Plane spotting is on the rise around the world and some Australian airports are recognising that a dozen or more cameras capturing every movement on the tarmac and surrounds is a positive security measure. Theres a whole generation of people that have never gone to the airport to watch planes from the observation deck which was a feature of almost every major airport until the late 90s. Amidst the sometimes over the top security measures at some airports, San Francisco bucked the trend by opening not one but two observations decks as well as opening up the old control tower for plane spotting sessions before it was eventually torn down.
If you remember the days of Dr Strangelove and recall the classroom discussions about ICBMs, then a trip to Arizona is a must to visit the last remaining Titan Missile Silo. Fifty-four silos operated between 1963 to 1987 and this last remaining silo has preserved the operational aspects of this cold war hot spot.
The domestic hop is equivalent to flying non-stop return between Sydney and Perth or flying direct from Melbourne to Shanghai. Heading home to Honolulu, its an even longer day at the office with a flying time just over 11 hours. Hawaiian Airlines has taken the title for the USAs longest domestic route with the 10.5 hour, 5,000 miles Honolulu to Boston flight.
VietJet is better known for its brightly coloured planes and cabin crew who are sometimes in grass skirts (???) has announced expansion to Indonesia. This means that as Hanoi reduces control over the airline we can expect to see more aggressive fares which will be good news for the countrys tourism sector. At the same time Vietnam Airlines which operates the pretty blue narrow and widebody aircraft often seen at Melbourne airport is about to lose its government support.
From the 29th October, the entire airport at Istanbul moves to a new location in just 45 hours! If youre planning on visiting Turkey, the last days of October are probably not a good time to go! The mammoth operation involves 15,000 vehicles and more than 5,000 semi-trailers.
Today, the once ground-breaking design can only be seen when a few private collectors fly-in to air shows or on the side of runways of some small African nations. Noisy, fuel heavy and with manual flight deck controls that look more like a pumping station, the last remaining in-service jet is flown by North Koreas flag carrier Air Koryo who also supplies the sister Ilyushin as the countrys head of state aircraft. IIn 1960 Sergei Ilyushin designed a four-engined passenger jet with all four of the donks bolted onto the tail. The aircrafts glory days as a passenger jet however remain alive in North Korea where the last remaining passenger aircraft is still operating. The power at the rear meant the aircraft could have a smaller rudder as well as a clean swept wing for greater lift at lower speeds.
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Air New Zealand has latched onto this idea and is now offering on selected flights the ability to block an adjoining seats for just $29. Airline Insider always suggests if youre travelling as a couple always book the A & C seats in economy as nobody will choose the B seat if the flight is not full.
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The T1 Terminal has limited A380 compliant parking bays and during peak times its a race to get aircraft on and off the gates particularly during the busy early evening time slot. Gatwick Airport north of London has a small issue with big planes as more airlines use the airport for the worlds busiest international route to New York.
Travelling to Brazil in South America just got easier with the Brazilian government announcing that passengers travelling on Australian, Japanese, Canadian and US passports will no longer need a visa. The change takes effect on June 17 and enables a stay of up to 90 days, which can be automatically extended to 120 days in any 12-month period.
Also, if the kids are in crowded places, some user etiquette is a good idea 10:4 little buddy see you at dinner time! Cruises, theme parks or just wandering the cities, UHF walkie talkies can be a handy way of keeping track of your tribe if you dont have a local mobile phone or cant access a loan phone. CREW TIP: Some airport security staff are a little over zealous so before you pack them, take the batteries out.
What is said in the flight deck is recorded and thankfully every 30 mins or two hours on newer jets the conversations are recorded over.
As well as direct donations, the airline is spreading its mighty wings with special charter visits to Longreach. Qantas has joined with Rural Aid in a $3 million program to assist Australias drought-stricken farmers.
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Its been such a success that images from the site have gone viral around the world and many regular Captains and First Officers now make a point of waving as they pass hoping to be featured on the plane spotters websites! Rumour is now about to look like fact with 3 east coast airports about to add camera ports to their airport boundary fences. Last year Sydney airport took a step forward with a dedicated public viewing area near the ATC tower called Sheps Mound.
Airports bring out strange behaviours and it seems that societal norms dont apply the minute a person enters the terminal. We have started a list of strange, illogical behaviours often observed by Flight Crew.
Like with hotels, these security bonds often can take up to 14 days to be refunded to you. Rental cars are convenient but can be costly, especially if you dont check the fine print that sits behind the website offers. Insurance is always offered for a hefty fee, even though many car owners insurance polices also covers the driving of rental cars. But what is not realised is that even if you do take the insurance option, the excess charges if you have an accident can be as high as $4,000 of course you can pay a fee upfront to reduce that to a mere $2,000. CREW TIP: Many international crew have a credit card that is only used for car rentals or hotel extras. Other rental revelations include things such as Avis $400 bond if youre paying with a VISA or Mastercard debit card.
The bold project will fly a beautifully restored Spitfire which has been polished silver around the word visiting all the places where the iconic aircraft was involved in fighting for freedom. The record-breaking flight will coincide with eh 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The Spitfire was a symbol of liberty and courage during World War II and this week the Silver Spitfire Project was launched.
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