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Orkney and its Airports: A Brief Tour

Orkney and its Airports: A Brief Tour

The islands of Orkney, off the northernmost tip of Scotland, have long been one of my favourite places. My “spiritual home”, if you like. Although it’s been several years since I last had chance to visit, I spend a lot of time there through the magic...

Whatever Happened To… Germanwings?

For the customer, the flier, the plane-watcher, it can sometimes seem as though an airline can appear out of nowhere; and, from time to time, they can seem to disappear just as suddenly. And to people not keeping a close eye on the industry, such a disappearance can...

Radar – Avoiding Detection for Fun and Profit

“Threading the needle”, they called it. The fine art of navigating your way between enemy radar sites without being detected, so you could strike your target without opposition. They can’t shoot at what they can’t see, right? These days I tend to enjoy more peaceful...
Flying Boats – Where Did They Go?

Flying Boats – Where Did They Go?

What do you get if you cross the sea with an aeroplane? Generally, you get a nice, fast, mostly smooth, comfortable ride to wherever you’re going. There may be food. Perhaps a movie or some other multimedia entertainment. And there’s no need to worry about rough...
Flight Simulation: How To Fly Your Home Computer

Flight Simulation: How To Fly Your Home Computer

Many of you will be familiar with home computer flight simulation. For some of you, as for me, it’ll be the main way you engage with the world of aviation. If for some reason you’re not in a position to fly for real, whether temporarily or at all, a flight simulator,...