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

Italy Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Italy is a beautiful and romantic country with exquisite food and scenery to be enjoyed by you and your partner. You will be kept busy during your stay in this historically rich country. Italy is famous worldwide for its opera houses and is very much a part of their culture. There are also many different monuments and museums to visit if you want to soak up a bit of the history and traditions of Italy. Where ever you visit there are many hotels and cheap lodgings available and of course the cuisine is something we have all experienced in one way or another, but the authentic Italian cuisine cannot be replaced by our home made versions. Depending on the time of year you visit it would be good to research what events and festivals are on the go.

Something else you will be keen to look into is the airports in Italy that you will be using and will no doubt be a popular form of transport during your stay. The Bologna Airport provides both domestic and international flights and is only 6 kms northeast of Bologna. The Amerigo Vespucci Airport is quite a small airport near the city of Florence with only one runway. If you are visiting the capital you will probably use Rome Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport, Italy’s biggest airport, 30kms from Rome.

In Milan there are three airports to choose from, the one being the Malpensa International Airport, which is near Milan in the Varese province. In the Capodichino district you will find the Naples International Airport, which serves Naples and the surrounding areas. Trieste Airport or Ronchi dei Legionari Airport is found near Trieste, the largest city and capital of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. This little airport won’t provide many amenities but the queues are short. The Palermo Airport is 35km from Palermo city providing many facilities to the passenger.

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OR Tambo International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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When it was built in 1952, the OR Tambo International Airport was known as the Jan Smuts International Airport. At that time, it was named after Jan Christiaan Smuts who was the Prime Minister of South Africa between 1919-1924. Not long after the end of apartheid, a number of new governmental policies came into effect, one of which was the policy of not naming airports after politicians. Hence, in 1994 the Jan Smuts Airport was renamed the Johannesburg International Airport. However this policy soon fell out of favor and in 2006 the airport was renamed OR Tambo International Airport after Oliver Tambo who was a prominent South African politician. The OR Tambo International Airport is one of the country’s largest airports and it is situated near the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. It also has the distinction of being Africa’s busiest airport, handling close to 20 million passengers a year.

The OR Tambo International Airport is a public airport operated by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). While it mainly serves the nearby cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is viewed as the country’s primary airport for both domestic and international travel, so many people arriving at OR Tambo are not necessarily planning to spend much time in Johannesburg, but are moving on to other destinations. The airport has quite a high elevation of 5,512 ft (1 680 m) which makes it a ‘hot and high’ airport. This basically means that the air is thin at this altitude which affects the performance of the aircraft. Those aircraft which have to travel a long distance will usually have to stop off elsewhere to refuel since the high altitude and thin air limits the amount of fuel that the aircraft can carry at takeoff. Currently the airport has six terminals but these can be easily divided into three major areas – an international terminal, a domestic terminal and a transit terminal. Extensive renovations have ensured that the airport remains world-class and have included an extra terminal, a multiple story parkade and an international trade bureau. The airport also has two runways – one measuring 14,495 ft (4,418 m) in length and the other 11,119 ft (3,389 m). Both have an asphalt surface. Both run north-south and there is also a disused cross runway. The western runway is regarded as being one of the longest international airport runways in the world. The extra length is necessary because of the altitude in Johannesburg.

The OR Tambo International Airport is built in such a way that those waiting for the arrival of passengers or the departure of flights will be able to keep themselves entertained. There are shops and restaurants available as well as the normal facilities such as money changing operations, ATM machines and ticket booking facilities. The South African Airways Museum is housed on the grounds for those who are interested in the country’s aviation history.

Benito Juarez International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX), also known as Mexico City International Airport, is located just 13km east of Mexico City. This well-equipped airport is one of the busiest in Central America, handling more than 720 long haul flights every week. The airport of Benito Juarez In Mexico City is easily accessible for tourists, business travelers and other passengers, offering good service and numerous flights.

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México operates Benito Juarez International, which is a public airport. This fine airport is situated at the coordinates of 19º26’11″N, 99º04’20″W and an elevation of 2 238m or 7 342ft above mean sea level. Benito Juarez airport boasts 2 runways. The first asphalt runway is in a 05R/23L direction and measures 12 795ft (3 900m). The second is also asphalt and is in a 05L/23R direction, measuring 12 966ft (3 952m). Both are used for take-off and landings.

Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico has a two terminals with all the necessary amenities. Helpful information desks are scattered all through the Mexico City airport. Other useful facilities and services include banks with bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, mobile phone hire, an Internet café, lockers, porters, pharmacies and medical facilities. Those seeking something to eat or drink can stop in at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafeterias and fast-food outlets. Whilst waiting for flights passengers can browse a variety of shops such as bookstores, jewellers, duty-free craft shops and clothing stores. Business travelers can also take advantage of a number of business related amenities.

Airport parking is available at Benito Juarez Airport for some 5 000 vehicles. Whether you require short or long term airport parking at Mexico City Airport, it is all conveniently located near the terminal. There are several options for transport to and from Benito Juarez Airport. Official taxis can be found just outside the baggage claim section and are clearly marked with the airport logo. Purchase your taxi ticket inside. Buses are also available and will carry you to a variety of destinations. The metro station is situated outside the terminal and is an inexpensive form of travel. It is available every 10 minutes.

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