posts tagged with Aviation

Oshkosh Wakes Up from Sleepy Town to Aviation Capital

EAA_Fly-in_ORBIS_&_FedEx_Static_LRZ.jpg It’s unbelievable how many people are already here in Oshkosh, where for one week it transforms from a quiet little place into the Aviation Capital of the World. I’m always amazed how this extravaganza gets me excited every time I come here. It just brings the kid out in me, as I suspect it does for most people who come here. You can’t help getting excited looking at everything there is to see here, and watching the air show performances.

The Women Pilots of FedEx: The Sky Should Never Be the Limit

Susanne Brun sq.jpg Circling the globe, transporting cargo as precious as a human heart, as adorable as a pair of pandas or as irreplaceable as Catherine the Great’s favorite jewel encrusted icon, the women pilots of FedEx are quite accustomed to moving rarities from one place to another. It’s the business they’re in, and they love it. At the same time, there is one thing they wish were a bit less special about their job - being a woman in a pilot’s uniform.

Worldwide, it’s estimated that no more than six percent of pilots are female. That’s changing for the better, but slowly. Annie Mattos, a FedEx pilot originally from a small town in Oregon, now based at the company’s Cologne, Germany hub, always knew that being a pilot was something that set her heart racing. And she wasn’t disappointed.

The 767 – One AMT’s Perspective

IMG_6347_Tony_Harvill.jpg FedEx Express began bringing B767s into our fleet last September, which I consider a milestone event for us Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs). The FedEx Express trunk fleet includes not only other Boeing types such as the B777, the B757, and until it was recently retired, the B727, but also Airbus aircraft (A300 and A310s) and McDonnell Douglas aircraft (MD10s and MD11s), too.

A Hot Topic: Innovative Aircraft Temperature Controls

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are often produced in one region of the world and sold in another.

As these products move across continents by ocean or air, their quality depends on the reliability of the selected shipping company and mode of transport. An international flight may last up to 14 hours or more (including ground time at transit points), and many shippers are unclear about the environmental conditions shipments may experience during a long-haul flight. Thermal mapping recommendations are typically made with refrigerated storage areas in mind. Aircraft manufacturers are known to test temperatures on empty cargo holds, but data remains too often proprietary and undisclosed to customers.

FedEx Express took a scientific approach towards aircraft thermal mapping about two years ago...

Meet the new FedEx Efficient Containers. Lighter design. Less fuel.

ES_APE_ramp-sq.jpg Taking weight off a jet isn’t a new idea. It’s a problem aviators have tried to solve since the early pages of aviation history. Extra weight equals extra fuel. When you find the right balance, you can fly farther, use less fuel and reduce emissions. But it’s how you take the weight off that gets interesting.

Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic using a plane covered in lightweight linen. Today, this same mindset is inspiring a whole new generation of innovations and I’m happy to say much safer than some of those early ideas.

One of our newest EarthSmart Innovations, the FedEx Efficient Container, takes this mindset to heart...