iOS 8: A photographer's worst nightmare

I've always found it odd that some people can somehow manage to have have totally different experiences with the same OS on different devices… Until now.

When Apple announced iOS 8 I was excited to see all of the new features. I've been a loyal, iPhone-toting member of the fan club since the 3G. And, with each update I have been completely satisfied. When version 8 finally dropped and I installed it on my iPhone 5 in record time, excited to dive in and experience all of the new features. At this level of maturity in the environment I've long since gotten all of my "need to haves" and these days updates are all pleasant surprises. Features that, until I see them I didn't have a need for. Apple is great about that.

Completely satisfied with the user experience on my phone I recently stayed up until 2 am (on a work night, ugh) updating my iPad (4th gen.) Now is a good point to note that my use cases for the two devices are completely different. On iPhone I email, feed my social media addiction, browse the net, typical stuff that everyone does. But my iPad, is used almost exclusively for photo weeding and processing. With the handy dandy camera connection kit I'm able to quickly dump my NEF (Nikon's version of RAW) photos onto iPad, and on the best screen in the house weed my photos. I've done this for years and thanks to the convenience, my post-processing flow has slowly migrated to iPad almost exclusively. Only in rare instances these days do I feel compelled to sit at a desktop and fire up Photoshop or Lightroom. 

As it stands however, this can't proceed as is. This is the most disruptive change to the apple mobile OS ecosystem since… Ever. Without further ado, here are my top four photographer grievances with iOS 8. I'm literally at an impasse: 

1. No more catch all "camera roll" folder in albums. Yes, we can see everything in the "photos" view, but... Why? I don't see a reason to force the move. This is a terrible move from a UX perspective. Plus, as my pal Ben Granucci points out, in photos/moments view, there is a lot of unnecessary white-space. 

iOS 8 tease...

iOS 8 tease...

2. In iOS 8 iPhoto has been retired. Amazingly enough, the app is still there, you just can't get past a warning telling you to migrate to the normal photos app. I don't mind giving up iPhoto, but only in favor for something equal to or hopefully better than that which is taken away. Sadly, the enhancements to natively edit photos in iOS 8 aren't equal to the functionality lost w/ iPhoto.

3. Unable to save lower resolution edited copies. In iPhoto I could make edits, save a copy, then revert back to the original leaving an edited version in my camera roll when I dumped the raw files to PC. Additionally, iOS 8 photo edits (crop, exposure adjustment) are lost on import to PC.


4. iOS has done something to make my iPad suddenly ridiculously slow when handling Nikon NEF raw photos. This wasn't an issue with iOS 7.

So, I'm honestly not sure what to do now. With a single OS update I've rendered my primary use case for iPad totally useless. I can't quickly weed my photos (like I have for over a year) with these serious lags and I can't edit my photos because changes are lost on import. Not only that, but edited copies don't remain on the tablet which I've often used as a quick makeshift portfolio to demonstrate my work.

I recently saw a commercial for the Microsoft Surface tablet which runs a robust version of Photoshop. Maybe that's the answer? Just the thought gives me chills. Jobs must be rolling in his grave.


When a charity auction goes awry...

I'm not sure how, but at some point this week I became aware of a charity auction hosted by the folks over at Southwest Airline's MIT (managers in training) group. Up for auction were airline seats, Herb Kelleher signed whisky, plane models, pieces of old Dallas Love Field and even items from other airlines. Surprised at the lack of attention the auction was getting I mentioned it on twitter, and was scooped by NYC Aviation's lightning fast blogger, Jason Rabinowitz. In hindsight, perhaps the exposure NYCA provides was what did the auction in...

As a bit of an airline memorabilia auction hound I've fallen to the dark site, and know how to win. Yes, I'm a sniper  that is, someone who waits until the very last minute to place a maximum bid. It seems I'm not alone in this practice as activity on the site seemed to be pretty sparse in the past few days. Then this afternoon came along... The site indicated that all auctions would end at 3 PM central, but it turned out that some ended earlier, some later. Suddenly the site was running slow and then, at the worst possible moment, as auctions were closing, the traffic crippled their host (powweb).

Do not pass go, you're suspended!

Do not pass go, you're suspended!

