happy 20th anniversary boeing 777

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Happy 20th anniversary to our “Honolulu Baby” B-HNL formerly known as WA001.  I am proud to say I was probably among the first Cathay pilot’s to ever lay hands on this aircraft. The Backstory: In 1994 when I was a struggling regional airline pilot in the U.S., I was fortunate to be invited by some of my Boeing Co. friends to the rollout ceremony of WA001, the very first Boeing 777 ever produced at the Renton, Washington plant north of Seattle. It was a spectacular laser-show gala produced by Dick Clark Productions and when the curtain was lifted and the 777 revealed, I had no idea I was witnessing the beginning of a new era in aviation. I was able to place my thumb print on the belly of WA001 along with hundreds of other Boeing family and friends. I still have my original obligatory Boeing 777 polo shirt (which amazingly still fits after 20 years!) and all who were in attendance also received a special “777 lunch bag” commemorating the occasion full of food and goodies celebrating Boeing’s new ground-breaking management-style labeled “Working Together.” I still keep it as a remembrance.  As awe inspired as I was, little did I realize or even dream that exactly 10 years later I would climb into WA001, now B-HNL at Cathay Pacific, and pass my “QL” line check in that very aircraft.  The only Boeing 777 to ever fly with two engine-types (when I first saw her she sported brand new Pratt & Whitney 4090 turbofans) and completely rebuilt for Cathay – if you are lucky to fly B-HNL she is as sporty and lively as ever and after 20 young years will not disappoint. Aloha baby!

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Ahoy! U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard in Hong Kong

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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) sailed into Victoria Harbor this week. Welcome Marines. An impressive array of rotor wing and V-TOL (vertical takeoff/landing) aircraft on board. The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard was commissioned in 1998 and is based in Sasebo, Japan – not far from home.

Some interesting things to note:
– The U.S. flag flying at half mast because of the tragic Navy shipyard shooting that happened this past week in the United States.

– The colored “E”‘s painted on the port side of the bulwark – they are Command Excellence Awards.
Black “E” = Maritime Warfare Excellence Award
Red “E” = Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award
Green “E” = Command & Control Excellence Award
Green “H” = Health and Wellness (Medical) Excellence Award
Blue “E” = Logistics Management Excellence Award
Yellow “E” = Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) Ship Safety Award
Purple “E” = Efficiency Excellence Award
The hash marks underneath the award means they’ve won the same award multiple times over consecutive years.

– The folding wings of the V-22 Osprey’s sitting on the forward deck and one sitting on the ship’s aircraft elevator.

– The Marine Corp Harriers (4 of them) – the only vertical takeoff-landing fixed-wing aircraft – sitting on the stern deck.

Photos taken by myself from my flat in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Canon 5DMKIII. 19 Sept. 2013.

Fun with Fisheye

FISHEYE1 image Got my hands on Canon’s 8-15mm f/4 L fisheye lens and this was my first shot outside my window on a spectacularly clear Hong Kong afternoon. Pardon the reflection from my rooms’ mirrored windows. Another shot from my office over the North Pole. – Looking forward to taking this lens underwater on my next dives. Click the image for full resolution file. Canon 5D Mark III.

Peking Duck

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2 May 2013. Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor
Monster Duck has arrived Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. Let’s see all the boats try to avoid hitting this one! The harbor has officially become the world’s largest bathtub. All I can say is that’s a lot of yummy Peking Duck! Photo by Jeremy

HAPPY 2013 from HONG KONG

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It seems as if Hong Kong is blessed with magnificent weather every 31st of December and 2012 was no exception. Unfortunately the fireworks display/countdown was held over the Convention Center which is just far enough east that it could not be viewed from my apartment living room 😦  However, the sunset over the western end was visible in all its glory. I captured this image above on this, the last day of 2012 (Click image for complete view). I wish everyone out there a very happy, safe and prosperous 2013…and many more to come thereafter. Happy New Year Planet Earth – from Jeremy in Hong Kong. Oh the places we’ll go!

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Victoria Harbor Time Lapse

Got a GoPro Hero3 for Christmas and I know I’ve yet to unleash its full creative potential (and mine as well) but I’ve always wanted to learn how to do time lapse and well, here’s a short clip of my first-ever attempt at time lapse overlooking Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong from my living room window on the first day of the New Year, January 2013. I hope to come up with better stuff later! Oh, and sorry for the GoPro reflection – I still need to work on my angles!

Happy 2013 from Hong Kong!
Aloha,
JER

captain aloha

a bit of shameless self promotion – on monday, september 24, 2012, i was awarded my 4-bars which signifies the rank of Captain, the highest flight officer position available at my company, Cathay Pacific Airways. our director of flight operations, Captain Richard Hall, presented the 4-bars to me in Cathay City (pictured above) and i must say it’s a great relief to finally have finished my “Command Course” on the Boeing 777.  a true ‘rite of passage’ at my company, the Cathay Pacific Command Course is one of the most intense and comprehensive command training programs in the airline industry.  after several months of nonstop training, it is truly a relief to have it all relegated to history.  thanks to all my friends and family members who supported me throughout this monumental point in my career. a salute to my trainers who also guided me through the ropes and made several training flights with me to get me polished and up to the level required of Boeing 777 commander.

i hope to fly all of you someday aboard a Cathay Pacific flight – and to my colleagues who are currently undergoing their command courses, and to those who are about to start – i wish you all the best. blue skies always and aloha! – jeremy