Archive | October, 2011

Seeing the PT6 upclose, jumping out of this aircraft

Seeing the PT6 upclose, jumping out of this aircraft, originally uploaded by flightblogger. LAS VEGAS — Yes, you read that right. One takeoff and one "custom" landing with Sky Dive Las Vegas. Climbing to 13-15,000 MSL then heading fast for earth. See you on the ground. Update: Safe and sound on the ground. Wow.

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XSTOL and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine

Ahead of the 2011 National Business Aviation Association conference in Las Vegas, which begins on Sunday, Pratt & Whitney Canada invited me to take a closer look at the Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL and the engine that powers it, the PT6A. The XSTOL, which stands for extreme short take off and landing, is a designation given […]

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At long last, a new comment system for FlightBlogger

This day has been a long time coming.  FlightBlogger, along with Runway Girl and The DEW Line, now have a new (and fully operational) comment system. Over the years I have received several hundred thousand comments on this blog and sadly only a small fraction have been from real people, making actual comments about the […]

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All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner JA802A ZA103

Excess weight keeps ANA’s early 787s in the neighborhood (Update1)

At last week’s 787 first delivery, Satoru Fujiki, an All Nippon Airways senior vice president, told reporters that the performance shortfall on the early deliveries would slot the aircraft into a role of regional missions, rather than long-range international flights, which will be flown with later built aircraft. “The early 787s are actually much heavier […]

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Cargolux Boeing 747-8F LX-VCB RC502

Cargolux 747-8F delivery impasse ended, delivery on October 12

It took until the second question at today’s Qatar Airways 100th airplane delivery event for CEO Akbar Al-Baker to be asked about the contract dispute between Cargolux, of which Qatar is a 35% stakeholder, and General Electric that abruptly cancelled delivery of the cargo carrier’s first two 747-8Fs. Al-Baker declared the dispute between Cargolux, Boeing […]

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