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Glance: Etihad’s Brand-New A350 Business Class

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Glance: Etihad's Brand-New A350 Business Class

A couple of months earlier, Etihad Airways presented the Airbus A350-1000 to their energetic fleet, which came outfitted with a new service course cabin. These airplanes have actually been flying a choose couple of long-haul courses, consisting of to New York JFK.

It got on that course that my spouse– ahem I indicate the most recent AirlineReporter visitor factor Meghan Koushik– got some fast photos.

And also it’s an actually stunning cabin. Have a look on your own. This service course cabin has actually the exact same underrated design as Etihad’s previous organization course seat still flying on their Dreamliners, yet with even more regularly from seat to seat.

There’s likewise an enhanced personal privacy aspect, many thanks to gliding doors that transform your seat right into a small collection. Especially, Etihad does not use a fabulous cabin on their A350s, so this service course is as expensive as you’re going to obtain. We’ll be back later on with some ideas, images, and also video clips from a different trip on their B787 organization course. In the meantime, allow us recognize in the remarks area listed below what you think of the cabin, or if any one of you have direct experience flying it.

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT -NEW YORK, NY. Manu obtained his personal pilot certificate in secondary school, establishing the tone for his rate of interest in all points air travel. He made his constant leaflet qualifications functioning as a reporter, and also is currently a clinical citizen in New York City. He appreciates blogging about flight from a millennial’s point of view.


You Can Be ATC in the Newest Game on United’s App

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You Can Be ATC in the Newest Game on United's App

Don’t look currently, yet United has actually been silently making transfer to make some AvGeek cred. Previously this year we discussed the strong trip simulator video game on their application. And also this month they introduced one more aviation-related video game. “Cleared to Land” is an air traffic control service sim where you attract courses for airplane incoming to an airport terminal, till the airspace obtains so crowded that you ruin, aircrafts accident, as well as the video game finishes.

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Cleared to Land has one primary distinction from its precursors: rather than anonymous airplane symbols, you’re routing the present as well as increasing celebrities of United’s fleet. And also it’s intriguing to see which aircrafts they selected. The only rep of the present fleet is the Boeing 787-9. It makes good sense to consist of the Dreamliner as one of the most highly sophisticated participant of the existing fleet, however is a little bit of a snub for the 777-300ER. The incorporation of the Airbus A321XLR is a nod to exactly how essential that long-haul narrowbody will certainly remain in changing the airline company’s aging 757s in the years in advance. The remainder of the in-game fleet is included the interesting rising stars United has actually purchased: Archer’s electrical VTOL job, Heart Aerospace’s electrical local airplane, and also the Boom Overture supersonic airplane (though American just recently took several of the Boom rumbling).

The fleet under your control To attempt Cleared to Land on your own: (1)make certain you have the United application set up,(2) make certain the application has actually been upgraded time in the last couple of weeks, (3) strike the “even more” switch at the end of the house display, as well as (4) most likely to Game Center.

Removed to Land is a little much less enthusiastic than United’s trip simulator video game, yet certainly extra friendly, as well as probably extra habit forming. We’ll rejoice to eliminate lots of inflight time playing it.

We question if United’s barrage of flying-related video games is a loosened linkup pertaining to its Aviate pilot training program. There’s a banner for the Aviate Academy at the base of the application’s video game. There’s a significant requirement for brand-new pilots today, and also the academy offers United a structured method to bring brand-new students straight right into the layer.

Provide Cleared to Land a shot as well as allow us recognize what you believe in the remarks area listed below.

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT-NEW YORK, NY. Manu obtained his exclusive pilot certificate in secondary school, establishing the tone for his passion in all points aeronautics. He made his regular leaflet qualifications functioning as a reporter, as well as is currently a clinical homeowner in New York City. He delights in blogging about flight from a millennial’s point of view.


JFK is Breaking Ground on a New Terminal One

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JFK is Breaking Ground on a New Terminal One

Few US cities need their airports renovated more desperately than New York does. Its three primary airports have terminal facilities that may have been world-class decades ago, but are congested messes today. Fortunately the powers that be got the memo and are using this decade to get JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia back into shape. The LaGuardia work is well underway, with large parts of a shiny new terminal B already open. And recently, a project at JFK hit a major milestone.

An aerial rendered view of the planned New Terminal One – Photo: PANYNJ

A consortium of airlines, funding partners, project management companies, and other partners are breaking ground this month on JFK’s New Terminal One (NTO). It will cover the footprint of the current terminal one (a smattering of mostly international airlines), Delta’s terminal two, and the footprint of the demolished terminal three. For an overview of the overall planned terminal changes at JFK this CrankyFlier story from our friend Brett does a great job.

The press release lists AirFrance/KLM, LOT, and Etihad as anchor airlines for the new terminal. We’d have thought JFK’s major redevelopment could allow alliance partners to colocate. But AF/KLM’s major US partner is Delta over in terminal four, Etihad has a smattering of codeshare partners all over the place, and LOT is in the Star Alliance. So NTO may work like the current terminal one, as a grab-bag of miscellaneous airlines.

Inside the New Terminal One headhouse – Photo: PANYNJ

As for the terminal design, it will have a large headhouse and two piers with a total of 23 gates. Presumably most gates will be designed for long-haul aircraft. From the renderings it looks fresh, spacious, and *really* into letting you know that you’re in NYC.

The project will break ground this summer, with the first phase planned to open in 2026 and completion slated for 2030. So yes, you’ll have a while to wait before you can walk through the New Terminal One yourself. And there will probably be plenty of construction-related hassles for passengers passing through terminals one and two between now and then. For now, here’s some cool renderings of the final product.

The globe and route map outside the terminal is a nice touch. Hopefully the globe is a screen that can automatically update with new routes. Otherwise there’s going to be a very cranky maintenance guy climbing a ladder to adjust the string lights each time a new route launches.

