FLALEFTY
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FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:15 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/03/sp...ref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Click on the link to see how Alabama Crimson Tide football fans mobbed FlightAware.com to track the arrival of their new savior and Head Ball Coach, Nick Saban!

Actually, it is nice to see the neat little site get props from the NYT.
 
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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:15 am

HAHAHA...I myself, as a tide fan/student, keep on chekin all the arrivals TCL (tuscaloosa, AL) all day yesterday mornin but I was unable to find a plane comin from anywhere in souhtern FL.

I figured I wasn;t the only one
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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:19 am

When he leaves in a few, will they look for their next long-term coach's arrival? My bet is Dennis Erickson. HAHAHAHAHA
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
 
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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:49 am

Unfortunately, as great as many a.netters may think FlightAware is (and I'm not disagreeing), this kind of publicity is the stuff that thsy shouldn't be encouraging ... although they are by being free (depending on level of service).

Flight Tracking that's available to the general public at no charge, is very much in danger of bringing on more and more restrictions from the FAA and other agencies ... which in the long term in bad for everyone.

More and more aircraft are blocked, and more and more operators complain about privacy ... and the FAA and the alphabet groups listen - believe me, I've been there!


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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:51 am

NC State Wolfpack fans did the same thing after Herb Sendek left and they were looking for a new basketball coach. Their boards (Pack Pride) were all over NC State's most prominent booster's plane, following it and seeing which coaches they could be going after.
 
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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:35 pm

I'm always glad to see FlightAware get some free publicity, as it is indeed a neat little site.

The night that WN had its unfortunate accident at MDW, many WN aircraft were bypassing MDW and going to the next stop downstream, or diverting elsewhere. Someone that I know mentioned this to Greta Van Susteren at Fox News, who was doing an excellent, rational, intelligent report on this breaking story, the kind of coverage that shows the difference between a talking head and a rational, really-intelligent person in the anchor chair when the stuff gets thick. Greta was emailing back and forth with various contributors during the periods that the camera wasn't on her, and formulating questions on the fly to ask her panelists, in part from the online information she was getting. This person let her know that flightaware.com would show many of the in-air diversions; she checked it out and announced it on-air as a reference for people who were wondering where their loved-ones' flights were heading if not to MDW. Within moments of her saying that on-air, flightaware began running much, much more slowly, but it didn't fail. It was pretty cool to see the boost in usage and awareness that they got that night. Very tragic circumstances for it to happen, but in a way exactly the kind of circumstances in which diversion information can be very important to a passenger's family.
 
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RE: FlightAware.com Is Suddenly Popular With Tide Fans

Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:12 pm

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 5):
Greta Van Susteren at Fox News, who was doing an excellent, rational, intelligent report on this breaking story,

Wait...wait...wait...wait...wait...wait...

wait...

You mean there was actually some intelligent, rational reporting on Fox News?!?!?!

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I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

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