Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Attention those close to Chicago....

There is something very special coming up for you folk soon!!!  On July 26, the one and only Cap'n Aux, author Eric Auxier will be in Chicago to sign copies of his new book, There I Wuz.

Eric Auxier on Amazon

The party will be at Aviation Universe. I’ll be doing a short talk, book reading and signing, and Q&A session, and just general chumming around with whomever shows up!  Currently scheduled to start at around 12noon, but check with Aviation Universe closer to the time.  Their details are:

www.aviationuniverse.us


13 W. Main St., Shop #6
Bensenville, IL  60106
Phone: 630-350-7913
Toll Free: 855-252-8864
www.aviationuniverse.us

So, go and support the friendly Cap'n, he will also have copies of his other published books as well.

Eric Auxier on Amazon

And keep a good eye for him on your US Airways/American flights as well...


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vacation over - some South African stuff

As with all good things, they must come to an end and part of that is the vacation.  Having spent just under 4 weeks in South Africa on vacation, we have now returned back to the US and all the pictures from the vacation have been edited...so here are some highlights from the trip.

The first surprise of the trip was at Frankfurt.  Waiting for the connection to South Africa, the cloudy and cold day finally turned out half decent and this beauty took off right in front of us.  Not only my first Boeing 747-8i, but the special Fanhansa scheme for the World Cup.






From there, I spent a little time at OR Tambo International airport where the mornings can yield some lovely stuff.





Finally, I spent a little time at Lanseria International Airport - a private airport on the north-west side of Johannesburg.  Two scheduled airlines into this airport as well as a whole lot of private movements.  It also has a very interesting graveyard.



The Florida summer continues to deliver masses of rain and cloudy days, so there has not been time to spend at my local, but hopefully there will be some time in the near future.

In the meantime, more time spent behind the camera lens.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Exciting things on the horizon!!

There are really some exciting things on the horizon - and - some are not aviation related!

This coming Thursday, May 29 has two exciting things happening.

Firstly, my family and I will be heading overseas on vacation.  There will be some exciting aviation articles coming from the trip as well as hopefully some great wildlife pictures courtesy of a rented 200mm-500mm lens :)  So - keep an eye out here for both - hopefully I will have time to post while I am overseas too :)

Secondly, the same Thursday, my readers all need to head over to the awesome blog of my friend Eric "Cap'n Aux" Auxier which can be found here:
http://capnaux.com/
Apart from a whole blog of great reading, there will be an announcement about his latest book.  Having seen a preview of the book, I can tell you all that you will all love reading this awesome book from cover to cover!!  I have a little bit to do with part of the book too - I'm happy to say that I was able to provide the cover picture for the book which you can see here.


Something else that has been going on over the past few weeks has been the advent of the new Airport Watch program at Miami International Airport of which I am also a part.  It has taken a couple of years to get to full fruition, but now it is up and running.  There was some great media coverage on the day, and I did an article for NYCAviation.com about it that you can read on the below link.
http://www.nycaviation.com/2014/05/miami-launches-airport-watch-program/#.U2u_K156lSU

I haven't been out to get a lot of shots at Fort Lauderdale recently - a couple that will come in a later post, but the summer heat haze at Fort Lauderdale has been really brutal!

So, not a lot of time spent behind the camera lens, but some fun stuff happening!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Summer is starting to set in......

Every year at this time of year, aviation photographers in South Florida seem to go into hiding.  The sun gets really high in the sky casting nasty shadows over a great deal of the aircraft we normally shoot and the dreaded heat haze from the runways and taxiways start to show on the pictures.  Not to say that there aren't some intrepid photographers that still just go out (me being one of them!!) to see what we still can get.  So, over the summer, there might not be a lot of shoots, but there are still some interesting things going on.

I have recently done two articles on the changes at Fort Lauderdale with the new runway construction.  The first was on the actual construction itself and the second was on the demolition of the Hilton Hotel.  As the completion of the runway nears, there will be more and more coming.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I'll be part of a tour of the elevated runway section itself.  The opening of the new runway is set for September 18, 2014 currently, so activity if very fevered there.

Of course, I couldn't let a post go without at least one picture.  This I got a few weeks ago - the first time I have seen a Delta Boeing 757-300 with winglets - good to know they are putting them on now - United (Continental) did them a few years ago.






So, some more time spent behind the camera lens, but - for some slightly different reasons :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Special Day - FedEx Boeing 727 arrives at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Well, that doesn't seem to special does it - a Boeing 727-200 arriving at FLL - what does make it special though, it the fact that it has been donated by FedEx to FLL for training and this was the last flight of "Stephanie" N235FE.  Pictures below, but the full article from the event is available on NYCAviation.com.







Some more time spent behind the camera lens....

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Very...inattentive to my blog...and - RIP MH370

I realize that I have been very inattentive to my blog of late.  So much has been going on - at work - otherwise - but - the planes have not stopped - and - I haven't stopped photographing them.  I need to get more posted - but - in the last week or so - there have been two very interesting rthings at Fort Lauderdale.


Delta has started fitting the Boeing 757-300's with winglets - and - they look stunning - this I caught this past week


And then - Varig has started to return some aircraft from lease.  This was the first of 3 that will come through Fort Lauderdale in the next few months.

Of course, this weekend has also seen the tragedy that is Malaysian flight MH370.  As of writing this blog entry, the wreckage has not been found and there is so much speculation on what has happened.  I am not going to speculate - to me, speculation breeds rumors and we don't need those.  Until the wreckage is found and the black boxes located, we will never know what happened.  I will reserve all judgements until those two things have happened.......

In the meantime though, more time spent behind the camera lens......

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Florida Aviation Photography Convention - Ramp Tours



Once a year, a large group of aviation photographers descend on South Florida for the annual Photography and Slide convention that has been going on for 20+ years!   Part of the convention thankfully includes tours on the ramps of both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport.  This year, the ramp tour at Fort Lauderdale was in absolutely perfect but cool weather.  A few of the subjects from that tour.







There was another special sighting on the Fort Lauderdale tour - what was an ex-American Eagle ERJ135 that is now adorned with South African Airlink colors, but no titles yet.  I can only guess it will be winging its (long) way to South Africa in the near future.


The ramp tour at Miami started off in beautiful weather, but unfortunately, an approaching cold front decided to present a layer of cloud that was frustrating to all the photographers, however, any time spent on the ramp of an airport in any weather is much better than time at work :) - unless you are a pilot that is.....  Here are some of the subjects from the Miami tour.









Hopefully, the tours next year will both be in perfect weather - we can only hope!

Some more time spent behind the camera lens......