National Shakespeare Day a Reality

The anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (and maybe death) was Wednesday, meaning people all over the world scrambled to dust off their copies of Hamlet so they could show off their Bard knowledge to unsuspecting victims. And yes,... via JustLuxe.com

Ode to JungleBus

Well, Basic Indoc class is over, and I'm officially a WidgetCo pilot, wings and all. It was a really good experience, extremely welcoming regardless of flow status and quite a bit more chilled out than previous indocs. But I still have to get through Mad Dog school, which starts in a week, with computerized home study until then. Show More Summary

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