Archive for the ‘airplanes’ Category

TSA Precheck Program = Sensible Security.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

TSA’s new precheck program is in early stages and not available to everybody, but if you are asked to join it’s probably a good idea. Here’s David Pogue, the New York Time’s technology writer, favorably reviewing the process:

Although TSA’s PreCheck is free you will have to “opt in” and only certain flyers are offered this opportunity at this time.
Look for a popup when visiting your airline’s Web site.

Pogue reports that “you can also get in to eCheck by joining a similar program like Sentri, Global Entry or Nexus”.

Read more here from David Pogue about the TSA Precheck Program

TSA Precheck Program from TSA

TSA Pre™ is currently available for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines that have opted in at the following airport checkpoint locations:

  • Atlanta (ATL): T-South Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Chicago (ORD): Terminal 3, Checkpoint 8 (American only)
  • Dallas (DFW): Terminal C, Checkpoint C30 (American only)
  • Detroit (DTW): Checkpoint 2 on the ticketing level (Delta only)
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK): Terminal 8 Main Checkpoint (American only)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA): Delta Main Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Las Vegas (LAS): D Gates First Class Checkpoint (American and Delta)
  • Los Angeles (LAX): TSA Pre✓™ screening lane (American only)
  • Miami (MIA): D2 Checkpoint (American only)
  • Minneapolis (MSP): Lindbergh Terminal, Checkpoint 4 (American and Delta)
  • Seattle (SEA): Checkpoint 5 North (Alaska only)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC): Terminal 2 Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Washington D.C. (DCA): Terminal B, South Checkpoint for gates 10-22 (Delta and Active Duty U.S. Military only)

In 2012, TSA plans to expand TSA Pre™ for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines at the following airport locations:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

TSA plans to continue expanding the TSA Pre™ concept to include additional airlines, as well as airports that participate in CBP’s Global Entry program, once operationally ready.

 

 

Air Health Travel tips from … AirHealth.org

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Frequent (and infrequent) flyers will want to review the excellent Air travel health tips at AirHealth.org.   You’ll find information about warning signs during air travel that can indicate serious health conditions as well as general tips on keeping healthy during long flights.

A few general tips are to exercise during your long flights using “isometric” exercise where you pit one muscle against another, pushing your hands together for example.  Another approach is to “walk” in place, pushing down on the floor with one foot after another.  You’ll also want to take a few walks up and downthe isle during your flight, perhaps adding a few ‘laps’ during trips to the restroom.

Also be sure to keep hydrated – it’s easy to dry out during the flight, so make sure you drink at least as much as offered by the flight attendants.  Note that you can always have a beverage *and* a glass of ice water – just ask politely.

Sleeping on the plane is another important health issue, especially on very long flights.   I find that neck pillows and earplugs are a great sleep aid.   Dramamine or an antihistamine like Sudafed will also help if you have trouble sleeping.

Delta Airlines Fleet Map

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

From the Delta Airlines blog we have a great picture of the entire Delta Airlines Fleet, though you’ll need to click on the picture to get the whole thing:

Delta Airplanes

Picture of all Delta Airplanes

I’d noticed this great graphic flying home from the trip to my family reunion in Bridgewater Virginia and my history trip to Richmond Virginia.    Richmond is one of the USA’s most interesting historical cities, and I’ll be posting a lot more about that with some great photos over at TravelandHistory.com

For more technical information about the Delta Fleet click on the links in this table  (Table courtesy Delta Airlines Website):

Fleet as of March 31, 2011

Aircraft Type Current Fleeta,b Average Age
Owned Leased Total
B737–700 10 10 2.2
B737–800 73 73 10.2
B747–400 4 12 16 17.4
B757–200 93 75 168 18.1
B757–300 16 16 8.1
B767–300 9 5 14 19.7
B767–300ER 50 8 58 15
B767–400ER 21 21 10.1
B777–200ER 8 8 11.2
B777–200LR 10 10 2.0
A319–100 55 2 57 9.2
A320–200 41 28 69 16.1
A330–200 11 11 6.0
A330–300 21 21 5.6
MD–88 66 51 117 20.7
MD–90 19 19 15.1
DC–9 34 34 33
CRJ–100 18 31 49 13
CRJ–200 6 6 11.9
CRJ–700 15 15 7.4
CRJ-900 13 13 3.3
Total 587 218 805 15.1
a Excluding Delta’s grounded planes:  five DC-9, six SAAB 340B+ and 10 CRJ-100/200.
b Excluding 175 CRJ-200, 51 CRJ-900, 36 Embraer 175, 20 SAAB 340+ and 12 CRJ-700. These planes are operated by partner airlines.

