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June 12, 2008

One Perfect Day with IGT

Storyline: Gaming company sends corporate plane to bring nerd to Vegas to speak to casino execs. Don't get the impression that this is my usual lifestyle--I'm only blogging about this day because this never happens to me.

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The first stop: Executive terminal of SFO. This is north of the airport. Never been there before.

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There's a Hertz office there, and it must rent a lot of Priuses. Either that or the Gores were conveniently flying in.

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You walk down this hall through no security checkpoint. There's not even a Clear card in sight.

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Then you tell the kind folks at this lineless checkin counter who you are.

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And the pilot takes to your waiting Piaggio P180--also known as "the Ferrari of the sky."

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It's a turbo-prop plane that seats up to nine people. It can go 737 km/hr (458 mph), and its range is 2,595 kilometers (1,613 miles).

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This is the plane's all-important snack bar.

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A glimpse at the plane's avionics. This is a computer-generated map of the SFO area.

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This even beats Cathay Pacific.

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Mono Lake from the sky.

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Death Valley from the sky.

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When I arrived, a limo was waiting for me on the tarmac.

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It took me to the Mirage.

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Where I spoke to the IGT users conference. IGT is a casino games and networking systems company out of Reno.

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These photos shows the state of the art of slot machines.

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Then I got back in another limo.

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And went to the Atlantic private plane terminal at LAS.

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Where another Piaggio 180 picked me up.

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It was an older model as you can tell by the cockpit.

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This is the view from the co-pilot's seat when we took off.

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When we landed at SFO, there was a Nike plane parked on the tarmac.


Holy cow, what a day! But it's back to commercial travel now for the rest of the year.

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