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by RigaRunner
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Pilots suffer unnecessary stop-and-search actions
Replies: 3
Views: 2620

Pilots suffer unnecessary stop-and-search actions

I've contributed to AOPA's political action committee (PAC) in the past, and I just got another entreaty. But I don't think I'm going to give this time. Frankly, I am disappointed by AOPA's lack of initiative regarding the number of undeserved, unprovoked stop-and-search actions by federal authoriti...
by RigaRunner
Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Ep# 126
Replies: 2
Views: 1985

Re: Ep# 126

The fundamental problem is that we have more government than we need. So the excess government gets involved in checking on whether you have golf clubs in your hangar, doing invasive stop and search actions on innocent pilots, shipping guns to Mexico, listening to citizens' phone calls, giving out t...
by RigaRunner
Fri May 31, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: OFLotW
Topic: Midnight, out of gas, over the suburbs, and short of Dulles
Replies: 0
Views: 2182

Midnight, out of gas, over the suburbs, and short of Dulles

This Off Field Landing of the Week occurred early on Friday morning, May 31 when a Cessna collided with an apartment building in the suburbs near Washington DC. Adding to the drama was the fact it was middle of the night, and the people in the apartments where the plane "landed" were fast ...
by RigaRunner
Wed May 15, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Formation Flight
Replies: 0
Views: 2070

Formation Flight

A potential subject for discussion on a future episode: learning to fly in formation? Flying in tight formation is something military pilots have learned, but it is a new skill set for most of us general aviation pilots. One of our local flight schools (Atlantic Airways at KJYO) has been offering gr...
by RigaRunner
Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Ep# 319
Replies: 6
Views: 4198

Re: Ep# 319

If you want to see blimp hangars, take a look at the Central Market in Riga, Latvia. These guys were serious about blimps and airships in the inter war days.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Riga_central_market.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Riga_central_market.jpg
by RigaRunner
Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: EP#320?????????????
Replies: 15
Views: 9455

Re: EP#320?????????????

Any comment about the rumors that Sun N' Fun is less successful than it used to be? I couldn't be there myself this year, but it used to be a great show? See the Flying Magazine article: http://www.flyingmag.com/blogs/going-direct/slow-times-sun-n-fun?cmpid=enews041213&spPodID=030&spMailingI...
by RigaRunner
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Ep# 318
Replies: 2
Views: 2146

Re: Ep# 318

The Blimp at Cudjoe Key is also used to broadcast "TV Marti" toward an audience in Cuba. The blimp has to fly at 10,000 feet to be able to send out a three-channel signal that can reach into the center of Havana. Even though the the blimp acts like a kite in the wind, the antenna has to lo...
by RigaRunner
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Perfect Storm
Replies: 2
Views: 1931

Re: Perfect Storm

You did not mention yet another factor: the increasing demand and improved pay scales at foreign flag carriers such as Emirates. I understand many flight school graduates are choosing to accept attractive offers from these foreign flag carriers, especially the ones who routinely hire third country n...
by RigaRunner
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Can a guy ON a computer land a plane?
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

Re: Can a guy ON a computer land a plane?

The list of accident causes reads like the kinds of things student pilots do with Cessna 150's and 172's: landing too fast, landing too long, getting lost, missing the runway, etc. Maybe it is not a good idea to allow drones to be flown by people who have never qualified by passing a real life FAA c...
by RigaRunner
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: EAA
Replies: 6
Views: 2909

Re: EAA

Yeah, Jack, but when neither restaurant gets enough customers, they both go out of business. I'm looking at my kids, and my brother's kids, and I don't see a lot of them spending the evening in the garage with a wrench or a soldering iron. They seem to be hanging around the computer or the Xbox. The...

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