20th blog

Woke up to something unusual today here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it was actually sprinkling a little bit.  Our entire state and surround states are absolutely dying for rain.  I wish there was some way we could take some of the rain and flooding that is happening along the East Coast and pipe it to Texas and the surrounding areas, we sure could use it.

I’m still a little bit overwhelmed with the activities I participated in on Saturday, with the BAC-111 flight out to Amarillo and back.  That, to me, was a once in a lifetime experience.  I have always had a few goals in my life, one was to ride in a DC-3, did that; one was to ride in the Concorde, wasn’t able to do that, and another was to fly in a private jet, such as a Lear Jet, Gulfstream or a Falcon.  I’d have to say that the BAC-111 was as nice as any Gulfstream or Falcon that I could possibly fly on, so I am very happy with being able to fly on this beautiful aircraft.

Today I’m working on trying to make my website, http://www.jaydavis.com, have better Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and I’ve got to start coming up with better keywords so I’ll start showing up with higher rankings on Google.

One thing I was told was to start this blog and this could also start to help publicize my photography through another avenue, so I do hope that some people are actually reading it, as well as learning some information about me and my life.

I’m posting a few more photos from the BAC-111 flight on Saturday, I hope you enjoy them and I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Make it a great week everyone.

Quick 19th blog

I wanted to add a couple of photos to my blog from yesterday’s incredible journey on the private BAC-111 airliner I flew on yesterday.  I’ll try to write more later this evening, but I did want to post a couple of photos from the flight.

I hope you enjoy them, as much as I enjoyed being on the flight.

Hope you and your’s are having a great day and I wish everyone a great week, as well.

18th Blog

Only 182 more blogs before I become relevant in the world of blogging. I truthfully hope I can become relevant before I post 200 blogs. I was told in a recent seminar I attended was it took 200 posts but I’m going the quick route and my goal to be relevant is 100. I am going to be a positive thinker on this subject.

Today was just an incredible day! I had the opportunity and the pleasure of flying on the last passenger BAC-111 aircraft in North America. I was the Official Photographer for this event and it was quite a treat. We flew from Dallas Love Field airport to Amarillo, TX and at around 6000 feet, we flew over and around Palo Duro Canyon which is just south of Amarillo. We were served some very nice champagne on board as well as some nice snacks. It took about an hour to fly out there and then about the same time back to Dallas. As we started to land in Dallas, the captain arranged for a go around so we skimmed the runway and then took off and circled around again before we actually landed. It was a great day & I will post some photos from the trip, tomorrow. I’ve been on an adrenalin rush all day long and now I’m worn out.

Good night

 

17th blog

Well it seems I was off, very off, on my counting on how many blogs I have posted already.  I can’t believe I’ve already posted 16  blogs and am slowly but surely getting some actual comments on my blog, as well as many kind people offering their help to me, in order to make my blog look better.

Today I adjusted my time settings on my blog, a new tag line, as well as making a blog logo, that should be appearing pretty soon, if not already, when you view my blog.

This is going to a great day and not just because it is a Friday.  I had a wonderful meeting this morning with my Wingmen Elements group at the Chick-fil-A in Grapevine, and later today I will get to photograph a very unique aircraft.

As I mentioned last night in my blog, I am going to go flying on a BAC-111 aircraft tomorrow morning with a lot of classic airliner enthusiasts which will be a lot of fun and very exciting.  Ever since I was a little kid growing up in Lubbock, TX, I have been excited about airliners.  I can remember back in the “olden days”, as I used to call it, when I’d ask my parents something about the “olden days”, my parents would take me out to the Lubbock airport and I would watch the airliners come in and then depart again.

In those days, Lubbock’s airport was very small and served by only three airlines, Braniff, Continental and Trans-Texas Airways, which then transformed into Texas International Airlines.  Before we had all the extreme security that we have today in airports, you could go out and actually just sit in the terminal and watch the airplanes.  Also, if you were very lucky, you could ask a nice ticket agent if you could go on board the plane and just look inside the plane.  Every now and then, I would get lucky and a nice ticket agent would be so kind to escort me out onto the ramp, this was way before you had jetways in Lubbock, and we would then climb up the portable stairs and I would get a look on-board a Braniff 727 or a Texas International DC-9.  At the time, I’ll always remember, Texas International had a purple and white paint scheme, (this was the late 60’s and early 70’s) and their stewardesses, as they were called back then, wore a purple hot-pants outfit with white go-go boots.  As a young boy, I was always so excited to be able to go on board these planes and just imagine where these planes were flying to, and who was on board those planes.

After I was able to go on board the airlines, from time to time, you could actually call up to the control tower and ask if you could come up for a view and every now and then, a nice FAA employee would come down and get me and I’d get to go up and view the airport from a very nice vantage point for a few minutes.  This is where my love of aviation first started.  It was so fascinating to me to see how these very large aircraft could somehow, someway, manage to defy gravity and leave the ground and then start to fly at amazing speeds and reach the Dallas area, within just one hour of flying time.  I still am amazed by that fact.  There are many times I’ll watch the British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft depart from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and think to myself, “Wow, in eight or nine hours, all of those people on that airplane will be in a totally different part of the world”.  That still just blows my mind away, from time to time.  This is one of the main reasons I guess, that I have always been such a huge airplane buff.

