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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
1:54 pm
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Monday, November 9th, 2009
9:23 am
[timaldo]
Some adventure in Ufa city (Russian Federation). “sunset under the sky”
Hi you all! I'm Tim, I’m traveller. Sometimes I travel on my country and create short movies.
I want to show you some amazing video.



Ufa is...Collapse )

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Sunday, October 25th, 2009
11:55 pm
[lucy_chronicles]
Montreal and Toronto
using the freebie ticket to fly in, spend a few days in Montreal then train into Toronto, fly out of there back home.

any museums, sites, areas/neighborhoods, hikes etc. i should see that are not covered by major travel mags in the area or website info? your fav's having been there?

appreciated as i leave tues nite!

and meanwhile, enjoy a few pics from home - Vegas' new erotic heritage museum. must see just for the 'wow' factor and gets you off the strip for awhile. ;-0

Friday, October 9th, 2009
11:01 pm
[lucy_chronicles]
Where to go w/ free North American plane ticket from Vegas and 4-5 days time... ?
Suggestions sought for a soon to be Expat of the USA, 'native' citizen. I have enough Frequent Flier miles now on United to fly anywhere in the continental US. I'm thinking get the heck out over Thanksgiving or Xmas week, avoid the family drama and enjoy my time left in-country.

CONTEXT:
I live in Las Vegas, have traveled most of the West Coast, grew up on the Mason Dixon line so have seen all of the Midwest (lived in Chicago, grew up near St. Louis), Texas, Atlanta & around, New Orleans, Tennessee major cities, some time in Cleveland (not really fond of Ohio either) West coast of Florida etc. I've worked through my 'kill list' having driven Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Wyoming, did all of Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, NW including Seattle, Portland etc. and of course all the areas around Vegas including the Grand Canyon several times (pic below - North Rim best ;-) I haven't seen much of the East Coast other than some time in Boston for a family wedding, NYC i've done several times. The typical modus operandi for seeing these areas have been 3-4 day weekend trips built-in w/ business over the course of 7-8 years. Neither do I really consider it a 'vacation' to spend time w/ my relatives (doing-time is more like it! ;-) I don't really have any further cities here on my 'must do' list beyond Spokane to Co'r delane Idaho which is lower on the list. (Lived in San Fran, worked in L.A., did California thoroughly when I was stuck in it.)

The first thought was back to Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis but I've missed it until March/April. It is further booked for 'freebie' tickets Nov, Dec. and most of January to and from Anchorage. So... where to go? I'm not fond of extreme cold and am more likely to hike a museum inside than a trail in the snow. Keeping it cheap is required while on unemployment and finishing graduate school.

Where to?

Washington D.C. - flown through, never spent any time there, can stay in youth hostel cheap, use public trans so no car rental needed. Plane tickets in and out over Thanksgiving easier than Xmas which I'm also told can be problematic w/ snow blizzards.

Can the same be said of Montreal or Toronto? I haven't seen that area of Canada (done Vancouver a few times, Salt Island, Victoria) though have thought about it for years. I'd also like to get out of the country for a bit. My other thought was a quick trip up and back to Calgary but that may be more outdoors/spring and w/ a car to go to Baniff, lakes etc. It's also pretty cheap here and I don't want to 'waste' a full anywhere/ticket so wish to get the most air/gas for my freebie-buck. ;-)

What about Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Raleigh/Durham or Philly?

Thoughts appreciated...


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
1:08 pm
[lucy_chronicles]
Swine Flu Scare will be used as precedent for more big gov
Cross posted to the natural living site as well. Rest of the article HERE: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-warns-swine-flu-scare-will-be-used-as-precedent-for-more-big-government.html
along w/ the original 70's gov promo video encouraging people to take the vaccine - which ultimately paralyzed several hundred people.
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“Step back and think for a minute before rushing and panicking” is the message coming from Texas Congressman Ron Paul who has warned that the swine flu scare will once again be used as a precedent for big government intrusion.

“It makes me think back to 1976, the first year I served in the Congress,” Paul has said in a video update. “We had a vote on the swine flu. Back then there was panic, they said it was going to sweep the nation and they rapidly came up with some flu shots and the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster.”

