Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I think some like it because the sensation of speed is far greater when you have a close fixed reference point.
  2. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Isn't that why motorcycles were created?
  3. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    We had a C-141 come home once from a low-level with some small branches embedded in the wing tip.

    Many questions by high-ranking individuals followed...
  4. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Wifey and I went on a cruise. One of the stops was SXM, Princess Juliana Airport in St. Martin. We stayed at Maho Beach for hours and have hundreds of pics and dozens of videos. Coming up later!

    Teaser :wink:

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  5. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Pay no attention to my stupid grin :D

    Frontier Airbus 320 in FLL
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    This is an internet photo of the plane
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  6. Beamer Pilot

    Beamer Pilot Obviously a major malf...

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    There was no sensation of speed for this ex Ag pilot, just absorbed in judging at 130 knots the point between the barb wire fence and the power line above it without looking at either while using the telephone pole as a marker for height reference to the wire while keeping the left hand on the power lever and the thumb on the "chicken stick" while starting to spray the product on the potato field located between a row of trees with a barn at the end of the run keeping in mind that if you overrun the field you will be sued by the adjoining farmer who hates his neighbor while keeping an eye on the remainder of the smoke trail indicating the wind drift that you sprayed on the first pass.
    Oh shit the flag bar for the AGNAV GPS system located on the cowling just outside the windscreen shows me off by two light...gotta correct now...or the customer farmer will want a discount for waisting product...How is my fuel load??? enough for one reload. Quick look at the laptop next to the stick yeah..it's the right field. Wonder if he is going to give me a cheque right after this or if he is going to mail it...Bastard, he never told me about the wire going to the waterer in the field..next time I'll walk the damn field...Missed it by one inch or did I...Cut the spray off end of field..Pull up pull up HARDER..F%^&*N trees..
    Of course you are also thinking that the aircraft payment is coming due soon, your daugther got bullied at school and the wife saying every night "yo gonna kill yourself one day ...just go fly for the airlines...!!!"
    Just keep in mind all this with your wheels 2 feet from the crop...

    I think you get my drift...no pun intended...
    Went to the airlines...
  7. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    That's a good summary.

    One of the pilots here used to do some crop-dusting.

    He said flying combat missions in Vietnam was far less stressful...
  8. Beamer Pilot

    Beamer Pilot Obviously a major malf...

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    Well I don't know got drafted by the French Gov. for a few years...(one of their citizens to this day) Tchad was no fun...!!!
  9. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Today I hooked up with a smart person in town, and a fellow airport commissioner. We took his Cessna 172 up to get some air shots of the newly surfaced runway at our airport.

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    The road directly at the bottom of the pics is U.S. 60, AKA the California Highway. It was how you got to Los Angeles back in the old days. At the top of the pics, you can see another highway crossing the pic. That is highway 93, which takes you to Vegas in about 230 miles.

    To the right of the runway are hangars for local aircraft. To the left are a few businesses; one being Bearcat Mfg. (http://www.bearcatmfg.com/). When you see a road being paved, it's likely that oil tanker trucks which spray the oil down before the tar goes down were made by Bearcat. I have a few friends who work there, including one dude who can weld beer cans together. He's pretty good at welding. :evil

    It was fucking cold up there, and I was shooting with the window open some of the time. Goddamm, I hate the cold!

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  10. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    I'd have no problem being that close, as long as the pilot showed consistency in his maneuvers. After that, you factor in some risk and decide if it is a smart thing to do.

    S.C.
  11. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    That look waay better than last time we were in there. That damn fuel island though.
  12. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Damn! I love my job!
  13. Beamer Pilot

    Beamer Pilot Obviously a major malf...

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    Beautifull spot, what I love to see after along day. Cold ?? what do you call cold ??:D
  14. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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  15. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    It is being relocated a bit down the taxiway, past the hangars. New, larger tanks for Av and JetA will be part of the relo. The old pumps and island are going to be removed. This should be completed some time in 2013.

    S.C.
  16. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Yes, I am a pussy when it comes to cold. It was probably in the 30s up there. This morning when I got in the car to come to work it was 27 degrees. I hate it when that happens.

    S.C.
  17. mfp4073

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    Was the video of the alaska bush pilots posted? I cant remember if I have seen it or if I posted it at some point?
  18. ADK

    ADK .......................

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    Dunno, post it anyway, bush flying rocks. :thumb
  19. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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  20. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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