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The De Havilland Comet: A Pioneer with a Fatal Flaw

This article discusses the story of the design of the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner. It looks into why the two high-profile crash ...

By Tom van Aaken • 09/26/2022
Wings Over Houston Hosting 38th Annual Airshow

With the airshow season ending, many aviation enthusiasts are hoping to find last-minute events to enjoy before the weather gets colder. One of these ...

By Brantsen Gill • 09/18/2022
Boeing's Worst Selling Aircraft

Learn about some of Boeing's worst-selling aircraft, including an analysis of their production and why some variants failed.

By Brandon McLeish • 09/16/2022
Sicko Mode: Inside Drake's Private Boeing 767

Drake lives quite the luxurious lifestyle, and his plane certainly matches. Take a tour inside the plane and out.

By AeroXplorer.com Staff • 09/15/2022
Airport Snapshot: Northeast Florida Regional Airport

An overview of the St. Augustine airport. Overview of the facilities and runways.

By Brandon McLeish • 09/05/2022
Are TSA Agents Able See You Naked?

The answer to the question of whether or not TSA agents can see you naked or not. Dives into the machines used in security screenings at airports.

By Adam Schupak • 09/05/2022
The Anatomy of an Aerospace Engine



By Safa Trabelsi • 08/24/2022
How Does an Aircraft APU Work?

Modern airplanes are outfitted with auxiliary power units (APUs) to meet the aircraft's large energy requirements while the engines are not running. T ...

By Safa Trabelsi • 08/11/2022
Why Passenger Load Factor is an Important Airline Performance Metric – An Arithmetic Perspective

Passenger load factor, commonly abbreviated as PLF, is the measure of the number of paying passengers expressed as a percentage of the aircraft's tota ...

By Jaap Brian • 08/03/2022
A Nervous Flyer's Guide to Airplane Sounds

Ever wonder what all those little noises were the last time you flew on a plane? Here is a selection of a few of the most common ones explained.

By Ejaaz Cadinouche • 07/31/2022
Breaking Down Salt Lake City's Massive Airport Transformation

Salt Lake City opened a new airport back at the end of 2020 and it has made waves, both literally and figuratively. Though the design is fairly standa ...

By Jack Turner • 07/20/2022
An Introduction to Human Factors and Pilot Performance

Have you ever wondered what human factors mean and what it has to do with flying? This article provides a short introduction.

By Ejaaz Cadinouche • 07/02/2022
UK Travel Chaos Continues

Despite the return of demand for air travel, airports across the United Kingdom are facing more challenges as passengers return to the skies.

By Luca Azim • 06/17/2022
Behind the Names and Registrations of Virgin Atlantic Aircraft

Virgin Atlantic has a long-standing reputation of fun and interesting names and registrations given to their planes. Here's the story behind choosing ...

By Ejaaz Cadinouche • 06/13/2022
The Iconic Rise of Emirates

The largest carrier in the Middle East is often written off as a large, rich government-backed airline that benefits from being based in an affluent c ...

By Jack Turner • 06/02/2022
DC-10: Dangerous or Misunderstood?

Article describing why the DC-10 accumulated such a bad reputation. The article describes the initial design flaws of the cargo door that led to fatal ...

By Luke Zinn • 05/28/2022
JetBlue: The Carrier Without A Merger Partner

JetBlue Airways, during the last few decades, has continued to grow across the United States and beyond. However, this growth comes despite two failed ...

By John Pullen • 05/17/2022
The Dangers of Key Lime Air

Describing the inherent dangers of flying a complicated airplane single-pilot. The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner is widely considered one of the har ...

By Luke Zinn • 05/13/2022
How The Cirrus SR22 Revolutionized Aviation

Outlining the initial downfall of Cirrus, and the major factors that led to its ultimate success. Includes points about the CAPS system, aerodynamic d ...

