Airport #78/100: Peoria (PIA)

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Peoria, Illinois, United States
First visit: 3 August 2017
https://www.flighthistorian.com/airports/PIA

I didn’t originally plan on visiting PIA. I’d been flying between Tulsa and Chicago O’Hare when thunderstorms forced us to divert.

While this is not the first weather diversion I’ve had, I only count diversions as an airport visit if passengers are allowed to deplane. (If I’ve never been inside an airport, it’s hard for me to say I’ve visited it!) In this case, though, we had to wait several hours, so they pulled up a jetbridge and I was able to visit the airport terminal.

Flight Log Version 2.1: Import Flights from Digital Boarding Passes

In general, my Flight Historian has been a big time saver for me as far as tracking my flights – instead of manually generating reports and maps from an Excel file, I can simply add flights to a database and let it do all the work. However, as I’ve started tracking more details about my flights over time, the task of entering the flights has become less simple.

Screenshot 2017-04-09 21.59.30
There are currently 24 fields to fill out in the flight log. Not every field is required, but it can still take several minutes to fill out a flight.

Since I’d been working on parsing boarding pass barcode data, it seemed like a logical next step to write some sort of scanner that would read a boarding pass barcode and import the data as a new flight. Then one of my Twitter followers had a suggestion:

Continue reading