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John Travolta Challenger 300 Test-pilot?  
User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4657 times:
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John Travolta is giving Bombardier and Netjets some good publicity.. He posed for some photographs at EBACE Geneva infront of the new Challenger 350 with the management of Bombardier and Netjets..

Looks like Mr. Travolta will be Bombardier's go to guy

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-ne...s-new-challenger-through-its-paces

video
http://www.bjtonline.com/business-je...-world-john-travolta-at-ebace-2013

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User currently offlinequeb From Canada, joined May 2010, 706 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4640 times:

Travolta is a brand ambassador for Bombardier Business Aircraft since 2011

http://www.bombardier.com/en/corpora...ses/details?docID=0901260d801a02f9

[Edited 2013-05-23 09:36:23]

User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4590 times:
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I've seen several ads with Mr. Travolta infront of a Challenger 300... I didn't know he was actually allowed into some of the test flights

is he type-rated in a Bombardier corporate jet??


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 2):
is he type-rated in a Bombardier corporate jet??

He owns a Challenger 600 now at Jumbolair

I don't think he has the 707 anymore - it has been sitting on the north ramp at MIA for a while now, I heard it has a lot of problems and is likely to be scrapped.


User currently offlineBthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 2):
is he type-rated in a Bombardier corporate jet??

Got his own Challenger 601, so I'd hope so! Along with the 707 and a couple of Gulfstreams.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6726 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Are your sure it's good publicity ?

  



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineHighflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

They appeared to have glued longer hair on to the lord-of-the-skies.

He is such an excellent actor! Note the way he can gaze upon the panel in the sim with a knowledgeable test pilot like expression and then utter the classic cliche, "climbs like a homesick angel." Remarkable.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 3):
I don't think he has the 707 anymore - it has been sitting on the north ramp at MIA for a while now, I heard it has a lot of problems and is likely to be scrapped

I read they installed a new spar of some sort.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3427 times:

Mr. Travolta only has a private pilots license and I believe his type-rating for the 707 is restricted from being PIC. So he has to have somebody fully typed in the 707 to fly with him.

But I'm sure he has type-ratings for the other bizjets he's owned.

I wonder if corrosion is what got to his 707? It's the curse of early model aircraft. A wind spar replacement is pretty expensive costing $$$$$.


User currently offlineF35 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

Date of Issue: 6/5/2011
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT Print
Ratings:
PRIVATE PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

Type Ratings:
P/B-707 P/B-720 P/CE-500 P/CL-600 P/EA-500S
P/G-1159 P/HS-125 P/LR-JET

Limits:
ENGLISH PROFICIENT.
AUTHORIZED EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT: SO-G2.
B-707 SIC PRIVILEGES ONLY.
CE-500 (VFR ONLY).


User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

Travolta had a dramatic and widely reported emergency landing many years ago at KDCA in his G-II after all electrics were lost. It was a long time ago but I do recall his quote (paraphrasing) "I'm kind of a Hero in the pilot community" which was so arrogant I can still remember it today.

Couldn't find the NTSB report but here's an old news article:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...or-john-travolta-mid-air-collision


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 10):
Couldn't find the NTSB report

The NTSB would not get involved in a simple event like that.

During my time living in Bangor, ME I've crossed paths with him several times.. though never talked to him. Those that did said he was really nice and down to earth...a real airplane geek. I left BGR not long after he bought the 707. He was leasing it for a while. They would keep his GIIB in our hangar which was spotless..!!



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 11):
The NTSB would not get involved in a simple event like that.

Simple event? You should read the story. Most, if not all of it, is accurate as I recall this story from when it happened.

Not sure about the "purging of NTSB reports and FAA tapes" bit but it is real. Aviation trade journals covered it widely back at the time.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21681 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 11):
The NTSB would not get involved in a simple event like that.

Apparently they did, since they put out this paper: http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/recletters/1994/a94_6_8.pdf

-Mir



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 12):

My point being the NTSB does not investigate every single event. If I recall there is a standard that must be met for them to get involved. At the airport I work at I've seen many things that never made the FAA, NTSB, AvHerald or even the local news.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21681 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 14):
My point being the NTSB does not investigate every single event. If I recall there is a standard that must be met for them to get involved.

This is true, but a complete electrical failure certainly meets that standard.

-Mir



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 13):
Apparently they did, since they put out this paper:

This reads more like the event was used in the paper to the FAA talking about setting proper separation in the event of an emergency. The information could have just come from the report JT would have been required to submit due to the power failure.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineHighflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 10):
"I'm kind of a Hero in the pilot community"

You do realize most of the general public believes John Travolta was flying that Gulfstream IIB single-pilot over Washington D.C. that night.

Here is a sample L alternator fault aboard a G-1159 handled by Nadia (a.k.a. GulfstreamGirl) and her Captain BigDawg aboard a Gulfstream IIB. It is not politically correct to say that Captain BigDawg probably wishes this had occurred somewhere at a remote airport in Siberia where he and that ex-Vogue model F/O would have been stranded for days...and nights. http://Facebook.com/GulfstreamGirl


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 10):
Travolta had a dramatic and widely reported emergency landing many years ago at KDCA in his G-II after all electrics were lost. It was a long time ago but I do recall his quote (paraphrasing) "I'm kind of a Hero in the pilot community" which was so arrogant I can still remember it today.

Couldn't find the NTSB report but here's an old news article:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...ision

He also used to drive Spruce Creek Fly In nuts (Aviation community near Daytona Beach) when he would fly his noisy G-II at 3am


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 18 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

the link doesn't work....

Before he had his tracking removed from FlightAware, JT used to fly a lot of flights during the overnight hours.(1200-05:00) Maybe he's an insomniac? Or maybe he gets a smoother ride, free of convective type turbulence.


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