Around the World

Miles flown for stories
2014: 228,152
2013: 330,818

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UPDATED: Thai Airways Airbus A330 Accident on Landing at Bangkok

Picture of the Thai Airways Airbus A330 (HS-TEF) involved in the incident. Image: Ken Fielding.

Picture of the Thai Airways Airbus A330 (HS-TEF) involved in the incident. Image: Ken Fielding.

Late Sunday night, local time in Bangkok, Thailand, a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 landed and experienced a failure of its front landing gear. Flight 679 departed from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in China and landed at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) at about 11:00pm. The aircraft was carrying 278 passengers and 14 crew members. The airline is reporting that eight passengers were “slightly injured.” We reached to Airbus and they explained that they currently do not have a statement, but are monitoring the situation. The Airbus A330-300 involved in the incident is registered HS-TEF and was delivered to Thai Airways in March of 1995. Continue reading UPDATED: Thai Airways Airbus A330 Accident on Landing at Bangkok

Another Amelia Earhart Will Try to Fly Around-the-World

Amelia Rose Earhart announces that she will recreate her namesakes flight around the world in 2014 - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Amelia Rose Earhart announces that she will recreate her namesake’s flight around the world in 2014 – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

In 1937, Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe; however, somewhere between Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Howland Island she disappeared, never to be seen again.  The fate of Amelia Earhart has been speculated upon for nearly 3/4 of a century, fascinating and frustrating searchers as well.  Recently, another Amelia Earhart announced she would also circumnavigate the globe, recreating the original Amelia’s original flight (this time hopefully completing the journey).

Amelia Rose Earhart (oddly, no actual relation), a traffic and weather TV personality in Denver, will set off with her copilot Patrick Carter from Oakland, California to recreate that fateful journey next summer.

Over 100 hours of flying time, and 14 stops, will be made along the route as they cover nearly 28,000 miles.  If successful, Amelia will achieve the honor of being the youngest female pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a single engine aircraft – the Pilatus PC-12NG.

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North America & Frontier Says Goodbye to the Babybus – Airbus A318

An Air France Airbus A318. Photo: Thomas Becker.

An Air France Airbus A318. The airline is the world’s largest operator of the A318. Photo: Thomas Becker

The last Airbus A318 operated by a North American airline has exited service. The A318, sometimes affectionately referred to as the “Babybus,” is the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family. Weighing nearly the same as its larger brother, the A319, and operating with the same crew requirements, the economics of operating the A318 in North America just didn’t make sense. The similarly-sized Boeing 737-600 has largely suffered the same fate (although WestJet still operates a fleet in Canada).

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The Joys of Taking Aerial Photography from a Helicopter

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A row of Robinson R-22s at Boeing Field

From my previous articles, I think it’s apparent to both fans and occasional readers that I’m relatively obsessive when it comes to matters of aviation photography.

Helicopter spotting is not new; far from it. Friends of mine are pioneers of helicopter-borne aviation photography, but I had never really considered it to be viable in the Pacific Northwest.

Turns out that I was wrong – very, very, wrong.

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Why Iceland is Not Just a Stopover, But a Destination – PART 1

Reykjavík’s Old Harbor, home of commercial fishing outfits, whale watching tours, and workboats alike.

Reykjavík’s Old Harbor – just one of the many beautiful views of Iceland. Image: Nicholas Smith / AirlineReporter.com

Being based in Seattle, Icelandair’s nonstop flights bring Reykjavík about as close as the flight to Miami. The question that everyone keeps asking me, though, is “why would you visit Iceland?”

Iceland’s terrain and activities match Seattle’s “weather be damned” love affair with the outdoors to the tee.  The trans-continental island’s atmosphere is unrelentingly Myst-esque; clean, fresh, bright, and utterly colorful.  The temperate climate, driven by the warm Irminger Current, keeps the island nation splendid throughout the year. The looks are reason enough to visit, but adventure doesn’t come from looks alone.

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