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 dubaiairshow.aero

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 www.abbotsfordairshow.com

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 www.oregonairshow.com

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
Website: www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

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

Beijing Capital International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Beijing Capital International Airport is located in the People’s Republic of China, and is approximately 25 kilometers outside the city center of Beijing. Within China, the Beijing Capital International Airport is not only the biggest airport in China, but also the busiest. It first opened its doors on 2 March 1958 and is under the control and management of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Passenger traffic and air traffic has increased to such an extent that the Beijing Airport now sees an average of 33 million passengers pass through its doors every year. The Beijing Airport facilitates over 5 000 scheduled flights to 88 destinations within China, and 69 international flights.

The airport has 3 impressive terminals. Terminal 1 came into operation on 1 January 1980. Construction on Terminal 2 ended in 1999, after which Terminal 1 was closed for renovation to replace the old 1980’s building. Up until the completion of Terminal 2, the Beijing Airport only had the use of one terminal. In 2004, a new and modern Terminal 1 was back in business, taking responsibility for the domestic flights and international traffic. The new terminal is 60 000 square feet, has ten boarding gates and can accommodate 60 daily flights. It also has car parks and a parking apron.

The airport’s secondary terminal, Terminal 2, is 336 000 square meters in size and it is equipped with all the latest technology and equipment. Terminal 2 was designed to accommodate approximately 26.5 million passengers a year and currently deals with domestic and international flights. Terminal 3 was completed in in 2008. It houses a number of major international airlines, as well as Air China. Interestingly, Terminal 3 is bigger than all 5 of London Heathrow Airport’s 5 terminals combined.

At present, the Beijing Capital International Airport has two asphalt runways that are 3 200 meters and 3 800 meters, respectively. The third runway is constructed from concrete and measures 3 800 meters. Facilities that are available throughout the terminals include public telephones, fast food outlets, clinics, banks, smoking areas, restrooms, commercial centers and restaurants.

Haugesund International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Haugesund International Airport is also known as the Haugesund Airport or the Karmoy Haugesund Airport. The airport is situated near Norway’s Haugesund city and is an important connection between Oslo and Karm Island. The Haugesund Airport is managed and regulated by Avinor, and was first established in 1975. Karmoy Haugesund Airport is relatively small and has only one terminal from which it operates.

There are non-stop flights available from the Haugesund
International Aiport, to six different cities, with approximately 450,000 passengers passing through the airport every year. In the year 2004, the Haugesund Airport recorded its highest passenger traffic number, which was 706,000 passengers. Regular daily flights, include flights between Haugesund and Oslo, and Haugesund and Bergen. Other destinations that are serviced to and from the Haugesund International Airport are Molde, Sandefjord and Fagernes. Airlines using the airport include Ryanair with their hub located at London Stansted Airport in Essex, UK, offering flights between these two destinations, as well as within Norway. Other airlines incluee Norwegian Air Shuttle and Scandinavian Airlines.

The Karmoy Haugesund Airport has one asphalt runway that is 2,120 meters in length which handles both take-offs and landings. Facilities at this small airport are rather limited, but adequate to meet the needs of travelers. The terminal building has bathroom facilities to accommodate disabled passengers, and ramps are located everywhere to ensure the building is accessible for passengers in wheel chairs. There are a few ATM’s in the airport building, but foreign exchanges and banking facilities are only available in town. There are no shopping facilities such as gift shops or convenience stores, but there is a restaurant. Transport to and from the Haugesund International Airport is available by taxis, buses and rental car companies.

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also commonly known as Fiumicino International Airport, is one of the largest public airports found in Italy with more than 30 million passengers having flown from there in 2006 alone. The airport was named after the famous Leonardo da Vinci and can be found in Fiumicino from where it serves the whole of Rome.

From the historic city center of Rome to Leonardo da Vinci airport is about 34 kilometers or 21 miles by car. It is also accessible by train, which is available at the airport terminal, as well as by cab but that can be quite expensive. The Leonardo Express trains run twice an hour for twenty-four hours to the Termini Station in Rome. The regional trains leave the station every fifteen minutes but will stop at all the train stations between the city center and the airport, making the journey so much longer.

There are four runways used at the Leonardo da Vinci airport all of which are asphalt and are between 3,309 and 3,900 meters long. Aeroporti di Roma provided all the ground handling services for the airport up until 1999 when it formed the Aeroporti di Roma Handling, which was later sold to Flightcare.

Terminal areas in the airport were upgraded between 1991 and 2008. This included the construction of Terminal 5, particularly for the American carrier flights check-in and it deals with some 950 000 passengers per annum. The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is a major hub for Alitalia, Air Alps and Blu-Express.

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