The Hidden Meanings Inside Your Flight Number — Scott Beale Aviation


Anyone who has ever taken a flight, international or domestic, knows that the number on your ticket is the key to everything. It tells you where to go, it helps you find your flight on the departures and arrivals board, and it is one of the main ways that you keep track of yourself and […]

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How to land the largest passenger aircraft in the world! — Captain Dave


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Well it has been a while since I’ve put a blog post together. Sorry about that. I have been very busy with various projects including the videos which I hope you have seen and enjoyed. I have previously discussed how we get the A380 into the air, now comes the tricky bit….landing it. A typical […]

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The Age of Reason — NTSB Safety Compass


By Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt Some scholars play a critical role in founding a whole field of study: Sigmund Freud, in psychology. Noam Chomsky, in linguistics. Albert Einstein, in modern physics. In the field of safety, Dr. James Reason has played such a role. In this field, no single name is better known. Dr. Reason […]

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Tammie Jo Shults lauded after Southwest Airlines 1380 emergency — Aviate Navigate Communicate


Another aviation hero has emerged folks. Her name is Tammie Jo Shults and is being lauded after a Boeing 737 suffered a catastrophic un-contained engine failure as the aircraft headed west over the south side of New York at about 32,200ft doing around 850kph. Her fighter pilot training skills are believed to have helped as she […]

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Save Tangier, Please!


Re-post from last year.

 

 

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 calling it 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!

 

Links:

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.

Yes!


Words on Wednesdays

Finally, semester is over! I took my last class, passed the QE, and can finally say I am ABD 🙂Unlike last year, when I planned and flew to Hudson River & Montauk Point in April 2017

Or the previous year, when I planned and went down to Australia & New Zealand in April 2016,

Or the previous year, when I planned a trip to the National Museum of the USAF in April 2015,Or the previous year, when I planned and flew to Sun & Fun in April 2014,
I am free to once again start planning … OSH!

I am also planning a repeat of Douthat State Park and a whole lot of flying once I get current again.

And of course more down under.

Stay tuned as Flynthings picks up where it left off last fall and takes to the skies again.

The possibilities are immense!

Ice, Ice Baby!


Pushing the limits

I rarely fly in IMC.

First off, not too many pilots I know want to fly in IMC. Second most of my flying is, for that coveted ham (veg) burger and there is rarely a need to set off in IMC conditions for that. So yeah,  I know no one who wants to fly in IMC or through icing scenarios.

And yes, this was my first foray into icing conditions!

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Sometimes, I set off with my favorite  CFI (see Night and Actual ) or a favorite  safety pilot (see Chasing Clouds )when the limits are reasonable for either an IFR flight in actual IMC or a VFR on top flight,  or for shooting an approach at an airport with minimums much higher than necessary for a brand new IFR flight.

Occasionally, I fly with a friend of mine as a safety pilot. I am totally comfortable with his flying skills, so much so that I don’t even plan to adjust my seat position to be able to reach the rudder pedals.

That is how confident I am of his flying skills!

NY_HusdonRiver_0174Did I mention that just after I became a private pilot, I learnt to fly from the right seat and land? I was flying with so many different pilots of different skills, that I wanted to learn to land from the right seat, if necessary.

This was one of those days, when the weather was iffy.

Ceiling at 3,900 ft and visibility at 3 miles. We discussed and perused the weather for a solid hour. Both of us were instrument current. After much discussion we departed with the plan to return if uncomfortable.

Maybe it was because I flew almost 28 hours recently in different weather conditions, over oceans, in IMC, conquered NEMO, strong winds and more. Or maybe it was because I knew I could land this baby if necessary from the right seat. Or maybe I had confidence in my friend to keep us safe. I was relaxed.

The snow was supposed to come later.

I quietly said, “I think, I see ice. It is hard to make out if it is raining or snowing”.

My friend took a peek and knew it was not good. He had turned on the pitot heat as added protection. “We need to return,”  he said.

And I concurred.

Visibility was deteriorating rapidly.

“Potomac Approach,” he said, “We need to fly back IFR.”

With  the approach plugged in, we were glad of our two iPads with Foreflight.  With at least one Foreflight Pro iPad, we were assured of the geo-reference tracking.

What are your limits when flying in IMC?

Drop me a line…

Today in Women’s Transportation History – 2010: The Flying Flapper of Freeport Takes Her Last Flight — Transportation History


Trailblazing aviator Elinor Smith died in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 98. She was born Elinor Regina Patricia Ward in 1911 in New York City. (She became Elinor Smith after her father, whose wide-ranging show business pursuits included singing and comedy, changed his name to Tom Smith.) Elinor Smith grew up in the […]

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The Flying Hindu


I have been called the “whitest Brown guy” by many a person – recently even… which I am meant to take as a compliment. Yes, even I… a Brown guy …. do love hockey and baseball, and know more about both sports than most (not all) people (part of the plan to try and fit […]

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