Sydney / Sidney: Next Time, Look at a Map

For the Inept Traveler Award that really takes the cake, read about Tobi Gutt from Germany.

Tobi intended to travel from Germany to Sydney, Australia, to visit his girlfriend. He didn’t question, however, the route the airline assigned him: through Portland, Oregon, and then Billings, Montana. It was in Billings that he finally noticed the final destination listed on his itinerary: Sidney, Montana.

"I did wonder but I didn’t want to say anything," Gutt told the Bild newspaper. "I thought to myself, you can fly to Australia via the United States."

Yes, he eventually managed to make it to Sydney, giving all of us a laugh along the way. Happy New Year, Tobi! from all of us at SkyGeek.

Two New Trends in Private Flying

VIP_JETS_WAYNES_PLANE_11-26-2006_MB8FPJN.jpgPrivate flying continues to draw interest as commercial travel becomes less convenient. Here are two new solutions for busness air travelers.

  1. Buy your own full-bodied jet. It used to be that wealthy jet setters used smaller, streamlined private jets. But new wealth-makers are becoming entranced with commercial sized jets that seat fewer people more luxuriously (see picture to the right).
  2. Charter an air-taxi that will actually wait for you at the airport. New companies like JetBird are springing up that guarantee you’ll get where you need to go even if you’re held up in traffic.

So kick your feet up — air travel continues to get better and better!

New Hangars Being Built Across U.S.

In what is surely a good sign for the aviation business, newspapers around the country are reporting improvements in local airports, including the addition of new hangars for private and commercial aircraft.

Cited as reasons for the expansion in these articles are: demand for charter and corporate flights, ease of access at smaller airports, increased demand for aircraft storage, and the desire to improve local economies.

All with the result that there will be more options than ever for private aviators to travel throughout the U.S.  

New Aviation Harness for Youngsters

cares.jpg Tired of lugging that child seat onto the plane?

AP reports (as republished on courant.com) that the FAA has approved the first harness-type child safety device for sale to consumers for use on commercial airline flights.

CARES, or Child Aviation REStraint system, is the world’s first alternative to a car seat certified for use in airplanes for children between 20-44 lbs. The belt-and=buckle device is specifically designed for aviation use. It weighs one pound and fits into a 6” stuff sack, making it portable, simple to install, adjustable to virtually any size airplane seat, and usable in any seat in an airplane except for exit rows. The child sits in the airplane seat while CARES is being installed. 

CARES has been in the works for about seven years, which included the last four spent navigating the FAA’s approval process, said Louise Stoll, the product’s founder and an assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration.