• Archive for August, 2012

    Aviation for the newbie

    by  • August 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Although most visitors to the Thirty Thousand Aviation Blog are happy to bask in the aviation knowledge and news headlines supplied here, there is sure to be someone who is confused by a few things. Most of you probably have at least a rough idea of what aviation really is, but if not, you...

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    United Announces More 787 International Flights

    by  • August 24, 2012 • Airlines • 2 Comments

    United CAL ZA288 Ln 53 GE 787-800 B1 Take off and Taxi

    Chicago based United Airlines today announced which international routes its first 787 Dreamliners will be utilized on. The state of the aircraft’s first destinations will include Lagos Nigeria, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, and Amsterdam. United announced earlier this year that the 787 will be utilized on flights from Denver to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. This service...

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    Virgin Atlantic to Begin Domestic UK Flights

    by  • August 21, 2012 • Airlines • 0 Comments

    A Virgin America a320, very similar to the a319's Virgin Atlantic will use on the new Manchester-Heathrow Route. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

    If you have ever seen a Virgin Atlantic aircraft, you know that they only operate widebody Jumbo-Jets. Although the airline is one of the biggest in the United Kingdom, they currently operate flights to virtually everywhere except within the UK itself. Starting March of next year, this will change as Virgin Atlantic will begin...

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    Curiosity Touches Down on Mars!

    by  • August 6, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    One of the first pictures taken by Curiosity on the surface of Mars. (Photo from nasa.gov/Mars)

    NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars Rover has officially touched down on the Red Planet. The rover successfully touched down on the surface of Mars right on schedule at about 1:30 AM Eastern Time Monday morning after traveling for 8 months across 500 million miles. Pictures are already being sent from the craft to NASA mission control...

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    Southwest’s Newest Promotion: Charging your Credit Card Multiple Times

    by  • August 5, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    Upon Southwest’s Facebook Page reaching 3 Million Fans, the airline decided to create a promotion featuring Half Price fares to thank its loyal customers and “Friends”. The promotion quickly turned into a rather large inconvenience instead, as passengers credit card’s were charged multiple times for the same reservation. Southwest’s “luv2like” promotion was meant to...

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    Photo Friday: August 3, 2012

    by  • August 3, 2012 • Photo's of the Week • 0 Comments

    This was taken at the new Boeing facility in Charleston SC. The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter is used to transport large components to the facility at KCHS where the new 787 is being built. (Photo by Ray Barbour Photography)

    Each Friday I choose some of the best aviation related shots, submitted by my readers, for my readers. The only requirement is that your photo has something to do with the world of aviation, be it an airport, airplane, runway, control tower, or anything in between. Submit your photos to Kyle@Thirtythousand.us Be sure to include your name,...

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    San Antonio Airport Evacuated amid Bomb Threat

    by  • August 1, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) has been evacuated after airport officials received at least one bomb threat. The airport spokesman has said that a “very specific” threat was made but hasn’t provided any details yet. All the passengers in the terminals were evacuated onto the airport tarmac. They have since been bussed to...

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