Local Heart, Global Soul

March 17, 2018

Flight Mapping…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have a love / hate relationship with the flight maps on planes that track your progress as you fly.

I love maps and geography so that’s a plus, and it’s sort of nice to see which country or place you are flying over, but on the down side it’s not always wonderful to know that you have completed four hours of your flight but there are still ten more to go.

Often I prefer to loose track of time, to watch a movie, or four, be distracted as much as possible and then have the wonderful surprise of the message on the intercom telling us that we are beginning descent to our destination and to please prepare for landing.

I find that not knowing the time seems to make the time go faster, I feel like I’m getting to my destination, quicker.

Flying to New Zealand is a slight exception however, because I don’t want to know that we are still over Australia on one hand (the country is huge and sometimes it feels like it takes forever to cross) but I do want to know when we are getting close to the New Zealand coast. I also never cease to be shocked by the intense cold outside at this speed and altitude, or how high we are able to fly. We take so much technology for granted these days but it is still a wonder that I can be on the other side of the world in twenty-four hours flying time.

We might complain about how tiring such a trip can be, but then I think back to the fact that when my Father emigrated to New Zealand the only economically viable option was a six week trip by ship via the Panama Canal. Here am I travelling to New Zealand for a holiday with two flights, one of fourteen hours and the other of ten. Eventually the image coms up that I have been waiting since my last visit to see; the South Island of New Zealand map on the screen and the tell-tale ssigns of imminent landfall.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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