Dubai Airshow 2013

November 8, 2013 by  
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Dubai World Central is a purpose-built venue that will be hosting the Dubai Airshow for the first time on 17-21 November 2013. Featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from around the world, the show attracts more than 60,000 trade visitors along with significant international and local media coverage. For more information on this biennial event visit

Date: 17-21 November 2013
Venue: Dubai World Central

Abbotsford Airshow 2012

July 13, 2012 by  
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Abbotsford Airshow is celebrating 50 years in 2012 with some extra-special features. Performers include the USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Canadian Forces cf-18 Hornet Demo; US Navy VFA-122 F/A-18 Superhornet TAC Demo. Aerobatic displays include Red Eagle Sports; Pet McLeod Racing; Kent Pietsch and more… For all the information on the show visit

Dates: 10-12 August 2012
Venue: Abbotsford
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada

Oregon International Air Show 2012

July 13, 2012 by  
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Featuring the USAF Thunderbirds, the oregon International Air Show offers loads of family-fun entertainment. The 2012 performer line-up includes US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; Renny Price & Hammerhead Aerobatics; John Klatt Air Show; Pemberton Aerosports; Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Fly By; Pemberton Aerosports; Air National Guard Aerobatics Team & Max Adrenaline. For more information on this exciting event visit

Dates: 3-5 august 2012
Venue: Hillsboro Airport
State: Oregon
Country: United States

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2012

July 18, 2011 by  
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The Royal New Zealand Airforce will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in conjunction with the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2012. Visitors will be able to view historic warbirds, classic aircraft and modern jets in this feast of aviation attractions. Also on display will be military vehicles, an aviation trade expo and vintage machinery.

Dates: 6 to 8 April 2012
Venue: Wanaka Airport
Location: Wanaka
Country: New Zealand

Solar Impulse Makes International Flight

May 17, 2011 by  
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Even though the future for solar powered aircraft is a little uncertain, the fact that the Solar Impulse was able to complete an international flight is a feat of engineering and of spectacular success for the Swiss. Switzerland has most certainly created an aircraft that they can be proud of. As with any maiden voyage there were a few teething problems, but nothing so serious that it would jeopardize the flight and its victory.

The Solar Impulse weighs a mere one thousand six hundred kilograms and has a wingspan of sixty-one meters. This already is a wonderful engineering accomplishment. The wings carry twelve thousand solar cells that provide energy for the aircraft to be able to fly. This lightweight aircraft left Payerne and made the twelve hour and fifty-nine minute flight to Brussels without any complications. The aircraft was tested at various heights such as six thousand feet and was able to navigate a very busy airspace. It can only reach speeds of twenty-five knots, but is able to avoid radar detection due to its light weight and because it does not move at high speeds. Even though the Solar Impulse would not be able to be used for military purposes due to it not being easily maneuverable or being able to reach fast speeds, it remains a remarkable achievement for the aviation industry.

The Solar Impulse project was founded by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, who commented that the project was not directed towards commercial production, but rather to bring awareness to the aviation industry and to highlight the benefits of renewable power. And with its maiden flight being such a success, they plan to take the Solar Impulse on a world trip in 2013. When the same flight is compared to a Boeing 747, the flight would have needed approximately two thousand gallons of fuel. It cannot be truly compared, as a Boeing would be carrying passengers and cargo, but it is a rough estimate to compare the environmental affectability of the Solar Impulse. The Solar Impulse will remain in Brussels up until the 29th of May 2011, from where it will fly to the Paris Air Show in July.

RAF Waddington International Airshow

March 15, 2011 by  
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Taking place at RAF Waddington, this airshow was first held in 1995. Since then it has grown in size and popularity, raising public awareness of the RAF. There is much for visitors to look forward to including the RAFAT Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Hawk T Mk1/1A, RN Black Cats, Apache AH1, F16 Solo Display (Belgium), USAFADS – thunderbirds (USA), Team Viper, The Blades and much more. Static aircraft displays will include the Merlin HC3, Puma HC2, E3D Sentry, Lynx Mk8, Sea King ASACS, and so forth. Additional attractions at the RAF Waddington Airshow are the trade and craft fairs, Hangar 4 Exhibition, Hangar 5 Youth Exhibition, Classic Car & Vintage Military Vehicle Exhibition, Funfair and helicopter rides.

Dates: 2 & 3 July 2011
Time: 08:00 am to 07:00 pm
Venue: Royal Air Force Waddington
City: Lincoln
Country: England

California International Airshow 2009

July 9, 2009 by  
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Starting with a mega pyrotechnics display on 7 August, the program for the three-day California International Airshow is packed with excitement.