By Luke Zinn • 05/07/2022
The Failure of The Boeing 717

The Boeing 717-200 never fully got off the ground. Due to extenuating circumstances, the aircraft never caught the attention of major carriers and was ...

By Luke Zinn • 04/29/2022
The Fall and Impending Rise of San Bernardino Airport

San Bernardino Airport has had its fair share of trouble over the years but the future is looking bright. With a new airline starting service there so ...

By Davis Turner • 04/24/2022
The Crash That Caused The Pilot Shortage

Describing why the new Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) hourly requirements in the U.S. are making the current pilot shortage worse. Relating this to the ...

By Luke Zinn • 04/23/2022
Onboard Negus: The Boeing 747 Party Plane

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced British Airways to retire its Boeing 747 fleet, some of them have found new homes across the UK. G-CIVB or 'Negus' ...

By Ejaaz Cadinouche • 03/19/2022
Southwest Airlines Considers DFW for Future Growth

Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines has a history of avoiding busier hub airports. Despite this, ever since the mid-2000s, the carrier has begun addin ...

By John Pullen • 02/26/2022
An Inside Perspective: The Rise of Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is notorious for low fares and a multitude of fees that are tacked on to the passenger experience. Despite this, pricing in the U.S. i ...

By John Pullen • 02/15/2022
Mile High Stakes: The Fight For Denver

Denver International Airport is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. Because of its centralized geography and status as an outdoor gateway, both Sou ...

By John Pullen • 02/02/2022
The Evolution of The Low-Cost Airline Business Model

Low-cost carriers have left an incredibly strong impact on the airline industry across the world. However, the low-cost business model that is dominan ...

By John Pullen • 01/24/2022
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)?

As the aviation industry advances in technology, many airlines have made it a priority to reduce their environmental footprint. One way they are doing ...

By Daniel Mena • 01/23/2022
The Top Five Shortest Flights in America

The United States has more than five thousand different airports, with many of them being connected by commercial airlines. Across a massive convolute ...

By Nico Marvin • 01/22/2022
David Neeleman and the Rise of JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways has become a strong competitor in the airline industry ever since it launched operations in early 2000. Despite its success, JetBlue a ...

By John Pullen • 01/20/2022
The Rise and Fall of People Express

After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, a multitude of new startups flooded the U.S. aviation market. Among these was People Express, an innovativ ...

By John Pullen • 01/19/2022
The Rise and Fall of United Shuttle

In the early 1990s, United Airlines’ domination of Californian markets was threatened by the entrance of low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines. In res ...

By John Pullen • 01/08/2022
Alaska and Delta Battle for Success in Seattle

In the past, Alaska Airlines dominated their hometown city of Seattle and remained largely unchallenged by other carriers. However, in need of an Asia ...

By John Pullen • 12/31/2021
The Wright Amendment: Wrong For Southwest

With the Airline Deregulation Act being signed into law in 1978, many feared that Southwest’s new growth opportunities at Dallas Love Field Airport ...

By John Pullen • 12/27/2021
The Downfall of Pan American World Airways

Pan American World Airways was an aviation giant for decades. However, despite their great reputation and global presence, the carrier was facing seve ...

By John Pullen • 12/03/2021
What is Gulfstream's New G800 Business Jet?

This article is about Gulfstream's new G800 aircraft. It includes information about the features and performance of the aircraft as well as expectatio ...

By Jack Jarzynka • 10/14/2021
Air Service Potentially Returning to St. Augustine?

This article provides information about the past airlines of St Augustine airport as well as one of the future ones. There are also some statistics an ...

By Brandon McLeish • 09/08/2021
Alaska Airlines to Codeshare with Qatar

Alaska Airlines and Qatar Airways recently announced a codesharing agreement on 150 flights across the US. This move comes after a string of announcem ...

By Davis Turner • 07/01/2021
Why U.S. Budget Airlines are Optimistic About Post-COVID Travel Numbers

Ultra-low-cost carriers in the U.S. see a lot of room to expand in the post-pandemic travel boom. Why is this and what do these airline leaders think ...

