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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
Wow, we are up over 500 posts! Way to go, everyone.

I would really appreciate it if that "political" post would be removed from this thread. Take that stuff to the threads for them. Thanks.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 11, 2012 - 12:10pm PT
Not only are we above 500 posts, but I took another step last Friday (11-2-2012) towards my Commercial Certification! I completed my final Cross Country requirement: A 2 hour or more duration night cross country flight to an airfield greater than 100 nautical miles from point of takeoff. My instructor pilot, as my safety pilot, was on board to make sure I didn't kill myself :D.

The flight was from KCPR (Casper, Wy) to KRAP (Rapid City, SD) over the Black Hills, and back after one stop-and-go landing. We came back over illuminated Mount Rushmore! Total time on the Hobbs Meter was 3.0 hours, engine start to engine shutdown. Great circle distance flown: 326 nautical miles.
perswig

climber
Nov 11, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
(I didn't understand a damn thing in Tom's post above.)

Big congrats, BDC! Any gut-checks along the way, or pretty uneventful?

Dale
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 11, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Way to go Broke! 326 miles, let's see now - that would have been 7 minutes
in an SR-71, right? :-)

Why are you bothering with getting a Commercial? You've already your Instrument, right?
Just the challenge? That's cool.

Holy crap! A huge roar overhead! It is a C-17 at 1000' AGL!
Oh, right, Veterans Day. But I can't figure out where he is headed.


C-17 office


'Space heater' in a C-17's garage


Really important place in a C-17. I guess in the Air Force they gotta
be told what it is.


Bottom part of above door -


whitemeat

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 11, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
Credit: whitemeat
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Nov 11, 2012 - 02:11pm PT
congrats, brokedown -- you pilots are too cool

so how long does it take, typically, to get the garden-variety rec pilot license?
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 11, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
I'm working on both my Instrument and Commercial at the same time. I'm a lot closer to completion on the Commercial.

All it takes to get a Private Certificate is "time and money," in addition to having good enough vision and overall heath to pass an FAA Medical Exam. It can be done in less than a year, but it took me a bit less than 2 years because of weather considerations in Wyoming.

Perswig-No "gut checks" at all. Just came into Rapid City a with a little too much spare altitude due to a strong tailwind that threw off my calculation on TOD miles out. (TOD = Top Of Descent). I was flying at 11,500 feet msl, and needed to lose ~8,000 feet. I began my descent 18 miles out (GPS) at 500 feet per minute, but the tailwind had increased my ground speed by about 40 kts. With that said, I simply overflew the VOR still descending into a 270 degree turn that brought me right on the glide slope on a 3 mile final with 2 balls red and 2 balls white on the PAPI. I had to smirk as my senior instructor called it a textbook perfect approach. I love night operations!! Very smooth air and no turbulence.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 11, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
^^^ Shoulda just done a Split S! :-)
Or what we do in sailplanes is throw out the spoilers and point the nose
straight down and spiral in.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 11, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
Saw the C-17 while on a little bike ride up to Santa Fe dam, down to Whittier and back.

He was headed straight north and probably threading under the controlled airspace for LAX, ONT and Burbank, headed from March back to Travis or McChord.


Barney, (Fred's short fat little friend) is the loadmasters dream aircraft.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
Sounds like a good flight BDC, way to go!

"Aviation Nation" the airshow out as Nellis is this weekend, but I stopped going a few years ago. The last time I went it took over two hours to get from the parking area, onto a bus and to the base. Not worth it for me.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 11, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
Photo I took a couple months ago at the Reno Air Races.



A few weeks later at NASA Ames.

Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 11, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Vegasclimber- I'm really fortunate to have an older instructor who just happens to be a climber (Vedauwoo), too! He worked his way through University of Wyoming some 30 years ago by giving flying lessons and piloting the C-206 for skydivers. The guy's also a local High School Science teacher and Vice Principal, so we get along very well on our flights. He's a fountain of very cool geological information as we overfly some interesting formations.

This coming week: Chandelles, 55 degree bank steep turns, 180 degree power off accuracy landings, and lazy eights on pylons.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
Bump for aviation and skydiving!
sempervirens

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Hey Brokedown,
Thats very cool, getting your commercial and IFR.
I'm still just a wannabe dreaming of aviating.

How is the 2-hour cross country night flight requirement different from the requirments for the private pilot certificate? It doesn't sound that different since the private also has night and cross country flight requirements.
Anyway, way to get after! TFPU!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
The difference is the distance flown requirement. The Private cert has a 50 nm cross country night (straight line one way) flying requirement and the Commercial has a 100 nm (one way, as well). My flight to Rapid City took 3 hours, round trip due to adverse headwinds on the return leg.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 16, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
Shot by a friend in France.



"Hey, boys, that might be a tad too realistic, n'est-ce pas?

Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:32am PT
Since we're into posting photos, here's one from my old computer that popped up when I was transferring files from it to a USB drive:

Last Air Show in Casper, a few years ago: MiG 17 taxiing for takeoff. ...
Last Air Show in Casper, a few years ago: MiG 17 taxiing for takeoff. The plane has Polish markings and National Insignia.
Credit: Brokedownclimber

I happen to quite a fan of the older MiGs. After talking with the pilot, he said they really don't like being landed in crosswind conditions.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Nov 19, 2012 - 12:10am PT
Unidentified Aerial Object As High As Jet Stream?

“I would estimate the unidentified flying object was anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 feet in altitude because I could easily see that passenger jets flew under it.” - Allen Epling, Amateur Astronomer, Virgie, KY

October 16, 2012, 2 to 4:30 PM, mysterious,unidentified aerial object remained stationary above airliner traffic,perhaps near 50,000 feet or more in the rapid jet stream. How could the object remain stable and unmoving for 2.5 hours?

Telescope image © 2012 by Allen Epling.

Credit: TomCochrane

Two Kentucky Counties Flood Police with Alarm Calls About This Unidentified Aerial Object.

“Several jets appeared to fly in the vicinity of this UFO.
Contrails could be seen zigzagging all around the object.
...At times it appeared to get brighter.”

 The Daily News, Williamson, West Virginia
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
I used to work for a company that imported MiGs. They don't like crosswinds, you can g lock the 17's ailerons and have to use the stick extender, they have pneumatic wheel brakes. Oh and if you turn on the emergency fuel pump on the 15 you have a 50/50 chance of blowing the tail off.

The main thing that bites people in the ass is the engine takes a very long time to spool up - you get below the power curve on final and you're toast.

On the plus side, they are built like tanks. Air show pilot Bill Reesman ground looped his 17 at Reno Cannon at about 130kts. Blew a brake line, popped 2 rivets on the nose gear, and knocked the main gear doors out of alignment. Not bad.

1000 hours, a commercial rating, and you can get into a 15 2-seater for about 125k. Fairly cheap to fly, but the line maintenance regulation costs kill you on an active bird.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 23, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
I had no idea that the 747 was still in production, let alone a radically upgraded model.

http://boeing.com/stories/videos/vid_12_747-8_power.html

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