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Aviation related topics / Helping your fellow aviator
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 08:24:33 AM »
I just came across this vidoe here:

I think it nicely captures one of the great aspects of flying in about four minutes. No matter the aircraft you fly or the experience you have, if you can help, you do it, if you need help, you get it.
Also, at least to me, arriving at any airfield feels a bit like coming home and meeting old friends, even if I've never been here and don't know anybody . . .
There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 08:09:12 AM »
Not exactly camouflage either, although the same cannot be said for your shirt in combination with this ginormous flying machine ;)

Here's what I fly, wings firmly attached to the fuselage but still going round in circles a lot of the time . . .
The Classroom / Flying on a clear night
« Last post by Planobilly on February 05, 2016, 03:30:29 AM »
I have flown from the LA basin to Bullhead City so many time I could retire on the fuel I have burned. All of these flights happened after I had several years of IFR under my belt so I never though much about it.

As I look back, and remember the conditions, these flights were the type of night flights that could get you killed if you are not really comfortable with the transition from VFR to IFR. Yes the night was crystal clear. Here is the rub. About two minutes after you turn left past Twenty Palms there is not a single light for miles. The stars look just like lights on the ground.

I assume there are other places like the desert but this one come to mind.

So just remember....the desert on a clear night is a wonderful place to fly....if you can fly well IFR.

The only thing worse than wishing you were up flying is being in the air wishing you were on the

Stay safe,

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.
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