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The second issue of Aviation Life was launched in time for Airline Economics’ flagship event, Growth Frontiers Dublin conference in January 2019, and was distributed to more than 3000 delegates and attendees. The issue purposely included a compact guide to the city, which suggests some nooks and crannies of the beautiful place that even the most frequent visitor may have missed. We also try out four of the best restaurants – all within a short distance from The Shelbourne Hotel – the epicentre of aviation, for three days in January at least.

In this second issue of Aviation Life, the romance of flight is celebrated once more on our cover, this time with an in-depth interview with Sam Rutherford, the found of the epic Vintage Air Rallies and Air Trophy Series of short take off and landing (STOL) competitions. Later this year, fifteen vintage biplanes will make the arduous journey from Ushuaia on the southernmost tip of Argentina across 19 countries to land in Miami 52 days later, all vying to be the winner but equally enjoying flying these beautiful aircraft over meaningful distances.

Still celebrating that feeling of freedom when sailing through the air, yachtsman and financier, Bill Blain explores the undeniable link between flying and sailing through the history of his hometown as well as new sail design.

Love it or loathe it, the world is moving toward electric power. As well as improving performance, converting classic cars to electric power helps to lower maintenance costs and preserves the elegance of these vintage vehicles. Electric motorcycles too are evolving, with some of the latest technology and boldest design.

As the world celebrates the half century after the first Moon landing, Ryan Gosling shares his thoughts on playing astronaut Neil Armstrong in the movie First Man. Keeping with Hollywood, Irish actor Allen Leech talks about playing Paul Prenter in Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Aviation Life aims to celebrate inspiring individuals from within the aviation community and without. In this issue, Franklin Pray shares his passion for racing Porsches in his free time. Please do contact me at victoria@aviationnews-online.com if you have a tale you’d like to tell or to share any comments you have on this latest issue.

 

AVIATION LIFE MAGAZINE

ISSUE 2 CONTENTS

 

TRENDING

6 VIRGIN GALACTIC’S HISTORIC FIRST SPACEFLIGHT

Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its maiden spaceflight.

8 CHINA MOON SHOT SUCCESS

China successfully lands the Chang’e-4robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

9 NASA HEADS BACK TO THE MOON

Fifty years after NASA’s first successful landing mission, the agency is solidifying plans to send Americans back to the Moon.

10 HIGH FLYING SPACE TOURISTS

Three billionaire entrepreneurs are engaged in a race to offer the first commercial space flight, and passengers are signing up to be among the first in space.

11 THE BORING COMPANY LAUNCHES LA TEST TUNNEL

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company officially opens its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel and O’Leary Station, in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California.

INSPIRATION

12 Prepare2fly

Fifteen vintage biplanes flying across the desert in a race across a continent for a grand prize evokes a romantic vision of flying but the reality is much more strenuous. Aviation Life speaks with Sam Rutherford, founder of the VintageAirRally.

18 FIRST MAN

As NASA preps a series of celebrations marking fifty years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission, Aviation Life asks Ryan Gosling about his experience starring in First Man, which tells the story of the perseverance and bravery of the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.

22 SAILING AND FLYING

Bill Blain, head of Shard Capital’s Alternative Assets Group, which include aviation finances, is a passionate sailor and has raced yachts for many years. In this article, he explains why aviation needed sailing and why sailing is so much more complex than flying a plane.

26 ALLEN LEECH: IT’S GOING TO BE ONE HELL OF A RIDE

Aviation Life chats with Allen Leech, the Irish actor who stars as Freddie Mercury’s manager in Bohemian Rhapsody and who will be back as Tom Branson in the anticipated Downton Abbey movie.

46 FRANK PRAY ‘PREPARATION AND CONSISTENCY DELIVERS’

Investment manager, racing driver and aviation charity president, Aviation Life speaks to Frank Pray.

50 SUPERBIKE SUPERHERO

From repairing heavy trucks to biking across the USA, Guy Martin is about to take on a new challenge as brand ambassador for Morris Lubricants.

TECHNOLOGY

30 ELECTRIC POWER FOR CLASSIC CARS

Electric power promises to preserve the grace and elegance of classic cars, while enhancing their performance and longevity.

36 THE ELECTRIC ASTON MARTIN DB6

Electric conversion is a world first for a sports car manufacturer.

38 ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES POWERING ON

There are some exciting developments happening in the higher reaches of electric motorcycles. Aviation Life takes a look at three of the most significant projects in progress.

TRAVEL

54 SRI LANKA

If Dublin in January is not your thing, Sri Lanka has plenty of winter sun.

CITY GUIDE: DUBLIN

58 DUBLIN

As the city welcomes hordes of aviation industry executives, takes some time out from the busy week in January to visit some less well trodden sights.

66 RESTAURANT REVIEW: FEATHERBLADE

The go-to Dublin venue for steak.

68 RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE GREENHOUSE
Just around the corner from The Shelbourne Hotel is the exceptional Michelin-star restaurant, The Greenhouse.

70 RESTAURANT REVIEW: GLOVERS ALLEY

Newcomer to the Dublin restaurant scene, Glovers Alley, is impressing diners.

72 RESTAURANT REVIEW: IVY MAGIC COMES TO DUBLIN

The famous Ivy restaurant opens its first international brasserie in Dublin, Ireland

74 THE BEATING HEART OF DUBLIN

Teeling Whiskey is leading the revival of Dublin as a centre for whiskey distillery.

78 THE SHELBOURNE HOTEL

Dublin’s Grande Dame of hotels

82 HOW TO STAY WELL WHILE TRAVELLING

Specialist nutritionist, Deborah Taggart, provides some tips for fending off illness when travelling.

Aviation Life issue 2 is now available.

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