Aviation Departure Procedure Named After Buffett

posted December 17th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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by Josh

An aviation departure procedure out of Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in West Palm Beach, Florida has been named after Jimmy Buffett, and includes waypoints with his name and related words.

The BUFIT ONE Departure, as it’s called, is used for standardizing routes for aircraft taking off from Palm Beach and departing to the south. Obviously this is a route that Jimmy himself is likely to take often.

The procedure calls for flying to waypoints with the names JIMEY, BUFIT, FINNS, PYRUT, and UTLEY (referring to Michael Utley, Jimmy’s long-time keyboard player). Aviation waypoints are five letters long, hence the funny spellings.

Buffett has kept his airplanes at Palm Beach International for several years. Learn more about Jimmy’s flying and see his airplanes here.


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Buffet Hotel Lands on Billboard 200

posted December 16th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett’s latest album Buffet Hotel will debut at number 16 on the Billboard 200 all-genre albums chart, selling 68,000 copies in its first week.

Buffett’s last studio album, Take The Weather With You, debuted at number 4 in 2006.

You can still get Buffet Hotel from Amazon for only $7.99.


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Soldiers Use Slang to Take Edge Off in War

posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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by Josh

Not only does Jimmy Buffett personally try to improve the lives of soldiers by performing for them and raising money for the wounded, he also does so in a way he may not even be aware of.

A Fox News article published on Monday describes slang terms used by soldiers in Iraq to try to take the edge off:

The Department of Veterans Affairs has published a list detailing the vocabulary of Operation Iraqi Freedom — a list that contains such entries as “death blossom,” a term originating in the 1984 science-fiction film “The Last Starfighter.” It is used by servicemen to describe fire sprayed indiscriminately in all directions. The list also includes the terms “Mortaritaville” and “Bombaconda,” both referring to LSA Anaconda, a base near Balad, Iraq, that is frequently the target of mortar attacks.

“Soldiers use these terms because they try to make the best they can of their situation and give things kind of a humorous angle,” said Lt. Col. Charles Kohler of the Maryland National Guard.

The term “Mortaritaville,” a reference to the Jimmy Buffett song “Margaritaville,” is only one of many terms soldiers use to take the edge off an environment that is potentially frightening and often beyond their control, said Indiana University linguist Michael Adams.

“It’s making a really terrifying experience manageable by attempting to make it familiar,” Adams said.

Read the full article here.

(hat tip to Tim for passing this along)


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Buffett Makes Billboard’s End-Of-Decade Lists

posted December 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

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by Josh

Billboard is out with their end-of-decade lists and Jimmy Buffett has made three of them:

On the Top Touring Artists of the Decade list, Jimmy Buffett placed 22nd with these stats:

Total Gross: $215,367,754
Total Attendance: 3,927,053
Number of Shows: 196
Number of Sell-Outs: 131

Here’s the top 10:
1. Rolling Stones – $869,471,325
2. U2 – $844,157,925
3. Madonna – $801,299,671
4. Bruce Springsteen – $688,136,476
5. Elton John – $603,804,670
6. Celine Dion – $536,593,262
7. Dave Matthews Band – $505,447,901
8. Kenny Chesney – $477,931,760
9. Bon Jovi – $419,481,741
10. Billy Joel – $418, 421,266

On the Billboard 200 Artists list, Buffett placed 163.

Here’s the top 10:
1. Eminem
2. Britney Spears
3. Toby Keith
4. Nelly
5. Linkin Park
6. Tim McGraw
7. Jay-Z
8. Kenny Chesney
9. Nickelback
10. Creed

And finally, Buffett, along with Alan Jackson, had the number three most popular country song of the decade with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.

Here’s the top 10:
1. Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
2. 19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills
3. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
4. How Do You Like Me Now – Toby Keith
5. The Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney
6. Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You – Brooks & Dunn
7. Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
8. That’s What I Love About Sunday – Craig Morgan
9. As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
10. Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy


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New Airplanes for Buffett

posted December 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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by Josh

In the past few months Jimmy Buffett has shuffled his airplane inventory, replacing his Caravan amphibious floatplane with a brand new version and also adding another seaplane.

According to records, Buffett now owns a 2009 Cessna 208 Caravan with registration number N915JB. His previous Caravan (N208JB) was a ’98 model.

Buffett also now owns a 1939 Grumman Goose seaplane with registration number N48550 (pictured top right). N48550 flew in the Navy early in its career, then spent several years with Alaska Coastal Airlines and Antilles Air Boats before being bought by an individual in 1990. In terms of size, the Goose is larger than the Widgeon but smaller than the Albatross.

Below is a video from Margaritaville.com’s Buffet Hotel video collection of Buffett flying the Goose to the tune of the new song “Wings” :

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In addition to the Caravan and Goose, Buffett owns a Falcon 900 jet, a Stearman biplane, and a Grumman Albatross dubbed The Hemisphere Dancer (now on display at the Orlando Margaritaville).

Learn more about Jimmy and aviation here.


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Buffetts Host Kickoff for Child Study Center Foundation

posted December 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy and Jane Buffett recently hosted a kickoff celebration for the Child Study Center Foundation at their home:

As far we know, no one was searchin’ for [their] lost shaker of salt at Jimmy Buffett’s home during the kickoff celebration for the Child Study Center Foundation.

That was probably a positive, as this isn’t really margarita season, and it also enabled guests such as Ronald Perelman, Jon Corzine, Linda Carter and Claude Wasserstein to discuss the charity more coherently. The author and musician and his wife, longtime supporters of the organization, looked every bit as casual as they would, say, at the beach.


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