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Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.
Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.
The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."
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Above: AirAsia's route map out of KUL
How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?
It'll soon be possible, so hopefully your answer was positive. You see, the AP reports that Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia is getting ready to release an unlimited flying pass to 10 Southeast Asia destinations for only $148 (excluding airport taxes). The airline, whose slogan is "now everyone can fly," will allow travelers to use the passdubbed the "AirAsia ASEAN Pass"for one month of flights at some point in early 2015.
This comes just as ASEAN countries are making strides to "liberate the airways" in 2015, which we reported from the annual ASEAN conference earlier this year.
For travelers who've never flown AirAsia and may be skeptical: yes, this pass is suspiciously cheap, as are AirAsia's regular flight prices, but it is a reputable airline and we have flown with them several times. Who would doubt an airline that serves in-flight bubble tea and offers 19 different buy-onboard meals?
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Want to ride in a flying saucer?
Me neither. Those probes are cold.
But here’s something close to it, and kind of cool. Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane design that has a UFO-style look to it. The application dubs the invention as an “Aircraft Including a Passenger Cabin Extending Around a Space Defined Outside the Cabin and Inside the Aircraft.” Shorter version: a plane where passengers are seated in concentric circles. Or as one publication put, as “flying doughnuts.”
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Thank you, local news station, for bringing us a truly inspiring tale of American ingenuity.
Because having a woodshop in your garage is totally #BasicBitch, suburban Michigan man Andy Millin spent 11 years of his life building his own operational airplane, not in a hangar but inside his house. Millin, who wasn’t even a pilot at the time (read that again, let it sink in) built everything from scratch, wings to fuselage to engine, according to WWMT Newschannel 3, which recently profiled Millin’s tale. But wait, there’s more.
"Homebuilt" planes are actually more common than you'd expect, but the special bit of Millin's construction is that he and his buddy/partner-in-insanity built an addition to his house, which served as their hangar/workshop. Today that space has been converted to a master bedroom, a condition of Millin’s crafty wife, who inadvertently inspired this whole plan when she booked her husband a birthday ride on a B-17 back in 1995.
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Ever packed heavy for a trip, only to have the airline check-in agent weigh your bag with a scowl on her face? Overweight/oversize luggage is nothing compared to what FedEx has to deal with.
As you may know, Reddit hosts Q & A sessions called an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything), to essentially allow anyone to ask questions of celebrities, politicians, and those with incredibly unique careers.
We can't believe we missed it but, back in 2012, an AMA was conducted with Dave Lange, Managing Director of the Aircraft Charters Department at FedEx Express. That vague title hides what is perhaps one of the most intriguing job descriptions in the aviation industry. Lange is in charge of shipments which require the use of an entire plane, be it exotic sports cars or satellites and top secret containers or live whales. Yes, whales can fly.
Welcome onboard Flight 101 from Newark to San Francisco, a 5-hr, 45-minute journey. It's a route flown by thousands of travelers every day, and yet the newest itineration of the flight is actually a simple video, depicting the mind- (and butt-) numbingly dull environment of the average trip on a legacy airline, the fictitious BLAH Airlines in this case.
The fact that the film was uploaded to Virgin America's channel gives away the powers behind it, but what's most shocking is that the eye-gougingly lengthy video has managed to attract over 75,000 views in its first 24 hours.
The campaign, which AdWeek pegs as the work of Eleven in San Francisco, stretches beyond YouTube to create an entire presence for BLAH Airlines (slogan: "You will get there"):
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Talk about Swiss precision!
On August 30 and again on September 6, a SWISS International Air Lines Airbus A330, flanked by six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse, whizzed above a crowd of approximately 50,000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and 50th Anniversary of its aerobatic division. It was only one flying display within the AIR14 PAYERNE air show but, for such an occasion, SWISS brought out the big cameras (38 in total!) to create a short "pilots' view" film.
The videography and editing which went into the production of the video is simply spectacular, and it seems the internet agrees; the video has only been posted to YouTube for a couple days, and already it's just short of 50,000 views.
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While commercial air traffic has been giving Iceland a wide berth over the past week or two, a few Icelandic airlines are eager to capitalize on the action.
For a start, an Icelandair pilot opted for a scenic routing and extra circle over the volcano, which provided passengers with a good view of the most active zone. A resulting smartphone photo quickly went viral.
Now the Iceland-based low-cost carrier WOW Air (yes, that's really their name) is promoting travel on their cheap fares from European airports to not only visit Iceland, but the eruption in particular. Fly to Reykjavik on Wow from one of their many destinations from 39 EUR each way (we paid $150 for a flight from London earlier this year on Wow), and then make your own way to the north of the country to connect to a sightseeing flight on Mýflug Air.
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This Monday is Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer. With the close of the sunniest season comes a finish to the bulk of the year's Air Show program. There's still the Red Bull Air Race in Dallas, TX to look forward to next weekend, but we're wishing we had known about another event earlier in the year, over in Budapest, Hungary.
Red Bull's Aerobatics team was out in full force over the Danube River back in May for the capital's Air Show, but they weren't even the highlight! Budapest's air authorities allowed for some maneuvers that outshown these dare devils, beginning with a grand opening of a plane taking off from the roadway of a bridge (view it above).
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Fun fact: BBC's Top Gear is the most popular automotive show in history, broadcasting in about 170 different countries. Hundreds of millions of people tune in and watch the ragtag trio of presenters race, destroy cars, and chide each other in the process every week, so there is a pretty good chance you're one of those fans. If so, good news! The Top Gear Test Track is now open to the public, for a price of course.
That’s right. You can drive on the same track at Dunsfold Park (near Guildford in Surrey) where they do most of their tests and challenges, visit the Top Gear TV Studio, and catch a glimpse of that looming Boeing 747 in the process. The Top Gear Track Experience, as it's called, offers 8 different options ranging from the “Star In a Reasonably Priced Car” timed laps to off-roading in a Land Rover Defender.
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For one week this summerJuly 28 - August 3the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.
Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.
We don’t usually talk about video games, but thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Wii U we have reason to celebrate—and to pick up a controller.
The Mario Kart franchise has some new tracks, new levels, and new characters, but the one in which we're most interested is known as "Sunshine Airport." Think cartoon jumbo jets soaring over the track and the ability to drive in and around the baggage carousel. Signage for airlines—like GalaxyAir—dot the virtual property, and there’s even the usual airport signage as scenery. Bottom line is that you’re racing through a video game version of the airport, and it’s pretty darn awesome.