Now that I’ve built the terminal silhouettes for a number of airports, I can start to do some interesting things with them. For example, the three busiest airports in the United States – Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago-O’Hare – are all enormous, but I was wondering how big they are compared to each other.Continue reading “Size Comparison of the Busiest US Airports”
Drawing Atlanta was about a 10-hour process. It’s an enormous airport to begin with, it’s exceedingly intricate (those external emergency escape stairs led to a lot more drawing), and it was difficult to find good imagery for the entire airport at once.
Every aircraft has a unique registration number, usually printed on or near the tail – think of it like a license plate for an airplane.
I track tail numbers on my flight log in order to let me keep track of whether I’ve been on a particular airplane before, and to let me know which particular airplanes I’ve flown on most often.
If you can see the tail number of your plane, great! But if you can’t see it, you can usually find the tail number with a bit of detective work.Continue reading “Finding Your Tail Number (When You Can’t See It)”
Abilene’s a small, one-hub, several regional jets per day airport, but I still like it. To date, it remains the only airport I’ve been to with free coffee.
Abilene also has a boneyard of old American Eagle turboprops, pictured above.