Flight – Pilotin http://pilotin.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:03:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pilotin.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Flight – Pilotin http://pilotin.org/ 32 32 New problems loom for Southwest Hawaii flights https://pilotin.org/new-problems-loom-for-southwest-hawaii-flights/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:03:17 +0000 https://pilotin.org/new-problems-loom-for-southwest-hawaii-flights/ Southwest Hawaii Pilot Father & Daughter Team

Southwest Hawaii flights may now face bigger problems than we thought. Aren’t they supposed to be behind us? The challenges reported may impact the number of flights to Hawaii that Southwest can operate and talk about higher prices ahead. If Southwest raises prices, obviously Hawaiian Airlines will follow. Although it has been widely reported, we focus here on the impact on flights in Hawaii.

Changes threatening Southwest Hawaii flights:

  • Prices will have to increase, including fares from Hawaii, as the airline does not have the capacity to meet current and projected travel demand. Southwest’s CEO recently said they could do a lot more flying if it weren’t for the pilot shortage.
  • Having to make more money on fewer flights and fewer passengers. Southwest said it was “looking for rising revenue on declining capacity.” This is the result of the lack of pilots to perform more flights.
  • Some Southwest Hawaii flights may disappear. Since Southwest can’t fly all of its planes even as it expands its flights to Hawaii, more changes in flight frequency seem to be on the horizon.
  • More flight seasonality in Hawaii will occur. A clue to this from Southwest is the fact that they have already started cycling on some of their off-schedule Hawaii flights, only to bring them back to their schedule later. We therefore anticipate both true seasonality depending on the time of year in their future flight schedule to Hawaii, but also flights only on certain days of the week on a given route, as Alaska Airlines does to Hawaii.

Southwest cannot fly all of its planes at this time.

It goes back even further to when the airline, during Covid, slowed its acquisition of employees and even encouraged some early retirements, among other things. And Southwest, like other airlines, underestimated the surge in travel demand and the speed with which it has returned. This all falls into place and not in the best way for travelers from Hawaii or the Southwest.

For most airline employees, with the exception of pilots, this problem has been solved, or at least as much as possible. But when it comes to drivers, that’s a problem Southwest can’t easily solve. It recently hit the fan, according to their CEO Bob Jordan.

During their Q3 earnings call, Southwest CEO said“If we could fly all our planes, that is, we had enough pilots to fly the plane in place, we would be about 5%, 6%, 7%, 8% more capacity or of ASM (Available Seat Miles). ) this year right now. That’s roughly how much we could still fly. It’s really more the factor than it’s the mix of short-haul, medium-haul flying , long-haul.

What is Southwest doing to fix the problem?

Jordan said: “We are on track to hire 1,200 pilots this year and 2,100 pilots next year as planned. We wanted to restore our operational reliability. Going forward, we believe we have capacity that is better suited seasonally to demand. Hiring and training our pilots continues to be the growth driver as we move forward. We continue to attract high-quality pilot candidates, and the training program to onboard a new pilot at Southwest Airlines is strong.

  • First and foremost, hire those 1,200 pilots this year and 2,100 next year if things go as planned.
  • Creativity has also entered the job search at Southwest and other airlines. For example, the photo above of a pilot from the Southwest and ffirst team father and daughter officer. We see more and more of these creative job opportunities.
  • Outside of Southwest’s direct jurisdiction, other proposed opportunities include reducing experience hour requirements. The mandatory retirement age could also be changed from 65 to 67.
  • Airlines, including Southwest, seek to attract pilots from all possible sources. One of them was the regional airlines, which lost their pilots to the major carriers.

Southwest pilot plans could include foreign pilots.

The airline plans to apply to the United States for permission for H1B visa holders from other countries to be Southwest pilots. They have a pilot in mind to hire, or so they said. Of course, a pilot would be a way to test those uncharted waters.

SWAPA, the South West Pilots Union, has none, one pilot or hundreds. Recently, while stating that they were unaware of this new development, SWAPA issued a letter of concern over what it sees as a threat to its union members. The union does not like the precedent this would set.

This industry-wide pilot problem started years ago.

The shortage of qualified pilots has been a problem for several years and for a myriad of reasons. Among them, many pilots reach the mandatory retirement age (65). The centuries-old journey of military pilots becoming commercial pilots has slowed considerably. Then, when Covid hit, more pilots left with great retirement offers, and others just wanted to change jobs.

