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NAF El Centro Photocall November 2014

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NAF El Centro Photocall November 2014 By : Sean Moran EL Centro 3     Its November, the holidays are right around the corner which means the sights, sounds and smells of winter, holiday gatherings, just about anything you can think of flavored in pumpkin spice and ……… fighter jets on a military base??   Yes it was that magical time of year again where some of the best photographers around the region gather at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California to get an amazing opportunity to photograph the Navy’s air command up close and personal. This year the event fell on Thursday the 20th and I was given the chance to attend once again and take part in some amazing photography...Read More

Anchorage Alaska – The “Air Crossroads to the World”

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nac b732f 2 The mission of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport  "is to Develop  - Operate - Maintain The Airport for Anchorage - Alaska - the World".  That sounds like a very tall order... until one grasps the importance of where the airport sits geographically and understands its importance on local and international levels.  It's location makes it a prime stop for long-range international air cargo operations; as the largest and busiest airport in Alaska, it's an important hub for intrastate transportation and commerce. In 1948, the U.S. Congress appropriated millions of dollars to build an "international" type airport at Anchorage.  The airport opened in 1953, and soon handled about 90% of Alaska's passenger traffic and two-thirds of the state's mail...Read More

Frontier Airlines Flight 859 “Stu the Rabbit”

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    get-attachment2   PHXSpotter member Billy Ellison who is a longtime fan of the Airbus A318 had the chance to take a ride on the last ever US airline to operate the A318. On August 5th 2013 Frontier Airlines held its last passenger revenue flight from Denver to Phoenix on "Stu The Rabbit" N803FR. Here is his report While waiting to board flight 859 to Phoenix I had seen some more Airplane geeks waiting to board the flight. I step over to chit chat with them. Like me they were very excited to be on the last Frontier A318 flight. As the flight crew got to the gate area I asked the Captain if he would mind if I took some photos of the crew and cockpit when we landed in Phoenix. I had explained to the flight crew that this will be the last time the Airbus 318 would depart Denver...Read More

Boeing 787 Enters Commercial Service – Again

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United 787   On April 19, 2013, the FAA approved a new design for the 787’s lithium-ion battery system. This comes just over three months after all 50 of the jets were grounded world wide for flaws in the battery system. It was determined that the original design would pose a fire risk.   The Japanese authorities cleared ANA and Japan Airlines, who together own about half of the 50 Dreamliners flying, last week to return their jets back into service. Both airlines will conduct more tests to ensure that the battery modifications will solve the overheating issues that plagued two jets back in January 2013. The Japanese carriers will also add battery monitoring into the flight deck. ANA said that it would resume operations after all 17 of its planes are repaired...Read More