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  1. Was reading this article earlier tonight. Happy nobody go hurt. Must have been great cabin service with approx. 3 pax per crew member. John
  2. allardjd

    Road hogs!

    It may be possible to edit the Orbx version of the airport in ADE. I'm not sure as I don't have any Orbx stuff and don't know how the library files are handled, but there's an "Open Airport from BGL file" option under the File menu pad in ADE. Another option might to be to ask Orbx on their web site. John
  3. 9/2-3/18 Bundle Updates The monthly update of the Airport Diagram bundle files has been completed. The prior bundles updates were completed on 8/2-3/18. Bundle downloads are available here... https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/23067-airport-diagram-download-center/ Changes in this update cycle... Algeria - 2 added DAAQ Ain Oussera - Ain Oussera, Algeria DAAZ Relizane - Relizane, Algeria Angola - 1 added FNDU Dundo - Dundo, Angola Australia - Western Australia - 1 added YMRW Morawa - Morawa, Western Australia - Australia Belarus - 1 added UMOO Mogilev - Mogilev, Belarus Bolivia - 1 added SLTR Jorge Henrich - Trinidad, Bolivia Brazil - 2 added SNMA Monte Alegre - Monte Alegre, Brazil SWJV Palmeiras Do Javari - Atalaia Do Norte, Brazil Bulgaria - 1 added LBGO Gorna Oryahovitsa - Gorna Oryahovitsa, Bulgaria Cameroon - 2 added FKKI Batouri - Batouri, Cameroon FKKY Yaounde/Ville - Yaounde/Ville, Cameroon Canada - Manitoba - 2 added CKQ9 Pine Dock - Pine Dock, Manitoba - Canada CZNG Poplar River - Poplar River, Manitoba - Canada Canada - New Brunswick - 1 added CCX3 Brockway - Brockway, New Brunswick - Canada Canada - Ontario - 4 added CKF9 De Lesseps Lake - De Lesseps Lake, Ontario - Canada CNS4 Alexandria - Alexandria, Ontario - Canada CPF6 Stoney Creek - Stoney Creek, Ontario - Canada CYXZ Wawa - Wawa, Ontario - Canada Canada - Quebec - 1 added CSL9 Baie-Comeau (Manic 1) - Baie-Comeau, Quebec - Canada Central African Republic - 1 added FEFG Bangassou - Bangassou, Central African Republic Chile - 1 added SCJO Canal Bajo/Carlos H Siebert - Osorno, Chile China - 1 added ZPJH Gasa - Xishuangbanna, China Colombia - 3 added SKBU Buenaventura - Buenaventura, Colombia SKGO Santa Ana - Cartago, Colombia SKLM La Mina - Maicao, Colombia Congo (DRC) - 2 added FZFA Libenge - Libenge, Congo (DRC) FZOB Tingi-Tingi - Tingi-Tingi, Congo (DRC) Ecuador - 1 added SETN General Rivadeneira - Tachina, Ecuador Egypt - 4 added HE10 Abu Shar Tentative - Abu Shar Tentative, Egypt HE31 Malan Frein - Malan Frein, Egypt HE34 Kibrit - Kibrit, Egypt HETR El Tor - El Tor, Egypt France - 2 added LFBI Biard, Poitiers, France LFKC St Catherine - Calvi, France French Polynesia - 1 added NTGO Tatakoto - Tatakoto, French Polynesia Ghana - 1 updated DGAA Kotoka Intl - Accra, Ghana (updated) Guadeloupe - 2 added TFFC Saint Francois - Pointe-A- Pitre, Guadeloupe TFFS Le Saints - Terre De Haut, Guadeloupe Guatemala - 1 added MG13 Inta Northeast - Inta Northeast, Guatemala India - 4 added VAJJ Juhu - Mumbai, India VAKS Keshod - Keshod, India VI39 Hindon - Hindon, India VI40 Karnal - Karnal, India Indonesia - 1 added WIMG Tabing - Padang, Indonesia Iran - 2 added OICI Ilam - Ilam, Iran OICS Sanandaj - Sanandaj, Iran Iraq - 3 added OR0L Salum - Salum, Iraq OR1C Al Fathah - Al Fathah, Iraq Z15I Qalat Salih - Qalat Salih, Iraq Italy - 2 added; 1 updated LIBG Grottaglie - Taranto, Italy LIMC Malpensa - Milan, Italy (updated)(now 2 plates) LIMP Parma - Parma, Italy Japan - 1 added RJCB Obihiro - Obihiro, Japan Krygyzstan - 1 added UAFW Kant - Bishkek, Krygyzstan Libya - 2 added HL51 Ubari - Ubari, Libya HLFL Bu Attifel - Bu Attifel, Libya Madagascar - 2 added FMNS Sambava South - Sambava, Madagascar FMSA Ambalavao - Ambalavao, Madagascar