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.
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!
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:
Seek Truth, Always
Differentiate Right from Wrong, these days it is Fake from Real
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!
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
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:
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 […]
via Perlan II Sets World Record — The Chiles Files
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.
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.
Okay, by now I have been to Tangier multiple times.
I even got the coveted VA Ambassador Stamp last October. As it happens although our original plan was to fly to Ocracoke Island and First Flight airport, we had to change our plans due to my school schedule.
Instead, we ended up flying to Tangier again on an impromptu flight with the flight out group (FOG) on Sunday. Five aircraft with 14 people ended up at Tangier for lunch at Lorraine’s this holiday weekend. There was much camaraderie, hanger flying, and excellent flying, since the weather was perfect, and the airspace clear.
Tangier on the other hand is still doing none the better since obviously, whatever anyone says and does, it will disappear one day. We might be okay callingit fake news, ignore climate change and science, and live in a world of alternate facts.
But nature in the end always wins.
Just this past week, Shelly Island appeared.
This is what we saw when we were in Tangier back in October 2016.
Ultimately, we all pay for our mistakes.
Hopefully, we realize our mistakes, and do something about it, before it is too late!
The Twilight of Tangier
Belief’s won’t save Tangier
Trump tells Tangier Mayor not to worry about sea-level rise
Save Tangier Island
Trump’s call fuels fund raiser
Note: All photos courtesy of Gert.
There is the old saw about getting your Private Pilot certificate, that it “is a ticket to learn,” meaning that you’ve just gotten the little slip of paper that lets you learn to be a better pilot. I totally buy that. I didn’t count on forgetting some of the things I learned, though. To get […]
via Instrument Approaches — Flying Summers Brothers