27 February 2006
I read a tattered paperback copy of "God Is My Co-Pilot" when I was ten. At that age, I thought that flying a P-40 in combat had to be one of the most exciting and intense things anybody could ever do. I still do.
Maybe it's time to read the book again -- not just because the author has left us, but because it truly is an interesting, inspiring story, and a reminder of how great the "greatest generation" was.
23 February 2006
I'm fascinated by clouds, unusual meteorology, and the sky in general. I could live my entire life looking down on this beautiful planet, and I feel sorry for those who rarely, if ever, get to see it from aloft. A common theme in my ground-bound photography lately has been the discovery of repeating patterns, and I've even found this theme in clouds. A beautiful example is found in this photo of "cloud streets" along the Irish coast, which I took recently on a trip from Paris to San Francisco. [Click photo to enlarge...]
20 February 2006
Often, Air Traffic controllers will point out impending closures like this. They try to give the pilots of each airplane a "heads-up" a minute or more before the event. Thanks to today's super-accurate GPS and INS navigation systems, aircraft following established airways often cross each other's paths with little or no lateral offset, a fact that allows me to attempt to get photos like this quite often. In the "old days" of VOR-only radio navigation, such crossings were much more rare.
15 February 2006
03 February 2006
02 February 2006
I'm proud of all the United employees who slogged through what will go down in history as one of the largest and most costly bankruptcies in U.S. corporate history. It also resulted in the largest pension default in history, setting an appalling standard for all other domestic airlines to follow.
I hope United's leaders will not squander or take for granted the incredible sacrifices made by their employees over the past four years. United's front-line employees were, in my opinion, not just instrumental in rescuing the company from oblivion, but almost totally responsible for it. We'll see if that fact is remembered at contract time in 2009.
Ah, flying. What a romantic endeavor...