Boeing 787 Dreamliner dazzles with innovative details

On 31/07/2012, in The aircraft we fly, by steve

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner stands apart from the Boeing aircraft that United currently flies. In fact, it’s different from any aircraft you’ve seen. We’d like to take you on a tour of the 787 inside and out, stopping along the way to show you the innovative features that make this a truly remarkable plane – one that you’re definitely going to want to fly on.

As we get closer to the delivery of the 787, we’ll be offering news and photos that are specific to our own Dreamliner. In fact, we’ll be dedicating an entire section of United Hub to the 787.

787 innovations from the outside in

From its exterior design to the manufacturing materials and build process, the 787 introduces a number of innovations and advances in technology. It’s not always easy to know, just by looking, what model a particular airplane is. But the 787 was designed from the outset to stand out. If you’re one of our customers who is versed in aviation design, you may spot a few distinct features that set it apart from other aircraft including the windshield made of four panels, the graceful sweep of the wings and the smoother contour of the nose.

Composite materials

Along with the design, the most significant exterior innovation is Boeing’s approach to the primary structure of the 787. While other aircraft are made primarily of metal, the 787’s fuselage and wings – a full 50 percent of the whole – are formed of carbon fiber-enforced polymers. Constructing so much of an airplane from composite materials is a truly revolutionary approach.

Composite materials are lighter and more durable than standard metal and these qualities give the 787 the advantage when it comes to incorporating advances in aircraft technology. Other direct benefits of using composites include greater manufacturing efficiency (the fuselage is fashioned as several one-piece barrels), greater fuel efficiency (a 20-percent decrease in fuel consumption), fewer hours of maintenance over the long run and lower cabin altitude for more comfortable flights.

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The Top 10 Most Devastating Plane Crash Videos

On 31/07/2012, in Safety is no accident, by steve

The folks at Fly Away Simulation have collected what they claim to be the ten most devastating plane crash videos and put them in a post on their web site here.

Sad as these events are, they are part of aviation and we can say truthfully that we do learn from every accident, every incident so it is also true that evey incident makes aviaton safer. This is why flying is the safest mode of travel on the planet.


TITAN Final Workshop Announced

On 27/07/2012, in Events, by steve

The final TITAN Workshop will be held on 21 November 2012 in Palma de Mallorca. Details of the workshop will be promulgated in October, however, if you are interested in participating, please send a message with your details by clicking here.

The TITAN project has analyzed the current turnaround process to detect gaps and to study the influence of external actors, especially the effect of land-side processes. The Advanced Turnaround Operational Concept originally defined by the project has been modeled, validated and updated in the course of last year. Using this new concept, a Decision-Making Support Tool is being developed to better manage the incidents that may occur during the turnaround process.  All this progress will be shown during the Final Workshop together with the results of the CBA that is currently being carried out.

You can read more about TITAN here.


Paradise remains paradise…

On 27/07/2012, in Picture stories, by steve

Honolulu has always been the main gateway to paradise. As you can see on the period postcard reproduced above, this gateway had an airport to match. Passengers could drink their Kona coffee right next to the apron and people alighting from the planes were embraced by the perfume of the flowers found in abundance everywhere.

In most places when a new airport replaces the old, it is more modern and more comfortable but it usually keeps little or nothing of the old sphere.

Not in Honolulu! The new airport, which is as modern as they come, welcomes you in surroundings which are as near to the spirit of that lovely old airport as they can be. Judge for yourself…

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Fragmentation then and now…

On 23/07/2012, in FAB News, by cleo

In previous writings on the problems we see with the concept of Functional Airspace Blocks (FAB), the authors have often compared the European ATM fragmentation the nine FABs are bringing to the situation we had back in the early 70s. Like all comparisons, this one is not perfect by far, but there are enough similarities to make one worry. Are they going to address those issues?

Because let’s not forget that the idea of FABs came as a result of Europe’s dismal failure to agree on a region-wide improvement to the way air traffic management was being done. If there is no regional solution, let’s try to get things sorted out on the level of blocks of airspace that can be seen as functionally interrelated. Going for an airspace based concept when the modern approach was trajectory based was the first fatal flow… But much worse was the political interference which resulted in nine FABs instead of the 2 or 3 that would have been warranted on a purely air traffic management basis. Anyway, the FABs took a long time to get things going, sorting out organizational and political issue first and it is only now that they are slowly turning to getting the ATM aspects addressed. Based on the noises coming from every direction, coordinating things between 4 or 5 ANSPs is not that much easier than it was between 27 or so. Because the FABs are working on their own, applying their own understanding to the ATM concepts at hand, with solutions defined that are optimized for the given FAB environment, they are fast becoming castles unto themselves. However, even the largest FAB is pretty small from an aircraft’s point of view and a lot of the traffic a FAB will encounter does not stay exclusively in that FAB. An average European flight will encounter several FABs as it negotiates the suddenly not-so-single European sky. So, we know that ANSPs in a given FAB have some trouble agreeing things (nothing new there…). Who will get the FABs themselves to agree to things that affect a bunch of them? That is what used to be the European level… and the circle is round. I can already see the European FAB coordination meeting where reps of the various FABs will discover that a lot of their hard won agreements that appeared to be perfect inside their FAB do not really line up with the thinking of the FABs downstream. Then what?

