Video from the Air Safety Institute, showing a couple of close calls. Long time ago when I was a little bit younger, I encountered the second scenario almost exactly. I was departing Hillsboro, Oregon (KHIO), and was cleared for takeoff on Runway 2. I looked up at the approach path before I moved and saw a plane on short final to the runway I was just cleared onto!! I politely declined the clearance, and now I am on the Fediverse.
The man and his fave toys. 🚁 ✈️ 🚂 🚙 🏍️ The main thing is that it has wheels...😂 And if it can still fly, it's perfect☝️😁 That's all he needs for happiness.🍀
#tomcruise #ninacruise #tomandninny #tn4ever #loveofmylife #helicopter #airplane #train #car #motocycle #flying #rolling #driving #flywithme #illflywithyou
Me in Slate:
CLEAR is under fire for security breaches, as well as a business model based on selling TSA line-cutting privileges to affluent people.
Does the company even belong in airports? Congress is starting to wonder.
It would have been a Darwin-award qualifier regardless, but I found a thick crust of ice under the powder (the sun must have melted some of the snow before it refroze). I probably wouldn't have survived more than 90 seconds after lifting off.
I'm a bit obsessive about snow removal, even on cars.
I was wondering how the stock market is handling the announcement of Hawaiian being bought out by Alaska Airlines.
People holding Alaska shares (NYSE: ALK) are being hit with a significant -14.31% drop, while the big winners are those holding Hawaiian shares (NASDAQ: HA), which is up a staggaring +192.59% today.
Maikaʻi loa kēia (this is great!)
They are sledding in Munich, Germany due to very heavy snow over the weekend. Munich Int’l Airport was closed and restricted as removal equipment could not keep up with the pace of snowfall.
This one Citation sort of had a bad snow day.
Very eye-opening article about the severe shortage of Air Traffic Controllers, the impact to safety of both commercial air travel and general aviation.
Not sure what call to action to make and do, but we (US air travelers) could express our concern to our congressional representatives and we (US pilots) should thank our ATC friends and try to be "easy customers" to serve.
This hour’s random desktop background on my #MacbookPro is the incredibly clean panel of a Basler BT-67.
If you do not know about Basler (located at KOSH), they take old DC-3s and C-47s and hang turboprop engines on them, and completely refurbish nose to tail, including some very clean custom panels with the latest and greatest digital tools installed.
Yes, I want one.
Ha, RyanAir (famous for nickel-and-diming people) has a "recently implemented change requires passengers to pay as much as $26 to obtain a digital boarding pass." #aviation #flying https://simpleflying.com/ryanair-boarding-pass-fee-charge/
I'm currently waiting on my flight to Denver, CO from my sleepy Midwest town airport. I like flying out of my local airport because I was first in line for the gate agent, first in line for security, security sent me back to the gate agent because my birthday was wrong in the system, I was again first at the gate agent, then I was third for security (oh no, I waited like a minute!).
Anyway, now I'm just sitting at my gate on free wifi and charging my laptop.
#airports #flying #aviation
Remember US pilots: If your height changes by more than 2 inches, you must present yourself in person to your local FSDO to make that change to your pilot record. Also, if my height changed by more than 2 inches, I would really question my ability to control an aircraft, or any other vehicle.
This exchange ought to give you a clue as to where this hour’s random desktop background on my #MacbookPro was taken:
“(Redacted) Tower, United 645, Lima, one-zero thousand, speed one six zero.”
Tower: “United 645, cleared for the ILS two-five left approach, reduce speed to one-four-zero.”
“One-four-zero now, cleared for the ILS two-five left approach, United 645.”
When I arrived in heavy rain back at my real-life old hangar (the closest one to the runway in the infamous Lane Ducks row), some goober in another 172SP had poached my spot because of the precip.
One call to Airport Operations and he was chained down back out on the ramp.
Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, United States on November 2, 2023
Some of the camera settings I used to make this photo are at: https://www.rsok.com/~jrm/2023Nov02_SaltPlainsNWR/2023nov02_crane_IMG_7709c.html
You’d think keeping us safe while #flying would be a priority in the US #budget. But instead “tight budgets” are causing forced overtime, terribly stressful and mentally/physically unhealthy working conditions.
“Based on targets set by the F.A.A. and the union representing controllers, 99 percent of the nation’s air traffic control sites are understaffed.”
This hour’s random desktop background image on my #MacbookPro is this press release image from San Diego Fire Department of N283 Sierra Delta, one of their Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk #firefighting #helicopters.
Just take a few seconds to look at this incredible #rotorcraft. This is one BADASS fire assault and rescue machine, and without question, you need to be a seriously great chopper driver to fly right seat in it.
Wife is piecing out her long-time “O” gauge train setup to sell, so I collected the balsa “Airport” I made by hand and it is now on the desk in my office.
Looks like a Cherokee and a Comanche are in transient parking, and also an unidentified warbird that unfortunately had a gear up landing.
Following @davidho's post stating "66% of warming from #flying comes from non-#CO2 #forcings", I dug out more info for myself & to share with @knowattitude & everyone.
https://ourworldindata.org/co2-emissions-from-aviation gives an overview, reminding us that these forcings are NOT regulated by the Paris Agreement😱. And this, when these forcings warm the #climate 3x faster than #aviation CO2 emissions alone. (this & below pic from study https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231020305689). If #COP28 doesn't bring these #emissions in scope, who will?
Warming: Massive misuse of the word "sustainable" ahead...
Sometimes (OK, most of the time), my #XPlane #flightsim kinda blows me away. On this little hop in the Avro RJ100 KEUG over to Southwest Regional Airport (KOTH) on the coast, I taxied to parking in front of the pax terminal, spooled all four engines down and popped the door and stairs.
The program automagically put some nice handy safety cones in front of the engines on the loading side and added engine FOD covers.
“What was #flying like before 9/11?”
Oh you’d go to the travel agent and you’d give them some coins and they’d ink the vellum right there. The airport terminal was filled with the sound of livestock and commerce. The security agents only cared if you were a witch or possibly in league with the perfidious French.
ICAO code: #44D9B6
Callsign: #FLYING GROUP
Operator: Flying Service
Type: DASSAULT FALCON-900LX
Speed: 550 kmh
Altitude: 2682 m
Distance: 1.0 km
Angle ∆: 70.2°
Direction ->: SE
After tying down between a couple of fighter jets below deck, I am going to chow down at the mess hall, I hear they are having Chipped Beef, cob corn and roasted NoDak potatoes. Not a bad menu for the middle of the ocean.
Sigh, yet another example of why people with mobility issues view flying with a jaundiced eye
By no stretch of the imagination would I call Ryanair "loveable". Almost everyone hates them. Sometimes though they're the only airline to fly directly between two points; i used to use them to get to obscure Polish airports.
I keep flying budget airlines, even though they hate me (and you too)
"Private jets belonging to 200 celebrities, CEOs, oligarchs and billionaires have spent a combined total of 11 years in the air since the start of 2022. The carbon footprint of all those flights – a jaw-dropping 44,739 journeys – would be the equivalent of the total emissions of almost 40,000 Britons." #climate #aviation #flying #billionaires #celebrities https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/21/the-jet-set-200-celebrities-aircraft-have-flown-for-combined-total-of-11-years-since-2022
Tomorrow I am flying my mother to Bessie's Diner in Janesville, WI. I highly recommend the diner to those that like aviation and it is within their means to get to the Airport it sits on (KJVL). For pilots, we can land and taxi right up to the diner!
#flying #avGeek #aviation #diner
"How much did that flight…it was about 40 minutes-ish?"
"Yeah, exactly. Just short of 40 minutes."
"How much did that cost in propulsion?"
"Well, about 1 euro."
(His main channel, highly recommended, is one of the best on functional management principles, particularly in crises.)
