Flying With Faber - April 2010

The seat of McIntosh County, Darien is a coastal tidewater town about sixty miles south of Savannah. Its origins can be traced to the earliest years of colonial Georgia. The city is some of the best shrimping ground in the country. (Georgia Department of Economic Development)Georgia’s Coast–An Untouched Treasure

By Stuart J. Faber

One of the most pristine areas of the southeast lies along the Georgia coastline and extends from the southern boundary of South Carolina to the northern boundary of Florida. Unknown to many, and especially me, many famous battles between the Colonists and the British were fought along these shores, and a few Civil War skirmishes as well. Recently, I visited this area from Brunswick to the Florida state line. Just north of the Florida border is the quaint village of St. Mary. To the east of St. Mary is the breathtaking Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Visit With the Blue Angels

The Blue Angels fly in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Sagar Pathak)By Stuart J. Faber

Everyone, including me, loves the Blue Angels.  Through the years, I have attended a number of their spectacular performances.  My enthusiasm increases with every new airshow I see. Recently, a few journalists and I were gathered around the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf where most of the Blue Angels pilots were billeted and hanging out.

While enjoying a buffet lunch of sandwiches, tapas and sweets at Knuckles Bar and Grill at the Hyatt, we were thrilled to meet up with two of the Blue Angel officers for a preflight get-together.  Marine Captain Tyson Dunkelberger is an information officer with the Blue Angels. Navy pilot Lt. Ben Walborn flies aircraft number seven and is one of the narrators and advance men for the 35 airshows the group performs each year. Ben is a 29-year-old pilot who began his flight training in a T-34 and transitioned to jets via the T-45. He completed his flight training in the F-18 Hornet, then did a tour in Japan before he joined the Blue Angels. These two friendly, yet all-business guys shared our culinary largesse while graciously answered all of our questions.

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The Spectacular New Las Vegas CityCenter

By Stuart J. Faber

The new CityCenter sparkles at night on the Las Vegas skyline. (Photo courtesy of MGM Mirage)So long as you have a spare $8.5 billion, why not build a new compound of hotels and shopping centers?  Well, that is exactly what has happened in Las Vegas. Just 10 minutes from McCarran Airport lies a 67-acre, 18 million-square-foot complex which includes a 500,000-square-foot luxury shopping mall named Crystals along with three hotels, a casino and a hefty number of restaurants. This conglomeration of six shimmering, sleek glass and steel towers is a joint venture between MGM Mirage and the folks from Dubai World.

Opened in December 2009, this complex, designed by such architectural notables as Cesar Pelli, Daniel Libeskind, David Rockwell, Sir Norman Foster, Art Gensler and Rafael Vinoly is the largest development on the Strip – well, adjacent to the Strip. The development houses a host of celebrity chef restaurants, five nightlife venues, elaborate water displays, high-roller suites and VIP gaming areas, plus a $40 million collection of art.   I attended the grand opening of CityCenter, enjoyed the fireworks display, sampled the offerings of most of the restaurants and snooped through the rooms, suites, casino and meeting space of the three hotels.

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Let's Meet in Scotland

By Stuart J. Faber

Edinburgh Royal Mile (VisitScotland Business Tourism)

Recently, I returned from a voyage to one of my favorite destinations. Later, I will explain why I am so fond of Scotland. What I find curious is that, whenever I return from a trip, one of the first questions I am asked is, “How was the weather?”

Even with locals, weather seems to be a primary topic of discussion. On a warm, sunny day, I was met with: “We selected this weather just for you today.” On a cold or rainy day, “We apologize for the weather.”

As pilots, of course, weather is always a primary component of our decision either to launch or keep the ship in the hangar. As far as travel on land is concerned, weather is of minimal importance to me, with some exceptions. For example, icy roads will keep me off the highways. A rainy day will not keep me indoors, but will prompt me to take along a raincoat.

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