“It turned out that our instincts were correct.” the Congressman, also a medical physician, commented. “Not only did we think that the government should be involved in making medical decisions… but the flu came, the flu went and one person died, except for those individuals that died from getting the flu vaccine.”

Earlier this week we reported on the events of 1976, highlighting the fact that this last significant outbreak of swine flu in the U.S. originated at the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

President Gerald Ford and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (a man who has long standing intimate ties with the big pharma companies that have and will reap millions in profits from these scares) instituted a mass nationwide vaccination program. More than 40 million people were vaccinated. However, the program was stopped short after over 500 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe paralyzing nerve disease, were reported. Officially 30 people died as a direct result of the vaccinations, though the real figure is generally thought to have been much higher.

At the time Congressman Ron Paul was one of only two representatives to vote down the vaccination program. His comments were recorded in the book Swine Flu Expose, by Eleanora I. McBean, Ph.D., N.D.

Paul described the move as “a shocking misuse of funds …and an evil political maneuver”, “blatant advertising efforts to panic the people into taking Swine Flu shots will fail.” Paul said.



Other - since I'm up late calling Asia job hunting, I listen to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM. Last Night he had all the Swine Flu experts - biologists to alternative media. They succinctly think this is bioengineering to rid us of Hispanic folks and a tactic to divert attention from what's really going on. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but given history repeating itself, will be it is a diversion ploy and will NOT be taking anything other than more vitamins - EVEN when traveling via plane to Asia in 2 1/2 weeks.

|-P
Friday, April 24th, 2009
4:37 pm
[lucy_chronicles]
Hostels in Singapore and Hong Kong
Any recommendations beyond what i'm finding from general google search?

Will be there in May 6 days 1st, 4 days next city. relocating there in June so will need a 2+ week situation after i return.

thoughts and experiences, links appreciated.


Thanks!
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
1:21 am
[mysticblossom]
Silly question, but I'm still worried
Hello, all.  I'm taking my first solo transatlantic trip in May to England.  Super excited :3  I've booked my own flights before, just never out of country.  Anyway, I'm usually very good about checking my details before sending them, but I'm getting to midterms and parts of my brain just aren't firing as well as they usually do, because when I went to take a quick look at my details today, I notice I had spelled my street name wrong.  >_<  Not horribly mangled, mind you, just "Videmont" instead of "Viewmont."  The information isn't even on the e-ticket that was sent to me, but me and my paranoid self are worried that when they scan my ticket my info will pop up, and if the address in their system doesn't exactly match the address on my passport, I won't be able to fly.

Does anyone know whether or not this is a valid concern, or should I contact the airline just to be safe?  Oh, and for the sake of details, I have booked through Icelandair.  Many thanks, loves!

x-posted a couple of other places
Sunday, March 1st, 2009
10:58 pm
[lucy_chronicles]
Cheap passage to Singapore and Hong Kong
Forgive if this is prohibited, does anybody have a travel agency or consolidator service to recommend to get my butt from vegas to singapore and on to hong kong (or reverse) and back hom in mid to end of April?

Inquiring minds moving overseas want to know...
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
9:15 pm
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Friday, January 30th, 2009
3:43 pm
[ukrainiansrvice]
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Thursday, September 4th, 2008
1:53 pm
[flyingwithfish]
Free WiFi Worldwide (well sort of)
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

4/09/2008 – Free WiFi Worldwide (well sort of)

Love Starbucks or hate Starbucks, they are everywhere. With stores in 54 countries, spanning four continents and a sub-continent, it is hard to not spot a Starbucks. Throughout most Starbucks locations you can find public WiFi spots to sit down, log on and surf the web.

How does any of this tie into getting free WiFi around the world? Simple, sign up for Starbucks Card Rewards and you can activate your card with two free hours of WiFi per day at Starbucks.

In the United States this offer is through AT&T, despite the vast majority of Starbucks locations still primarily offering T-Mobile WiFi hotspots. While the offer may vary from country to country, Starbucks customer service tells me the ability to access your two free hours per day should be available to all Starbucks Card Rewards users who use their Starbucks.com account and use that account to log on.