Carry-on baggage, luggage rules

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As the convenience of checked baggage diminishes even as the cost skyrockets to check your luggage,  most people now opt to use the “carry on” baggage rules and bring a small suitcase on board the aircraft, usually along with a large purse, backpack, or laptop bag.     Careful packing and planning means that most people who don’t require a new outfit every day can fairly easily fit everything they need – even for a trip of a week or more – in their carry-on luggage.

For most airlines the dimension of a carry on are 45 inches in total – meaning you simply add the highth, width, and depth of the  bag.   For example a bag with dimensions 12x12x21 should be OK as well as a bag of  14x14x 17 inches.  Technically any airline can can reject bags for many reasons, but in practice you are going to be just fine sticking with the 45 inch rule and probably even fudging a bit over these measurements.    However bringing large bags may get you some glares from the other passengers as you stuff your oversized luggage into “their” bin.    A major challenge of flying now is that with so many carry on luggage folks using the overhead bins, there is little or no extra room in those bins or under seats.  Often the carry-on bags need to be stowed in bins away from your seat or handed over to flight attendants, slowing the boarding process.

It is surprising to me how poorly organized the baggage and boarding process has become – I’d suggest to the airlines that more effective use or design of the overhead  bins is immediately in order.   Flight attendants, for example, know how to most efficiently stow bags yet they generally are not helpful as flyers tug, push, crunch and smash their and other bags into the dwindling available spaces.   Another innovation might be to redesign the bins or bin doors so they can hold more, or find ways to use the massive cargo space that must now exist below as flyers increasingly turn to carry on options rather than checking bags.

Another aspect of Carry-on rules are “Prohibited Items”.    Generally for that you’ll want to observe the 3-1-1 rule we discussed earlier.   More details are here at the TSA Transportation Security Administration‘s official site.  The link takes you to the “prohibited items” section.

Airport Organizations and Airport Associations

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Here, from AirportData.aero, is a nice set of resources about Airports and Aviation:
Airport Organizations
www.icao.int International Civil Aviation Organisation
www.iata.org International Air Transport Association
www.aci.org Airports Council International
www.canso.org Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation
www.eurocontrol.int EUROCONTROL – European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
www.easa.europa.eu European Aviation Safety Agency
www.jaato.com Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation
www.iata.org/ighc IATA Ground Handling Council
Civil Aviation Agencies
www.faa.gov Federal Aviation Administration (USA)
www.aeronav.faa.gov National Aeronautical Navigation Services (AeroNav Services)
www.nfdc.faa.gov National Flight Data Center (FAA)
www.caa.co.uk Civil Aviation Authority (UK)
www.casa.gov.au Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia)
www.anac.gov.br Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Brazil)
www.tc.gc.ca Transport Canada (Canada)
www.caac.gov.cn Civil Aviation Administration of China (China)
www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr Direction Générale de Aviation Civile (France)
www.bmvbs.de Directorate General for Civil Aviation and Aerospace (Germany)
www.dgca.nic.in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)
www.enac-italia.it Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italy)
www.mlit.go.jp Civil Aviation Bureau (Japan)
www.favt.ru Federal Air Transport Agency (Russia)
www.fomento.es Dirección General de Aviación Civil (Spain)
Airport Associations
www.nbaa.org National Business Aviation Association (USA)
www.ebaa.org European Business Aviation Association
www.meba.aero Middle East Business Aviation
www.asbaa.org Asian Business Aviation Association
www.iaha.info International Aviation Handlers’ Association
www.iatp.com International Airlines Technical Pool
www.euaca.org European Airport Coordinators Association
www.iaopa.org International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations
www.tiaca.org
The International Air Cargo Association
Aviation Resources
www.acukwik.com AC-U-KWIK Inc.
www.nga.mil  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
www.routesonline.com  Routes Online
www.sita.aero    Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques
www.useg.org   United States Diplomatic Clearance and Landing Authorization Procedures
www.who.int  World Health Organization, International Travel and Health Interactive Map
www.oie.int   World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
www.osac.gov     Overseas Security Advisory Council (USA)
www.aisgroup.com MEDEX Global Solutions (security and risk information)
www.aviationweather.gov    US National Weather Service
weather.noaa.gov    US National Weather Service (global weather charts, b/w copies)
www.airlinequality.com   Airline Quality
Skytrax.com   Skytrax – Airline and Airport Reviews
www.flightstats.com   FlightStats
Aviation News
www.anna.aero    Airline, Airport and Aviation Route News and Analysis
www.airport-business.com    Airport Magazine produced for the ACI
www.flightglobal.com   Flightglobal
strike.skynetblogs.be  Airport, Airline and Air Traffic Strikes and Problems
Other Links
www.flyingineurope.be
General Aviation information for Europe
www.agschools.com Airline Ground Schools Inc. (aviation training company)
www.quickaid.com
Airport and airline blog
www.airtravelcenter.com Links to various aviation websites
www.hotelsneartheairport.com Airport hotels
bahamasaviator.com Bahamas aviation videos, resorts and pilots’ guide
www.janlefers.nl Enthusiast website covering aviation and nature
www.historyofpia.com History of Pakistan International Airlines (includes other information)
www.tenofsix.com
Links to various aviation websites
aerospotter.blogspot.com
Roll Out – enthusiast website
jameswiebe.blogspot.com
Enthusiast website for ultralight aircraft
napoleon130.tripod.com
Enthusiast website for Douglas A/B-26 Invader (includes links to other aviation sites)
www.s2ftracker.com
Enthusiast website for Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker (includes links to other aviation sites)

