What we’re reading: Exploring the Grand Canyon, Houston to implement NextGen, fewer Americans planning a vacation

by Stephanus Surjaputra on April 9, 2012

Video: Exploring The Grand Canyon

Within the Grand Canyon there are some little canyons that most people don’t know about.

Recently a group of explorers dropped into those twisty, narrow passages and filmed their adventure. The full documentary of their expedition will debut at the 5Point Film Festival in a few weeks time but the trailer for the film, entitled “Last of the Great Unknown,” can be viewed above. It gives us a glimpse into this amazing place and what these modern day explorers had to go through to plumb its depths.

Planes’ descents into Houston will be smoother

As early as December 2013, your descent into Houston will be smoother. That’s when the FAA will be implementing NextGen.

Houston is one of 14 cities the Federal Aviation Administration has put on a fast track for new-age traffic control technologies and procedures that will allow planes to fly more direct approach routes, significantly reducing carbon emissions while increasing on-time performance.

Survey: Fewer Americans planning to take vacations

In a report by the US Travel Association and MMGY Global, 56 percent of adults will be taking a vacation in the next six months compared to 59 percent in February 2011.

The report, the Travelhorizons quarterly report, is based on a survey of 2,200 U.S. adults taken in February 2012.

“Americans are continuing to travel, but intentions remain somewhat restrained compared to pre-recessionary levels, which is not surprising given the uneven nature of the modest economic recovery to-date,” David Huether, senior vice president of research for U.S. Travel, said in a statement. “We are carefully monitoring the ongoing surge in gas prices, which could erode travel perceptions about the affordability of travel as we edge closer to summer.”

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