“The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” — Bill Gates, Co-founder, Microsoft Corporation
It’s hard to imagine the great American cities without thinking in the same breath of their associated networks of airports. These airports serve as transport centers for people, goods, and cultural memes much as the railroads did (and continue to provide to a lesser extent). As much as people complain about going to the airport these days, can you imagine the world without them? It would be like a kitchen without a mixing bowl.
*Photos taken by Gregg Hake with a Sony DSC-T10 in a Piper Saratoga TC-II over Manhattan and Long Island. This was my first flight in the NY airspace as pilot in command. I learned that NY air traffic controllers speak quickly, regularly change routing (which is challenging if the pilot is unfamiliar with the names of the waypoints), and are very accommodating if the pilot remains polite and patient.