Category: FUD

Pilot Stupidity

Gotta love it when some genius gets a new plane and thinks it’s time to show off to the neighbors.
Working as I normally do when I hear a twin turboprop come screaming over the house. OK, no big deal. May have been a low approach, but it can happen and move on.
Five minutes later, here he comes again. This time I go out and find him and his King Air clipping over the trees at about 300 feet. He doesn’t have it wide open, but he’s clearly doing over 150kts. My neighbor (who is a pilot) walks out as well and we comment on the genius when he does another turn further down the road at a 30+ degree bank, still at 300 feet.
Now, if you have a plane and want to do something stupid, by all means have fun. Just don’t do it over a populated area. If he would have lost an engine, he would have had only a second or two to adjust and pull out. I called the airfield, and was given the official reason that “he is practicing his approaches”. I’ve never seen anyone approach at 300 feet to an airport that is almost three miles away…must be something new.
Or it’s just another idiot with his new toy joyriding….


It at least ruined this guy’s travel plans. However, there is one part that disturbs me….

Adams, whose Irish Republican Army-linked political party represents most Catholics in Northern Ireland, met Friday with President Bush and other Irish leaders in Washington.

What the f*ck is Bush doing meeting with a known terrorist. Seriously, remember that whole “war on terror” cow poopie? yeah, that. Who the HELL scheduled that meeting with one of the biggest f*cking terrorists in the world.
And why the hell isn’t someone RAISING HELL over this? At least the BBC covered the story…

To Buy Or Not To Buy

ALCS tickets go on sale tomorrow. I want to see if I can get a pair of tickets, but of course am sitting here wondering if I should since it’s not won as of yet.

What NOT to do with your 747

How to give your passengers a nice view of what only the pilots see during a landing.
The video is of a 747 on approach into Hong Kong with a heavy crosswind. The donor of the video apparently has landed there a few times and hasn’t had the same problem as other less-qualified pilots.

Spam in RSS

Today, another feed bit the dust. No, not because it was unoriginal or dead but because I was starting to get headlines such as “Free Golf Clubs” and “Drop fifty pounds and gain seven inches NATURALLY”. Mind you, this was a feed that wasn’t used too often and had seen their “news” content drop fatally over the past 30 days.
I’m starting to wonder if spammers are pushing content out for a while on a valid feed, then just drop the news one day and start pushing Viagra 24/7. The vast majority of people will obviously delete the feed but you know that there’s 1% of the populace out there that will buy…

Admiring Our Epoch

Drudge and few other places are reporting on the slowly growing bulge that is currently forming in Yellowstone National Park.
Now, my point isn’t to panic you (unless you live right above the damn thing, then I suggest opening a day spa and milking it for all it’s worth). But it does make me think about how damn lucky we are to live in a time where there isn’t a famine, a plague, or even a little Ice Age. Think about this, when was the last time we saw a massive crop failure where no one could help? My recollection would be the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. But still, there was no world-wide starvation.
And we haven’t had a nice harbringer of doom like in Deep Impact or even worse, Ishtar II.
So we have to admire the times we live in. Sure, we have an earthquake every now and then. And of course volcanoes do erupt, but with usually tons of notice. Enough time usually to get more people killed because we’re pretty damn good at predicting an eruption far enough in advance and they get bored.
I guess there really wasn’t a point to this post. Knowing that Yellowstone will still be there thousands of years after my descedents have forgotten to spell “Wohlgemuth” is a somewhat comforting feeling.