Words on Wednesdays: No Flurries this Week!


Have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving Week!

I typically like to see a White Christmas. There is something ethereal about waking up on Christmas morning to snow covered rooftops and driveways. In fact, my first Christmas morning in the East Coast, I spied not one, or even two but six deer lurking around the snow covered woods behind my house.
Christmas with reindeers (12/25/09)

Three years ago, it was snowing heavily further north of here, with 5-8 inches accumulation expected, Thanksgiving week. I did see some flakes in the mid-Atlantic, but no accumulation east of the 95 corridor. The weather played havoc with travel and Thanksgiving plans for people intent on getting out of town.

No snow expected this week in the Mid Atlantic. But who knows what the weather will do to travel plans.

Safe travels and have a very Happy & safe Thanksgiving week or weekend!

Drones are not a new idea – Intermission Story (28) — Pacific Paratrooper


Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, are most often associated with airstrikes in modern warfare, but their history goes much further back than that. While drones came into the spotlight during the early years of the 21st century the idea of a remotely-operated flying machine was developed much earlier. A forerunner of what we […]

via Drones are not a new idea – Intermission Story (28) — Pacific Paratrooper

Words on Wednesdays: Inspiration


It’s really hard to be inspired these days, with everything that is going on in this country.

This is the best I can offer:

Image result for human intellect and truth quotes

Seek Truth, Always

Differentiate Right from Wrong, these days it is Fake from Real

Show Compassion

Pursue Justice

Leave  this World Better than you Found it

Inspire the Next Generation

Excel beyond your Wildest Imagination.

No ONE Gender, Race, Religion, Color or Country is Superior to another.

We are all Global Citizens of this World…

Let’s Unite for World Peace!

Today in Transportation History – 2016: The First Asian Woman to Fly Solo Around the World — Transportation History


Airline transport pilot and certified flight instructor Wang Zheng (also known as Julie Wang) became the first Asian woman to circumnavigate the Earth in an airplane, and the first Chinese woman to fly solo around the world, when she returned to the Texas town of Addison in the Dallas area 33 days after starting her […]

via Today in Transportation History – 2016: The First Asian Woman to Fly Solo Around the World — Transportation History

Flying Low


Happy Wednesday

Driving can be quite tedious, especially when you’ll Rather be Flying…

To relieve the tedium of long distance driving, I always enjoy watching the rear bumpers of cars. Once, when I was considering buying  a car, a friend had suggested that he always liked to look at the rear profile of a car to see if he liked it. Makes sense, when you think about it: we tend to see the rear end’s of cars more often than their front ends.

In my case though: in addition to trying to see the model and make of a car and whether I like the rear end of it, I am also fascinated with the license plate and any decal the car happens to be adorned with.

That said, pilots can be identified almost immediately. They are happy to proclaim they’ll rather be flying or that their car stops at all airports or carry a license plate that proclaims SWPILOT, LV2FLY, LK2FLY, GOFLY and so on.

Reading car decals and other interesting paraphernalia can reduce the tedium of long distance driving. Sometimes can even lead to interesting conversations at traffic signals, when strangers roll down windows and make conversation as they easily identify you as a pilot, which has happened to me more than once.

Occasionally, this can also lead to scary situations and that too has happened to me. Without meaning to, one time I overtook and cut in in front of a car on the 101 freeway, back in California. I had not even given it a second thought when all of sudden, I was boxed in between two cars, and felt threatened enough to feel some alarm. That was the first time, I worried that my car was easily identifiable with all the  flying paraphernalia that I chose to freely adorn the rear of my car with. If you have watched the movie Duel, you will understand my concern.

I have a friend back in California who had a slogan on her right rear bumper: Flying low. I on the other hand proudly proclaim the Women in Aviation slogan: Women Fly and aviation themed license plate, it is hard to miss my car.

Despite all this, I love that I can indulge in this love of aviation and flying, and make an idle conversation on the roadside with a total stranger who happens to be a pilot!

Note: Re-posted from 2013

Words on Wednesdays: Letter of the Century


Amen!

Letter of the week: What is wrong with you, white supremacists?

I am a 67-year-old American white woman. My parents enlisted in World War II to fight fascism. They both served; my mother was a nurse, my father navigated bombers. They lost friends in that bloody war so that all the world could be free of fascism. They did not fight so that some white people could claim supremacy or that Nazis could openly walk the streets of America.

 

White person to white supremacist person: What is wrong with you?

Follow this link to read the complete letter:

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/letters/2017/08/20/letter-of-the-week-what-is-wrong-with-you-white-supremacistsbr/

Perlan II Sets World Record  — The Chiles Files


This project has been fascinating to watch. While the rest of us spent Labor Day weekend kicking back and grilling brats, these guys were riding the Andes’ mountain wave to 52,000 feet and a new world record. In a glider. Worth noting that the previous record holder is Perlan I, which now resides in Seattle’s superlative Museum of […]

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Temporary Restricted Areas


Words on Wednesdays

Have you heard about the new Temporary Restricted Areas (TRA) that the FAA plans to implement?

According to Dan Namowitz of AOPA:

The FAA has published a final rule establishing three temporary restricted areas near Twentynine Palms, California, in support of a large-scale Marine Corps exercise scheduled for Aug. 7 to 26.

Twentynine Palms temporary special-use airspace. Graphic courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.

AOPA has long objected to the use of temporary restricted areas to support military exercises, and has called for a moratorium on their use, noting that this temporary airspace is uncharted and creates an unacceptable flight hazard to general aviation pilots.

Also, the publications pilots customarily consult for flight-safety information do not describe the rarely used temporary special-use airspace, creating a gap in pilots’ ability to assess a flight’s risk.

“Notably, temporary restricted areas have not been used in 20 years,” said Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and air traffic.

The NOTAM issued for the temporary restricted areas will use the key word “tempo” and will not include a description of where a pilot may find the airspace. The temporary airspace will be graphically depicted on the FAA’s special-use airspace website, and in the Notices to Airmen Publication.

Continue to read the full article here.

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