Malaysia - 1 added WBGM Marudi - Marudi, Malaysia Maldives - 1 added VRMG Gan - Gan Island, Maldives Mali - 1 added GAGM Goundam - Goundam, Mali Marshall Islands - 1 added PKRO Dyess AAF - Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands Morocco - 2 added GMTA Cherif El Idrissi - Al Hoceima, Morocco GMTN Saniat R'mel - Tetouan, Morocco Mozambique - 1 added FQTT Chingozi - Tete, Mozambique Myanmar - 1 added VYCZ Chanmyathazi - Mandalay, Myanmar Netherlands - 2 added EHSE Seppe - Hoeven, Netherlands EHTX Texel - Texel, Netherlands Nicaragua - 1 added MNCH Chinandega - Chinandega, Nicaragua Pakistan - 1 added OP16 Khorewah - Khorewah, Pakistan Poland - 1 added EPRZ Jasionka - Rzeszow, Poland Romania - 1 added LROD Oradea - Oradea, Romania Russia - 1 added URMT Shpakovskoye - Stavropol, Russia Rwanda - 1 added HRYG Gisenyi - Gisenyi, Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe - 1 added FPPR Principe - Principe, Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia - 3 added OE43 Arfa - Arfa, Saudi Arabia OEBA Al Baha - Al Baha, Saudi Arabia OEPI Pump Station 9 - Pump Station 9, Saudi Arabia Senegal - 1 added GOSR Richard Toll - Richard Toll, Senegal Seychelles - 1 added FSAL Alphonse - Alphonse, Seychelles Solomon Islands - 1 added AGGE Ballalae - Ballalae, Solomon Islands South Africa - 5 added FACN Carnarvon - Carnarvon, South Africa FAMC Middelburg - Middelburg, South Africa FAPD Pofadder - Pofadder, South Africa FAPK Prieska - Prieska, South Africa Z27I Schmidtsdrif - Schmidtsdrif, South Africa Spain - 2 added GEML Melilla - Melilla, Spain LEPP Pamplona - Pamplona, Spain Sri Lanka - 1 added VCCN Katukurunda AB - Katukurunda, Sri Lanka Switzerland - 1 updated LSGS Sion - Sion, Switzerland (updated) Syria - 1 added OSKL Kamishly - Kamishly, Syria Thailand - 3 added VTPB Phetchabun - Phetchabun, Thailand VTSK Pattani - Pattani, Thailand VTUQ Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Turkey - 2 added LTAQ Samsun - Samsun, Turkey LTCR Mardin - Mardin, Turkey Turkmenistan - 1 added UT1G Ashkhabad Bezmein - Ashkhabad Bezmein, Turkmenistan Ukraine - 1 added UK61 Cherlyane - Cherylane, Ukraine United Kingdom - 3 updated EGAD Newtownards - Newtonards, United Kingdom (updated) EGBD Derby - Derby, United Kingdom (updated) EGBE Coventry - Coventry, United Kingdom (updated) Uruguay - 1 added SUCA Laguna De Los Patos Intl - Colonia, Uruguay US - Alabama - 2 added 0R1 Atmore Mun - Atmore, Alabama - US KHUA Redstone AAF - Redstone Arsenal, Alabama - US US - Alaska - 2 added KPR Port Williams - Port Williams, Alaska - US SVS Stevens Village - Stevens Village, Alaska - US US - Arizona - 2 added 30AZ Gila Compressor Station - Arlington, Arizona - US 44A Rolle - San Luis, Arizona - US US - Arkansas - 3 added 3AR5 Tripp Strip - Griffithville, Arkansas - US 4F7 Kizer - Prescott, Arkansas - US KVBT Bentonville Mun/Thaden - Bentonville, Arkansas - US US - California - 6 added; 2 updated KNTD Point Mugu NAS - Point Mugu, California - US (updated) KNZY North Island NAS - San Diego, California - US (updated) KPTV Porterville Mun - Porterville, California - US KSZP Santa Paula - Santa Paula, California - US L54 Agua Caliente - Agua Caliente Springs, California - US L72 Trona - Trona, California - US O05 Rogers - Chester, California - US O32 Reedley Mun - Reedley, California - US US - Colorado - 2 added KAKO Colorado Plains Regl - Akron, Colorado - US KHEQ Holyoke Mun - Holyoke, Colorado - US US - Florida - 6 added; 1 updated 34FA Gezik - Rockledge, Florida - US 61FD Chalk's Key West - Key West, Florida - US F95 Calhoun Co - Blountstown, Florida - US KEGI Duke Field (Eglin AF Aux Nr3) - Valparaiso, Florida - US KIMM Immokalee - Immokalee, Florida - US KNSE Whiting Fld NAS (North) - Milton, Florida - US (updated) X36 Buchan - Englewood, Florida - US US - Georgia - 2 added 1GA6 De De - Barnesville, Georgia - US KJZP Pickens Co - Jasper, Georgia - US US - Illinois - 3 added 3IS1 McCoy - Blue Mound, Illinois - US IS68 Garretson Field - Long Point, Illinois - US LL22 Brookeridge Air Park - Downers Grove, Illinois - US US - Indiana - 2 added IN76 Podell - Denham, Indiana - US KTEL Perry Co Mun - Tell City, Indiana - US US - Iowa - 3 added; 2 updated KCNC Chariton Mun - Chariton, Iowa - US (updated) KDEH Decorah Mun - Decorah, Iowa - US KMCW Mason City Mun - Mason City, Iowa - US (updated) KOQW Maquoketa Mun - Maquoketa, Iowa - US KSHL Sheldon Mun - Sheldon, Iowa - US US - Kansas - 2 added KNRN Norton Mun - Norton, Kansas - US KOIN Oberlin Mun - Obrelin, Kansas - US US - Louisiana - 2 added 9LA6 Chandler - Alexandria, Louisiana - US LS76 Hickham Field - Covington, Louisiana - US US - Maryland - 1 added KCGS College Park - College Park, Maryland - US US - Massachusetts - 1 added MA36 Snow - Ipswich, Massachusetts - US US - Michigan - 3 added 4D0 Abrams Mun - Grand Ledge, Michigan - US C04 Oceana Co - Hart/Shelby, Michigan - US KRNP Owosso Community - Owosso, Michigan - US US - Minnesota - 5 added KORB Orr Regl - Orr, Minnesota - US KRYM Miller AAF - Camp Ripley, Minnesota - US KVWU Waskish Mun - Waskish, Minnesota - US MN03 Bolduc - Bigfork, Minnesota - US MY86 Johnson - Rockford, Minnesota - US US - Mississippi - 2 added 08M Carthage-Leake Co - Carthage, Mississippi - US 93MS Shelby Air Service - Shelby, Mississippi - US US - Missouri - 1 added MO5 Bollinger-Crass Meml - Van Buren, Missouri - US US - Nebraska - 3 added 24NE Orr - Lakeside, Nebraska - US KCEK Crete Mun - Crete, Nebraska - US KJYR York Mun - York, Nebraska - US US - New Hampshire - 2 added KHIE Mt Washington Regl - Whitefield, New Hampshire - US NH88 Country Club Air Park - Goffstown, New Hampshire - US US - New Jersey - 1 added KSMQ Somerset - Somerville, New Jersey - US US - New Mexico - 1 added KGNT Grants-Milan Mun - Grants, New Mexico - US US - New York - 1 added NY2 Camillus - Camillus, New York - US US - North Carolina - 1 updated KLHZ Franklin Co - Louisburg, North Carolina - US (updated) US - North Dakota - 2 added D57 Glen Ullin Regl - Glen Ullin, North Dakota - US Y74 Parshall-Hankins - Parshall, North Dakota - US US - Ohio - 3 added 2D1 Barber - Alliance, Ohio - US KMRT Union Co - Marysville, Ohio - US KPMH Greater Portsmouth Regl - Portsmouth, Ohio - US US - Oklahoma - 1 added KMKO Davis - Muskogee, Oklahoma - US US - Pennsylvania - 2 added KIDI Indiana Co/Stewart - Indiana, Pennsylvania - US N62 New Hanover - New Hanover, Pennsylvania - US US - Rhode Island - 1 added KWST Westerly State - Westerly, Rhode Island - US US - South Carolina - 1 added KBBP Marlboro Co-Avent - Bennettsville, - US US - South Dakota - 2 added 2E6 Groton Mun - Groton, South Dakota - US 6V4 Wall Mun - Wall, South Dakota - US US - Texas - 11 added; 2 updated 3R0 Beeville Mun - Beeville, Texas - US 50F Bourland - Ft Worth, Texas - US 60TX P-K Ranch - Bellville, Texas - US E35 Fabens - Fabens, Texas - US F05 Wilbarger Co - Vernon, Texas - US KETN Eastland Mun - Eastland, Texas - US KLHB Hearne Mun - Hearne, Texas - US KMKN Comanche Co-City - Comanche, Texas - US KNGP Corpus Christi NAS/Truax - Corpus Christi, Texas - US (updated) KNQI Kingsville NAS - Kingsville, Texas - US (updated) T19 Duval-Freer - Freer, Texas - US T90 Chambers Co-Winnie Stowell - Winnie/Stowell, Texas - US TS67 Kitty Hawk Flying Field - Garden Ridge, Texas - US US - Utah - 1 added 38U Wayne Wonderland - Loa, Utah - US US - Virginia - 2 added KFRR Front Royal-Warren Co - Front Royal, Virginia - US VA07 Burkes Garden - Tazewell, Virginia - US US - Washington - 3 added KFCT Vagabond AAF - Yakima, Washington - US S88 Skykomish State - Skykomish, Washington - US WA05 Apex Airpark - Silverdale, Washington - US US - Wisconsin - 3 added 57C East Troy Mun - East Troy, Wisconsin - US KAUW Wausau Downtown - Wausau, Wisconsin, US KRZN Burnett Co - Siren, Wisconsin - US US - Wyoming - 1 added KBYG Johnson Co - Buffalo, Wyoming - US Uzbekistan - 1 added UTST Termez - Termez, Uzbekistan Zimbabwe - 3 added FVCZ Buffalo Range - Chiredzi, Zimbabwe FVIN Induna - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe FVKB Kariba Intl - Kariba, Zimbabwe Water Runway Airports - 6 added 34FA Gezik - Rockledge, Florida - US 61FD Chalk's Key West - Key West, Florida - US KAUW Wausau Downtown - Wausau, Wisconsin, US KPR Port Williams - Port Williams, Alaska - US MN03 Bolduc - Bigfork, Minnesota - US MY86 Johnson - Rockford, Minnesota - US - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prior Updates: 8/2-3/18 New Bundles: 0 Updated Bundles: 104 New Diagrams: 191 Updated Diagrams: 14
  4. Happy Birthday, my friend. Best wishes for a great day. John
  5. allardjd

    TRACK-IR question

    What's to laugh at. Been there, done that. Hope it goes OK for you. John
  6. If you ever used the old AFCAD for FS9, this should feel pretty familiar. You do have to define taxi paths to connect your new parking spots to the runway(s) and other taxiways, and if there are no start points you'll have to add them to the runway(s) too. Military fields in FS often lack these features which is why traffic and ATC normally (mis)behave differently at those than at normal airports. It's all drag and drop and really pretty easy. You cannot save an edited airport to the original file it came from for a number of reasons so when you have it the way you want it, compile it and then save to a different filename (usually [your initials]-[airport ICAO Code], which ADE tries to do for you). After it's compiled, put the bgl file for the new airport in the Addon Scenery/scenery folder and be sure that Addon-Scenery is in the scenery list in FS Settings and is not un-checked. It sounds complicated but really is not too bad. John
  7. Don't know for sure, but like AH1, you will find your plane exactly where you left it last time you flew it. John
  8. It's very easy with the freeware ADE from Scruffy Duck Software. John
  9. allardjd

    TRACK-IR question

    If re-center doesn't do what you want, elevate yourself slightly in your chair, press Re-center, then lower yourself to a more natural position. It will be as if you lowered the seat. Don't know if there's a way to change the config but that should work. John
  10. allardjd

    TRACK-IR question

    It's whatever key is assigned to "Re-center", F12 by default, unless you set it to something else in the Natural Point TrackIR software. Adjust your position in your chair, turn your head to get exactly the view you want and push the re-center key. Great to do if you're slouching after an hour - just re-center and continue to slouch. John
  11. Not exactly flight simulator specific, but as active users of the Internet, this is something most of us are likely to be interested in and/or affected by... https://apnews.com/191032549cca44b9b1b74e1d130a04e5/Microsoft's-anti-hacking-efforts-make-it-an-internet-cop This is a really interesting, long-standing effort by Microsoft but I was not aware of it until I saw this article Not sure yet if this activity is as lily-white as advertised - I'm the skeptical type - but, as described, it certainly seems preferable to the naked political bias of recent actions by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google, and probably some of the other social media mega-players. On the surface at least, it appears Microsoft is doing something that seems laudable. My local computer shop guru, Jon, has long maintained that MS has