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Aviation related topics / Re: SmartPhones and aircraft tracking
« Last post by Ragwing on February 02, 2016, 04:45:06 AM »
There is a bit of data transfer needed, so 4G or Wifi is needed.
To put it in perspective, Facebook or news takes a lot more.

Now I can identify the commercial birds that fly over my house.....
Nothing I use everyday, but a more fun to me than a game.
General Discussion / AR firefighter shot and killed responding to a medical call
« Last post by Baradium on January 23, 2016, 03:39:33 PM »

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. — A volunteer firefighter was shot and killed Friday morning while responding to a medical call.

KATV reported that East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Jason Adams, 29, was responding to a medical emergency call at the house of Greg Pruitt after his wife called 911.

Pruitt was suffering from a seizure when he came out of it and allegedly thought Adams as an intruder. He then shot and killed Adams, who was reportedly standing in the doorway of his bedroom. Firefighter Adams was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Adams, who lives about a half-mile away from the home, was a five-year member of the Sherwood Fire Department but was responding as an East Pulaski member.

Authorities are still investigating and processing the scene. There’s no word yet on charges to be filed.
Aviation related topics / Re: SmartPhones and aircraft tracking
« Last post by YawningMan on January 22, 2016, 06:10:07 PM »
I can only imagine how much easier it will be to track flights when ADS-B becomes mandatory.

I'm pretty sure much of the industry already has it, though.
Aviation related topics / Re: SmartPhones and aircraft tracking
« Last post by Mike on January 22, 2016, 09:24:16 AM »
I think I have that app. You need pretty good reception or wifi for it though, no?!
Aviation related topics / Layman starts an airline. The big project
« Last post by Omskavia on January 22, 2016, 06:22:31 AM »

Have you ever thought about starting an airline? Since childhood, I have dreamed of owning and managing a huge airline, which connects countries and continents. Once I got up and decided that it will be crime if I don`t carry my reverie out (so far on paper). After that morning I started my project, which, doubtless, will be transformed into life. I`m absolutely sure, that one day you will take your seat in the airplane belonging to my airline.
In the foreseeable future I have a plan to make special programm that counts the real price of the flights.
You can follow my project. I hope to get interesting comments and offers.
Aviation related topics / SmartPhones and aircraft tracking
« Last post by Ragwing on January 21, 2016, 11:12:40 PM »
I am trying FlightRadar24 on my Droid Smartphone.

It shows the aircraft in the patterns and touch the airplane and more details show up.
Touch the binoculars and the camera turns on in your display and where the camera is pointed and the aircraft in sight are displayed.

Found a medevac flight and followed it for a while.

Aviation related topics / Student Pilot Lasers an aircraft
« Last post by Baradium on January 04, 2016, 08:41:54 PM »

Police in Florida said they caught a man who admits he pointed a green laser at a control tower and American Airlines jet approaching Daytona Beach International Airport Sunday, and revealed that the suspect is a student pilot.

Police said the student, 23-year-old Gerardo Sanchez, was not a U.S. citizen, but they did not elaborate.

An officer stopped Sanchez after the control tower called 911 and reported the laser, according to the police report. It indicated the suspect was the only person walking near the airport at the time.

Sanchez admitted he shone the laser at the control tower and at the clouds knowing the jet may have flown through it, police said.

The suspect told cops he was a student at ATP Flight School. Officials at the school did not confirm his enrollment, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Pilot Francis McMillan said the laser was pointed at his eyes for 1-2 seconds, but he landed the American Airlines flight safely.

Sanchez was charged with pointing a laser light at a driver or pilot. He was in custody Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $1,500 bail.
The Classroom / Re: The scary part begins.
« Last post by Baradium on January 01, 2016, 01:35:45 PM »
That sounds very promising indeed!    Be sure to let us know how this all pans out!
The Classroom / Re: The scary part begins.
« Last post by YawningMan on January 01, 2016, 04:50:26 AM »
Hello, again! I thought I'd post an update.

So, I did start my schooling for my A&P licenses, and just finished my first semester. I'm in the middle of what seems to be an excessively long break, but I really shouldn't complain. I managed to win one of five scholarships the program offers to the entire aviation maintenance student body. I'm extremely proud and happy to have secured it!

I started working night shift with UPS when I started school in August, but it was just taking too much of my time. I quit after a couple of months to focus on schoolwork. That has worked out well so far. Even so, I couldn't shake a sense of urgency and restlessness in me to work.

So, two Sundays ago (20 Dec), I went to Stinson Airport on a whim. (The second oldest U.S. airport in continuous operation. I DARE you to find an article on Stinson that doesn't mention that.) I met a man who was putting away a Cirrus in a large hangar while I was looking at the airplanes within. I briefly talked with him, but he said he needed to go. His name is Randy. He seemed to know the guy who ran the avionics shop on Stinson, and recommended I give him a call.

As I was walking away, a fuel truck operator came up and asked if I needed any help. His name was Steven. I told him I was just looking, but did ask him where the avionics shop on the field was. He said it was run by a man named Randy. Huh... I was just talking to a man named Randy...

So, I called the avionics shop. Turns out it was the same guy I had met. I should have done some research before I followed my whim! At any rate, he seemed really willing to have me come by and help after class when school starts up again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I may very well have pulled it off. I may have found part-time work at an avionics shop while I'm attending school to receive my A&P! I'll know more next week.
Aviation related topics / Re: $75,000 reword for help catching Drone Operators
« Last post by G-man on December 21, 2015, 07:28:31 PM »

How do drones stop a plane from flying? Wouldn't the plane just smash the little drone?

You realize what hitting an object while flying can do right? It can bring down an airplane or helicopter... therefore, if drones are flying, all firefighting aircraft are grounded. I really hope you are not a drone person.

This was a small bird:

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