A great 2009 on AirSpace was brought to a fitting close with our annual front cover competion, which as usual gave one of you the chance to feature your best image on the front cover of Flight International's end of year edition. As usual, we were really pleased with the continuing high standard of entries and the decision was has been made and the winner decided.
For those of you who get Flight International magazine, this announcement will be of no surprise, but for the rest of you, i am pleased to announce that this year's front cover competition winner is Sunshine Band, with this brilliant image of a Raytheon Sentinel:
Sleekjets: Winner - Sunshine Band Raytheon Sentinel
The other category winners are:
General Stars: Winner WilBod - Flying Lions Aerobatic Team North American Harvard
Old Flyers: Winner - Akoolsbergen Canadian Warplane Heritage Douglas DC-3 Dakota
Big Birds: Winner - DRMonk RAF Lockheed L1-1011 Tristar lands at Brize Norton at sunset
Congratulations to Sunshine band who gets £100 and look back next year for your chance to be featured.
Hello and welcome to the new year on Flightglobal and AirSpace. I hope you all had a restful festive period and looking forward to 2010 as much as we are on Flightglobal. We hope that with this new looking site you can enjoy AirSpace even more and with all it has to offer; which includes Forums,Blogs,Groups, Wikis and much more besides.
As this upgrade of AirSpace was such a big one we have experienced some teething problems with the site, one connected with performance which we are aiming to improve all the time and the other is connected with a pesky character called Flightbot.
"Who is Flightbot?"
Well fellow AirSpace friends,to briefly explain Flightbot (or on the homepage you will see it as XMair China) is an automated user that we created with the purpose of connecting the articles on Flightglobal with AirSpace. Its aim was (and is) a simple one; to make it easier for you to comment on an article you have read on the site.This connection worked perfectly before the upgrade, but since it occured we have noticed an annoying amount of Flightbot threads appearing, which at the moment we have to remove manually. This means that despite our best efforts you will sometimes see Flightbot posts on the homepage. We are really sorry for this annoyance on the site and we aim to get this fixed shortly. If you have any questions, please let me know.
This year for the first time AirSpace and Flightglobal gave you the chance to get your best image into an exclusive 2010 calendar.
The winning twelve were picked by a panel of Flightglobal Editors and were taken from the top rated images on AirSpace, as well as from AirSpace’s image of the week competition. Our aim was to highlight the best twelve images taken and rated by you, the great AirSpace community, and we were really pleased with the quality of images chosen.
The winning 12 photographers have been contacted and will win a £100 (GBP) as well as a free copy of the calendar the winners, BUT you can beat them to the calendar by pre-ordering it NOW from the Flightglobal shop.
Here is a sneak peak at the calendar, which costs £8.64:
AirSpace has an ever growing blogs portfolio, with six individual bloggers using our blogging platform to write exclusively to an aviation audience. They cover wide ranging topics and write from varying exotic locations throughout the world, from the Middle East, to Seattle and the South Pacific.
Our blogging functionality on AirSpace allows you to write about anything you want to! From writing about your favourite aviation memories, to your thoughts about the current state of the industry and latest news, it really is an area for you to use how you wish.
Every registered user of AirSpace gets their own blog that they are free to use and customise to their tastes, using a number of default styles that come with the site. We can also help you create your own blog and identity by creating a blog header for you; please do not hesitate to contact me if you need advice on this.
Also, if you want to follow the latest devlopments on AirSpace, please follow my blog Jetwashed.
How are your images used?
AirSpace now has over 20,000 images and we are really impressed by the growing pool of fantastic photographers that are using the site on a daily basis. Please remember that any registered user of AirSpace gets their own gallery that they can upload an unlimited number of photos to.
There is now a variety of ways your image can be used on Flightglobal and our print products, Flight International, Airline Business and the Air Show daily operations FDN and FEN.
As a policy we always credit the photographer when we use their image and link to their gallery on AirSpace. Unfortunately we cannot pay for every image used but we endeavour to run a number of competitions throughout the year where cash prizes are given out to the best images. If anyone has an issue with their images being used, please feel free to email me.
So how specifically are your images used:
- In the print magazines: Flight International, Airline Business and the air show daily operations FDN and FEN.
