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Dog is my Copilot

(As seen at http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=150454)

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Winds

“I have come to learn about the contrarian nature of the winds. It seems that while in the air, I alone command their direction. That is to say, that there will always be a head wind, irrespective of my direction of travel.”

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Procrastination

Any further commentary about our procrastination will henceforth be met with derisive laughter, then immediate deletion.

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Lunacy

Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos, goes the axiom.  Property rights extend not just to the surface, but infinitely out to space.  This set us to thinking about a Robert Heinlein novella, The Man Who Sold the Moon.  If we could somehow arrange to be directly under the Moon, we’d have … Continue reading »

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Airport Security

TSA to continue allowing small knives on planes, this time on purpose.  Because, really, they’ve been so effective at catching them thus far.

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Down and Locked

When flying a retract, one always checks to ensure the landing gear are down and locked; failure to do so may result in undesired effects. The expression carries over, though. We also use the expression to describe fixation: “he had his head down and locked,” which means he was concentrating completely on one thing (usually … Continue reading »

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Hudson Miracle Approach

Thank you, Jeppesen.  This made our day. Never underestimate the value of good training and quick thinking.

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The Altitude? Really?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/04/gore-blames-denver-altitude-for-obama-debate-performance/ “I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said on Current TV, the channel he helped found. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to … Continue reading »

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Aviation Tire Limitations

An interesting article appears over at http://boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/articles/qtr_02_09/article_04_1.html.  Those of us who fly piston GA aircraft probably don’t think about it much, but turbine pilots may get into flight regimes that brush up against tire speed limits.  I never really considered that a late rotation or a quartering crosswind might cause a blowout; we tend to … Continue reading »

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