International Organisationswww.icao.int International Civil Aviation Organisationwww.iata.org International Air Transport Associationwww.aci.org Airports Council Internationalwww.canso.org Civil Air Navigation Services Organisationwww.eurocontrol.int EUROCONTROL – European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigationwww.easa.europa.eu European Aviation Safety Agencywww.jaato.com Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisationwww.iata.org/ighc IATA Ground Handling CouncilCivil Aviation Agencieswww.faa.gov Federal Aviation Administration (USA)www.aeronav.faa.gov National Aeronautical Navigation Services (AeroNav Services)www.nfdc.faa.gov National Flight Data Center (FAA)www.caa.co.uk Civil Aviation Authority (UK)www.casa.gov.au Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia)www.anac.gov.br Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Brazil)www.tc.gc.ca Transport Canada (Canada)www.caac.gov.cn Civil Aviation Administration of China (China)www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr Direction Générale de Aviation Civile (France)www.bmvbs.de Directorate General for Civil Aviation and Aerospace (Germany)www.dgca.nic.in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)www.enac-italia.it Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italy)www.mlit.go.jp Civil Aviation Bureau (Japan)www.favt.ru Federal Air Transport Agency (Russia)www.fomento.es Dirección General de Aviación Civil (Spain)Associationswww.nbaa.org National Business Aviation Association (USA)www.ebaa.org European Business Aviation Associationwww.meba.aero Middle East Business Aviationwww.asbaa.org Asian Business Aviation Associationwww.iaha.info International Aviation Handlers’ Associationwww.iatp.com International Airlines Technical Poolwww.euaca.org European Airport Coordinators Associationwww.iaopa.org International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associationswww.tiaca.orgThe International Air Cargo AssociationAviation Resourceswww.acukwik.com AC-U-KWIK Inc.www.nga.mil National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencywww.routesonline.com Routes Onlinewww.sita.aero Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiqueswww.useg.orgUnited States Diplomatic Clearance and Landing Authorization Procedureswww.who.intWorld Health Organization, International Travel and Health Interactive Mapwww.oie.intWorld Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)www.osac.govOverseas Security Advisory Council (USA)www.aisgroup.com MEDEX Global Solutions (security and risk information)www.aviationweather.govUS National Weather Service (global weather charts, coloured maps)weather.noaa.govUS National Weather Service (global weather charts, b/w copies)www.airlinequality.comSkytrax – Airline and Airport Reviewswww.flightstats.comFlightStats (airport and flight status and delays)www.qppstudio.netQ++ Studio (Worldwide Public Holidays)
Aviation Newswww.anna.aero Airline, Airport and Aviation Route News and Analysiswww.airport-business.com Airport Magazine produced for the ACIwww.flightglobal.comFlightglobalstrike.skynetblogs.be Airport, Airline and Air Traffic Strikes and Problems (details on industrial action)
Other Linkswww.flyingineurope.beGeneral Aviation information for Europewww.agschools.com Airline Ground Schools Inc. (aviation training company)www.quickaid.comAirport and airline blogwww.airtravelcenter.com Links to various aviation websiteswww.hotelsneartheairport.com Airport hotelsbahamasaviator.com Bahamas aviation videos, resorts and pilots’ guidewww.janlefers.nl Enthusiast website covering aviation and naturewww.historyofpia.com History of Pakistan International Airlines (includes other information)www.tenofsix.comLinks to various aviation websitesaerospotter.blogspot.comRoll Out – enthusiast websitejameswiebe.blogspot.comEnthusiast website for ultralight aircraftnapoleon130.tripod.comEnthusiast website for Douglas A/B-26 Invader (includes links to other aviation sites)www.s2ftracker.comEnthusiast website for Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker (includes links to other aviation sites)

Airplane Cell Phone Ban Advances

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Despite the fact that cell phone use on planes is generally not allowed anyway, a cell phone ban bill is advancing in congress. It appears this would prevent airlines from allowing something most would consider a good idea – let our cell phones free on the plane so we can surf, collect email, and communicate more effectively during flight downtime!