Date: 7 – 9 August 2009
Venue: Salinas Municipal Airport
City: Salinas, California
Country: USA

Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Situated right next to Berlin’s southern border in the town of Schönefeld in Brandenburg, Germany, the Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport once had the distinction of being the only airport that served East Berlin. Today it is better known locally as ‘the Holiday Airport’ since it conducts so many international charter flights. The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport is situated just outside the city, which means that it generates less noise pollution that the other two airports in Berlin – the Tegel International Airport and the Tempelhof International Airport. It is a very popular airport in Berlin and it is most frequently used by foreign travelers arriving or leaving the country.

The Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport is a public airport and it is operated by Berlin Airports. Built at an elevation of 154 ft (47 m), it mainly serves the nearby city of Berlin and is a point of call for many – even if only a brief one. In 2006 the airport served a massive 6 059 343 million passengers, making it one of Europe’s leading airports. The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport has one runway of roughly 9 843 ft (3 000 m) in length.

The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport was founded in 1934 when the Henschel aircraft plant was built in Schönefeld. Aircraft were actively constructed and tested here right up until the end of the Second World War and during that time roughly 14 000 airplanes were built at the plant. These operations ended in 1945 when the plant was dismantled and blown up by occupying Soviet troops. Sometime later the decision was made to transform the airport into a public airport that would conduct civilian air traffic in East Germany.

There are great plans on the horizon for Schönefeld as it is scheduled to be transformed into the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport by 2011. Once construction begins on the new terminal, the Tempelhof airport will be closed. The Tegal airport will follow suite only six months after the airport has been renamed and the new section has been officially opened. The airport is served by the Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen railway station which makes access to and from the airport convenient and easy.

Sheremetyevo International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Sheremetyevo International Airport was first opened on 11 August 1959, providing the Moscow region of Russia with a public international airport. The first international flight from the grounds of Sheremetyevo was about six months later to Berlin. Of all the airports found in Russia, Sheremetyevo is rated second in the amount of passenger traffic it experiences, with Domodedovo International Airport at number one. In 2005 Sheremetyevo had approximately 12,174,000 million passengers pass in and out its doors, a number which is sure to increase in coming years.

The official operator and the joint-stock company that operates and possesses the airport is the ‘International Airport Sheremetyevo’. The authorities of Moscow own none of the shares in the airport as the federal government owns them. The airport’s elevation above mean sea level is about 190 meters or 622 feet. The Sheremetyevo airport has two concrete runways, one being 3,550 meters or 11,647 feet long and the other being slightly longer at 3,700 meters or 12,139 feet long.

There are plans to expand the Sheremetyevo International Airport in the nearby future by adding a needed third runway and another international terminal. Work is also being planned on the second runway as well as ideas on increasing the variety of transportation between the airport and the capital. The goal would be to increase the 12 million passengers a year to as much as 30 million passengers a year, which would of course increase the air traffic hence the new runway.

On the third of September 1964 Sheremetyevo-1 was opened specifically for domestic flights whereas Sheremetyevo-2 was only opened two decades later as the entrance for foreign flights for the Moscow Olympics. The second entrance is bigger and is where passengers coming in and out of the country will find the arrival and departure lounges. The Sheremetyevo-1 entrance for domestic flights is almost a separate airport, with its terminal building being some distance from the main terminals, although they use the same two runways.

Gimpo International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Gimpo International Airport, formerly known as Kimpo International Airport, is managed by Korea Airports Corporation and is known as “Sky City” for its culture and shopping it provides. It is located on the west side of Seoul near the Han River and serves Gimpo City and all foreign visitors that come into the country. Before Incheon International Airport was formed Gimpo Airport was the main international airport for both South Korea and Seoul, now it is considered the second biggest in Korea. The airport is 18 meters or 58 feet above mean sea level and its coordinates are 37 degrees 33’29″N and 126 degrees 47’26″E.

Gimpo International has two runways, one is asphalt and is 3,200 meters or 10,499 feet long and the other is made out of concrete and is 3,600 meters or 11,811 feet long. Originally the airport was made up of just a runway, which the Japanese army built during the Korean War and was later used by the United States’ forces. The airport has now grown and has two international and one domestic terminal that can take on a total of 226,000 flights every year. It also has one cargo and two passenger terminals.

Today there is a subway that serves the airport and will take passengers into Seoul or you can take a bus to town or to Incheon International Airport. Since Incheon airport was formed, Gimpo has been restricted to only one international flight to Tokyo International Airport, as all other international flights are taken care of by Incheon.

Gimpo International Airport provides a variety of services to all but especially to the disabled. There are raised-point blocks and Braille signs for the blind on the elevators as well as information on flights and so on being broadcasted regularly. Two lifts are provided particularly for the disabled to help make their movement around the airport as easy as possible. Approximately 108 parkings are provided only for the disabled and the disabled marking printed on the floor easily identifies them. There are twelve handicap restrooms, which have special grips as well as automated doors, washbowls and toilets.

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