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Plane De-icing, Up Close

I shot this from my window seat yesterday afternoon at a de-icing station at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. I felt like we were already in the clouds. It was even colder and icier in Chicago a couple hours later where the mercury dipped to 0 F, or -18 C. Fresh off a 13-hour flight, I arrived in Doha today late afternoon local time, where the closest…
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Moonjet

I was playing with the low light photo settings on my video camera earlier this evening, mainly to see if I could get a somewhat adequate shot of the…
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Following the Grimsvotn ash cloud

I have quite a few flights scheduled over the next 10 days so am trying to watch the Grimsvotn ash cloud closely. Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, is doing a pretty good job with updates via twitter. Check it out. 500 flights have been cancelled today, primarily in UK and northern Germany. To give that…
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Germanwings coffee

Isn’t really all that good. But how important are onboard purchase to these low budget carriers’ bottom lines? According to a story in its in-flight magazine glorifying its bistro selection, GW sells, on average, 400,000 to 450,000 cups per year at €2.60 a pop, totaling €1,040,000 to 1,170,000 ($1,458,420 to 1,640,723). Ometepe, originally…
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Ta-ta Ryanair, ciao Wizz

Well, that was fast. Just six months after beginning service from Maribor, Slovenia's second city, to London Stansted, it looks as though Ryanair is abandoning the route. Bookings can still be made through 27-March. It's not a total loss. Ryanair is one of the Europe's least loved budget airlines, is notorious for its hidden costs, fleeces…
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