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Video: first flight of the Dassault Falcon 8X private jet. ENJOY!!!

Such a treat to receive this gift from my friends at Dassault Falcon Jet today. I am entirely grateful for their generosity in allowing me to share it with you. This first flight of the airframer's new baby is beautifully shot, and shows the manufacturer's awesome stretched version of its flagship 7X business jet. Having been privileged enough to visit Dassault's facilities at both Le Bourget, and Merignac towards the end of last year, I can testify to the thought and care that has gone into this programme, and that of its sibling the 5X. The accompanying press release notes that the "ultra-long range [...]
How Kylie is linked to the TBM 900

Tempted by the TBM? Check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0UN660132A Kylie says "Do watch the vid" - but for more info on what customers think, I'll start by proffering a piece I wrote for Arabian Aerospace's Show Business at the Middle East Business Aviation Show last December. The contented commuter  For one TBM850 owner travelling to work is pure pleasure. Liz Moscrop meets a man with a (flight) plan  Allow me to lull you into a false sense of security as you prepare to wade your way through an article about the advantages of turboprop over jet aircraft to the owner pilot. Last year Daher Socata sold its first [...]
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Doctor’s orders – wellness on tap at World Travel Market and Luxury Travel Fair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyhs442Ovrk I have to admit upfront to an unashamed plug for Zening Resorts in Cyprus in this video. I have no affiliation with the company, but have visited there twice. Each time I have come away the richer. The brainchild of Ajay Goyal (Google him - he's a good guy and cracking publisher and journalist), Zening was five years in the making, and came into being after extensive research, where he travelled to 12 countries over five years. The eco-friendly destination is a sustainable and holistic holiday resort located across from the Latchi Harbour in Chrysochous Bay, Paphos, Cyprus. It comprises 145 luxury [...]
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Tragedy at 200ft – averted!

August 22, 2014 @ 00:24
by lizmoscrop
Oh dear, 'tis August and silly season. Seems northern UK isn't the place to run a low fare airline. Poor old honeymooners Liz and David Garratt were returning from their dream holiday to Rome, which was trashed when, according to the Manchester Evening News, they say their Jet2-com plane ‘surged’ back into the air just before touch-down. The wicked pilot did a precautionary go around when reaching Manchester Airport. Apparently there was a separation issue, an Airbus A380 had recently vacated the runway. Trust me, the invisible trails that leaves in the air COULD possibly be fairly brutal to another airframe. Such as the [...]
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No Bull this time – just admiration for a great air race!

August 19, 2014 @ 16:28
by lizmoscrop
Last Friday evening saw me head out to Ascot with my former flying instructor Tim Baish (who's setting up an interesting new business, which I'll keep you posted about as it unfurls). We were guests of Cirrus at the pre Red Bull Air Race event, and the party was a casual yet deluxe affair with plenty of great food, drinks and most importantly, company. The pilots were all on hand to meet us and were unfailingly polite and happy to chat, despite the fact they were prepping for an intense weekend of competition.  I was happy to see my pals [...]

Farnborough Air Show Day 2- Bruce Dickinson and the Boeing A380

July 15, 2014 @ 23:49
by lizmoscrop
Bruce and Boeing Well, well, well...there appears to be a major world airshow on my doorstep practically and I've not mentioned it in my blog at all. There are plenty good reasons, most of which centre on the fact this is a HUGE military and commercial show, and my little sphere of influence in the aeronautical world spans business and general aviation and cabin management for commercial. Bumped into aviation's favourite rockstar Bruce Dickinson at the Textron Aviation chalet. He was admiring the new Bell 525, but had apparently been incredibly impressed with the new Scorpion cockpit and was waxing [...]
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In search of Bessie Coleman. Chicago, June 19 2014

June 20, 2014 @ 06:15
by lizmoscrop
Alas Bessie Coleman was not on display at the Dusable Museum of African American history in Chicago. And there were only a couple of mentions of the Tuskagee Airmen. They are all touring in an exhibit called "Black Wings." Turns out curator Charles Bethea's grandfather was involved in setting up one of the first African American airfields in Maryland, and will share more about that with me at a later date via email. (Coz I'll be quizzing him for sure!)  So no Bessie and not much aviation, but what an education I had. Charles asked me was I enjoying the [...]

The Swiss Role

May 9, 2014 @ 12:18
by lizmoscrop
First time visitors to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, be warned - ensure you wear comfortable shoes, remember to eat, drink and go the loo during the day (could be just me on that one) and be ready to enjoy the magnificent array of aircraft on display. More than 50 aircraft of 'em at last count. These guys are all out on the static park, which is conveniently situated outside the formerly full Hall 7 in Geneva’s Palexpo convention centre. It is the second largest event on the international business aviation show circuit, and an important marker as to what’s [...]

Winging it

January 2, 2014 @ 23:15
by lizmoscrop
Half way down finals for runway 24 at Fairoaks today I handed back the controls to Alan. "You do it," I said.  I just knew I couldn't land the aircraft today, despite the fact the wind was straight down the runway, he had set it up for me perfectly (though I was in the right hand seat) and I really, really want to land a Cessna 172, which is somewhat heavier than my usual steeds, the C150 or C152. But today is different. We got a beautiful morning for our little sortie from Thurrock to Fairoaks, flying at around 2,000ft [...]

THE LAUGHING HEART BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI

December 9, 2013 @ 00:31
by lizmoscrop
your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you.