Posts with keyword: flying


Someone Clue Delta in About Transactional Integrity

Delta Airline's ticket kiosks apparently were designed and built by 1st year CS students using Visual Basic. I'm guessing that's the case based on the fact that they apparently have never heard that when you sell someone something, it's bad form to take their money and not deliver the product. They don't know that you should wrap such processes in transactions to ensure they're atomic. Someone needs to give them a clue. Last Friday on our way home from San Jose, Steve and I had the chance to get on an earlier flight for $50 each. I was checking
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Moviecle: Download Movies to Your USB Thumbdrive

I was in Boston's Logan airport this afternoon getting ready to fly home when I say this kiosk called a "Moviecle." The short description is it's a kiosk where you download movies to a USB thumbdrive. They have a collection of free content--travel guides--for now and hope to sell movies in the future. The London travel guides I downloaded were from TravelOn, in WMV format, and had no DRM. I don't know whether that will be the case for movies or not. Somehow I suspect not. The touch screen interface was easy to use. If I were buying, I'd
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Flying to Richfield

Little Bryce Canyon(click to enlarge) Last Saturday, Steve Fulling and I flew down to Richfield with my youngest son. The flight was all about breakfast and enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful summer morning. I was a little concerned that we'd run into smoke from the Milford Flat Fire (the largest wildfire in Utah recorded history), but it wasn't an issue. In fact I was disappointed that there weren't any cool firefighting planes at the Richfield airport. I used the flight as an opportunity to see how well my iPhone would do with pictures. Here's some pictures
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Being Extraordinary

One of my favorite morning rituals in the summer is to take my laptop and breakfast out on the patio in the mornings and sit in the shade, while it's still cool, while I eat and catch up on the news. This morning, when I saw that Britt had posted a long essay on flying, fighter pilots, and being extraordinary, I knew I had my morning reading.
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Plane Camping

N9472C parked on the side of the strip(click to enlarge) This weekend, my wife Lynne and I and our two good friends Steve and Jenny Fulling went camping--with our plane. This is easily the funnest thing I've done with a plane in all the time we've owned one. I enjoy camping and love flying, so put them together with a beautiful spot and you can't get much better than that. We flew to a little place called Garden Valley Idaho, about 300NM northwest Salt Lake City. They have a nice grass strip (U88) that's nearly 3000 feet long with
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Flying to Afton

The Elk Arch in Afton(click to enlarge) I flew up to Afton WY this morning with Steve Fulling and my daughter. We were actually headed to Driggs, but as we passed Afton, I suggested we stop there. I was glad we did--Afton is a nice little town and we had a great breakfast. Today was a beautiful day for flying too--there's nothing better to do on a holiday weekend that fly somewhere for breakfast! I've got got pictures, if you're interested.
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Silver Deodorant Status

Yesterday Delta notified me that I'm Silver Medallion status now. I used to be Gold every year, but since 2001 or so, I haven't flown as often as I once did. Now that you have to check a bag just to get your toiletries to the same place you're going, there's not as much advantage to boarding first and securing a good overheard bin. I'd be really excited about being Silver if it meant I could bring deodorant on board in my carry on luggage.
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Hill AFB Air Show 2006

Oracle stunt plane getting ready for the show (click to enlarge) Saturday I took my two youngest boys to the air show at Hill Air Force Base. The weather was perfect--about 75 degrees and sunny. The planes were very fun to see, both up close and in the air. There were some stunt planes, including the Oracle stunt team and close formation flying. The highlight of the show, of course, was the Thunderbirds. While the stunt flyers do stunts and the others do formations, the Thunderbirds do stunts in formation. That's cool. I took over 100 shots, and uploaded a
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Turn Off Your Cell Phone

N9472C in the air(click to enlarge) Every time you fly, you hear it: "You may not use your cell phone and other portable electronic devices in flight because they may interfere with the navigational equipment on this aircraft." Like me, you've probably wondered "is that really true?" An article in IEEE Spectrum by researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center and Carnegie Mellon University delivers some surprising results. Bill Strauss, M. Granger Morgan, Jay Apt, and Daniel D. Stancil measured the RF spectrum inside commercial aircraft cabins during 37 real flights over the course of three months in late 2003.
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Business Ignitor

Thursday Rick Adams, CEO of Adam Air will be speaking at this months edition of the Business Ignitor series. Rick's talk will be at the Ogden Airport at 3:30. Adam Aricraft recently announced that they're going to locate their manufacturing facility for their new line of planes in Ogden. Makes sense: Ogden's got a nice big airport and there's plenty of skilled aircraft workers from Hill AFB. Rick will speak for 15 minutes or so and then I'll moderate questions from the audience. I'm planning on flying up from Provo--I don't need much of an excuse to fly. Sorry,
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