- On the website: on Flightglobal homepage and various articles, blog posts or slot advertisements.
- AirSpace image of the week: A weekly competition where the image of the week, which is chosen by Flightglobal editors’, features on both Flight International (on page 3) and on Flight’s Image of the Day blog.
- Flight International front cover competition: A chance for the best image from AirSpace to feature on the front cover of Flight International’s end of year edition.
- AirSpace calendar competition: A year long competition where the best twelve images from AirSpace feature in a calendar which is sold on Flightglobal’s shop(you can pre-order a copy of 2010's calendar now)
We hope that the recent AirSpace upgrade has made it easier for you to upload multiple pictures to your gallery. If you experience any problems, please let me know.
We also hope that search has been improved a little, by using the search button on the image page on AirSpace. Again, we are always looking to improve search as we realise how important it is for you.
This version of AirSpace allows you to bulk load up to 10 images at a time and for the first time, it allows you to follow the progress of the upload as it happens. To use the new upload feature, simply click on the gallery you want to upload to, and on the top right hand side you will notice a 'bulk upload' option appears next to the 'upload' option. Click on that button followed by the "Select Files" button and you will be able to navigate to up to 10 photos from your folder to upload at once. You will see the progress of the images as they upload and then once the upload has finished, you can tag each image or add any common tags at the top. If you need to, you can place each image in different galleries from the default one if needed.
If you have any questions or if you are having trouble uploading pictures (whether individually or by using the bulk upload), please email me and will endeavour to help you.
Through the new version of AirSpace we are giving you the ability to create, manage and edit pages to create a new and rich aviation resource.
This wiki area lets us the AirSpace community work together to help document important aviation related information; from anniversaries and historical facts to new aircraft information and data, from great spotting locations to airline reviews, this area is what you want to make of it. We have no restriction as long as it is aviation related and is mindful of the community principles which you can read in the T@Cs.
How to create a new Wiki (topic area)
Click on “Create New Wiki!” on the right hand side. When you have done so, add a name, a shortened version on the URL, and then a short description of the group. You can then click on save and the area should be created.
How to create a page for an existing topic
Simply click on the relevant subject area and click on add page on the top right hand side. You will then be able to add a new page with the full AirSpace controls that you have around the site. Remember you can also add Video and images to this area and we encourage you to do so.
Alternatively, to edit a page, click on the page you want to edit and make your changes. Then click save and the page will be updated.
If you have any questions about using the wiki functionality, please email me with any questions.
The ability to create and manage your own group is another new addition to AirSpace and is something that we are very excited about. Just imagine being able to create a group on any topic of aviation interest, historical event, aircraft type, job role, air show/conference or business need. This grouping function allows you to do just that.
To briefly explain, groups are essentially smaller communities that exist within the larger AirSpace, similar to Google or Yahoo groups.
Each group has its own content, membership, and permissions that allow you to be as open or as closed as you wish to be. Within each group there is a blog, a gallery, a forum, and also individual pages for you to edit as you wish.
Like a Google group, these groups can be created by you and be as open or as closed as you wish, therefore allowing you to share your content with the wider AirSpace community or with a select number that requires approval to enter.
How is a Group Created?
All you have to do is click the "Create a Group" link in the sidebar of the "Groups" home page to immediately create a group. Groups can be defined to be "Public (Open Membership)", "Public (Closed Membership)", or "Private".
Alternatively, you can just find the group you like and click on join this group (or if it is a closed group, you may have to get permission first).
If you have any questions or if you want to create a group but don't know where to start, please contact me.
Welcome to the new and upgraded version of AirSpace. As you can see, things are a little bit different, but I hope you like what you see so far.
We have been aiming to upgrade AirSpace for a while now in the continuing aim to provide you with the best mixture of aviation chat and images, and now we have improved on that with the addition of Wikis and Groups functionality. We also have a new answers section, where you can test the journalists’ knowledge on different aviation subjects.
All your favourite elements from the previous AirSpace still remain, with the ability to upload multiple images to galleries and an improved profile section that lets you get to know fellow AirSpace users. We also hope that the general performance of the site has improved.
