Chart of the Day: Trains, Buses and Taxis… A rough guide to estimate your travel time from city center to 40 busiest American airports

January 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Numbers guru Nate Silver & his team over at FiveThirtyEight have done an interesting travel time analysis that deserves a gold medal.. Below is the fruit of their labor and don’t forget to read the accompanying analysis here. One thing is clear from reading this analysis – our transportation network is really messed up and there is a lot to be desired in terms of improved multimodal connectivity (involving public transportation).

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Infograph: The Drone Revolution

November 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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A Slideshow (and video) of the Largest Plane Ever Built – Antonov An-225 “Mriya”

August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Someone shared this incredible slideshow (with commentary )of the Antonov An-22 Mriya, the largest plane ever built.  Stunning to say the least.

A few nuggets of data from the slideshow:

  • It takes a crew of 6 people to fly this plane.
  • Wingspan: 88 meters (290 feet) Length: 84 meters (275 feet)
  • 32 wheels supporting a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes (1,411,000 pounds).
  • hold up to 300 000 kg of jet fuel; about 98,000 gallons (apparently, the cargo hold is longer than the Wright Brother’s first flight!)

Pretty crazy numbers.  Anyways, enjoy the slide show below.

And here is a video of the plane taking off at the Zurich airport.  To see this beast of a plane gliding in the air is a sight to behold.




Lap of Luxury – Design Secrets of Luxury First-Class Airline Seats

June 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

(via Bloomberg)

I admit that I don’t think much about my seats when I fly and instead I’d be more interested in where I’m seated (aisle or window). But apparently a lot of time and resources are poured into designing the seats. Take a peek inside the highly-secretive, East London studio where airline seats are dreamed up.

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FREE Webinar: How Airline Pricing Works – April 16 @ 1PM-2PM

April 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Airline pricing webinar – April 16, 2014

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All around brilliance – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s CBS 60 Minutes Interview

March 31, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Thank god this guy chose to focus his energy and investments on transportation, one of the most-neglected fields from an investment perspective.  Elon Musk’s interview is a testament to what one man can aspire and do to inspire a generation with his ideas.


Bookmark worthy.. Infograph: Taxi Fares Around the World

March 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

This neat infograph from (H/T Business Insider) shows how much lighter your wallet will be when you have to hitch a ride from the airport to your destination in the city (downtown/CBD/etc).. Could definitely come in handy when you are planning that next vacation abroad.. Strangely, Asia is the home to both the cheapest (Delhi, India) and highest (Tokyo, Japan) taxi fare in the world.  It will be awesome if someone compiled a list that shows the cost of public transportation to the airport (such a linkage may be non-existent in some parts of the globe but I’m hoping the metropolitan cities listed below would definitely offer that connectivity).



VIDEO: (Making Fun of) The TSA’s 12 Banned Items of Christmas

December 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

via Reason.TV

Reason.TV has compiled this funny video (with a subtle jab at the Transportation Security Administration) in time for the holiday travel season. As you board planes this holiday, please be aware of 12 actual banned items from the TSA. :)

Event Alert: JITI Aviation Seminar 2013: The Future of the U.S.-Japan Market (FREE)

November 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 

  • Seminar 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Reception 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

For the United States, Japan is the fourth largest market in bilateral passenger air services. More than ten million people fly between these two countries every year.

Unfortunately, while other Asian aviation markets, such as U.S.-China, have rapidly developed, the U.S.-Japan market experienced a downward trend during the last decade. This may reflect the difference in economic and social circumstances among the U.S.-Japan and other bilateral markets. Some might argue that the U.S.-Japan market has and will continue to exhibit relatively softer demand than in the past.

However, conditions in the U.S.-Japan market are changing. The Open Skies agreement, airport expansion in Tokyo, and recovery from the recent economic downturn in both countries and the Great East Japan Earthquake could factor in the revitalization of the market.

In this seminar, JITI’s distinguished speakers will review the current dynamics of the U.S.-Japan aviation market and discuss whether it can be reinvigorated, including what the key to an eventual resurgence might be.

Click here to see the agenda, speakers line up and registration information.

Celebrating National Aviation Day With Video of F-35B Vertical Landing at Night on a Carrier Deck for the First Time

August 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

via Lockheed Martin

Today, August 19th, is the U.S. National Aviation Day and what better way to celebrate than with a video of first night time vertical landing of F-35B on a carrier deck.  The video shows a U.S. Marine Corps test pilot performing the first night-time vertical landing aboard the USS WASP  on August 14 and it looks equal parts scary and awesome seen in the neon green glow of the night-vision camera. It is safe to say that it adds a new dimension and immense depth to the strike capability of a carrier group with this new feature added.

* Note: According to Wikipedia that National Aviation Day is observed to celebrate the development of aviation.  It was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright‘s birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years). The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. His/her proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.