Twins Transform Boston’s International Market

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Boston, Massachusetts is distance-wise the closest large city between the United States and Europe.  Although the metropolitan area doesn’t have the same business density and population when compared to New York City, the largest city in New England has long had international airline service to Europe and Canada.  In the recent past, an explosion of new nonstop city-pairs have emerged for the flying public, fueled by the expanded use of the newest generation of twin-engine airliners.

With ETOPS, which originally stood for Extended Twin Engine Operations (which extended time flown over water with less than three engines) the past requirement of needing to use jets with at least three engines to take the most efficient oceanic routes between continents has been bypassed as long as the ...

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Flying To the Friendly Island of Moloka’i

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The Hawaiian island of Moloka’i is home to a pair of airports with commercial airline service. Known as the “friendly isle”, it is inhabited by close to 7,500 people and does not attract anywhere near the tourist traffic that the nearby islands of O’ahu and Maui do. Travel by sea is a limited option, so aviation plays a key role in the transportation of passengers and freight between the other Hawaiian Islands and Moloka’i.  Three airlines serve the island, and all three have different styles and levels of service. Even the two airports, both of which are owned and operated by the State of Hawaii, serve different needs of the island.

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The geography of the island dictates how each airport serves different locales...

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The World’s Busiest Airport.

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In the world of Commercial Aviation “The World’s Busiest Airport” is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (KORD). O’Hare is situated 71 miles to the South of my hometown airport, General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE). O’Hare has a little of everything to offer the Spotter and Enthusiast, Commercial Aircraft, BizJets, and the occasional Military type traffic. You never know what will turn up on final from A350 to AN-124 and Falcon 2000 to F-16, it is a truly a Spotter’s Mecca.

Back in 1942 the US Army Air Corps was in Chicago looking for a suitable location in which to build C-54’s for the war effort. They found themselves at Orchard Place a location 18 miles Northwest of Downtown Chicago, the first C-54 took to the air in July of 1943...

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Dr.Sky and Photorecon Fly Aboard NASA’s SOFIA Aircraft

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For the longest time, mankind has reached for the stars by building larger and larger telescopes to peer out into the vast unknown! The major problem for all telescope designs is being able to cut through the Earth’s thick atmosphere and still acquire quality image of faint celestial objects.

In the early part of the 20th century, astronomers in California built some of the largest telescopes known. Two examples of this are the 100 inch Hooker telescope that sits atop Mt. Wilson in Los Angeles County – the largest telescope in the world from 1917 to 1949 – until another great telescope, the impressive 200 inch, Mt. Palomar telescope, came online...

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