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Best Of AirlineWorld 2007

This is the last day of the year. As billions of people around the world, we also took a look back to what happened in the old year and made some New Year’s Resolutions.

For us 2007 was not a full year as we started our blog in June. It was a nice calm Sunday and Szafi wrote her first post about the Radio Alphabet – a useful tool not just for aviation fans. Balint01 joined her on the 7th with his first post about “Fuller Planes – Good Or Bad?” – a brief explanation of revenue and capacity management of airlines.

A380 

A380 was one of our main topics this year. We could see the a video of an imaginery evacuation of an A380, we reported on that quite unusual initiation that Singapore Airlines sold the first tickets to the A380 on e-Bay and gave the money (USD 1,25 million) for charity. We tried to find out more about the possible cabin configurations and then we reported on the first delivery.

Boeing 787

Boeing 787, the Dreamliner was our other favorite topic. We wrote about it when it was revealed, we put it in our blog header, we reported on the first announcement of delay that predicted 2 months. Now it seems that a 6-month delay is more realistic.

Developments 

Besides A380 and B787 we saw the birth of a Russian jet called Sukhoi Superjet and a Chinese one called ARJ21-700. We kept track of technology trends in aviation. We wrote an article about RFID usage at airlines and airports, about e-ticketing, a new online payment method at Qantas, a weightless flight, a solar powered, unmanned aircraft. Also we were interested in service developments such as the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow Airport, Lufthansa’s new A380 First Class Concept, Boeing’s 747 development to keep up with A380,

Crashes 

Unfortunately again some serious accidents happened. We saw around 200 people dying in a very tragical crash in Sao Paulo, brazil. 19 people died in an accident of Air Moorea on the way to Tahiti. When China Airline’ 737 burst into fire and blew up, everybody could escape in time thanks to the flight crew, who was criticized for being rude – we thought it was better being rude than being inactive. Later it turned out that a loose bolt caused the fire. There was a sad collision of two planes at an Air Show in Radom, Poland. SAS Airlineshad a bad series of crash landings – without serious injuries – of its Dash 8 turboprop planes. Finally they decided on grounding all their Dash 8 fleet. 87 died in One-Two-Go Airlines crash in Phuket, Thailand. A few days later rallye driver champion Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash over Scotland. The most commented article was the weird accident of an Airbus A340 on the ground of the Airbus factory during testing. The last serious accident of the year was an MD-83 crash in Turkey killing 56.

Photo reports 

We received a lot of photos from our friends and airline enthusiasts, so we could show a photo report of a Royal Aircraft in Budapest, Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, an Air Show in Kecskemet and the A340 Airbus crash at the Toulouse Airbus factory.

Innovations 

We criticized airlines and other players of the industry about wrong steps and we were happy to present good initiations of other players. We found KLM’s promotion: a gift of a costmetics set for online bookers a very smart and useful initiation. We loved Iberia’s enviroment-friendly attitude with naming their new aircrafts Royal Owl, Imperial Eagle and other endangered species. We could read funny comments about an interesting topic: Vatican’s Air Mistral. IATA’s initiation of a greener aviation industry was also worth a post.

Sex and rock and roll 

And finally we tried to entertain those not interested in professional matters of the airline business with articles like Sex in an airplane, Sexy stewardess uniforms – with special attention to the self-designed uniform of Easyjet, Superstar pilots, Special aircraft paintings and we learned about where lost luggage end up going.

We also lost a very key figure of the European airline indusry. Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair died on 03 October at the age of 71. Net year we will definately write an article about him, because only a few know about his role in today’s aviation business.

And what is our New Year’s resolution? Well, we’ll do our best to entertain you and draw your attention to the magic world of airlines we so much love.

We both wish you a very happy, successful new year and please keep on reading us! 🙂

By Szafi and balint01
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Friday Fun – The Flying Experience Screensaver

For today’s Friday Fun I selected a very nice and useful application you must have on your PC.

The following screensaver is a flight simulator, but in this simulator you are not the pilot, but the passenger. Just like in real life. There are many different views and many landscapes to see. I recommend this screensaver for everyone who likes flying and for those afraid of it. It gives you a perfectly safe flying experience showing only the nice part of it. I installed the “coach class” (economy class) on my home PC and I really enjoyed watching it from my armchair. I know, it is kind of sick. 🙂

Anyway, don’t hesitate to download the free economy class version and if someone pays for it and tries business class, too, please send us some screenshots!

Here is the link:
http://www.idletimesoftware.com/screensavers/

Airline World Blog wishes you a nice weekend!

By Szafi

Q400 Safety Issues

As AirlineWorld reported earlier, all Bombardier Q400s were advised to be grounded for a security check following the accident of Scandinavian Airline’s flight to Aalborg on September 9, 2007.

Following the article, we received a comment from Mr Murray Cohen:

“I am a retired flight controls engineer. I have been following the Q400 accidents that occurred in Denmark and Lithuania very closely and consider these accidents to be very critical situations. These failures are giving the aircraft industry a subtle, but urgent warning that must be addressed. I found a report, dated September 15, 2007 online re – Preliminary Report on Danish SAS Q400 accident that included a very useful drawing for analyzing the failure mode. It would also be very useful to review a drawing or sketch of the main landing gear retract/extend actuator, manufactured by the Goodrich Corp. in Tullahoma, Tennessee in order to confirm my analysis of these failures. Please note that a nose gear incident occurred on a Q400 in Japan on March 13, 2007, and I suspect that it is probable that it contains a similar actuator design as the main landing gear system. Another nose landing gear accident occurred in Munich, Germany on September 21, 2007. If this is true, it would be very important to inspect the nose landing gear actuator as well as the main landing gear actuator. In my study of the main landing gear reports, some investigators noted the fact that the jam nut backed off and the lockwire was missing. This condition, could eventually cause a disconnection of the rod end, which was also stated by investigators in preliminary reports. This failure may have actually occurred after 10,000 cycles while coupled with severe impact upon landings. This scenario seems very plausible. Most of the hydraulic actuators used in the aircraft industry contain a locking device to prevent rotation of the actuator piston, and are secured by a jam nut, and lockwired to prevent the jam nut and the locking device from backing off. Early discussions regarding this failure were stated that corrosion in the linkage probably played a major role in the accident. I don’t believe that corrosion played a significant role in these failures. My intention is not to interfere with the official investigation of these accidents, but to offer a feasible scenario to help solve the problem.”