The site came back off and on, and for a few minutes and was temporarily redirected to what appeared to be a random family photo blog over at (wut?) 

My first reaction is to criticize the folks running the show because to be honest, I lost out on some really great items. And they ended up raising less money for the charity than they could have, if the site was up and folks were able to get in their last minute bids.

HOWEVER, we have to step back and consider this was a charity auction, and Southwest's heart was in the right place here. Also, I'd be remiss to ignore the fact that an auction for [mostly] Southwest schwag managed to outright cripple their web host  Love 'em or hate 'em, Southwest has a lot of loyal fans out there who are willing to blow an afternoon trying to win an auction for their doodads. 

Hey Southwest folks, next time maybe use eBay? Please?!


A Tang Soo Do Black Belt and a Power Ranger Jump Out of a Plane

This post originally appeared on where I'm a correspondent.

Ernie during his training exercises over Virginia which is where he is currently stationed. Photo from Ernie Torres.

Ernie during his training exercises over Virginia which is where he is currently stationed. Photo from Ernie Torres.

The title of this story sounds like the lead in for a great joke, right? It’s not. Wait… what? This is an aviation site, why are we jumping out of perfectly good planes? Martial arts and power rangers? Yes, it’s a stretch, but hear me out. There’s aviation stuff below, I promise.

Not long ago I was approached by Ernie Torres, a Tang Soo Do Black Belt and AFF (advanced free fall) skydiving instructor who also happens to be a First Class Petty Officer in the US Navy. He came to me to share his ambition to shatter (pun intended) a skydiving world record which was set in January by Jason David Frank. You may remember Jason as the Green Power Ranger. According to Ernie:

“A new world record was set that combined the skills of skydiving and martial arts. This record involved breaking boards, which is normally performed during a martial arts demonstration… while skydiving. After seeing the attention it received, one thought came to mind; I can do better and use the publicity to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Convinced he could further advance the world record given his unique skill set and background, Ernie approached the good folks over at SkyDive Arizona who agreed to donate the air time, the crew and all the skydiving talent that he would need to support him in his endeavor.

I reached out to Jocelyn Bernatchez, Marketing and Events Coordinator at SkyDive Arizona for details. The world record attempt will occur on Thursday, May 23 from their base in Eloy, AZ, which is roughly halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Ernie will be joined by a crew consisting of some the most experienced skydivers in the US, likely including divers from Arizona Arsenal and Arizona Airspeed, the two premier Arizona skydiving clubs. According to Jocelyn:

“The aircraft will hold up to 23 licensed skydivers including Ernie. The climb to 13,000 feet typically takes 15-18 minutes. The skydivers will exit the plane with the pine boards and line up in free-fall. Ernie will come past each skydiver and attempt to break the pine board. He will continue until all the boards are broken or we reach break off altitude, when we separate to deploy our parachutes, usually around 4,000 feet.”

Ernie does his thing — falling on purpose.

Ernie does his thing — falling on purpose.

The current record stands at just 7 boards, and the record before that was 5. So to make his mark on the record books all Ernie has to do is smash through 8 or more boards — in roughly a minute — while falling through the sky at terminal velocity, surrounded by his peers. What a rush!

I was hoping to give a bit more background on Ernie’s outstanding military service and his transition to soon becoming a veteran. Through my Navy contacts I was able confirm my assumptions. He’s indeed a decorated sailor with an exemplary service record. However, Ernie very carefully deflected all of my attempts to get this information directly from him. He always put the focus back on his cause: The Wounded Warriors, “Those that have sacrificed much more than I have. Those are the people that I am striving to support with this endeavor.”

The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. They receive a 4 star accountability & transparency rating from the third-party charity auditing firm Charity Navigator. The WWP provides services and programs to meet the needs of injured service members. A worthy cause, right? Let’s dig deep and support Ernie in his endeavor. All funds go directly to the WWP. No third parties, no gimmicks. Just helping our wounded servicemen and women.

So there you have it. A selfless serviceman seeks to claim a world record in honor and support of his fellow warriors. We wish Ernie the best of luck and anxiously await the record transitioning to a true hero and away from an actor who once played one on TV.

You can follow Ernie’s progress on YouTubeFacebookTwitter and of course I will cover the jump here.

