Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. Beamer Pilot

    Beamer Pilot Obviously a major malf...

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    Go to a FISDO get a PPL based on Can ATPL and Can medical or take the complete US course for ATR, I did it, brutal...
    They used to issue a commercial based on the ATPL but that was 25 years ago.
    Best bet: phone call to FISDO or FAA website.

    http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/contact_airmen_certification/
  2. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    From the Times of India

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  3. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    I did a contract flying gig in India. Air India is not to be confused with several other notably more air worthy carriers in the country. (Although a few of non-state private carriers were not so great....).

    The DGCA, at the time I was there, and for some time thereafter, reportedly had not one qualified air transport pilot on staff. I don't think they even had any pilots of any kind on staff.

    Every year you had to trudge to Delhi and get your FATA, basically a permit for a foreigner to fly in India. It was a surreal experience to say the least. No AC, a very very grotty bathroom, broken windows, cracked walls, mold on walls, tatty calendars on the wall that were showing March, 3 years previous, a room with mountains of paperwork stacked floor to ceiling bound with string, and all over the big tables too, with about 6 government employees sleepily going through whatever papers were there. You always had to wait 1-3 hours in the dismal lobby because it was just a power trip on their part because you could watch them do nothing but read the paper and sip tea while you waited.

    But I love India. Really.

    However, those two pilots might deserve the gaol.
  4. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Good god. Air India is the national carrier. With the flag comes an expectation of professionalism and responsibility.

    I can't believe their crew would do something so stupid. A 40-minute nap with no pilot in the cockpit? Something's rotten in the culture of that airline. Air India just made my no fly list.
  5. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    FFS - its 2013!
    the CRM, the SMS, the blah blah blah training that we have to provide our crews and gournd staff and pencil pushers, and this kinda drama still goes on - in a supposedly decent switched on country, it makes a mockery of the whole thing!
    grr....



  6. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    Me too!

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  7. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    What a beautiful "bird"!


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  8. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I just happened to be in Scott Yoak's hangar yesterday at KLWB.

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  9. zoldar

    zoldar Adventurer

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    I was an avionics tech on these. Pic below was RAF Lakenheath Wing Commanders jet.

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  10. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    One of the most beautiful airplanes ever made. I used to write Mission Planning routing software for them, we reused a lot of our cruise missile software on them since the F-111 also had terrain following radar.
  11. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Agreed!

    And I'm sure you know, but for others whom are unfamiliar, the ejection system was quite unique...a pod that separated from the aircraft. The electrical connections were actually guillotined just prior to separation, and the pilots control stick worked as a bilge pump in case of a water landing! There was actually a hope to use a Navy version on carriers, but it failed. Here's a video of the pod ejecting from a rocket sled.

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  12. zoldar

    zoldar Adventurer

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    Great weapons platform too. The F model had a Pave Tack laser pod in the weapons bay.

    It could also carry a data link pod for TV guided munitions like the GBU-15 pictured below. In this configuration the Pave Tack pod is not used. Data link pod is aft, ALQ-131 ECM pod forward.

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    Video from Desert Storm

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  13. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Anytime I see an F-111, I think of Boyd and the Fighter Mafia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighter_Mafia


    NFE
  14. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Military Flight attendant spelling out the rules of the flight


    Honor Bound: Fly the Friendly Skies of Afghanistan


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  15. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    That was a pretty good brief, not sure what plane that was on.

    Loadmasters do the pax briefings on my plane, and it was always fun to throw something in there to see if they were paying attention.

    I'd usually do it right after briefing the use of the drop-down oxygen masks. At this point, people are talking, their heads would be down while they fired off some last minute texts, or they'd have their nose in a book or magazine.

    "If loss of cabin pressure should occur, a warning horn will sound, lights will brighten, and oxygen masks will drop from the overhead panel. At this time pull down firmly on the nearest mask. Place the mask over your nose and mouth, and adjust the head strap as is now being demonstrated. Similar oxygen mask provisions are located in each rest room. If the oxygen mask storage container does not automatically open it may be manually opened by pushing the emergency manual release pin on the container door in the direction of the arrow. Of course, you won't really be getting any oxygen anyhow, the mask is simply to muffle your screams of terror as we plummet 32,000 feet to a fiery death. (pause) The airplane is equipped with the...."

    At this point, I'd generally see a few heads pop up with a "What did he just say?!" look on their face.
  16. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Had a nice Fairchild 24 swing through today. They also made these with a radial engine. I'm guessing that this is a Ranger engine.

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    Prop detail...

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  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Sweet plane.
  18. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Constant speed prop. Another possibility for the engine would be a Menasco.
  19. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Look what just happened in the US for the first time in MANY years

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    World’s Only Flying Mosquito Flew Today!

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    Regular readers of Warbirds News know we’ve been following the progress of Jerry Yagen and the Military Aviation Museum’s de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, from its shipment from New Zealand to the announcement of its first public appearance. The plane has been being assembled over the past few weeks at the Military Aviation Museum’s facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with the assistance of technicians from Avspecs Ltd of New Zealand, who had completed the assembly and initial test flights of the plane at their shop in the Southern Hemisphere before disassembling it and packing it into three shipping containers for the month-long oversea journey to its new home in the states.


    The Mosquito during flight testing in New Zealand, prior to disassembly and shipment.
    (Photo Credit: Avspecs Ltd/Military Aviation Museum)
    The project, which has resulted in what is believed to be the world’s only airworthy Mosquito, has been an 8-year and reportedly four million dollar odyssey for Yagen and the museum. The Mosquito’s unique glued balsa and birch wood construction conceived to minimize metal usage during wartime, made for an extremely lightweight plane, that while an exceptional performer, had no shot at longevity as the animal glues that held their molded wood fuselages together made for a plane that literally decomposed, and quite rapidly if exposed to the elements.


    Fabrication of moulded wooden Mosquito fuselage.
    (Image Credit: Canadian Historical Aircraft Association)
    Perhaps for the sheer challenge of the project, Hagen located a mouldering pile of wood that had once been a Mosquito but still had much of its metal bracketry and other non-wooden items intact and had a body fabricated from scratch by Mr. Glyn Powell of Papakura, New Zealand, based upon jigs and molds he had completed by hand over the course of a decade for a static display Mosquito commissioned by the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association. An airworthy Mosquito, being something of the holy grail for aviation enthusiasts, as word got out that Hagen was resurrecting one, rare and needed parts for the restoration were gladly offered up to aid in the project. Landing gear brakes from England, a pair of engines from Australia, instruments and a propeller from Canada, a seat found (un)surprisingly enough on eBay, “One by one, these pieces all came out of the woodwork” says Yagen.

    The plane has been finished in the colors and marking of the 487th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force that, flying their Mosquitos, took part in the daring Allied raid dubbed “Operation Jericho” where Allied bombers attacked the Amiens prison in German-occupied France, causing extensive damage to the facility and enabling over a hundred Resistance prisoners, who were scheduled for execution, to escape.


    Mosquito undergoing engine and ground testing under the watchful eyes of FAA inspectors.
    (Photo Credit: Avspecs Ltd/Military Aviation Museum)
    The plane underwent ground testing for FAA inspectors last week, which it passed with flying colors and while the air tests for certification to fly in US airspace was originally scheduled for last Friday, uncooperative weather on that day and over the weekend caused delays in doing the flight certification. This morning the plane took to the air and was put through it’s paces without incident, though it is still awaiting final certification from the FAA which is expected shortly. The public debut for the Mosquito is scheduled for the Military Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show on the 18th and 19th of this month.

    Here is the video of the take off.

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  20. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Give us back our Mossy! :D