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Talk about Swiss precision!
On August 30 and again on September 6, a SWISS International Air Lines Airbus A330, flanked by six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse, whizzed above a crowd of approximately 50,000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and 50th Anniversary of its aerobatic division. It was only one flying display within the AIR14 PAYERNE air show but, for such an occasion, SWISS brought out the big cameras (38 in total!) to create a short "pilots' view" film.
The videography and editing which went into the production of the video is simply spectacular, and it seems the internet agrees; the video has only been posted to YouTube for a couple days, and already it's just short of 50,000 views.
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With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.
Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races endsthere's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.
Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their
footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.
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Every aviation museum worth its salt these days can boast of classic warplanes, military fighter jets here and there, and perhaps a pre-jet-age Lockheed Constellation, but few go the extra mile to secure and preserve the rarest, most historic, and, in some cases, most expensive airplanes nearly lost to history as does the Museu TAM.
The museum is the baby of TAM Airlines and is now the largest museum in the world maintained by an airline. Unfortunately it isn't the easiest daytrip destination; the Museu sits in a spacious pair of hangars just outside the town of São Carlos, an hour's drive from the city of Ribeirão Preto (location of the nearest commercial airport), which is itself an hour's flight (or 3-hour drive) from São Paulo. You'd never expect to find one of the world's most important aviation museums way out here, in this part of rural Brazil better known for sugarcane plantations, but here it is.
The museum opened to the public in 2006 with only around 32 aircraft, but they've been quite busy since and the collection now numbers 89 vintage and rare flying machines (49 of which are incredibly still in flying condition).
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Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:
Need new tires for your car? Wanna take a ride in a blimp? If you've said 'yes' to at least one of these, then have we got the contest for you.
Goodyear is working to replace their aging blimp fleet with newer models from Zeppelin NT, but they're a little stuck on what to name the first one.
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At Jaunted, we strive to bring you the news, not be a part of the news. Today, we did both, and we wanted to take some time to talk about that.
Thousands upon thousands of retweets and shares, and even more regurgitation by general media, of our early and comprehensive coverage of this morning's Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 hijacking started the week. The news of the situation first broke out and took hold thanks to the diligent research and tweets of John Walton, aviation journalist, former contributor right here at Jaunted, and current Director of Data for Routehappy.
The bulk of the action transpired online around 6:00am local time in Geneva, or midnight in EST. The Twitters of John (@thatjohn), and of our own Editor, Cynthia Drescher (@JetSetCD), quickly became the top source accounts for updates on the situation (even yielding a recommendation from Twitter's Director of Data, @smfrogers), despite being 4,000 miles removed from Geneva.
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It seems like just yesterday that the VROOM of high performance aircraft was booming over New York Harbor, but in reality that was already three years ago, when the Red Bull Air Race World Championships last took to the skies to crown one aerobatic pilot most daredevil of all.
Now, after those three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" returns and soon! While there's no NYC date on the calendar, the US will see the races come to Dallas and Las Vegas and tickets are already available.
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Last week, when the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped into 2014, we didn't just celebrate the entry of a new year, but also the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation.
On January 1st in 1914, Percival Fansler organized the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line to ferry passengers across Tampa Bay. The trip took 23 minutes and the mayor of St. Petersberg paid $400 at an auction for the first flight. Since then, the industry has become part of the fabric of our lives, carrying on average of 8 million passengers on a daily basis.
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After three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" is getting back up into the air as the Red Bull Air Race World Championships announces race dates for 2014, beginning as early as February. Of the seven races throughout the year, two will take place on American soil: Dallas in September and Las Vegas in October.
In past Red Bull Air Races (2003-2010), high-performance airplanes zoomed through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water or undeveloped land. Now, after the three years of break to improve safety and organization, the air race will occur at a few speedways, meaning plenty of existing crowd stands and infrastructure for the thousands of spectators to properly view all the heart-pounding maneuvers of the twelve competing pilots (yes, including Kirby Chambliss).
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Imagine having flown everywhere, but never actually anywhere. It's confusing, but it's the case for our editor, Cynthia, who recently headed out on her first private plane flight after years of commercial plane travel. Here's her story:
"It's just like driving a car," he said. "You won't ever look at flying the same way again."
Sid passed his hand down the wing, pausing here and there to look over and under, squinting with the sun's glare on what was a sparkling clear day in southern California. We were in a kind of parking lot, after all, except one that had us surrounded by private jets on the tarmac at Van Nuys Airport. And we were double-checking that all was well before setting off for a weekend trip, except that trip would be over mountains and cities in a teeny-tiny, seafoam green 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail.
This would be my first flight in a private plane.
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A trip to London need not be filled with the usual Royal tours, high tea and Big Ben. Thanks to Emirates, visitors to Emirates Air Line, the recently opened cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, will now be able to learn how modern aviation brought them to the foreign city. Remember when the airline renamed two stations?
Just yesterday, the airline opened their Emirates Aviation Experience on the south end of the cable line. The 300-square meter facility will host interactive exhibits teaching visitors how awesome aviation is; it's so hands-on that within the experience are four flight simulators so you may try your own hand at flying a Airbus A380 or a Boeing 777.
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From United to Alaska Airlines there’s been quite a few airlines that have received iPads in the cockpit, and it looks like the technology continues to flow into the front of the plane. Most recently it has been American Airlines making the most dramatic change, as they recently just completed getting rid of all the paper in the cabin—for the most part—as the carrier has completely switched over to electronic flight bags.
American Airlines has been quick to point out that they’re the first major carrier to completely ditch paper this and that in favor of documents that can be loaded onto an iPad, as they are now approved to use the electronics during all the different phases of the flight. Each and every one of their planes is good to go, as the entire fleet has been given the go ahead to move forward. They aren’t just stopping with the mainline fleet either, as July 10 will bring an electronic option to the American Eagle regional branch of the airline as well.