Oh right, I promised aviation stuff so for those of you who stuck around, here it is. I asked Jocelyn about SkyDive Arizona’s fleet. She stated, “We have a fleet consisting of four Shorts Skyvans, five Twin Ottersa DC3 and a Pilatus Porter.”

While it’s not yet decided which perfectly good plane Ernie and team will be jumping out of, I know I have my fingers crossed for the old reliable N86584, a 1942 DC-3. How about you?

This story written by…JL Johnson, Correspondent.

JL is a twenty-something Sr. Business Analyst, semi-frequent traveler and lover of all things aviation. He’s based in Lee’s Summit, MO and attributes his love of aviation to his grandfather, a USAF Colonel who had him in “avgeek training” before he could walk.

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Southwest's new priority boarding option: A SWAwesome alternative to EarlyBird and Business Select

Not long ago Southwest Airlines started giving folks the option to purchase priority boarding. That is, a *new* early boarding option in addition to the EarlyBird Check-In service they began back in September, 2009. This new service allows passengers to secure a boarding position at the very front of the A line, skipping past the EarlyBirds to mingle with the high rollers in Business Select territory. The price? $40.

This new option, it's GENIUS!
Here's how it works: As you may (should) know, the first 15 A boarding positions are automatically reserved for Business Select, and until this new option came to fruition, if all of those spots weren't taken, they'd simply be skipped. Score the very first EarlyBird Check-In on a flight with zero business select passengers? Congrats, welcome to A16! Still the front if the line, but behind these otherwise unused slots. So, assuming your flight has less than 15 Business Select customers, expect to hear the gate agent make an announcement soliciting takers for this new option.

Why not buy Business Select?
A worthy question-- On my Southwest flight last weekend I flew Business Select for the first time. Being the "line leader" was a cool experience, something I could get used to. However, the perks of the Business Select full fare fall far short of justifying the cost in my opinion. I typically fly out of airports with relatively short TSA lines, so FlyBy priority screening offers little value. In addition, I don't drink, so the free booze/premium drink/adult beverage/Devil's nectar/whatever isn't a selling point for me. What about the extra Rapid Rewards points for Biz Select? While earning points at a level double that of the cheapest fare is a nice perk, it just isn't enough. Triple the points and then we'll talk...

$40 later, I moved up 42 spots. Photo: JL Johnson

$40 later, I moved up 42 spots.
Photo: JL Johnson

I tried it, and I'm in LUV.
So, last Friday morning at exactly T- 24 hours I eagerly checked in for my Saturday trip to San Diego, this on top of paying the additional $10, er, strike that... $12.50 for EarlyBird. To my dismay I was awarded A50. Now, EarlyBird doesn't make any promises, except that you'll be ahead of those who don't pay. And in this case, it seems there were PLENTY willing to shell out the extra cash and bump this guy to the back of the line. So, my bad luck is Southwest's win because I was anxious to try out the new service. $40 later I was promoted from A50 to A8. SCORE!

It's not perfect.
My only gripe, and it's not much of a gripe, really, is that I feel like I sorta double paid. You see, I paid $12.50 for EarlyBird which covers all of your segments, one way, in addition to the $40 upgrade for my MCI-PHX leg. I feel like maybe they should offer to credit you for the portion of early bird you didn't actually use. So, in this case just charge me $33.75: $40 minus $6.25 for the upgraded leg of my two-legged trip which I sort of double paid on.

Who's the winner here?
Southwest, duh! I suspect this will bring a decent bump in ancillary revenue  Just like its brother the EarlyBird service.

Passengers... Maybe? Look, if seat preference is a big deal for you, and you forget to check-in, or if the entire plane buys EarlyBird, this could be a winner.

We'll mark this new option down as approved, for limited use,

What's next in Southwest's ancillary revenue future? I'm thinking the ability to pay for Fly By priority screening lane, what say you? De-bundling is the future, right?

Happy travels!