The cost of the Starbucks Card Rewards? Free. Want to customize your card? It is US$4.00. You can top-up the card, you can leave it bare, but you can still get your 2 hours of WiFi free per day. The only catch is that you muse use your Starbucks card at lease once per month.

Last week I came home and found a greeting card containing a personalized Starbucks Card Rewards card in my mailbox. What does my card have on it? A picture of 'me' holding a passport in a city.

While I do not drink coffee, I find myself in Starbucks all over the world.......almost always sitting down to log on and use the internet. From Frankfurt to Hong Kong, I have always been able to find a store when I want to read the news, send an e-mail home or transmit photos to clients via an FTP site.

Want your 2 hours of free WiFi daily at Starbucks? Order yours here: www.starbucks.com/card

Below are a few photos of my Starbucks card......and one of my Starbucks travel mug with my 'Fish Family' drawn on it.

Happy Flying!

--Click Images To Enlarge Them--



Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
8:13 am
[flyingwithfish]
iPhone 'App' Of The Week : Coolgorilla's Talking French Phrasebook
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

3/09/2008 – iPhone 'App' Of The Week : Coolgorilla's Talking French Phrasebook

With my enjoyment of Lonely Planet's Mandarin Audio Phrasebook (which I reviewed *HERE*) I set out to find other language translation 'Apps' for my iPhone. While looking at a variety of language options, for not only the iPhone but also ink-and-paper phrase books and instructional software, I found myself downloading Coolgorilla's Talking French Phrasebook.

Much like Lonely Planet's audio phrase books, Coolgorilla's talking phrasebooks are equally easy to scroll through to find the phrase you're looking for and effective in practice while on the road. The phrase categories are broken down into sub-categories. Inside each sub-category you'll find the phrase you are looking for. I was easily able to find the bathroom and explain that my baggage had not arrived while quickly scrolling through the Coolgorilla Talking French Phrasebook.

For those not comfortable in attempting to speak a foreign language (or in my case butchering a language) you can both find your phrase and show someone your comment/question in their native language or you can click the audio icon and play and audio clip of your comment/question. I generally attempt to speak (butcher) the language, but sometimes the audio clip is extremely helpful!

There is some overlap between both the Lonely Planet Audio Phrasebook and the Coolgorilla Talking Phrasebook, however they each have their own strengths, and in some areas there is no overlap in languages. Having used the Coolgorilla Talking French Phrasebook I'm now off to download the Coolgorilla Talking German Phrasebook as I start looking at a possible flight through Frankfurt, Germany.

Below are five photos that walk you through the steps of using Coolgorilla's Talking French Phrasebook on your iPhone.

Happy Flying!

--Click Images Below To Enlarge Them--










8:00 am
[flyingwithfish]
Southwest Airlines Moves To Cashless In-flight Sales Only
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

3/09/2008 – Southwest Airlines Moves To Cashless In-flight Sales Only

Next Tuesday, the 9th of September, Southwest Airlines will allow you to keep your 'Fives-&-Singles' in your wallet when you ‘Move About The Country. ‘

In an effort to make in-flight purchases easier for passengers, and streamline the in-flight operations for flight attendants, the airline has chosen to answer their customers’ requests to be able to use credit cards in flight. The twist in this is that Southwest Airlines will move exclusively to credit cards and debit cards and no longer accept cash.

Considering that Southwest Airlines will continue to serve soda, juice, pretzels and peanuts at no charge, I see the move to cashless in-flight services for those seeking to purchase alcoholic drinks and Monster Energy drinks as reasonable and actually favourable.

I'd like to see other airlines accept credit cards in-flight for buy-on-board meals (some already do). It would stimulate passengers in-flight purchases, which would in turn generate revenue for airlines......so maybe they'll drop other fees, like the outrageous charges for checking a first bag (Southwest Airlines still allows for the first two bags to be checked at no charge).

