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Photo: Stefan Krasowski from New York, NY, USA (Montserrat Airport) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

From the Ashes: Rebuilding Montserrat

1995 was a rough year for the islands of the Caribbean, as Hurricane Luis destroyed much of the northeast islands such as St. Maarten and the US Virigin Islands, damaging tourism and forever closing hotels like the Mullet Bay Hotel and La Belle Creole. However, nobody faced a more disasterous 1995 year than the island of Montserrat, who suffered the eruption of the Soufriere Hills. The eruptions from the mid-1990s continue to have a lasting impact on the island,  specifically the aviation…

Southwest 737 Experiences “Uncontained Engine Failure:” Lands Safely in Pensacola

Southwest flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando diverted to Pensacola, Florida after an incident involving the number two engine. The aircraft involved was N766SW, a 16 year old 737-7H4 with CFM56 engines. There were 99 passengers and 5 crew members onboard, who safely deplaned in Pensacola. The engine appears…

Behind the Scenes at The Transportation Security Administration’s Testing Facility

Located at Reagan National Airport is the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) testing facility, also known as the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF). The facility itself is a former post office building when shipping and mail was common at Reagan National. In 2009, the TSA bought the facility and began using…

Birmingham Accomplishes Record Passenger Traffic

Birmingham Airport has recorded their highest passenger numbers ever in their 77-year history as a gateway airport between Manchester and London. The airport, based in the midlands, has seen 11 million passengers travel through in the last 12 months, meaning further growth is forecasted for many years to come. The…

All Nippon Airways Undergoes 787 Dreamliner Woes

All Nippon Airways (ANA) who is currently the largest operator of the 787 and also Boeing’s launch customer for the airframe is struggling with engine troubles, yet again. On Thursday, ANA reported that it was cancelling nine flights because of an engine blade corrosion problem. The United States' Federal Aviation…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Kaliningrad Avia/KD Avia

With the rise of Soviet economy after World War II, airlines started appearing all across the vast country. One of these start up carrier was Kaliningrad Avia based in the Kaliningrad Oblast on the Baltic Sea. The airline officially started on October 8, 1945 with the backing of the government run…

Saying Goodbye To The Silver MD-80s

Tuesday may have been a normal day of hard labor for most commercial aircraft but for 20 American MD 80s, it was retirement day. "It's a bittersweet day as we say goodbye to so many of our 'mad dog' (aircraft) but we look forward to bringing in newer aircraft to…

FareCompare Debunks International Southwest Effect

According to a recent study released by FareCompare.com, international flyers traveling to the United States do not receive long term benefits from the "Southwest Effect." Well-known to domestic travelers, the Southwest Effect describes a drop in average airfare when Southwest enters a market. A previous study by FareCompare supported the…

World’s Largest Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

The world’s largest aircraft had a successful first flight on Wednesday. The Airlander 10, a modern version of mid-19th century helium-filled airships owned by British aerospace company Hybrid Air Vehicles, flew around Bedfordshire, England for less than 20 minutes due to a delayed departure. “All test objectives were met during…

EASA Voices Opinion On New Medical Requirements

After releasing its advice on the minimum cockpit occupation earlier this month, EASA has voiced its opinion on an updated proposal for the Part-MED. The three main topics focus on pilots' psychiatric evaluation during class 1 medical examination, reducing substance abuse among pilots. The old regulation, from 2011, showed that…