Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding!

What does a Royal ceremony has to do with aviation? Well besides His Royal Highness being a pilot nothing occurs me at the moment but the RAF thought differently.

One Avro Lancaster in formation flight with one Hawker Hurricane and a Spitfire, now this is what a call a good ceremony. And last but not least a formation of two Eurofighter Typhoons and two Tornados. Both formation overflew the Buckingham Palace to greet the Royal Family... who would say that a Lancaster a Spitfire and a Hurricane would be listen once more over the skies of London?

Photo: Daily Mail Online


Photo: aero.jor.br

Photo: aero.jor.br

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Back in the sky!

It has been a while since the last time that I posted something about Myself. The fact is that there wasn't much to tell really because My flight license took to long to be ready and now my logbook is again under INAC possession in order do register the MCC rating and the English level 5.

During this "free time" Me and a friend of mine come in a journey to find a suitable and cheap place to buy some hours and build flight time. Our choice was a small company based in Cascais Aerodrome, LPCS, called Aeropiloto.

Aeropiloto is a small company with one Cessna 152 and one 172, they also have maintenance service to light aircraft.

Yesterday was the checkride flight so that the company could rent us one airplane to build some flight time. First My friend Tiago took the controls and climbed up in the sky with the instructor and after a follow that It was my time... So good to be back in the Sky. At the last part of the session Tiago and Me had the opportunity to fly together and as we said... "It was the first flight of our Airline", Still working on a name any suggestions?

Here's a Picture of the two Captains.


And here's the Bluest Aircraft in town, and as Blue in Portuguese is Azul, this Cessna 152 is known as AZulBravo, instead of Alpha Zulu Bravo.


credits in the photo

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

English proficiency ICAO level check results

As I said earlier the test went very well and today I've got the result and it's a 5.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

FAA Pilot looking for a challenge?

Here you have it: http://www.thedc-3network.com/
This is the link to the Herpa DC-3 website, up there you have information about the DC 3 Type rating. Amazing huh?


The Dc-3 is probably the most well known aircraft in aviation history and had several uses during it's life. Firstly built as a military aircraft for cargo and parachutists known as C-47 the Dc-3 rapidly evolved to a Civil version with the end of the WWII and last year during the Oshkosh AirVenture took place a reunion named "The Last Time!" in Whiteside County Airport with a record presence of 26 Dc-3s and 1 Dc-2, this reunion was to celebrate the 75th. Anniversary of the Douglas Dc-3. After the reunion a great number of aircraft proceeded from Whiteside County to Oshkosh and awarded the visitors of the AirVenture with a massive Fly In.




Although the end of the line of this great aircraft seems to be distant because a company named Basler is now preparing Dc-3s fuselages refurbishing and adapting them to the installation of a pair of turboprop engines in replace of the old radials.





I would love to fly one of these... who knows one day!

Friday, April 8, 2011

United paints an A320 for their 85th. anniversary

Here are the pictures of the United Airbus A320 with the 85th. Anniversary Livery.

... and what a livery! It really remembers old days.

United Airlines 85th Anniversary Special Livery

United Airlines 85th Anniversary Special Livery

United Airlines 85th Anniversary Special Livery

United Airlines 85th Anniversary Special Livery

N.R.P. Vasco da Gama lead European Operation Atalanta

The Portuguese frigate N.R.P. Vasco da Gama has left Lisboa past week and headed to the Aden Gulf integrated on the European mission against piracy, Atalanta.
Here is their mission blog in Portuguese to all those who want to follow their adventures.

http://vascodagama-atalanta.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Photos – Air France Flight AF447 Wreckage Found

Air France AF447 Wreckage Engine
Air France AF447 Engine

Air France AF447 Wreckage Engine
Air France AF447 Engine

Air France AF447 Wreckage Fuselage
Air France AF447 Part of Fuselage

Air France AF447 Wreckage Landing Gear
Air France AF447 Landing Gear

Air France AF447 Wreckage Landing Gear
Air France AF447 Landing Gear

Air France AF447 Wreckage Wing
Air France AF447 Wing

Air France AF447 Location Map
Map of Air France AF447 Location

Air France AF447 Wreckage Range Area
Air France AF447 Range of Located Parts

Images: Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pilot joke or a huge amount of stress because of the situation?


