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Random Aviation Photo

26 Apr

BWI Airport is my hometown airport, and I love it.  I spend a lot of time in Concourse A, home to Southwest Airlines.  When the airport built this concourse, they put in lots big windows to bring in lots of light.  Below is a shot of one of those windows, decorated. Enjoy!

Random Aviation Photo

19 Apr

Back in October 2009, I was in Orlando to cover the National Business Aviation Association show, one of my favorites.  It was a great show, but I was beyond ready to go home. As I took the monorail to my terminal, I had the chance to snap this picture of the airport’s tower.  Enjoy!

My Pinterest Board: Art Deco Travel Posters – Cool!

16 Apr

As a travel buff since almost birth, I’m old enough to remember when airlines did destination posters that I thought were works of art.  When I was old enough to start buying my own art, I went straight for the art deco travel posters.

Back on Feb. 21, I did a post on how I’m using Pinterest to show off all my travel obsessions.  A funny thing has happened since then.  My board, “Art Deco Travel Posters – Cool!” has caught on like wildfire.  As of today, I have 93 posters and a whopping 239 followers of said board. I only have 118 total followers.

It seems I’ve struck a nerve with a lot of folks who are like me, nostalgic for a time long since past, or lovers of travel art.  And I’m just delighted by the folks following me and repinning my pins, including: Chris McGinnis, Johnny Jet, Chris Elliott, Meena Thiruvengadam, Sebastian White, Mira Lowe and Debbie Swiatek, to name a few.

Still not on Pinterest? Email me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM and I’ll send you an invite!!

Tail Dragging!

10 Apr

Yesterday, my regular flight instructor was a bit under the weather, so she suggested I fly with my original instructor. Dave Hirschman has one of the best jobs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Not only is he the senior editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, but he’s also the handler for our sweepstakes aircraft, the Aviat Husky.

Dave asked if I wanted to fly in the Husky, and I leapt at the chance. The Husky is what’s called a tail dragger. It has a wheel on the tail and an actual stick to control the yoke. The website describes it thusly:
“Access areas that will take your breath away in a Husky. Its rugged, handcrafted construction, wide-field visibility and tandem seating create an extremely comfortable and secure environment for safely flying into places other planes simply can’t.”

Two Huskys (one owned by our CEO Craig Fuller) were the stars at the AOPA Tent at the recent Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.  Folks stopped by to take a look, have a seat at the picnic tables and even chat with Craig, who was there most of the time.

The views from the Husky can’t be beat, with large windows.  Because you fly slowly, you can actually fly with window or the door open. And I had the smoothest landing ever — in the grass!  Below are some pictures I took during the flight. Enjoy!!

Husky cockpit
The view from my window

Random Aviation Photo

5 Apr

In May 2010, I spent the day at the American Airlines Admiral’s Club at Chicago O’Hare to test out the new first class seat being installed on the carrier’s American Eagle regional jets.  I also got to sample a new food menu for those passengers.  I had some time to kill, and the club had killer views of the airport. I love this picture of a Mexicana jet with the Chicago skyline in the background.  Enjoy!

Top 10 Things I Enjoyed At My First Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In

30 Mar

Kids: normally I would have posted The ORIGINAL Strange But True Aviation News today, but I have been run ragged working my first Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, fondly known as spring break for pilots. So instead, I decided to offer up my list — complete with photos — of my highlights from the show. I’ll be at the AOPA tent today until around 3. Please come by and say hell. Enjoy!

The famous AOPA "Plane Crazy" t-shirt

  1. Meeting some of my Twitter followers. B-Rad from Showalter Flying Service brought me my own set of chocks! Now I only need my pilot certificate — and a plane!
  2. Enjoying an ice cream with AOPA President (and my boss) Craig Fuller.
  3. Watching the aerobatic air shows every afternoon.
  4. Using the AOPA Facbook and Twitter (@AOPA) accounts to update members and friends on our activities at the show.
  5. Taking AOPA staffers over for interviews on Sun ‘n Fun radio, hosted by the wonderful Dave Shalbetter.
  6. Trying out pilot headphones at the Pilot Mall next door to the AOPA tent. Although I really want the Bose headphones, they’re a bit too rich for my blood at this point.
  7. Getting people to buy our very popular Sun ‘n Fun “Plane Crazy” t-shirts.  The gentleman in the photo came specifically to buy them after he saw my tweets touting the t-shirts and letting folks know they can only get them at the show.
  8. Watching the AOPA eMedia folks offering demos of our new FlyQ app, which just rocks. It will replace the current AOPA Airports app.
  9. Giving rides to weary attendees in the AOPA golf cart and meeting some great people.
  10. Catching up with my aviation journalist friends.

Showalter Flying Service chocks

Demo of the FlyQ app


AOPA's 'Keep 'em Flying" stickers

AOPA's Ian Twombly, Dave Shalbetter and Girls With Wings' Lynda Meeks on the air at Sun 'n Fun Radio

Random Aviation Photo

29 Mar

Back in May 2009, AirTran Airways made a big announcement — it had installed Gogo inflight Wi-Fi on its entire fleet.  As part of the announcemen, a group of us reporter types were invited on a flight to nowhere to give it a whirl. One of those reporters was NBC’s Tom Costello, who did a live broadcast on the flight for the “Today” show.  Below is my picture of him doing his report. Enjoy!

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