While I was landing at LGA last week, I noticed Donald Trump’s plane was parked not too far away from the landing runway. I have to admit though, I was disappointed Mr. Trump was only rockin’ a Boeing 757.
Donald Trump's Personal Boeing 757
Seriously, as much as he hates President Obama, cannot he at least get a better plane than Air Force One to show that he is at least trying to one up the White House? And I am pretty sure Mr. Trump can front the ~$200 million dollars needed to upgrade to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner…
Now I have to wonder: is Donald Trump just toying with America? If so, he is doing a good job.
To my the best of my knowledge, I have flown in the following aircraft:
- Airbus A319
- Airbus A320
- Boeing 737
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 757
- Embraer E-190
- Embraer ERJ-135/140/145
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80
But by far, my favorite plane to fly in is the Boeing 767.
Whereas the smaller planes I listed can feel cramped, and the B747 cold and sparse, the B767, at least to me, strikes the right balance between comfortable familiarity and spacious roominess. As an example, I have never been a fan of planes with more than three seats per row, especially towards the ends of the fuselage when trying to go to the bathroom from a window seat can be a complete pain in the butt. While the majority of the planes I listed fail in this instance [as they usually come in a 3-3 or 3-4-3 configuration], the B767 usually comes in a 2-3-2 configuration, something that makes me feel like less of a jerk whenever I need to relieve myself.
It certainly helps that the times I flew in a B767 were the result of a memorable trip:
- Iberia: Going on an orchestra tour of the Mediterranean regions of Europe and Africa back in the summer of 2001.
- American: Visiting my older brother on two occasions when he lived in San Jose, CA back in 2003.
- Delta: Going on a brief study abroad stint to Firenze back in 2004 when I was enrolled in college.
- Asiana: Travelling to Central Asia back in the summer of 2004.
It would be nice to eventually fly aboard one or more of the following planes:
- Airbus A330
- Airbus A340
- Boeing 747-8
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 787
Until then, the Boeing 767 holds the crown in my book.
Thank goodness this was caught, albeit “by inspectors walking around inside the wing who spotted them with the naked eye.”
As much as I like photography, I also hate it, especially when things break. For example:
- In the past three years, I had two Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lenses break on me for the same reason: a zoom barrel design flaw that resulted in my being unable to rotate the zoom ring due to a loose screw. Both times, I unsuccessfully attempted a manual repair, only to destroy them beyond hope.
- Of late, my first good Canon EF mount lens, the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical, has developed a worn flex cable. In other words, I get the dreaded Err99 every 60-100 shots or so. If only I had known about Tamron’s spotty quality control…
- Lastly, my Canon EOS 20D needed its shutter release mechanism replaced, which thankfully is an easy fix if you know how to solder and willing to open up what effectively is a fancy computer.
Worst of all, the money I lost on those three subpar zoom lenses (~$1100) could have been used to get something of significantly higher quality [like the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM]. It goes to show you get what you pay for.
On a related note, a friend asked me yesterday which camera, namely a dSLR, is a good one to invest in as a gateway into photography. I implore you all to do the following:
- Buy a used dSLR and/or one that is within your means. A new Canon EOS 60D without a lens will set you back $900, whereas a used Canon Rebel XSi [which I think has one of the better Canon APS-C sensors made to date] with a kit lens can be had for less than $400.
- If you want an affordable lens of good quality, go for a fixed focal length prime lens. Consider how for the price of a Canon EF-S 17-85mm, you can get a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM that has significantly better optics and is not prone to zoom barrel design flaws.
- Use the damn camera, and if necessary, learn how to take better pictures. After all, what good is an expensive tool if you cannot properly utilize it?
Which reminds me: I really should get around to teaching my parents how to master a dSLR, especially if they plan on taking many pictures during their travels.