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

Haneda Airport (Tokyo International)

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Tokyo International Airport services the Greater Tokyo Area and deals mostly with the domestic flights. The name Haneda Airport was given to the Tokyo International Airport after the Narita International Airport was opened. The Narita International Airport was previously known as the New Tokyo International Airport, which caused some confusion. After the opening of Narita, most of Haneda’s international traffic was diverted to the new airport, thus leaving the Tokyo International Airport, concentrating mainly on the domestic traffic. Neverthless, the airport still deals with approximately 60 million passengers annually, and is therefore one of the busiest airports in the world.

The Haneda Airport was opened as the Haneda Aerodrome in 1931, and at the time, it was the biggest civilian airport in Japan. As with many airports during war time, the Haneda Aerodrome became the Haneda Army Air Base in 1945, as an United States military facility. Japan received half the airport back in 1952, which was named the Tokyo International Airport. The entire airport was given back to Japan in the year 1958. During the 1960s, airlines such as Sabena, Cathay Pacific Airways, Pan Am, Air Siam and Swissair began running frequent flights to the Haneda Airport. In 1961 the instrument landing systems were installed on the Haneda Airport runways.

Haneda Airport operates out of three Terminals. Terminal 1 is nicknamed the ‘Big Bird’, and was opened for use in 1993. The new six story building, complete with shopping areas, observation deck, banks, gift shops and other facilities, replaced the older and smaller terminal that was constructed in 1970. In December 2004, the Haneda Airport unveiled Terminal 2, which features a variety of shops, restaurants, market place and an open-air restaurant that is located on the roof. The Haneda Excel Tokyo Hotel is also situated in this amazing six-story structure. Terminal 3 is a much smaller building and is responsible for chartered, international flights that run between Haneda and the Seoul Gimpo Airport. Haneda also takes care of charter flights during the hours that Narita is not open.

Haneda Airport has three runways, which are all paved and are used for both take-off and landings. The 16R/34L is 3000 meters in length, as is the 16L/34R, with the shorter 4/22 runway being 2 500 meters in length. Transport to and from the Haneda Airport, or Tokyo International Airport, is serviced by the railway service, monorail service and buses.

Sweden Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Sweden is a beautiful country located on the Scandinavian peninsula. Boasting immense natural beauty with abundant forests and lakes, Sweden is a prime tourist destination. The many airports in the country ensure easy access to different cities, making it a pleasure to explore this picturesque Nordic country. One of the airports that you might come across on your travels is the Gothenburg City Airport, the second biggest airport in that area. At the airport you can enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee at the café and restaurant situated there if you have some time to spare. The weekends are a little different as the café and restaurant will only open if there is a scheduled flight coming in at that time. But never fear there is a little cafeteria in the Departure lounge where you can help yourself to a snack before you head to your next destination.

All the usual facilities are available, like baby changing room and toilets, as well as facilities for the disabled. If you are arriving at the Gothenburg City airport you will find a taxi rank at the airport where you can also organize a limousine if you so desire. Although the airport is only 12 km away from Gothenburg city center, travelers are warned that nightime fares can be very expensive. You can also take an airport bus from the airport to the Bus and Rail Station in Gothenburg city, which will take you about 40 minutes and leaves 45 minutes after each scheduled flight that comes in.

The other airport that services the region incorporating Gothenburg city is Landvetter International airport. This airport is rated the second biggest airport in terms of the numbers of passengers that pass through its doors, after Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. The name Landvetter comes from the small city it’s situated near about 20 km away from Gothenburg, Sweden. You will find a restaurant and a couple of shops while you are there, as well as a hotel located nearby.

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February 9, 2009 by  
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Airport. Luchthaven. Aéroport. Aeropuerto. Lapangan-terbang. Lentokenttä. Hikoujou. Aeroporto. Whatever language you speak, wherever you come from, it is widely accepted that mankind has come to rely heavily on air travel and hence airports. Millions around the world make their way through the terminals of both international and domestic airports on a daily basis. Flights are scheduled throughout the day to a wide variety of destinations, serving tourists, business travelers and those who are emigrating. It is an undeniable truth that airports play an integral role in the lives of people today.

How is an airport defined? Essentially an airport is a specialized facility which allows for the take-off and landing of various aircraft. At its simplest an airport typically consists of an airfield or runway along with control tower, aircraft hangars and terminal buildings for passengers and cargo. A large portion of airports, however, go beyond providing just the basics, providing air traffic control, base operator services and facilities for the comfort and convenience of passengers.

When the history of aircraft just began, airplanes would make use of large open fields for landing and take-off. Amongst the first aerodromes opened was Taliedo Airport in Milan. It began as a simple facility with a landing strip, hangars and observation stands, but over time developed into a proper airport handling commercial flights. As the years progressed so did airports. Technologies were updated, facilities for aircraft and travelers were improved until they developed into the airports we all use extensively today.

Airports are frequently named for the location in which they are found. Alternatively airports are named after well-known individuals such as past politicians. Airports are usually issued with an IATA airport code as well as an IACO airport code. These are referred to as Airport Identifier Codes and are made up of 3 or 4 letters. Airports can be categorized as domestic, regional or international. Domestic airports are often smaller as they deal only with national flights. They will therefore not have facilities for immigration or customs. Regional airports cater to a certain geographical range and are mostly used by small business jets and the like. International airports are major points of entry into countries. They are larger airports with facilities for the handling of immigrations and customs. Along with international air traffic they also care for domestic flights. The names of international airports such as Kennedy International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Heathrow Airport, Munich International Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Milan Malpensa International Airport are easily recognized.

In this section of you will gain insight into various airports across the globe. From Airports in the USA to the UK, from Japan to South Africa, from Russia to Austrailia, we provide a comprehensive and helpful list. Climb aboard for a journey around the world.


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