More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today

A media briefing which occurred exactly one year ago today on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 included the first time that the World Health Organization officially declared that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus had reached pandemic disease status — interestingly and coincidentally, exactly six months after the 19th anniversary of the attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which means that now we will be reminded every six months of a substantially historic event which changed the world.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which…

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Miles and Points On Sale — March 9 2021

Sometimes you need an infusion of miles or points to your membership account for whatever reason — perhaps to have enough to redeem for a limited time award as one example — and the best time to purchase miles or points is when they are on sale.

A sale may be a discount on the price required to purchase miles or points — or perhaps the frequent travel loyalty program from whom you are buying the miles or points will match your purchase up to 100 percent, which is another way of reducing the cost of miles or points.

For this edition of miles and points on sale…

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What Would You Do? 39 Airplane Scenarios

Countless articles have been written here at The Gate pertaining to different behaviors and scenarios which occur aboard an airplane by fellow passengers — some of which have resulted in controversial or violent outcomes — and frequent travelers are usually all too familiar with them from which they have formed their own opinions…

…but what happens if…

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39 Scenarios Aboard an Airplane: What Would You Do?

Countless articles have been written here at The Gate pertaining to different behaviors and scenarios which occur aboard an airplane by fellow passengers — some of which have resulted in controversial or violent outcomes — and frequent travelers are usually all too familiar with them from which they have formed their own opinions…

…but what happens if…

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EXCLUSIVE: Historic DC-7B Airplane “That Ushered Delta Into the Jet Age” Comes Home to Delta Air Lines

The temperature of 36 degrees Fahrenheit felt colder due to the blustery wind which was blowing at a sustained speed of 14 miles per hour, whose chill penetrated down to the marrow — and emerging from the shadows of this dark and dreary early Saturday morning was a sight which had not been seen in years at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area: a Douglas DC-7B airplane, which finally returned home to the airline it once served back in the 1950s for approximately ten years.

The silhouettes of the unmistakable four large propellers broke through what was otherwise the gloom of the early morning — the clock had not yet read 7:00 yet — and despite…

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Contact Lost With Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 Aircraft; Possible Crash Feared

Contact was lost with a Boeing 737-500 W airplane — which operated as Sriwijaya Air flight 182 — as it disappeared from radar approximately four minutes after its departure from Jakarta on its way to Pontianak within Indonesia at 2:40 in the morning Eastern Standard Time.

The following media statement was posted at the official Twitter site of Sriwijaya Air, which roughly translates in English as…

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Boeing Charged With 737 MAX Airplane Fraud Conspiracy; Agrees to Pay Greater Than $2.5 Billion

The Boeing Company has entered into an official deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice of the United States to resolve a criminal charge — which is related to a conspiracy to defraud the Aircraft Evaluation Group of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States in connection with its evaluation of the Boeing 737 MAX airplane — by agreeing to pay a total of greater than $2.5 billion.

The multinational corporation — which designs, manufactures, and sells commercial airplanes to airlines worldwide — was charged with…

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Forget Mobile Telephone Calls Aboard Airplanes For the Foreseeable Future, According to the Federal Communications Commission of the United States

After almost two decades of grappling with the decision to allow passengers to place telephone calls using their portable electronic devices and mobile telephones, the Federal Communications Commission of the United States terminated the rule making proceeding pertaining to proposing to revise its rules in governing mobile communications services aboard airborne aircraft; and — subject to certain conditions — to permit…

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License To Fly: Drone Privacy Laws in Countries Around the World

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 1.7 million drones are currently registered in the United States alone — and as the use of drones expands around the world, lawmakers have been faced with new and complex regulatory challenges to protect the privacy of ordinary citizens. The increased prevalence of drones has raised the prospect of pervasive surveillance by governments, companies, and individuals — and lawmakers are struggling to keep up with the advancing technology…

…and although at least 143 countries have enacted some form of regulation related to drones, many experts contend that…

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Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes Can Return to Service Thanks to Rescission of Order By Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States initially ordered the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes which were operated by airlines based in the United States or its territories effective as of 3:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — no specific date or time had been announced as to when the temporary grounding of the aircraft was to expire, with the airplanes permitted to fly once again — and that grounding was followed by other airlines worldwide…

…but as of earlier this morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the order of grounding the Boeing 737 MAX airplane was officially rescinded by Steve Dickson — who is the current administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — following what is referred to as…

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