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Going on Vacation

Flightstory.net LogoDear fellow aviation enthusiasts, for the next 2 weeks I’ll be gone on vacation. I’ll be going with Skytrax Airline of the Year to Skytrax Airport of the Year 2008 (and probably 2009). ;)

Sorry, but during that time I won’t publish new articles and no new commentators will be approved. I also won’t reply to your e-mails till I’m back.

Unfortunately, according to turbulenceforecast.com the flight could be quite boring :( Let’s hope that the forecast isn’t right or that a little CAT may be waiting. ;)

Northwest Retro Uniform Week

Northwest Airlines Retro HatApril 1st will mark the first day all Northwest Airlines staff has to wear the new Delta uniform. To remember the great history of Northwest, during the next week March 23 - 29 flight attendants are asked to participate in the retro uniform week to wear their vintage uniforms from the 80s or maybe even the 70s.

Unfortunately we’ll see those vintage uniforms on flights within the United States only. Wearing retro uniforms on international flights is prohibited by Northwest because of international security restrictions.

So, if you’re flying Northwest Airlines within the US over the coming week, keep your eyes peeled for the flight attendants and maybe share some photos. :)

Curious what uniforms you can expect to see? Check out http://www.uniformfreak.com/1northwest.html

Video - “Flying Car” Takes First Flight

The “roadable aircraft” called “Transition” successfully did its first flight earlier this month. The light plane built by a company called Terrafugia Inc., is designed to change configurations, enabling it to operate as a traditional vehicle on public roads. The plane can carry two people plus luggage and will operate within a range of 100 to 500 miles (800 km), on a single tank of premium unleaded gas.

Related: Video - “Roadable Aircraft” to be built

Merry XMAS and Happy New Year

Dear fellow aviation enthusiasts,

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a great year 2009!

Thanks for visiting and enriching this blog with your valuable comments and e-mails!

Photo via Flickr by lancashire lad

N999LJ Learjet Crash - ATC Radio Communication MP3

The FAA has released two audio files containing the ATC radio communication with Learjet LR60 N999LJ that overran runway 11 while departing Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on September 19.

Links to audio files (MP3)
Columbia Local Control (23.10 MB)
Columbia Clearance Delivery (12.05 MB)

Video - AP Report

Wallpaper - Airbus A380 Nose

Always staring at the same desktop wallpaper gets pretty boring over time. I decided to create a desktop wallpaper from one of my own A380 photos. If you like it, you can download this wallpaper below.

Airbus A380 Nose

To fit anybody’s needs I made it available in many different sizes. Just choose the right file, depending on your screen resolution.

Widescreen 16:10
Includes: 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1200, 2560×1600
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Fullscreen 4:3 & 5:4
Includes: 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1600×1200, 2048×1536
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HDTV 16:9
Includes: 720p, 1080p
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Mobile
Includes: 800×480, 320×240 (Cellphone), 320×480 (Apple iPhone), 480×272 (Sony PSP)
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Video - “Roadable Aircraft” to be built

Again someone tries to build a “flying car”. A company called Terrafugia Inc., located in the state of Massachusetts, is building the so called “Transition”, a roadable aircraft. The light plane is designed to change configurations, enabling it to operate as a traditional vehicle on public roads. The plane will be capable of flying at 115 miles per hour - in car mode top speed will be 70 to 80 miles per hour.
The “Transition” can carry two people plus luggage and will operate within a range of 100 to 500 miles (800 km), on a single tank of premium unleaded gas .

The estimated purchase price is $148,000. They’re planning test flights later this year.

Video:

The company’s CEO said, the design of the Terrafugia vehicle will address some of the problems that pilots encounter when they try to use their aircraft for actual travel, as opposed to weekend sightseeing. When they encounter bad weather in the Transition, they can simply land at the nearest airport and continue their journey on the road.

Read the full story at: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2008/10/19/fighting_to_take_off/

If you ask me, this idea is just ridiculous.

Thanks to Scott for sending in this story!

Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge - A quick look inside

I’ve ever wondered how the rich and well-heeled may travel and how the premium lounges actually look inside. Malaysia Airlines provided some shots from inside the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur KLIA (KUL).

Dining Area
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Dining Area
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Dining Area

Entertainment
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Entertainment
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Entertainment
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Entertainment
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Entertainment

Workout Station
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Workout Station

Internet/Working Area
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Internet/Working Area

Restroom
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Restroom

Decoration
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Decoration
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Decoration

Photos: Malaysia Airlines

Jumbo Hostel to open at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport

Have you ever dreamed of living in an airliner? Soon you can book your own room in the world’s first Jumbo Hostel, located at Stockholm International Airport, Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN), Sweden.

Jumbo Hostel Stockholm-Arlanda Sweden

The Boeing 747-200 at last operated by Transjet offers 25 rooms with 85 beds in total. One highlight will be the Cockpit Suite - the cockpit has been converted into a deluxe suite with parts of the original interior saved.

Jumbo Hostel Stockholm-Arlanda Sweden

Bookings will start in December. Visit http://www.jumbohostel.com

Having a Break

In the next 2 weeks I’ll be on holiday. I’m sorry but during that time no new articles will be posted and no new commentators will be approved. I also won’t reply to your e-mails till I’m back.

I hope you’ll miss me and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in 2 weeks! :)




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