Road Warrior

Fearless flying, On-Air powers Solar Impulse connectivity, GoSleep in a pod, new hotels for Starwood

Feel the fear and do it anyway Flying is such an integral part of most people's lives that a fear of flying can be very limiting. British Airways will be running a one-day course, Flying with Confidence, on March 28th in Dublin. The course will be delivered by BA pilots and crew, along with a clinical psychologist. It costs €299 and includes a flight. Follow the Solar Impulse flight live The round-the-world flight by Solar Impulse HB-SIB that began on Monday from Abu Dhabi is about more than simply making aviation history and setting records. Innovations from the powering of the aircraft and the nose-to-tail connectivity by Sita On-air will bring technology advances for the future of aviation. The public can experience the flight in real time on On-Air will also provide operational applications, live weather updates and monitoring. Open the pod bay doors, HEL Long layovers at airports could become a time for relaxation and sleep with the GoSleep pods recently introduced to Helsinki Airport (HEL). The pods convert from a seat into a comfortable bed with space for hand baggage and a power point. They also have a shade to reduce light and sounds. Designed by a Finnish firm, the pods cost about €9 an hour and are likely to be introduced into more airports. Starwood to open 40 properties Starwood fans and SPG members will be happy to hear the group plans to open more than 40 new properties in Europe over the next five years. This will represent a portfolio increase of some 30 per cent. In Turkey alone the group will open five new hotels by the end of this year. Russia must be expected to be on the up again soon, as eight new hotels are in the pipeline there.