Join us in celebrating the rich military and aviation history in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s theme is, Your History, Our Legacy: commemorating the U.S. Air Force’s 70th anniversary, Air Education Training Command’s 75th anniversary, Kelly Field’s 100th anniversary and San Antonio’s 300th anniversary.
The gates will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
During the rehearsal day Nov. 3, Gold Star families and Wounded Warrior families will have air show access. DoD cardholders are also invited to the rehearsal Nov. 3.
Joint Base Andrews is hosting a free public air show featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and entertainment for all ages Sept. 16-17, 2017.
Media members and DOD cardholders are invited to attend the air show on the rehearsal day, Sept 15. The rehearsal is open to Department of Defense cardholders and special guests. It will include all acts and static displays that will be participating in the public show Sept. 16-17.
The 2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show will commemorate the U.S. Air Force’s 70th birthday and highlight American Airmen: breaking barriers since 1947.
A look airport operations from the back office, rebates for ADS-B installations, bigger A380’s, airlines fighting over Open Skies, the history of the missing man formation, and a Delta trip report.
Jennifer Adams works for the accounting department of a medium-sized airport in the midwest and she gives us a peek at some of the activities in the “back office.” Jen tells us about the sources of revenue for the airport, such as landing fees, rent, and long-term parking. She also gives us a look at some of the airport’s costs, which range from navaid maintenance and de-icing chemicals, to toilet paper and vet bills for the dogs. Jen also explains the many statistics that must be recorded, such as landings, aircraft weights, passengers enplaned and deplaned, cargo, and mail.
A passionate avgeek, when Jennifer isn’t buried in spreadsheets or calculating landing fees, she spends her break time plane spotting and talking about aviation with anyone who will listen. In her blog “Tales from the Terminal,” she shares stories about her adventures in aviation, her love of the airport, and her not-so-secret desire to own a stairs truck.
The FAA says they will offer rebates to aircraft owners who install ADS-B Out systems, but there are some limits to the program. The $500 rebate will only be available to the first 20,000 owners of single-engine piston aircraft who apply, and just for a one year period.
There is a new plan to increase the A380 seating to eleven in a row, up from the current ten. This would add 60 more seats to the super jumbo. Meantime, Emirates president Tim Cook has conceded that a re-engined “A380neo” looks unlikely.
Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, and Delta Air Lines do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to international agreements. Delta believes the Middle Eastern carriers benefit from subsidies that are a violation of U.S. Open Skies agreements. The conversation amped up with the Qatar Airways inaugural flight to Atlanta. Reportedly, Qatar had been told that a gate would not be available for their A380 and it was occupied by a Delta jet. Qatar flew in anyway, and the deplaning passengers had to be bussed to the terminal from a remote parking location.
The Aircraft of the Week
David talks about the recent Blue Angels and Thunderbirds accidents, and how they have been reported, but he also provides a somber history of the Missing Man formation, which was flown in honor of Blue Angel #6 Capt Jeff Kuss, USMC.