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Why Celebrating Amelia Earhart Sends the Wrong Message to the Women of Tomorrow

Today is Amelia Earhart’s birthday. She is remembered because she was lost.

I have a bone to pick with Amelia.

Not because she disappeared, but because while she was with us she gave the worst possible advice to a young girl thinking of a future career in aviation: “perfect yourself in secretarial work and obtain a position on the ‘fringes,’relying on your ability and desire in order to succeed.”

Have Your Say In Air Travel, Before It’s Too Late

If you have strong opinions on what works and what doesn’t work in air travel, this is the best time of the year for you.

IATA has launched its 2016 Global Passenger Survey which asks the flying public to share their preferences on products and experiences, and to rate the performance of the industry against expectations.

You Can Write Anything in the Sky, Apparently

    Maybe I’m just rattled by the truly horrible state of the world at this point, including the vile attack in Nice this past night.

    Or maybe I’m just getting old.

    But I’m not too old to learn something new and I figure you’re not either.

    Skies No Longer “Internet Holiday,” Says Wi-Fi Addicted ‘Tickled’ Director

      Well, folks. Yes, the world is still a surreal political landscape and Spain is having its own elections, but I promised I’d get to the bottom of Burger and I have.

      I corresponded with David Farrier, the New Zealand-based investigative journalist and director the documentary film, ‘Tickled’, which exposes the dark side of internet male tickling videos. (I cannot explain the existence of these. You’ll have to see the documentary.)

      Burgers On A Plane: Why Wi-Fi Matters?

      A burger. A plane. A VIP seat. A fascinating documentary journalist with an out-of-date phone. Wi-Fi.

      This is this week’s top passenger experience story. Because I said so.

      Because people will pay for Wi-Fi. Just Because.

      Feast Your Eyes: The Making of Cathay Pacific A350

        I love watching “how it’s made” videos. This one takes us through the manufacturing process of Cathay Pacific Airways’ new A350 aircraft which landed for the first time in Hong Kong yesterday.

        Cathay is the sixth airline to fly Airbus’ sleek wide body introduced in 2014.

        The Cathay A350-900 feautres a three class layout with 280 seats in all, including 38 Business Class seats convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 28 in Premium Economy seats and 214 Economy seats..

        President John F. Kennedy speaking at Rice University, Public Domain

        We Choose To Go To the Moon, Remembering JFK

          Today we mark the birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. A man with unique vision and determination.

          Thanks to him, humanity got to the moon and back. Admittedly, it was a reaction to the challenge of the advancing Russian Aerospace program. But rising up to meet challenges is what it takes to advance technology and reach the pinnacle of human endeavours.


          easyJet Reboots Wearables Made For Walking

            Smart Low-Cost carrier easyJet has been investing in high-tech branding, with a focus on wearable technology including LED staff uniforms and a proposal for a new sustainable aircraft.

            The airline’s latest Sneakairs Barcelona Street project has a unique and refreshing lifestyle branding twist; creating a product that is both far out and immediately useful.

            Even the Most Picky Eaters Could Find These New JAL Kids Menus Irresistible

              Japan Airlines has raised the bar on its Chef-inspired menus once again by applying great culinary skill to upgrade Kid’s meals from a side-menu afterthought to a positively delectable in-flight delight.

              Starting on 29 April 2016, JAL will expand its “JAL BEDD SKY AUBERGE” restaurant-in-the-sky service on its services to North America, Europe, Oceania and Southeast Asia with new “BEDD for Kids” menus, developed by the airline’s star chefs.

              City of Hamburg Invests in the Future of Aerospace with State of the Art Research Centre

              The Hanseatic city of Hamburg has invested in the future of aviation by opening a state of the art aeronautical research centre which will foster new technologies to improve the aerospace industry.

              The new 26,000 square metre ZAL TechCenter of Applied Aeronautical Research will house up to 600 specialising in fields of research such as fuel cells, aircraft cabin technology, 3D printing, Industry 4.0/Internet of Things (IoT), acoustics, and virtual reality.

              As Wi-Fi Space Race Intensifies, Gogo Takes Bold Leap to Global Coverage

              Gogo has announced a new Major Capacity Agreement with satellite company Intelsat on the Intelsat Globalised Network, becoming the anchor tenant for the world’s first GEO/LEO Shared Network, Intelsat/OneWeb.

              “Gogo’s open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation, and Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites combined with OneWeb’s LEO constellation offers numerous advantages for aviation,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small.