Airlines serving Hawaii, including American, Delta, Hawaiian and Southwest, have all implemented new training programs with dozens of flight schools. But it will take time and the problem is expected to persist for years.

There are currently some 135,000 airline and commercial pilots in the United States. It is estimated that airlines will need around 30,000 additional pilots by the end of this decade.

Do you have any concerns about the impact of these developments on flights from Southwest Hawaii?

Our first thought is that if inter-island flights are removed, we could see the end of the current $39 airfares between islands and return to the old stratospheric fares for such short flights. This could be a good week actually to book inter-island flights. U g.

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New balloon decorating business takes off in downtown Albany https://pilotin.org/new-balloon-decorating-business-takes-off-in-downtown-albany/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:04:47 +0000 https://pilotin.org/new-balloon-decorating-business-takes-off-in-downtown-albany/ Nina Young’s first ball structure was done on a whim. A bride had rented her photo booth business, set up in a vintage 1963 Airstream Overlander, for a wedding, but had a unique request: she wanted a backdrop of inflated balloons.

Young had already seen the unconventional air-filled builds on social media and felt like the trend would take off in the near future, so she agreed to the request on the condition that she practice more creating as well. a balloon arch outside the RV.

After hours of creating the installments with chicken wire and hot glue, Young posted the finished balloons on social media and his idea exploded, so to speak. Now, years later, Young is co-owner of the hot-air balloon, a balloon decorating business that opened in downtown Albany earlier this month.

The company, located at 449 Madison Ave., allows customers to purchase customizable size, color, shape and style balloon clusters to display at bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, weddings and other events – catering to what the owner considers to be guests’ childhood dreams in a modern and tasteful way.

“I think people don’t always associate balloons with elegance, but they can be really beautiful and very artistic, with some being more playful and some being more elegant,” Young, 37, said.

The native of Rosendale, County Ulster, developed her balloon sculpting skills throughout the onset of the pandemic, when all the weddings for which her photo booth company, Rose & Dale Photo Co., were hired have been cancelled. With the new free time, she practiced erecting the balloon structures and gifting them to friends and family as a pick-me-up during quarantine.

Things accelerated for Young the following winter, when she temporarily left the Capital Region and told co-owner Stephanie Turcotte of Rochester that if she could grow the business over the next six months, so they would tackle it full time when she returned.

“Stephanie has grown the business while I’ve been away, she’s just super innovative and loves fun design and has done some really awesome things that people have really loved and it showed me when I came back that we really could do it “, said Young.

The pair began to attract more customers, as well as odd looks from neighbors as they continually carried loads of balloons out of their small apartments to ferry them to events. “We were like, ‘we have to start looking for a space because it’s getting crazy.’ ”

When the space that was once the Mad Lark Laundromat near the corner of Lark Street opened up in Albany, the duo jumped on it, creating what is now the colorful company’s base of operations. The location also sells party supplies and items from women- and LGBTQ-owned businesses.

“We really focus on as many eco-friendly products as possible because the event industry is super wasteful,” Young said. To minimize waste, the company primarily uses 100% biodegradable latex balloons and fills its balloons with air instead of helium.

When purchasing a group of balloons, customers can choose from three different sizes on the website: small, which is three to four feet from $65; medium, which is four to five feet from $85; and tall, which is six to seven feet from $100. A mini version, which is one to two foot balloons in mixed sizes, is also available for $45.

The subway ride from DC to catch a flight to Dulles https://pilotin.org/the-subway-ride-from-dc-to-catch-a-flight-to-dulles/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:20:15 +0000 https://pilotin.org/the-subway-ride-from-dc-to-catch-a-flight-to-dulles/


Taking a 90-minute train ride instead of a 35-minute car ride to catch a flight might not seem like an ideal transportation swap. But it’s a choice I made a few hours after opening the Silver Line extension and one that local officials hope you will do now that Metrorail is heading to Dulles International Airport.

The new subway line began serving the airport on Tuesday, providing a long-awaited rail-to-fly option for the 20 million passengers who pass through Washington’s international gateway each year.

“When you travel across the country, around the world, take the Silver Line and fly with Dulles,” John E. “Jack” Potter, chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said Tuesday at an inauguration ceremony. opening.