Happy Flying!
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
3:01 pm
[flyingwithfish]
American Airlines Puts WiFi In The Sky
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

2/09/2008 – American Airlines Puts WiFi In The Sky


Last Wednesday, the 27th of August, an American Airlines (AA) Boeing 767-223 (762) closed up its forward cabin door, the jetway pulled away from the AA 762 at JFK International Airport's Terminal 8, in New York. As the ramp-tug slowly pushed the aircraft back from Gate 35 there was a quick stop, the tug disconnected and the American Airlines 762 turned right onto ‘Tango,’ left onto 'Alpha' and slowly made its way to runway 13-Right. As the aircraft started down the runway there were some excited techno-business travelers that were getting giddy, excited about their 6 hour and 19 minute flight to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Why were there some excited techno-savvy business travelers onboard? This flight was the day American Airlines launched their in-flight WiFi services for all passengers on-board.

AA launched this service, 'GoGo', on their domestic 767-200 fleet that services the high traffic New York-Los Angeles and New York-San Francisco routes. American Airlines has long since been the industry leader in providing simple business friendly amenities in all classes of service, most notable being in-seat power on all their mainline aircraft (DC power, using a standard automobile cigarette lighter plug), and this launch puts them significantly ahead of Delta Airlines and Virgin America who also service this high traffic route. American AA's primary competitor on this route, United Airlines, has not announced any intention to offer in-flight WiFi on their JFK-LAX/SFO sub-fleet of 757-200 "PS" aircraft.

The cost of the unlimited in-flight WiFi is $12.95. Unlike other airlines that have in-flight e-mail and messaging, this service will allow you to use your laptop or PDA in WiFi mode to work in a normal mode during your flight. VOIP will not be enabled with the service (no airlines intend to allow VOIP)

Back on the 17th of May 2004 Boeing introduced "Connexion" that was installed in both Boeing and Airbus aircraft to allow WiFi to the flying public. The original intention of Boeing Connexion was to primarily service high-traffic North American business routes. Instead of being installed primarily on North American aircraft it was installed by a variety of European and Asian carriers on long-haul international routes, without a single North American carrier picking up this option. With few airlines installing Connexion service, it was discontinued on the 31st of December 2006. Personally, I enjoyed using Boeing Connexion on Lufthansa and Korean Air.......so I am glad to see WiFi return to the skies.

Will this new service sway my airline choice to AA? That remains to be seen, as the WiFi is only on limited routes (although one I fly often) and does not service any of my three local 'home' airports.

So for those of you in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, who enjoy surfing will you fly, you now have an option to be production while in-flight!

Happy Flying!




PS: For those of you who use your travel time to relax....... there are plenty of other airlines that fly these routes
11:23 am
[flyingwithfish]
Airline & Airport Terminology Glossary 101
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

2/09/2008 – Airline & Airport Terminology Glossary 101

Some of the most interesting questions I receive from the readers of Flying With Fish involve the simple question of "what are they saying?"

I received one such question last week that prompted me to start a 'short glossary' for 'PA jargon.' The e-mail that inspired this post reads the following:

"I fly a few times a month for work. On each flight I always hear the flight crew announcing '1L 1R, 2L 2R' on the overhead. This evening I heard all the way up to '5L 5R' overhead. How many Ls and Rs do planes have? - Lori"

First off, I have to assume that Lori was flying a Boeing 747-400 (744) that has 10 exit doors downstairs and 2 exit doors upstairs, or a Boeing 777-300 (773) that has 10 exit doors.

Why do I assume they were flying one of the Boeing 744 or 773 aircraft and not the Airbus A380-800 (A388) that has 10 downstairs and 6 upstairs? Because anyone who has ever e-mailed me after flying an Airbus A388 usually starts their e-mail with "While flying on the Airbus A380.....etc etc etc etc).

So Lori, in short, the most you will hear currently on any overhead PA system is 8Ls and 8Rs on the Airbus A380-800. The number of exit doors on an aircraft is dictated by the size of the aircraft.

........so what does "1L 1R" mean? Simple, this is the flight attendants responding an 'All-Call' to verify that they have checked the door emergency and they are set for arrival or departure. All the doors on a plane are 'armed' and need to be 'armed' to depart and 'disarmed' for arrival. So when you hear "1L 1R" you are hearing "Door #1 Left and Door #1 Right" are checked and ready.