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT – NEW YORK, NY. Manu got his private pilot license in high school, setting the tone for his interest in all things aviation. He earned his frequent flyer credentials working as a journalist, and is now a medical resident in New York City. He enjoys writing about air travel from a millennial’s perspective.


Happy BIRTHDAY to the (Second) Greatest Album of All Time.

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Happy BIRTHDAY to the (Second) Greatest Album of All Time.

IT WAS DECEMBER 30th, 1984, and Hüsker Dü were in from Minnesota again. They’d just wrapped up a show at a small auditorium in Concord, Massachusetts, and a small group of us were backstage* talking to guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart — the band’s co-vocalists and songwriters. A brand new album was due to hit the stores in only a week or two, and we all wanted to know: what was it going to sound like?

Zen Arcade had come out that past summer, and the indie rock world was still trying to absorb it. “Experimental” isn’t quite the right word, but Zen had played fast and loose with the boundaries of what punk rock, for lack of a better term, was supposed to sound like, bringing in acoustic guitar, piano, and a range of psychedelic effects. The upcoming project, it stood to reason, would take things ever further, would it not? Somebody — maybe it was me — brought this up.

“No way!” laughed Hart.

“Not at all,” added Mould. “This album is more like Land Speed Record than Zen Arcade!”

Land Speed, from way back in 1981, was a thrashy collection of quasi-hardcore songs played at nearly supersonic speed. Mould was being tongue-in-cheek — the album wouldn’t sound anything like Land Speed — but just the same he was dropping a hint: this wouldn’t be a record for the squeamish.

It was called New Day Rising — a remarkable fifteen-song LP that would wake the country from its winter freeze in January of ’85. There is nothing subtle or subdued about this album. There are no touchy-feely instrumentals, no acoustic time-outs — enjoyable as those things were on Zen. Sure, the melodies and catchy choruses are there beneath it all, in typical Hüsker fashion, but New Day Rising is ferocious from start to finish; forty fearless minutes of unstoppable energy.

I’m not going to argue that Zen Arcade isn’t the better or more important album. It’s all the things the pundits have called it from the start: monumental, groundbreaking, a reevaluation of everything we thought punk rock could or should be. It’s a masterpiece. But almost too much of one, moody and broody at times, and a little too — what’s the way to put it? — serious-sounding. New Day is the brasher and looser album, with Mould and Hart clearing out the pipes, with nothing left to prove and absolutely hitting their strides. It is, if nothing else, the most supremely confident-sounding album of all time.

And it’s made all the more so through a daring, some might say controversial sound mix. There’s a very particular sound to this album — a treble-heavy mix that is like nothing before or since, in which every note is enveloped in a fuzzy, fizzing, needles-pegged curtain of sound. Many people — including the band members themselves, reportedly — have always rued this peculiar mix, but to me it’s the ideal vehicle for the group’s sound. Here is the “Hüsker buzz,” as I call it, naked and cranked to eleven. (What I wouldn’t give to hear some of the cuts from Zen Arcade or Flip Your Wig** remixed like this.) The style is “hot” in soundboard lingo, but to me the music has a crystalline, sub-zero quality to it: it sounds like ice. The songs are as melodically solid as any top-40 hits of the time, but all whipped up in a great Minnesota blizzard.

First time listeners will know exactly what I mean within the first ten seconds of the title cut. “New Day Rising,” the song, begins with a lead-in of anxious drumming — Hart pounding away, as if to say “Let’s this this fucking thing started!” — and then comes the crescendo, a guitar-blast crashing over you in a great squalling wave: equally furious and melodic; chaotic yet strangely orchestral. It’s a breathtaking opening and the perfect pace-setter for the rest of the record. (Robert “Addicted to Love” Palmer once found it a compelling enough song to cover.)

Next up Hart’s “Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill.” There’s something sour and menacing and vaguely out of tune about this song that for years I could never get past. Until one day it hit me: it’s supposed to be like that. Hart takes the all the nicety and sing-songy pleasures of “It’s Not Funny Anymore” or “Pink Turns to Blue” — songs that are almost too easy to like — and twists and bends and sets fire to it. Between the second and third stanzas, Mould comes in with a guitar solo that tears the rest of it — along with your eardrums — to pieces. It’s a haunting, mesmerizing, and a little bit frightening three minutes.

And we use the term “solo” loosely here, because never is there a single musician, or a single instrument, alone on this record. Every moment of it is layered in overlapping rushes of sound.

The third cut is Mould’s “I Apologize.” This is arguably the best song he ever wrote, perhaps outclassed only by “Eight Miles High” or “Chartered Trips,” from side one of Zen Arcade. Here is the song Green Day and its ilk only wish they could have made: immensely poppy and immensely powerful, without the slightest hint of heavy metal pretension. And is it just me, or you can you almost hear Michael Stipe singing this one? The chorus is uncannily infectious in the style of the old REM songs of this same era. It’s as if you took a song like “South Central Rain” and split every atom of it: all that sweet Georgia lilac exploded into a sort of nuclear ice storm. (Putting Hüsker Dü and REM in the same sentence might seem incongruous, but it’s not by accident that they once toured together.)   Listen to “I Apologize” here. Don’t skip the final fifteen seconds, and play it loud!

Further along is one of the great sleepers in the Hüsker Dü canon: Mould’s “Perfect Example.” This is the record’s only true “slow” moment — the band’s idea of a tearjerker. It closes out side one, sung by Mould in a kind of passive-aggressive whisper, with Hart (barefoot no doubt, as he always played) double-thumping the bass drum in perfect synchronicity to a human heartbeat. The song clashes to a close on the word “perfect.” Had the album ended right there, already it’d be a classic. Except that’s only the first side.

