Monday, August 27, 2012

PING! New Thinking About Gadgets on Planes

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Just as fast as I can tweet this blog post to your smart phone, you'll know that the Federal Aviation Administration has heard the pleas of the digitally-obsessed, the always-want-to-be-connected and has taken the second step toward revising its ban on the use of personal electronic devices during critical phases of flight. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Who is Sexy Now? New Book Traces Evolution of Stewardesses

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Watching the air show from Revel Resort
At Revel, the fancy resort where I watched Atlantic City's airshow, the weekend was dubbed, Come Fly With Me.

At the bar, specially created nightcaps had enticing names like; Up, Up and Away, Howard Hughes, The Earhart, and Wright on Track. Promotional material put out by the resort said these drinks were inspired by the desire to bring back the glamor days of air travel. (That a casino operator is longing for the romance of times past didn't come as much of a surprise; shorts and Hawaiian print shirts being the outfit of choice at most of them these days but that's another story.)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Aussie Pilot's Story Deserves Wider Audience

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Outside of Australia and perhaps France, there has been remarkably little attention paid to the very, very, very, near disaster that befell Qantas Airlines Flight 32 on November 4, 2010. This, you will recall, was the Airbus A380 with 469 people on board that suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after takeoff from Changi Airport in Singapore. 

When the left wing of the world’s largest passenger jet becomes a pin cushion for the flying shrapnel formerly known as a Rolls Royce engine, it does gets all kinds of ugly. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

When It's Fun to Fly, Call Me Maybe.

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I am not blessed with children who love to fly. Drive? Yes. Fly? No.

Son Joseph, 17, does have a tendency to introspection which explains why, 24 hours after we arrived in Italy after a trans-Atlantic flight on a United Boeing 767, I heard him repeat back to me something that the flight attendant told him as he squeezed the armrests and fought with his fear that our plane would crash on takeoff and kill us all.