Since airline gate agents and flights crews often use language passengers may not be familiar with as they address the flying public, I have decided to define a few of the most commonly asked terminology questions I am asked.

ATC: Air Traffic Control. Air Traffic Control can be a tower at the airport you are departing from, a tower at the airport you're headed to, or an air traffic control center in the middle of no-where watching a huge swatch of sky keeping aircraft safely traveling through air.

BoB: BoB is 'Buy-on-Board. BoB is a relatively new term to be used by flight attendants, it is rarely used directly to passengers directly, but it can be heard in the galley in reference to the meals and drinks passengers can purchase in-flight.

Captain: The person in the cockpit sitting in the Left Seat with 4-stripes on their shoulder epaulets. The Captain is in charge, in flight their have command of the aircraft and everything on board.

Control Tower: The Control Tower is often referred to as simply 'The Tower. The Tower oversees an airport's aircraft movements. These movements are not only on the ground, but also include inbound aircraft and departing aircraft.

Cross Check: This is used by both the captain and first officer and the cabin crew. Cross checking is simply one person on the crew verifying another person on the crew's actions. When doors are armed/disarmed by one crewmember they are 'cross checked' by another crewmember.

Equipment: Equipment is a 'technical' term for 'the plane' (I will not be defining 'plane,' 'airplane' or 'aircraft'). When you hear 'There has been an equipment change,' it usually means 'your plane isn't available' or 'your intended plane is broken.'

First Officer: The person in the cockpit sitting in the Right Seat with 3-stripes on their shoulder epaulets. The First Officer, often referred to as the co-pilot (both the captain and first officer are both obviously pilots), is the second in command of the aircraft and everything on-board it.

Gatehouse: The Gatehouse is the boarding area. I have never seen a house (or a gate for that matter), at the Gatehouse, so I have no idea where the term comes from. I usually just refer to the boarding area as 'The Gate."

Ground Stop: A Ground Stop is simply a stoppage of all flights into a certain area. If you are traveling to an airport that has become so congested with air traffic that it needs to clear out some space before new aircraft can depart for that airport, they can issue a 'ground stop.' A ground stop is like your sink filling with water, even when your drain is open. You can watch the water going down the drain while simultaneously filling up. You need to slow the water, or turn it off before you can lower the water level in the sink.

Flight Closed: When you see your flight flashing "Closed" you have missed your flight. Once a flight has Closed, the door is shut, the gate agent is standing at the end of the Jetway steering it away from the aircraft so it can 'push back.'

Flight Crew: The Captain, First Officer and your flight attendants (Cabin Crew) are your Flight Crew.

Flight Deck: The Flight Deck is a fancy word for 'The Cockpit'

Final Boarding: Final Boarding means that if you have not handed your boarding pass to the gate agent, crossed through the door and made your way down the Jetway, you've missed your flight. When you see your flight flashing "Final" you need to RUN.

Holding Pattern: "We're being placed into a Holding Pattern" This is an announcement that everyone hates. A Holding Pattern is when aircraft are sent into loops circling their destination, or just outside their destination, until a landing slot is available for them to land at the airport.

Jetway: The Jetway is also referred to as an Aerobridge, Boarding Bridge or Jet Bridge. The Jetway is the 'tunnel' you walk down that connects the terminal to the aircraft.

Paperwork: Paperwork, as in "we're just waiting on some paperwork." This is when the Captain and First Officer are waiting on paperwork they need to close up the aircraft and 'push back.' Paperwork is usually out of the hands of the flight crew, so the flight crew is stuck waiting, just like the passengers, for the ground crew to deliver the 'Paperwork.'

Push: Push is also 'Push Back.' An aircraft 'pushing' is usually quite literally a 'tug' or 'tractor' pushing the aircraft back from the terminal. Aircraft can push back by reverse thrusting their engines, but that wastes a lot of fuel, it is extremely loud and it is easier to maneuver an aircraft by pushing it backwards as the crew in the cockpit cannot see backwards to steer themselves around other aircraft.

Ramp: Originally 'The Ramp' was an area outside of a water where aircraft parked. Since I don't see many seaplanes landing at major commercial airports these days, we'll go with the modern definition of 'ramp'..........the area surrounding the terminals and jetways, excluding the taxiway and runway, where aircraft and airport vehicles operate.