Only two of the cuts on side two belong to Hart, but both are unforgettable. These would be “Terms of Psychic Warfare” and “Books About UFOs.” Together with “I Apologize,” they are among the small batch of what I call The Great Lost Pop Songs of the 1980s.   Listen to “Terms of Psychic Warfare” here, and don’t be stingy with the volume.

Deafening as it is (Mould’s solo will leave you with a lifelong case of tinnitus), “Books About UFOs” is irresistibly melodic and catchy. The track is backed with piano, and the effect is perfect: almost as if the song were written for piano from the start. “For all the speed and clamor of their music,” the music journalist Michael Azerrad once wrote, “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of being played on acoustic guitar.” That’s an excellent point, but the heck with that, I want to hear Grant playing an all piano version of “Books About UFOs.”

“I’d also recorded a slide guitar on ‘Girl Who lives on Heaven Hill,’” Grant Hart remembers. “But when I showed up after that session, Spot [the album’s co-engineer] and Bob issued an ultimatum: either the piano goes from ‘UFOs’ or the guitar goes from ‘Heaven Hill.’ After stating my case, which was ‘what does one have to do with the other?’ I relented and said if one had to go, let it be the slide guitar. Bob responded,’we already erased it.’”

To the end, Grant, who passed away in 2016, held some strong resentment against the way Spot, who’d been sent to Minneapolis from Los Angeles by SST Records to oversee the project, handled his duties. Spot shared the engineering tasks with the band members and their longtime collaborator Steve Fjelstad, but as Hart once explained it, “SST decided that we were not to be the masters of our own destiny, and sent Spot to babysit/spy/sabotage our record. He did not give Steve Fjelstad the respect he deserved, treating him as an assistant.”

“Another thing I remember,” said Hart, “was not being allowed to make my own choices as far as re-doing vocals that I thought I could better. On ‘Heaven Hill’ you could hear the sound of some lumber, that had in been in the booth during remodeling, falling to the floor!”

Well, all of that aside, it’s tough to have too much issue with the finished product.

The album comes to an end with the charging, spiraling, sonic immolation of Bob Mould’s “Plans I Make.” Fasten your seatbelts for this one. It’s not the jammy, psychedelic marathon of “Reoccurring Dreams,” the 14-minute instrumental that closes Zen Arcade, but it’s a wringer, an earsplitter that, when it finally crunches to its conclusion, leaves the listener with no choice but to sit spellbound for a time.

If it seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the 30th anniversary of Zen Arcade, which had been released in June of 1984. It’s fascinating testament to Hüsker Dü’s talent and tireless work ethic that two such brilliant albums could have been released within a mere seven months of each other. And these were bookended, I should add, by two other highly impressive records — Metal Circus and Flip Your Wig, from October of ’83 and September of ’85 respectively. A spectacular four-record punch in a span of under two years.

And if forced to choose, I’d say New Day Rising sits the pinnacle of that run. This is Hüsker Dü at the very peak of its career, and one of the finest moments in the whole history of what used to be called underground rock.

Hüsker Dü circa 1985. Greg Norton, Grant Hart, Bob Mould.

Meanwhile, unless I’ve missed something, none of the big music magazines or websites have given New Day Rising so much as a mention on its 30 or 35th birthdays (or on its 20th or 25th for that matter). The same can be said of most of the best albums of the 1980s, it’s true, but here the snub is particularly acute. Indeed, do music fans have any sense of what the 1980s truly were like? This was the richest and most innovative period in the whole history of independent music, but rarely is it acknowledged as such. As popular culture has it, serious rock skipped the 80s entirely.

When pundits do take the decade seriously, we tend to see the same names over and over. It’s both frustrating and unjustified that Hüsker Dü never developed the same posthumous cachet that others of their era did. Like the Replacements, for example, or Sonic Youth. Hüsker Dü could run circles around either of those two, but never became “cool” in quite the same way.

I suppose it’s due to a total absence of what you might call sex appeal? To say that Hüsker Dü never cultivated any sort of image, in the usual manner of rock bands, is putting it mildly. For one, they never looked the part. These were big, sweaty, chain-smoking guys who, it often seemed, hadn’t shaved or showered in a while. Norton, trimmest and most dapper of the threesome, wore a handlebar mustache many years before such things were trendy among hipsters. It wasn’t cool; it was odd. And not until their eighth and final album that the band include a photo of itself on an album cover (the scratched-out images on Zen Arcade notwithstanding).

This modesty, for lack of a better description, was for some of us a part of what made Hüsker Dü so special. But it has hurt them, I think, in the long run.

The idea that the Replacements (much as I loved their debut album, which I consider the best garage-rock record of all time, and which includes a shout-out called “Somethin’to Dü”) were in any way a better or more influential band than Hüsker Dü is too absurd to entertain. Meanwhile the beatification of Sonic Youth, maybe the most overrated outfit of the last forty years, goes on and on. Not long ago Kim Gordon got a profile in the New Yorker. I’m still waiting for one of the writers there to devote a story to Bob Mould.

Or better yet, to Grant Hart. Twenty-five years, more or less, that’s how long it took me, to realize that it was Grant, not Bob, who was the more indispensable songwriter and who leaves the richer legacy. In the old days it was trendy to claim that Grant was the real genius behind Hüsker Dü. You’d be at a party and some asshole would say, “Those guys would be nothing without that drummer.” I’d always scoff that off. The mechanics of the band, for one, made it difficult to accept: Grant was the drummer, after all, and drummers are never the stars. Meanwhile there was Bob, right at the front of the stage with that iconic Flying-V. But those assholes were on to something.

