A New York City Living Aviation Museum

Floyd Bennett Field, in Brooklyn, New York, was once the busiest airport in the nation. It closed in 1972 upon the departure of the US Navy. Today it is under the purview of the National Park Service. On the field is Hanger B, a living aviation museum. I wrote more extensively about the planes and…

Banner Towing

A while back I shot some video and photos of banner towing operations with Beach Banners, based at Craig Airport in Jacksonville, FL.  Air-to-air, banner pickups, and photos taken over a few weekends. This video was shot with the window open so it’s noisy. The day starts by laying out the banners for the custom…

Inside the Ebola Jet

Here’s an interesting video look inside the Ebola jet, a Gulfstream jet used to transport Ebola patients. Of particular interest (or maybe that should be particulate interest) is the use of a negative air pressure system to keep air inside the containment chamber. Ebola is not supposed to be an airborne infectious agent but I’m…

Air France AF447

Understanding Air France 447 with Capt. Bill Palmer

A330 captain Bill Palmer joins me to discuss his book Understanding Air France 447. Many factors contributed to the crash of this A330, which went down in the Atlantic in 2009. Bill walks us through the factors involved in the crash including aircraft systems, pilot fatigue, pilot proficiency, and the state of professional pilot training.…