I took the advice and made the trip Tuesday night from Northwest Washington to Dulles for a 1:30 a.m. flight to San Salvador. The $3.85 off-peak fare on the first night of the rail extension took me through 25 stations, a transfer from the red line to Metro Center, and 90 minutes of driving – at least twice what it would have taken to lead to this late hour.

With one carry-on and a heavy backpack, I left at 8:40 p.m. as a cold rain fell on the nation’s capital, making my eight-minute walk from home to the subway station the most miserable part of the travel.

Quickest way to get to Dulles from downtown DC: by car or Silver Line?

Using Metro’s next arrival tool, I timed my arrival at the Friendship Heights platform within five minutes of the next train heading downtown. I also gave myself plenty of time for potential transit issues, even though the trip went well. The metro got me to the airport three hours before departure, as recommended for international flights.

Traveling outside peak hours meant plenty of free seats but less frequent service. After the 16 minute ride to the Metro Center, I had just missed a Silver Line train. On the platform, the subway terminals had signs depicting an airplane and the airport’s IAD code, while directing passengers to the lower platform. Overhead signs said the next train to Ashburn would arrive in 11 minutes.

The doors of a 6000 series train opened at 9:22 p.m. and then began the nearly hour-long journey to Dulles. By the time the six-car train reached Wiehle-Reston East – the former Silver Line terminus – the train was nearly empty. Three air travelers on my car continued through three more new stations before reaching Dulles.

A woman visiting from Toronto said she was happy to take the subway trip, saving money on what would have been “a very expensive Uber ride”, although she sighed about a ” too long journey”.

Another passenger, Pamela Leahigh of Southwest DC, took one of the first trains to Dulles on Tuesday to catch a flight to Scotland. The mood in her carriage was festive, she said, with people getting on and off the train to take photos of the shiny new stations.

“It was both old-fashioned and modern,” she said.

My train arrived around 10:20 p.m. at Dulles station, where a dozen people, a mix of workers and travelers, were waiting for a train to DC. Views of the airport terminal are visible upon exit. Signage directs passengers to spacious elevators and long escalators, then to the indoor walkway between the station and baggage claim. It’s an easy six-minute walk through an air-conditioned pedestrian tunnel with three moving walkways.

Silver Line extension opens, adding six stations, connecting Dulles after years of delays

Metro and the airport authority see the Silver Line as a significant boost to regional rail and air travel, which have faced pandemic-related slowdowns. Dulles passenger traffic continues to recover, partly impacted by a decline in international travel. Transit officials say the airport is a primary destination for passengers along the extension. The subway line was envisioned before the airport opened 60 years ago and was touted as removing a transportation barrier to reach Dulles.

“When the airport opened almost exactly 60 years ago today, President Kennedy said the building symbolized the aspirations of the United States,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told Dulles on Tuesday. “I think the same can be said of the Silver Line today, enabling people to get where they need to go more cheaply.”

He continued, “All of us in the DMV have the experience of a friend saying they’re coming to Washington, they’re flying in and you’re so excited. …And then there is this little pause. “Wait a minute, what airport did you say you were going through?” No more awkward breaks because it will be easier no matter what.

Easier, at least, if you have an arrival or departure within the metro timetables. Passengers with early morning or late evening flights still need to stick with alternatives. For example, the last train to DC from Dulles is at 10:53 p.m. on weekdays, and the first train from DC to the airport on weekends is not until after 8:00 a.m.

The train also saved me at least $100. Since Metro has a $2 flat fare on weekends and late nights, my return trip will be even cheaper (compared to Metro’s maximum $6 fare during peak times). Parking at Dulles Economy Parking is $12 per day. Someone who doesn’t book in advance can end up at the much more expensive garages, where rates range from $19 to $27 per day. Taxi or Uber fares would have been over $120 round trip.

I’ve driven to Dulles at least half a dozen times this year to pick up relatives or for my own trips. Most of the time I did the 24 miles from DC in 35 minutes. The hardest and most unpredictable stretch is the six miles of the Beltway on my route and the choke point of the American Legion bridge. The remaining 13 miles on the Dulles Access Road are generally a breeze. Once this summer, a relative arrived at 4:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and the drive turned into a two-hour nightmare. Metro would have been a good choice.