That shouldn’t be an insult to Mould. Not any more than saying Lennon was a better songwriter than McCartney. Both were brilliant. But when I flip through the Hüsker canon, I can’t help giving Hart the edge. There’s a soulfulness to his songs sets them apart. They’re not necessarily “better” so much as they resonate in a different and deeper way. On New Day Rising, Mould gave us “I Apologize” and “Celebrated Summer.” But Hart gave us “Terms of Psychic Warfare” and “Books About UFOs.” On earlier records it was “It’s Not Funny Anymore,” “Diane,” “Pink Turns to Blue,” the list goes on. Hart’s “She’s a Woman (And Now He is a Man”) from the often intolerable Warehouse album is, to me, a classic sleeper and the most under-appreciated Hüsker song of them all.

His solo work, too, was at least as robust as that of Mould. Songs like “The Main” and “The Last Days of Pompeii” are as good or better than anything Mould has given us post-Hüsker. But while Mould went on to some notoriety and commercial success, Hart labored in comparative obscurity. This was always irritating and unfair.

But Grant, maybe, was all right with this. “I have always based my movements on those of fugitives or criminals,” he once said to me. “The less attention you attract, the freer you remain! I wish to be an artist, not a celebrity.”

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Grant Hart died in September, 2017. A few years ago, filmmaker Gorman Bechard released a movie about him. “Every Everything” is 93 minutes of Grant — and only Grant — proving himself to be one of the more oddly captivating storytellers you’ll ever have the pleasure of listening to.

Bechard had previously interviewed Grant for “Color Me Obsessed,” his film about The Replacements, and was taken with him. “Grant is one of the most influential musicians ever,” said Bechard at the time. “Beyond that, he’s as smart and funny as anyone on the planet.”

You may not be familiar with Hart, but he was among the most important songwriters of our time, and “Every Everything” is a brave and absolutely necessary tribute to one of the unsung heroes of modern music. Click the picture for more info…

Every Everything

— Grant Hart was responsible for much of the band’s artwork and iconography over the years. He once gave me the backstory of New Day Rising cover photograph — the picture of the wading retrievers and the sunrise (or is it actually a sunset?):

“One night I pawned Spot off on somebody. He had been staying at my parents house and causing some problems there. I went to buy a bag of pot and when I got to my dealer’s house there was a tow-truck stealing a Vespa scooter. I told the people inside what was going on and a pretty woman said it was hers. ‘Oh shit!’ she said, ‘I don’t have enough money to get it out of impound.’ I didn’t know her, but I figured that if I helped her I might get a ride on her Vespa 200e, which was the fastest Vespa at that time. It cost about $150 to free the bike, and we went for a ride. As time and the record went on, I spent a lot of time with this woman, Kristen. She was a habitué of one of Minneapolis’s beaches — a hidden beach on Cedar Lake. She and I eventually shot the photo for the cover there. We also ended up having a son together, Karl.”

— The greatest concert I ever attended was an impromptu Husker show at a place called Harvey Wheeler Hall, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was a last-minute gig arranged by David Savoy, a Concord native who also was the band’s manager at the time (and whose suicide a few years later was partly responsible for its breakup). There was no stage; the band set up on the floor of what, in my memory, was a simple classroom. There were fewer than a hundred people there, and we stood or sat cross-legged. The set ended when Grant cut his finger on a cracked drumstick during a cover of the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.” My best friend at the time, Mark McKay (who later became the drummer for the post-hardcore band Slapshot), gave him a band-aid. When it was over we went backstage, as it were, and chatted a while with the band.

— A few years ago, Paul Hilcoff, the curator of the painfully exhaustive Hüsker Dü fan site, mailed me a compact disc recording of that entire concert. I had no idea there was one. What a startling feeling it is to discover, many years on, that a recording exists of one of your most cherished memories. Except, the CD still sits on my bookshelf, as yet unlistened-to. One of these days I’ll summon up the courage to actually play it. Listening to that recording, provided I’ve got the emotional muster, will be the closest I ever get to time travel.

— I once played Frisbee with Bob Mould. June 21, 1984, it was, prior to a show in Easthampton Massachusetts. There were four of us playing: me, Bob, a local Boston fanzine writer named Al Quint, and the aforementioned McKay.

— I once got to meet and shake hands with Bob Mould’s parents. It was that same summer of ’84, in Rhode Island. Mom and dad were touring the country, stopping in on the band’s performances. Bob himself introduced me to them.

— Greg Norton once sat patiently backstage while I peppered him with annoying questions for a fanzine article I was writing.

— It was Grant, though, who was always the friendliest and most approachable of the three. I remember a night, between sets down at The Living Room in Providence, chatting with him in the parking lot. He was snacking on slices of cheese, when a stray dog came ambling over. Grant shared his cheese with the dog, holding up small bits of it, ever higher, making the dog jump for them.

— That was the same show in which Mould, rushing toward the stage for an encore, smashed his head against a ceiling rafter so hard that you could hear it from the parking lot. I have a feeling he remembers that.


1. Eight Miles High (single)
2. Chartered Trips (Zen Arcade)
3. I Apologize (New Day Rising)
4. Gravity (Everything Falls Apart)
5. Crystal (Candy Apple Grey)
6. Real World (Metal Circus)
7. Makes No Sense at All (Flip Your Wig)
8. Celebrated Summer (New Day Rising)
9. Perfect Example (New Day Rising)
10. All This I’ve Done For You (Candy Apple Grey)


1. Keep Hanging On (Flip Your Wig)
2. Terms of Psychic Warfare (New Day Rising)
3. Pink Turns to Blue (Zen Arcade)
4. Books About UFOs (New Day Rising)
5. It’s Not Funny Anymore (Metal Circus)
6. She’s a Woman [And Now he is a Man] (Warehouse: Songs and Stories)
7. Standing by the Sea (Zen Arcade)
8. Diane (Metal Circus)
9. The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill (New Day Rising)
10. Sunshine Superman (Everything Falls Apart)

Now if you’ve stayed with me this far, chances are you’re a pretty big Hüsker fan who won’t mind if I push things an obsessive step further. For you I present the following addendum. You’ve been warned:

I was looking at some photos of Hüsker Dü in their heyday, circa ’84 or ’85. These guys were, to put it one way, well-fed. Greg always kept himself trim and dapper, but Bob and Grant weren’t going hungry, that’s for sure.

