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4 Tips to Safely View and Enjoy Today’s Total Solar Eclipse

The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in just under a century arrives late Monday in the United States and people in many parts of the world are preparing to view it. The last total eclipse was in February 1979, well before the advent of the Internet, so be prepared for an onslaught of images and eclipse-related information before and after the moon blots out the sun.
Here are four tips to help …

Oldest Boeing 747 in Active Service – a Former Pan Am Jumbo Jet – Makes Last Flight

Oldest Boeing 747 in Active Service – a Former Pan Am Jumbo Jet – Makes Last Flight

An aircraft that is believed to be the oldest Boeing 747 still in active service made what was likely to have been its last flight earlier this year. Originally acquired by Pan American World Airways as Clipper Ocean Spray, the jumbo jet rolled off the assembly line in October 17, 1969 and made its first flight on March 3, 1970.
The plane, a Boeing 747-100 owned by General Electric, made its …

Delta Aircraft Involved in 3 Low-Speed Collisions in a 24-Hour Period at JFK

Delta Aircraft Involved in 3 Low-Speed Collisions in a 24-Hour Period at JFK

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that it was investigating three separate incidents at John F. Kennedy International Airport that resulted in low-speed collisions involving Delta Air Lines’ aircraft.
The incidents took place in a period of less than 24 hours this week at the New York airport. One injury was reported.
The first incident occurred on August 15 at 7:12 p.m., when a Delta Boeing 737 clipped an American Airlines …

American Airlines to Add Service to Budapest and Prague from Philly

American Airlines to Add Service to Budapest and Prague from Philly

American Airlines said it will offer seasonal service to Budapest and Prague from its hub in Philadelphia starting next year. In addition, the carrier said it will add service from Chicago to Venice, Italy.
The three new flights will operate between May 4, 2018 and October 27.
Flights to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport will leave Philadelphia at 6:25 p.m. and arrive the following day at 9:35 a.m. Flights destined for Prague …

Your Papers, Please! How to Renew Your Passport in 4 Hours Without Any Stress

Most countries require visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of entry, but renewing your passport when you travel multiple times a month, such as I do for work, can be tricky.
With four months remaining on my U.S. passport (like several others at FBT, I’m a dual citizen so I also have an EU passport, in my case from Germany), I decided it …

Restaurant Review: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Stamford, Connecticut

My journey to Stamford, Connecticut to have my U.S. passport renewed left me with approximately two to three hours to occupy me between the initial application process and the scheduled pick-up time at 2:30 p.m. Fortunately, as several of the helpful agents at the passport office pointed out, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was just across the street.
What they didn’t tell me is that this may very well be one of the best …

Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

Mazda announced a significant breakthrough in automotive powerplants, a petrol engine that works more like a diesel engine and is 20% to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines.
The new homogenous charge compression ignition engine doesn’t use spark plugs, except in very cold temperatures, instead igniting the fuel/air mixture through compression, the method used by diesel engines for over a century. The net result is fuel economy that should …