Friday, June 25, 2010

Save Money on Airport Parking And Enjoy Holidays

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If you recently bought and paid for a holiday abroad, this article is for you. Here are two pieces of information that not only improve your journey, but also saves money for airport parking. There are also a lot of
advice here to get the most out of your airport parking lot purchase and receive the best possible start for your trip.

My advice to achieve these two seemingly contradictory goals is his librot parking reservation in advance and receivernts and greet parking. When you load the full retail price, which just released have been smart and day to make reservations in advance to ensure the best possible conditions.

How can you put your money in the airport parking?

To save your money in the airport terminal just ahead to stay, but be sure to buy the best offer. Most companies use a terminal-time intelligent pricing agreements analogous to the evaluations models provided by the airlines through which the ticket price as the increase closer to departure. Parking at the airport is the same and therefore pay more during the day when booked in advance.

The other advantage of booking in advance is sure is that your parking. During the summer months, many hotels have been exceeded. It would be a shame fürnehmen your flight around the driver is looking for a room. Book early to ensure that Sie a place to park your car.

Of course, you can park in the short term, parking, and I know someone who has been two weeks, but the cost of parking mmineral came at a price of flights!

There are many sites that compare prices for parking at the airport, so the quick search on the search vostromotorees preferred to deliver the desired results. Please note that although the airport parking industry is very competitiveENESS, and there are some opportunities there, an airport parking lot is like life - you get what you pay!

What is great about Meet and greet park?

Meet and greet parking lot, sometimes a driver or valet parking, is the convencionalient form of parking spaces. We meet at the Mini - the hotel by a member of the society parking personnel usually with a machine ready for your luggage. You park your car and you.
If You back to your car is on mini-terminal and will be free to their return trip with a minimum of delay.

The benefits to meet and greet parking are obvious

1st Do not hesitate in reaching the check-in

2nd Not carry around heavy luggage prOprea

3rd N. Education of children in buses

4th Do not wait for shuttle services, or to and from the airport

They remain dry, unflustered, timely and healthy ready to start your UrlAUB.

If you spend a little more than a meet and greet parking service will not be delayed waiting lists for its drivers, if everything you need to do is check in? Especially since it probably came with a pillow Gentlemen of time before the desktop when you reserve the regular long-term parking.

Then, when RSDP back, you want your car awaits you next to the terminal. Do not wait until May or you have purchased cheaper in the shuttle ParkpLatz. Some companies offer a parking cash-back guarantee if you wait, but they are rare at this time.

Why incontraer and hospitality and parking only cheaper in the long-term parking?

If you book meet and greet parking has become the practical and stress free parking. Regular long - term parking at the airport is more and it is not so simple.

Regular long-term parking and May for a while, "as you pull are obliged to find parking lot, park your car, then head of the bus service pollur Viaje reach the airport, while the heavy baggage. You must load their bags of entry and exit of buses at each end of the trip and also for the return trip to remember. Pray that no rains, and deihre children when you work with you, well behaved and not strain your back before you were in the air!

When you return to find the bus stop and take the shuttle bus to Parkplatz his car the whole time drag their luggage with you. Busy time in many years, flights often land in quick succession in the night and can have two or three buses to reduce the adhesive enough so that you can take the bus. I was there and sperimentato. Do not you really need.

Now you go and book knowledge and their greeting to the inputs. Make sure to do so in advance and get a good start without problem pausesr their holidays withoutthe bank.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5 Tips for Air Travel With Kids: How to Have a Pleasant Airplane Ride!!!

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No, there isn't a magical machine that will zap your family 900 miles away instantly. While that does sound very appealing, unfortunately you'll have to choose the next best thing: airplane travel. And, yes, that
means screaming kids, rude glares from strangers and a throbbing migraine headache for you. However, you can apply a few travel trips to help minimize the stress and chaos as much as possible. Here are a few tips for traveling by airplane with small children. They're not guaranteed to help, but it could lessen the chances of getting a few gray hairs.

Airplane Travel With Kids Tip #1: Don't Board Early

As you probably already know, most airlines allow a time for children and adults with special needs to board first. While this can be helpful in some situations, it really isn't a great idea with young children. Think about it: on the airplane they will be strapped down to a seat, and will become restless easily. While you're waiting, they can walk around a little and get some energy out. Boarding early might meant that will be on the airplane a full 30 minutes (possibly longer) before take-off. They could be grouchy before the plane even takes off! It will just lengthen the time they spend cooped up on the plane. So, if possible, don't use early boarding with small kids.

Airplane Travel With Kids Tip #2: Bring New Toys, Coloring Books and Travel Activities

Consider this to be part of the cost of a new plane ticket. Buy new (quiet but fun) toys for the kids. If you think you can't afford it, visit a second hand store or stop by garage sales to see if you can find some great deals. They are definitely worth every penny to save you sanity.

