Best Gifts For Pilots

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the best gifts you can purchase for your pilot and aviation-minded friends.


Are you trying to choose a gift for the pilot in your life that’s both unique and personal? If you’re unfamiliar with the industry, selecting a gift can be difficult. This list will provide you with a variety of aviation gifts that the recipient is sure to enjoy!

Airplane Pop-Up Card

Searching for the perfect card to accompany your gift? Look no further! This card features a beautifully designed 3-D airplane that appears to take flight from the middle of the card once you open it. The card also includes unique details such as clouds and windows.

Aircraft Mount for GoPro

If your pilot also enjoys photography, consider purchasing this GoPro Mount for them. This one is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and doesn’t require any other screws or fasteners to fit on their plane. They’ll be able to attach it to their aircraft and take breathtaking photos and videos of the skies.

Portable Charger

Is your pilot always on the move? If they’re often away from home, this portable charger is a great gift. This 26800mAh device yields an average of nine days of complete usage. It even comes with the ability to charge three devices at once!

Travel Adapter

If they travel out of a the country frequently, then a travel adapter is another great gift. This model features two outlets and two USB ports and is equipped with surge protection. It includes six types of international adapters, meaning that it’s compatible with outlets in North America, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Australia, Japan, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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What You Need to Know About Working in Aviation

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the most important things you need to know if you’re working in aviation.

If you are passionate about flying and are looking to play an integral role in the ever-expanding aviation field, find out more about the kind of available airport jobs and get suggestions for preparing for aviation management jobs by reading this article.

What’s Aviation Management?

When you obtain a degree in aviation management, you’ll have the qualifications to oversee an airline, an airport, or a collection of airport maintenance workers and the day-to-day operations of each. Aviation managers also have the choice to work in the aeronautical engineering field to oversee aircraft manufacturing. Aviation is increasing as an overall field with a great number of openings projected to be possible in the upcoming years.

Types of Airport Roles

The demand for commercial and private pilots is expected to skyrocket in the next couple of decades because many of today’s pilots will retire and airlines need to prepare for the release of new aircraft. According to a 2018 Forbes publication, Boeing predicts that aviation is going to need 790,000 fresh pilots by 2037 to fulfill the growing demand. Pilots aren’t the sole aviation management position in observing demand.

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The Return of Supersonic Travel

Travelers looking for a way to travel quickly from one continent to another may soon find themselves boarding a supersonic jet. Not since the Concorde fleet of airplanes retired in 2003 has any airline made plans to reintroduce supersonic jet travel. Now, however, a new company call Boom Supersonic is doing just that.

The supersonic jet revival is one that many business people have been looking forward to. With the ability to fly at speeds of 1451 mph, the new supersonic jet can cut overseas travel time significantly. So significantly, in fact, that a flight from New York City to London, England, can be made in under four hours.

In the past, flying on the Concorde was a privilege accorded only to the most wealthy people in the world. A round-trip ticket from London to New York was roughly $12,000, a price impossible for most people to pay. Now, costs of flying on a Boom Supersonic are projected to be around $5,000 for a round-trip flight. While this is still a significant amount of money, the price of a round-trip Business or First-Class flight is comparable.

Boom Supersonic is not the only company working toward supersonic air travel in the new future. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are both in the process of building and testing supersonic jets, and big-name companies and government agencies are backing them. In fact, NASA awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to work on a supersonic plane with a quieter sonic boom.

The old Concorde jets were prohibitively expensive to both fly on and maintain, and there was considerable concern about the impact they had on the environment. Fuel usage alone was a problem, burning many times the amount of fuel as traditional commercial airlines. This excessive fuel usage, in turn, created greater emissions, and over time the flights were not cost effective to continue to run. Add to this the fact that few people could afford to fly on the Concorde, and it was almost destined to fail.

With the advent of technological advances, the new supersonic jet can hold up to 55 passengers, use less fuel and emit lower pollution levels, all at a price that anyone who is already flying business or first class can comfortably afford. Additionally, fewer hours in the air overseas or continentally directly translates to increased productivity and fewer out of office days of businesspeople all over the world.

While the supersonic jet revival has just begun, it appears that the test flights of some companies will start as early as 2022. As transportation needs increase for the business sector and when more people realize that supersonic jet travel is much more affordable now than it ever has been, it seems likely that this time around, supersonic jets will be here to stay.

from Dave Pflieger | CEO of Ravn Alaska

Some Of The World’s Largest Airplanes

One can imagine Orville or Wilbur Wright getting a glimpse at some of the world’s massive aircraft. These behemoths are unnaturally large. Technically, not all of the flying machines listed are considered airplanes. However, all flying machines are considered aircraft. Here are a few examples of huge aircraft and why they have their unique designs.

The Spruce Goose
For 70 years the Hughes H-4 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose, continues to hold the world’s record as the aircraft with the longest wingspan, 97.54 meters, that ever took flight. Wingspan is measured from the tip of one wing to the tip of the opposite wing. It’s one flight took place on November 2, 1947.

Hughes Aircraft manufactured the world’s largest flying boat during World War II in response to war efforts mounted to find an aircraft that could safely transport supplies across the Atlantic Ocean. Because materials were limited during the war, the aircraft was made using wood as its main material, hence the nickname of the Spruce Goose even though it was made using birch wood, not spruce trees.

The Boeing 747-8
This passenger airplane is the longest aircraft in operation. The distinctive dome or bubble shape toward the front of the fuselage, (body), makes it one of the most recognized and beloved aircraft in the world. It’s length of 250 feet and two inches, or 76.3 meters, is remarkable. In comparison, an NBA basketball court is 94 feet long, making the 747 two and a half times that length.

The Mil Mi-26
Fixed-wing airplanes are not the only giants in the sky. Russia’s Mil Mi-26 Helicopter, which uses rotor speed to propel it off the ground instead of lift used by fixed-wing airplanes, it is a remarkably large machine. It can carry 20 tons of cargo or 90 troops. It is the largest helicopter to go into serial production and is still in use, retrieving wooly mammoths or damaged aircraft as needed.

The HAV Airlander 10
The world’s largest flying machine, this lighter-than-air hybrid of two blimps and an airplane can stay aloft for five days at a time. It is still in production in Great Britain despite the U.S. Military canceling its contract. Planned uses include a communications station, military or commercial surveys and a mammoth cargo-carrying machine.

from Dave Pflieger | CEO of Ravn Alaska