It’s only fair, then, that we should revisit the Hüsker discography, making note of various song titles as they should have appeared. That is, with a gastronomical theme…

There’s little on Land Speed Record or Everything Falls Apart to cook with, so let’s start with Metal Circus. Here, Bob sets the table with “MEAL WORLD,” then takes his place in the “LUNCHLINE.” Grant tells us “I’M NOT HUNGRY ANYMORE,” but later opts for some delicious “STEAK DIANE.”

Zen Arcade is a veritable buffet line of fatty faves: Bob cooks up some “CHARRED TIPS.” Later he orders some “PRIME” down at the “NEWEST EATERY.” He’s got a sweet tooth for “THE BIGGEST PIE.” Alas, it’s a “BROKEN COOKIE, BROKEN HEART.” Grant warns that he’s “NEVER COOKING FOR YOU AGAIN,” yet later we find him “STANDING BY THE STOVE,” dreaming of that moment when “BEEF TURNS TO STEW” (“…waiters placing, gently placing, napkins round her plate.”) This is a very long album, and indigestion sets in by the end of side four, closing with the epic, flatulent jam, “REOCCURRING BEANS.”

Prior to Zen Arcade, you might remember, came the Huskers’ famous 7-inch single — its cover of the Byrds’ — or is it Birds’ — classic, “EGGS PILED HIGH.”

On New Day Rising, Grant tells us about “THE GIRL WHO WORKS AT THE BAR & GRILL,” followed on side two by the sugary “BOOKS ABOUT OREOS.” Bob serves up a “CELEBRATED SUPPER.”

Flip Your Wig is, let’s just say, a little thin, though Grant gives us a cooking lesson with “FLEXIBLE FRYER.”

On Candy Apple Pie… er, Gray … again its Grant with the big appetite. His two meaty singles are, “DON’T WANT TO KNOW IF YOU’RE HUNGRY,” and “HUNGRY SOMEHOW.”

The band’s final course is the delectable double LP: Steakhouse: Songs and Stories. Bob sings of “THESE IMPORTED BEERS,” before going gourmet on the plaintive “BED OF SNAILS.” Alas, he has “NO (DINNER) RESERVATIONS.” Grant snacks on some “CHARITY, CHASTITY, PEANUTS AND COKE,” and reminds us that “YOU CAN COOK AT HOME.”

Cabin Confidential

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Cabin Confidential

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traveling, this is the optimal take-along for constant leaflets, worried travelers, globe tourists, as well as any person yearning for an informed, behind the curtain take a look at the weird as well as misinterpreted organization of industrial air travel. Greater than simply a publication regarding flying, its topic is every little thing as well as whatever regarding the grand movie theater of flight, from airport terminal design to terrorism to the shades as well as societies of the globe’s airline companies. Patrick Smith has actually been called the assuming guy’s pilot. Right component of a years, his Ask the Pilot column at Salon.com was a particular as well as exceptional feeling: an aeronautics column, for paradise’s purpose, that can provide trenchant evaluation of an air calamity eventually, after that the following day stride fearlessly right into national politics, society, and even rock-and-roll, as well as in some way link all of it with each other. Cabin Confidential functions the most effective of that product, revitalized as well as adjusted right into a seven-chapter quantity of FAQs, essays and also individual narrative. Whether it’s the nuts as well as screws of cabin procedure or an amusing review of airline company logo designs and also color design, Cockpit Confidential is clever, amusing, as well as overflowing with beneficial info.”Nobody covers the airline company experience like Patrick Smith. And also, he”s a damned excellent author.”– Clive Irving, Condé Nast Traveler – How aircrafts fly

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From Our YouTube Archives: My Favorite Takeoff Videos

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From Our YouTube Archives: My Favorite Takeoff Videos

Most of our AirlineReporting energy and time mosts likely to this internet site and also Twitter, yet we additionally have a YouTube network that we do not desire you to ignore. Over there we have a few of our preferred home window seat sights, airport terminal highlights, and also various other clips conserved for your watching enjoyment. We’ve meddled some brief video clip journey records, like on JetBlue Mint and also Finnair’s long-haul company course. There’s likewise some on-scene protection of significant airport terminal facilities highlights, like Sea-Tac’s over-taxiway skywalk obtaining raised right into location.

For enjoyable, I aligned my 3 favored departure video clips from trips I’ve flown for the web site. It was difficult making the choices. Some solid competitors– similar to this Dreamliner #wingflex launch or this great instance of Newark identical path ops— really did not make it.

This 787 departure sight over New York really did not make the toplist, however one more Dreamliner departure did Continue reading to enjoy the

video clips I chose. , if you enjoy air travel video clips you will not desire to miss it!! Please note: as you’ll quickly see, I’m an extremely amateur videographer. As well as I’m mindful I require to expand my history songs collection. Please value these video clips for the #AvGeek delights (which are wonderful), as well as not for the manufacturing worths (which are not fantastic).

Third Place– Sunny Summer at Miami International Airport

This was a quite current trip, as well as my very first on the 737 MAX. That unmistakeable wing as well as winglet was a good foreground for some attractive waterside deem we removed to the eastern over downtown/midtown as well as South Beach. Various other highlights consist of a lightly-loaded 747 truck with dignity taking off next to us as we cabbed to the energetic path, a take a look at American Airlines’ enormous Miami procedure, and also a fly-by of Fort Lauderdale airport terminal.

