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Air Superiority: Where to Find the Best Weekend Air Shows

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Weekends present a rare opportunity for the family to get together. Some prefer to go someplace to spend time with their family; others prefer to just stay at home and invite people at their home. There are some who would rather watch weekend airshows, and perhaps, on the way there, find some surprises on the road.

Weekend airshows are happening all over the country and elsewhere in the world. If you want to check some of them out, here they are and the places where they happen.

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Bornemouth Air Festival
Dorset (UK)

Let’s head over to the UK to check out the Air Festival at Bornemouth. It’s the largest airshow happening annually over at Bornemouth; best of all, it’s free, and it’s in Europe, where you can visit many other places. Better be in early as it attracts a lot of people from all over.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh

It is the largest annual airshow, gathering about 10,000 aircrafts and more than that same number of visitors too. The show has a bit of everything; it has warplanes, self-made planes from do-it-yourself enthusiasts, and vintage planes from days gone by.

Florida International Air Show
Punta Gorda

During March, Punta Gorda in Florida hosts the annual Florida International Air Show. A mixed crowd of visitors flock to the tropical keys as the skies fill with aircrafts from the military and the civilian branches of aviation. A special treat are vintage airplanes from the second World War.

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Reno Air Races
Reno

Gambling isn’t the only thing you can do when you visit Nevada. If you visit in September, you’ll be able to watch the Reno Air Races. It is like in the movie ‘Planes’ where an air race commences; the annual event attracts pilot-acrobats and their planes built for speed.

Royal International Air Tattoo
Gloucestershire (UK)

Ever fancied yourself a pilot during World War II? If so, then you’ll have your fill of vintage planes from the period at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire. Not only that, you’ll also be able to see today’s military aircraft up close. There are also other activities you can enjoy.

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Tannkosh
Tannheim (Germany)

Tannkosh is held in high regard as one of the few European airshow to give AirVenture Oshkosh a run for its money in terms of size. The German airshow is home to anything vintage; vintage airplanes are the main attraction, but people can also see vintage motorcycles and cars as well.

That’s one of the solutions for your weekend boredom. There are other places you can visit, of course, but these shows are a must if you have a budding aviator inside you.

Flying First Class: The Best Airlines to Fly On

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Traveling first class may not be for everyone, but it’s surely an experience to remember if you can afford it. It always has the best for everyone who travels availing of it; you can experience a completely different treatment and a whole other level of service. One of the issues, however, is that you need to pay a premium price for it.

There are airliners that offer the best first class, but the more important fact is economy-class flights that feel like first class. Here they are.

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Air New Zealand (AirlineRatings.com)

AirlineRatings have Air New Zealand topping the list for five consecutive years. AirlineRatings places premium on economy seats and business class seats that make its customers feel like they’re truly flying business class. Air New Zealand, for their part, has managed to continue its innovative practices as well as a staff that’s always ready to serve.

Qatar Airways (Skytrax)

Skytrax, meanwhile, recognizes Qatar Airways for its performance. It places the same importance for economy and business classes; that Qatar Airways managed to snag the award over Air New Zealand speaks about its dedication to excellence. From seats to first-class reservations, Qatar Airways is dedicated to the same excellence that Air New Zealand displays.

Honorable Mentions:

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines may have a young crew but youth for them means more effectiveness for focus on service and user experience. The Singapore Girl—Singapore Airlines’ official mascot on advertising campaigns—is a recognizable brand worldwide. It is a symbol of the high-class service and experience customers can expect every time they fly this airline.

Emirates

From only two aircraft since they began in 1985, Emirates boasts of a record number of 230 planes flying to different destinations worldwide. They have 140 places they fly to on a daily to weekly basis, with a network that is steadily expanding and more countries being served. Their flights—coming from Dubai—have reached to around 1,500 flights weekly.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa has always been a brand associated with class and prestige. The largest German airline flies over 260 planes with new models—the A350 and the Boeing 747-8. The largest airline in Europe, it continues to defy expectations as well as re-invent itself as time passes by. It is a member of the Star Alliance, an aviation alliance that spans the globe.

Airliners have a duty to serve their customers the best they can. These airliners have already done it; that doesn’t mean you can’t choose new airliners, but these are pretty good choices.

