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by MerlinFAC
Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: Bad aviation reporting at USA Today
Replies: 2
Views: 1805

Bad aviation reporting at USA Today

One of our favorite subjects, right? (Hmm... this forum needs a smiley that pukes in disgust...) Apparently USA Today, better known to most of us as "The Yellow Journal of Anti-GA Lies And ATA Rhetoric", apparently ain't doing so well. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/USA-Today-shaking-up-sta...
by MerlinFAC
Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: Electric planes as a threat to GA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Electic planes as a threat to GA?

You say that you think that electric engines would reduce the noise of aircraft. But remember that most of the sound from a small plane is the sound of the propeller turning through the air. With the tips near, or actually breaking, the speed of sound. I'm not sure if an electric engine is going to...
by MerlinFAC
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:06 am
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: Electric planes as a threat to GA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Electic planes as a threat to GA?

Electric motors have great potential


No pun intended, right? :D
by MerlinFAC
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: Electric planes as a threat to GA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Electic planes as a threat to GA?

I'm all for electric planes, and I don't believe it will do anything but help GA. The noise reduction will be a great boon, the pollution reduction aspect will help, the ease of using it and reliability will help. I think the biggest real effect on GA in the next 10 years or so will be perceptual mo...
by MerlinFAC
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: OFLotW
Topic: Very strange OFL, with a great quote...
Replies: 0
Views: 2284

Very strange OFL, with a great quote...

Talk about "things that make you go hmmmm..." I saw this rather odd accident report a little while ago... IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 884WH Make/Model: HOBO Description: EXP-HOBO Date: 08/10/2010 Time: 9999 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Unknown LOCATION...
by MerlinFAC
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: faired hangglider launch
Replies: 2
Views: 1688

Re: faired hangglider launch

Ohhhhh, to have oceanfront hills here in Florida... the dunes work fine for R/C gliders but I think this would be a step too far... d'oh!

Very, very cool...
by MerlinFAC
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: Full Scale Aircraft Midair With An RC Airplane During Event
Replies: 3
Views: 2304

Re: Full Scale Aircraft Midair With An RC Airplane During Event

This video gives me the willies, but frankly, not too surprising. I was the co-chairman for a local fly-in a couple years ago, and you wouldn't believe the things that some folks will do at events. For instance, we had three bright-yellow fabric X's on one of the closed runways (each leg of the X wa...
by MerlinFAC
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Other Topics
Topic: hudson river flight, maintenance vehicle?????????
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Re: hudson river flight, maintenance vehicle?????????

I'd LOVE to see how you pre-flight an Airbus while it's floating in a river! ;)
by MerlinFAC
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Studend pilot crashes with passenger
Replies: 4
Views: 2722

Re: Studend pilot crashes with passenger

Because of this accident the TSA will require testosterone levels of all pilots before taking flight.


HUSH!!! Don't Give the Terrorist Support Association any new ideas! Dammit!
by MerlinFAC
Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: The TSA and EAA Airventure
Replies: 4
Views: 2494

Re: The TSA and EAA Airventure

One of my favorite Oshkosh memories involved a bit of trash! A few years ago, I was walking down the sidewalk towards the homebuilts area. I was walking a few steps behind a man, probably around 60 or so, who was there with a young man in an airplane shirt who was probably around 12 or so. The kid h...

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