This upgrade doesn’t mean that we are resting on our laurels and so we welcome any suggestions on what you think of the site and also how we can improve in the future. This is a big upgrade so there maybe a few gremlins in the system, so if you have any problems, or want to comment on the new look of the site, please feel free to comment below or email me.
We have some very exciting news. The important upgrade of AirSpace has now been confirmend and going to happen this Monday, 30th November.
This upgrade, when completed, will give AirSpace a sleek new look and more features for members.The bad news is that for this to happen we need to take AirSpace of the air for about a day or so. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes but hope that the chance to see a new and improved AirSpace will entice you back to the site.
Here's a quick look at how the site will look:
To remind you, here are some features that you can expect to see from the new AirSpace?
- A substantial redesign - The old purple will be a thing of the past as AirSpace gets a much needed make-over. Expect the new design to look more attuned to the rest of Flightglobal while also making use of the width of the screen.
- New functionality - All of your favourite elements of AirSpace will still be here (Forums/Blogs/Images) but we’re adding Wikis and Groups, allowing you to create entries and groups on any topic of interest.
- Greater personalisation - The profile function is being expanded and being made more prominent so it follows both personal and general site activity, much like on Facebook.
- Improved speed/performance - Our aim is to make AirSpace much faster, with for example, a multiple image uploader allowing you to quickly paste many images at once.
As you can see there is plenty on offer so please return to check things out when we go live again. If you have any questions comments, please feel free to comment underneath or email me.
For the third year running, AirSpace is offering you the fantastic opportunity to get your best image featured on the front cover of the world renowned Flight International magazine.
Last year, we had over 1,500 high quality entries and so we are really looking forward to see what this year’s admissions have to offer.
Last year's winning image by Begemont
The best image from the four categories below will adorn the front cover of Flight International's end of year edition The winner will also receive a framed copy of that front cover and £100 (GBP).
The four categories this year are:
Here is a descrption of how you can add your image to AirSpace
- Big Birds – The big beasts in aviation are featured in this gallery, encompassing airliners, cargo aircraft and tankers
- Sleek Jets – From nimble and speedy fighters to the more refined biz jets, only the sleek jets need apply
- Old Flyers – An affectionate hat tip to the rich tapestry of aviation gone by, this category is for the old classics
- General Stars – This category is for the GA leading lights and other general aviation images
To enter the Flight International Front Cover Competition:
1. Simply click on the above categories, sign up to AirSpace (which takes a matter of minutes) and post your image into the named gallery of your choice.
2. Each category will be whittled down to a shortlist of three and the shortlists for individual categories will be featured on AirSpace in December 2008.
4. The AirSpace Image of the Year will be chosen by a panel of Flight judges, including the Editors of Flight International and Flightglobal. In addition to their image being used as the front cover of Flight International, the winner will receive a framed copy of the cover of Flight International and £100 (GBP) prize money.
5. The image used needs to have a minimum of 300 DPI resolution and be at least 22cm high or wide.
For those waiting for the announcment of the 2010 Flightglobal Calendar competition, we are currently judging this and will announce the winnning images shortly.
Terms & Conditions of the Front Cover Competition:
* Competition deadline is Midnight on 6th December 2009
* The image has to be owned by the person entering the competition, no forgeries or copies allowed
* The winner will receive a framed copy of the cover of Flight International and £100 (GBP) prize money.
* There is no limit to the number of times each registrant may take part.
* No employee of Reed Business Information is eligible to enter the competition.
* The judges’ decision is final
• For details of Flight’s products and services go to www.flightglobal.com
Part of Reed Business Information Ltd T: +44(0)20 8652 3500 Quadrant House www.reedbusiness.co.uk The Quadrant Registered in England, No 151537 Sutton, Surrey SM25AS A division of Reed Business
Flightglobal is giving you the exclusive chance to have your favourite aviation images featured in an exclusive 2010 calendar.
For the first time, we aim to highlight the best 12 images taken by you and rated by the AirSpace community, a truly unique opportunity for the amateur photographer and a great gift for aviation enthusiasts throughout the world.
To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, you must have uploaded your choice of images to a gallery on AirSpace by Monday 26 October. Remember, everyone who joins our AirSpace community has their own private gallery and an explanation of how to upload an image can be found here.
