Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lots of different layers of cloud and some morning valley-fog. Such a beautiful day today!

We got up crazy early this morning, heading east. The sky was beautiful, and because the longest day of the year was yesterday, the sun came up and kissed the plane about halfway through the flight. It was really neat to see the different layers of cloud, so I took a video. It's mostly boring, but skip forward about 1 minute to see an unexpected surprise - an Embraer commercial airliner 2,000' below us, heading in the same direction. It was a whole lot faster than us, and it was also right in the cloud layer, so it looks pretty cool, like a shark cruising just below the surface of the ocean.

The morning fog was lining some of the valleys along our way, it also looks pretty cool.

The skyline of New York off in the distance as we start our approach into Teterboro.

I took a video the ILS for runway 06 into KTEB, Teterboro New Jersey. Teterboro is where all the corporate jets go to get their pax into downtown New York.

Monday, June 07, 2010

We have been in Miami for the past couple of days, and today we went to Dallas. On the way, we flew over the oil rig. You know the one. I took pics, but the windshield glare screwed them up - maybe that's for the best, you probably wouldn't sleep too soundly tonight if you saw what we saw today. The oil slick is huge, and it's everywhere. There are clouds all around the rig, but they aren't real clouds, it's smoke. The rig itself is on fire, presumably burning some of the gas that's being funneled to the top. The scale of the oil slick is terrifying to see from the air - from 36,000' we can theoretically see 233 miles until the curvature of the earth cuts off our view, and from 36,000' I could see a ribbon of oil all the way to the horizon. And that's only the stuff we can see - I have read that most of the oil is still underwater, being taken by various currents all around the coast. I saw a computer simulation yesterday that says the oil will be up the east coast of the US and Canada by the fall.

I don't have anything funny to say about this - not even gallows humor. It's just too awful.