Saturday, June 21, 2014

 Airbus makes Electric Aircraft!

 This plane looks like a sailplane with a truncated fuselage, very cool.

Imagine taking a peaceful flight, gliding along without much noise or any fuel, effortlessly descending into the airport without a trace of emissions.
Sounds like a dream? It is. But one we can imagine in the not-so-distant future.
E-Fan, the brainchild of parent Airbus Group, is a prototype hybrid electric motor glider which will first be used for training pilots for their license at a school in Bordeaux, France, by 2017.
It debuted with its first public test flight in April 2014, and the two-seater electric aircraft is powered by two batteries, producing 60 kilowatts of power, which will be able to run for half an hour.

Monday, June 16, 2014

PAL hosts Beverly Hills reception for new fleet, 777 Manila-LA flight, PH aviation safety upgrade

LOS ANGELES, California — Philippine Airlines on June 12 celebrated auspicious events at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel with two hundred attendees from the travel industry, Boeing and GE Aviation officials, government and the Filipino American community eagerly awaiting the announcement of “something big.”
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr., giving a toast on the 116th commemoration of the Philippine Independence, also announced the reinstatement of Philippine Aviation rating to Category 1, welcomed PAL’s spanking new fleet of 777E300 long-range wide body twin engine Boeing jetliners and the formal launch of the airline’s “Triple Seven” fleet service to the US starting with the Manila-Los Angeles route.
Ramon S. Ang, PAL president and chief operating officer, announced the retirement of their 747s, which have flown the skies for more than two decades, proudly enumerating the benefits of the “Triple Sevens” — 25 percent less fuel, 40 percent lower maintenance costs and 25 percent more efficient.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Found this cool scenery for FSX for all you simmers out there.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hey guys, I was at NAIA recently and had some time to kill between flights, and as I gazed around the airport from the window at the domestic terminal I spied numerous old aircraft just sitting apparently rotting in the sun. They were mostly old C-47s. It got me thinking, so when i got home I opened Google Earth and looked around NAIA from space  he he. What I discovered were many old aircraft just parked.  Included there was at least one Lockeed Constellation. All of these were not near or part of the Philippine air museum, so I don't think they were part of that. anybody know why these planes (some of which have significant value), are just laying waste at NAIA? The photos may be dated.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Aermacchi SF260F's over Cebu

I woke up this Morning to the sound of multiple propeller driven aircraft flying overhead. To my surprise I looked up and saw the entire contingent of 11-12 Aermacchi SF 260f's flying in a dual formation over Mactan airbase. This was reminiscent of a squadron of WWII fighters flying over, albiet a higher pitch engine sound from the multiple Lycoming O-540 powerplants. I can guess they are part of the announced military maneuvers in response to China's movements in the nearby Philippine territory.