Flight Blog

Jul 19 2011 The New Airline Economy BY sgf-adminTAGS Airlines

 

"Airlines say that simple economics are driving them out of small-town America." That sentence, buried way down deep in the story, sums up the state of air service in "small-town America." Read the rest of the story from the New York Times. Read a previous blog entry on the New Airline Economy.

 


 

wingsdollars"U.S. airlines' average fuel cost per gallon for scheduled flights rose 31% in May from a year ago and increased 1.3% over April, according to the Department of Transportation." Read the rest of the story from Dow Jones Newswires.


Jul 07 2011 DFW, Seen From the Control Tower BY sgf-adminTAGS FAA

 

"Right before going to work, John Villarreal sometimes plays video games to get his mind revved up. He is mentally preparing for his eight-hour shift as an air-traffic controller based here." Some of you may not find any comfort in his warm up routine... Read the rest of the story from the Wall Street Journal.

 


Jul 06 2011 Allegiant Gets The OK to Operate 757s BY sgf-adminTAGS Allegiant

 

Allegiant received federal approval this week to operate Boeing 757s. The airline first announced its intention to use 757s in March 2010. At that time Allegiant said it intended to use the planes for the sole purpose of flying to Hawaii. Plans change and now Allegiant says it will use the seven-fives for some domestic trips. The airline still plans on flying to Hawaii, but before that can happen it has to get federal certification to fly the planes over the ocean. Making the seven five plunge is a huge step forward for Allegiant, the small, low-cost airline that specializes in providing service between small cities and major vacation destinations (Allegiant provides our service to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg).

Why a huge step? Because it’s the first time the airline has broken with it’s business model of using MD-80 jets. MD-80s are long out of production and can be purchased for a song and dance. Using them is is one of the ways Allegiant has kept it’s operational expenses and fares so low. The 757 is a larger plane, more expensive to buy or lease, and a more expensive to operate. So why buy them? Simply put, because the MD-80 doesn’t have the range to get to Hawaii. Read the Allegiant 757 press release here.

 


Jun 20 2011 Liberty Belle BY sgf-adminTAGS History

 

A piece of aviation history burned up last week in an Illinois cornfield. The Liberty Belle was a restored World War II bomber that visited our airport in August of last year. Below are some photographs of the plane during its Springfield visit. Read about the emergency landing and fire from the Chicago Tribune.
 

Liberty Belle at Springfield-Branson National Airport.

 

Art Deco design with Varga inspired emininity

Art Deco design with Varga inspired femininity.

 

 

 

When you get up close and personal with this aircraft you realize why it was the Flying Fortress: four .50 caliber machine guns protrude from the nose. The plane has a total of 13 machine guns, each capable of firing 13 rounds per second.

Four .50 caliber machine guns protruded from the nose.

 

Aerodynamic beauty.

Aerodynamic beauty.

 

.50 waist gun

.50 caliber waist gun.

 

Seen from the rear

Seen from the rear.