There are some darn good – and very dedicated – aviation bloggers out there. Here is some of the blog items of the past week or so.
“13 Secrets Airline Pilots Won’t Tell You” from ABC News and Readers Digest. Among the secrets: “The two worst airports for us: Reagan National in Washington, D.C., and John Wayne in Orange County, Calif. You’re flying by the seat of your pants trying to get in and out of those airports. John Wayne is especially bad because the rich folks who live near the airport don’t like jet noise, so they have this noise abatement procedure where you basically have to turn the plane into a ballistic missile as soon as you’re airborne.” - -Pilot, South Carolina
Some astute frequent fliers noticed Wednesday morning that American Airlines was charging new fees on some award tickets. They got very upset. But it seems it was all a technological mistake by the airline. The blog “View from the Wing” explains what happened.
What does international first class look like? The supremely talented @onemileatatime reviewed an ANA first class flight from Chicago to Tokyo. His trip reports – and there are many of them – are very detailed.
And finally, @crankyflier tells us that Delta is giving smartphones to its flight attendants so they can help travelers. Among other things, the wifi enabled phones will allow the airline to process credit cards in real time. Most airlines only upload data after flights land.