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TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: RenoAir

On July 2, 1992, RenoAir commenced operations and began a memorable seven year effort to keep themselves in the sky. As their name suggests, the airline was based in Reno, Nevada, with additional hubs in Las Vegas and San Jose. RenoAir adopted the city of Reno's famous motto with a slight adaptation: "The Biggest Little Airline In The World." Joseph Lorenzo and Jeff Erickson founded RenoAir after both having worked with other airlines in the past, making them good fits for…

United Experiencing Computer Issues: Flights Grounded Nationwide

At approximately 8:50 AM EDT, passengers flying on United began to report delays due to system issues. Later, United employees were able to confirm that the outage has to do with the computer and reservation systems. At 9:43AM, United released the following Tweet: We experienced a network connectivity issue. We…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: ATA

American Trans Air, or more commonly known as ATA, was founded in August of 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was founded by the Ambassadair Travel Club to provide aircraft for the club. The club's first aircraft was a Boeing 720 named “Miss Indy," followed by the addition of a second…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aspen Airways

Aspen Airways was founded in 1952 as a regional affiliate of United Express. Originally based in Aspen, Colorado, the airline eventually moved their headquarters to Stapleton International Airport. Aspen Airways was actually named after the aspen tree, not after the city in which it was initially based. Aspen had a…

BRIEF: Virgin Australia Announces New Cargo Division

Virgin Australia announced that they will be launching a cargo division. The addition of a cargo division will provide new competition for the cargo market in Australia. The new cargo operation will only affect Virgin’s domestic operations. The addition of a cargo division was part of Virgin Australia’s Virgin Vision…

A Look at Air France’s Sizable Caribbean Operations

France has always played a large role in the Caribbean. In 1625, the French colonized the island of St. Kitts. Later, they moved to other Caribbean islands such as Martinique, St. Barts, Haiti, and Grenada. As time went on, some islands have lost French control, either through independence or other…

16 Symptoms of the #AvGeekery Bug

The #AvGeek bug is a beautiful thing. Having an attachment to airplanes...there is nothing wrong with that, right? Just in case you were questioning if you caught the aviation bug, we have outlined 16 common symptoms. If these symptoms persist, seek immediate aviation stimulation. 1. Pulling the car over to…

Wichita’s Terminal Gets a Sizable Facelift

Just a few hundred feet from the current 39 year old terminal sits the future of aviation travel for the city of Wichita. The "air capital" of the world is in dire need for an image facelift as the current terminal hasn’t seen a remodel since 1989 and is showing…

Where Airplanes Go to Retire: The Dusty Mojave Desert Boneyard

Where do airplanes go when they get too old to fly? The long rows of t-tails and turboprops, accompanied by powerful 747's and DC10's, lining the dusty ground of the Mojave Desert provide the answer to that question. This is where many airplanes, particularly airliners, spend their retirement-until their final…

The AvGeek Passion: A Look Into the Eyes of an…

Everyone has something that drives them along. It’s a passion, whether it’s hidden deep inside of a person or is already in action. For some, aviation lives in their heart. These certain people have usually been involved in the flying industry for quite sometime. Most of the time, since childhood.…