Category Airports Around the World

MIA Propliners From the 1980’s, My Quick Tour

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After taking in a TICO warbird air show one March in the mid-1980s, I got the chance to tag along with a few friends and spend an hour or two around the cargo and maintenance sides of the Miami International Airport in Florida. There were scores of DC-8s and B-707s being maintained, and more than a handful of propliners still in use as freighters. One of the NOAA WP-3Ds was undergoing an in-depth maintenance check too. Some of the DC-6s and DC-7s looked like they were on their last legs, while others were still going strong. There were Convairs, a pair of Boeing C-97s, a few DC-4s and the odd Lockheed L-188 Electra. Airlift International had a pair of Fokker F-27s on their ramp, one was an ex-Bolivian Air Force airframe.

I was surprised to see a lack of Lockheed Constellations on my Monda...

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Newburgh/New Windsor, New York Has New Airline Service and A New Outlook

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A whole lot of “new” has happened north of New York City. European low-cost air carrier Norwegian has launched a new style and brand of service between the United States and Europe. Beginning on Thursday, June 15, 2017, the airline began service between the Stewart International Airport, located in the Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York State and a number of European destinations. Edinburgh, Scotland is the first of five different cities that will be linked directly with Stewart.

Looking on the surface, the new airline service at the airport will no doubt cut travel times between the two continents, as travelers who live in the area once faced more an hour’s surface travel in any direction just to arrive at one of the major New York City airports that traditionally have held the keys ...

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KMIA in the early 1990s, Part 1 – Cargo Jets and Maintenance

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I tagged along with a few friends who’d set up a quick tour of the cargo and maintenance areas at Miami International Airport in 1992. The weather was balmy, with showers and thunderstorms expected later in the day. Luckily, we were able to fit in the visit before it rained…  There was a great collection of jet freighters and (now-) classic airliners receiving maintenance that day, here are some of the turbine-powered aircraft I saw. Please bear in mind that these were taken twenty-five years ago (that’s a quarter century of flight), mainly on Kodak Ektar 100 film, and then scanned into digital photo files. Looking at the jets in use back then, and looking at today’s choices of photographic media, I can honestly say, my, how times have changed!

Coming up… Part 2 will contain glorious...

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Embraer’s E-190-E2 in Flight Testing Operations

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Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has begun testing their next generation, updated twinjet transports, known as the E2 series. Three versions of their present line, the E-175, E-190 and E-195 were chosen for upgrades, which include a new wing design, new Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G/PW1900G Geared Turbofan Engines, and software improvements. The E-190-E2 was the first version built, and first flew on May 23, 2016. The larger E-195-E2 just made its first flight on March 29, 2017. The smaller E-175-E2 has yet to make its first flight. Altogether, there’ll be four E-190-E2s, two E-195-E2s, and three E-175-E2s produced for the testing programs, before deliveries to commercial operators begin on each version.

Embraer has released a series of reports about the newest versio...

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