Podcast Interview with Terrafugia’s CEO. Terrafugia, the developer of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies for a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car it intends to call the TF-X. Carl Dietrich, the CEO of Terrafugia, recently did a podcast interview with AVweb to discuss the company’s plans; but even with a time frame of 10 years or more, his firm still faces steep regulatory, technological and funding challenges.
Flying Car Fatigue. However, Paul Bertorelli has written a short but thought provoking and critical post about the Terrafugia flying car where he wrote what many are no doubt already thinking (or have been posting as comments to articles about the firm and its plans!). In the post, Paul rolled out this challenge:
I’d like to see Terrafugia cease and desist on new concepts and bring what they’ve got to fruition. Or not. It’s hard enough to drag one design to market without distracting yourself with yet more concepts. Prove to us once and for all whether a flying car will work. Or not.
Bruce Dickinson on a Pilot Career, Flight Training and the “Pilot Shortage.” Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of rock band Iron Maiden, a commercial airline pilot and the aviation entrepreneur behind Cardiff Aviation (which specializes in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft), gave a lengthy interview to Pilot Career News where he showed his enthusiasm and vision for both British aviation and training.
Stopping the “Rot” at Cardiff Airport. In another inspirational British aviation story, Airport World has profiled the new CEO of Cardiff Airport who has vowed to recapture some 1.5 million passengers lost to its rivals by boosting the gateway’s route network and renewing its customer service offering.
Niece Visits the Site Where Her Eagle Squadron Uncle Crashed During WWII. On a historical note, Wales Online has reported that the niece of a US pilot who died after hitting a Welsh mountainside (Rhigos mountain near Treherbert, Rhondda) during World War II has made a poignant first visit to the crash site more than 70 years latter. Her uncle was based in the UK because he was a member of the so-called Eagle squadrons, which were made up solely of US pilots, and was killed in September 1941 – a few months before the US entered the war (hence, he was also buried in the UK).
Six Exclamations You Never Want to Hear in the Cockpit. Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog, has come up with a list of six exclamations you don’t want to hear in the cockpit. These exclamations include: We’ve lost the cabin!, Where’s that guy going?, Remember that crazy guy…?, We’re still at 2,000 feet, right?, [*sound of laughing*] This is &$%!ing great! and Have You Ever Done a Barrel Roll in the Dark?
Finnair Teams Up with Marimekko for a Cool New Livery. Finally, Finnair has teamed up with Finnish design and fashion house Marimekko so that all Finnair aircraft will feature a Marimekko for Finnair collection of textiles and tableware in classic Marimekko patterns. Moreover, the iconic 1964 Unikko (poppy) print by designer Maija Isola, which combines the “majesty and fairytale-like magic” of the Finnish forest, was recently painted on a Finnair Airbus A340 as shown in this time lapse video: