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A First-Hand Perspective: Onboard KLM’s Final Fokker 70 Flight from London to Amsterdam

On Saturday, I was privileged enough to be a passenger on the final Fokker flight by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The first Fokker 70 flight flown by KLM was on Sep. 30, 1920, from Amsterdam to London. KLM chose the return from London to be the final flight for the Fokker fleet.  Prior to the flight, there were plenty of media at the aircraft when I arrived at the remote stand by bus. I then boarded the first leg of the…

Looking Inside an Abandoned Air Traffic Control Tower at Washington…

Standing on top of the airport's main terminal, the tower at Washington Dulles International Airport is perhaps one of the most iconic in the U.S. It's design was spearheaded by architect Eero Saarinen who designed the main terminal in the 1950s. The tower landed everything from Concordes to SR-71 Blackbirds…

Air Canada Rolls First Boeing 737 Max Out of Paint…

Air Canada rolled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft out of the paint shop in late October. It's the first Boeing 737 series aircraft for the Canadian airline since it retired its former 737 fleet in 2004. The new aircraft is painted in Air Canada's recently updated livery. The…

A Hard-Knock Weekend: Five Final Flights in Two Days

This weekend has been a weekend of lasts. Throughout the world, multiple aircraft have flown their final flights for their respective airlines. Some are giants, known all over the world for their size and ability. Others are small, lesser-known aircraft. All were equally important to aviation and will be missed…

Learning to Fly a Seaplane: A Personal Reflection Part 2

In the world of aviation, enthusiasts are often seen discussing aircraft that land on concrete runways rather than those that land over water. However, living in a state that has a large coastline, as well as needing to obtain my rating for my job, I wanted to share my story…

A Visit to Heathrow Tower Ahead of National Aviation Day

It stands 87-metres (285 ft) above the ground and is easily one of the most recognizable air traffic control towers in the world. As far as aviation security goes, it is one of the most secure buildings in the United Kingdom, where access is very restricted and only a select…

Silver Airways Announces Fleet Renewal Effort and Leadership Change

On Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways announced a major order for new aircraft and a changeup in leadership. The order will see a new aircraft type enter the fleet that will help to replace the airline's fleet of aging Saab 340s. Along with the new order, Silver will partner with…

A Planespotter’s Dream Gig: A Look into the Life of…

A rainy Friday morning at Washington Dulles International Airport normally brings a dose of regular aircraft traffic along with passengers traveling to their respective destinations, but a new airline changes the game. It comes with fanfare, plenty of cameras, and aviation enthusiasts alike. For airport photographer David Buerk, this is…

easyJet Announces New European Air Operators Certificate

easyJet, one of Europe's biggest airlines, has announced the country where it's new Air Operators Certificate (AOC) will be registered. Subject to application approval, the airline will create a new registry in Austria, under the Austro Control regulator, called easyJet Europe. The news follows months of speculation of where the…

St. Maarten Sees First Fatality Caused by Jetblast

A New Zealand tourist was killed after sustaining injuries caused by the jet blast of a departing 737 at Princess Juliana Airport. The airport is a well-known attraction for keen aviation enthusiasts, as well as a famous spot as aircraft of all shapes and sizes fly over Maho Beach at…