Gulfstream V: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GLF17/history/20070206/15...
Cessna Logo: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N750CX/history/20080307/1...
Boeing 747: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE523/history/20110802/1...
Also, a thread from one of the pilots: http://flightaware.com/squawks/view/1/7_days/popular/24611/B...
Interestingly, this required a lot of work on our side to pull this off. Since the route field on flights plans expects short input and this flight's route is dramatically longer, it caused an FAA system to split the flight arbitrarily into different legs.
(Disclaimer: I work for FlightAware)
I use FlightAware to hack airlines by trying to locate the incoming flight that is to be my outgoing plane. Any plane landing ~60 minutes before my departure whose make and model matches my flight is a suspect. I can usually predict whether or not we'll have an on-time departure long before announcements are made.
60 minutes? Wow. Ryanair here in Europe does a 25 minute turn around. Often you're through the boarding gate and queueing up before the inbound flight has even landed.
Cool! Say, are you guys still running on Apache Rivet, just out of personal curiosity?
It's great to see someone using Rivet, though. Damon Courtney and I wrote that something like 10 years ago, with the occasional input from Karl. I wish I had half the business sense that Karl seems to, he seems to come up with a lot of good products that also make money.
Hey David, nice to see you again :)
With respect (as always) I don't get what you're talking about. You've written over the years that Tcl suffered from a marketing problem. No question. The rest of your anti(?) Tcl writings seem to make allusions to problems, but never really express what the problem _is_. I'd love to spend some with discussing this with you (email perhaps, or in quiet irc space?).
When I describe Tcl, I start similarly to you (Tcl's pretty cool...) and build on that, rather than detracting from it. Tcl is _fun_ like nothing else I've played with, has a brilliant C API, is incredibly dynamic, etc., etc.
Even despite the apparent lack of popularity, it's _still_ everywhere. Expect for system administation and job scheduling, etc,. Tcl in Cisco iOS, Tcl in F5 Network appliances, A10 appliances, driving Git gitk, embedded in Python to drive Tkinter, and a scripting/GUI interface for R, CSound, Vtk, ns-2 network simulator...
Tcl needs positive stories and it's successes pointed out, not "It could have been cool, but it's not". Regardless of where it sits in a popularity contest, Tcl is awesome, time-tested, rock solid... and _still_ improving.
Also appearing in version 8.1 (in 1999) were Unicode and good support for threads, stuff that systems like Ruby only got recently.
For example, I believe days start at 8pm PST on Flickr (can anyone correct me if I'm mistaken) and there's a power-user perspective that will wait to post things so that they can get a leg up on the "interestingness" algorithm.
Anyhow, this post makes me smile even the second time around.
Yours was "787 spells 7-8-7", which is not as simple to understand as "Dreamliner spells out...". Instantly, this headline catches enough of my attention to click on the link.
For headline copy, sometimes it will help to search Digg/Reddit and see which keywords people have already clicked on the most. This applies to email subjects, website CTA, etc.
sorry man, it was just the link I got. I'm all for first poster credit and respect, just sometimes same content can be generated from multiple links etc and stuff gets messed up. Annoying but you know how it goes.
On the time of posting thing...I know someone created a site to determine the optimal posting time for HN.... I have never used it tho! It's just naturally there'll be hotspots in the day based on simply where the majority of HN readers are from and the waves of social network activity.
Anyways, a good link indeed. A fun Friday afternoon share -- Great that the FlightAware guys are watching this and contributing too.
Also, re: titles -- yeah, descriptive titles always -- I try to do that, since I appreciate it when others do
This pleases me.
So at cruising altitudes every airspace can accommodate travel in any direction... the controllers along the way probably didn't even realize that anything out of the ordinary was happening except for talking to a Boeing callsign (as opposed to the call sign of one of the major airlines that typically operate flights at this altitude, Boeing operates its own "airline" in the regulatory sense just for test flights).
Enroute charts tend to look a lot more like a US highway map than an Interstate system map.
SR-71 Blackbird was crossing the control-zone of London Control. Evidently the controller didn't know the service ceiling of this aircraft is around 30,000 metres (yes metres, not feet!). There are so many variations on this item that the original event has evidently become part of aviation folklore or joke-lore.
Pilot: "Radar, Good Day, Airforce Blackbird, request FL 600(!)"
Controller (amused): "Sir, if you can reach, you are cleared FL 600"
Pilot: "US Air Force Blackbird, leaving FL 800, descending Level 600..."
One of my favorites:
"There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment. ..."
Gulfstream 550 and Dassault Falcon 7x: 51k
F14, F18, B52, and B-2: 50k
F15, F16, F35, B-1B, Su-47: 60k
F22, Typhoon, and PAK FA: 65k
A380, A350: 43k
A340, A330: 41k
Boeing 787, 777: 43k
Boeing 757, 727: 42k
Boeing 747-400: 41k
Boeing 737: 35k
Well, it is a test flight of a brand-new plane. Also, some "planes" can go as high as they want in the atmosphere, even up to space (kinda).
The only exception to this I know of would be a craft with enough thrust to use power as the source of lift (like the space shuttle).
Pretty cool that someone actually did it though!
Most planes don't leave topped-off - they leave with the right amount of fuel to hit the maximum takeoff weight given that day's load.
Wikipedia has a good list of long, regularly scheduled, non-stop flights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-stop_flight#Currently_sched...
EDIT: Flight is SQ21, not SQ20
Economy seats for most airlines have something like an incredibly generous 5" of seat travel, which is why I've caught up on all the movies that I didn't watch when I was younger.
Oh, and if I start reading (which includes hacking), I get motion sick. It's hell.
I'm genuinely envious of people that can sit and work in economy. It would be fantastic to be able to get some hacking in...
One of the best ways I've found to both increase hours slept and reduce overall stress on long flights is to buy some cheap foam earplugs and wear them the whole time. (Noise reducing headphones are great but they're bulkier, more expensive and have to be turned off during takeoff and landings.) I used to fly red-eyes fairly regularly and having a bag of those bright orange foam earplugs in the pocket of your work bag was a lifesaver.
DVT is no joke on these marathon flights, glad you pointed it out to others in this thread.
Edit: The annual risk of DVT apparently runs about 1 in 3,000 for the general population. So if you were a higher risk passenger (older) and flew really regularly, I could see it getting down towards say 1 in 100 annually. Even then, you'd still need decades of data to make any conclusion.
(I'm speaking from experience, it happened to a friend - young, healthy - be careful).
There's being environmentally conscious, and then there's being a green freak.