United Airlines NOC Tour

14 May

I recently had the opportunity to visit United’s Network Operations Center in the Willis Tower downtown Chicago.  This is the center where they manage all United flights globally. They track all aspects of a flight; including weather, maintenance, and crew scheduling. There are around 350+ people on the floor 24/7 separated into different teams monitoring flights and rescheduling operations to minimize impact to customers.  There are so many cascading downstream effects for a single flight delay. I don’t think most customers realize the complexity that goes into rescheduling a flight and how hard these people work hard to minimize the cascading effects.  Pretty cool to see and nice to learn more about how United works hard every day to ensure flights go out on time with minimal disruptions.


This is the team that monitors Air Traffic Control.


One of the central monitoring areas on the floor.


The different parts of this dashboard monitor different statistics. Bottom left monitors flights that have been sitting on the tarmac for extended periods of time. Bottom right is status of each of the hubs and top right are key consolidated metrics for domestic, international and Express flights.


This is the general weather/flight map showing all of the United planes over the US. The green areas show areas with light turbulence. The red areas (only a small box over Tennessee in this case) are areas with heavier turbulence where planes cannot fly.


Some of the international flight teams sit on this side.

2015 Travel Statistics are in!!

28 Dec

My 2015 travel statistics. 14+ days in flight, 144,000 miles, 163 hotel nights! What a year for travel!

Maxwell 2015 Travel Infographic v4

Iceland!

18 Oct

I decided to take a short trip to Iceland. What a strange beautiful place. Full gallery here.


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 640)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/50, f/2.8, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/1250, f/3.5, ISO 125)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/4000, f/2.8, ISO 1000)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/4000, f/2.2, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/2500, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 24 mm, 1/3, f/22, ISO 50)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/1250, f/5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/4000, f/6.3, ISO 1250)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/400, f/4, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 35 mm, 1/4000, f/3.5, ISO 125)


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 400)

Nicaragua Photos

10 Oct

Recently came back from a trip to Nicaragua. Had a blast – here are some photos from the trip.


(Canon EOS 6D, 32 mm, 1/50, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 45 mm, 1/640, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 105 mm, 1/20, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 96 mm, 1/2000, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 105 mm, 1/160, f/4, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 28 mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 105 mm, 1/250, f/4, ISO 200)

Blue Angels over Baltimore

15 Sep

This past weekend was the Star-Spangled 200 in Baltimore, celebrating Maryland’s role in the war of 1812. The weekend included a Blue Angels air show and the largest fireworks celebration in the city’s history. I was able to gain access to a downtown Baltimore rooftop on Saturday to photograph the air show. Sadly, the weather Saturday did not cooperate and the air show was delayed and ultimately truncated to 30 minutes. Even still, it was awesome to see the planes rip through the air.

Below are some of my favorite images from the event, with the full gallery and photos prints for sale here.


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2500, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/5000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2500, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/5000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/5000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/3200, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/5000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 200 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 200 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 200 mm, 1/1600, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 200 mm, 1/80, f/25, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 123 mm, 1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/1600, f/2.8, ISO 200)

Visiting San Francisco

25 Jan

After a conference in San Francisco, I visited the California coast took take some photos and enjoy the beaches.

Full gallery and photos available for purchase at store.maxwellkruger.com


(Canon EOS M, 30 mm, 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/2000, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/500, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 30 mm, 1/320, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/500, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 47 mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/30, f/22, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/320, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/500, f/8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100)

Cruise Vacation

22 Jan

I went on a Caribbean cruise to Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. It was a much-needed relaxation from the busyness of work. The weather was perfect most days and the cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, was fantastic.

Full gallery and photos available for purchase at store.maxwellkruger.com.


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 45 mm, 1/1000, f/5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/40, f/5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/250, f/7.1, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/50, f/7.1, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1.60, f/10, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 28 mm, 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 22 mm, 1/30, f/2, ISO 400)

The cruise headline performer was Earl Turner.


(Canon EOS M, 22 mm, 1/60, f/2, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 22 mm, 1/200, f/2, ISO 100)

We took a behind the scenes tour of the cruise ship, which was really cool. We visited the bridge, engine control room, backstage theater, and the crew living areas.


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/30, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/30, f/3.5, ISO 160)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/40, f/3.5, ISO 125)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/2500, f/3.5, ISO 100)

Stopping over in Alaska

14 Jan

A few weeks ago between business trips, I visited Alaska for a weekend. It was my first time in Alaska and it was amazing to experience such a beautiful place. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted since we were only there for a weekend, but now I know what to do when I return!

Full gallery and photos available for purchase at store.maxwellkruger.com.


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/125, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 40 mm, 1/60, f/9, ISO 125)


(Canon EOS M, 39 mm, 1/200, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/125, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/320, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 45 mm, 1/250, f/10, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/2000, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 200 mm, 1/2500, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/125, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 140 mm, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 19 mm, 1/500, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/1000, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 55 mm, 1/320, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 280 mm, 1/800, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 280 mm, 1/640, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 245 mm, 1/640, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 45 mm, 1/200, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 19 mm, 1/30, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 40 mm, 1/60, f/5, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS M, 18 mm, 1/500, f/3.5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 38 mm, 1/200, f/5, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 200 mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS M, 200 mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100)