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A New Congestion Paradigm in LA

I don't get why we continue to focus on congestion in cities as something we need to "fix". Repeatedly we focus on congestion as if when it were solved our problems would be over. But congestion is the sign of a successful city, and curing it as Detroit has doesn't seem to be the right answer either. Show More Summary

Circular Polarizers

I've written about circular polarizers before, but I wanted to revisit them one more time.In case you don't know what a circular polarizer is, it is a filter that screws onto the end of your lens to allow you to polarize the light coming into your lens. Show More Summary

Inside the Inglis Elevators

As part of my northwest Manitoba grain elevator trip, I visited the elevator row in Inglis, Manitoba. I wrote about the outsides of the elevators here and now I'm going to write about the interiors.Inglis has two elevators that are open to the public, the N.M. Show More Summary

Air NZ makes point about ski holidays with giant snowball fight

Air NZ has revived the roman catapult or trebuchet in its opening shot in the trans Tasman ski holiday contest that always breaks out at this time of year. Being a sucker for really good marketing, and New Zealand in general,  Plane Talking has broken its own rule about avoiding PR campaigns to draw attention [...]

Xenophon hits out at 2nd Sydney Airport ‘monopoly’ risks

One of the disturbing things about Sydney’s much needed second airport at Badgerys Creek is the unwillingness of the major parties to do anything to break the monopoly pricing situation that would arise if it becomes owned by the same interests as the existing airport. Last week in the Senate Nick Xenophon, the independent Senator [...]

Under Capitol Hill at 55 MPH

University Link light rail train testing from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo. This afternoon Sound Transit released its first video of full-speed testing of the ULink alignment, showing a northbound trip from Capitol Hill Station to UW Station. The video gives a nice sense of how the ride quality and acceleration will feel once in service. […]

Flight Review: Lufthansa First Class on the Boeing 747-8I

My ride to Newark — the first Boeing 747-8I (D-ABYA) to enter service commercially. Seen here from ground level! I have been lucky enough to fly a few different airlines in first class. I am referring though to international first class here, not domestic “first class.” An airline that I have been obsessed to [...]Show More Summary

Boeing posts a stunning curtain raiser to Paris Air Show

Got a few spare minutes?  Go here to see a superb YouTube of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rehearsing all the right moves for next week’s Paris Air Show. The -9 is liveried for Vietnam Airlines, and by coincidence a similarly decorated Airbus A350-900 is also said to be part of the flying display  at the [...]

US crash inquiry video sets new standards in safety reporting

America’s air crash investigator, the NTSB, has released a YouTube video summary of its findings in a 2013 cargo jet crash at Birmingham, Alabama, which could be a major advance in getting safety messages better understood and acted upon. UPS flight 1354, operated by an Airbus A300,  crashed more than 1000 metres short of its [...]

ATSB admits failing to investigate serious ATC blackout in Melbourne

Earlier this week the chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, told a Senate Estimates hearing that he had decided not to investigate a three hour radar black out at Melbourne’s main airport at Tullamarine and the nearby smaller corporate and general aviation airport at Essendon. Instead Mr Dolan explained that the ATSB had taken [...]

Kenmore Air Makes a Splash with the Wild Orca Seaplane

The Wild Orca seaplane in all its glory. Fun fact: though the DHC-3 is nearly 2x as long as an adult male orca, a fully-grown orca will weigh nearly twice as much as this plane – Photo: Lee Zerrilla | AirlineReporter At a sun-filled event, Kenmore Air unveiled the Wild Orca seaplane, a 1954 [...]Show More Summary

Airline Sampler – Part 1: Intro + My First Flight on Virgin America

Airline Sampler, heck yes – Image: Great Circle Mapper “You’re crazy!” That’s the most common reaction I get from non-AvGeeks after describing in detail one of my typical “plane crazy” trips. Unlike a normal person, my travel tends to focus not on the destination, but the journey. That is, the airlines, airplanes, airports, and [...]Show More Summary

Sex Sells Bikes, Bikes Sell Sex?

I have to admit that I don’t quite understand lingerie company Triumph’s rationale behind the publicity stunt captured on video below. Women in their underwear riding in and parading behind a pedicab down a main street in Copenhagen. Cycling is so widespread and mainstream, perhaps it helps to market the merchandise? Without doubt, the hot [...]Show More Summary

They can't go back to Ohio

One of the nastiest aspects of NIMBYism in New York City is the scapegoating of people who moved here from somewhere else. For years I've heard complaints about "people from Ohio" or "from the suburbs," and a veneration of "native New...Show More Summary

Mariners Back, with Sunday Sounder Service

Baseball season is back upon us, and with that the return of Sounder service to Sunday afternoon Mariners games. The home opener is on Monday afternoon (April 6), against the Angels, with first pitch at 1:10. The full Mariners schedule for the 2015 season is here. The full schedule of Sounder service to 2015 Mariners […]

Aerial Firefighting Part Two: The Different Planes Converted, and One Big Red Button

An AT-802F Air Tractor (check out the “fire words” on the nose) – Photo: Julian Cordle Last November, I brought you an initial introduction into the world of Aerial Firefighting. That article focused on the concept, tactics and state of aerial firefighting. I promised a second look at the aircraft of Aerial Firefighting, so [...]Show More Summary

TriMet and Metro to extend Blue Line to Central Oregon

Today, TriMet president Neil McFarlane and Metro president Tom Hughes announced the start of a new transit project, the Hood and Central Oregon Corridor.  This project, a 210-mile (338km) extension of the Blue Line, would provide light...Show More Summary

Going Above & Beyond: Taking a Flight to Nowhere to Check out Alaska Airlines’ Passenger Product

It’s not every day that you see any sort of 737 in the Museum of Flight parking lot – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Over the past few years, Alaska Airlines has been making gradual enhancements to its overall product. New seats from Recaro, in-seat power, Wi-Fi from Gogo, Starbucks coffee, and tablet-based in-flight [...]Show More Summary

“France is in the Air” Inaugural Flight to Vancouver

Air France’s inaugural Paris to Vancouver flight touches down on YVR’s Rwy 08L, just after noon on a rainy Sunday C’est magnifique! Air France’s first flight to Vancouver Internal Airport (YVR) touched down in a huge spray of water on a soggy Sunday afternoon. The Boeing 777-200ER landed on YVR’s Runway 08L, after a [...]Show More Summary

Pilots and kids views of Qantas gift landing on short runway

From the ground, and from the cockpit, the Qantas gifting of its first 747-400 to HARS, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at the tiny Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park looked sensational. As the frame from the cockpit Go Pro camera at top of page shows, the closed roadway under its wheels as it settled [...]

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