By Patrick Daly • 06/26/2021
Will the 777X be Profitable for Boeing?

The Boeing 777X program has faced many stumbles over the years, costing Boeing a lot of money. But will Boeing ever be able to sell more than the curr ...

By Tyler Giunchi • 05/24/2021
What was the Pepsi Concorde?

Air France let the Pepsi Company paint one of their aircraft blue for a marketing program. But why would Pepsi do that?

By Tyler Giunchi • 05/19/2021
Southwest's Profitability Streak is Over: Thoughts and Implications

Southwest announced in late January of 2021 that they were not profitable in 2020, the first year since 1972. Due to the pandemic, this was not shocki ...

By Davis Turner • 05/17/2021
What Happened to AirTran?

If you followed the aviation industry before 2010, you probably remember hearing about AirTran, an Atlanta-based carrier that was around from 1993 to ...

By Tyler Giunchi • 05/04/2021
The Airbus Beluga vs. The Boeing Dreamlifter

What are the major differences between the Airbus Beluga and the Boeing Dreamlifter?

By Tyler Giunchi • 05/04/2021
Why Louisville is Home to UPS's Worldport

UPS worldport plays a vital role in the infrastructure of the company. So what is so important about it and why Louisville?

By Tyler Giunchi • 05/02/2021
The European Aviation Industry - Will it ever be the same?

An update on the awful situation in Europe. Will the aviation industry be the same?

By Luca Azim • 04/19/2021
Cargo-Only Flights Explained

Before the pandemic, 5-10% of the revenue that airlines brought in was from cargo aboard passenger flights. Once passenger flights began decreasing, a ...

By Tyler Giunchi • 04/18/2021
Huntsville International Airport: What Went Wrong?

Huntsville airport was set to be the next UPS world port due to its central location. It was used a lot during the space race because the Marshall Spa ...

By Tyler Giunchi • 04/11/2021
WOW Air Two Years Later: Where it All Went Wrong

On the 28th March 2019, WOW air ceased operations. What went wrong with the airline? Why did WOW air collapse?

By Vikas Anand • 03/25/2021
Singapore Airlines and the Concorde: What Went Wrong?

In the year 1977, British Airways wanted to expand its Concorde services eastwards and partnered with Singapore Airlines. This venture saw Singapore A ...

By Vikas Anand • 03/24/2021
Berlin Brandenburg Airport: Is It Doomed?

An update on the Berlin Brandenburg Airport

By Luca Azim • 03/12/2021
Brief Overview of the GE9X

A summary of the GE9X engine which will be fitted to the 777X aircraft.

By Vikas Anand • 02/17/2021
Boeing 737 MAX Issues in a Nutshell.

A summary of the reasons why the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded for nearly 2 years.

By Vikas Anand • 01/17/2021
A Guide to Vancouver Airports

Given the wide range of diversity in the Vancouver and Greater Vancouver area, from popular seaplane operations to plenty of charter aircraft, spottin ...

By Gabriel Shepherd • 12/06/2020
COVID-19 and Its Lasting Mark on the Recovery of U.S. Commercial Aviation

A glance at the recovery of the aviation industry from an economic standpoint.

By JV Mehta • 12/05/2020
Airport Operations (Overview)

If you have been to an airport before, it's always good to familiarize yourself with its day-to-day operations. Every airport has four types of operat ...

By Andy Zhao • 12/04/2020
Vancouver International Airport (Overview)

Vancouver International Airport ( CYVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada behind Toronto Pearson International Airport ( CYYZ) in Toronto. It ha ...

By Andy Zhao • 12/02/2020
Airline Black Friday Deals - The Complete List

As the holiday season nears, many airlines are releasing black Friday deals in order to encourage more people to fly. Some airlines have gone to great ...