The drive was long but convenient and a good choice for me on driving, but especially during rush hour or days like Tuesday when the rain made driving chaotic.

]]> A flight to Mount Everest https://pilotin.org/a-flight-to-mount-everest/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 07:05:59 +0000 https://pilotin.org/a-flight-to-mount-everest/


Our helicopter (operated by Manang Air) was one of the first to take off at sunrise around 6:20 am from Kathmandu airport. There are many helicopter operators offering tours to see the majestic mountains of Nepal, but there is only a small window in the season to do so. I would recommend going in April or October when the weather is clearest and not that cold.

The first leg is from Kathmandu to Lukla, which took about 40 minutes of flight. On the way, we can see many mountain peaks in the distance, including GauriShanker, Mount Everest, and even Kanchenjunga.

Stop 1. Lukla (9,380ft / 2,860m)

Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest. There is no road so no car can get there. You can reach Lukla by trekking, STOL fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. We got there at 7am.

Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
During our stop we were offered hot tea/coffee as it was cold before the sun came up the mountain. Captain Vijay Lama and Dr Andreas Hartmann joined me on this trip.

We took off again after refueling and headed up Mount Everest, passing Namche Bazar, Syangboche Airstrip, Khumbu Icefall…

Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft / 3,440 m)
Syangboche Airfield (12,402 ft / 3,780 m)
We continue to climb in the helicopter, as you can see on the GPS it’s red everywhere (terrain!)

Less than a 10 minute flight from Lukla, we got a close look at Mount Everest.

Depending on the angle of view, the mountains can look different and confusing. Some peaks can look even taller than Mount Everest from different angles.
Mount Everest (29,031ft / 8,849m) is the one with the sharp peak with snow blowing at the top.

We were almost at 20,000 feet but Mount Everest was standing really high from where our helicopter was. We were trying to climb to Camp 2 of Mount Everest which is the limit of our helicopter. Unfortunately there was a gust of 20-25 knots of crosswind blowing so we couldn’t get anywhere higher than Camp 1.

We had an amazing view of the Khumbu Icefall. look My video for pictures. I asked where the Everest camps were but was told there were no camps set up in the fall as it was too cold to climb. The camp will be reset for the spring season.


Stop 2. Kala Patthar (18,519 ft / 5,644 m)

We finally landed at Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m).
We finally landed at Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m).

I was taking pictures so frantically and became slightly disoriented. I started using the helicopter’s oxygen supply.

We spent 5 minutes outside while the helicopter kept its rotor on. It was the highest altitude I have ever set foot on.

Our next stop is pristine Gokyo Lake. Along the way we saw the highest glacier in the world, the Khumbu Glacier and we flew over the Cho La pass (17,782ft / 5,420m).

Khumbu Glacier – The highest glacier in the world

The helicopter pilot told me that the rule is to keep flying left to give way to other vehicles. As the valley is cleared, he flies right towards Gokyo Lake. I’m really amazed at how close we fly to such mountainous terrain. Watch all the flight action on My video.

Stop 3. Gokyo Ri (17,575ft / 5,357m)

Gokyo Ri (17,575 ft / 5,357 m)

After a brief stop on the lake, we head to the highest hotel in the world, the Everest view hotel for breakfast.

Stop 4. Hotel Everest View (12,729ft / 3,880m)

View of Everest from the hotel (12,729 ft / 3,880 m)

Stop 5. Lukla (9,380ft / 2,860m)

After breakfast, we flew to Lukla. The light on the Lukla track is excellent now. It was a totally clear day.

Helicopters not only bring in tourists, they also carry goods and bring sick and tired hikers down the mountain daily. Once the cargo arrives, donkeys are used to transport it to the mountain villages.

Planespotting at the most dangerous airport in the world;  Lukla
Planespotting at the most dangerous airport in the world; Lukla

The trip was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

Our trip

After spending 40 minutes in Lukla, we returned to Kathmandu. There is nothing like it in the landscape.

There is no difficulty in doing this trip compared to several days of trekking. The helicopter is providing oxygen but we really stayed at 20,000 feet for a few minutes.