24-year-old pilot who landed on Queens beach kept joking to JFK air traffic controllers: recordings

Tuesday, April 5th 2011, 7:15 PM
Pilot Jason Maloney landed his plane on a Rockways beach late Monday.
Egan-Chin/News
Pilot Jason Maloney landed his plane on a Rockways beach late Monday.
Maloney is released from police precinct early Tuesday after questioning.
Iudici for News
Maloney is released from police precinct early Tuesday after questioning.

The airhead pilot who splashed down on a Rockaways beach Monday night landed a slew of one-liners to flight officials before his dramatic descent.
"Just let us know if we're up in your grill," Jason Maloney, 24, radioed to an air-traffic controller minutes before his single-propeller plane's emergency landing, according to an audio recording of the interaction.
In the recording, the flyboy blathers on as he joyrides over the city after taking off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, L.I.
Maloney first asks for permission for an impromptu landing at Kennedy Airport, saying he's on a "medical mission."
An air-traffic controller rebuffs his request, but the pilot later follows up with another doozy.
"Hey tower, I got a question for you," Maloney says. "This might be crazy but are we allowed to land on the beach?"
The air traffic controller tells him a public beach landing would only be allowed in an emergency.
"You know what tower?" Maloney responds cheerfully. "My engine might be running a little teensy teensy bit rough."
"Do you require any assistance?" the concerned air traffic controller then asks.
"No," the puzzling pilot responds. "You know what, we should be fine, but I'm gonna make a precautionary landing."
Maloney then did just that, drawing a police response that included aviation and boats. The single-engine plane had to be towed from the surf.
The pilot and his passengers - Clarke Oler, 22, and Chelsea Protter, 21, both of Huntington, L.I. - were uninjured and were not hospitalized, officials said. But Protter threw up on the beach.
"I was feeling sick. I was feeling nauseous," Protter told the Daily News on Tuesday night.
She denied knowing why Maloney sat the plane down on the beach. "As I told the detectives and everybody, I was just focused on me. I don't know," Protter said.
Maloney didn't appear intoxicated and was not tested for drugs or alcohol, police sources said. No criminal charges are expected.
Federal Aviation Administration investigation could lead to Maloney's pilot certificate being suspended or revoked, and he could be fined.
Investigators are examining the plane for mechanical problems, an FAA spokesperson said.
Maloney was grounded Tuesday in his parents' home in Cornwall, N.Y. His father barred him from speaking to reporters.
"The FAA still has to complete their investigation, so I'd rather him not talk," said John Maloney, 58. "There was someone sick and he felt that that was the proper thing to do to get help."
Audio courtesy of LiveATC.net


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/05/2011-04-05_24yearold_pilot_who_landed_on_queens_beach_kept_joking_to_jfk_air_traffic_contro.html#ixzz1Immqw5eE

English proficiency ICAO level check - Done!

Well I can't say that it's already done because I will only get the results in two or three weeks but I'm confident that it was enough at least to get a classification of 4 which is the minimum to be able to fly outside Portugal and some other countries like Brasil, East Timor, etc.

My English Exam was made on the Portuguese Airline Pilots Association in Portuguese APPLA (www.appla.pt) and was originally a RMIT Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Exam. RMIT have created the RELTA division to deal with English proficiency tests for aviation.

Here is the RELTA website where you can find some interesting information about this subject and it also has a training test which I strongly recommend for those who are thinking on getting their English Rating in a short time.

RELTA

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Update!

Finally got my license and my MCC certificate, now I'm looking for an airplane to build time and preparing for the English Level check.

Meanwhile...

... I'd rather be flying!