Rochester International Airshow 2015

April 24, 2015 by  
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Kicking off with an evening concert and pyrobatics airshow on May 22, the Rochester International Airshow will take place on 23-24 May 2015. Sponsored by Five Star Bank, the program includes twelve performers and fifteen static displays. Performers include the US Navy’s Blue Angels, Michael Wikus, Rob Holland, Scott Yoak, the B-25 Panchito and more. For more information visit

Dates: 23-24 May 2015
Venue: Greater Rochester International Airport
City: Rochester
State: New York
Country: United States

Aviation in the Film Industry

July 2, 2013 by  
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Have you ever wondered how film crews manage to capture footage inside the cabin and cockpit of an airplane, where space is often very limited? Or how they film those airport terminal and runway scenes without bringing an entire airport to a standstill? Based in Pacoima, Los Angeles, Air Hollywood is the world’s largest film studio dedicated to aviation, providing a full range of services to the motion picture, television and commercial production industry in the United States and far beyond its borders. Established in 1998, Air Hollywood has played an important role in hundreds of productions, from big budget feature films through to low budget student productions, providing everything from a full film set to historic and modern stock film footage.

Following the tragic events of 9/11 it became very difficult, if not impossible, for film and television crews to obtain permission to film at an airport anywhere in the United States, and Air Hollywood became an even more valuable resource to the film industry. The studio’s set-up and services are so comprehensive that they have been used by production companies as far away as Japan, but also attract business from around the United States, with the majority of their business coming from Hollywood. Their mockups and sets include cockpits and sections of passenger seating and toilets with removable ceilings and walls for easy camera access. Special effects like turbulence can be created and their props and soundstages can be adapted to portray various parts of an airport, such as check-in, security and baggage claim.

A fairly new service offered by Air Hollywood is the K9 Flight School, providing training for service and companion dogs so that they will be able to handle the sights and sounds of an airport, the interior of an airplane and even the sensations of taking-off, landing and turbulence. It is estimated that one in six adults in the United States is afraid to fly, and people with a fear of flying (Aerophobia/Aviophobia) will benefit from Air Hollywood’s Fear of Flying Program, designed by top medical and airline professionals. The program includes a day of simulated travel, including the experience of turbulence in flight, and counseling from an experienced certified therapist, thereby empowering the participant to handle the real deal with confidence.

Wing Nuts Flying Circus 2013

June 28, 2013 by  
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This family-fun event features the Aeroshell Acrobatic Team, Michael Kennedy, John Mohr, John Klatt, Red Bull Helicopter and the Texas Flying Legends. For more information visit

Date: 13 July 2013
Venue: Tarkio
State: Missouri
Country: United States

FAA Reviewing Passenger Use of Electronic Devices

May 21, 2013 by  
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With electronic devices firmly entrenched as part of daily lives for many travelers, airlines are under pressure to allow passengers to use their tablets, laptops, smartphone, e-readers and other devices without restriction during flights. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been working on a set of regulations to govern the use of these devices on airplanes, but is reportedly far from ready to put any new rules into action, with the delay being attributed to the authority’s desire to put into place a concise set of regulations to deal with current, and even future, technology.

A year ago, the industry working group set up by the FAA noted that, faced with evolving electronic technology, the FAA was reviewing the use of personal electronic devices, excluding the use of cellphones, on aircraft. A full year later the FAA appears to be no closer to resolving the issue and this has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. Among the critics is Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) who recently announced her plans to circumvent the FAA and introduce legislation allowing passengers the freedom to use their electronic devices throughout a flight.

The increasing number of different types of electronic devices brought by passengers onto airplanes is adding to the difficulty of drafting a set of standard regulations. The FAA working group needs to include all these devices and take into account the different modes of operation they offer. Currently a number of electronic devices include an “airplane mode” option, which generally means that they do not send or receive wireless signals, but this is not necessarily standard across all devices with this option. Also, there is concern that FAA’s desire to have rules that will apply to devices of the future may not be realistic given the speed at which technology is developing. The group has apparently also noted concerns over expecting already busy flight attendants to police the use of various devices.

The initial concern with the use of electronic devices on flights addressed, among other things, the issue of possible interference with electronic signals pilots rely on for safe flight. To date, the FAA reportedly has no record of aviation accidents caused by interference from personal electronic devices. Flight attendants note that their main concern is that passengers should not be using electronic devices when the safety measures are presented at the beginning of the flight, as they need to hear and understand what should be done in the event of an emergency.

The FAA anticipates a final report from the working group later this year, with rule changes being implemented by the end of 2013.

Chico Air Show 2012

September 17, 2012 by  
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Taking place on September 28-30 at the Chico Municipal Airport, the Chico Air Show 2012 is a celebration of a Century of Flight. The action-packed program includes the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet, Pemberton Aerosports, Team Rocket, Gregory “Wired” Colyer, Warbird Displays and more, with the FlightZone for kids providing edutainment galore. For more information visit

Dates: 28-30 September 2012
Venue: Chico Municipal Airport
City: Salinas
State: California
United States

Breathtaking Aerobatics of the Blue Angels

August 14, 2012 by  
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Formed in 1946, following World War II, the Blue Angels is the demonstration squadron of the United States Navy – and the highlight on many an air show or special event program throughout the United States. Consisting of six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, with highly trained pilots behind the controls, the Blue Angels feature in more than seventy shows at thirty-four venues around the country each year. It is estimated that around eleven million spectators view the intricate and breathtaking aerial displays annually, and more than 260 million people have seen the Blue Angels in action since 1946.