People always ask me, “Why didn’t you become a pilot?” and I guess my main reason was I felt I didn’t have the necessary math and science skills to be a pilot.  I just never thought about becoming a pilot, although I have had the chance to be at the controls of a small, Cessna airplane at one time; and it was quite fun and according to the instructor pilot, I did a pretty good job of controlling the plane.  I still think with all my “ADD” issues, I might forget something from time to time and really mess up a flight, if I were to learn how to become a pilot.  At this point in my life, I think I’ll just let someone else fly the plane, and I’ll enjoy the view.

One thing that I would like to do though, is one day, if at all possible, is to ride in the jump seat of a cockpit of a small, private jet and see what the view is like from the cockpit.  When I look out the windows when I’m flying, my view is sideways, and I’d love to see  a front view, just one time.

In closing this blog today, I feel that since I’ve written so much today about flying and airliners, that I’ll post one of my airliner shots for you to enjoy.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and a great weekend.

Stay tuned to the blog, I’ll be reporting later tonight or tomorrow about the BAC 111 aircraft that we are flying on, tomorrow.

14th blog, I think

I first off want to thank the very kind people who have commented on my blog, as well as all the wonderful people who have been so kind to answer my questions on some of the various forums about Word Press and how to utilize it better.

One kind person told me how I can go in and put my actual business logo into my front page and I did that this morning, so I certainly want to thank them for telling me about that.  I greatly appreciate it.  I made the change, and I think it looks good.

Got a very exciting weekend planned.  Many of you don’t know this about me, yet, but I LOVE aviation, especially commercial aviation.  I have a very strong passion for photographing airliners and for a while, I uploaded to a website called Airliners.net.  Many of my photos have been used in advertising campaigns and I have been published in Airways, Airliners and Airliner World magazines.  I’ve even written an article about the new DFW Founders Place at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

This year, I also have had the pleasure of being on the ramp at DFW Airport when QANTAS began their non-stop service from Australia to Texas.  John Travolta was the guest speaker and I was able to also photograph him, as well as shake his hand and ask him a question about his private Boeing 707.  Mr. Travolta is a good-will ambassador for QANTAS and his private Boeing 707 is painted in QANTAS’ first paint scheme when they entered the jet era in the early 60’s.

My exciting news for this weekend is that I am going to be the Official Photographer for Classic Jet Tours, and they are hosting an enthusiast ride on a British Aerospace Corporation 111, aka a BAC-111.  This will be a two hour flight departing on Saturday for approximately two hours.  I will be photographing the aircraft on the ground before the flight, I will be photographing passengers during the flight, and then I will also be photographing the passengers and guest around the aircraft after the flight.  This particular aircraft was built in 1964 and it is the last remaining BAC 111 in North America in passenger service.  The aircraft is configured in an executive Premium layout and only holds 37 passengers.  Previous clients that have used this aircraft are Carlos Santana and the band Bon Jovi, for parts of their North American tours in the past, as well as many college basketball teams.

I am very excited about this opportunity and tomorrow night, we are going to gather for a pre-flight meet and greet at the airport, as well as head over to a local hotel for a small Happy Hour.

I’ll be certain to post some photographs from the event next week on the blog.

 

 

Lucky 13 with Christine Cashen

I had lunch with a dear friend of mine today, her name is Christine Cashen.  I don’t know how many years I have now known Christine, but I am such a lucky person to know her.

I met her when she spoke to a group I used to belong to when I worked for Korean Air, as an Area Sales Manager.  She has her own website and blog, if you want to find her, google, “A Dynamic Speaker”.  She IS a dynamic speaker and even more than that, she is a dynamic person and wonderful lady.  I know this will probably sound like a commercial for her, and if it does, so be it; but if your group ever needs a motivational and highly entertaining speaker for your yearly convention, a monthly meeting or some other function, Christine will LIGHT up the room with her humor, her outlook on life and just her wonderful charm.

I told her that I had just started blogging and she said she has been doing that for quite some time, so if you want to put a smile on your face, I suggest you start subscribing to her blog, she is incredibly funny and witty.

She just charges up my batteries when I am down in the dumps or feeling blue, I swear, I don’t think she has a negative bone or any negative energy in her body, whatsoever!  I’m working to become that type of person.  I really admire her.

Last year, she wrote a book and she hired me to photograph her “coming out party” for the book and it was a wonderful event and it was extremely nice to see her, along with her husband, and her parents flew in along with her brother, and that was a total surprise for her.  So I’ve met her whole family and they are all just absolutely wonderful people.

I have photographed Christine a few years ago with some family portraits when she had a young son, and now we need to do some new family portraits as she now has a young daughter and son; so I told her when it finally (HOPEFULLY SOON !!!!) cools down here in the Metromess, I would be more than happy to take some new family portraits for her and her family.

In closing this post for my blog, I wish I could see Christine once a week, just to re-charge my batteries and fill myself full of positive energy and positive thoughts, she is so wonderful and I am blessed to know her.  Go google her and get to know her, as well.  She is a wonderful individual and she will have you in stitches with some of the stories she writes and blogs about.

 

 

Day 12

I think this is my 12 day of blogging, but not 100% sure.

I just wanted to upload one photograph today.  I recently was viewing someone else’s photography blog, and they live down in Sugar Land, TX and they are a very serious “amateur” (that’s what they said, not me!!) photographer.

A photograph of a beautiful Texas sky was what was shown and I have something similar, but I photographed this in Red River, NM recently.  It still was a very beautiful photograph, I thought, and I hope you enjoy it.