The whole trip took about 5 hours. The cost to do this is around $1200 per person sharing the helicopter. ($3300-$3500 per helicopter with 4 seats)

Way Point of our helicopter flight:

  1. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338 m)
  2. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
  3. Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft / 3,440 m)
  4. Syangboche (12,402 ft / 3,780 m)
  5. Khumbu Icefall (17,999 ft / 5,486 m)
  6. Mount Everest (29,031 ft / 8,849 m)
  7. Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m)
  8. Cho La Pass (17,782 ft / 5,420 m)
  9. Gokyo Ri (17,575 ft / 5,357 m)
  10. View of Everest from the hotel (12,729 ft / 3,880 m)
  11. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
  12. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338 m)


Passenger threatens Singapore Airlines flight attendant for refusing to serve him water https://pilotin.org/passenger-threatens-singapore-airlines-flight-attendant-for-refusing-to-serve-him-water/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 06:44:29 +0000 https://pilotin.org/passenger-threatens-singapore-airlines-flight-attendant-for-refusing-to-serve-him-water/

A man was taken into custody at Singapore Changi Airport after he threatened a flight attendant and demanded water shortly after the flight from Bangkok landed and as seatbelt signs security were still on.

In a now-viral TikTok video taken by another passenger on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ711, the unidentified man is seen threatening to push the flight attendant and mimicking the crew member’s actions while shouting profanities at him in the face.

The video ends with the man led away by a police officer to the cheers of other passengers.

“Why don’t you give me water, you fucking idiot,” the man yells at the stewardess before threatening to push the stewardess and claiming that he had been asking for water for two hours (the total flight time from Bangkok to Singapore is two hours).

An airline spokesperson, however, tells a very different story and says the passenger had been rude and demanding alcohol during meal service and flight attendants decided to stop serving alcohol. alcohol because of his behavior.

“After his multiple requests…our cabin crew assessed the situation and politely declined to serve him alcohol to ensure the safety of other customers,” an airline spokesperson told the Straits Times.

“The safety of our customers and staff is always our top priority,” a statement from the airline continued. “SIA apologizes to all customers on board the flight for the inconvenience caused by this incident.”

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]]> Elon Musk keeps his jet’s flight tracker live on Twitter despite security risks https://pilotin.org/elon-musk-keeps-his-jets-flight-tracker-live-on-twitter-despite-security-risks/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 11:56:05 +0000 https://pilotin.org/elon-musk-keeps-his-jets-flight-tracker-live-on-twitter-despite-security-risks/

Elon Musk may be in hot water over his recent decision to suspend multiple verified users after they impersonated him on Twitter, but the Tesla CEO still maintains that he is an advocate for free speech. Musk underscored this, saying he wouldn’t ban a Twitter account that tracks his private jet, even if the account puts him at “direct personal risk.”

The account, which operates under the pseudonym @ElonJet, is run by Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old student. Sweeney’s account uses publicly available air traffic data to post updates on when and where Musk’s plane took off and landed, as well as the duration of each flight. Sweeney maintains around 30 accounts that perform similar tasks.

Musk previously asked Sweeney to take the @ElonJet account offline. In January, reports surfaced that Musk had offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the account, although the student declined the offer and demanded $50,000 instead. Musk would also refused the student’s request. However, Musk and the student appear to have reached an impasse, as the CEO now appears to be using a privacy tool that Sweeney allegedly suggested, which would help prevent aircraft tracking.

Amid the recent Twitter drama following Musk’s takeover of the platform, the Tesla CEO noted that his commitment to free speech extends even to accounts that could pose a personal risk to him. “My commitment to free speech even goes so far as not to ban the account following my plane, even if it is a direct risk to personal safety,” Musk wrote.

In a statement to Initiated, Sweeney noted that he was “pleased” that Musk took to his account amid his Twitter takeover. The student, however, noted that he was not surprised by the CEO’s decision. “I kind of thought that was his position because if it wasn’t people would be after him for saying one thing and then come and ban my account. It’s always cool to see that ‘he actually said something and acknowledged my story,’ Sweeney noted.

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Elon Musk keeps his jet’s flight tracker live on Twitter despite security risks

Bartlesville veterans get chance for ‘dream flight’ https://pilotin.org/bartlesville-veterans-get-chance-for-dream-flight/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:43:32 +0000 https://pilotin.org/bartlesville-veterans-get-chance-for-dream-flight/

Bartlesville veterans had the ride of their lives today in a WWII biplane.

