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Aviation related topics / Re: $75,000 reword for help catching Drone Operators
« Last post by RiverSong on December 20, 2015, 12:56:41 PM »
Drones impede California Forest Firefighting >:D.  Acres burn as firefighting ships sit idle.
San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos said you should read this first if you're considering the 3 Week Diet and that the drone operators could be prosecuted for ::rambo:: murder if the drones caused delays that led to deaths of any firefighters or civilians.

How do drones stop a plane from flying? Wouldn't the plane just smash the little drone?
Aviation related topics / Re: Christmas in the cockpit
« Last post by Ragwing on December 17, 2015, 05:16:47 AM »
A little fresh air for Christmas.
Aviation related topics / Christmas in the cockpit
« Last post by Ragwing on December 12, 2015, 02:12:29 PM »
Wishing all of our cockpit jockeys a Merry Christmas
Post your favorite Aviation Christmas here

Santa Express

Go Navy

What is under your tree?
Current Strip / Re: VFR On Top
« Last post by Baradium on November 15, 2015, 02:35:40 PM »
I was going into Burlington, VT once and something similar happened, except the weather was calling 10sm and clear skies.   A fog bank rolled in from the side as we flared... that one resulted in a missed approach and diversion without a planned alternate.   Good thing we were loaded with extra fuel that day!  All the airports in the area went down at the same time.

I've been on both sides of weather coming in like that.  Actually considered diverting to what I'm sure is a high security Army base once when I was still flying in Alaska because of unforecast weather.  It was late at night so their tower was closed... if we'd had to go there it would have probably been an interesting night!    Fortunately we had enough fuel to continue towards Fairbanks for one approach.  RVR came up right to minimums as we got close and we barely got in. 
There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by Mike on November 14, 2015, 03:48:42 AM »
btw, this will be my ride for one more day!
after that my 2015 fire season is OVER!  ::eek:: ::knockedout::
There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by Mike on November 14, 2015, 03:45:25 AM »
Cool ride!
Definitely "high visibility'! LOL!
(would work well on fires, HAHA)

Also, welcome to the dark side  >:D :-X

Helicopters rock!
Current Strip / Re: VFR On Top
« Last post by Mike on November 14, 2015, 03:43:15 AM »
Ok, so it's good to know I'm not the only guy this happened to  ;) ;D

Thanks for sharing your story!  |:)\
Current Strip / VFR On Top
« Last post by Baradium on November 13, 2015, 03:39:03 PM »
Years ago now, I was coming into Fairbanks International (Fairbanks, Alaska PAFA) one afternoon.   The skies were crystal clear and we had the airport in sight from nearly 100 miles out.  We start talking to approach and call the field in sight and they respond "Understand you have the airport, however the field is now IFR showing visibility of 1/4 mile, Runway 1L RVR variable 1200 to 1800, tower visibility is greater than 10 miles." 

We're sitting there looking at the airport and ATC just told us that they down right to bare minimums for us to even shoot an ILS approach in the best case (1800 is minimums so if they didn't stabilize there by time we were on the approach we would have to divert).       We start getting vectored for an ILS.  Meanwhile Everts Air Cargo is coming in with a DC-6, they hear the conversation and promptly request and are given a contact approach, which lets them fly a normal traffic pattern and land.   As a side note, this is the only time I have ever heard a contact approach requested or given in person.  As far as I know all Part 121 and probably Part 135 fixed wing passenger operations are prohibited in their ops specs from contact approaches.   

We get vectored in a wide traffic pattern for an ILS coming the opposite direction.  As we are on our downwind leg, flying alongside the runway with the runway to our right, we can't even see anything affecting visibility.  We inquire again on the weather and now it is up to 1800 RVR, but still showing 1/4 mile.   We shake our heads, figuring the weather station is busted, and continue to an ILS approach for our landing.   

All the way down the approach the entire airport is in sight, as we get lower I can see what looks like a very light haze layer, but that is all and it looks incredibly light.  I go through the landing and the moment my main landing gear touch down everything just vanishes.   I had better than 10 miles visibility until I was already on the ground and then I can barely see a couple centerline stripes down the runway.  That landing remains one of the most disorienting experiences I've ever had in an airplane.  I've never seen another fog layer like that where you could seemingly see completely through it from just above it but inside it and probably only up to an altitude of maybe 8-10' you could hardly see anything.   
There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by spudster on November 13, 2015, 07:21:37 AM »
So, its not actually my personal ride, but I decided that I'll give the world of spinny-wings a shot. Needless to say, I had to try very hard to remind myself that its okay to hold the stick forward to go faster. :P

In case anyone is wondering, I did have fun, but I think I need to try another lesson or two before I decide whether or not I'm going to change routes. ;)
The Classroom / Re: The scary part begins.
« Last post by Baradium on October 26, 2015, 11:03:29 PM »
Still living in Alaska, running a 140 acre hay farm as well as doing the fire fighting/rescue/medical on the side.   For paid work I'm still based in Detroit and flying all around.  Typing this from Greensboro, NC and I'll be in Manchester, NH tomorrow.   

We didn't have any major forestry calls in our district this summer, but I seem to keep missing the big ones anyway.   I did buy a brush truck from the army that I transferred to the fire dept (they did reimburse me for that!)     It's a much needed boost to our capabilities.

Did you spend any time in AK this year?   I know we called out some of the forestry helicopter assets for a SAR operation around Father's Day.   I was out at work and fortunately the subjects were located before I got back to town.
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