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    All alone at 40,000 feet

    The thin air of the upper flight levels isn’t just inhabited by commercial jets. ...

    On February 11, 2015 / By
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    Bush Pilots #2: Papua — 73 Seconds

    This week we look at what is most likely the world’s shortest commercial flight: a 73 second butt clincher. This redefines the meaning of the term ‘shuttle flight’. Neighbouring towns Kegata and Apowo are barely shouting distance from each other, but separated by a very steep valley (just how steep? Pause the video at 3:37 for a nice overview). Bush pilot Matt Dearden ...

    On March 6, 2014 / By
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    What it’s like flying a shiny new $65m Gulfstream 650

    So your paperclip business has done surprisingly well, and you have a bumper $65 million lying around. Congratulations! Now find a way to fly non-stop halfway across the globe to reach new markets without those nasty airport queues. Solution? How about a new Gulfstream 650 (price times 10?). Aviation Week’s Fred George, no stranger to Gulfstream cockpits, is here to convince you to ...

    On March 6, 2014 / By
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    Windy Wednesday # 2: Bhutan Special

    Bhutan: land of stunning Buddhist monasteries, soaring Himalayan vistas, few tourists, many yaks and one very scary runway approach. You thought Innsbruck was spicy? Bhutan’s Paro takes it up another notch with the visual approach into runway 15. Back in 1997 yours truly flew from New Delhi to Paro on a DrukAir BAe 146. Prior to taxi the captain informed us that ...

    On March 5, 2014 / By
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    Bush Pilots #3: Alaska — Don’t Forget Your Bush Wheels

    These pilots don’t hang out at 30,000 feet, they don’t carry hundreds of passengers and their startup procedures may only take a minute but there’s a case to be made that bush pilots carry out the purest form of flying. Usually having little in the way of avionics to help them out in poor weather conditions, they rely on their knowledge of ...

    On February 28, 2014 / By
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    Bush Pilots #1: Idaho — Skipping Stone Approach

    These pilots don’t hang out at 30,000 feet, they don’t carry hundreds of passengers and their startup procedures may only take a minute but there’s a case to be made that bush pilots carry out the purest form of flying. Usually having little in the way of avionics to help them out in poor weather conditions, they rely on their knowledge of ...

    On February 28, 2014 / By
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    How to fly an A350 for the first time

    Earlier we shared a nifty video with you about the very complex A350 construction process. Obviously there’s so much knowledge, professionalism and experience at Airbus that the very first test flight shouldn’t end in tears. But would you happily takeoff in a plane that has never been flown before? Would the mandatory parachute give you second thoughts? Check out this video from ...

    On February 28, 2014 / By
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    Windy Wednesday #1

    We know you love those crosswind landings, which is why every Wednesday we’ll bring you the best clips from around the web of pilots ‘crabbing’ and ‘side slipping’ into some tasty crosswinds and gusts. This week’s windy Wednesday includes trouble at the often tricky Birmingham Airport, a scary steep Condor final approach at Dusseldorf, a gem from the past and some expert ...

    On February 26, 2014 / By
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    How to Build an Airbus A350

    With 682 778 firm orders to date, many of us will be flying the Airbus A350 quite regularly starting next year. Airbus have produced a very nice (and very geeky) animation video of the assembly process which we have shared here for your viewing pleasure. (PS to see who gets to test this thing out on it’s maiden flight, click here) ...

    On August 31, 2013 / By
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