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Flightstory With New Website

You might have noticed that since last week nothing new has been posted here anymore. It’s because I was getting ready the all new Flightstory website! :)

I’m happy to announce that as of today the Flightstory Aviation Blog has moved to www.flightstory.net! Many new features are waiting for you!
It’s important to note that this blog will remain online and used as archive. New content will solely be posted on the new website!

New Flightstory.net

… So what do you have to do?

If you’ve subscribed to the RSS feed, you need to update the RSS feed address in your feed reader to: http://www.flightstory.net/feed
If you’re using Feedburner, you don’t need to chance anything since Feedburner has already been updated to use the new address.

… Why the new website?

First of all the new website is more modern, has a more friendly design and most important loads incredibly faster than the old one!

It now has full integration with Facebook and Twitter - so if you like, we can become friends!
Links: Facebook page | Twitter page

The category structure and page layout has been changed and new user functions implemented - like comment rating, new more modern comment form and related postings.

Participation has been enhanced as well:

  • You can submit stories, news and anecdotes or links using a new and better submit form - Link: Submit form
  • Photos and videos can be submitted as well - even works from any mobile phone! - Link: Submit form
  • If you’re on Flickr, you can add your photos to the Flightstory photo pool - Every week we’ll pick one entry that will be honored as “Photo of the Week” - Link: Flickr photo contest
  • You want us to review your products and services or want us to publish your press release, company news or dedicated article you can easily get in touch as well - Link: Contact form

We hope you like the new website! Please feel free to make suggestions and report errors. Any feedback is welcome!

Pilot refuses AIT Screening - Fight for your Rights!

Michael Roberts is a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines. On Friday he has been denied access to the secured area of the terminal building at Memphis International Airport as he attempted to pass through the security line. Why? Because he didn’t wish to be scanned by the new, highly controversial AIT scanners. These devices, featured by the media in recent months, enable screeners to see beneath people’s clothing to an graphic and intrusive level of detail - an infringement of your civil rights and liberty.

Read his story at:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/roberts-m1.1.1.html

History of the Hindenburg Airship

74 years ago, on March 4, 1936 the German Hindenburg airship accomplished its first flight.
The airship flew from March 1936 until destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey.
The Hindenburg (LZ-129) and its sister ship (LZ-130) are the longest flying machines of any kind, as well as the largest airships ever built.

At http://www.airships.net/hindenburg you’ll find very interesting and the most complete historic information about this airship! This great website features many photos as well as sections of special interest to pilots such as flight procedures, flight instruments and navigation.

Airships.net History of the Hindenburg

Air New Zealand with New Sky Couch Seats

Air New Zealand this week introduced their new (premium) economy class seat, the so called “Sky Couch”.
The seats, designed by Air New Zealand and built by Recaro, have large flip-up cushions that fill the space between the end of the seat and the next row of seats. Arm rests retract to provide a flat surface.

New Zealand Sky Couch Economy Class Seat

Videos

N106US “Hudson A320″ Wreckage To Be Sold

Almost one year after the famous US Airways 1549 New York Hudson River emergency landing, Airbus A320-214 N106US (S/N 1044) was put on auction recently. The auction closes March 27 and is open to the general public. Bids can be submitted online. The wreckage is currently stored in Kearny, NJ - wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers have been separated from the fuselage, the engines are not included in the sale.

Photos
Hudson River Airbus A320 Fuselage - US Airways 1549 N106US
US Airways 1549 Airbus A320 Fuselage Impact Damage
Hudson River US Airways 1549 Airbus A320 Cockpit
Hudson River Airbus A320 Cockpit
Hudson River US Airways 1549 Airbus A320 Cabin

Link to auction:
http://www.aigaviation.com/aviationsalvage/salvagedetail.aspx?faano=N106US

Photos: aigaviation.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dear fellow aviation enthusiasts,

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous year 2010!

Christmas Cartoon 2009 by humor.aero

Cartoon kindly provided by www.humor.aero - aviation cartoon books

Perfect Gift for Aviation Enthusiasts

You’re looking for something to surprise a fellow aviation enthusiast or maybe even for yourself? Well, I’ve found the perfect gift!
Aviation humor and cartoon books from aviation-humor.com!

Aviation Humor Books

Each book contains brilliant cartoons, stories and anecdotes from the fantastic world of aviation. Some of the stories may have really happened, some just picture funny situations that, in some way, you may encounter everyday in aviation industry.

All of these books are created and published by two dutch ex Air Force officers. One was also flying as a captain for KLM. They started publishing their first book already in 1982, achieving great success worldwide!

These books are so much fun to read! Here are some examples of what you’ll get:

Aviation Humor Cartoon

After a lengthy delay at the gate while waiting to depart, the Captain finally came on the PA system and announced: “I’m sorry for the delay, but the machine that smashes your baggage and removes the handles is broken, so the ground crew is having to do it all by hand today!”

Aviation Humor Cartoon

A light twin had just landed on Runway 29. Missing the last turnoff onto Taxiway Delta, the pilot started to turn left onto Golf when the controller spoke up:
Tower: “N1234, that taxiway is approved for single-engine use only.”
N1234: “That’s okay, I’ll just shut down one engine.”

These books are a must-have for every aviation enthusiast and perfect gifts for Christmas or Birthdays!
Just head for aviation-humor.com and have a look for yourself!

Cartoons by aviation-humor.com

Review - AviaFilms Aircraft Cockpit Videos

I came across a new website offering great aircraft cockpit videos for purchase. Aviafilms.com provides various videos from Boeing 737 to Cessna 152 and even some rare cockpit action like amazing aerobatics in a LET L13 glider or a 737EFIS full motion simulator.
Aviafilms I purchased their newest video “The B737 Cockpit vs. Simulator + Bonus: Special New Video“. That’s one video with 43 minutes + a nice 8 minute bonus video and about 10 photos including some wallpapers for just $14.95! The whole package comes as a handy download.
The videos are of good quality in a resolution of 1024×576 pixel and stereo sound.

The main video features two legs in a Boeing 737-300 Classic cockpit including startup preparation, walk around, departures, approaches and landings. Every second of the video you’ll get the full cockpit action since the videographer always focuses on the used switches and important instruments. Also included is a Boeing 737 EFIS simulator flight doing cross wind approaches and landings + some crazy aerobatics. Did you ever want to see a 737 doing loops and barrel rolls? Cockpit view? That’s your chance!

The bonus video features a winterly visual B737 landing and aerobatics in a Czech LET L-13 Blanik, including winch launch and landing - of course all from cockpit view.

There’re many more great videos on offer. Just have a look for yourself at http://www.aviafilms.com

Off for a week

I’ll be off till the end of next week.
This means that I won’t post any new articles or approve new commentators during that time.

Just in case you wonder why this place isn’t updated as often as you’re used to! ;)

Guy flying non-stop for a month

A guy named Mark Malkoff recently just started a crazy journey. He’s traveling across the US, continually being on a plane for one month, only getting off to change to a different plane at an airport. During the whole trip he’ll solely be flying with AirTran.

You can follow his journey on Twitter and markonairtran.com

Mark Malkoff is already known for living in an Ikea store for a week.

Mark Malkoff on AirTran