The experience on American’s MAX was a little combined– review the complete tale right here– however I have absolutely no problems concerning the sights. 2nd Place– A Dreamliner Takeoff With a Rainbow Off the Wing

This video clip was from United’s inaugural trip of the 787-10 Dreamliner from San Francisco to Newark. It was putting when I reached the airport terminal, however right prior to we pressed back heaven skies opened as well as a lovely rainbow ruptured onto the scene. It was right off the ideal wingtip as we removed. That stylish 787-10 wing mentioning over the bay in the direction of the rainbow seemed like among those unique #AvGeek minutes. After I uploaded this video clip I found out (many thanks to our visitors) that it’s an AvGeek synthetic to play video clip throughout the departure itself.

The video clip listed below is readied to begin with the launch roll, yet scroll earlier to obtain a check into the United Polaris cabin as well as the pre-flight celebrations.

The climbout around midtown San Francisco was additionally straight-up beautiful. You can check out the complete trip below– the United group had a LOT of enjoyable with the inaugural getting on Valentine’s Day, as well as it was a reward to fly Polaris on a residential course. What could defeat that? Well just how around …

First Place– All Hail the Queen

In addition to tail web cams, exactly how do you obtain a forward-facing sight from a jetliner? Alternative # 1: spend years in coming to be an airline company pilot. Or choice # 2: fly among the really pole positions on a Boeing 747. Back in 2017, I utilized miles to grab an around-the-world travel plan that finished with a United 747-400 trip from London to San Francisco. As well as I reached publication seat 1A. It does not obtain any kind of far better than that. That much ahead the body wall surface has actually currently begun bending in the direction of the nose, so as opposed to indicating the side like a lot of aircraft home windows, your sight is partly onward encountering. It was just one of my very first times attempting video clip on a trip, so it’s a little bit unstable throughout the launch roll. If you view it you’ll see why it’s my favored.

BONUS: Mixed Emotions Flying on the Final United 747 Flight

I wish you take pleasure in these video clips as well as the others we periodically upload on YouTube. If you do, sign up for our network as well as allow us understand in the remarks area listed below, and also we’ll maintain the web content coming. Satisfied seeing as well as pleased flying!

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT -NEW YORK, NY. Manu obtained his exclusive pilot permit in senior high school, establishing the tone for his passion in all points air travel. He gained his constant leaflet qualifications functioning as a reporter, as well as is currently a clinical local in New York City. He delights in discussing flight from a millennial’s point of view.


Finnair adds Seattle to North America destinations; 8th new international at SEA since 2020

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Finnair adds Seattle to North America destinations; 8th new international at SEA since 2020
Finnair began service from Helsinki to Seattle on June 2, 2022

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport added its 8th new international carrier since the pandemic began in 2020, as Finnair started service from Helsinki on June 2.

Finnair's A330 received the traditional water cannon salute from the SEA fire department on arrival.
Finnair’s A330 received the traditional water cannon salute from the SEA fire department on arrival

Finnair will operate the 9.5-hour flights three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays using an A330. The inbound flight will be numbered AY033, and the return flight to Helsinki will be AY034.

Finnair is also part of the oneworld alliance, allowing connections either onward from Seattle or Helsinki via the local partner airlines, including Seattle’s own Alaska Airlines.

Finnair is a member of the Oneworld alliance, as is daily Seattle visitor Qatar Airways
Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance, as is daily Seattle visitor Qatar Airways

Finnair’s European network connects 70 cities on that continent. SEA is the sixth U.S. airport served by Finnair; other American destinations include Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Dallas.

The Finnair captain on the inaugural flight waves to the media that greeted the arrival
The Finnair captain on the inaugural flight waves to the media that greeted the arrival

Finnair had served Seattle in the past, first flying there in 1981.

A Finnair A330 taxies to the gate on the inaugural arrival at SEA
A Finnair A330 taxies to the gate on the inaugural arrival at SEA

EDITOR-AT-LARGE – SEATTLE, WA Francis Zera is a Seattle-based architectural, aerial, aviation, and commercial photographer, a freelance photojournalist, and a confirmed AvGeek.


Flying force One went to Seattle and also we existed

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Flying force One went to Seattle and also we existed
Air Force One coming close to the ramp mixed-up It’s probably one of the most renowned livery on one of the most renowned airplane in solution.

It’s blue-and-white livery is promptly recognizable to both AvGeeks and also those that check out airplanes as merely flying buses. Formally marked the

Air Force One moments from landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
VC-25 by the U.S. Air Force, 2 heavily-modified Boeing 747-200s have actually remained in solution

given that 1990. Air Force One minutes from touchdown at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Now, a lot of AvGeeks recognize that any kind of airplane can be marked

as Air Force One– the callsign is just energetic if the head of state gets on board. When the head of state is aboard, hence the changed 757s(formally C-32As)can additionally bring the callsign. The Seattle location sees C-32As relatively routinely, as upper-level authorities aside from the head of state usually check out the area, such as the vice head of state. The VC-25 hasn’t remained in these components because 2018, as well as we last covered a see below in 2015, so we scheduled for an upgrade. An Air Force police officer enjoys intently as the air stairways are raised to Air Force One The arrival as well as separation are generally established as media possibilities for neighborhood press electrical outlets, which’s just how we had the ability to cover the occasions. News release are dispersed and also screening applications provided. When authorized by the

White House Press Office, qualifications are provided, as well as you after that show up at the designated place numerous hrs ahead of time for physical testing by the Secret Service. After an extensive assessment of individuals as well as tools, we were accompanied to journalism location on the landing field, which usually is something like a parked 40-foot flatbed trailer, accessed by means of a collection of wood stairways, that’s partitioned and also very closely seen by even more

