My first aviation engineering project was on the New Indianapolis International Airport Midfield Terminal Project. A Greenfield construction project constructing a brand new terminal, and all supporting facilities, it was the largest capital spending project in Indiana history at the time. This project launched my career and is, incidentally, what led me down the path of heading overseas to Abu Dhabi.
The biggest thing I remember though is the team, the people. All of the people were seriously committed to the job and to each other. It was genuine teamwork; a solid group of people who had each others back, played jokes on each other, taught each other valuable lessons, and built something great.
So good to see IND being recognized as the best airport in North America by ACI… for the 10th consecutive year. A testament to the city and the team that build the airport.
The NTSB isn’t happy with the FAA, Boeing, or even the battery manufacturer with regards to the 787 battery fires.
“Have you ever googled ‘laptop battery fire’? These folks never watched that movie.”
Whoa… a 1/60th scale Boeing 777 made completely from manilla folders. You can read more here. Or see amazing photos here and here. This guy has mad skills.
Overview of international air travel across the British Empire during the 1930’s. The old planes are cool looking… Crazy to think the cabins weren’t pressurized and people had to deal with altitude sickness.
My current airport, Abu Dhabi International, is building a new Midfield Terminal. The National has some nice renderings for a glimpse at what it should look like in 2017. My role is actually on the existing airfield, refurbishing a runway and some taxiways as well as building new aprons.
Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, slated to eventually replace Dubai International, has gained certification for civil aviation… ie. passenger operations.
A six-fold increase in the number of training hours required before a pilot can fly a commercial airplane. Seemingly triggered by the Asiana Fligh 214 crash.
According to the NTSB, the Asiana flight was traveling significantly below the speed required to make the correct landing.
A Boeing 777 crashed upon landing at San Francisco International yesterday. 2 people died and there were numerous injuriies. This is the second crash of a 777 since it’s introduction in 1994 and the first 2 fatalities. Remarkable how safe aircraft have become. It will be interesting to watch the investigation unfold.