Around the World

Miles flown for stories
2014: 201,532
2013: 330,818

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Around the World: An Interview with Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia in command of the PC-12NG - Photo: Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia in command of the Pilatus PC-12NG – Photo: Amelia Rose Earhart

On the 2nd of June, 1937, Amelia Earhart began her journey around the world – the one that would end somewhere over the Pacific.  On June 26, 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart began her journey around the world to recreate that famous flight.  However, this Amelia completed that journey successfully, touching down after 19 days in Oakland, California.

Piloting a Pilatus PC-12NG, Amelia and her co-pilot Shane Jordan circumnavigated the globe, visiting 14 countries along the way and sealing her fate as the youngest woman to circle the globe in a single-engine aircraft.

Almost a year ago, I was present for Amelia’s announcement of the flight at Oshkosh 2013.  Since then, I’ve followed along like so many others on Twitter and other social media.  Now that Amelia is back, I was given the chance to talk to her and ask her about her amazing journey.

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Video: All-Star Airliners at LAX

There are many great aircraft that come and go from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) everyday. This video, made from our friend SpeedbirdHD,  is a great combination of aircraft from an All Blacks 777 to a Lufthansa 747-8I.

Enjoy!

Tips for Success from Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines. Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines – Photo: Delta

Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in a small group interview of Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines.  Anderson is a long-time industry insider and the chief one of the largest airlines in the world. Domestically, Delta is often ranked by Fortune as one of the Top 50 most admired companies and is a long-standing member of the Fortune 500, presently occupying spot 51 by 2014 rankings.

When asked a rather mundane question about daily routine, Anderson responded with pure gold. Rather than provide a hurried, rehearsed, and insincere response that many would come to expect from a top-level executive, Anderson instead walked us through a typical day and highlighted what he referred to as his best practices.

Anderson’s relaxed and inviting demeanor is one that naturally commands attention. However, when he began reciting his secrets to success, those of us with backgrounds in business and leadership were captivated. When a Fortune 500 CEO takes their time to volunteer advice, those looking to further their own success and careers should take note.

Without further ado, Anderson’s Tips for Success…

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The World of Flying Standby

Slow morning at Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in upstate New York - Photo Steven Paduchak

Slow morning at Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in upstate New York – Photo: Steven Paduchak

Ever wonder what it’s like to be “that guy?” Specifically, when trying to get on a particular flight, standing up at the kiosk as the gate agent scans everyone’s boarding pass?  Well people, I had the distinct opportunity to be “that guy.”  Welcome to the world of flying via standby.

What is “standby” flying?  Well, I’ll tell you.  People who are on a standby list for a particular flight have the option to snag any available seats left over once the boarding process is complete.  By “standard passengers,” I, of course, mean people who actually paid money (or miles) for their ticket.  Flying standby is most commonly a result of a friend or relative working for that specific airline, or regional affiliate. My first week being a part of this kind of travel was entertaining, exciting, nerve-wrecking, aggravating, and unorthodox, to say the least.  Here’s how it all got started.

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Interview: Flying on the World’s Most Interesting Aircraft

The flight deck on the Air Koryo IL-62.

The flight deck on the Air Koryo IL-62 – Photo: Bernie Leighton

Some people might think our own Bernie Leighton, AirlineReporter Managing Correspondent, is crazy. He has had the opportunity to fly around the world on some old and unique airplanes others might be afraid to step foot on. But Bernie throws caution to the wind and looks to fly on planes that make many AvGeeks jealous. The specialty aircraft he has flown and reported on, via AirlineReporter, include:

Biman DC-10 ready for boarding - Photo: Bernie Leighton

Biman DC-10 ready for boarding – Photo: Bernie Leighton

And that is not to mention the “normal” airplanes he flies on too, like the 747, Q400 and G650. Since he has experienced so many different types of aircraft, I wanted to interview him and have him share his ideas. Here is our interview:

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