11/22/2010

Aviation and politics: the close links

Like many other influential industries, the aviation lobby likes to keep well connected with politicians, with Moritz Leuenberger being the latest example. Perhaps he will now prefer air travel to train travel.

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11/21/2010

WAIF : Women alone in France

When some low-cost airlines cut back on flights and property values fell, some women found themselves alone in the South of France: why?

 

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11/15/2010

Whistleblowers : good or bad?

The airline Swiss escaped substantial fines for price-fixing activities between 2000 and 2006 because of having joined with Lufthansa in 2005. How ironic that they profit from this whistle-blowing by the Germans, yet the Swiss government cries foul when the German government profits from a Swiss whistle-blower!

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11/11/2010

The latest British high-tech aeronautical achievement

Is Geneva airport ready to authorise the landing of paper aeroplanes piloted by a Playmobil figure? At Madrid, they were ready, tracking the descent as well as possible despite the difficulties!

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11/08/2010

Vernier residents under the flight path suffer again!

At this time of year the airlines are usually able to keep to their schedules. This should mean quiet evenings after 10pm for people living under the takeoff direction. However, not always, particularly in Vernier!

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11/03/2010

Have you noticed those expanding jet aircraft vapour trails?

We all see the vapour trails that jet aircraft can leave in a clear blue sky. Sometimes they disappear rapidly, sometimes less rapidly, sometimes they just keep expanding. Explanations!

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10/22/2010

How high is your aircraft flying?

In the Lucerne transport museum the special exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Swiss aviation closes this weekend. If you get there you might see a reference to a QNH altitude: explanation.

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10/21/2010

Difficulties for handicapped persons using Geneva airport: not ideal!

After seeing complaints about difficulties encountered by handicapped persons flying to and from Geneva airport, I looked for the rules and regulations. Explanations.

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10/20/2010

Air France aircraft stopping in Geneva to fill up?

On Monday a couple of Air France aircraft from Paris made unscheduled landings in Geneva. Did the fuel gauge light give a warning?

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10/13/2010

Geneva-London: train or plane

In just a few years we might be able to go to London in 5 hours on a high speed train: explanations and reflections on the response of the airlines, plus a connection with the miners in Chile

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10/08/2010

At Schiphol a new noise measurement calculation scheme to allow more flights

According to the Swiss radio programme Urbanités, the Dutch authorities hope to raise the capacity of Schiphol airport by another 100,000 flights per year with new runways and a new method of noise calculations. Explanation!

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10/05/2010

Conflicting statements on security from terrorist actions

At the same time that we are hearing about a heightened level of alert against terrorist actions, we are being told that airport security restrictions may be relaxed. Explanation!

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10/04/2010

The link between a journalist, a painter and the ash cloud

In 1937 Picasso painted "Guernica" after reading the report of a Times journalist about the firebomb attack on the town by the Luftwaffe Condor Legion. The ash cloud prevented the ceremony in honour of the journalist, but ...

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09/30/2010

The only Swiss holder of the Victoria cross will be remembered in Geneva

Only one Swiss citizen has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military distinction for bravery. He will soon have his deeds commemorated in Geneva.

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09/29/2010

The airport Web site (GVA.ch) is not fit for purpose

The airport Web site (GVA.ch) looks at first glance to be interesting and useful. A second glance reveals how it prefers useless visual effects to real, full and correct information easily accessible.

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