It took a lot of effort to get 72-year-old veteran Daniel Stefanopoulos out of his wheelchair and into the 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, but once on board, they were quickly gone into the clouds. His son Pat stood there watching excitedly.

“He’s a great guy, he’s a great father, and I’m just happy that he had this opportunity to come here and experience something that will bring him a lot of joy, he will remember it for a long time,” Pat said.

Pat Stefanopoulos says his father, a Vietnam War veteran, now spends his days in a retirement home, which is why watching him fly is heartwarming.

“…walking out and away from that and able to get up in the air, he likes fast and exciting things and he’s just gonna eat that, he’s gonna love every minute of it,” says pat

After landing, Daniel didn’t give the response one would expect after a flight like this.

“How was that?” asked someone in the crowd.

“I don’t know,” Daniel replied.

But his excitement was evident.

“It was awesome, awesome,” he said.

Daniel said the flight was soothing and he would do it again in a heartbeat.

“Oh that was awesome, that was amazing, I told her that up there,” he said.

Darrel Cook has just joined Dream Flights, a national non-profit organization that provides flights to veterans across the country.

“It transforms them, it really does, they’re 20 again, you can see it in their faces and people who didn’t talk much before they become talkers and they love it,” he said. declared.

He says honoring veterans like Daniel is what it’s all about.

“I liked it, I would do it again,” said Daniel.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket resumes flight after three years https://pilotin.org/spacexs-falcon-heavy-rocket-resumes-flight-after-three-years/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:47:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/spacexs-falcon-heavy-rocket-resumes-flight-after-three-years/

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy – a hulking three-pronged vehicle that’s the world’s most powerful operational rocket – is about to return to the skies for the first time since mid-2019.

Take-off is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:41 a.m. ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket will carry satellites into space for the US military on a secret mission dubbed USSF-44.

The Falcon Heavy debuted in 2018 to much fanfare as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk elected to launch his personal Tesla Roadster as a test payload during launch. The car is still in spacetaking an oblong path around the sun that oscillates up to the orbital path of Mars.

Since that first test mission, SpaceX has only launched two more Falcon Heavy missions, both in 2019. One sent a satellite television and telephone service in orbit for Arabsat based in Saudi Arabia, and the other delivered a batch of experimental satellites for the United States defense department.

But the rocket hasn’t launched since 2019 because the vast majority of SpaceX missions don’t require the increased power of the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, on the other hand, has launched nearly 50 missions so far this year alone.

With each launch of Falcon Heavy, the rocket makes a spectacular return to Earth.

SpaceX attempted to land the rocket’s three boosters – the large white sticks that are tied together to give the rocket its boosted liftoff power – at land and sea landing pads so they could be handed over new and reused on future missions. He does this to reduce mission costs.

SpaceX has yet to land and retrieve all three rocket boosters after the same mission, although it has come considerably closer. The two side thrusters made a precise and synchronized landing on ground cushions after a mission in April 2019, and the rocket’s central thruster landed on a maritime platform. But then, big waves at sea knocked him down.

SpaceX won’t attempt to recover the core booster after Tuesday’s launch because it won’t have enough fuel remaining to guide its return trip, according to a Press release of the US Army’s Space Systems Command. However, the company will once again attempt to bring the two lateral thrusters back to their ground platforms on the Florida coast.

In a tweet, the military warned people near the launch site that the thrusters will set off two sonic booms as they roll back for landing.

Although the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, there are two huge rockets wait in the wings claim this title.

NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket, which is currently expected to attempt its inaugural launch later in November to send the Artemis 1 uncrewed mission around the moon, sits in the massive Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building, which sits just a few miles from the launch pad where the Falcon Heavy will take off.

While the Falcon Heavy puts out about five million pounds of thrust, the SLS is expected to push back as much as 8.8 million pounds of thrust – 15% more thrust than the Saturn V rockets that powered the mid-20th century moon landings.

And just across the Gulf Coast, at SpaceX’s experimental facilities in South Texas, the company is in the final stages of preparing for the first attempt at an orbital launch of its Starship spacecraft and its Super Heavy rocket. Although the test flight is still awaiting final approval federal regulators, it could take off before the end of the year.

The Starship system should significantly outperform SLS and Falcon Heavy. The upcoming Super Heavy booster, which is designed to propel the Starship spacecraft into space, is expected to delay approximately 17 million pounds of thrust only.

