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Old 03-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #6256
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I'm with Beemer Bob here. The skydiver should have stayed clear of the runway, if only because common sense dictates it.

And so long as the old guy (pilot) can pass a physical, good for him!

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And I stay the hell away from airports where people are jumping, while they are in the air. I occasionally get inconvenienced, but its a small price to pay.

I'd be curious how many pilots in the 85-90 yo age group that are flying have a current Medical? Years ago I had a 93 year old who had no business driving a car, in fact he didnt, but he insisted on being the oldest active pilot. He still flew his F33, but always with a safety pilot. I didn't do his FAA exams, he went all the way back to MN or somewhere because there was an AME that was older than him and he always passed. He had all the ravages of age, I'm sure he didn't declare any of it on his application.

I started flying in the early 90's, the older guys took me under their wing and taught me a lot. Most of them quit aviation by the time they were 80, either they lost interest or scared themselves. I just helped a 81 year old get his Special Issuance, before his heart problems he was flying a P Baron and a Luscumbe, and competing in a Pitts. All those airplanes are gone now, and the most airplane his insurance company will allow is a Cardinal, so he went out and bought one. I hope he gets to keep flying for awhile, he certainly jumped through enough hoops.
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:26 PM   #6257
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Particularly amazing that an 87 man took a straight nose dive without significant injury.

Their estimate of 75 feet seems a bit off.
What's really amazing is someone who's 87 holding a valid medical. FAA's probably going to be interviewing the doc who signed him off.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:10 PM   #6258
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:32 AM   #6259
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:25 AM   #6260
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Cool. High humidity and the temp just right, nice image of trailing vortices.

I bet landing on that runway smoothly is a bit of a challenge. Look at the dip in it!
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:04 AM   #6261
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Cool. High humidity and the temp just right, nice image of trailing vortices.

I bet landing on that runway smoothly is a bit of a challenge. Look at the dip in it!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:02 AM   #6262
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Conceptual Hybrid Wing Body Airlifter




Pictures courtesy of Lockheed-Martin. Very cool. Maybe a future replacement for the C-5?

According to the folks over at the "Skunk Works" : “We can improve mobility capabilities with 70 percent less fuel than a C-17. The cornerstones of our Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) concept are efficiency, affordability, and compatibility. Designed with an eye to the future, the HWB program would save 400 million gallons of fuel per year and would be capable of dual use as both an efficient transport and tanker.”


Pretty amazing stuff.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:06 AM   #6263
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Great- 50 or more across seating... how many aisles I wonder.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:08 AM   #6264
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I wonder what Lockheed Martin's idea of affordability is?
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:31 AM   #6265
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Great- 50 or more across seating... how many aisles I wonder.
24 aisles but you have to sit 90 degrees rotated, facing the guy in front of you. You also have to stagger legs so everyone gets a knee in the crotch and 2 Charlie horses.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:47 AM   #6266
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Great- 50 or more across seating... how many aisles I wonder.
The concept is a cargo plane/tanker, from what I'm reading. I was just imagining a C-5-sized payload being moved at 70% less fuel than a C-17. That is a logistics wet-dream, right there.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:57 AM   #6267
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Great- 50 or more across seating... how many aisles I wonder.
The pressurized compartment would be smaller than that of a C-5. Cargo would be rolled in the back and then rolled into the wing roots where it would be stored in unpressurized compartments.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:20 AM   #6268
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The pressurized compartment would be smaller than that of a C-5. Cargo would be rolled in the back and then rolled into the wing roots where it would be stored in unpressurized compartments.

Traditionally, the entire aircraft including the cargo compartment is pressurized on Lockheed aircraft. I suppose the shape would make this impractical, though. As a loadmaster, I don't like the thought of not being able to access the cargo compartment in flight.

I wonder about lateral c.g. issues.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:39 AM   #6269
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I love how the vortices (vortexes) disappear at touch down. Classic aerodynamics lesson right there.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:47 AM   #6270
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By "active" do you mean busy or just open? A busy airport would be a bad idea, but I don't see a problem landing at an airport since that's where you start from, especially if you're doing multiple jumps per day. We have a couple local airports (neither very busy) and it's no big deal.
In regulation speak active mean open, operational, available, or currently designated for use (in this case aircraft landings/takeoffs/movement).
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