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The CSeries CS100 test aircraft on display at Dubai Airshow 2015 Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

The Bombardier CSeries CS100 test aircraft on display at Dubai Airshow 2015 – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

I was fortunate enough to attend the Dubai Airshow this year which was held at Al Maktoum International Airport from November 8th to 12th. As part of the various events and substantial flying program, I was invited along with my friend Bernie to attend a press conference and aircraft tour of the new Bombardier CSeries which was present on the static display.

The CSeries has been the center of much media hype and excitement even though it has not always been smooth sailing for the company. Despite the various challenges facing Bombardier at the present time, all the staff were incredibly positive and excited to showcase their aircraft on its first debut in the Middle East. Following a rather spirited press conference where many questions were posed by local media with regards to the regulatory and political complications of selling the aircraft to Middle Eastern Airlines, it was time for the AvGeek’s favorite moment: the aircraft tour!

The aircraft on display at Dubai is used by Bombardier as a test-bed Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

The aircraft on display at Dubai is used by Bombardier as a test-bed – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

At the time of the aircraft’s debut at the Dubai Airshow, Bombardier was in the final stages of receiving certification from Transport Canada; as such the aircraft on display was a test model without an official certificate of airworthiness. In practice this means that there are a few extra placards on the aircraft and not all equipment is fully operational, however the interior and exterior are identical to what it will be once it enters full scale production post certification.

Sally B towed to stand (c) Lidia Long

Sally B towed to stand – Photo: Lidia Long

“Up and at ‘em, scramble!”: Duxford’s Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Tribute

“Would you like to come to Duxford Air Museum with me?” is the question that the hapless airline pilot, Captain Martin Crieff, asks two women in BBC Radio 4’s brilliant aviation comedy Cabin Pressure. Whilst it’s perhaps not the most conventional place for a date, I applaud the fictional AvGeek for his splendid choice.

The crowds gather in anticipation (c) Lidia Long

The crowds gather in anticipation – Photo: Lidia Long

Originally home to the RAF’s famous No. 12 Group “Big Wing” and Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, Duxford Aerodrome, in Cambridgeshire (UK), is currently a live airfield (IATA code: QFO), a branch of the Imperial War Museum (IWM), and home to a number of modern and classic military and civilian aircraft.

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There are a number of aircraft to meet your AvGeek needs

What better way to spend Father’s Day weekend than saluting our veterans at the picturesque Teterboro Airport, as The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey hosts its annual vintage aircraft and car show. This charming family event features WWII Airplanes, helicopters, and other unique aircraft. In past years, classic cars such as an original Corvette – and even a Batmobile – have been on display for the enjoyment of adults and children alike.

The Breitling Jet Team flying in formation with two Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets - Photo: Breitling SA

The Breitling Jet Team flying in formation with two Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets – Photo: Breitling SA

Around the world there are a number of government-run aerial demonstration teams.  Australia has the Roulettes, Canada the Snowbirds, and Great Britian has the Red Arrows.  The United States has two of these government-run teams, the US Air Force Thunderbirds & the US Navy Blue Angels.  If you’re an American AvGeek, you’ve likely seen one of those domestic teams in your lifetime.

However there are some privately-run Aerial demonstration jet teams in the world, the largest of which is sponsored by luxury watch manufacturer Brietling.  The Breitling Jet Team, composed of seven L-39C Albatros jet aircraft, have announced a major change to their 2015 schedule.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, in Qatar Airways livery, arrives to London this week. Image from Boeing.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, in Qatar Airways livery, arrives to London this week. Image from Boeing.

I am very excited, because I will be heading to London this weekend to attend the Farnborough Airshow for the first time. Each year, Paris and Farnborough take turns hosting this amazing airshow and I hope to share the experience with you folks.

It is normally during this airshow that Boeing and Airbus announce orders for additional aircraft. Although the A320neo and 737 MAX will be popular, I am really hoping for some 747-8 Intercontinental and Airbus A350 order announcements.

You better believe, I will be sharing what is going down via my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also hope to get a few blogs up next week as well. And yes, I actually plan to take a day to check out London (oddly, I have never been), although it might be difficult to get me away from the airplanes.

Air New Zealand's Premium Economy.

Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy.

Per usual, getting there will be half of the fun. I will be taking Air New Zealand’s flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR). I will be reviewing their premium products and flying over there in Premium Economy and on the way back flying in Business Premier.

Right now, they are one of their 777-300s scheduled to do the route tomorrow, which offers the newest product. I hope it stays that way because the 777-200 still has the older Premium Economy, which is not bad, but I much more prefer the 2-2-2 layout to the new product versus the 3-3-3 on the -200.

Previously, I had the opportunity to fly from Paine Field to Los Angeles on Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 777-300ER in Business Premier, but since it was a special media flight, I wasn’t able to get the whole experience — plus the flight was very short. I am looking forward to trying both products on the long haul and check out their new safety video in person.