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Airways Magazine

Airways Magazine

September/October 2020

Airways is the world's leading Commercial Aviation magazine, offering insider knowledge, international outlook, industry analysis, historic features, and stunning aviation photography. Airways is published monthly since 1994.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Airways International Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s briefing

AFTER A STORM, THERE IS A CALM SINCE 2001, September has taken on a different meaning for aviation. The tragic events of 9/11 and their aftermath—a plunge in air travel demand, the financial collapse of airlines, the retirement of aircraft like the Boeing 727 and the Lockheed L-1011, and the implementation of more stringent safety measures—reshaped the air travel industry forever. Two decades after that fateful Tuesday morning, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have taken aviation into a new age. Airlines are becoming smaller by the minute, point-to-point travel is becoming the standard, and the retirement of iconic aircraft like the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and the Boeing 747-400 has sadly become part of the so-called ‘new normal.’ Accordingly, we at Airways decided to dedicate this issue to the TriStar. We…

2 min.
mailbag

Hello, Airways, I enjoyed reading Chris Manno’s An Airline Pilot’s Life chapter (Airways May/June 2020, July, August 2020). It brought back memories of many enjoyable, interesting, and colorful experiences I had with various Captains during my airline career. Every airline has them—unique, individualistic, and somewhat quirky personalities stemming from an earlier era. Here is a story to illustrate that point: my friend, mentor, and legendary Captain, Randy Sohn (of blessed memory), who recently passed away, used to tell a funny story. Randy was a master storyteller and a wonderful writer. In the late ‘60s, my airline, North Central Airlines, was new to and taking delivery of DC-9s from the Douglas Aircraft Company. They were North Central’s first jets. In getting used to properly flying and understanding swept-wing jet aircraft, the wise leadership in flight…

1 min.
on the cover

ON THE COVER Five decades ago, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar amazed the world with its sleek design and advanced technology. With just 250 aircraft built, the program was a financial failure, and Lockheed pulled out from commercial aviation since. SOCIAL MEDIA airwaysmag 2,187 likes Flashback Friday! Can you believe it’s been over 2 months since Delta retired it’s MD88 and MD90 fleets? Did you get to fly on one of these iconic airplanes before they retired? OUR MOST VIEWED VIDEO According to an inspector general report, Boeing withheld the scope and capability of the faulty computer system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airways is now on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe and get the latest news and our Weekly AvFix.…

5 min.
airways photo news

1 FRONTIER AIRBUS A320-251N N369FR MSN 10031 Denver-based Frontier (F9) has taken delivery of the 100th aircraft to its all-Airbus fleet. The A320neo, assembled in Mobile, Alabama, features ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf’ on the tail against a distinctive starry-night backdrop. The delivery makes F9 the largest operator of the A320neo in the USA. 2 DELTA AIR LINES AIRBUS A350-941 F-WZGA (N514DN) MSN 395 As of press time, Delta Air Lines (DL) was about to take delivery of its 14th Airbus A350 on order. In April, DL took over an order for 10 A350s from LATAM Brazil (JJ) as part of a joint venture agreement, but the JJ order was canceled a month later. 3 TEXTRON AVIATION CESSNA 408 SKYCOURIER N408PR Cessna has launched the flight-test campaign for its 408 SkyCourier. The twin-engine turboprop made its maiden sortie on May 17, 2020,…

7 min.
the mitsubishi spacejet program: the right aircraft at the wrong time?

MITSUBISHI’S MRJ Program was supposed to be an intimidating new entrant into the regional commercial air market. Yet, for over a decade and a half since its announcement, the program has stumbled with delays and its cost has ballooned. With the current pandemic throwing the air travel market into crisis, its future is shaky. Is the MRJ program offering the right aircraft at the wrong time? Let’s take a look. The story starts in 2003, when the Japanese government began a five-year research program led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for a regional jet in the 30- to 90-seat segment. Two years later, the segment was changed to the 70- to 90-seat one—competing directly against Bombardier and Embraer and their well-established CRJ and ERJ programs. MHI revealed the program at the 2007 Paris…

6 min.
niagara helicopters: masters of the hot turnaround

ONCE ON the ground, the ground crew opens the helicopter doors and assists the passengers to deboard. Meanwhile, the next group of sightseers is already moving to the left side of the helicopter, where a staff photographer takes a couple of group photos. This only takes a few seconds, during which the cabin is prepared for the next flight. Once all photos are taken, half of the group is led around the nose, and the helicopter is boarded simultaneously from both sides. Again, the ground crew assists passengers to board and fasten their seat belts. Doors closed, thumbs up, and another Niagara Helicopters tour is on its way. During the whole ground time, the engine and rotor are kept running, which is known as a hot turn-around. And, at the Niagara…