Listen to live air traffic control radio on LiveATC.net

Listening to air traffic controllers on the radio is not an activity that appeals to everyone, but there are enough aviation geeks out there that it has spawned an entire website that collects dozens of live streams from airports around the world. Get your #avgeek fix on LiveATC.net

https://www.liveatc.net/

On 9/11, this Newfoundland town welcomed stranded airline passengers


On the day of 9/11, flights to the U.S. were ordered to land at to the nearest airport. Dozens of those flights ended up in the tiny town of Gander. If you’ve ever been to Newfoundland, you’d know that the welcome and hospitality those passengers received would be warm and heartfelt. Watch this video to remember a bright spot from a dark time.

Video: What makes flying so expensive?


Have you ever wondered how airline tickets are priced and why they are so costly? It’s not just the high cost of fuel that drives the prices up, as this video explains in great detail.

Photos: A salute to flight attendants

I love the diversity of the uniforms worn by flight attendants around the world. Here’s a small sample to show you that uniforms are anything but uniform:

Team Norwegian! #cabincrew #flightattendant #crewlife #norwegian

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News and Notes: enRoute film festival, CityPASS in NYC and Stars coming to Jasper

It’s time to comb through my inbox to find the most interesting news and releases. Here are the items that I wanted to share.

Air Canada enRoute Film Festival celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2016.

The 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free outdoor public screening at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. with the screening starting at sundown.

The selected short films will be available to millions of Air Canada passengers on their personal seatback in-flight entertainment system and online at enRoutefilm.com.

Passengers and movie lovers alike will have the chance to vote for their favourite film to win the People’s Choice Award. Voting will start in August on enRoutefilm.com and run to October 31, 2016.

 


CityPASS lets people discover New York attractions for less

CityPASS announces New York C3, a new product that allows users to select any three of New York City’s top attractions at one low price using a mobile pass.

Designed for shorter-stay visitors, New York C3 offers CityPASS’ same signature savings and opportunities to skip most ticket lines. Users can select three attractions from this curated list of 10 must-see sights:

  • The Empire State Building Experience
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises

New York C3 is accessible as a mobile pass on users’ smartphones, allowing users to select attractions as they go instead of choosing preferred experiences at the time of purchase.

New York C3 is available for purchase exclusively through citypass.com. The price is $71 US for adults and $51 for children (ages 4-12,) offering savings up to 25 percent off the cost of individual admission tickets. Each pass is valid for nine consecutive days, starting the first day of use.


See the stars under the stars at Jasper’s 2016 Dark Sky Festival

World-renowned scientist and educator, Bill Nye will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Dark Sky Festival presented by Rocky Mountaineer.

Running October 14 – 23, this year’s Jasper Dark Sky Festival will feature two separate days with Bill Nye: an adults-only engagement and VIP event on Friday, October 14 and a family-friendly afternoon on Saturday, October 15.

Also joining this year’s line-up is actor, social justice activist and social media powerhouse, George Takei.

Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, Takei will appear at the festival on the night of Friday October 21.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 4 at http://jasperdarksky.travel.


Cruise Canada’s Arctic with award-winning filmmakers

Award-winning wildlife filmmakers, Neil Nightingale and Karen Bass, will be special guests on One Ocean Expeditions’ 12-night Baffin Island – Jewel of the High Arctic cruise, departing on August 1, 2016.

While Head of The BBC’s Natural History Unit Neil oversaw an immense number of successful TV series including LifePlanet EarthBig Cat LiveFrozen PlanetDeadly 60 and Springwatch.  He also directed the recent theatrical films, Walking With Dinosaurs and Wild Africa.

Karen is a television director and producer with a passion for travel and natural history who, during 30 years with the BBC’s Natural History Unit and National Geographic, has made wildlife films in almost every corner of the Earth.

Together they, and other on-board experts, will regale passengers with fascinating tales of their many interesting travel experiences, answer questions and educate with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island and the Canadian Arctic.

Prices start from $7,995 U.S. per person, based on triple share and include travel on a special charter flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit, all meals on board the ship and excursions as outlined, plus a charter flight from Resolute to Edmonton at the end of the voyage.

For further information, visit www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/voyages. 


Air Transat gets high marks in Quebec

The Protégez-Vous customer satisfaction survey, which ranked companies according to their customer service, placed Air Transat in the “above-average satisfaction” group, third after Porter and KLM.

Airlines were evaluated on various criteria, such as the importance given to clients, staff courteousness, product and service knowledge, timely and efficient service, problem-solving skills, prices, product or service quality, and the overall satisfaction of consumers.

Between March 7 and 28, 2016, more than 3,000 people participated in the customer service survey at DataConso.ca, the Protégez-Vous consumer community. To see the survey, visit http://www.protegez-vous.ca/Argent/service-clientele.

Flight Connections shows you all the flights from any airport

You can pretty much fly from any one point on Earth to another within a day or two, but chances are you’d have to make multiple connections to do so. Flight Connections shows you the direct flights from every major airport so you can plot your travels most efficiently.

http://www.flightconnections.com/

The Ultimate In-Flight Safety Video Collection

The Ultimate In-Flight Safety Video Collection is a blog that obsessively collects safety videos for your enjoyment and edification. In years gone by, these videos would be pretty boring, but in this era of online sharing, airlines are using them as marketing tools so many of them are now fun to watch. What’s your favourite?

http://inflightsafetyvideos.com/

WhereFor lets you choose a destination based on your budget.

https://www.wherefor.com/

Optimize your frequent flyer point collection with FlyerMiler

Optimize your frequent flyer point collection with FlyerMiler

Award Ace lets you compare a ton of frequent flier programs.

Award Ace lets you compare a ton of frequent flier programs.