Archive for March, 2010

A great short novel about flying: Saint-Exupery Night Flight

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I have recently read –  after a long time of wanting to do so- Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Night Flight (original french: Vol de Nuit).

Most people know Saint-Exupéry as the author of The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) but the rest of his books remain rather unkown. He has many books that tell stories immersed on the aviation world

Short Biography on Saint-Exupéry:  He was born and raised in France.  He was a successful commercial pilot before World War II  joining the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) on the outbreak of war, flying reconnaissance missions . Following a spell of writing in the United States, he joined the Free French Force. He disappeared on a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in July 1944.


What is to come in aviation: hydrogen engines

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Boeing first manned flight dates back to 2008

In the last decades there have not been significant advances in airplanes engines. While in the 1980’s jet propulsion engines were improved and widely introduced in the airplane market, there have not been significant advances since then.
Even some designs of other type of engines – like turboprops- used today were made in the 1950’s.

So are engineers working on anything new? Yes. Hydrogen engines. This new kind of engines that are radically different from what’s used now may be closer than you think.


Business Travel Stress & Planes

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

It is a proven fact that business travel causes stress. It is not hard to figure out why it causes stress for anyone who has experienced airport delays, long travel hours on crowded planes with minimum personal space, and that awful sensation of anxiety when arriving late to an important meeting.

In this post, We are going to try to understand stress from a logical point of view and analyze i’s relation with business plane travelling. And last, suggesting possible workarounds.