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Last light of the day….from above

Thought for the day…”I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, and three times to make sure” (Mae West).

“Sex is emotion in motion”  (Mae West).

Up in the air……Who is the biggest?  The largest airline in the world (in terms of revenue, profit and fleet size) is the American Airlines group.   In terms of passengers, Delta is the world’s biggest private airline, with around 129 million passengers a year.   Emirates Airlines (UAE) is government owned, but their revenue last year was around USD 24.2 BILLION.  It used to be fun at one time, but now the security checks, check-in procedures and overcrowded airports have certainly taken the gloss away.    I often wonder who actually votes for the airlines that ‘win’ the awards for the world’s best airlines, but Singapore Airlines get my vote…..as does Singapore Airport (SIN) for the world’s best airport.    Norway’s Oslo (OSL) airport certainly deserves an award, not for comfort or for convenience, but for the lack of facilities and unpleasant surroundings.    Every time that I fly into or out of OSL I am struck by what a DISGRACE it is for Norway.  It does not get any better either.

Work means that I fly more than I would like but occasionally there are some perks….like this sunset last month, seen from an aircraft window in Norway….

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and another photo from the archives…an unlucky weekend motorist (Ferrari) gets a ticket in Stockholm, Sweden….

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Two from Madeira – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Be careful when reading health books.  You may die of a misprint”.

” The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work”.

Despite being known for difficult approaches, the pilot of this Hungarian-registered 737 had no problems landing at Funchal Airport, Madeira.    In the background one of the Islas Desertas is visible, one of several islands that make up the group in Madeira (with the island of Porto Santo being the second largest).   Some those onboard the aircraft will be heading towards the capital, Funchal, whose old streets are in the second photo.   Whilst there, they may sample one of the local special drinks, called Nikita, a mixture of white wine, beer, ice-cream, pineapple and sugar or hike up to the highest point on the island at 1818m.   Although officially part of Portugal, the islands are semi-autonomous, and benefit from a fantastic year-round climate.  Around 265 000 people live in Madeira, although it receives around 1 million tourists a year, mostly from the European Union (especially Germany, the UK and Scandinavia).

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Queen of the Skies leaves Zurich – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” When opportunity knocks, please answer the door.  Don’t keep asking who it is”.

”  Your trust account is more important than your bank account”.

Another photo today of the ‘Queen of the Skies’, the Boeing 747.   The 747 series has now logged more than 77.8 BILLION kilometres, which is the equivalent of 101,500 trips to the moon and back.   An estimated 5.6 billion people (or 80% of the world’s population) are said to have flown in a 747.   The aircraft in the photo, the 747 400 series has around 274km of wiring in it, and can fly up to 13 500km non-stop.  It can carry 215,745 litres of fuel.  Interestingly, the Wright brothers’ first flight could have been performed within the length of the economy section of this aircraft (45m).   The photo shows a departure from Zurich, Switzerland bound for Singapore Changi, a distance of 10 318km.  This service has now been replaced by a daily Airbus A380.   Zurich airport, apart from being a pleasant airport to fly from, is also very photographer-friendly, even arranging special trips to the best photo spots around the airport.

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Commercial success, the 737 aircraft – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” If you do not fight for what you want, then do not cry for what you lost”.

” A dream is not what you see in your sleep, it is the thing that does not let you sleep”.

Another aircraft photo for the picture today, and a 737 of Caribbean Airlines.   The 737 has proved to be an extremely popular aircraft, and was the first aircraft to receive more than 10 000 orders.   Sales have risen to over 11 150 aircraft.  The newer versions of this aircraft, the 737 NG (next generation) are as wide as they are long, so it is known as the ‘square aircraft’.    Each 737 NG has around 67 km of wire inside it, and an estimated total of 600 000 parts in each aircraft.  It takes around 189 litres of paint to paint an average 737, the paint alone adding an extra 113 kg to the weight of the aircraft.   The aircraft has sold so well that on average, there are 2000 737s in the air at any given time, and one 737 takes off or lands every 2 seconds.  And to buy one… around USD 93 million.

