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NetJets Slashes China-Based Membership Costs More Than Fifty Percent

NetJets recently announced that they will be making their US- and European-based fractional fleets available to customers in China via their prepaid Private Jet Travel Card. Not only does the updated card connect China-based clients to hundreds of coun... via

Dear MadDog

This is one of the hardest letters I will ever write. I'm leaving you. I didn't make this decision lightly. You're a great airplane, quirks and all, and we had some great times - even when you occasionally tried to kill me or get me violated. Show More Summary

Headed to the Masters Golf Tournament? Here's Why You Should Fly Private

The Masters Golf Tournament is without a doubt one of the biggest golfing events in the world, setting off a run of four key events commonly called “the majors”: Masters, US Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship. Held at the Augusta... via

Living the Dream!

I can't take credit for this one, but it's pretty freakin' brilliant. The cop/porter thing is hilarious, as I have indeed been mistaken for both, among other things.

Air Mail Centennial is Opportunity for Grassroots Birth of National Park of the Air

In less than a month in late 1911, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and the United States each made their inaugural air mail flights. All of them were short distance experiments that led to regular delivery schedules along established routes. The US Post Office began regular air mail service between New York City and Washington, […]

Why U.S. Airmen Should be Grateful for the NTSB

2 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Dear Reader / Listeners – You now have the option to listen to The Aviation Minute podcast or just read the script of the show below. If you receive Jetwhine via e-mail, you can click here to listen as well. If you’re not yet a subscriber to The Aviation Minute, Click Here to sign up … it’s free. __________________________ Why U.S. […]

Scandinavian Airlines Launches New Business Class Seats, Conducts Sleeping Experiment in Oslo Airport

To meet the demands of travelers seeking a good night’s sleep, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has launched a new long-haul cabin for Business fliers that includes fully lie-flat seats. Instead of merely announcing the upgrades, SAS set up a little c... via

Spa Retreat or Virgin Atlantic Flight? Airline Shows Off Their Upper Class Services in New Video

Most people time their arrival to the airport perfectly, giving enough time to get through security but not so much that they’re left with nothing to do in the terminal. Well, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fliers show up early for entirely differen... via

In Search of Sunshine, Part II: Atlanta to Sebastian

When the Bahamas plan first came together, my sailor/pilot friend Andy was planning on flying the rental Piper Warrior. As a fairly junior captain at NewCo, though, he ended up getting a trip that conflicted with our schedule, and couldn't get out of it because the company put his annual line check on that trip. Show More Summary

Pilot Reincarnation: What Bird Would You Be?

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

From time unrecorded, humans have looked up and envied the birds above them. In time we created machines to emulate their various forms of flight. But have you ever given a moments thought to pilot reincarnation and what kind of bird you would be? I’m not sure why I awoke with this question in mind […]

At United Airlines, Does Making Money Trump Safety?

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

At United Airlines, does making money trump safety? A recent Aviation Week article quotes United CEO Jeff Smisek saying, “We’re going to run the airline for profit maximization …” That made me wonder a bit. Then I noticed last week’s Wall Street Journal story in which the airline strongly chastised its pilots for cockpit safety issues the company warned could […]

Chasing Ghosts at NAS Brunswick Maine

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

On Monday, September 29, I completed a lifetime quest of visiting all 50 states by chasing ghosts at Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM), the former Naval Air Station Brunswick Maine. I chose it because my late father, a naval aviator, served here as an SB2C Helldiver (below) pilot at the war’s end. In seeking the ghost […]

Have You Seen a Baumann Brigadier?

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

As the photo here shows, it looks like an old Aero Commander, and when I first saw this photo that was my initial identification. And then I noticed that the tail feathers were lower, and that the horizontal stab didn’t have the Commander’s dihedral, and, oh yeah, it has pusher props. Knowing me as a […]

Caught In the (P-61) Black Widow’s Web

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

A side benefit of visiting Reading, Pennsylvania, where two of my wife’s three sons (and 6.5 of her 11.5 grandchildren) reside is catching up on the Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s restoration of its P-61 Black Widow. When I first saw the airplane in 1995, just before we got married, its bent and corroded pieces were […]

Time to Give ATC an “Atta Boy”

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Dear Reader / Listeners – You now have the option to listen to the Aviation Minute podcast or read the text below. If you receive Jetwhine via e-mail, you can click here to listen as well. Time to Give ATC an “Atta Boy” Most aviation stories only seem to find their way on to the desks of those […]

Changing Aviation Interest & Participation

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

This past week the mailman delivered a reason to think about my unknown but rapidly approaching expiration date. Thanking me for my four decade membership tenure, EAA offered me a three-figure rebate if I bought a four-figure lifetime membership. The numbers didn’t work out to my benefit. Weeks away from the conclusion of the first […]

Droning on About UAS

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Dear Reader / Listeners – You now have the option to listen to The Aviation Minute podcast or read the text below. If you receive Jetwhine via e-mail, you can click here to listen as well. At the risk of droning on about a topic my pals David and Max at the UAV Digest show are getting tired […]

Seeing Where Bird Strikes are a Threat

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Bird strikes are perhaps the greatest unappreciated risk pilots face. There are a number of reasons for this, but among the primary contenders is the fact that most strikes result in expensive airframe and powerplant repairs rather than catastrophic conclusions. There was some attention paid to this important topic after some geese put US Airways […]

Drones in the News

3 weeks agoVehicles / Aircraft : JetWhine

Drones in the News When I was a kid my mom told me she could always tell when I was hiding something … “It shows all over your face,” she’d say. So what does this have to do with the recent uptick in news coverage of drones, UAS, UAVs, RPVs and the rest? I sat […]

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