Secret Service individuals. The flatbed trailer/medial system– it’s open to the aspects, as well as most of us obtained saturated while waiting, however that’s all component of the video game On this see, the head of state left using motorcade, riding in among a set of limousines nicknamed”The Beast.”Both coincide, right to the matching permit plates. A Secret Service representative shuts the door of the governmental limousine before Air Force One The following early morning, the head of state was slated to reach SEA by means of Marine One, an MV-22 Osprey that’s been changed for VIP transportation. This was, for me, one of the most interesting component as I’ve just seen the head of state get here and also leave by means of motorcade– this would certainly be incredibly enjoyable. Unfortunately, it really did not most likely to strategy. A protection case(essentially, a person at the neighboring food-service service that offers the airline companies left a rice stove on the rear seats of their cars and truck in the car park )created a substantial disturbance to both the head of state

‘s separation and also to SEA air website traffic in basic. The head of state left regarding a hr late. The SEA web traffic problems took a number of hrs to clear. The outcome for the separation was that Air Force One was quickly relocated far from the ramp to a factor on the path midfield, together with every one of the diverse

companion cars adhering to behind. The Ospreys and also going along with Blackhawks arrived on a taxiway beside the 747, as well as every person boarded there. The jet left right from that area, having actually parked on the path&. Air Force One was rapidly relocatedAir Force One was quickly moved from the press area because of a security threat

from journalism location as a result of a safety hazard Aside from lots of hassle for SEA vacationers, some briefly

stressed-out safety and security individuals and also some dissatisfied reporters, the head of state securely left, albeit from the center of the landing strip, practically unseen of every person conserve for individuals taking care of him and also taking a trip with him. Marine One arrive at a midfield taxiway mixed-up When a resting head of state pays a go to, it’s never ever a plain day. Right here’s wishing for an additional see reasonably quickly, this moment with no quirkiness. EDITOR-AT-LARGE-SEATTLE, WA Francis Zera is a Seattle-based building, airborne, air travel, and also business professional photographer, a freelance photographer, and also a verified AvGeek.


Traveling background– we ride on a B-29

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Traveling background-- we ride on a B-29
Looking out the nose of a B-29 over Seattle– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Typically we cover airplanes and also airline companies below at AirlineReporter, yet periodically a chance

in the non-airline [r] globes appears that we simply can not pass on.So when the Museum of Flight right here at our Seattle HQ revealed that Doc, among just 2 airworthy Boeing B-29 bombing planes, was intending to check out in mid-May, we leapt at the possibility to see her up close. Also much better, we reached take a brief flight around Seattle.The aircraft showed up previously today (May 17 ). Its Star Wars-esque nose, 4 engines, as well as extremely glossy body made it very easy to find imminent. The pilots alleviated the bird onto the path and also cabbed to the Museum of Flight ramp as a group of sightseers collected to watch.While the B-29 was

initially generated in Seattle, Doc is not an indigenous Pacific Northwesterner. It was just one of 1,644 B-29s developed at Boeing’s Wichita plant, in Kansas, as well as rolled off the line in March of 1945. It never ever saw battle, and also took place offer in radar calibration and also target-towing till it was deactivated in 1956.

Doc, a couple of airworthy Boeing B-29 bombing planes left worldwide, relaxes after a media trip at Boeing Field in Seattle on May 17, 2022 It proceeded its solution to the United States Air Force also after retired life, yet as opposed to pulling targets, it turned into one. The plane invested years taking in the desert sunlight, together with the periodic bomb or bullet, on an Air Force battle array near China Lake, California prior to being uncovered in 1987. Remediation really did not start for one more years, in 1998, complying with a significant quantity of documentation to tear the aircraft loose from the United States federal government. Eighteen years as well as over 450,000 volunteer hrs afterwards, the remediation was full, as well as Doc once more flew in 2016.

Its Seattle go to is the initial for Doc, as well as the very first B-29 check out to the location in practically 8 years.

Flight designer Don Obreiter watches on the engine evaluates After a fast refueling– the staff had actually flown in from Spokane, WA– a gaggle of media were welcomed to board. AirlineReporter obtained unbelievably fortunate and also was provided a seat in the forward area, right behind the pilot. Site visitors and also team alike climb up aboard by means of a ladder in the nose equipment wheel well, and also are transferred right into the facility of the cockpit.In solution,

this area would certainly’ve been fairly active with 5 individuals in advance. Naturally there’s both pilots as well as a trip designer, plus a navigator and also, with the very best seat in your home, the bombardier right in the nose.

Twin piston engines passing on Puget Sound– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Today naturally, 2 of those settings are no more needed. The navigator and also bombardier seats are currently open for guests, as well as an extra seat was included behind the pilot to fit another individual for an overall of 7 up front.Eight extra are seated in back, 2 scanners that aid the pilots in observing wheels as well as flap setups, as well as 6 travelers. Both areas are linked using a long, slim passage that extends over the bomb bay. When it remained in solution, teams might pass through both areas in trip, yet today travelers are not normally enabled to do so, primarily as a result of the threat of disturbance.

