Category Archive for 'aviation'

We’re All Scottish Now

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I think this is a brilliant idea for TSA National Opt-out day:

Think about it — if you’re a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt. If nothing else, this will cause TSA employees to throw up their hands in disgust. [...]

Remember ValueJet?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I heard and read numerous stories today from several media and news sources1 about Southwest’s likely acquisition of AirTran. It was reported as a big deal. Still…something was missing from every one of the reports I saw or heard.
Nobody mentioned that AirTran used to fly under the name ValueJet. In [...]

From the “Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines” Department

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Via King 5:

Seattle-bound Flight 68 was approaching takeoff speed when the eagle was ingested into the left engine shortly after 10 a.m. in Sitka. None of the 134 passengers or five crew members was hurt.
“We were roaring down the runway and about the time they’d be picking the nose up, we hear a big kaboom,” [...]

Sun Dance

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

This video of the flight of the Solar Impulse is mesmerizingly beautiful.

You can watch the first night flight of the Solar Impulse live here. With its first night flight behind it, the Solar Impulse will soon attempt to be the first plane to fly around the world on solar power.
I [...]

Last, At Last

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

After vanishing last October in his little Taylorcraft airplane, a missing pilot has been found:

Authorities have discovered a crashed plane near Shelton, and they believe the pilot’s remains are also at the scene.
Mason County investigators said brush pickers on Friday found the crashed 1946 two-seater Taylorcraft. Detectives have confirmed the plane is the aircraft Gordon [...]

Maiden Flight of the 787

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

On Misleading Statement About Small Airport Subsidies

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The USA Today article seems to be trying for outrage in stating:

Nearly half of the $55.6 billion that has gone to airports in the 28-year-old Airport Improvement Program has gone to airports used exclusively or mostly by private planes. That includes $1.5 billion since 2001 for specific projects, known as earmarks, requested by members of [...]

Airport Named After President Carter

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

An airport called Souther Field has been renamed to Jimmy Carter Regional Airport:

An airport about 20 miles from Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains has been named after the 39th president despite some people opposing the change.
Souther Field Airport in Americus was renamed Jimmy Carter Regional Airport on Sunday.
The Americus City Council and Sumter County Board [...]

A Peak at Mt. Baker

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

My airplane has been in the shop for a couple of weeks getting a minor overhaul of one cylinder (among other things). It was ready to fly today. After a “top end” overhaul, the engine manufacturer specifies a break-in program that involves several hours of continuous flying while sequencing through [...]


Saturday, August 8th, 2009

What a horrible way to go!
Shortly after moving to the Seattle area 10 years ago, a neighbor friend and I rented a plane and went flying around the area. I was at the controls when a twin-engine plane came screaming toward us, seemingly out of nowhere. An evasive maneuver was required [...]

How the Media Would Cover the Moon Landing Today

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Update: And here is some footage of Walter Cronkite covering the event:

Musical Baggage Claim

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Over half a million views in three days! Now this is a novel way of getting a big company to listen to your grievance:

Let Dead Dogs Lie

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Gosh…even hyper-partisan me thinks this is a silly idea:

At Wednesday’s Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meeting, chairman H.R. Crawford – a former District Council member and Marion Barry confidante – told fellow Board members that he has heard talk on Capitol Hill about yanking former President Ronald Reagan’s name off the local airport and returning [...]


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The New York Times Magazine has this short & sassy interview with the second human to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. Here is a snippet:

What sort of music do you like?
I just did a rap session with Snoop Dogg and a rap composition called “Rocket Experience.” It’s going to be an online [...]

Playing in the Shadow of Mt. Olympus

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

It was another gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest. I spent the afternoon flying around the southern and eastern perimeters of the Olympic Mountain Range.
Here are a few pictures from a particularly scenic part of the flight, just north of Seal Rock, Washington.
This is looking east toward the [...]

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