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INFORMATIONAL Mar 30, 2024 How This Boeing 747 Went Supersonic When we think of supersonic travel, we immediately think of aircraft like the Concorde and various types of fighter jets. That's because these aircraft were built to regularly fly at supersonic speeds. But what if I told you that a Boeing 747 once went supersonic? Believe it or not, this happened back in 1991 and that's what we will be discussing today. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Mar 23, 2024 How an Airport's Elevation Impacts Aircraft Performance Passengers likely do not think about certain factors affecting an aircraft's performance as the plane takes off. Elevation is one such factor, with an airport's elevation playing a significant role in how easily an aircraft can get off the ground. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Mar 22, 2024 Window or Aisle Seat: Which One Is Better? Passengers must often choose between the aisle and window seats when flying. Each seat type has its pros and cons, which also depend on a passenger's preferences. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Mar 20, 2024 Six Must-Have Apps to Make Your Next Flight a Breeze When traveling, it is always important to bring a few essentials: clothes, chargers, your phone, and maybe even a snack. That said, there should be an equivalent emphasis on essential smartphone applications. Certain apps can lead to an easier and more efficient travel experience. Here are some of the best to have for your next trip. Read More →
STORIES Mar 20, 2024 Boeing's Blame Game: A History of Shifting Responsibility After Crashes Boeing has been experiencing high pressure and complications due to accidents and a lack of safety culture. Boeing CEO David Calhoun appeared in an interview with the New York Times in 2020. When asked to accept the blame for the fatal 737 MAX crashes, he avoided answering the question by stating whether U.S. pilots could have avoided them. Read More →
STORIES Mar 18, 2024 Remembering David E. Harris: The First African American Commercial Airline Pilot On March 8, the aviation industry was saddened by the loss of David E. Harris (1934-2024), the first African-American pilot to receive the title of captain at a major US commercial airline in 1964. The Columbus, Ohio-born Harris had a storied career in the United States Air Force before switching to a commercial airline in the mid-1960s, when he was fighting through barriers regarding race. Read More →
STORIES Mar 18, 2024 Crashing into the Forest Near Paris: The Story of Turkish Airlines Flight 981 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 (TK981) was a flight from Istanbul-Atatürk (ISL) to London-Heathrow (LHR) with a layover at Paris-Orly (ORY). On March 3, 1974, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 crashed into the Ermenonville Forest near Paris. The fatal crash, which killed all 335 passengers and 11 crew on board, was the deadliest plane crash in aviation history until March 27, 1977. Read More →
STORIES Mar 17, 2024 Heavy Fog Leads to a Boeing 747 Crashing into Homes in Kyrgyzstan: Turkish Airlines Flight 6491 Turkish Airlines Flight 6491 was a scheduled international cargo flight operated by ACT Airlines on behalf of Turkish Cargo. An incident occurred while the flight was conducting a layover in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on January 16, 2017. Read More →
STORIES Mar 17, 2024 Crashing into a Mango Garden After Takeoff: Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688 This is the story of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688, a shocking tragedy that highlighted the negligence of an airline and the ultimate price it had to pay. Read More →
TRIP REPORTS Mar 16, 2024 My Experience on America’s Worst-Rated Airline: Is Spirit Really That Bad? In early May, our writer Adam Schupak had the opportunity to fly Spirit Airlines between Newark (EWR) and Charleston (CHS). Considering all of the recent changes occurring within the airline, such as new cabins and policies onboard, he was curious whether or not the airline deserves the bad rap that people usually give it. Read More →