Climbing out after removing from Boeing Field in Seattle– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Accessibility hatches to the bomb bay, situated under the passage at either entry, look even more like submarine hatches than anything you ‘d normally see on an aircraft. Since the B-29 was amongst the initial manufacturing airplane to be pressurized when it initially flew in 1942, that’s. This offered its trip teams considerable benefits comfortably that World War II-era bombing planes merely really did not have.The trip designer used a comprehensive description as he brought the 4 large radial engines to life on the ramp. The holler is fairly something, also from inside the aircraft, as well as reaching enjoy the designer function his magic goes over.< img loading="careless" size =" 754"elevation=

“503 “src=”https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/flying-history-we-ride-on-a-b-29-5.jpg”alt course= “wp-image-60494 careless”data-sizes= “(max-width: 754px)100vw, 754px “srcset= “https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/flying-history-we-ride-on-a-b-29-5.jpg 754w, https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/flying-history-we-ride-on-a-b-29-20.jpg 250w, https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/flying-history-we-ride-on-a-b-29-21.jpg 768w, https://www.airlinereporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022_05_17-Doc-B29-4.jpg 1300w”> Meg Godlewski delights in the sight

from the bombardier seat not long after remove– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren As we taxi out under the phone call indicator’Superfortress’ it is difficult to neglect that the plane’s powerplants have a little a poor track record, at the very least traditionally. The very early design Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone engines had a negative practice of overheating on remove. , if the pilots could not obtain the aircraft air-borne quickly sufficient they can– as well as usually did– capture on fire.. If teams really did not land quickly sufficient the fire would certainly spread out from the engine to the wing and also, well, points really did not improve from there.The 2nd

B-29 model experienced that specific trouble on an apparently regular examination trip in 1943, having actually left Boeing Field off the exact same path we’re currently on. The team was incapable to return securely. The aircraft collapsed right into an area simply north of the path– not also numerous hundred backyards where we are currently– eliminating 10 aboard and also 21 on the ground. Later on developments in engine technology resolved those very early concerns, conserving later on staffs and also airplane from a comparable destiny.

Pilot Mark Novak makes some last checks prior to leaving Boeing Field– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Our launch, however, was the good news is somewhat uneventful, albeit thrilling. The amazing variety of home windows from flooring to ceiling makes enjoying the departure an aesthetic banquet. It’s really difficult to determine what to take a look at: the path, the trip designer, or either of the pilots. It’s all fascinating.The pilot led the plane to the left, threading in between Boeing Field and also Renton Municipal, prior to working out right into a travelling elevation of 1,500 feet and also a rate of 200mph. It’s a leisurely stroll in the park for the aircraft which, while in solution, can strike elevation simply reluctant of 32,000 as well as full throttle of over 350mph. This made it among the much faster bombing planes in the War, usually able to fly greater as well as faster than adversary fighters.Not long after establishing a track north along picturesque Lake Washington, the staff signals we

can rise as well as check out. The area is not specifically huge, as well as the 3 people reporters behind the pilots function to work with changing settings. A guest browses in the forward bubble throughout trip– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Just like liftoff, it’s difficult to make a decision where to look. The sight out

front never ever obtains monotonous, with the globe slackly going by listed below. A little home window by the navigator table has a bird’s-eye view of the wing and also the engines, as well as periodically the trip designer provides the opportunity to lean over him to see out his much bigger– as well as open– window.The staff provides us to sit in the mouth of the passage, the top of which is enhanced by a little bubble home window that pays for great sights of the plane and also the location around it. Given that Doc never ever saw fight, it really did not have the gatling gun turret that generally would’ve been right here. Very same chooses the turrets listed below and also in the aft area of the aircraft. The only turret that continues to be is the tail artilleryman, with a set a inert Browning gatling gun standing responsibility. Co-pilot Ken Newell cleans up oil off the engines after a media trip at Boeing Field in Seattle on May 17, 2022– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren The inside is perfectly brought back as well as practically immaculately tidy. Naturally, it’s not precisely totally classic. The cabin has contemporary navigational tools, is ADS-B certified(you can track her on Flightradar24 as well as obtain alerts from JetTip), as well as the aft area has a set of television displays with forward-facing sights throughout trip for those in back.Same also with most of the components. At some time components break as well as require to be changed. The team describes that the Air Force assists frequently, enabling them to search via bone lawns for classic substitutes where feasible. When that stops working, Boeing as well as Spirit Aerosystems typically action in to assist, custom-building components and also supplying proficiency. The plane also has some 3D-printed components in non-critical locations, something that the teams that initially flew her back in the ’40s most likely never ever developed possible.Toward completion of the trip we were fortunate adequate to switch for a seat in the sought after bombardier setting for touchdown. There is nothing else seat like it in aeronautics, at the very least that we can assume of.The pilots oiled the path a couple of mins later on, as well as parked back where we started.We had the possibility to creep with the passage after car park, and also have a look at the aft area. Unlike several various other warbirds, Doc’s guest area is furnished with real seats. You can access the tail artilleryman placement in trip, as well as those

in back did, by creeping via the last 10 feet approximately. It’s limited, which’s without the tools as well as ammo that would certainly’ve been saved below throughout her solution years.Outside, the team cleaned her down as well as prepped her for a couple of times off prior to flying starts once again later on this week.Unfortunately for Pacific Northwest-based visitors, trips aboard Doc throughout its Seattle browse through are currently marketed out. They aren’t dismissing future trips being included if adequate need exists, however, so watch on their internet site or provide ’em a telephone call over the weekend break simply in case.If you definitely need to fly on it as well as can not make it function right here, you can comply with the aircraft to any one of its following quits on the trip. A complete timetable gets on their web site. Be advised, tickets are pricey.

The least costly seats, in the aft area of the aircraft, opt for$ 600. The forward area begins at$1,200

for both in the cabin as well as leaps to$1,500 for that wonderful, pleasant bombardier ride.That’s not awfully unexpected provided the aircraft burns$ 4-5,000 in oil and also gas alone per hr, according to the staff. It increases after including insurance coverage, upkeep, as well as various other prices, they said.If that isn’t precisely in your spending plan, ground excursions

will certainly be readily available Friday with the weekend break; contributions urged. Or merely pop by Boeing Field around 9am either weekend break day as well as enjoy it go out for yourself.You’ll rejoice you did. A Trekkie Reviews Alaska’s New Star Wars Livery