March 31, 2007

Flight Plans: 1st Edition

Along with occasional commentary on aviation matters, this page will feature flight plans of interesting scheduled airline flights. Today's flight, one I've taken several dozen times, is a jetBlue Airways flight from BOS to IAD. jetBlue began flying this route when it received the first of their Embraer ERJ-190s. The 190 has been rather buggy in its first years of service with airlines. This has led to many flights being delayed and has reduced dispatch reliability. jetBlue contracted four ERJ-145s from ExpressJet to maintain capacity as the 190s are taken out of service for the software upgrade.

Whatever problems jetBlue has encountered with the 190, I, as a passenger love the experience. The windows are massive, giving a great view of the Boston skyline on climb out and if you happen to be sitting on the left side of the airplane, an excellent view of Manhattan and the five boroughs. The approach to Dulles on a clear day provides beautiful views of the Blue Ridge mountains. If you're really lucky you'll be able to catch a glimpse of downtown DC about 30 miles away from Dulles.


All E190 flights over North America.

March 27, 2007

A380 Test Drive

Popular Science magazine got one of the coveted spots on the A380 for it's maiden visit to the United States. Here the footage, which includes a cockpit visit and a full walk-through of the lower deck. I'm not sure we'll ever see an A380 wearing the colors of an American airline, like the 777-300, we'll only be able to see it in foreign paint. Forget Airbus and Boeing rivalries, I don't think any aviation enthusiast isn't excited about seeing this plane.

March 21, 2007

Aviation As Ambassador

The birth of any blog reminds me of an eternal question, "If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" The answer, especially when you're a blogger, is yes. It's almost like talking to yourself.

Now that I have my undivided attention, it brings me to the theme of this blog. Aviation. I'm pretty sure I've loved flying since I was born. I can't quite remember the first time I fell in love with flying, it was always a passion of mine. If it laughs in the face of gravity I love it.

Aviation has had a transformative effect on society over the last 103 and a half years. Flight, has had an enormous impact on how peoples communicate with one another. Aviation in the 21st century had fomented the creation of complex networks, linking people in distant points who would otherwise be separated. For example, the impact of the 747 on global public diplomacy from Air Force One to its flagship status for the airlines of many nations has brought a nation's ideas and values to the rest of the world. New aircraft are connecting the world in ways never thought possible.

Andreas Lowenfeld commented in a 1975 issue of Foreign Affairs in an article titled A New Takeoff for International Air Transport captured the role of global aviation precisely:

"International aviation is thus not just another problem in a changing economic system, though it is that; international civil aviation is a serious problem in international relations, affecting the way governments view one another, the way individual citizens view their own foreign countries, and in a variety of direct and indirect connections and the security arrangements by which we live.” – Andreas Lowenfeld
This blog will explore all that global aviation has to offer and its impact whether technologically, politically, scientifically, economically, militarily or even artistically. To all those who aren't paying attention to this blog yet, I say welcome. Stay tuned.