Lambert St. Louis Airport Twilight Time-Lapse

I've made a number of time-lapse clips here and there, but the 30 second one below is my first endeavor to combine my loves of low-light photography, time-lapse and aviation. While a bit embarrassed at how much time I invested in putting this together, I'm still quite proud. It is my sincere hope that you enjoy the finished product as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Okay, so here's the skinny for anyone who's curious about the details:

The camera was pointed at a mirror hanging on the wall of my upper-level room at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel which is just across the highway from the airport. The clip is comprised of 84 still images taken over the course of about 45 minutes in late summer, 2012. The images were taken with my Nikon D90 and what was most likely my 18-200 lens. Shot delays were measured and auto-triggered via an intervalometer. Aside from cropping all images are as they were shot straight out of the camera-- No funny business! 

Music credit: Clubbed to death (Kurayamino Variation) by Rob Dougan on the Furious Angels album.

New platform. New beginning. Growth.

I'm pleased to announce that around 2 AM today, JLsBlog was successfully migrated, configured and re-hosted from Posterous over to the SquareSpace managed blogging platform. This migration opens new doors in terms of functionality and opportunity for growth. I look forward to finding my place in the aviation blogging community, with focus on aviation, plane spotting and travel experiences from the perspective of a proud mid-westerner.

The migration to a more capable and scalable platform was long overdue, so the announcement from Posterous that their service will be sunset 4/30 was bittersweet. Posterous, which was acquired by Twitter and will now die at their hands was an excellent, free service, it will be missed. 

With the new service comes cost, and with cost comes an incentive to make sure my money is well spent. This is perhaps the biggest reason why my Posterous blog was rarely updated. While I have a lot to say and share, the presence didn't cost anything, so other things took a higher priority. My intent isn't to make money, but to share my love of all things aviation. Now that I'm on the hook for service fees it's important that I'm getting value for my investment and that I suspect will be a catalyst for great things.

I have a number of posts planned for the near and medium-term future. I look forward to sharing my experiences, insights, images, tips and reviews and hope you find them interesting, inspiring, and insightful. 

Southwest's new service to Branson (BKG): What are you doing on March 9?

It is old news now that upon Southwest Air’s purchase of AirTran (FL), they announced they would be trimming a few airports off of FL’s legacy route map. The trimming has been underway for quite some time. In fact, a few months ago I flew to central Pennsylvania to catch the very last AirTran bird out of Harrisburg International (MDT), one of the most convenient, engaging and passenger-centric airports I’ve experienced. I’ve been meaning to write about that, but that’s not what’s on my mind today.

Today I’m writing about the conversion of AirTran service into Southwest service. This too has been underway for quite some time but something I’ve yet to directly experience. To my surprise, Branson Airport (BKG), along with Southwest announced months ago that they would continue their post-AirTran partnership with Southwest service beginning Saturday, March 9.

At face-value this seemed odd to me...Southwest doesn’t typically serve niche areas like this, but I know nothing of the agreement between the two entities. In any case, as a Missourian I’m excited to have more of the myriad birds that fly over our state actually stop in and say hello. And, as an aviation enthusiast (avgeek) I’m always looking to participate in various aviation experiences. New routes, inaugurals, new planes, new airports? Yeah, that’s kind of my thing.  

I have thought about it for a few months now and have finally decided I want to be part of this new service. The question now is which of the routes I’ll take. Will I be on the first WN bird to fly in? Will I be on the first out? Both? Or maybe some weird combination? That remains, pardon the pun, up in the air. Chances are I’ll plan a vacation in Branson with my family around this aviation experience. And if I may say: How about that?! It worked, they’re attracting my tourism dollars!

After digging around the southwest website, I was able to build this simple table accounting for the Southwest traffic that BKG will have on inaugural day.

Southwest Inaugural Activity for March 9

Flight 2571
HOU-BKG      9:30A-11:00A
BKG-MCO     11:30A-2:45P

Flight 163
MDW-BKG     10:40A-12:15P
BKG-HOU      12:45P-2:20P

Flight 2777
DAL-BKG       2:25P-3:35P
BKG-MDW     4:10P-5:40P

Flight 2170
MCO-BKG     3:35P-5:05P
BKG-DAL      5:35P-6:45P

So I end with a question. Who’s joining me? :-) 

Shout out to my pal @trvlinsalesgal who finally talked me into the experience. She has her own blog over here.

