This really fun post first appeared on May 13, 2011. I laughed all over again at how funny and clever my avgeeks are. Enjoy!
Kids, today was a rotten day. I fell so behind on all my work and was pissed. So I’m on the Acela train home and checking my Twitter account. I fell smack into a game created by Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) called #AvGeekCinema.
It’s an easy game — you just take a movie title and turn it into an aviation film classic. For example, one of my submissions (I had WAY too much fun with this) was “Star (Alliance) Trek II – The Wrath of Constellation. OK, you really have to be an aviation geek to enjoy this game.
So I decided to come up with my top 35 favorites, excluding my own (I have to stop-I need to sleep). I had to stop searching after 300 entries, but I looked for clever titles or ones that made me laugh out loud. My personal favorite was from Lfboyd: Seven 47 brides for seven 47 brothers. Enjoy!!
ATC_Ben: Despicable Fee
Airlineguys: Red Eyes Wide Shut
Gwitty: The Mooney over Paradour
Ridge Legend: Gone With The Window Seat
Binky Airways: Never Say Nacelle
Marfo: Crouching Tiger Hidden Lounge Dragon
Charles022: Schindlers Standby List
Chicofrostie: Three Men and a BMI Baby
MaxPilot: the Dakota Wears Prada
Spaetow: The Hurt Overhead Locker
Fresh1angel: Sex in the Citation
Dansleezer: Boeing John Malkovic
Avspook: Taliban vs Predator
SamStratton: How the WestJet Was Won
Toshiba_Bill: Aisle Be Home for Christmas
DTWScott: My Fare Lady
Derekschatz: A310 to Yuma
IvnHwk: The Unbearable Light of Boeing
Flyddw: Prop Shaft (he’s a bad mother, shut yo mouf)
Douglas_Clark: The KingAir and I
Geekygirlau: the Thin Red Line Maintenance
Hharteveldt: JetBlue Velvet
Gingertotty: Meet the Fokkers
Boeingairplanes: The African Queen of the Skies
Airport_girl: the Cockpit and the Pendulum
Migmarqs: The Eternal Sunshine of a Low-cost Airline
NYCAviation: men in black boxes
Adam Johnson285: Me, Myself and Iran Air
Hnrarebirds: Silence of the NOTAMs
Pubspotter: The Chronicles of Narita
LandingShort: Deice Age
TheGrandVizer: There’s Something About Mary (Kirby)
Eddyfp: I know what you flew last summer
Widestance: White Men Can’t Jumpseat
And @Flightblogger says it perfectly: #AvGeekCinema is proof enough that the aviation community online is alive, well and thriving! Amen!
Have you seen the April issue of Airline Passenger Experience magazine? Editor Mary Kirby has been hitting it out of the park with great content, with stories on the science of aircraft boarding, the fun of onboard retail therapy and the ongoing debate on paid versus free WiFi. Full disclosure — I have a ball writing a regular column for the magazine (this month, I review the food offerings in JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK Airport).
Former FlightGlobal reporter Jon Ostrower hit the ground running in his new gig as the aerospace beat reporter for the Wall Street Journal a day early, writing about how tornadoes in Wichita affected aircraft and aerospace manufacturers.
My flight instructor, Alyssa Miller, has a great job. She spent this week writing for the AOPA Pilot Blog about a major photo shoot of the timed departure of 20 B-25 World War II bombers.
Was everyone else geeking out over the last “flight” of the space orbiter Discovery as it made its way to the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space museum yesterday? I saw a lot of great photos, but the one shot by Steve Trimbleof FlightGlobal (from his office in Old Town Alexandria, Va.) was by far the best I saw.
I know we all have to get paid, but one has to question the timing of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. Weeks before the carrier filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection on April 2, its board gave two top executives healthy pay raises even as it was asking for employee paycuts, reports USA Today. Maybe the raises were justified, but the timing was not good.
I had to take a flight out of my hometown BWI Airport on Saturday at the crack of dawn. I was surprised at how crowded both security checkpoints were in Concourse A. But I saw a small sign posting about a new security line on the baggage claim level. I scooted down, and the line was practically empty. I had a good laugh with four other folks who saw me leave and followed me downstairs. So check and see if your airport has lower level security lines!
I’ll end this rant with the video clip, below. Mary “Runway Girl” Kirby left FlightGlobal in December and Jon “Flightblogger” Ostrower left last week. But I always enjoyed their videos from the major air shows. So enjoy their last one, from the Paris Air Show in 2011.
Jon Ostrower, aka @Flightblogger strikes again! I was out of pocket on Jan. 13, 2012, so I missed Jon trotting out a great #avgeek hashtag and letting the community go to town. Since I couldn’t join in the fun, below is my list of the top 10 entries. Enjoy!
The Jaunted blog summed it up nicely: The best Twitter hashtag this week: #ThingsAvGeeksSay! http://bit.ly/xtnuB4 And if you enjoyed this, check out my post on Jon’s last effort, #avgeek theater: http://bit.ly/kRwGVs
Now up – some interesting stories from last week’s aviation news, for your reading pleasure. And this is my 200th post! W00T!! Enjoy!