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Roger-Wilco – 3 years young

On 23/07/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

Exactly three years ago, on 23 July 2009, a new blog hit the internet under the name Roger-Wilco. There were many aviation related blogs there already, but none of them were dedicated to an air traffic management perspective on the world.

The concept of Roger-Wilco has always been to help people navigate the complicated world of air traffic management as we were aware that even experts closely involved with one or the other of the ATM fields had problems with following developments in the others. Our articles in the series “Buzzwords explained” are one of the most popular among them all.

In the course of the three years we have visited several important decision makers who gave us a glimpse of their personal lives and backgrounds as well as their views on ATM developments.

What we have always considered a high priority was the timely disclosure of issues that were seen as problems in the way of achieving the aims of current air traffic management projects. Needless to say, not all people were happy when we pointed out inaccurate statements or missing (withheld…) information. But we believe that this type of reporting did help to bring issues to the limelight and increased transparency across the board.

We are especially pleased to see that our readership is growing apace and now includes people from many, many countries of the world. An interesting detail that visits from various Universities peak at about the time students tend to search for material for their theses… we have been discovered, that is for sure.

Roger-Wilco will enter its fourth year with the aims staying basically the same. Look beyond the official communiqués, read between the lines, discuss technologies and their implication, be a source of hard to get information for all our readers, everywhere in the world.

We thank you all for visiting, come back often.


Garmin Leads the Way to ADS-B Future

On 20/07/2012, in NextGen, by steve

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, has announced a comprehensive suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions, providing options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the U.S. NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain immediate access to the benefits of ADS-B In, including high-integrity traffic and subscription-free weather information.

“No matter what type of aircraft you fly, where you fly or what you’re looking to get out of ADS-B, Garmin has a solution to meet your needs,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “NextGen represents a significant opportunity for pilots to fly with greater safety, efficiency, flexibility and situational awareness. Our solutions go further than meeting the minimum requirements for ADS-B. They offer a full range of traffic, weather and other datalink display capabilities to give pilots the most complete picture of their operational environment. Our full line up of ADS-B products, along with our comprehensive ADS-B Academy website, support Garmin’s commitment to making the ADS-B transition easy and affordable for all aircraft owners.”

Garmin unveils the industry’s first dual-link ADS-B solution for certified aircraft

Garmin has introduced the industry’s first dual-link ADS-B solution for certified aircraft, the GDL 88 series. The GDL 88 provides a simple, rule-compliant solution for aircraft operating in the U.S. and below 18,000 feet. The GDL 88 also brings the added benefit of access to advanced traffic information and subscription free weather for aircraft flying at any altitude. The innovative dual-link capability allows the GDL 88 to receive both the 978 MHz UAT and 1090 MHz frequency bands to provide the most comprehensive level of traffic situational awareness. Advanced traffic awareness features include TargetTrend™ relative motion technology, which helps the pilot visualize the trend of the traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft, and SURF technology, which detects other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways and taxiways that may pose a threat while taxiing or on approach.

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Have you ever flown into a thunderstorm?

On 20/07/2012, in Just to let you know..., by steve

Watch this Air Safety Institute (ASI) webcast Preempting a Thunderstorm’s Fury: Cockpit Weather, ATC and You.

Thunderstorms can pack a powerful punch, and flying anywhere in the vicinity of one can be deadly. But, how do you recognize and deal with convective weather?

Watch the Air Safety Institute’s “Preempting a Thunderstorm’s Fury: Cockpit Weather, ATC, and You.” In this recorded webcast, AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and expert panelists discuss practical weather strategies beyond the basics: How are ASR and WARP different? What does the dBz scale mean to you? How do you interpret steep precipitation gradients?

Find out how to minimize your risk of encountering a thunderstorm’s fearsome wrath!



A bit of a breeze…

On 20/07/2012, in Life around runways, by lajos

A long period of extreme heat in Budapest, Hungary ended with the arrival of a cold-front, triggering a violent storm causing a lot of damage in the capital. Ferihegy Airport experienced some truly high winds that made the tower shake… Here is a picture of the met display taken during this “breezy” period.


New Look, Features Now Offered by Air Charter Marketplace

On 19/07/2012, in Just to let you know..., by steve launches new look and features to its popular air charter marketplace which now features over 700 aircraft and 200 charter operators.

For nearly a year, the Worldwide Air Charter Marketplace has positioned itself as the one-stop solution for private jet travelers with more than 700 aircraft and 200 operators ready to meet their needs. Now, the site offers more search options and a number of new features to bring charter operators and consumers closer together.

“Building search technology and other features geared toward attracting the private traveler is our focus, though our partnership with operators really makes us look good,” Robert Hart, head of said. “None of this would be possible without their hard work and willingness to participate in a new program introduced during hard economic times.”

While the marketplace has introduced some industry firsts, such as video promotion and intelligent search technology, it isn’t calling it quits on improving the service.

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