I wrote a letter to Bombardier and I was given the following answer:

“Investigations into the Q400 right main landing gear incidents in Denmark
and Lithuania are
still continuing, as are the investigations into the nose landing gear
incidents in Japan and Munich.

We cannot comment or speculate on the root causes of these incidents until
such time as
the authorities have concluded their investigations and issued  their final
reports. We can however advise
that on the basis of published preliminary reports and comments by the
authorities as to the focus of their
investigations,  there is no relationship between the two nose landing gear
incidents and no relationship
between those and the Danish and Lithuanian incidents.

We suggest you contact the relevant aviation authorities for more
information.”

I think it is a correct answer and naturally we will carry on and contact the relevant authorities. In the meantime Mr Murray has left for holiday, but we are waiting for his comment.

If you are interested in the follow-up of this conversation, please make sure to add our blog’s RSS to your RSS reader!

By Szafi 

100th Anniversary Post – Sex On An Airplane

Well, when we (actually Szafi first) started this blog, we didn’t think about how many articles we would write here, how often would we publish a post or how many visitors/readers we would get. But here we are, publishing our 100th post 104 days after the first article (03JUN2007). So we almost made it to have 100 posts in 100 days, but missed it with four days… Nevermind, if we round up the numbers, we end up with an average of 1 article per day, which we didn’t really plan at the beginning!! 🙂

We have grown in style and habits: we have teamed up with AvConet to feature aviation jobs, we have a weekly “column”: Friday Fun, and we have been following a few developing issues and stories: 100% E-Ticketing, Celebrity Planes, A380 and B787 developments, the launch of Air Mistral, the developments at our previous airline employer: Malév, not to mention airline IT related news and reviews of websites. It is now also known to us, that most people if search for something related to aviation, it will most likely be about an accident which is currently in the news, or celebrities and their planes in general. But of course you also search for other airline related stuff, such as “Dreamliner”, or “Tickets for A380”, but “John Travolta and his planes”, “Air China Fire” and the “Red Bull Air Race” are also among top search words.

We have also grown in terms of visitors, and this is the most important to us. It is probably directly linked with the more and more articles we have, but we also hope that there are many of you who check our blog regularly and have added it to your favourites! 🙂

And here comes the big question of the day: What shall we write our anniversary article about? 🙂 We thought of many-many things, such as:

  • funny airline jokes – we do that every Friday!
  • ourselves – please see our Authors page!
  • the weather – people always talk about the weather, why should we?
  • a compilation of the “Best of Airlineworld Posts” – it’s not really our task to come up with that
  • blog statistics – that would be too “dry”, right?
  • etc.

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So we come up with the idea of writing about something that would interest everyone: sex. But how is sex related to aviation? Now, I think everybody knows the answer – sex on the plane. Let us admit we all think about it every now and then when we fly. And why is it? Believe it or not it is not just the effect of movies. You would be surprised how often it happens that passengers (and shhh, but sometimes crew as well) get too horny during flying. It is believed to be due to the combination of lack of oxygen, too much alcohol (1 glass of drink in the air equals 2-3 glasses on ground) and boredom. The most common thing passengers do is that they meet up in one of the toilets and sometimes they forget there is an alarm button in the toilet that gives a signal to flight attendants if somebody gets in trouble inside. So sometimes the flight attendants know about what is going on inside as they can see the signal switched off and on continuously…

Many times people do not bother going to the toilet. They simply do their things under some clothes or a blanket at their seats. But again I have to say: flight attendants who see way more things than anyone can imagine know it perfectly well what is going on.

You can find more technical explanations and suggestions about sex on an airplane as a passenger a’la Airplane Safety Card style here

How about the cabin crew? Well, on long haul flights in bigger aircrafts, there is a small galley for the crew where they can get some rest. That is the most common place for a little hide-away for them. But to be honest, most long-haul flights would make the crew sleep-over at their destination (sometimes for a few days), so they have other chances in the hotel, as well, but this is a different story…

There is one more thing to add to the kinky side of flying. There are many airlines who are very tough with their crew about their outfit. They must be between a certain height (too tall people cannot fit into some aircrafts and too small people cannot assist passengers with the overhead compartments) and they must not be overweight. There are airlines that do not allow the flight attendants to wear too tight uniforms, because the silhouette of their panties is visible on the skirt itself. Therefore most flight attendants at these airlines simply do not wear panties. But we do not have to know that to find uniforms themselves exciting.

There are other, legal ways of having sex above the clouds, such as renting a small, special equipped aircraft from Flamingo Air in Cincinnati, OH or from Bob Smith in Georiga, and of course if you rent or buy a private jet, it’s yet again a different story…

We hope we could add some spice (and not just with this article, but the other 99 as well) to your thoughts about flying. 🙂

by balint01 and Szafi


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