February 27, 2011

Airplane Graveyard

This past weekend we've been near Tucson, AZ covering the Accenture Match-Play Championship. On our way into town the other day we flew over an airplane graveyard located at an airport called Pinal Airport. As you can see in the videos and pictures, there are a ton of airliners there. I think I counted 30 747's alone plus dozens of 737's, DC-10's, DC-8's and regional jets from all over the world. Really a neat perspective to check out the airplanes from. Some of them looked like they were getting scrapped for parts and scrap metal but I imagine some of them may just be there for storage.

February 22, 2011

Golf at Pebble Beach

The first golf tournament I've flown in well over a year and a half was at the picturesque Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey, CA two weeks ago. We had perfect weather for the whole weekend as you can see in the video and pictures. We were even fortunate enough to see a pod of over 50 dolphins out in the ocean, just off the coast.
I quickly was reminded how flying coverage for golf is by far the hardest thing we do in airships. It takes more mental concentration then most people realize to get all of those aerial shots you see on TV. After doing two days of golf in Pebble and another two this past week in Pacific Palisades, I'm starting to feel back into the golf groove.
We're now heading to Tucsan, Arizona for another golf tournament this week so I'll get plenty more practice.

February 11, 2011

Changing Blimps

I've been way behind on blog entries lately.  I recently changed blimps and have been trying to catch up with a bunch of things.  I spent my last flight on the DirecTV Blimp in Miami, Fl last month and then caught a flight to Phoenix, AZ to catch up with Snoopy 2.  It sounds like I'll be on the Metlife blimp for the next few months.  Its always good to be back on Snoopy 2!  Its the airship I started my flying with so it always seems like a homecoming being back on the crew. 

The video of Miami above is a reminder that not everywhere in the country is covered in snow in January.  Below are some pictures and video of the Phoenix area.  Check out this really random thing one of my fellow pilots spotted while flying around one day.  In the middle of a residential area there is an airplane sitting in an empty lot next to a golf course.  It was by far one of the most random things I've ever seen from the air.