Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Birthday TAP Portugal

Sixty seven years ago the first flight of TAP departed from Lisbon Airport heading for Madrid, the aircraft a Douglas Dc-3 with the registration CS-TDF.

Happy Birthday TAP for 67 years of high standards in safety and a remarkable service.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Ryanair Starts operation from Lisbon

It is true the last major Airport in Portugal mainland will receive Ryanair on next November. For now the low cost airline will operate four routes from Lisbon, connecting the Portuguese capital to London, Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels.

Apart of all the problems involving this low cost carrier it is known that there is a great probability if not 100% sure that there will be an increase of passengers to Lisbon and hopefully representing an increase in tourism. However the new route operated by the budget carrier will affect directly the Portuguese Flagship Airline TAP that will now have a strong competition in four of its most profitable routes in Europe. The Portuguese airline is now undergoing a possible privatization process as the last one was canceled after the only interested failed to fulfill all the requirements, and now this new "boy in town" can represent a set back when negotiating  TAP's value.

Bombardier CS100 first flight

Today the new CS100 from Bombardier made its first flight and Bombardier company already remarked the low noise emission of the aircraft during take off and landing proving to be a well built product and looking into the future of aeronautics.

The CS100 sets in the 100 to 149 seat capacity range and will compete directly with Embraer E-Jet models and others.

This first flight was also the first flight of the new Engines by Pratt & Whitney, the Geared Turbofan Pure Power engine is also part of the aircraft certification program.

The maiden flight departed from Montreal-Mirabel International Airport at 09:55 AM Local Time and landed in the same airport at 12:25 AM after a series of tests during flight reaching a maximum altitude of 12500 feet and 230 knots during this first flight.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Expedition E350 - Stalls, Spins & Slow Speed Stability

Here is a video promotional of the Expedition E350 where you can see some stalls and spins with respective recoveries all the wing has markers for you to follow the turbulent air building and the response to the controls. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Is there a seat for Me?

According to Boeing is predicting a pilot shortage all around the world for the upcoming years.  Since last year that the so called recovery of the commercial aviation is news all around the world but this growth seems to be slow.

According to Boeing the market will require:

  • 498,000 new commercial airline pilots
  • 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians

  • Distributed as follows:

  • Asia Pacific – 192,300 pilots and 215,300 technicians
  • Europe – 99,700 pilots and 108,200 technicians
  • North America – 85,700 pilots and 97,900 technicians
  • Latin America – 48,600 pilots and 47,600 technicians
  • Middle East – 40,000 pilots and 53,100 technicians
  • Africa – 16,500 pilots and 15,900 technicians
  • Russia and CIS – 15,200 pilots and 18,000 technicians

  • In fact here in Portugal with the end of the regional flights to Bragança, Aerovip is struggling with two Dornier DO228 and a Shorts 360 that pass more time on its hangars than flying and generating income. The flight school of the same business group, Leávia reduced the number of flight instructors as it doesn't has enough students to keep up. The only good news around here is that TAP Portugal, Portuguese flag carrier is expecting at least two new Airbus A330 to increase its capacity for long haul routes and there are rumors that the expansion of the fleet wont end with this two new aircraft. A good thing as the new aircraft will need new pilots and the company already is operating at its personnel limits. Wait and see.

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