For kids ages 3 1/2 and above, I recommend Crayola Color Wonder No Mess Fingerpaints (or Markers), which should hopefully keep them still for 30 minutes or so. You might even get a toy airplane if you think he/she'd like that. Toys will help pass the time, and will keep your children busy, at least temporarily.

Airplane Travel With Kids Tip #3: Break the Rules
 Is your 14 month old only allowed a pacifier at night? Break the rules - and let him or her have one. Are you trying to potty train your 22 month old boy? Take a vacation from it, and put him in diapers. The same
goes for junk food for older kids. Eating a bag of cheetos will cause less harm to them, than the stress of them going bonkers will to you. The goal is to make the trip as stress-free as possible. One way to reach that goal is to eliminate stressful factors!

Airplane Travel With Kids Tip #4: Dress Them Comfortably

I grew up in Germany, and had a friend whose mother made her wear footsies (pajamas) on the airplane ride. While that is a little overboard, I do think its important to dress the children comfortable. A cute comfortable sweatsuit is a great idea. Leave the summer dresses, wool sweaters, and other clothes in the suitcase.

Airplane Travel With Kids Tip #5: Read Travel-Themed Books

This tip is great for kids ages 2-8. One great way to prepare your children for what to expect, is read them books about air travel. I recommend My First Airplane Ride by Patricia Hubbell and Lisa's Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman. There are also great board books on airplanes for toddlers. Search online for some great airplane-themed books.

These are just five tips to make your trip a pleasant one. Relax, and remember it will be over soon. You'll be at your desitination in no time! Happy Traveling!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Review Of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

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A Good Traveling Experience at Suvarnabhumi Airport Depends on If You're Traveling International or Domestic
I live in Bangkok, Thailand so am a frequent traveler out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport has only been open for a couple of years and, during that time, has had a lot of problems. A late initial opening
date was followed by computer problems at check-in desks, bad signage so travelers were confused, huge lines at immigration, not enough toilets being built, and finally a takeover of the airport by protestors against the government that put the airport out of commission for more than two weeks. Since it opened however, I've actually enjoyed traveling out of Suvarnabhumi Airport as I was traveling on international flights. That all changed last week, when I took a domestic flight. For international flights, Suvarnabhumi is an excellent airport. For domestic flights, it's one of the worst airports I've ever flown out of and this review explains why.

Design of Suvarnabhumi Airport - The actual design and architecture of the airport is beautiful. It's all steel and glass with absolutely enormous ceilings, a vast open feeling to every space and, at night, when it's all lit up in purples and blues, it looks gorgeous as you come in for a landing.

Traveling on International Flights - If you travel on an international flight from Suvarnabhumi, you're likely to be quite pleased. Overall, check-in is quick, immigration now moves fast and the international departures area is lovely. It has one of the largest international departure shopping areas I've ever seen at an airport. There are over 100 shops, restaurants and cafes selling everything from Thai silks to handicrafts, toys to books, perfumes to jewelry and much more. There are many choices for restaurants and cafes, and their prices are not much more expensive than in Bangkok itself. When I travel on international flights out of Suvarnabhumi, I always make sure I allow myself extra time to check out all the stores and get a good meal.
Traveling on Domestic Flights - I took my first domestic flight out of Suvarnabhumi Airport last week and couldn't have been more disappointed. I flew Air Asia, which is notorious for late departure times and problem
check-ins, so this flight was no exception. When I arrived at the airport, the check-in lines were huge and, after standing in line for more than 20 minutes I was asked to move to another line, where the wait ended up being even longer. My flight was at 6:30am, so I had had to leave my apartment at 4am to be able to check-in on time. So, by the time we walked through into the domestic departures area, I was dying for a cup of coffee.

The walk to our gate from check-in was like being in a long-distance race. We walked for 15 minutes before we got anywhere near the gate and, during that time, didn't see one shop, restaurant or coffee shop anywhere in the domestic departures area. As international departures has many choices of restaurant and cafes, I'd expected the domestic area to be the same. Imagine my surprise when we got to our gate to find absolutely nowhere to even get a cup of coffee. We backtracked, and finally found a very small shopping area but, at 6am, nothing was open. Another two or three minute walk, and we finally found a large restaurant where I was told we could buy a card (minimum 200 baht) to go inside and buy a latte. As I didn't want the hassle of having to buy a card, get a latte, and then get the price difference refunded from the card purchase, I asked for a 3-in-1 coffee sachet from the front counter instead. Imagine my surprise, when I discovered that the 3-in-1 coffee sachet and paper cup, which would have cost me 15 baht at any 7-11 in Bangkok, was 100 baht at Suvarnabhumi. At this point in time, I will avoid ever buying anything at the domestic terminal at Suvarnabhumi again.

