This is too cool: Airportcod.es,В a site dedicated to the backstories of airports’ three-letter abbreviations.
I’ve always loved searching for flights and discovering my final destination’s airport code. Some are self-explanatory: LHR, MIA.
Others have made me think, whaaaaaaaaa??—likeВ MSY for New Orleans, EZE for Buenos Aires. (Click the images below, if you’re curious!)
I’m glad that I now have an easy place to go to demystify them. Airportcod.es currently hasВ 369 airports from 91 countries, and the sites’ designers/developers, Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn are adding more each day.
I don’t particularly enjoy the in-flight experience, but I do have an affinity for airplanes. They are, after all, the vessels that can take us anywhere in the world.
I have a pretty bad case of wanderlust, at the moment, so I’m particularly loving Holding Pattern, a wonderful Tumblr that showcases awesome aerial views of airports. It’s a side project from Lauren O’Neill, a Brooklyn-based designer and art director.
As she describes it:
During layovers, I often find myself observing the activity on the runway and thinking that IвЂ™d love to see this from above. With a creative block on a project, I took to google mapping airports and was enamored by the beautiful satellite shots on my screen. Since then, wanderlust has often inspired me to get lost in the satellite imagery of various destinations even when IвЂ™m glued to my desk.
O’Neill seeks out and crops all theВ Holding PatternВ images—and they’re stunning to behold:
(Images viaВ Holding Pattern; found via Chris Guillebeau)