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Air Safaris, Southern Alps, Westland National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand,, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Aoraki-Horokoau flyby, New Zealand

21 July 2012.

Approximate location: -43.546433, 170.144492 (43°32’47.2″S 170°08’40.2″E)
Approximate altitude: 3000 metres (9850 feet)
View azimuth: 170 to 175 degrees (south-southeast)

We’re up among New Zealand’s Southern Alps as the flight takes us over Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. I’ve supplied featured labels to help with orientation in this southeast view. Despite scale, height, and distance, I get the distinct feeling that I can just about leap out of the plane to a soft snow landing or if I could reach out with my hand, I could touch the nation’s two tallest mountains, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Horokoau (Mount Tasman), sacred to the Māori people.

A visual account of the circular flight over southwest New Zealand can be seen here. The west coast on the nation’s South Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 21 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/3200-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

New Zealand: Air Safaris’ Grand Traverse flight over the Southern Alps

The majestic mountain spine along New Zealand’s South Island is known as “The Southern Alps”; the Maori Ngai Tahu name for these mountains is “kā tiritiri o te moana”. For many locations around the South Island, you cannot avoid or ignore the sight of looming towers of rock and snow.

Between visits to the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, I’d been thinking about whether or not I should have a look at the mountains from above. It would be beautiful, but it also seemed very expensive. What to do, what to do … it sounds stupid writing it out now, but a unique opportunity had presented itself, and I knew I’d have deep regrets if I didn’t take it.

I bit the proverbial bullet and hopped onto a plane with Air Safaris for a 50-minute “The Grand Traverse” tour including aerial views of various glaciers, Horokoau (Mount Tasman), and Aoraki (Mount Cook).

( Click here for images and more )

LAN and TAM to merge and create LATAM Airlines Group

Yesterday, LAN Airlines (Chile) and TAM Airlines (Brazil) signed a non-binding MoU to signal their intentions to form a single company, Latam Airlines Group, which would keep both brands separate.

A sampling of news items:

HL, 2335h CLT, 14 Aug 2010.

Flying in the future, einen (Alb)Traum

Providing you air-service with value …

  • We reserve the right to land in a place “sufficiently close to your intended city or destination”.  For example, it makes no difference to us that Frankfurt-Hahn is closer to Trier and the Luxembourg border, than the airport is actually to Frankfurt am Main.  Yes, it’s an old air-base, and the refurbished airport should really be called Trier-Hahn, but we’re relying upon the fact that either the traveler has no sense of geography (or urgency, for that matter), and/or you have not done your homework.  We’re providing you with cheap fares; you’re going to take a bus for hours, and you’re going to like it.
A grand vision of the future in air-travel …

  • Standing-only places for seats : why sit when you can stand for an entire flight? cf. from Ryanair and Spring Airlines
  • As you’ve agreed to (stupidly) fly for a near-zero fee, the plane will not be pressurized and will fly instead at lower altitude.  Your flight will naturally take a longer amount of time than a flight at higher altitudes, but hey, you’re flying with us for free!  You want air?  Water?  Well, I suppose so …
  • Rationed-air : “your personal flow of air, for a special price of $1 at a rate of 2 L/min; of course, for children, we offer a reduced price of $0.50 at a rate of 1 L/min …”
  • Rationed-water : “your personal supply of water, for a special price of $1 per 100 cL.  We provide a larger 1 L source for a reduced price of $9.99.”
  • As clothes on passengers (those packed and those worn) add unnecessary weight which further accelerates the consumption of fossil fuels, we are striving for greener initiatives.  We advise everyone to remove their clothing at the check-in … er … collection area, where we will provide an alternative low-impact low-weight single-piece translucent “modesty suit” for a special price of $9.99.  Passengers may naturally decide to forego the latter suit; however, the passengers should be aware that the “place-belt” and the vertical “comfort-plank” may chafe and induce slivers, respectively.”
… those who are humour-challenged shall not pass “Go”, and are therefore forbidden to collect their € 200.

HL, 1915h GMT, 6 Jun 2010
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