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Old 03-16-2013, 06:20 AM   #4426
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Interesting day on the aircraft.

Let's just say that violently pushing the nose over and pushing negative g's does interesting things to any loose items in the troop compartment.

The crew are now firm believers in seat belts when seated.
I'd hope so!

I used to undo my shoulder harness, loosen my lap belt and kick back a bit in cruise after turning the AP on. I was over Kansas in a C-172XP in light chop one day decades ago, sitting kinda diagonally in my seat with one eye on the instruments when I found my way into moderate to severe turbulence in an instant. Of course the AP disengaged with me barely in my seat, then I hit my head so hard on the roof of the cockpit that my neck hurt for weeks. I remember that it was rough enough that I was talking to myself out loud...things like, "Holy Shit," and WTF was that?" Now, no matter what I'm in, when I'm seated,my belt is on and snug enough to make sure I stay there!
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:54 AM   #4427
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I learned to fly at a private airport with a little grass strip. The runway is lined with houses, all of them pilots and most of them flying old taildraggers (Cubs, Champs, etc). The owner is a guy in his 80's that we'll call Fred. One of the home owners, Jim (who's also in his 80's), keeps a rain gage in his yard and every morning checks the runway on his golf cart and sends out an e-mail with the rain gage reading and how squishy the runway is. What he doesn't know is that for several years Fred has been fucking with his rain gage. Some nights he'll add water, some nights he'll dump it out. Here's this mornings runway report:
It rained yesterday and last night. I know it rained. I saw it, I heard
it, and the sidewalk was wet this morning. But there was only a tiny drop
in the bottom of the rain gage this morning! I thought maybe the gage had
cracked and leaked out all the water. So I checked the runway. No
standing water, even in the taxiway, no squishy sounds anywhere! So the
runway is in great shape. Enjoy.

Jim

(I brought the rain gage in and filled it with water. I'm letting it
stand for an hour or two just to make sure is doesn't have a leak!)
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:10 AM   #4428
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Interesting day on the aircraft.

Let's just say that violently pushing the nose over and pushing negative g's does interesting things to any loose items in the troop compartment.

The crew are now firm believers in seat belts when seated.
hey

I was in uniform (AF Blues) may years ago on a commercial flight. They had served breakfast a bit before (yes, Virginia, they actually served breakfast in coach way back when). We hit an air pocket, and dropped a couple thousand feet. I held onto my tray as it floated up, but the guy in front of me didn't, and I got to wear his breakfast.

One of the stewardesses was taken off on a stretcher as she had floated to the ceiling.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:10 AM   #4429
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I was in uniform (AF Blues) may years ago on a commercial flight. They had served breakfast a bit before (yes, Virginia, they actually served breakfast in coach way back when). We hit an air pocket, and dropped a couple thousand feet. I held onto my tray as it floated up, but the guy in front of me didn't, and I got to wear his breakfast.

One of the stewardesses was taken off on a stretcher as she had floated to the ceiling.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #4430
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Flying floatplanes in the bush is how many commercial pilots in Canada cut their teeth.. You paid your dues. I don't do it for work so its still enjoyable. Glad you have good memories of those days.
Don't get me wrong I still love floats. I used to do float endorsements years ago the best part: throwing the female graduate off the dock, to be more precise, pulling her out of the water with her wet T shirt!!!
Today skis are better more places to land.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #4431
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I was in uniform (AF Blues) may years ago on a commercial flight. They had served breakfast a bit before (yes, Virginia, they actually served breakfast in coach way back when). We hit an air pocket, and dropped a couple thousand feet. I held onto my tray as it floated up, but the guy in front of me didn't, and I got to wear his breakfast.

One of the stewardesses was taken off on a stretcher as she had floated to the ceiling.
I watched many pilots get to the flight level and undo the shoulder harness part.
I can honestly say that I have never removed mine, it's on from T/O to landing.
I never did enforce it on other crew, but if I leave the flight deck I request harness back on and O2 mask on.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:03 AM   #4432
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I've had the aircraft drop and slam me up into the ceiling of the troop compartment. That was fun. Not. That was an air pocket decending into Yokota AB.

This time it was a emergency breakaway from behind the tanker, and not the planned practice kind. This time it was a "holy crap we are going to hit the tanker" kind. No warning at all. I'm betting the boomer had to change his shorts after it was all said and done.

I mean seat cushions came off of seats, the arm rests flew up, the EPOS and seat trays flew everywhere, a couple of overhead panels sprang loose. And the latrines look like a blue water bomb went off in them.

I won't even tell you how far into the negative the g-meter went.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:13 PM   #4433
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So far, except for a level 5 thunderstorm (which, thankfully I've not been in) there's but one word: Santa Ana's...about every third year when the Santa Ana's blow 50-70 kts at ground level at ONT or BUR and you're on the lee side coming in over the mountains......cement yourself to the seat, slow down and turn the igniters on...so violent I've had a flame out(*) and the shaker activate. It's a trip at night, too...just seeing all the LA basin lights blur into a real swirly light show.(* that's how I now remember the igniters).
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:43 PM   #4434
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What about the endless hours of loading and unloading of moose, caribou, propane 100 pounders, 45 Gal drums, endless cases of beer, snow machines, lumber, tying a canoe to the floats (lost one in flight by the way and scared the be-jesus out of me!), wet cardboard boxes of groceries that fall apart, smelly fish, did I miss anything? Did I mention hosing off drunk hunter puke from the Twotter floor?
I think they tended to shorten my lifespan !!!!

And what about my favorite, landing in the fog on top of glassy water, that little orifice was so tight until I touched down, and all this before GPS...

Float plane hours yeah..."Ladies and Gentlemen this your captain speaking we will be flying at 38,000...blah blah blah..." Knock on the door, "Captain would you like a coffee and maybe a cookie ?"
Damn, I sure miss those float plane days...!!!
Yep I miss those good old days of deicing my own plane, loading and unloading it. Janitrol heaters that would make you pass out, but without them you froze. AND I sure like those cookies!
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #4435
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I've had the aircraft drop and slam me up into the ceiling of the troop compartment. That was fun. Not. That was an air pocket decending into Yokota AB.

This time it was a emergency breakaway from behind the tanker, and not the planned practice kind. This time it was a "holy crap we are going to hit the tanker" kind. No warning at all. I'm betting the boomer had to change his shorts after it was all said and done.

I mean seat cushions came off of seats, the arm rests flew up, the EPOS and seat trays flew everywhere, a couple of overhead panels sprang loose. And the latrines look like a blue water bomb went off in them.

I won't even tell you how far into the negative the g-meter went.
In-flight refueling, pax on board with trays and toilets!
what were you flying??

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:37 AM   #4436
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In-flight refueling, pax on board with trays and toilets!
what were you flying??

Hay Ewe
Ummm...just a guess...maybe the aircraft in his avatar...
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:41 AM   #4437
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In-flight refueling, pax on board with trays and toilets!
what were you flying??

Hay Ewe
C-5. Local training flight, no pax onboard.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:36 PM   #4438
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had some interesting sights over the last week



billion dollar drone program









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Old 03-17-2013, 06:53 PM   #4439
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[QUOTE=freeflow;20968777]had some interesting sights over the last week

That hangar at Tillamook is amazing, and a really nice collection too!

Make sure to get to Seattle and the Museum of Flight also.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #4440
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