December 2008

Delta starts non-stop flights between JFK and Bonaire
As of December 20, 2008 Delta started weekly non-stop flight from New York’s JFK to/from Bonaire. Delta flight #553 will depart John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturdays at 10:35 a.m. arriving into Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport at 4:25 p.m. The return flight #554 will depart Bonaire Saturdays at 5:15 p.m. arriving into New York JFK at 9:05 p.m. Delta will use a 154 seat, 737-800 Boeing aircraft with 16 first class seats and 138 economy seats for these flights. For more on Bonaire, check -- Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2008 by chb

Bonnier Corp. buys Scuba Diving Magazine
Bonnier Corp., the US division of Swedish Bonnier Group, which already publishes Sport Diver, purchased Scuba Diving Magazine from F+W Media Inc. The press release states that Scuba Diving and Sport Diver will now be aligned with The Undersea Journal, a mag that Bonnier produces for PADI, to create the Bonnier Dive Group. Sort of strange to have one company publish all those magazines, but our best wishes. -- Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008 by chb

Review: Chammyz dive and actionwear
So there we were, on a dive boat off Roatan in Honduras, wet and freezing our behinds off. Sure, it was December, but we didn't expect to be cold in a tropical climate and hadn't brought any warm or protective clothing. The moment I stepped off the boat I went to the resort's boutique and bought two of the remaining three Chammyz Surf Bomber zippered jackets (the shop had sold a ton of them and easily could have sold a bunch more). Read more about Chammyz dive and actionwear... -- Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 by chb

Case Study: Using a dive support computer
Scuba divers rely on wrist- or console-mount dive computers to safely explore the vast world beneath the ocean surface. Most dive computers can communicate with desktop and notebook computers, but the feature is not always used in a timely, productive manner. We used the super-compact General Dynamics Itronix MR-1 rugged UMPC as a dive support computer on a dive expedition to Honduras where we needed long battery life, a sunlight-viewable display, and the ability to be used on a dive boat mattered. [Read case study "General Dynamics Itronix MR-1 rugged UMPC boosts safety and productivity"] -- Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by chb