By Daniel Mena • 11/24/2020
Inside Preparations for the WW2 Flyover

WASHINGTON - On a cloudy Thursday morning, media and press gathered at an undisclosed airport near Washington D.C. The occasion?

By Mogami Kariya • 09/26/2020
How Are Flight Plans Filed?

Have you ever wondered how flight plans are filed? Learn more here.

By Emmett Chung • 09/07/2020
The Essential Air Service Explained

Without federal intervention in routes, airlines in the 70s began to focus on the "hub and spoke" model rather than the "point to point" model, leavin ...

By Emmett Chung • 08/08/2020
Mexico's Interjet Thrown Lifeline With $150 Million Investment

Mexico's Interjet had been bound to fail despite the disastrous effects the Coronavirus had on Mexican (and worldwide) aviation. However, in these try ...

By JV Mehta • 07/14/2020
Canada's Government has Failed Canadian Airlines

Airlines around the world are struggling due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite making record-breaking profits over the last few years, these last few ...

By Brandon Siska • 07/10/2020
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By TheExplorerBlog.com Staff • 05/19/2020
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By TheExplorerBlog.com Staff • 05/19/2020
Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing"

After acquiring Sir Richard Branson’s American subsidiary, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines' Boeing jets still wear a sticker on their nose saying "P ...

By Jasper Kringen • 05/08/2020
How United Airlines Will Rebound From COVID-19: An Opinion

United Airlines has been heavily affected by COVID-19. How will they rebound? Find out in this informational and opinion-based article.

By Winston Shek • 04/12/2020
When Will Aviation Return to Normal?

Right now, the aviation industry, along with the rest of the world, is in decline. COVID-19 has affected everyone and everything, including the world ...

By Kyle Jonas • 04/07/2020
The Complete List of U.S. Airlines Affected by COVID-19

There’s no doubt the aviation industry has been affected by COVID-19, and many airlines have made dramatic changes to their operations. Here are the ...

By Bryan Wu • 03/29/2020
2020 Airshows: East Coast

Live on the east coast and wondering which airshows to visit? Here is a list of some action-packed, thrilling aviation events happening this year!

By Mogami Kariya • 03/10/2020
Delta's New A320neos Will Have an Improved First Class

Delta has orders for 100 of Airbus's new A320neos. They plan to sport them with seats that more closely resemble their international hard product, Del ...

By Daniel Mena • 02/23/2020
A Guide to Fifth-Freedom Flights

Fifth-freedom flights are flights between two cities that are not the airline's home base. For example, an airline is based in city A, and it flies to ...

By Peter Lam • 02/22/2020
The Most Family Friendly Airlines of 2020

Lastminute.com just released their list of the most Family Friendly Airlines of 2020.

By Daniel Mena • 02/21/2020
How to Fly United's New Polaris for just 25000 Miles

When I was searching for flights the other day, I found a flight on a United 777-200 with New Polaris for just 25,000 miles! I'm here to share the inf ...

By Daniel Mena • 02/14/2020
Safest Airlines for 2020

AirlineRatings.com has released a list of the safest airlines for 2020

By Kyle Jonas • 01/05/2020
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By TheExplorerBlog.com Staff • 12/29/2019
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By TheExplorerBlog.com Staff • 12/24/2019
The Boeing 747 Routes and Retirement Plans

It is the Boeing 747. We all know it as the Queen of the Skies. Even though it is very popular and several airlines throughout the world are still fly ...

By Peter Lam • 12/24/2019
A New Uber, but For Airplanes

A new app was released, named BlackBird, which pairs private pilots to customers for as little as $50 per flight, is becoming more and more popular in ...

By Daniel Mena • 12/23/2019
A Look at the United Airlines Fleet.

United Airlines is one of America's most well-known airlines. They have been around since 1926 and have one of the largest airline fleets in the world ...

By Tyler Giunchi • 12/20/2019
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