With the show season running each year from March through to November, the mission of the Blue Angels is to represent Navy and Marine corps aviation to the public and to play an active part in recruiting. As mentioned, the Blue Arrows are often the highlight of air shows around the country, and also perform at special events, sometimes flying over the host city of the event, for example during Cleveland’s Labor Day Air Show, Seattle’s Seafair festival and San Francisco’s Fleet Week.

Using a number of formations that the original Blue Angel team had perfected, along with new additions, four of the six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are split into the classic Diamond Formation, with the remaining two taking lead and opposing solo spots. The show consists of a series of interactions between the Diamond Formation and solos as they perform high-speed passes, fast and slow rolls, slow passes and incredibly tight turns. Aircraft will carry out opposing passes as they head toward one another at high speed, seemingly on a collision course, and passing with a breathtakingly small space between them. Other aerial maneuvers which always thrill spectators are a range of mirror formations, where aircraft fly belly-to-belly, back-to-back, or with wingtips appearing to touch, with one of the Hornets inverted. The show finale is generally a series of amazing aerobatics of all the aircraft in the Delta Formation.

The highly trained and clearly skilled pilots make the whole show seem effortless, thanks to countless hours of disciplined practice and intense concentration. However, there are a number of mostly weather related variables the pilots must adjust to on show day. In clear weather the Blue Angels will perform a show at higher altitudes than they would on an overcast day, and while the show may go on in limited visibility weather conditions, the pilots would then present what they call a ‘flat’ show for which maximum ceiling (height) could be 1,500 feet, as opposed to the 8,000 feet ceiling of clear conditions.

Certainly, watching a performance by the Blue Angels would be an incentive for any adventure-seeking aviation-enthusiast to consider signing up to train as a military pilot.

The Airshow of the Cascades 2012

August 1, 2012 by  
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With airplane rides, bi-plane rides, military displays, hot rod and antique car display, glider rides, firefighting planes, kiddies play area, food booths, bear garden, model airplanes, skydivers and more, the Airshow of the Cascades is a not-to-be-missed event for the whole family. For more information visit the Airshow of the Cascades Website.

Dates: 24-25 August 2012
Venue: Madras Airport
State: Oregon
Country: United States

New FAA Regulation Outlaws Dangerous Pastime

May 22, 2012 by  
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One of the items on the new FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 14, makes it a criminal offense to aim the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft, or at the flight path of an aircraft, in the jurisdiction of the United States. Most rational people would think that should go without saying, but the recent prosecution of an Orlando Man who pleaded guilty to this charge has highlighted a growing trend in this dangerous pastime, with more than 3,500 reported incidents in 2011.

Take-off and landing are the most critical operations of air travel, where distracting a pilot increases risk exponentially. The accused offender reportedly faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for aiming the beam of a laser at passenger aircraft during take-off at Orlando International Airport on at least twenty-three occasions, and would presumably have continued to do so had authorities not put a stop to his game. In Virginia Beach, a man was prosecuted for temporarily blinding a helicopter pilot with a laser pointer, forcing the pilot to hand over controls to his co-pilot. At the time they were conducting a search for a runaway criminal and the search had to be abandoned. While at the point of origin the light of a laser pointer is very small, it expands by several inches over distance, and when it hits the glass of the cockpit, the light disperses and is extremely bright. In this latter incident, the offender admitted that he had no idea what the consequences of his actions may have been and was just “goofing around”. This highlights the need for public awareness that it is against the law to interfere with the authorized operation of an aircraft, and the potential consequences of violating this law.

Topics covered in the new FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 include Funding of FAA Programs, such as airport and noise compatibility planning, and air navigation facilities and equipment; Airport Improvement Program Modifications; NextGen Air Transportation Systems and Air Traffic Control Modernization; Safety, including general provisions and safety relating to unmanned aircraft systems; and Environmental Streamlining, including over flights of national parks, aviation noise complaints, and increasing the energy efficiency of airport power sources.

Dayton Air Show 2012

April 17, 2012 by  
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The 2012 Dayton Air Show has a thrilling schedule planned. Featured performers at the event will include the US Navy Blue Angels, Tora Tora Tora (a Pearl Harbor reenactment), USMC C-130 Hercules “Fat Albert” Demo, Sea Harrier F/A2, Mike Goulian, Misty Blues (all-women skydiving team), P-51 Mustang Quick Silver, Gene Soucy Wingwalking and Solo and A-4B Skyhawk. The Dayton Air Show will also offer helicopter rides, static aircraft displays numbering over 100 aircraft, Aerospace Adventures, Vectren Kids’ Hangar, the Dayton Air Show Parade and more.

Dates: 7 & 8 July 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Dayton International Airport
State: Ohio
Country: United States of America

2012 Indianapolis Air Show

April 17, 2012 by  
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The 2012 Indianapolis Air Show will be a memorable event with many talented performers taking to the air to astound the crowds. Catch the following in action: USAF Thunderbirds, Tim Weber Airshows, Jacquie B Airshows, Billy Werth, Jan Wicker Airshows, The Hoppers Jet Formation Team and a variety of exquisite airplanes. On the ground, visitors can check out the following at the Indianapolis Air Show: the Civial Air Patrol, UH-60 Blackhawk, Grace on Wings, a KC-135R Cockpit mockup and boom simulator, FedEx ATR-42, Mooney Ambassadors, A-10 Thunderbolt II, T-6 Texan II, various warbirds, ultralights, the kid zone, a car show, hot air balloons, RC planes, USS Indianapolis Survivors, Indiana Aviation book signing, Military History Exhibit and more.

Dates: 22 to 24 June 2012
Time: Friday from 10:00 am; Saturday and Sunday from 06:15 am
Venue: Indianapolis Regional Airport
State: Indiana
Country: United States of America

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