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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

When the Military Comes to Town: Local Air Show Kicks…

Every year, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park marks the official start of summer for downstate New Yorkers. Now in its 16th year, the air show, commonly referred to as the Jones Beach Air Show, is traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend with low and high-flying aircraft…

Aircraft Siblings: Boeing Jets Built for Both Commercial and Military…

While it has become easy to notice a Boeing 737 or Airbus A330 given its popularity with airlines, some might not know that the same production line that produced a Southwest Airlines 737-800 produced a military model of the same jet. In this two-part series, we will look into several…