Travel in Class: The World’s Top Airports of 2018

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In the discussion for the best airports in the world, Singapore is one of, if not the, top airports in the world. That’s a big distinction right there—to be included in the best airports in the world. However, to get there, a right combination of efficiency, cleanliness, and orderliness needs to be present. It’s not that hard to do if you have the will to complete it.

The best airports in the world almost always are found among the best countries in the world. Here are a few of them.

Changi Airport, Singapore. Singapore’s airport welcomes the hustle and bustle of its visitors with the Sunflower garden, a nursery of different sunflower varieties cultivated right at the heart of Singapore’s traveler’s hub. It was a busy airport in 2017, managing to serve over 60 million passengers. The arrival and departure of 5000 people is a normal week for this airport.

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Central Japan International Airport, Nagoya. Nagoya is the central hub for travellers in Japan. It’s where some travellers transfer planes and it is also Japan’s entryway. The Central Japan Airport, also known as Centrair, takes pride in welcoming visitors to an airport that’s as efficient as it is attractive. Only this year, it was honored as the best in the world.

Incheon International Airport, South Korea. South Korea is on the top of many lists of countries to visit and their airport is one big reason for that. It is one of the busiest in the world and to have won past awards as the best in the world is a big distinction for such a busy place. Its staff, however, has no choice but to get past the pressure and perform; it didn’t win 2018’s Best Airport Staff award for nothing.

Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar. Qatar’s airport is found in the country’s capital, Doha. It can welcome up to 30 million passengers each year and only the best in architecture and efficiency is for this airport. It also holds the distinction of being a luxurious place to transfer flights in or to land on, a character it shares with the city that it’s located on.

Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong’s airport is a hub of over 100 airlines and visitors from various locations throughout the world. It is also the entryway for most visitors going to mainland China. It was a winner of past awards for being the best Airport in the world. Among those awards were for best Transit Airport as well as the best Airport for Dining.

If you don’t find the airport of your country in this list, that just means there’s an opportunity for them to be better. To be in this list, however, is a big achievement for these airports.

A Different Kind of Fame: Celebrity Pilots and their Planes

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Celebrities definitely live in a whole other level above us. Where we can only dream, they can buy or get in a snap. Some celebrities, however, will take it on another level altogether; these celebrities spend their free time learning how to fly, to touch the sky literally. These celebrities have licenses to fly their own planes and are actually good at doing it.

From actors and actresses who portrayed people who have flying machines in movies to people who got inspired watching airplanes fly, here they are.

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Angelina Jolie
plane: Cirrus SR22

It was on a trip with son Maddox that Angelina Jolie got the inspiration for her Cirrus SR22. Citing that it’s “so much better (than sex),” she’s quite in love with it, and have been seen flying it on more than a few occasions. While she received a penalty with the FAA for neglecting it’s registration’s renewal, she was known to have been allegedly looking recently for a seaplane.

Clint Eastwood
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A TV special revealed that Clint Eastwood has a pilot’s license that’s 40 years old or more, meaning he has been flying planes since way back. Eastwood had revealed that it’s the freedom of getting away and going somewhere that’s so enticing. In the sky, according to the actor, he’s just another somebody—no one following him and no one knows who he is.

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Harrison Ford
plane: Ryan PT-22 Recruit/Cessna/Waco

Known for playing Han Solo, a crack pilot flying the crate that is the Millenium Falcon, he was perhaps inspired by that to receive a license to fly planes. He’s also a vocal supporter of the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association. He’s had a brush with accidents, though; he had crashed his PT-22, a World War II vintage plane, although that didn’t stop him from buying a Cessna and a Waco, a biplane.

John Travolta
plane: Qantas Boeing 707/Challenger 601

John Travolta being a licensed commercial pilot is no secret. Starting to fly at the relatively young age of 22, he has bought himself some planes that includes a retired Boeing 707 and a Challenger. His property has a runway, catering to his passion; the actor says that flying has become his profession and, reportedly, if he wasn’t acting, he would probably be a commercial pilot.

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Tom Cruise
plane: P-51 Mustang

Ethan Hunt himself, Tom Cruise, is a self-confessed airplane enthusiast. He’s added a P-51 Mustang and a Gulfstream IV to his collection. He’s also told anyone willing to listen that he has loved airplanes ever since his childhood, and that the P-51 is the plane of his dreams. Reports say that he has been licensed since 1994 and is also a prolific helicopter pilot.

