“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
If aviation is music to your ears
If you just can't get enough of aviation, we may have the perfect CD for you. Inspired by a love of airplanes to create what his Web site bills as a new musical genre, avant-garde Belgian composer Bruno Misonne features actual aircraft and airport noises (and in one case what sounds suspiciously like quacking ducks) on the techno-tracks of his new Aviation Music album. The selections also incorporate vocals taken from pilot, cabin and air-traffic-control recordings.
Misonne's curiously titled selections-such as "Early Morning Landing at Heathrow," "Propeller Symphony" and "Johannesburg Airport Tower Party"-might not be for everyone, but you can judge them for yourself by listening to samples at