Wheels Up Time: An aircraft's 'Wheels Up' time is the time the aircraft is scheduled to be airborne. When there are delays it is common to hear he Captain announce a 'Wheels Up Time," this is when they expect to be on the runway with the aircraft traveling at a high rate of speed and the aircraft's wheels are no longer in contact with the ground.


Hopefully this simple glossary helps you further understand what is being announced around you as your fly the friendly skies.

Happy Flying!

Monday, September 1st, 2008
4:15 pm
[flyingwithfish]
Cathay Pacific Lets You Experience Landing At Some Of The World's Greatest Airports
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

1/09/2008 – Cathay Pacific Lets You Experience Landing At Some Of The World's Greatest Airports

Have you ever wondered what it looked like to peer out of the cockpit of a Boeing 777-300 as it approached New York's JFK airport? Have you ever wanted to look out the cockpit window of a Boeing 747-400 as it approached one of the steepest and most dangerous airports in the world (Hong Kong's old Kai Tak airport)? Well now you can.........sort of.

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) has recently added an interesting online experience for visitors to its interactive web site. This feature allows you to go into a flight simulator with CX's Captains and First Officers as they train for landings in the Boeing 747-400 and 777-300 simulators.

While it is fun to watch to the arrivals through the simulator cockpit window at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG), New York's JFK (JFK), Sydney's Kingsford Smith International (SYD), London Heathrow (LHR) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the real thrill to be able to watch both day time and night time approaches into the now abandoned Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport.

Why is watching the approach from a pilots point of view into the old Kai Tak International Airport so thrilling? Because the approach into this airport was amazing, world famous and appeared to be a controlled "suicide dive” towards the airport.

The end of Runway 13 (the end most aircraft landed from) had a slight problem with direct approaches, the heavily populated area of Western Kowloon, the crowded Victoria Harbour and the minor inconvenience of a Mountain Range (who builds a runway in the middle of a busy international harbour and facing a mountain range? I have no idea).

Pilots would need to fly fairly low looking for a red-and-white 'checker-board' sign facing up at them from the ground then make a very steep right turn less than 2 miles from the runway, followed by a final right turn at an altitude of less than 700 feet.

Sounds challenging, right? Now add in the normal inconsistent cross-winds coming down off a mountain range into a large busy shipping harbour and you might get the idea of why watching landings at the old Kai Tak Airport were SPECTACULAR!

So want to experience landing at Kai Tak for yourself from the front seat of a Boeing 747-400 on a steep downward approach?

Check out the Cathay Pacific Experience here: www.cathaypacific.aero/index_en.html

When watching the video watch the incredible steep turn in the approach guidance lights on the ground!

Happy Flying!

--Click The Images Below To View Footage Of An Approach into Kai Tak Airport--

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
11:03 am
[flyingwithfish]
Travel Planning & Natural Disasters
Web: www.flyingwithfish.com -- E-Mail: fish@flyingwithfish.com

30/08/2008 – Travel Planning & Natural Disasters

As many people in North America watch the weather on the television they cannot help but notice Hurricane Gustav taking aim at New Orleans just three years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.

As this potential repeat natural disaster potentially plays out I'd like to address travel planning in regions as they face immediate natural disasters. When I covered Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, flying into New Orleans was almost as challenging as flying out of New Orleans. The challenges in finding a flight, a rental car and lodging were significant.

First off, when looking at planning travel to a potentially affected area you need to asses the importance of your trip. If you are traveling for pleasure or routine business, reschedule your trip. If you have an 'essential role' or you are a journalist you need to look at your options and your resources. As you plan your flights, you may need to fly a hundred miles, or more, away, to find in-bound flights. Airlines start canceling flight and shifting schedules to make sure they have no aircraft caught in the wake of a hurricane.

Outside of flights, rental cars can be hard to find in a city about to be hit by a storm. If you need to be in a city, such as New Orleans, you may need to fly into Baton Rouge or Dallas to get a rental car, as rental car companies often try and move their fleets prior to a potential catastrophic event to reduce their loss of their assets.

