OT- Any pilots in Denver?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Bad Wolf, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    MMMMMM :hmmmmm My wife driving one of those down to the store,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or any of the other drivers around here.:fpalm You'd better get that IPAD really smart really fast to make that happen. Or HAL we ran out of coffee, can you get some please...………..:D HAL would probably say, "I can recycle what you had yesterday for you". Actually they are already doing that south of Chatfeild.:puke2Guess HAL has become Alexa, sort of like the governor.
  2. Bad Wolf

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    Run of bad luck at KAPA. Three landing gear failures? In two days (two just three hours apart?)

    Was there a weather reason behind this?
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    Hmm hadn’t heard that. A few years ago Netjets had a bunch of airplanes over the country one afternoon that blew tires on landing. Upon further research all the planes took off from Teterboro about the same time and there was deep slush on all the taxiways, and the brakes all froze in cruise flight. That incident caused new procedures for landing with brake contamination to be developed.
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Just hadn't heard of three landing gear failures, different planes. Different runways so it isn't an issue of a subtle buckling of the surface causing collapse.

    I was thinking maybe a cold and humidity level might be a factor in something.
  5. Red_Label

    Red_Label Been here awhile

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    My buddy/band mate/riding brother is a 20 year NetJets captain (Citation Excel). He seems to love his job, and his wife and kids are all happy as well.
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    Red_Label Been here awhile

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    I went to school at Rocky in the early 90s. Airway Science major, computer science minor. Got my PPL at 35.1 hours. Couldn't afford to graduate from that stupid expensive school. They didn't push religion, but they pushed their liberal politics HARD. I was 24 and had already made up my mind about the world, so their bullshit professors were hard to tolerate. Their flight program was good though. Ended-up working for a company installing POS systems all over the region, and flying their Mooney 231. Eventually left there because my boss was a nut. He owned the plane and was a pilot as well. 1500+ hours and instrument rated. But he was a BOLD pilot. A couple of years after I left the company, he was flying the Mooney with a salesman and iced-up and crashed after taking off in Portland, OR. Killed them both. I always knew his number would come up. I keep the NTSB report above my desk to remind me of what happens when you're stupid in 3 dimensions. I ended-up in a career as a network administrator. I used to wonder daily what it would have been like to have had a career in bizjets or the majors (I wanted that SO bad). I'm over it now. I still think airplanes are cool as hell, but being in hotels and rat-race airports all the time aren't something I'm fond of any more. So I live through my long time NetJets captain buddy and that's good enough for me. I still subscribe to Flying magazine, but haven't handled a yoke in years.
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    Red_Label Been here awhile

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    Well said! I solo'd in 1991 and still remember that day vividly! I had six hours and we were flying the C152 to a small satellite airport to do touch & gos. I had no idea what was coming. We'd done one or two and my instructor has me put the brakes on while taxiing, and then he climbs out and said "take her around three times". I didn't even have time to get nervous. I'll never forget that day. I also remember the day I got my PPSEL cert. Superbowl Sunday 1992. My previous check ride with the chief flight instructor had gone poorly. It was very gusty out and he was in a bad mood. He berated me pretty good and had me seriously questioning whether I was even gonna continue on my aviation career path. Totally shook my confidence up. My instructor got wind of it and said "he's full of it. You've got this. Go take your check ride." So I did, though I was still shook up and sure that the examiner was gonna flunk me out. I flew one of the best flights I've ever flown that day, and the known-crusty examiner was nothing but nice and complementary. I was back in the game. Just goes to show you how much power people have and they can either be the wind beneath your wings, or the microburst that drives you into the dirt.
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  8. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Now that life is starting to stabilize again...

    Anyone know anything/anyone at Skywest? I have heard they have a training program and good way into the commercial pilot industry?
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    Lots of interesting reading in this thread from an old retired controller's vantage point. :)
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    I went to college for aviation stuff, got up to my commercial multiengine certificate and ~200 hours of time in Skyhawks, Citabrias, Dutchesses, and a Piper Lance. Came close to getting my A&P but opted out of that about halfway through the curriculum—I wanted to fly, not to be a mechanic.

    Of course, 2008 wasn't a great year to be graduating and looking for an aviation job, so I've been working in IT with manufacturing quality control and laboratory informatics systems since then.

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    Other than paragliders (powered and unpowered), I haven't flown the front seat since my commercial multiengine checkride.

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  11. Bad Wolf

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    Such a thing as a privatly held F-15?


    At Denver Jet Center right now...

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    Denver jet center has the military fueling contract. You can see interesting things parked there all the time.
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    What was weird, markings appeared to have been scrubbed. The Air Force logo was barely visible on the front. The couple flying it were wearing green jumpsuits with no patches or logos. The female (who in no way was maintaining navy pilot physical standards) said they were taking the plane to a Navy base.

    The male pilot told someone else it was a private purchase being taken across country.

    Should I put on my tinfoil hat now?


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    I'm pretty sure that's an F/A-18B Hornet.

    Except for the Blue Angels, the Navy doesn't use these anymore (they use the newer F/A-18E/F Super Hornet model instead) but the USMC still uses the non-Super variant. NASA also has a few.

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    F/A-18:
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    I did see an F18 out there this afternoon. But anyway there are several contractors doing aggressor training, target drone ops, and plenty of other things and they fly everything from F4s to modern stuff. Technically privately owned, but not really operated that way
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    Oh yeah sorry I didn’t see your pic before, that’s an F18E/F super hornet. The intakes give it away.
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    Better pic when they took off. Apparently they buzzed the runway on arrival.

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    Good info all.

    Isn't that an Air Force symbol on the side. Looked like someone scrubbed at it to remove.
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    Its a US Navy FA-18F of VFA-106 Gladiators. Standard tactical low visibility paint scheme.

    And your post above about the female having no physical standards, ahem, just google pics of female naval aviators. They come in all shapes and sizes. The Navy has not sold any super hornets to a civilian. Sounds like the crew was possibly screwing with people or the people heard them wrong. That is how rumors get started.
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    Ahhh. She was about 5'9" pushing 200 lbs with a long braided pony tail to her low back. No insignia at all on their flight suits...no ranks or name tags either. So, beats me. It was fun to see and watch. I didn't figure it was actually in private hands unless someone bought from one of the third world countries we sell our surplus fighters to.