Trans-Pacific Flight into Japan as Major Earthquake Unravels

   The following is an account by a presumed DELTA pilot landing soon after a catastrophic earthquake hit in Japan, a month ago today.    There is no way to verify the veracity of this account other than by relying on the author’s plain … Continue reading

Bush Pilots: where the real flying was and is

   What is real flying?  Tricky question. A good one, though, one that, for the sake of animated discussion, has to do with  the essence of flying and deserves a crack at a straight-forward and meaningful answer, especially in the present era of glass cockpits and fly-by-wire control … Continue reading

Supersonic Concorde legal saga not over yet.

Criminal proceedings into the deadly Concorde crash opened in early 2010, more than 10 years after the event. The resulting trial judgment issued on December 6, 2010, which laid criminal liability on one Continental Airlines mechanic and consequently on his employer, is doubtful. In fact, most of the defendants, … Continue reading

Judge’s Decision on the July 2000 Crash of Concorde

   Tomorrow Monday, December 6, the judge presiding over the trial of persons prosecuted for their alleged involvement in the crash of an Air France Concorde in Paris in July 2000 is expected to issue her decision months after the public hearings of … Continue reading

A Selection of Recent of Aviation News

Below are significant news items collected from various civil aviation news sources in recent days: 1) The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.S. Department of Transport, the European Union and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed an agreement … Continue reading

787 Crosswind Testing and Update on Suborbital Flight

This post is an update of two unrelated topics: first, the recent flight testing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with references to the Airbus A-380, and, second, the future of suborbital flight  starting with space tourism possibly followed years later by suborbital public transport.    Let’s start … Continue reading

2010 Farnborough Aviation Trade Show

   It is heartwarming to see the Boeing Dreamliner making a sure recovery from its delayed production schedule. Boeing deserves renewed faith in the B-787 from potential buyers, not so much because of the recent WTO decision against Airbus, but … Continue reading

New pictures found of pilot and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Mystery about acclaimed pilot and novelist, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s death deepens after WW2 memorabilia collector’s son hands over photos, unseen so far, of Saint-Exupéry taken before his last flying mission.     Nearly anytime people believe that all has been said and told about a deceased … Continue reading

A tale of two views on the present Concorde trial

“NOT ONLY MUST JUSTICE BE DONE, BUT JUSTICE MUST ALSO BE SEEN TO BE DONE.” THE CASE OF THE CONCORDE CRASH IN JULY  2000, AT ROISSY AIRPORT, PARIS.    Ah, the wonderful world of aviation together with a volcano eruption in … Continue reading

Recent Developments in the Concorde Crash Criminal Proceedings

The following post has been updated a number of times by other posts in this blog. To access the latest post on the Concorde legal saga, simply click on the link in the PS note at the end of this post. SUMMARY: More than three weeks … Continue reading