Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BMW Excel in Private-Jet Design

A swank interior that applies BMW's car know-how. Private jets are basically a middle finger t... thumbnail 1 summary
A swank interior that applies BMW's car know-how.

BMW jet
Private jets are basically a middle finger to the environment, but we suppose that if they're going to be made, they should be well-designed.
And to that end, Embraer, the Brazilian small-plane maker, has tapped BMW DesignworksUSA to design the interiors of its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 luxury executive jets. (Is there any other kind?)
The collaboration represents six years of work, and the designs don't much resemble a BMW--rather, they're a bit more like a Bentley seen through the gimlet eye of an efficiency-minded German. For example, principles derived from BMW's expertise in designing car controls were integrated into the cockpit layout and instrumentation; and BMW DesignworksUSA has applied in-motion know-how in designing under-seat baggage storage and tiny details such as cup holders and in-seat controls.
BMW jet
Apparently, customers will be able to choose from seven different color schemes, and 100 jets have already been produced. And another 600 orders are waiting to be filled. Just be sure to leave the new rig at home on the way to the Congressional hearings!
BMW jet

ref: http://www.fastcompany.com/1622886/bmw-checks-in-for-airplane-design

Monday, March 7, 2011


WORLD DANGEROUS AIRPORTS Lukla Airport (Nepal) A   huge   mountain   on one   end , a thousand   meter drop on   the other side .   And   ... thumbnail 1 summary
Lukla Airport (Nepal)

A huge mountain on one end, a thousand meter drop on the other side. And it is at 2900 meters height, so you do not exactly have full power.

Lukla Airport is a small airport in the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal. In January 2008 the Government of Nepal announced that the airport in honor of SirEdmund Hillary [1], the first man on the summit of Mount Everest, on 11 Were reached in January 2008would be renamed. The airport is quite popular asLukla is the place where most people begin their trekto Mount Everest climb.

Madeira Airport (Madeira)

Madeira Funchal Airport as Airport and SantaCatarina Airport, is an international airport locatednear Funchal, Madeira. The airport controls nationaland international air traffic from the island of Madeira.The airport was once infamous for its short takeoffand landing strip, which is surrounded by high mountains and the sea, it has had a tricky landing foreven the most pilots. The initial take-off and landing runway was only 1,400 feet long, but was extendedby 400 meters after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425incident of 1977 and later in 2003, rebuilt, almostdoubling the size of the take-off and landing strip,building it on the ocean. Instead of landfills was theextension to a series of 180 columns built, eachabout 70m high.
For the extension of the start and runway of the airport of Funchal, the outstanding buildings Award of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) have given. TheOutstanding Structures Award is considered to be the "Oscar " for engineering structures in Portugal.

Barra International Airport (Barra)

Barra Airport is the only airport in the world whereplanes land on the beach. BRR is Scotland on thebroad beach at Traigh Mhor, on Barra island, in theOuter Hebrides. If you want to fly here commerciallyyou want to book with British Airways, which flies toBarra from Glasgow and Benbecula.
The airport is literally washed by the tide once a day,and when you arrive on a flight in the late afternoon,you may be a few cars in the parking lot with theirlights on, the pilots some added visibility providesnotice, as the airport is naturally lit . Needless to say,you want to hang probably not at the airport Barrabeach, if you are a aviation junkie, in which caseBarra Airport has a system foolproof, as a sign thatreads:. "Keep on the beach When the windsock is flying and the airport is active."

Gustaf III Airport (St. Bart)

Gustaf III Airport also known as Saint BarthélemyAirport is a public use airport in the town of St. Jeanon the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy islocated. Both the airport and the island capital ofGustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden,with the Swede won the island from France in 1785(it was sold back to France in 1878). The airport isserved by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twentypassengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sightaround Saint Barth and in the northern West Indies.The short takeoff and landing runway will you land atthe base of a gentle slope on the beach. The arrivaldescent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and exit planes fly directly over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advisesunbathers not directly at the end of the runway).

Courchevel (France)

Courchevel is the name of aski area in the French Alps, the largest ski area in the airport has world.It it's a measure of infamy in the aviation industry
as home to a relatively short runway, with a length of 525 ft (1,722) and a slope of 18.5%. It is so short that you slow down on a sloping strip of land and take on a decline to pick up enough speed. Who gets to land here? Well, Pierce Brosnan, the short list. This was the airport in the opening seen of Tomorrow Never Dies uses. For the rest of us, private plane, helicopter, or charter are the only way to go, and your pilot will be some serious training before he needs to or should they CVF country.

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba)

Juancho E. Yrausquim airport is onely on the Caribbean island of Saba, in the Antilles natherland it is well-experienced flicrs for the way in which airplanes must approach or from an airport.
Yrausquin Airport covers a relatively large proportion of the small island of Saba. Some experts are of the general aviation believe that the airport is one of the most dangerous in the world, despite the fact that no major tragedies occurred in the facility. The airport is the only take-off and landing runway is equipped with an X at each end, marked by professional pilots that the airport closed state for civil aviation.

Princess Juliana airport

Princess Juliana International Airport serves (St.Maarten)
Princess Juliana International Airport serves St.Maarten, the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. It is the second largest airport in the easternCaribbean. The airport is famous for its short landing strip - only 2,180 m / ft 7152 to barely enough forheavy jets. For this reason, the planes approach theisland flying extremely low, right over Maho Beach.Countless photos of large jets flying in 10 to 20 ftover relaxing tourists at the beach m/30-60 havedismissed as forgeries, many times, butnonetheless real. For this reason, as well it has become a favorite is for flat potters. Despite thedifficulties in approach, it has been no record of the most important events of aviation at the airport.