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TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: TACA/LASCA

TACA (Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano) was formed in 1931 when a New Zealand billionaire, Lowell Yerex, wanted to form a chain of airlines in Central and South America. Each airline started with Stinson aircraft and all planes proudly displayed the TACA brand. However, competition and a small market in most Central and South American countries quickly resulted in the collapse of multiple TACA brands, with TACA of El Salvador being the lone survivor. TACA of El Salvador survived its difficult…

Happy National Aviation Day!

As an #AvGeek, National Aviation Day is, in some ways, a big deal for our community. It is a day in which aviation is solely recognized as more than a way to get from one place to another, but as a milestone for humanity. A little more than a century…

Washington Airspace Power Outage Prompts Delays Across the East Coast

At noon on August 15, many were looking forward to a beautiful weekend with nice temperatures across the board but were rudely awakened when their travel plans were interrupted by a power outage in the Washington Center Area (ZDC). [caption id="attachment_2629" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Screenshot from FAA advisories[/caption] The FAA reported…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

Very few airlines have been able to conquer both the sea and the air. One of the few airlines to do so was Chalk’s Ocean Airways. Based in Florida, the small airline used seaplanes to transport locals and tourists around the state and to the Bahamas. At one point the…

A Pilot Explains Hail and How It Can Effect An…

So who flies into a hail storm? The short answer is nobody does this on purpose. This past Friday, a Delta A320 (flight 1889) with 125 passengers and five crew was enroute from Boston to Salt Lake when it ran into some hail near Denver. The aircraft was heavily damaged…

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s Chief of Marketing

This past Tuesday our Associate editor, Joe Pesek, was able to sit down with the Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Todd Payne, to discuss the airport’s history, its once great hub, and its recent resurgence thanks in large part to low cost and…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aeroperú

On May 22, 1973, Aeroperú took to the skies, becoming Peru's flag carrier for several intense and difficult years. The struggle to maintain operations would ensue for most of their years in the sky, worsened by failed merger attempts and tragedy. Regardless, Aeroperú was popular for its extensive route network…

Airlines Begin Banning the Shipment of Game Trophies

In light of recent news of the killing of world renown Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer, airlines around the globe have updated their policies to no longer allow for game trophies to be shipped in their cargo holds. The first airline to make the change…

UPDATED: Sources Say That Aircraft Debris Was Found Near Indian…

An investigation is underway near the Indian Ocean to determine the origins of what appears to be a part of an aircraft. In the afternoon (EST), reports began to surface that the BEA (France's version of the NTSB) is investigating an aircraft fragment that appeared on a French Island. View…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Mexicana

Mexicana was formed in 1921 as Compania Mexicana de Aviacion and was the first airline in Mexico. One of Mexicana’s original investors was Juan Trippe who also founded Pan American Airlines in Florida and Mexicana originally started commercial service with a Ford Trimotor flying between Mexico City and Brownsville, Texas…