Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    PM is one sweet machine!! They're really putting a lot of timel work, love, and effort into her for this year's races. The owner, Thom Richard is a really great guy, too.
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    The last Doolittle reunion is taking place at Eglin AFB. I went to last years reunion in Dayton.........4 of these heros are left and 3 made it to Eglin......
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    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    SkunkWizard recycle crime scene tape

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    ChopHawk Been here awhile

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    mfp4073 Long timer

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  8. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Kind of cool But. to be really honest, these guys manage computers. Nothig more. After the performance turned in by the now famous "non-pilots" of the ill fated Air France "swim team", these guys don't impress me, at all.
    I was doing some recurrent in a 733 sim is SEA several years back, and witnessed a perfect approach turned in by a 14 year old girl. It's all "follow the magenta line" kids. A big computer game. Nothing more.
    Now before I get slagged by all you "But what if something goes wrong" faithful, who really believe that modern airliners require "pilots", I simply use Air France as a rebuttal......"real" pilots can actually FLY!
    Put any one of these turkeys in a 185, or a J3 on a gusty day....and they'd be totally fucked!
    Put the average "gamer" in a 777.....and they'd be Okay....
    Lyle
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    eddyturn Wannabe

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  10. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    When I was about 10 our school went on a field trip to NASA. While there they had a basic simulator set up for landing the shuttle. Yes, I know it is not too similar to the real thing, but they were trying to demonstrate how hard it is to land a somewhat gliding brick.

    I nailed it on the first try :dunno

    Could I land the real thing? Probably not, but that day the middle school girls thought I was pretty cool :1drink
  11. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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  12. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Don't sugar coat it, pal.
    Tell us how you really feel! :lol3

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  13. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    There are plenty of ways to turn the automation off. Not being being allowed to is the potential problem. Just yesterday I was talking with a friend who's making a career change into professional aviation. (Yes, I've given her the "talk" but she's still determined...so good for her) Anyway, she's got the chance to fly this summer from CA to AK and back with a friend in a 172. I've done two trips down AK- CA with small planes and its great. I told her one trip was in a Aeronca Champ with no electrical. Pre GPS and pre small plane Loran. Just a compass, a watch and some maps. She said she'd never do that! I said really? I told her any old crusty United 747 pilot (where she wants to work) would likely love to fly a old GA plane from Alaska. She flat refused to believe that.
  14. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    CA to AK in a NORDO J3! Sign me up! That's FLYING!!
    I took an Arrow from Toronto to The Bahamas many years ago. Best trip ever! Your friend needs to smell the roses. United 747=flying bus! Used to fly 737s for a living....now I fly a King Air three days a week, and borrow a buddy's Citabria for shits and giggles! The Citabria is WAY "funner" than the baby Boeing or the KA!
    Lyle
  15. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    A King Air is a great compromise between a Citabria/J3 and a 737/747. You've done well. Getting a King Air gig like that is exactly what I want.
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    skysailor Rat Rider

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    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    There are some pro pilots who fly aerobatics or old taildraggers as a hobby, but a friend of mine who gives seaplane instruction said, in general, the "bus drivers" are the hardest to train because their stick & rudder skills have stagnated. She said the students who get their seaplane rating the fastest are crop dusters.
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    Lornce Lost In Place

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  19. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    "United 747 pilot" would have been less redundant...

    Glad to hear you tried to warn her.
  20. jackd

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    Yup, that pretty much sounds like what I'm hearing these days from the flight crews. I'll have to pass this one on to the boys at work - it might make my fellow miserable wrenching mates see that there is a situation happening that is almost as bad as their own. I used to have a video of this nature that was an exchange between a hardened mechanic and a keener pilot - I can't find it anymore. That one brings tears to my eyes as well. Thanks for posting it.