Archive | September, 2011

German parliament investigates that bad smell in the cabin

The German parliament is the third national administration to investigate the aerotoxic phenomenon, otherwise known as cabin air contamination. In 2000 the Australian Senate did it and concluded there was a real issue, then the British upper chamber the House of Lords, which also decided the problem should be taken seriously. Now, according to my […]

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Landing on the taxiway at Paphos: not so difficult

It’s easier than you think to land on the parallel taxiway at Paphos, like a Thomson Airways Boeing 737 did recently when it had been cleared to land on runway 29. Have a look at the picture. The taxiway is the same size as the runway. In fact it used to be the runway. But […]

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A lone Spitfire over Normandy

Bertrand de Courville, a senior Air France captain and good friend, reacted so lyrically to my previous blog about G-ILDA that I asked if I could post his letter here. He agreed, so here it is:   Dear David, I just read your article about your flight on the Spitfire Mk IX G-ILDA. Really geat […]

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Flying G-ILDA: now with video

I’m about to go flying in this beautiful machine. I know. I can’t believe it either. But about an hour after I had taken this shot, I had flown her from here (Oxford Kidlington) to Farnborough with a couple of visits on the way to show her off to deserving people. You’ve got to share something as […]

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