Captain Shaukat Hussain Khan of Pakistan International Airlines Corportation

An acknowledgment of a great and safe aviator. He was the unsung hero of PIA who is overlooked, a giant among dwarfs, with a vision beyond making dollars on a flight pattern. He came from Orient Airways and should be placed at the same level as the first MD of PIA, Ispahani for his pioneering…

Runway Markings [Pilot Refresher]

Runway Markings In the interest of safety, regularity or efficiency of aircraft operations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended for the guidance of the public the following airport marking (Runway numbers and lettered are determined from the approach direction. The number is the whole number nearest one-tenth the magnetic azimuth of the centreline of…

Heavier than Air 1934 to 1977 Facts, Feats and Records (Civil)

Facts, Feats and Records 1934 to 1977 1934 8-9 August: First non-stop flight from Canada to Britain by J.R. Ayling and L.G. Reid, from Wasaga Beach, Ontario to Heston. 20 October: Start of the MacRobertson Air Race from England to Australia. 22 October-4 November: First flight from Australia to the United States. 8 December: Inauguration…

The Bouncing Bomb

The inspiration for the bouncing bomb, which some say is more legend than truth, came on the backyard patio at the Wallises’ Effingham home in the spring of 1942. Easter vacations brought the entire Wallis family together – Barnes and Molly and their four children, as well as their two adopted nephews. The gathering sparked…

Twenty-first Century Developments (1988-2017)

The driving factors of the most recent airliner developments have been communications and cockpit technologies, structural techniques and materials and, perhaps most importantly, the vital necessity to reduce fuel burn and minimize the environmental impact of air travel. Airbus and Boeing followed very different strategies for their new airliner development plans, initially addressing different markets,…