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What it means to be a post-9/11 airline

It has been a decade since the terrorist attacks in America.That decade wrought changes, including a new meaning of what it means to be an airline. Perhaps surprisingly to anyone who recently went through airport security, its essence is a heightening of many of the same themes that gave aviation its attraction in the first […]

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US Airways 1549 passenger: 3 things I learned whily my plane crashed

We’ve heard a lot about US Airways flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River two years ago. Captain Chesley Sullenberger has received many accolades, including being named our “aviator of the year” in 2009, passengers recounted what they experienced on that chilly January day, and the Airbus A320 in question is planned to be […]

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Video: Red Bull skydiver transfers between gliders mid-flight

Redbull skydiver Paul Steiner has pulled off this amazing feat, captured on video, in which at 2100m he climbs out of his glider’s cockpit (don’t worry: the pilot stays), climbs to the outer edge of the wing, hangs down underneath it, transfers to a second glider, and then stands up as the first glider makes […]

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Oh the things you can see out of your window

People are suddenly getting very interested in the views outside of their aircraft window. (Personally, I blame Boeing for dropping eye-catching winglets for “blended” winglets.)Buzz Feed has selected 100 incredible views from aircraft windows. A passenger on an Air France flight from San Fransisco to Paris snapped 2,459 photos during the flight and put them […]

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New documentary spotlights how aviation helps provide medical services in West Africa

Rex Pemberton’s forthcoming documentary ‘The Calling’ (screenshot above) features Medicine on the Move, a non-profit organisation based in Ghana that uses aviation as a vehicle to provide medical assistance in Ghana and soon, it hopes, in neighboring countries. In that regards it is much like a royal flying doctors service, but Medicine on the Move […]

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Video: World War II bombers (B17 and B25) over Arizona

I’ve been forwarded this magnificent high-definition video of World War II bomber aircraft flying over Arizona. The video starts with a B17 taking off from Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona and then flies over the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction, Roosevelt and Canyon lakes, Saguaro Lake, and Hoover Dam. H5 Productions with the Commemorative Air Force filmed the […]

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Richard Simmons stars in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video

Those Kiwis are at it yet again with their funny in-flight safety videos with the latest iteration featuring fitness personality Richard Simmons conducting a “fit to fly” safety review covering “safety exercises” like how to put bags away: “Stretch it up to the overhead locker…stretch and slide! Yeah, you’re a giraffe!” Even chief executive Rob Fyfe took […]

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Guinness World record for British Airways mile-high stand-up gig

British Airways has set a Guinness World Record for hosting last Saturday’s smile high gig, the highest stand-up comedy event in the world. The airline partnered with comedians Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (above) and raised almost £100,000 for Red Nose Day, as part of the airline’s partnership with Comic Relief, a […]

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New mockumentary ‘Come Fly with Me’ about low-cost airlines

Aviation these days begs for jokes, be it TSA security or Ryanair wanting to charge to use the loo.The comic relief has been funny, but I’ve yet to see anyone go the length Little Britain and the BBC has with its new mockumentary (fake film in documentary-style) TV series, Come Fly with Me.The show is […]

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Spanair surprises passengers with gifts on luggage belt

Passengers may dread the wait for their checked luggage, but that was not the case for passengers coming off Spanair flight JK5208 from Barcelona to Las Palmas last Christmas Eve.190 passengers arrived shortly before midnight, effectively spending their entire Christmas Ever traveling when normally in Spain Christmas Ever is celebrated with dinners, parties, and presents.“We […]

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