The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Flightglobal team and will be selected from the top rated images on AirSpace as well as from AirSpace’s image of the week competition, which is featured each week on page 3 of Flight International magazine.
Each selected photographer will win a £100 as well as a free copy of the calendar, with the calendars being on sale in the Flightglobal shop.
For those that miss out don’t worry as we will be running our annual Flight International front cover competition straight after this competition ends.
Way back in April, i gave you some indication of some changes to expect from AirSpace this year. Well exciting news, those changes are very nearly here.
AirSpace will very shortly be getting a new and shiny update with a sleek enhanced look and new features! Below is a look at what you can expect:
What features can you expect to see from the new AirSpace?
A substantial redesign - The old purple will be a thing of the past as AirSpace gets a much needed make-over. Expect the new design to look more attuned to the rest of Flightglobal while also making use of the width of the screen.
New functionality - All of your favourite elements of AirSpace will still be here (Forums/Blogs/Images) but we will have the addition of Wikis and Groups, allowing you to create a group on any subject matter you wish.
Greater personalisation - The profile function is being expanded and being made more prominent so it follows both personal and general site activity, much like on Facebook
Improved speed/performance - Our aim is to make AirSpace much faster, with for example, a multiple image uploader allowing you to quickly paste many images at once.
Some more pictures of what you can expect:
The images page:
For something new, look at our new Groups area:
The bad news is that for this to happen, AirSpace will be inaccessible
for period of two days and i will let you all know when this is due to happen. We are sorry for this small inconvenience but please return to see the new and much improved site in action. If you want to see a live version of a similar installation, take a look at our sister publication Caterersearch
Stuart Clarke (Maverick)
Paris Air Show is this year celebrating its 100th year and Flightglobal and AirSpace will be there in force to bring you the latest news and images from the event.
In preparation for this year's show we already have two Paris galleries, one showcasing the significant history of the show in our archive gallery and the other showing over 170 images from 2007's show.
Excitingly, this year for the first time we are
also giving you the chance to get your Paris pictures into Flight
International magazine. For the chance to get your Paris images
profiled, simply upload them to this gallery (click on the upload
button on the bottom right of this page) and we will choose the best
images for the 30th June issue of the magazine. (closing date is the 22nd June, the Judges' decision is final).
As well as images, we will also have plenty of Paris chatter, including the aircraft that are attending and the yearly orders race debate.
It's been a while since i wrote on this blog but i thought i would explain a few changes that you can expect to see on the site. First of all i must thank you for your continued use of AirSpace. We have been really impressed with the quality of conversation and images uploaded and we long hope this may continue.
That being said, we realise that the platform as it stands is letting us down a little bit, in look and especially in performance. We are doing two things to try and solve this. The first being a review of the platform to see if we can make any tweaks to improve the speed of AirSpace, as i realise (and as a regular user can testify to) how frustrating the site's slowness can be.
The second thing is something which is much more exciting and involves a complete upgrade to the platform.To
be brief, Community Server (the platform that AirSpace sits on) has had
a few upgrades since we installed it 18 months ago. The reason why we
didn't immediately upgrade with it is because the new developments
didn't fit in with our site's strengths (especially the images part).
latest upgrade however does fit in more with hopefully what you guys
want, and so early next year you can expect some new features and a
change in site design.These changes will hopefully improve performance, it will improve the look of AirSpace by making it more identifiable within the wider Flightglobal site, and it will add some cool new functionality.
- Greater personalisation - The profile function is being expanded and utilised better so it follows what you do , like on Facebook
- This is a major step forward, as it allows you to create a mini group
on a certain subject or event and have a shared gallery,blog, wiki and
discussion area for that group. For example, we can have groups for airshows, or aircraft types, or industry areas.
- Forums - will now include Questions so you can ask a question and rank the best item
- Video - we should be able to upload video in the same way we upload images.
- Page Width - The site will make use of the full width of the screen
You can see an example of how AirSpace will look by looking at our stablemate Caterer Search. More importantly, if you have any views or wishes for how you see AirSpace working and looking (i.e. what do you think are our priorities) then please let me know by either commenting underneath or emailing me.