Author Topic: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy  (Read 3822 times)

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2018, 11:51:35 PM »
The best is the tag of @Rots5

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2018, 01:44:17 PM »
Flight 2

Route: White Plains, NY - Bar Harbor, ME (HPN-BHB)
Aircraft: Cessna Citation X
Operator: XOJET
Flight type: JetDeal
Return: One-way car rental
Went with: @whYME and his kid

It was not difficult to snag @whYME along for this ride. Private jet, a day photographing Acadia National Park, and a long, all-night drive back? This was right up his alley. And when I found a bug in the JetSmarter app which allowed me to book a third seat for his son, even his wife was on board with the idea .

We met up at the airport in Westchester, where the ground staff whisked our cars away and us onto the plane:



The Citation X was significantly smaller than the Challenger I flew last time, and for a person of my size that is not insignificant. But once I was seated I was perfectly comfortable, and settled down for the short 51-minute flight:





While the Citation X is the fastest civilian aircraft in the world, we disappointingly did not go any faster than 575mph or so - well short of its 717mph top speed.

The mountains of Acadia National Park:



Final approach. For the dorks out there, check out the flight plan displayed right near the captain's knee. You can see that we're approaching waypoint CDLAC, which stands for Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak in the park and the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard all the way down to Rio:









Back in 2011, when I went to Maine for the first time with @Cat In The Hat, we flew into Portland. I remember driving past the Bar Harbor airport and saying that one day I'll return and fly into BHB like a mentch, without needing to make the drive from PWM. Little did I imagine that I'll actually be arriving on a private jet...



We headed into the park and stopped at the visitors center to get our admission tag. This being July, it took nearly an hour, but eventually we had everything we needed and off it was to explore the park a bit.

Now's probably a good time to mention my Curse of Acadia [insert dramatic music]. I've been here twice, and both times I've come away without a single image I really like. The weather alternated between harsh sunlight and flat gray, there were mobs of people around, and I just wasn't feeling it. So I ignored the typical pictures and tried some weird stuff with a long lens instead:









A whale watching boat off Thunder Hole. People were swearing that the darkish swells were humpback whales. Dunno, looks like waves to me:



How to lose your camera to the ocean, Exhibit A:



Photography aside, Acadia is an amazingly beautiful place and we had a wonderful time hiking the ocean trails, exploring tidepools, and very nearly breaking a log fence while taking a shortcut to the parking lot (@whYME, I'm looking at you here ).

For sunset we headed to Otter Cove, where the light was somewhat more agreeable. Still not amazing pictures by my standards, but better than the stuff I'd been getting all day :











After sunset it was dinner and off for the long drive home. To break up the drive a bit, we planned to stop around halfway at the Nubble Lighthouse just north of the border with New Hampshire.

As in a fitting closure to a meh photography day, the weather was incredibly misty, blocking the glorious view of the Milky Way that should have been visible there. One final mediocre shot :



...and home we went.
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2018, 02:26:08 PM »

Is it bad that it took me a minute to figure out if that's my camera or yours?

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2018, 02:29:07 PM »
A whale watching boat off Thunder Hole. People were swearing that the darkish swells were humpback whales. Dunno, looks like waves to me:


A whale could definitely look like a darkish swell from this distance, but in this picture it's definitely just waves.

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2018, 02:32:38 PM »
Is it bad that it took me a minute to figure out if that's my camera or yours?

Now that you mention it, I got confused for a moment as well ;D.
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2018, 03:01:51 PM »
very cool!!

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2018, 04:36:01 PM »
Your "bad luck" pictures are incredible! - One man's trash is another man's treasure - great second installment to the TR.

Lol at this line - "How to lose your camera to the ocean, Exhibit A:" :)

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2018, 11:02:34 AM »
Loved this, as usual.

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2018, 03:43:18 PM »
Don't worry, I had the similar luck, except worse, as it rained the entire first day we were there, and the 2nd day was overcast and windy all day. Still a nice place to visit.

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2018, 04:57:55 PM »
Flight 2

It was not difficult to snag @whYME along for this ride.


@whYME, I haven't forgiven you for stealing my seat on this flight. (This is the real reason we didn't let you come along on our Crazy Eclipse Road Trip or our 2018 Arctic Expedition :) )
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2018, 01:45:47 PM »
@whYME, I haven't forgiven you for stealing my seat on this flight. (This is the real reason we didn't let you come along on our Crazy Eclipse Road Trip or our 2018 Arctic Expedition :) )

So that's why none of these trips have worked out for me lately, it's the shayaj curse.

we're gonna have to do something to get this curse lifted, maybe get you on a private jet with a billy goat or something like that...

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2018, 11:36:25 AM »

So that's why none of these trips have worked out for me lately, it's the shayaj curse.

we're gonna have to do something to get this curse lifted, maybe get you on a private jet with a billy goat or something like that...

By admitting, you just took your first step towards redemption.
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2018, 06:19:56 PM »
Love Acadia! Such a shame to only spend a day, but there are worse places to be on a Summer afternoon. FWIW, there are reasonably prices commercial flights to Bangor about an hour west of Acadia, though I agree Bar Harbour is the way a mentch should arrive for a summer in Acadia.

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Flight 3

Route: White Plains, NY - Bedford, MA (HPN-BED)
Aircraft: Hawker 400XP
Operator: Travel Management Company
Flight type: JetDeal
Return: One-way car rental
Went with: My then-5-year old daughter. @EJB and his family joined us for the flight as well.

Flying on a private jet? Spending the day alone with her father at the Boston Children's Museum? A bottomless bag of nosh? Yeah, my daughter was somewhat excited.



Our aircraft today was the Hawker 400XP, aka the jet with less headroom than a Mini Cooper. @EJB, who had boarded right before me, nearly died laughing as I practically crawled into the plane on all fours.



My daughter, at least, had plenty of space for herself and her fish:





It wasn't long and we were airborne for the short, 36-minute flight to Bedford, just north of Boston:



Call me a snob, but from all the private jets I've flown the Hawker was the least comfortable (I know, what a horrible life I lead :P). While the Learjet 45 is only an inch or so taller, it somehow feels way roomier. The Hawker is just a horribly cramped affair, and I can't imagine flying it on longer flights. Quite frankly, a regular coach seat may be a better option sometimes (heresy, I know).

The pilots were happy to let my daughter check out the flight deck:



Like a million dollars:



To get an idea if how tiny this plane was, check out how my daughter is basically as tall as the door in the above picture.




After landing and a short rental car snafu we headed into Boston proper for lunch. Rami's mediocre food wasn't helped by the rude service (I mean seriously, this guy puts New Yorkers to shame), but it did the job. Next stop: Boston Children's Museum!

I found a garage a few blocks away that charged $12 for the rest of the day, which was more than reasonable. The weather was lovely, and my daughter had a fine time exploring the streets:











The museum as an absolute hoot, and my daughter loved every minute. There are a ton of exhibits here, and most of them hands-on. Everything was engaging, and she was having the time of her life. The much-hyped Please Touch Museum in Philly is worthless compared to this, IMO. This place is well thought out and much more varied.

I won't bore you with a bunch of family snapshots, but suffice it to say that this place is a hoot for young children.

When your foot is bigger than the one in the "huge foot" exhibit ;D:



We stayed in the museum until we were kicked out, and then all too soon it was time to hit the road and drive back.
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