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Aviation related topics / Re: Layman starts an airline. The big project
« Last post by Omskavia on February 13, 2016, 04:01:30 PM »

The 6th part of my research is dedicated to Alaska Airlines. It consists of not only bored financial indicators, but also of wages and salaries of employees. Moreover, you`ll find out how much does airline spend on food and beverages.
Current Strip / Re: VFR On Top
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 09:19:51 AM »
VFR on top you say?

Well, so there I was on a cold, windy, grey and dreary day, almost OVC008, best suited to looking out a window of someplace heated with your favorite hot or cold beverage in hand. I was looking out a window all right, but no heater, no beverage, at 1000' AGL with half a six-pack (instruments that is, not the other kind) and no engine. I had a parachute on my back and a perfectly fine aircraft, so not all was lost, but this probably wasn't the best piece of ADM . . .

So, how did I get in and out of this? Well, let's go back in time 5 minutes:
There I was, 13 years old, spend the last year and a half hanging out at the local glider field, bumming rides, helping out where I could and eagerly awaiting spring to arrive so that I could finally start training. But right now it was still autumn, probably the last day of flying that year, so we did. I was strapped in the back of our ASK 13, a young FI up front and the whole thing hitched to the winch, ready to launch into the grey sky. Airborne after about 2 seconds of groundroll, VSI pegged at 1000fpm and suddenly it was as bright as day, blue sky above and white clouds below.The only hole in the overcast happend to be right above the winch at the right time. I had never seen anything like this and I spend a felt eternity taking in the view. I knew right then this whole flying thing was what I had to do.
"Time to get back down" I heard, the nose came down, airspeed build and a steep 360° turn later we were on downwind, then base, final, spoilers out touchdown and back on the ground in the grey.
A flight as memorable as my first solo about a year later and when I met my pilot of that day again after more than a decade of him flying shiny jets all across the globe, it still had a special place in his heart and logbook.

TL;DR: escaping gray autumn day for a minute in a glider gets 13yo hooked on flight.

Thanks for bringing up this memory!

P.S. The spellcheck wants to change six-pack into sexpot, what's up with that? ;D
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.
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