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ETOPS – Enhancing Safety On Long Flights


As a passenger, you might see the word “ETOPS” (pronounced Ē-Tops) stenciled on airplanes. Occasionally, you’ll hear about it in the news. Follow a few AvGeeks on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll most definitely see this term used, joked about, and misused. What does ETOPS mean and why is it important?

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Get crafty: Cut and glue a paper 3D rocket!

Hey kids, build this cool paper rocket!

Hey kids, build this cool paper rocket!

The FAA (yes, the U.S. government agency tasked with aviation safety) has a fun craft project for the kids. It might keep them busy long enough for you to put the slice-&-bake cookies in the oven.

The FAA’s “Santa Story 2013” page has paper rocket plans, as well as a countdown to Santa’s flight. The site’s theme is a kid-friendly explanation about how Santa uses GPS to navigate his sleigh. The GPS lesson is also perfect for adults wondering how the GPS gadget in your car or phone knows where it’s at.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the rocket plans, download the PDF pattern and instructions.  It wouldn’t be right to mention paper rocket plans without including a time lapse construction video, right? I spared no expense (and nearly 10 whole minutes) to produce the following for your viewing pleasure!

Gogo unveils “Gogo Text & Talk”

Source: gogoair.com

Oh boy, here we Gogo.  The largest inflight connectivity (internet) provider, Gogo, has announced their latest product: “Gogo Text & Talk”. The new service will allow passengers to use their smartphones (with Gogo’s App) to send text messages and talk on the phone inflight. Read the Gogo Press Release.

Remember these? Source: flickr.com/mikek

I don’t have a problem with inflight texting. But I have serious concerns about passengers talking on the phone. Flying in coach is uncomfortable. Being stuck next to Mister This-call-can’t-wait will be shear misery…

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Citation X – The fastest civilian aircraft


Citation X – The Fastest Civilian Jet.
Photo Source: Cessna Press Release

Smokin’ fast, as in The Speed-O-Heat. Getting from point A to point B just got a little faster for folks lucky enough to fly in Cessna’s newest Citation X.  On October 31, the FAA and Cessna completed test flights that validated the Citation X’s max speed of Mach 0.935. That’s as close to the speed of sound as you can get without strapping on a military jet.

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FAA OK’s gadgets in all phases of flight

Well it’s about time. This morning, the FAA announced, effective immediately, “airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.Continue reading