From 2026, Eindhoven Airport will not allow private jets anymore
Fliegen in den #Alpen nach dem ersten #Schnee 🤩 - die #Rigi = Königin der #Berge
#schweiz #alps #upinthesky #aquila #a211 #love #flying #fliegen #switzerland #schweiz #nature #weather #pilotlife #generalaviation #pilotsofmastodon #aviation #avgeek #avgeeks #plane #airplane #flugzeug #fliegen #pilots #upinthesky #upintheair #cessna #alpen #alps
"#Spain wants to ban #ShortHaulFlights when there is an alternative by #train that takes less than 2.5 hours. However, flights using the capital city to connect to international routes would not be included in the ban.
I share air quality readings at airports, planes, ground transportation, a convention center, and my hotel during a trip to Puerto Rico.
"I sat to Palmer’s right, a motion-sickness bracelet on my left wrist, anti-nausea gum in my mouth, and a gallon-size ziplock at my feet. The copilot’s control stick started bobbing around between my legs in sync with Palmer’s." —Brad Rassler for Outside Magazine
Calling all pilots and #avgeeks
I just stumbled on metar-taf.com, which has a very user-friendly interface and a livestream of real-time WX at any reporting airport.
Not affiliated or anything, just thought I’d pass this along. Search for your airport in upper right corner. Then hit the LIVESTREAM link at top. Enjoy!
Whenever I fly, I always look out of the window. Humans have dreamed of being able to fly for millennia. Millions wishing they could soar like the birds. It's important to honour their dreams, and the drive this gives humanity to strive and progress. Even on a short haul commercial flight.
Along the route, we chose checkpoints where we need a certain altitude to safely continue flying towards Villadossola. Additionally, we memorized a few emergency landing spots based on satellite imagery and other maps that were in glide range along the route.
All 5 of us reached the official landing zone between Domodossola and Villadossola with a big smile! After eating gelato, we took the train back to Switzerland.
And finally: A looong glide (plus two thermals) from the Weissmies peak (4017m) down to Domodossola (240m).
That flight took a bit of planning. The direct route over Passo di Pontimia would have been shorter, but the Valle di Bognanco looks pretty unlandable. So we took the slightly longer route via Passo d'Andolla and the Valle d'Antrona.
Why Does Flying Suck so Much?
Out of control fees for in-flight meals, checked bags, or even carry-ons.
Charging us $25 to print a boarding pass!
Why does flying suck so much these days?
It has a lot to do with power — and how greed has overtaken our entire economy.
Won't be much missed.
[Gift link from me] ‘Good riddance’: in the event of severe turbulence, please eject the Qantas CEO https://www.crikey.com.au/2023/09/05/alan-joyce-qantas-ceo-resignation-pilots-engineers/?su=ZW8yRDdkTEdTdCtwOHVlQ1hPUS9Idz09
I wonder if the federal government will be forced to reverse its mysterious decision not to allow extra flights? The media is keeping up the pressure.
Government’s Qatar Airways decision under fire
Crikey takes a look at the federal government's all-too-close relationship with Qantas... [this is a gift link, shared with you]
Something stinks. Should Labor’s Qantas bromance go to the corruption watchdog? https://www.crikey.com.au/2023/08/29/labor-qantas-corruption-watchdog-catherine-king/?su=ZW8yRDdkTEdTdCtwOHVlQ1hPUS9Idz09
Queen of the Skies, Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926), was the first female of African and Cherokee descent to become a pilot in the U.S. She made up her mind one day to try. She tried and she succeeded.
Happy Aviation Day! ✈️ 🎊✨️
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The phrase "It's complicated" is used by industry lobbyists to intentionally try & disinform people. To complicate matters further, "it's complicated" can also mean that the system that scientists are studying is, well, complex.
But, it's not that complicated to understand that locally grown vegetables & fruits, especially when those veggies & fruits are grown using the methods of #agroecology, are a #sustainable way to produce #food. But, #flying avocados half way around the planet isn't.