June 15, 1947: SATA’s first commercial flight

We are celebrating today the anniversary of the official beginning of SATA’s operational and commercial activities, signaled by its first commercial flight on June 15, 1947, between São Miguel and Santa Maria islands, aboard a Beechcraft UC-45B Expeditor aircraft, piloted by Captain Marciano Bonucci Veiga, the Company’s captain-aviator, first pilot and technical director. The aircraft…

Aviation stories – A little boy’s dream

The aviation world causes at least some curiosity all over the world. At its peak, it causes a life-long passion. So it was with our Aircraft Maintenance Technician João Leite, who, at the age of eight, put his feet in the cockpit of an airplane for the first time, more specifically of SATA’s AVRO HS-748…

Aviation stories – The teacher who was afraid to fly

Rogério Lopes was a pilot for SATA Air Açores between 1970 and 1999. He flew the Dakota, the Avro, and the B146 and ended his career flying the British Aerospace ATP fleet. In the nearly three decades of inter-island flights, he has collected an endless number of stories that he likes to remember. “The Teacher…

Aviation stories – A very noisy flight

The aviation world fascinates everyone. Is it because flying has always been one of Humanity’s greatest aspirations? Is it because of the charismatic jobs it represents? Is it because of the possibility to travel the world above the clouds? Is it the powerful flying machines? Perhaps for all these reasons and more. On more than…

Ask the pilot #4

Do you still want to clear up all of your doubts during a flight? Keep an eye out for “Ask the pilot”. Here you’ll find all the answers! What happens if the plane window cracks during the flight? This is very unlikely to happen, but still… you have nothing to worry about. Aircraft windows are…

79 years of a shared dream

I was born 79 years ago, from the dream of extraordinary men who believed, at a time when there were barely any cars in the Azores, that the first step to unite the Azoreans with each other was to give wings to the wish and connect the islands of the Azores by air. It was…

SATA’s First Flight Attendants

In the course of modernizing SATA’s air services, all flights made by Dakota airplanes (Douglas DC-3) began having Flight Attendants, previously known as Stewardesses. In this context, in October 1968, SATA’s first flight with Flight Attendants took place, between Santana and Santa Maria, captained by Commander António Galhardo. Ana Maria Garcês, Luísa Gamboa, Leonor Pacheco,…