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My $0.02 on Air France 447

This latest disaster involves a highly-experienced flight crew. So far, the media coverage has focused on lightning and turbulence. Can lightning bring down a jet? Yes, but that is not easy: they are designed to withstand lightning strikes. On the other hand, the Airbus A330 is a fly-by-wire aircraft, and if you lose the wire… […]

More Reasons Why I Don’t Fly

If the security screeners had to look at my naked body, I would be prosecuted for murder after they died of heart attacks.

If at First You Don’t Succeed

…you can still be an airline pilot anyway.

Really Cool Footage

Amazing what you can accomplish with wingsuits. Recon probably has stories about how they’re using these in Special Ops.

Commuter Plane Goes Down in Buffalo

A Continental commuter airliner has crashed on final approach in Buffalo. All 48 on board are dead, and at least one person on the ground is also dead. Apparently the weather was bad, as there was lots of snow and fog. My first gut feeling is that this was a case of structural icing. I’m […]

Not Surprised

…at the duplicity of the news media on this. During the election season, MSM got their panties in a wad over Gov. Sarah Palin’s RNC-furnished wardrobe–which cost over $150,000 and none of which she kept–but has no problem with the Obammunists spending $150 million on his coronationinauguration festivities at a time when the economy is in Great […]

The Power of Government

This is why government is a bigger threat to our futures than any person, company, or cause. Chesley Sullenberger, the outstanding pilot who safely parked a US Airways jet in the Hudson River after both engines were destroyed by a double bird strike, has suffered the loss of the privacy of his childhood academic records. […]

Aviation Humor

A friend of mine–a former Naval Aviator–once said, “The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life to experience all three at the same time.” The same can be said for landing an airliner […]

“We’re Going Down”

Amazing how multi-million dollar technology can be rendered utterly useless by a flock of birds. If indeed this was caused by a bird strike. Still, the US Airways crew nailed the mother of all emergency landings, into the Hudson River. Every passenger survived, and none of the injuries are life-threatening. Some of us here are old […]

As I Was Saying…

The pilot, instead of seeking a bail-out, bailed out. He’s damn lucky his plane didn’t hit any homes or people on the ground.

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