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Vintage Transport Aircraft: Re-purposing a DC-7


In 1956, a brand new Douglas Aircraft DC-7B was christened with US registration number N101LM. She was to begin service as a passenger airliner for American Airlines. Powered by four Wright Radial R-3350 Series engines, she carried a crew of 2 pilots, … Continue reading

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Big Airports, Little Airplanes


I love flying out of grass strips, with their camaraderie and Friday night barbeques. I also enjoy the demands of flying into and out of large commercial airports, surrounded by Class Bravo airspace. I like the challenge of fitting into … Continue reading

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British Airways ad


Great ad showing the history of British Airways, a/ka/a Speedbird. It’s too bad today’s reality of flying commercial falls a bit short. and how it was made:

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External GPS Options for Pilots Using the iPad


I hate flying commercial. Pilots are a unique breed. We must be in control of our own destiny rather than be relegated to seat 22-E. But occasionally we must fly commercial and find ways to entertain ourselves while enroute. The … Continue reading

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Do Personal Electronics Interfere with Cockpit Instruments?


This is from AVWEB: http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/1930-full.html#204798 An International Air Transport Association report suggests cellphones and other personal electronics, notably the iPad, can cause alarming disruptions to aircraft systems. The report, obtained by ABC News, is said to document 75 instances between … Continue reading

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The Flying Businessman, circa 1953


Here is a short YouTube retro video clip from 1953 about the flying businessman. It profiles those who traveled commercial and air taxi, and those who learned to fly a private airplane for business purposes. If you watch closely you will see … Continue reading

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Patriot Pilot


Normally I do not post about adding a new member to my blogroll, but in this case, I wanted to make sure as many people find out about this particular blogger as possible. http://www.patriotpilot.com/index.html Patriot Pilot is a commercial airline … Continue reading

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Orlando Municipal Airport, Shawnee Airlines and the Beechcraft 99 Commuter


When I was a kid, my mom was a travel agent. She started with the Grace Steamship Lines in downtown Chicago in the 1950’s, where she met my Dad. Lucky for me. Mom was hired by Orlando-based Shawnee Airlines in … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with your families. Safe travels! Attached is a slideshow of some really interesting aircraft pictures, none of which I took. BestAviationPhotography

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FlightAware.com


Along with the rest of the “gate lice”, I was flying “low class” back from Dallas on a business trip a couple of weeks back. You know the usual….cramped seats, militant FA’s, and Disney-bound crumb crunchers kicking your seatback. Ah, … Continue reading

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