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  1. Yeah, don't ever take financial advice from me. If it was raining $20 bills I could walk outside and get hit in the head with a sack of pennies. John
  2. I guess those investments in Greek government bonds, Venezuelan oil stocks and Egyptian tourist services didn't pay off, eh? John
  3. There's a bundle of all the airport diagrams for this sector available for download here. It consists of jpg diagrams and a text file listing, in a zip file. http://forum.mutleyshangar.com/index.php?/topic/23067-airport-diagram-download-center/&do=findComment&comment=173602
  4. New info - worse than initially reported - he descended to 81 feet before establishing a positive rate, overflew two of the four AC on the taxiway while still descending and was at only 106 feet when he passed over the second one. That's WAY too close. Still no word about why. There's a really good diagram in the article showing his altitude and path over the other aircraft. NTSB: Air Canada close-call at SFO was even worse than first reported http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/ntsb-air-canada-pilot-actually-flew-over-plane-before-aborting-landing/ John
  5. Score one for Dodgy Alan. Good one, Al. Actually all were good, and the reference to FSW was a close second to this one. Your ball, Al. John
  6. Can you spell Cat. III? John
  7. Not sure what the answer to that is, but they have at least two problems - their company and the FAA, or whatever other aviation authority rules the roost where they showed off their shortcomings. I'm sure it's not a comfortable place to be. John
  8. In one of the fairly recent events like this (within the last couple of years, I think), also somewhere in California, the pilot had early morning sun right in his eyes on approach. I think he actually landed on the taxiway but can't recall for sure. I've slept since then. Several years ago, a Delta airliner actually landed on a parallel taxiway at Atlanta. Fortunately, the taxiway was deserted at the time. It was a pre-dawn approach following a red-eye from somewhere in South America, as I recall. You'd think that lack of threshold lights and blue edge lights would have somehow intruded upon his awareness, but I guess not. As QM notes, if you're following a Localizer this is unlikely to happen. The old Mark 1 eyeball isn't always as good. John
  9. Happy Birthday, Arnie. Calories consumed on your birthday don't count. Have a ball. John
  10. Ah, Newport. I spent a good part of two years there, home-ported on a USN repair ship and happened to be there for the America's Cup race during that time. Quite an event. Have visited Bermuda three times, two of them courtesy of the Navy. My dad spent some time in Bermuda during the war too. His ship, an LST, was in a convoy bound for the North Africa landings but was in a collision with another ship and had to divert to Bermuda for repairs. By the time they got to North Africa the main event was pretty much over. John
  11. Another of Allard's Laws of Power Plant Maintenance... Never deny what you can take credit for. John
  12. allardjd

    Fly for Two

    What sim is that? John
  13. The documented radio message from her that they were, "...on the 157-337 line...", or words to that effect, is a plausible answer to your question, though not the only one. That line passes through both Howland Island, their intended destination, and if extended far enough south (157) also close to Gardner Island. If you believe you've reached the N-S line (more or less) upon which Howland lies, flying along it makes more sense than continuing eastward. I've read the navigational reason why the 157-337 line is used instead of a pure N-S line, something to do with a "sun line" that has to do with the navigational technology that was available to them at the time. I'm reminded again of the wisdom of Quickmarch who recommends a built in small biasing error so you'll know which way to turn when the clock runs out. Smart man! John
  14. I kind of favor the Nikumaroro/Gardner Island concept that TIGHAR is pushing but it's still entirely circumstantial - no proof, just some supporting things that are possible. One of those has been discredited recently. A piece of aluminum that was found there which didn't match any of the production parts of the Lockheed Electra was thought to be a remnant of a patch plate that was known to have been applied to the Earhart aircraft in Miami to cover over a custom, non-standard navigation window that was specified for the Earhart plane at the time it was built. There are at least two photos of the plane with the window covered over by an aluminum patch, for reasons unknown. A pretty solid engineering analysis has ruled that remnant out based on the rivet holes in the piece - the rivet hole pattern could not be made to match up to the underlying structural parts of the fuselage. John
  15. I can think of several possible reasons - none of them good. John
  16. Well, now there's a claim that the photo existed before the Earhart flight, contrary to what I'd read and posted above. This one sounds more credible because there's supposedly supporting evidence in the Japanese "national library", whatever that is. http://www.newser.com/story/245577/new-amelia-earhart-theory-might-be-crushed.html Blogger Might've Crushed Amelia Earhart Theory "...it took only minutes to find [the photo featured in the recent History documentary] in the archives of Japan's national library. In what may be the final nail in the coffin for the much-debated theory, Yamano says the same photo shown in the documentary was published in a travel book about the South Seas in October 1935—two years before Earhart vanished." John
  17. As I understand it from what I read earlier, there were four wide-body airliners waiting on the parallel taxiway for their turn on the runway. After Air Canada went around one of them told the tower that Air Canada passed directly over him. Of course, unlike Harrison Ford, he didn't actually land on the taxiway, but still pretty much the same scenario. John
  18. I saw another article that claims most aboard (other than the aircrew) were elite USMC special forces types and one Navy Corpsman, going to the west coast for some purpose. Their equipment included some "munitions", enough to be on pallets and the presence of that material along with fuel made the site of the main wreckage potentially hazardous. There's no detail on the nature of the stores aboard but the article suggested that the quantity was more than trivial. Interestingly, there's a suggestion that the possibility of some of the load shifting is being looked into - no word whether that's simply one plausible scenario being looked at or if there's some evidence to suggest that might be a cause. John
  19. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2017/07/10/plane-crashes-leflore-county/466582001/ Not much info except that the AC was home-based at Cherry Point MCAS, in North Carolina and apparently had a serious problem at a fairly high altitude. I saw one report that wreckage is scattered over a 5 mile area, suggesting a mid-air breakup. The last contact with ATC was reported to have been at 20,000'. Fortunately, no one on the ground was hurt, or at least none reported so far. John
  20. ...and another version of that one - - - There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who don't. John
  21. Thanks, Matt. Seems everyone likes shark pics, even phony ones. OK, guys, try this one...
  22. On the math theme, from Allard's Laws of Power Plant Maintenance... Constants aren't; variables don't. ...and... Pi are ROUND. Cornbread are square. John
  23. That's my "I don't get ulcers - I give them!" look. John
  24. In another fifteen seconds, you'll see a sidewheeler up on plane, with twin rooster tails. John
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