Contact | Search  


Airways :: Airways Magazine :: Airways Magazine - May 2013 Subscribe | Renew | Change Address
Get your copy of US Airlines on your iPad



Would you be comfortable flying with Malaysian Airlines?
Yes
No

View Results | Archive


Sign up for our newsletter to learn what's new on our website and take advantage of our monthly special offers!

Email:














Airways Magazine - May 2013

 

Airways Magazine May 2013 Cover

 


FEATURES



US Airlines

PHOTO: RAFAL SZCZYPEK 

US AIRLINES: Nationals, Regionals & Commuters

In the second of our annual three-part series, we survey the national, regional, and scheduled commuter airlines of the USA, complete with full fleet details. 

 


 AA 777-300

 PHOTO: CHRIS SLOAN-AIRCHIVE.COM

New Look on AA’s 777-300ER Inaugural

by Chris Sloan

A first-hand report of the first revenue service of the Boeing 777-300ER with American Airlines, marking a first for the type with a US carrier, a revamped cabin product, and a new exterior look.

 


 

IL-76

PHOTO: ALAN CARTER

Ilyushin Adventure in the Il-76

by Alan Carter

Join Captain Alan Carter in the cockpit of a Soviet-era Ilyushin Il-76 four-jet transport travelling 'The 'Silk Road', from Azerbaijan to Jordan.


Viet Jet

PHOTO: VIETJET

Happy Birthday VietJet Air!

by Paul Howard

We travel to Vietnam for an update on the country's youngest low-cost carrier, the privately-owned VietJet Air, which brings a fresh image to the local market with its eye-catching colors, modern uniforms, enthusiastic staff, and innovative service—including an unusual take on in-flight entertainment.


 

Isla Grande Airport

PHOTO: PAUL ANDERSON

Isla Grande: San Juan’s ‘Other’ Airport

by Paul B Anderson

San Juan's Aeropuerto Isla Grande, or Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG), was the embarkation point and terminus for the  AIRWAYS Caribbean Cruise.

Didn't sail with us this time? Watch out for announcements for the 2014 AIRWAYS Alaskan Cruise, departing from Seattle.

 


 

Air Ambulance Services

PHOTO: IAIN HUTCHISON

Commemorating Scotland’s Northern Isles Air Ambulance Services

by Iain Hutchison

The contribution of aviation and dedicated aviators to the welfare of remote Scottish islands is recognised by the Fresson Trust, specifically the air ambulance services to Orkney and Shetland.


 

Rotary Wings over US Cities

PHOTO: MAURICE J WICKSTEAD COLLECTION

Rotary Wings over US Cities

by Maurice J Wickstead
 
The story of the rise and fall of the 'big four' helicopter airlines of the USA,  New York Airways, Los Angeles Airways, Chicago Helicopter Airways, and SFO Helicopter Airlines, and the brief revival of rotary wing services from the Eighties.



 

TWA 727

PHOTO: MARK L BERRY

Hand-Cranking the Gear Down

by Mark L Berry

Cranking the landing gear down is now almost as much of a cliché as foaming the runway. But once it was an accepted practice, as experienced on a TWA Boeing 727.

The companion original song 'Ode to the Flight Engineer', written by Mark L Berry, with music written and performed by John Cooperider, can be heard here:

 

 

Background instruments include a sledge hammer and a ratchet. Listen to the music, and follow along with the lyrics:

Ode to the Flight Engineer
Words by Mark L Berry & Music by John Cooperider


Airplanes today

All have two pilots

Two pilots are more than enough

One pilot flies

If the other one dies

Two pilots are more than enough
But I flew in an era

When three pilots ruled

Two faced forward and flew

The third one sat sideways

In front of a panel

With more than enough work to do
The flight engineer

Had no way to steer

He had no controls but a desk

Computers do now

What he only knew how

Every minuscule task
He balanced the fuel

Controlled the cabin temp

And managed electrical power

Turned on hydraulic pumps

Maintained cabin pressure

And balanced the fuel every hour
When engines failed

Or hydraulics were lost

Or any of the systems went away

It was the flight engineer

Who flight after flight

Made things always work out OK
If the gear didn't come down

He had to crank round and round

And do things the old fashioned way

Three cranks to the left

Or three cranks to the right

Were just another part of his day
But this is the age

With computers the rage

There's no turning back to the day

When the flight engineer

Would hand crank the gear

And make sure everything stayed OK
He balanced the fuel

Controlled the cabin temp

And managed electrical power

Turned on hydraulic pumps

Maintained cabin pressure

And balanced the fuel every hour
Airplanes today all have two pilots

Two pilots are more than enough

One pilot flies
If the other one dies

Two pilots are more than enough
.

 


DEPARTMENTS



Business Flyer: Lufthansa Airbus A380

by Chris Sloan

 

Debrief

Stan Solomon offers a varied selection of anecdotes from the Airways.

 

Mailbag

Our global forum for our readers’ opinions, feedback, and contributions.


News from the Airways

Colorfully illustrated highlights of the major news developments from North America and around the world, including fleet changes, new airlines, and new paint schemes.

 

Those Were the Days...

Larry Milberry of CANAV Books offers a selection of Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 images from the Sixties and Seventies.

 

Print This Article Email It To A Friend | Subscribe

Previous Issues | Subscribe To Magazine






Copyright © 2014 Exbabylon LLC & Airways International Inc.