The size of Suvarnabhumi Airport is ridiculous. It takes forever in the domestic terminal to get to gates and, as most of it is walking, it would be very easy to miss a flight. The airport domestic section is huge, boring and with nothing in the way of shops or entertainment. The old airport, Don Muang, was much better for domestic travel and it's a pity the Thai authorities, in all their wisdom, decided to transfer all domestic travel to Suvarnabhumi.

Overall, if you're planning on flying from Bangkok, I highly recommend Suvarnabhumi Airport for international travel. For domestic travel, if you have any other options (bus, taxi, car, motorbike, boat), I would say
take any of them before you fly out of Suvarnabhumi. Check-in takes too long, gates are too far away, getting a cup of coffee is just about impossible, and the waiting area itself is quite uncomfortable. The people who designed the domestic terminal did not have their passengers comfort in mind when the terminal was designed and, if you've traveled anywhere else in Asia, you will be severely disappointed.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Unmanned Aircrafts Are Being Developed to Monitor Civilians.

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British Police is developing the "invisible surveillance" program and in the coming year cities will be monitored by the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. They will patrol over the city in 6 km altitude
and will record violations of law.
The company "BAE Systems", by the orders of police, is developing such aircrafts; they are already called as a "revolutionary" crime preventing technique. (Source newspaper "The Guardian")

Unlike in Afghanistan and other countries, the use of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is for purposes like destruction of intelligence and target acquisition, the UAVs for police will be purely for civilian uses.

These aircrafts, which are invisible from land, will be able to simultaneously carry many different purposes and surveillance tasks like: monitor serious traffic offenses, control the activities of protesters and monitor anti-social behavior of urban streets, "catch" agricultural technology thieves, vandalism, etc.

The first UAV prototype, filled with high-definition video cameras and other monitoring equipment kits, will rise up the air this year.

It is reported that BAE Systems' machines will be able to rise and descend themselves, patrol in the air up to 15 hours. These UAVs will be programmed to perform specific police operations for example: automatically withdraw from the patrol route, if it detects suspicious activity on earth, or, at the same time, meet the different intelligence tasks. High-definition video cameras, radar and infrared sensors will be used in such aircrafts. These UAVs will also monitor the shipping of the country's coasts and the Channel, trying to detect the illegal immigrants entering France. It is reported that the aircrafts will be used for automatic
search and rescue operations. British police expect that a national monitoring program by UAVs will be fully launched in 2012 during the London Olympic Games.

One could argue that such type of military-style spy drones will be violating the privacy rights of civilian people. Such type of invisible surveillance brings us one step closer to fully automated law enforcement which can be achieved in the near future.

Here is the video showing one of the possible prototypes of UAV.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Costs of Pursuing an Undergraduate, College Degree in Aviation

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As students go about their day begrudging their undergraduate course loads and dreading repaying their STUDENT LOAN interest for book, tuition and living expenses, they should remember to
be thankful for one thing: that they are not an aviation major.

While an academic institution such as Western Michigan University offers 141 or so academic programs to its undergraduate population, with differing credit hour requirements leading to higher and lower costs in terms of book and lab fees and a fluctuating total educational gross, aviation majors have it worst when it comes to pound for pound expenses.

"I would agree that aviation majors carry the highest costs here," said Barbara McKinney, a WMU registrar. "Other than that area, I don't know of any undergraduate majors here that carry a substantially higher cost than others."

In-state tuition at WMU for junior and senior students for the 2007-2008 academic year runs at $242.03 per credit hour. A full-time student, taking between 12 and 16 credit hours per semester, is charged a flat fee of $3,630 if he or she is in-state.

While it's obvious that the total collegiate expenses of a student with a major that requires less per-hour coursework would be less financially burdensome, the gap in terms of the final costs of the degrees is of little consequence because both majors are still paying roughly the same amount of money per credit hour. What really makes a difference is the extra costs attached to the major.

While most majors are paying out an average of $250 or so per credit hour in tuition costs, flight science majors are required to pay for a number of costs most other majors don't even have to consider.

"As a flight science major you do have to pay for gas [for the plane], instructors, equipment (headset, charts, etc.), plane rental and gas to get to and from Battle Creek, in addition to the check rides, FAA tests and tuition, plus books," said Tyler Smith, 20, a WMU aviation maintenance technology major who is also in the Army National Guard.
In fact, when all is said and done, aviation flight science majors can expect to pay a bare minimum of $41,348.40 in additional expenses through the end of their undergraduate education, according to the 2007 WMU
College of Aviation fee chart. And it's important to remember that this is a minimum cost. Depending on the type of aircraft flown, as well as instructor and fuel costs, the number can easily reach close to $300 per hour of flight instruction.