Guest post on David Parker Brown's

Just over a month ago I was invited to an event at Kansas City International Airport to witness the termination of a 727's tenure with the FedEx fleet and its transition into retirement with KCI's emergency response trainees. David Parker Brown invited me to write a guest post for his excellent aviation enthusist blog over at which is syndicated by the Seattle Pi as well as Reuters. It's been a month now, so I feel it's safe to post here as well. 

Check out the gallery of photos I shot hosted over at Flickr


Guest post follows...

End of an Era. FedEx Donates a Boeing 727 to the Kansas City Airport

I suspect it’s no news to readers of, but we aviation enthusiasts are a unique group of folks. Of all the peer-groups I belong to, aviation geeks, that is, avgeeks, are the most loyal, diverse, and enthusiastic I have encountered. One thing I’ve noticed about avgeeks is they always want to deepen their bonds and connections to the industry. Whether it’s catching the newest livery while plane spotting and sharing it on social media, hopping on an inaugural flight, or social networking our ways into typically non-public areas with great aerodome views, we’re always curious. And, with this, I’ve noticed a trend.

It seems the vast majority of folks are focused on what’s new: New planes, new routes, new airlines, etc. And while this is great, it seems I’m more interested in what’s old. Maybe it’s my obsession with history, but I want to be a part of, or at least witness history. Recently, I got that opportunity.

On Wednesday, August 1st at 10:14 AM CDT, a 34-year old Boeing 727 with registry N483FE touched down on Kansas City International Airport’s (KCI) runway 19R marking the end of its life with 34,671 flight hours.

The plane, named Colin, after the child of a FedEx courier, was originally delivered to Braniff Airways in 1978 as a passenger liner. In May of 1990 FedEx Express took ownership of the plane and oversaw its passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion. Shortly after, it entered the FedEx Express fleet where it served alongside dozens of other 727s for 22 years.

While the termination of FedEx Express flight 9044 from Memphis, TN marked the end of the sky for a plane, it highlights a quickening retirement plan for this and other tri-jets in fleets across the world. With higher maintenance costs for older planes and drastically more fuel-efficient alternatives on the market, planes like Colin have quickly fallen out of favor.

So, what’s one of the world’s largest airlines to do with all of these old fuel inefficient planes? According to David Sutton, managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx, the solution was simple: Donate the planes to the communities they serve to support educational endeavors.

In 1995 FedEx Express launched their aircraft donation program with the donation of a plane to the FAA who at the time was interested in studying the effects of corrosion and fatigue on aging aircraft. Since then FedEx has donated over 50 airplanes to charities, museums, and airports.

Kansas City Aviation Director Mark VanLoh gladly accepted FedEx’s donation which the airport intends to use for emergency response training. Mr. VanLoh shared with the audience that with this plane, the airport and its crucial emergency responders will no longer be reliant on the generosity of its constituent airlines to loan their planes for training exercises.

In the coming days Colin will be relocated to the southeast side of the airport near an on-site overhaul base where it will lose its engines. While two of the engines will in some fashion make their way back into service, via parts or spares, one will be preserved and donated to the National Airline History Museum where patrons can visit and learn about the low-bypass jet engines that helped usher in the modern era of aviation.


About the author: I’m a Kansas City, Missouri based Senior Business analyst with a ridiculous obsession for all things aviation. As an avid plane spotter, I can often be found on or near airport property with a telephoto lens. Let’s get social! I’m on twitter and most other social media as @user47 and occasionally blog over at

Guest post on the Harrisburg International Airport Blog

Last week I wrote-up a guest post recapping my experience at Harrisburg International Airport's second annual tweet-up for AvGeeks, that is, aviation geeks. Overall it was a great experience and I'm pleased to have been invited. The post is below, or you can read it on the airport's blog here.

Bonus content! Check out this image I captured upon departure. It's Three Mile Island!

An Interesting Window View

Guest post follows...

My friends tell me I’m a nut. You see, at least twice a year I take a three to four-day weekend for the sole purpose of planespotting, trying out a new airline, adding lines to my flightmemory, flying just to fly, or in most cases, some amazing combination of these. It turns out there are lots of folks out there like me, avgeeks, propheads, milerunners, aerophiles, really, it’s all the same. We are folks who love everything about aviation. Planes, airports, runways, airlines—We love ‘em all.