If you are in, or around, an area about to be affected by a major natural disaster and you need to leave, you need to know airfares will be rising. Airfares rise due to all the seats being sold out and airlines minimizing capacity just before a hurricane. It is not uncommon for airlines to stop servicing a city at least 48 hours before the expected storm to affect the area. This allows an airline to not only move their aircraft, but also move their staff out of the potential disaster zone.

Once a storm, or natural disaster has occurred, travel to a specific area can be a serious challenge. With New Orleans for example, flying into New Orleans may not only be a challenge, but flying into an airport such as Dallas-Ft Worth or Houston's Intercontinental Airports may be difficult. While these airports are 300 miles and 450 miles from New Orleans, they will play major roles in staging, relief and evacuation from the potential disaster zone. With aircraft flying additional aircraft to surrounding areas the airspace and ground space gets congested. While many flyers only factor in passenger flights, you need to also keep in mind that freight and cargo airlines must continue to fly, and at times fly additional aircraft into a region to keep business and relief efforts going. Outside of these additional aircraft, military aircraft may also use nearby regional airports as potential staging points.

If you have critical business in an area within approximately 400 miles from a potential disaster zone, you may need to adjust your travel plans. While seats may be available on flights, rental cars may not be available and you need to account for potential delays in flight schedules.

I know this is over simplified, but with a potential major disaster about to happen to a city that has already been nearly washed away once before in the past three years, I wanted to put this basic information up for as a reference point for journalists who will potentially find themselves in the region in the coming days.

Remember this. If you choose to travel to an affected region and you decide it is time to go home, you may find yourself at the end of the line for evacuation.

Happy Flying!
Friday, August 29th, 2008
12:15 am
[flyingwithfish]
iPhone 'App' Of The Week : Currency
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29/08/2008 – iPhone 'App' Of The Week : Currency

Not all useful iPhone 'Apps' have whiz-bang features and tons of options. Some very useful iPhone 'Apps' are straightforward, simple and singular in purpose, which is why this week I'll be discussing the simplistic nature of 'Currency.'

'Currency' is an exchange rate tool ideal for anyone who travels, or who needs to quickly review foreign currencies. The set-up of the Currency 'app' allows you to add and delete currencies and set a 'Master Currency' (mine is obviously set to US$)

The one function the iPhone Currency 'App' is missing is that of a rate calculator. I'd like to quickly be able to figure out a total cost, so I am still looking at other currency converter 'apps,' but for the total cost of FREE from the iTunes App Store, I'm quite happy with the Currency 'App.'

Below are two images of the Currency 'App' on my iPhone

Happy Flying!

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12:13 am
[flyingwithfish]
Choosing Your Lenses When Traveling : Your Shoulders Will
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29/08/2008 - Choosing Your Lenses When Traveling : Your Shoulders Will
Thank You

This post is being posted for me, as I am no where near an internet
connection, but I've been having fun playing with the Flip Video Camera I
figured I'd get someone to post this entry for me in advance.

In this third installment of Flying With Fish Video I discuss choosing
your lens selection to cut down on space and weight. I know photographers
are always tempted to pack everything. I know when I have packed for
shoots in far away places I have looked at my bag and wonder 'how will I
knock 10 lenses down to four?'

It can be hard to make the tough choices in lens selection, but when you
assess your actual needs, whether packing for business or pleasure, you'll
find that not only will your back and shoulder thank you, but you'll be
able to work quicker and more effectively.

Happy Flying!


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12:12 am
[flyingwithfish]
Choosing Your Cameras For Traveling
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29/08/2008 - Choosing Your Cameras For Traveling

This week should be a 'light week' for posting on Flying With Fish and somehow this is my third post for the week. This post is also the second installment of Flying With Fish Video.

In this installment of Flying With Fish Video I discuss choosing your camera body selection for traveling. Many photographers purchase mismatched, or incompatible, camera bodies which forces them to pack excess weight and use valuable space in their bags, while traveling. In this video I'll go through choosing 'matched cameras' to add to save you space and weight while also making your experience in the field with your cameras easier.

Happy Flying!

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