Did you guys see Jon Ostrower’s coverage of last week’s ANA launch of Boeing 787 service? If you didn’t, check it out here, on his Flightblogger page. He covered this event so closely I was surprised he didn’t actually pilot that Tokyo-Hong Kong flight!
I’m breaking a little rule with this story, which came from Germany’s Der Spiegel on Oct. 20, entitled “Lufthansa ‘Can No Longer Be Top Dog Everywhere’.” In a long-ranging interview, Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz, whose airline has been on a buying spree in the past 10 years, says that factors are forcing the carrier to focus more on European operations.
Jay Evensen, a writer for the editorial board Deseret News, writes about how the Transportation Security Administration’s efforts to scan for guns is lacking in a nation that carries them regularly — even occasionally getting them past airport security checkpoints.
I’m catching up again with my Airplane Geeks episodes, but I really enjoyed Max Flight’s Episode 169.5, a series of short snippets from the recent 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit. Take the hour to listen — the time really flies by!
Editor’s note: I’m in Oshkosh, Wis., this week for the EAA AirVenture show, so I’m pulling out some best-of. We’re always looking for that great travel/aviation/airline blog to read. Below are 10 among the many I read. This post originally appeared on Jan. 25. Enjoy!
I have been an avid reader since age 2 (I swear – and my Dad will confirm it). I read books, magazines, cereal boxes, billboards and just about anything else with letters. And for someone who loves to read as much as I do, the Google Reader is a godsend.
I have myriad interests, and the Google Reader allows me to get feeds from blogs covering those interests: aviation, business aviation, journalism, multimedia and social media. So let’s take a look in my Aviation folder so I can tell you some of the blogs you should be reading. This is by NO means my complete list, and the list below is in no particular order.
CrankyFlier – Brett Snyder is the little brother I never wanted but got stuck with anyway (I say that with love in my heart). But seriously, Brett writes a humorous, yet informative blog on the whimsies of the airline business. He offers a take that only someone who became a travel agent at age 12 and had his grandmother book a hotel at Los Angeles International Airport so he could watch the planes. And bonus – he also writes about travel over at BNET.
Delta/JetBlue/Southwest blogs – When airlines jumped into blogging, I was a bit apprehensive, because I’ve seen some really bad corporate blogs that had no personality, only regurgitating the latest talking points. All three of these carriers tapped their own employees, who bring their unique voices to these blogs making them actual must-reads. Delta gets bonus points for ANY post from archives manager Marie Force and Southwest gets the same for Flashback Friday posts!
Air Transparency – I heard airline employee Jesse Ziglar speak on an episode of the Airplane Geeks podcast and I was hooked. Ziglar works his magic by explaining the good, the bad and the ugly of how the airlines work – in language my 5-year-old daughter can understand. His topics include weather delays, the tarmac delay rule, deicing aircraft and crew uniforms.
Chris Elliott’s Elliott.org – I wonder when Chris ever finds time to sleep, with writing this website and writing on consumer travel issues for National Geographic, Tribune Media Service, the Washington Post, MSNBC, USA Today and CNN.com, among others.
PlaneBusines Banter/Plane Buzz – The subscriber-based Banter and free Buzz are both penned by Holly Hegeman, who offers her own unique humorous/serious take on the business of airlines. I’ve been reading her since she was the airlines analyst for The Motley Fool, and I take her work seriously enough to pay for my own subscription to the Banter.
The TSA Blog – before I moved over to the business aviation beat, I wrote about airports and airport security. When one of the public affairs folks gave me a call almost three years ago to pitch me on the blog launch, I admit I was HIGHLY skeptical. I thought the blog would read like the old Soviet government update reports. I was wrong, and continue to admit it. This blog has done a lot to put a human face on an agency that’s more vilified than the IRS. Blogger Bob and his team have done a good job in explaining, as much as possible, what TSA does and why. Bonus points for allowing comments and taking the time to answer as many as possible.
Swelblog/Swelbar on Airlines – Bill Swelbar is a Research Engineer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation. He gets into the weeds — but always interesting — on airline/aviation policy. A recent post, “Unbundling, Rebundling and Now De-Commoditization,” he breaks down how the airlines have been forced to adapt in things including how they sell tickets and how to keep passengers loyal to their brand.
I’m Black And I Travel – One, because I’m both. Blog owner Greg Gross and I are kindred spirits, letting the world know of our travels and expounding on the joys of travel from our own personal experiences. And Greg has given me access to a large community of black travel bloggers, which has helped me expand my own network.
RickSeaney.com – If you want to keep up with air fares, Rick is your guy. He’s the CEO of FareCompare.com, created to keep track of airfares for airlines worldwide. You can also watch fares from your hometown via Twitter. What’s not to love?
So that’s my list. What are you reading? I’m always looking to add to my folder! Also, in the next few weeks, I plan on doing a reader question edition of this blog. So if you any questions, now is the time to start submitting them. Thanks!