Welcome to the Planetflyer website! The Planetskier blog has many stories about flying and airplanes as well, at the Blogspot, TGR, Freeride or Relaa websites. All flying-related blog articles are show below, however. You can also click on a map to see where in the world they took place.
See also the articles about skiing, caving, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, swimming, and saunas.
All flying-related articles:
|Back in the U.S.S.R. -- Aeroflot|
We got a chance to fly Aeroflot on our trip to Kazakhstan... I was hoping for a real historic Soviet experience, and Tupolevs. Or at least a Sukhoi Superjet. But no, sadly I was disappointed.
February 2018, Almaty Airport, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Sheremetyevo Airport, Khimki, Russia; Helsinki-Vantaa, Vantaa, Finland
Janne and I visited the Swiss Transport museum in Luzern, and were able to visit the Convair CV-990 "Coronado", in the cabin.
January 2018, Swiss Museum of Transport, Luzern, Switzerland
|SIN to HEL|
Made the classic "SIN to HEL" trip again.
November 2017, Helsinki-Vantaa, Vantaa, Finland
The flights from Sweden were incredibly booked this week, so I ended up in returning home on an airline that I've never heard of before, 2N or Nextjet. And interesting routing, via Port. And there was an interesting rust on the airplane...
October 2017, Arlanda, Sweden
|Air Force One Classic|
I never thought I'd visit a presidential library in the US. Couldn't imagine anything more boring. But, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library hosts a VC-137C SAM 27000, or more commonly known as the Air Force One.
August 2017, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, USA
|Space Shuttle Endeavour|
Janne and I managed to see yet another space shuttle, the Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. They also have the one remaining external fuel tank on display.
August 2017, California Science Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
|Santa Monica and Commercial Aviation's roots|
I hadn't really known about this, but one of my favourite places in L.A., Santa Monica, played a large role in early commercial aviation. The Douglas Aircraft company was based here, for instance, and many iconic aircraft, DC-3 included, were designed here.
August 2017, Museum of Flying, Santa Monica, California, USA
|Falcon 9 Booster|
When Janne and I were in California, we made a pilgrimage to the SpaceX headquarters. In front the building stands a used Falcon 9 booster. Impressive feat of space technology!
August 2017, Space X, Hawthorne, California, USA
|Airshow in Kaivopuisto|
On a Friday night I was at the airshow in Kaivopuisto.
June 2017, Kaivopuisto, Helsinki, Finland
|Skiing with a drone|
A few weeks ago I got a present from my IETF friends: a Mavic Pro drone. Thank you! We've already played a lot with it, me, Olli, Janne, and many of our friends, with everyone having loads of fun with the device!
April 2017, Peuramaa, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kauniainen ski hill, Kauniainen, Finland; Sahara, Kauniainen, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Equipment; Flying
|25 minutes is enough|
Apparently you *can* arrive at the airport 25min before intercontinental departure and still make it. Weather, taxi failure, clearing my own car from snow, stuck behind a fallen truck on the highway, not leaving enough time for these troubles, etc. Phew.
November 2016, Helsinki-Vantaa, Vantaa, Finland
Gotta love the French. Masters of bureaucratic directives. Or circumventing them. Take heliski, for instance. Heliski is illegal in France. But here we are, spending a day with skis and helicopters. For only 60€, to boot. It turns out that it is illegal to use a helicopter to take us to a mountain. But there is nothing that prevents using one take us from a mountain.
February 2013, Alpe d'Huez, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Flying
|A Night in the Cockpit of a 747|
We lost all the instruments. The engines are not responding. I shout mayday to the radio, but the radio is silent. I curse my decision to ever enter the cockpit of this rusty 747-200. This night is going to end badly. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I decide that it is time to exit the cockpit, run down the stairs, and ... order a drink from the steward.
October 2012, Arlanda, Sweden