For some, flying can be a scary experience at the best of times, even if it’s just from Gatwick to Madrid, with normal runways and landing paths. So imagine how much worse it’d be if you were landing somewhere like The Ice Runway in Antarctica, or the once infamous Kai Tak in Hong Kong… Not heard of them? Well how about we show you why they are amongst our rundown of The World’s scariest airport runways!
Over the weekend, the North East Coast of America was subject to “Snowmageddon”, a massive snowstorm that crippled cities and brought life to a standstill. Fortunately, (or maybe unfortunately depending on how much you love the snow) things are now slowly starting to get back to normal, after all, it’s not an easy task to get rid of 3-4 foot of snow!
Reports suggest that Washington received around 30 inches of snow and an unofficial report stated that a rural area in West Virginia had an incredible 40 inches of snowfall! American airports are usually renowned for their ability to deal with heavy snowfall, but even they were defeated this time, with 7000 flights cancelled over the weekend.
Back in 2003 World Airport Codes was released into the wild. The team behind World Airport Codes has changed a little since then and so we can only imagine what it would have been like to launch the first site!
The first version of the site …
There have been a series of reports in the media throughout April forecasting difficult times ahead for the airports which are supposed to handle the bulk of the World Cup 2014 air passenger traffic.
— Paulo Prada (@pauloprada) March 20, 2014
BBC reported that most of Brazil’s airports being improved for this big sporting event will not be ready in time. According to the government-backed Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) at least 10 out of 13 terminals being upgraded are unlikely to be completed.
Just a few years ago, you would find that the most high-tech piece of equipment at an airport for travellers would be pay phones or fax machines filling terminal walls with ugly plastic boxes. However, times have changed with the technical age and now airports are entering the 21st century with some of the most innovative technologies in the world. We take a look at how technology has improved the world of travel in these changing times.
10 years ago, to check into your journey you would have to arrive hours before your flight and join an endless queue of equally bored individuals and families (and you would not have had a mobile phone to entertain you and your group). However, incessant queuing is no more as check-in can now be done online, meaning you can print off your boarding pass and select your seat from the comfort of your own home. If you have hand luggage only, you can even walk straight through to security, into the terminal and onto the plane – cutting down the amount of time you need to spend at the airport or increasing the amount of time you can spend in duty-free if you prefer! Kiosk check-in’s are also available at most airports now so you do not even need to speak to airport staff if you have not checked in beforehand.
With all the new technology making our world a smaller place it is truly difficult to understand how a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people can totally disappear. However that is what has happened in the year 2014.
On Saturday it will be 2 weeks since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing and there is still no evidence to suggest where one earth it could be, which is deeply upsetting for the families and friends of those who boarded that flight.
The internet has run wild with theories and speculation but the truth is there is still much doubt over what is going on and what could have possibly happened. Here is what we do know:
As promises are made not to be broken, we have been working hard to get you another list of amazing aviation websites you should be aware of. Have a seat, relax and… enjoy your flight!
1. Rand Peck Aviation Photography
Not only flew for 38 years, but he also took pictures of it all. After retiring in October 2012, Rand has been sharing his stories and knowledge, as well as his love for photography with all of us through the Internet. If you want to have a great time, don’t miss this site, it really is moving!
The team here at World Airport Codes are obviously well into our travel, especially planes and airports, but we also enjoy good flying films too.
So I thought it would be fun to see what we, as a company, thought were the best aviation films ever. The only condition is that the film has to revolve around a plane, airport or flight. Also mentioned are one or two films that we didn’t think much of.
This film about racing planes, a spin-off from the Cars franchise, is probably mostly favoured amongst our younger enthusiasts out there. Although Planes was not officially published by Pixar studio it was co-written and directed by the some of the same team who were involved. The story revolves around the tale of Dusty Crophopper, a cropduster plane who really dreams of becoming a race plane.
Although Planes was quite harshly reviewed on various review sites, I don’t feel it was that bad. The animations were nice and the children are sure to enjoy it.
They’ve also recently been working on a sequel ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ which is due for launch later this year, July 2014. Here’s a trailer for the upcoming release:
The world’s third busiest airport with the traffic figures reaching 72.3 million in 2013, London Heathrow is anticipating an exciting moment in its history – the opening of Terminal 2 in June this year.
We look at some of the more interesting facts and figures surrounding this new exciting addition.
What’s in the name: Terminal 2 is The Queen’s Terminal, recognising the 60 year relationship that the airport has had with Her Majesty the Queen.
Art: T2 will feature the Europe’s largest privately funded sculpture, called Slipstream, consisting of 23 bespoke pieces and created to resemble the shape and movement of a jet’s vapour trail. The sculpture designed by Richard Wilson weighs 74 tonnes, is over 70 metres long and hangs suspended up to 20 metres above the ground.
— FAD (@fadwebsite) January 21, 2014
Whether you work in aviation or are a keen reader of anything related to airports, this blog post is for you. From avid photographers to private pilots that started in aviation even before they went to school, the websites listed below won’t leave you indifferent. Read, enjoy, and if you like it… spread the word!
1. Airline Reporter
Made by aviation geeks for aviation geeks, the Airline Reporter is a referent for those who work and or have interest in the aviation business, paying special attention to the airline industry, and reporting news in a simple and different way.
2. The House of Rapp
The House of Rapp first went live in 1995, and it’s managed by its creator, Ron Rapp, an ATP-rated pilot who has logged over 7,000 hours over the past fifteen years, whose start in aviation came at the early age of… 6 years old!