HABOOB! And other Airplane Porn…

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Run for the hills–it’s a HABOOB!
 Howdy blog fans!  I’ve taken a bit of a break after the flurry of activity surrounding my vlog, “Zen and the Art of Landing.”  So, to satisfy your aeronautical craving, please enjoy a few pics I’ve garnered of late.  As always, feel free to download and share!
First off, this week I literally had to race a Haboob* to work as it barreled toward PHX!
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Cap’nAux in action, taking the previous (and next) shot! (photo by Bon;)

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Heading in from the south, it’s already engulfed my house.  Hope my vicious attack cat Tarzan is inside!

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Southwest is about to have a very dusty day!

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…Moments later the airport is socked in.  Low visibility means switching to instrument approaches, slowing airport ops to horse-and-buggy speed.

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The height of the storm…

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…And just as quickly, it moves on…
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…leaving a dusty residue in the air.  I’ll be departing soon, but I can gaurantee you PHX will be having an EPIC sunset tonight!
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…we glimpse the the ruddy sunset before turning east for STL…

AND IN OTHER NEWS….

…the ND (Nav Display) tells the story:

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More airborne melodrama.  Racing yet another storm that’s attempting to wrest control of the airport.  The thunderboomer politely moves off the field before Ol’ CapnAux arrives!
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Speaking of epic sunsets, here’s an awesome one from my best buddy Dewey!  (Extra credit:  name that city–3 letter identifiers only, please!)


a little Airbus trick.  FO Todd types the coordinates of the thunderstorm area as if we were going to fly that track.  Result: it appears on our screen!  (Uh, Notice to Weather dudes: it’s moved south!!)

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 The Sigmet (SIGnificant METerological weather) box appears in white as our “Secondary Flight Plan.”

PIC OF THE WEEK!!!

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A fellow airliner applies a pink brush stroke to God’s magnificent sunset!
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Not as prominent, but can you see two more brush strokes?
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An equally cool shot of a contrail from the preceding aircraft at our altitude.  Notice the shadow!

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Paradise by the dashboard light!  Another fav’ this week…
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Same shot, emphasizing the beauty of Fifi’s control panel…
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Sun Dog Million-air!
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 A cool one from FO Todd.  Airbus silhouette!  This is so unique, I think it steals the show from this week’s Fav’!


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SFO “Sunset 1 Arrival” to 28R…
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…and the morning departure.


 AND FINALLY….

 …My new book cover!

Apologies for the “Bait and Switch,” but I’m excited to present my new “Code Name: Dodger” book cover!  Using stills from the upcoming Book Trailer, I cobbled a cool cover collage!  Edition 2 is now available in both print or ebook (Download Free–see below!)**

Thanks for indulging me with the book cover…in gratitude, here’s one last, awesome parting shot!
Diverting around a line of Thunderboomers in the Midwest…
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…t’boomer diversion, as viewed on FlightAware…thanks to my Number One Stalker–er,I mean, Tracker!– Miss TWA, at www.misstwa.blogspot.com!!

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch: Tarzan made it!!

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Vicious attack cat Tarzan patrolling his domain!
Folks, not bragging here, but I’ve got to say:  Every single pic in this post was taken within the past 3 weeks…
What can I say, I’ve got the BEST OFFICE VIEW IN THE WORLD!!!!
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*What’ the heck-fire’s a Haboob?!: Wikipedia explains
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**Code Name: Dodger will be available for free download to all eReaders (Kindles, iPads, etc. via the Kindle app) August 18-19 at the Kindle Direct Store in Amazon!