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Ethiopia travel – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’.                       ”   The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe”

No prizes for guessing the destination of the photo today……easy one.    With sometimes very slow local transport, then air is the easy way to travel around Ethiopia.    Ethiopia was the birthplace of coffee, and now it is the arabica coffees that are the most important crops for many farmers.   Due to the big differences in climate and altitude in Ethiopia, coffee is grown in 4 different zones.   Coffee is the most important export for Ethiopia, and the coffee industry is a major employer.   Often visitors to a home are welcomed with a traditional coffee ceremony, where the beans are roasted in a large wok-like pan before making the good, fresh coffee.   Most of the coffee beans in commercial production are dried in the sun for 3 to 4 weeks, which is said to give a much better taste over machine dried beans.   Ethiopian coffees also have less caffeine in them, as lightly roasted coffees contain less caffeine than dark-roasted ones.   The coffee tree is actually related to the cherry tree.    Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is first).     So a combination of great scenery, good coffee and interesting culture, make Ethiopia a great place to visit.

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Lift off, Queen of the Skies – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Life is a gift.  Are you going to unwrap it or leave it in the box”

”  Beauty only gets attention but personality captures the heart”.

An estimated 6 million parts go into the making of the 747 jumbo jet, half of them being fasteners.  It has around 274 km of wiring and about 8km of tubing.   The tail of a 747 is about the same height as a 6 storey building.  When it was first built, around 75 000 engineering drawings were used.    The 747 series has been extremely sucessful, and has logged around 78 billion kilometres in flight, equivalent to about 102 000 return trips to the Moon, and is said to have carried around 5.6 billion passengers in total.    Newer models of the 747 can carry over 240 000 litres of fuel.   Interesting that the Wright brothers first flight  could have been performed within the 45m length of the economy cabin of a 747.   The 747 400 seen in this photo is departing from Curacao in the Caribbean for the flight back to Amsterdam.  My experience of KLM is that they are no longer a good airline,  with poor service, poor aircraft interiors and poor customer service.  Whilst they may have been good at one time, I stopped using them a long time ago.  They have been overtaken by other airlines, and I do not recommend them.

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Tropical Paradise, warm water & soft sand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Sometimes you have to take a leap at life and build your wings on the way down”.          ” When in doubt, do without”

” There is no use in running fast when you are on the wrong road”.

In my inbox today was an email from an airline (a good one too) advertising some special offers on their new Dreamliner aircraft.  Given that the very same aircraft is in the international news again today (after another fire), it was perhaps unfortunate timing to send out these emails !!.  Confidence in the safety of that aircraft must be at an all time low now, and I am in no hurry to fly onboard it.   And a Thomson Dreamliner flying from the UK to the USA has also diverted and returned to the UK as well.  Bring back the 747 I say, until Boeing can sort the Dreamliner out and get rid of all the problems.

Off to the Caribbean for the photo today and to the island of Curacao.   Little Knep beach is the place in the photo and another busy day by the look of it.    Water and air temperature were near perfect here.  Curacao is now an independent country, after being part of the Netherlands Antilles up to 2010, and is home to around 162 000 people.    Tourism, financial services, oil and international trade are the main industries here.  Venezuela is only about 60km away from Curacao.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 20th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”

“If you want someone to remember you, just borrow some money from him”.

Another aviation photo today and a classic aircraft, the Lockheed Super Constellation.  It first flew in 1943 and was still in airline service up to the 1990s.   In 1947 Pan Am operated the first ever regular around the world service.  The Constellation was also the first pressurized airliner in service.  In 1957 a Constellation flew from Los Angeles to London in 18 hours and 32 minutes, and a Constellation flight for TWA from London to San Francisco stayed airborne for 23 hours and 19 minutes.     The aircraft in the photo today  is seen here at Zurich airport.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 16th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Make peace with your past so it will not mess up the present”.

“Light travels fast than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak”

Up into the air for the photo today and the queen of the skies, the 747 (actually a 747 400 in the photo).     It first flew in 1969 and more than 1450 ‘jumbos’ have been built.   It cruises at 920 km/h and has a range of 13 450km.   The list price of a new 747 800 (the latest model) is USD 351 million.   Interesting, the early versions carried URANIUM as ballast to stop a problem with wing flutter, not good in the even of a crash, as did an El Al 747 at Amsterdam in 1992, carrying 282 kg of uranium in the tailplane.  In 1991, one 747 took off with 1087 passenger aboard as part of Operation Solomon.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 12th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Why are they called apartments when they are all joined together?”

“Experience is a wonderful thing, it allows you to recognize a mistake when you make it again”.

The cockpit of one of the 5 Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft belonging to the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the photo today.  These aircraft were first delivered in 1965, but are now being refurbished to keep them in service until about 2020.  Although originally a 1950s design, it is still in service with many armed forces around the world.  Over 2300 have been built.  It still holds the record for the largest aircraft to land on an aicraft carrier (1963).  The maximum speed is 592 km/h, and when fully loaded, uses about 1100m of runway to take off.

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