Airways Magazine - January 2013
PHOTO: SCROGGINS AVIATION
Filming Hollywood’s Flights of Fantasy
by Christine Negroni
When the movie 'Flight', starring Denzel Washington, is over you might wonder, ‘Just how many airplanes did it take to make that picture-perfect airliner crash?’ The answer is three: McDonnell Douglas MD-80s salvaged from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and the former Continental Airlines. I know this because I have talked to the man who helped make it happen.
If a movie is about airplanes, there are only a few specialists who can take a Hollywood producer’s flight of fantasy and make it look real. AIRWAYS spoke to three of them.
(Christine Negroni writes about aviation and travel for The New York Times and Executive Travel and blogs at www.christinenegroni.blogspot.com and www.gohowknowhow.com .)
PHOTO: ANDREAS ROHDE
Flying the Fokker 100
by Andreas Rohde
Take a jump-seat in the cockpit for a Fokker 100 trip from Stuttgart, Germany, to Bilbao, Spain.
PHOTO: IAIN HUTCHISON
By Aer Arann Islands to Inis Mór
by Iain Hutchison
Weather conditions caused a 90-minute delay to the scheduled departure time, in-flight catering was non-existent, there was no sighting of cabin crew throughout the duration of both outward and return flights—but it was a great day out. Travel with us by Britten-Norman Islander to a picturesque island off the Irish coast.
PHOTO: ANDREAS SPAETH
Safety—not by accident
by Andreas Spaeth
The sky is blue over London Heathrow Airport, but inside the British Airways Cranebank Flight Training Centre all hell suddenly seems to break loose. What looked like a normal aircraft cabin is turning into an inferno within seconds. The ‘aircraft’ shakes and shudders, then an impact is felt. Thick smoke crawls out of the overhead bins, and after a few moments ‘passengers’ can’t even see their hands before their eyes. “Evacuate! Evacuate!” screams the pilot over the PA from the cockpit. The flight attendants quickly open the doors and yell: “Come this way! Here! Out!”
Welcome to the ‘Flight Safety Awareness Course’ offered by British Airways.
PHOTO: RFD-TIM SPEERS
Chicago Rockford Shows the Way Flying Should Be
by Bradley Sunshine
On Interstate 90 in Illinois, to the west of Chicago’s suburbs, signs for Chicago Rockford International Airport start appearing amidst green farm fields. If a motorist envisions small aircraft on a quiet tarmac, they would soon wonder when Cessna started making wide-bodies—especially when a heavy jet airliner flares over the threshold of the airport’s 10,004ft (3,049m)-long Category III Runway 7/25.
When the modern terminal appears with McDonnell Douglas MD-80s and Airbus A319s nuzzled against its four airbridges, any remaining small-scale perceptions are lost in the surrounding 3,000ac (1,200ha). Chicago Rockford (IATA: RFD) is a first class airport that offers viable and cost-effective options for leisure travellers and freight carriers.
PHOTO: RAND PECK
by Rand Peck
Captain Peck recalls his first commercial pilot job, as a Twin Otter first officer with Hyannis, Massachusetts-based Air New England, which operated throughout New England, plus New York-LaGuardia.
THAI International Airbus A380 inaugural
by Jerrold Wu
Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Flight
by Bob Shane
Pan Am Charter to Moscow
by Hilary Adams Zwicky
Both Sides: The Musings of a Mad Man
by Clayton Taylor
Coach Flyer: United trans-Atlantic
by David C Forward
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