Budgie Cyber Blues
So you think the recent landing of the Airbrush A318 “mini-me” bus at London City was impressive? Just take a glance at its max altitude capability in a certain on-line directory. According to this, the spritely minibus can zoom along at the edge of space at a very impressive 39,800m (139,000ft)! Something has to pay for this, however, so you’ll not be surprised to see its range with max payload drops off rather alarmingly to 3,629m. According to eagle-eyed nephew Chris Kjelgaard: “Wasn’t the A380 doing its first landing at London City Airport this week as well? Or was it the A318 at Heathrow? I can’t quite remember... but I can’t wait to see the 747-8 doing its first landing at Popham.”
Vive les waypoints
Nephew Jean-Louis Alligier reminds me that “should you decide to extend the search to other languages, then the resources would become nearly infinite. Take AWY UN870 from Madrid to Barcelona : you fly from KARES to BISES [Kiss] that come, almost logically, after PINAR [french slang for Wine].”
Aircraft eats tractor
Maybe not quite the “man bites dog” story, but a fascinating tale none the less from nephew Jock Boehm who recalls this incident from January 1996 at Dubai airport.
Many Happy aaaaaaaahhhhhh de Havillands!
Source: Flight International