Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    If you check the airport on a chart (or google earth) the runway has a displaced threshold of about 500 feet at either end, presumably to account for the roadways at each end. :deal The pilot was crazy low even if he had been attempting to land at the end of the runway. Terrible airmanship...
  2. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    There's also a stop sign painted on the road before crossing the flight path that was ignored by the auto. Granted, a standard stop sign would be better, but the airport rep said that type wasn't allowed due to being an obstruction.
  3. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    That makes sense, but given the displaced threshold, as a driver I would be inclined to look at the runway when I stopped to avoid prop blast of departing aircraft, rather then looking for a guy to take my roof off anyway...
  4. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    As a half smart driver, knowing that I was about to cross a runway, I would stop and take a really deliberate look around, making triple sure there were no aircraft in any direction. If I had passengers I would get them to have a good look as well. Look up and live and all that.
  5. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Would have been a good idea to have his landing light on...

    But if the driver never looked to the left, it would have made no difference.

    Pilot was a student... wonder who taught him to be so low on short final?

    NFE
  6. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Clear left...clear right....clear Navy final....
  7. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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  8. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c1ul45kxrHY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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  9. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Ouch!:1drink
  10. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    Exactly!
  11. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    One of my favourite shots!
  12. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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  13. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    I would say VERY distant future, if at all. It will be a very brave manufacturer and even braver commercial airline to take on something so radical. Knowing the way airlines and their investors like to save money, primarily by reducing wages, we're more likely to end up with pilotless aircraft first.
  14. kamanya

    kamanya Andrew to most

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    In the world of extreme rigourous Health and Saftey, it is interesting to see some strong resitance in deference to 3rd world needs and practicality.

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  15. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Really well done piece, and very interesting.
  16. VictorBravoMikeIndia

    VictorBravoMikeIndia Low Altitude Flyer

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  17. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    That was fascinating. So nice to see those beautiful aircraft still providing service and so refreshing not to hear a line of corporate bullshit from the pilots.
  18. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Someone's video of the Mosquito in action last weekend (Armistice celebrations). I really hope it stays in the country for the Masterton airshow early next year (hopefully owner reads this).

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  19. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I agree. The first ones ought to be freighters in order to establish a track record.
  20. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    1. Most, not all, freighters are well used airframes before they enter service, typically as a conversion. A lot of freighter's typically fly less than a passenger aircraft, so they can use the airframe at the higher end of the time/cycle frame and are available for maintenance more readily.
    2. For freight the blended concept looks like it would have to carry a whole lot of different sized containers - not very functional.
    3. The idea they should try it as a freighter first to establish some sort of track record seems to suggest the freight pilots are some sort of guinea pigs. Which reminds me of a DC-8 freighter crash long ago out of Salt Lake which killed the 3 person crew. The AP reported that "there were no people aboard".