Smith said that even as an aviation maintenance major the costs are significant, as students are responsible to pay for things like tools. The lab fees alone for the required aviation maintenance technology major courses add an additional $1100 to the bill.

"It's not cheap," he said.

To make it worse, the stereotype that aviation majors are more than compensated with higher salaries after graduation is flawed. The average starting salary for an aviation flight science major is $23,819, according to the 2007-2008 WMU Career Search Manual.

However, before eliciting too much pity on the aviation major's account, it should be noted that the pay rises exponentially with experience. The median expected salary for a typical Aircraft Maintenance Manager I with 7-10 years experience in the United States, is $95,397, while the median expected salary for a typical Captain/Pilot in Command (Small Jet), for instance, with a minimum of 5,000 hours of flight experience in the United States is $100,929, according to the salary center at

The median expected salary for a typical editor in the United States is $52,264.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Widebodies and regionals duke it out on the runway

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For years I've been urging people to understand that most air traffic delays have relatively little to do with the shortcomings of the ATC infrastructure or a lack of airport capacity, per se. While those things certainly contribute, the chief cause of congestion is the inefficient use of aircraft.

The number of fliers has more than doubled over the last three decades, and so has the number of planes carrying them. Yet the size of these aircraft has been shrinking. An average jetliner now has 135 seats -- far fewer than it used to. Meanwhile, the use of regional jets, which carry up to 90 or so people, has increased 300 percent in the past 10 years alone. Today, R.J.s account for an astonishing 50 percent of all commercial flights. That's half of the traffic carrying perhaps a quarter or less of all passengers -- a highly inefficient ratio.

If ever this struck me in a moment of clarity, it was just a few nights ago as I was working a flight out of Kennedy airport in New York. This is America's largest and most important international gateway, served by scores of carriers from all over the globe. In years past, the JFK tarmac would be lined with the likes of 747s and DC-10s. A spectator could sit and watch as 15 or 20 long-haul, widebody aircraft took off in a row. Not anymore. We were hit with a 45-minute taxi delay, and as our jet turned a corner out along the perimeter of runway 31L, there before us was a breathtaking view of almost the entire runway complex, including the growing conga line of flights queued for departure.

We were No. 19 in that queue, and not one of the airplanes ahead of us -- not one -- was a widebody jet. The biggest was a lone Boeing 757, which holds around 180 people. The rest were a scattering of A320s, 737s and no fewer than 10 regional jets.

Such a scene wouldn't be especially noteworthy at La Guardia or Boston or Reagan-National -- airports that were long ago conquered by swarms of tarmac-choking R.J.s. At Kennedy, though, there's something distressing about it.

Regional jets are important and necessary players in America's air transportation system, don't get me wrong. But I am not so sure that we ought to be looking at 10 of them lined up for takeoff at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the heart of the late-afternoon departure rush.

Twenty years ago, anybody who predicted such a scenario would have been laughed at. Yet here we are. How it all came to pass is complicated. For one thing, there are a lot more airlines than there used to be, and market shares have fragmented. One of the ways these carriers compete is by offering as many flights as possible to the busiest cities. More airlines, more flights, smaller planes.

It's ultimately self-defeating, as delays spike and passengers miss their connections. But the airlines sell it and people buy it.

This is what passengers want, apparently, but, for the heck of it, let's try an informal poll: You're a frequent flier who travels often between Chicago and New York. Instead of a choice between a dozen daily 737s or A320s, a third of which arrive an average of 30 minutes late, how would you feel about picking among five or six widebody departures instead, with all of them arriving on time?

Expecting airlines to consolidate in this fashion is about as likely as their returning to the days of three-cheese omelets in economy class, but I can't help throwing it out there.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PC Aero’s zero emissions Electric Airplane recharges underneath solar hanger

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While all electric vehicles have already become a road reality with newer energy, efficient additions made every day, how about an all-electric plane that glides green through the skies to your choicest destinations.
Taking the future of leisure aviation to the next step, PC- Aero is designing Elektra One, an emission free electric aircraft. Elektra One is a one seater attractively designed, light- weight plane with carbon composite structure. It features top-notch batteries, electric motors and solar cells, which result is an emission free aircraft, with lesser noise pollution and reduced operational costs. Elektra One is an easy to fly plane that can remain air-borne for three hours on single charge, which thereafter must return to its specially devised solar hangar dubbed the Green Village Airfield, for solar charging. PC- Aero presented Elektra One for the first time at the AERO 2010 in Friedrichshafen, with two- and four-seat aircrafts– Elektra Two and Elektra Four, to follow later and complete the family.