My most recent aviation-themed weekend involved a multi-legged trip to and from Harrisburg International Airport for a small tweet-up, that is, a meet up of tweeters/twitter-ers hosted by the airport. The second annual MDT tweet-up, affectionately dubbed #MDT324 as a throw-back to the first event’s date, involved a tour of the airport’s secured and non-secured facilities to include the administrative offices, baggage handling operations, common areas, and my personal favorite, the tarmac apron where commercial, private and military traffic could be seen just yards away.

The tour ended with awards of swag-bags, containing an assortment of goodies and an incredibly complex (designed for ages 6-12) LEGO aviation set. We spent a good 45 minutes or so racing to build our airplanes, but we all basically ended up with duds. I’m sad to report that my blatant disregard for the instructions coupled with my terrible design skills “won” me the least defined, least likely to fly hodge-podge of plane parts. All I really needed to complete my hybrid plane to nowhere was some speed tape, the aviation industry’s answer to duct tape.

My visit to MDT was delightful and exceeded expectations. It's clear that the airport leadership wants to build a facility with passenger experience and comfort in mind. As a matter of fact, I can honestly say that all but one of the people I met who were employed directly or indirectly by the airport, its vendors or airlines were genuinely happy, an odd and terribly uncommon phenomenon. The exception? A single TSA agent, there's always one, isn't there? I don't see this as a negative, though. Because of all the TSA staff I encountered, all but this one were, like the others, genuinely happy.

As a Business Analyst by trade, I'm always considering how organizations can build upon what works and address what doesn't. Comparing the strategy and operations of one company to its industry-peers, and finding pros and cons is what I do for a living. And, while I'm not in any way involved in the aviation business, I cannot seem take off my continuous improvement hat while traveling or on holiday.  Strolling through the airport terminal prior to our meet-up I was able to check everything off of my list of need-to-haves and nice-to-haves for the perfect airport, this was a first for me. I won't share my list, because the contents aren't important. What I will share is that I generally add one or two things to my list when I visit a new airport, with this visit not only did I check everything off, I added three.

We concluded the evening with dinner at a restaurant just off of the Lancaster Airport’s tarmac. I could write an entire blog just on that experience, but suffice it to say, it was an excellent way to end a busy and exciting day. Planespotting at sunset over great food and excellent conversation, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Choose my next planespotting destination

Tonight I visited one of my favorite airfare sites, to see what deals there are to be snagged from my home airport, MCI.  To my amazement there were dozens of $200 or less round trip fares.  

I have a few confessions to make... You see, I'm a planespotter.  Not only that but I'm addicted to finding and taking advantage of airfare steals. 

Rather than pick my next destination on my own I thought it might be fun to open it up to a vote. Below is a list of the 38 destinations as pulled from AFWD.

Which one would you choose for a planespotting trip in January, and why? My primary reason for this trip will be for plane photography although I suppose a bit of traditional tourism would do me good. I’m a bit leery of the cold, or having to stand outside all day in the snow. It’s "do-able" if you’ve got a great spot in mind but in January I’m thinking south is a plus. In any case please choose wisely.

Leave your vote in the comments with justification

Our options are as follows:

Buffalo, NY (BUF)
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Chicago, IL (MDW)
Chicago, IL (ORD)
Columbus, OH (CMH)
Dallas, TX (DFW)
|Daytona Beach, FL (DAB)
Denver, CO (DEN)
Detroit, MI (DTW)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Greensboro, NC (GSO)
Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
Houston, TX (HOU)
Houston, TX (IAH)
Indianapolis, IN (IND)
Jacksonville, NC (OAJ)
Little Rock, AR (LIT)
Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Louisville, KY (SDF)
Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
Nashville, TN (BNA)
New Orleans, LA (MSY)
Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)
Orlando, FL (MCO)
Panama City Beach, FL (ECP)
Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
Raleigh, NC (RDU)
Rochester, NY (ROC)
San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Sarasota, FL (SRQ)
Seattle, WA (SEA)
South Bend, IN (SBN)
St. Louis, MO (STL)
Tampa, FL (TPA)
Tulsa, OK (TUL)
Washington, D.C. (DCA)
Wilmington, NC (ILM)

I'm in no way associated with airfarewatchdog,com, although I really do love their service.

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