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December 1, 2008
You can minimize the possibility of turbulence by flying in early morning, wh
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
October 1, 2008
Paris’ Grand Palais hosted the first-ever airshow in 1908. An entirely indoor
Business Jet Traveler published its inaugural issue in October 2003-just two months before the 100th anniversary of Orville and Wilber Wright's first powered flight.
August 1, 2008
Sometimes, pilots must make the transfer from wings to wheels briskly.
What Americans call "landing gear," the British call "undercarriage," which really is much more logical. That's because an airplane uses its wheels not just to land but also to take off, taxi and sit around in the hangar. Whatever you call it, the part of the aircraft that allows it to move around on the ground has several distinguishing characteristics.
June 1, 2008
The most famous of all World War II "bomber" jackets is the A-2 Charlton Hest
I stopped paying serious attention to fashion years ago. But just out of curiosity, I do check with younger colleagues every now and then to see whether my Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses are in or out of style. I'm told they're in again. That makes at least six cycles since I bought them. By the time you read this, it could be seven.
April 1, 2008
While looking through showers when the sun is low, look for full-circle rainb
You probably don't give much thought to the windows in your airplane's cabin. With the tasteful interiors and all the office and entertainment amenities available on private aircraft today, the windows might seem as though they exist solely to shed natural sunlight on the hand-rubbed rosewood finish of the pop-up computer desk.
February 1, 2008
There is a wealth of meaning to be found in volume, tone of voice, timing and
Digital text messaging might be the preferred communications medium of the future, but when it comes to air traffic control (ATC), pilots and their counterparts on the ground still need a live human voice at the other end of the earphones. Texting may be fine for many forms of messages aloft, and in fact, it has been widely used for years by airlines and many business-jet operators.
December 1, 2007
The plate block with an inverted Jenny will cost you $3 million.
Manned flight in powered aircraft was only 15 years old when the idea of carrying mail in airplanes seemed doable to the bureaucrats in Washington. The airplane's success during the Great War in Europe-still ongoing- showed a promise of peacetime applications. So it happened on May 1, 1918, that the U.S.
October 1, 2007
It can be difficult for the family on one side of a weather front, where the
In a recent discussion of sports with my British colleague Charles Alcock, he talked about England's historic admiration for what he described as the "gifted amateur." This was illustrated best in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, the story of Harold Abrahams, the gold-medal winner in the 100-meter dash at the 1924 Olympics.
August 1, 2007
It is your responsibility as a passenger to ensure that the preflight safety
All takeoffs are optional but all landings are mandatory. It's one of those clever dark-humor catchphrases that permeate aviation and it speaks an unerring truth. Once you break ground and clear the security of the runway, you've left behind the one option that absolutely guarantees you will not have an airplane crash today.
April 1, 2007
With enough power, you can make a barn door fly.
Ask a pilot what keeps an airplane in the sky and he'll most likely talk about the forces of lift, thrust, gravity and drag; power-to-weight ratios; and possibly "airfoils"-the word used to describe the wings' shape. Or maybe he'll answer simply, "Your credit card." Either way, it's not much comfort when you're eight miles above terra firma with no visible means of support.

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