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

Marrakech-Menara Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) is a relatively small airport located in Marrakech, Morocco. Conveniently situated just 6 km outside of Marrakech, Menara Airport handles flights from Europe, Casablanca and other Arab nations. This airport is technologically up-to-date and can cope with aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747s. The well-equipped airport deals with some 180 international flights every week. The shortest flight departing from the airport is just 81 miles, whilst the longest is 1 566 miles.

The Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) is the operator of Marrakech’s Menara Airport. This public airport is situated at the coordinates of 31º36’40″N, 08º02’33″W, at an elevation of 1 535ft (468m) above mean sea level. The single asphalt runway of Menara Airport runs in a 10/28 direction and measures a length of 10 170ft or 3 100m. Amongst the airlines making use of Menara International Airport are Royal Air Maroc, Air France, GB Airways, Atlas Blue, Air Horizons, Regional Airlines and Iberia Airlines.

Airport parking at Menara Airport provides space for 363 vehicles at a nominal rate. There are several transportation options for those traveling to or from the airport. A taxi trip should take about 15 minutes between the city and the airport. Grand taxis have sufficient space for 6 passengers, but are not permitted access to the Medina. Remember to agree on the fare before hopping in. Petit taxis are your average city cabs and can take you right up to Djemma El Fnaa square. Don’t forget to check that the driver switches the meter on before departing. To catch a taxi you can either hail them from a bus stop or use the taxi phones in the airport. Another option are shuttle buses, which will deliver you right to the door of your hotel or other destinations. Purchase tickets from the conductor. Car rental agencies can be found at the airport if you prefer driving yourself around.

The terminal at Marrakech-Menara Airport has all the necessary facilities and services for the comfort and convenience of travelers. Amongst these amenities are banks, ATMs, bureau de change, a post office, tourist desks, telephones, cafeterias, stores and boutiques. The airport has just been remodeled to include an impressive freight station, the addition of a 3rd terminal and greater aircraft parking for the increased traffic it is experiencing. Nearby are a number of top hotels including Sheraton Marrakech, La Mamounia and Ibis Moussafir Meknes. Travelers waiting for flights can explore the beautiful park beside the Menara airport. This lovely 100 hectare piece of greenery is filled with Moroccan olive trees.

Orlando International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Orlando International Airport was once the base for the American Air Force. It began in 1928 as the Orlando Municipal Airport with flights being serviced by PanAm. In 1940 the airport was renamed to the Orlando Air Base, after which the airport was returned to the control of Orlando City in 1946, with the building of the airport terminal in 1951. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority was created in 1975, with greater support from the city to facilitate the airport. The airport was renamed in 1978 to the Orlando International Airport. In the following years, the Orlando Airport built another terminal, established the Orlando Tradeport and saw the first international flight take off in 1984. Within twenty years of establishing the airport, the once deserted site started building confidence in passengers, until it was seeing approximately 30 000 000 passengers per year.

As the Orlando International Airport is situated in Florida, traffic was increased by the flock of tourists to the Walt Disney World that had become a popular attraction for visitors from across the world. The pressure started to mount as aircraft started lining up for access to the airport. By the 1980s passenger numbers had grown and the international and business traffic increased dramatically. It was this boom in air and passenger traffic that led to the construction of a third runway to accommodate the incoming and outgoing flights. Passenger traffic had shot to over twenty million by 1992 and was still increasing. The Orlando International Airport had to remain up to speed with development programs and new initiatives. Nursery stock, flowers and plants had become lucrative industry in Florida and the Orlando Airport was called upon to ensure the safe export of these items, and therefore developed a Department of Agriculture at the airport to inspect this precious cargo and keep operations running smoothly.

The Orlando International Airport also has sufficient parking available, convenient transport systems to and from the airport that includes shuttles, taxis and buses. The parking area caters for valet parking, satellite and garage parking, an Express Pick-up zone and Cell Phone Lot. Car Rental is also available at the airport, with snack bars, coffee bars, pizza parlors, fast food outlets, pet stores, jewelry shops, bars, health shops, gift shops and restaurants available within the airport building.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located in the city of Quito, in Ecuador, and was established in 1960. The airport was given its name in memory of an independence hero named Antonio Josè de Sucre. The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located within the city and is one of the highest and most dangerous airports in the world today. Because the city is surrounded by mountains landings are extremely difficult for both the pilots and their aircraft. The Mariscal Sucre Airport sees approximately 2.5 million passengers in a year, and moves about 125 000 metric tons of cargo annually.

Mariscal Sucre Airport has only one terminal building, and handles all traffic, international and domestic flights, by dividing the building into two sections. There is also only one runway that is used for take offs and landings. The runway is paved and measures 3 120 meters in length. Airlines such as Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, LAN Airlines, Avianca Airlines, TACA, Iberia Airways and Copa Airlines operate flights to and from this airport in Ecuador.

Transportation to and from the airport is taken care of by taxis and car rental agencies. Car rental companies are available at the airport and include Budget Rent-A-Car, Avis Car Rental and Localiza. For travelers who prefer driving to the airport, there are approximately 300 parking bays available at the airport, and these are divided between long term parking and short term parking.

Facilities at this Ecuadorian airport are limited, but do include the necessities such as ATM’s, foreign exchange services, public telephones, cafeterias, restaurants and a small range of shops and stores that are located in the airport’s commercial area. Duty free shops, emergency services and medical services are also located in the airport building.

The Mariscal Sucre International Airport has also gone to a great deal of trouble to ensure that the airport is accessible to disabled passengers. Parking areas, restrooms and lifts have been adjusted to accommodate travelers in wheel chairs, and ramps are located throughout the airport building.

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