SpaceX’s SLS rocket and spacecraft are an integral part of NASA plans to bring astronauts back to the surface of the moon for the first time in half a century.

SpaceX also has its own ambitious vision for the Starship: to ferry humans and cargo to Mars in hopes of one day establishing a permanent human settlement there.

There is not much publicly available information about the USSF-44 mission. In a press release, the US Army’s Space Systems Command said only that the launch will put several satellites into orbit on behalf of Space Systems Command’s Innovation and Prototyping Delta, which focuses on the rapid development of space technology in this Concerning tracking objects in space as well as a range of other activities.

Space System Command declined to provide additional mission information when contacted by email. He referred questions to the office of the Secretary of the Air Force, who also declined to comment.

The U.S. military is a major driver of the national rocket economy, doling out lucrative launch contracts that are coveted by private launch companies, including SpaceX and its main competitor in the regionUnited Launch Alliance, which is a joint operation between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

FLIGHT SCHOOL: Natchez Middle School aviation students learn through hot air balloon rides – Mississippi’s Top Community Newspaper https://pilotin.org/flight-school-natchez-middle-school-aviation-students-learn-through-hot-air-balloon-rides-mississippis-top-community-newspaper/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:25:44 +0000 https://pilotin.org/flight-school-natchez-middle-school-aviation-students-learn-through-hot-air-balloon-rides-mississippis-top-community-newspaper/

FLIGHT SCHOOL: Natchez Middle School aviation students learn through hot air balloon rides

Posted 5:21 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022

NATCHEZ – About 40 middle school students from Natchez got their aviation lesson in the air Thursday morning with hot air balloon rides.

Students in Elizabeth Greer’s class take a special engineering program called “Project Lead the Way.” This month they are studying aviation.

The course began with pilot Kurt Vitense testing the students’ knowledge of what they have learned about hot air balloons so far. His crew began to inflate the balloon’s envelope by blowing cold air into it from a very powerful fan.

When he heats this air using the burners, it begins to float, Vitense explained.

“Who remembers why that is?” he asked the class.

Several students gave the answer.

“Density,” they said.

Last year, Vitense inflated his balloon at Robert Lewis Middle School to demonstrate how hot air is less dense than the air outside the balloon. This year, students were able to fly in a captive hot air balloon flight. It was optional for students, of course.

“I’m dizzy,” said Brandon McDowell, one of the students.

“Me too, and I’m a pilot,” Vitense said.

Other students tiptoed and smiled at the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride.

“I’m so excited,” Jasmine Ashcraft said before stepping into the basket.

Russia airport sells packages with security, check-in – but no flight https://pilotin.org/russia-airport-sells-packages-with-security-check-in-but-no-flight/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:26:59 +0000 https://pilotin.org/russia-airport-sells-packages-with-security-check-in-but-no-flight/
  • The Russian Air Transport Agency suspended flights from some airports after the invasion of Ukraine.
  • One has started selling a set of pre-flight procedures without any flights, according to Russian media.
  • Anapa Airport’s “I Wanna Fly” program offers everything a flight does, except movement.

A Russian airport is selling a set of pre-flight procedures – minus the actual flight – to deal with the chaos that has rocked Russia’s industry since its war with Ukraine began.

Details of the package at Anapa airport, titled “I Wanna Fly”, have been published by independent Russian media The Insider.

(The Insider is a Russian media outlet and has no affiliation with Insider.)

Russian Federal Air Transport Agency suspended all flights from the airport at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Anapa is near the border between Russia and Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which has been occupied by Russia since 2014.

The closures are an extreme example of the restrictions facing Russian airmen. Many scheduled destinations became inaccessible after the invasion began, with dozens of countries closing their airspace to Russian planes.

The tour, which costs 1,500 Russian rubles or $24, includes check-in, security, waiting at the gate, and boarding a plane that’s not going anywhere.

Customers are allowed to visit the cockpit and be served an in-flight meal, The Insider reported.

The plane also receives a water salute, which normally only takes place for ceremonial purposes and involves the plane passing under plumes of water expelled by fire engines.

Anapa Airport did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The “I Wanna Fly” tour is similar to when different airlines started offering “flights to nowhere” during the COVID-19 pandemicalthough these often involved taking off.