The Annual Oshkosh Air Show: Famous Planes from the Annual Event

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At a loss for a weekend activity? There are airplane shows that are held over the weekend. That’s a good way to spend some free time. These weekend air shows are quite something; the pilots can land precisely how you’d imagine them, while the plane are nothing short of works of art and a marvel of engineering in their own right.

These planes have definitely earned the right to be included in this list. From the technologically advanced to self-made wonders, here they are.

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Boeing 747-LCF

The LCF stands for ‘Large Cargo Freighter.’It’s a custom-made airplane developed by cargo fliers Evergreen. Itself a hauler, it was built to support the 787 edition of its class. The 747 is also an answer to the problem of cumbersome delays for heavy projects. With the cargo space, project parts that are usually shipped can now be airlifted, making deliver faster and more efficient.

Boeing 707 (John Travolta’s plane)

This short-body with the model 138B has some stories to tell. Before landing on Travolta’s tarmac, it had served equally famous people like Frank Sinatra and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian—as well as eight other people. During air shows, the 707 arrives decked in its Qantas colors. The actor—a licensed pilot in his own right—also flies the plane when it arrives for the air shows.

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ICON A5

These shows always play host to customized planes as well as innovative-designed ones. The ICON A5 is just that—a marvel of aeronautical engineering that can fold its wings as well as be towed when not in use. It looks sleek, stylish, and is a fitting ‘plane of tomorrow.’ It can land on water and it doesn’t need jet fuel to fly, so it can be refitted for economical use.

Lancair Evolution

This one is for the commercial crowd. The Evolution is a four-seater and a speedster that flies 338 knots as its normal speed at high altitudes. People who want one will have to shell out $750,000 to $1M just to bring one home. Along with a purchase certificate, training courses are packaged for lucky owners of the relatively easy-to-maintain airplane.

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Van Aircraft RV-9A

This design by plane enthusiast Bob Noll was put together in about 2500 hours. Van, the company who built it, has about 5400 kit planes or more in the air, so it’s not a bad decision to buy the RV-9A. This plane is for the do-it-yourself crowd; a personal milestone for an amateur plane company that still manages to separate themselves from large, commercial suppliers.

Whether you’re here for the history or for newer, daring planes, you’ll surely get your fill of masterfully created airlanes with these airshow wonders.

A Cut Above: Airports in the World that are Unique

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The world holds a lot of secrets, we won’t probably know about all of them. There are secrets that are worth hiding; then again, there are secrets that are a great contribution to world history when known. The facts included in this list aren’t secrets, but worthwhile additions to the history of the world nonetheless; they are the most original airports in the world.

Some airports here may have been hastily constructed while others are carefully planned. Take a look at these unique airports from all over the world.

Courchevel Airport, French Alps. If you have imagined someone flying through the Alps to land at a cliff face, it’s a normal thing for airplanes landing at Courchevel. This is an airport that has a runway of only 525-meters and one that ends at a drop. If you’re a beginner, you’re definitely not going to be led to land at this runway.

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Congonhas Airport, Brazil. The country has been already famous for their hill houses and crowded neighborhoods. This airport is also a victim of over-crowding; it used to be far away from the urban area in the 1930s. Year after year of encroaching population have finally connected the airport to the neighborhood, making it a challenge to land at.

Princess Juliana Airport, Saint Martin. Chances are you’ve probably seen images of this airport. It’s famous for a few things; it’s a true acid test for beginner pilots, as they have to rely on manual settings to land. It’s also quite famous for its proximity to Maho Beach, a busy beach whose revelers have gotten used to airplanes flying low as they enjoy the sun.

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Queen Alla International, Jordan.It is famous for being one of a series of concept airports. Foster + Partners have definitely outdone themselves in this design. Inspired by Jordan’s nomadic past, the structure, when viewed from above, reminds one of a community of Bedouin tents bunched closely together. The building has also been designed to accommodate the weather in the area.

London Britannia, UK. While plans haven’t pushed through for the Britannia, it would’ve been an impressive airway had it been finished. The airport was supposed to create an extra arm at the Gatwick or the Heathrow. It would have also placed a floating structure on the Thames, which will then connect to other forms of transportation—namely the railway system.

If you can think of it, then someone can build it. That these airports exist only shows there is no limit to human imagination as well as the ingenuity of making something work.