a vested interest in all of us having a positive experience when using their OS and because of that he's always trusted their security software, e.g. MS Security Essentials, et al, over the other commercial and freeware varieties. He believes those outfits' best interests are served by keeping us scared to death all the time, so we eagerly buy and use thier products. Jon doesn't profess that their products don't do what they are supposed to but that the companies are very good at keeping us constantly nervous. MS, on the other hand, would like us constantly comfortable because they are the ones providing the platform we're using. I have to say, that Jon's opinoin makes some sense to me. Applied to the subject of the article, this might indicate that MS really is doing something worthwhile here. I've long had a serious mistrust of all the social media platforms and stay away from most of them as much as I can, though haven't been able to avoid some interplay with Google and to a lesser extent, YouTube. I would if I could. In my opinion, MS is a bit better than the rest, less nakedly biased and, most importantly, with a revenue stream other than presenting ads to users or selling access to users or their data to advertisers, political organizations and other even more odiferous enterprises. I get almost all my news from the internet, and find recent initiatives to attack "hate speech" troubling. The problem, of course, is who defines what constitutes "hate speech". John
  12. Other than operations and schedule impact from being short one aircraft, and possibly getting raked over the coals by the NTSB for security of a parked airplane, I'm thinking the company really isn't going to get hurt too bad by this - barring a lawsuit coming out of the woodwork from someone. That's kind of hard to predict - lawyers are gonna' lawyer. The big loser will be the insurance company and they charge everyone enough for their insurance coverage to be able to afford to cover a hull loss now and then. It's what insurance companies do. As aircraft go, this was not even a particularly expensive one. The people I feel worst about are this guy's family, who must be devastated by all this. John
  13. Some insurance company somewhere is definitely not happy. That's a pretty expensive way to commit suicide. John
  14. Much easier for them to extract "intelligence" from digital data as opposed to voice pickup, though that can and is done too. It's a pretty safe assumption that ANYTHING you put in an e-mail, text, on-line post, chat room, etc. is being logged and saved by someone, probably several someones. In most cases, they are after your preferences, buying habits, financial status, etc. for the purposes of targeted advertising, but there are some more nefarious things going on too. John
  15. I think that's probably correct. I don't think P3D or any of the sims are capable of being updated by AIRAC data. I could be wrong - just an impression, really, but I THINK that's the case. Waypoints and intersections, navaids, airways, approaches, etc. are buried in hundreds if not thousands of FS bgl files with a lot of other stuff (e.g. airports and scenery) and it would take a serious effort to build something that would sniff all that stuff out, update it and compile new bgl files. What you say about Plan-G data import is correct. If AIRAC doesn't affect the FS data, there's no reason to do the data import/update in Plan-G. John
  16. Google, FaceBook, Twitter - not to be trusted. Not so sure MS is any better but at least they have a revenue stream other than selling your personal information to advertisers, political parties and others who want it. John
  17. I don't think that guy was at much risk of really being shot down, though it does seem the local gendarmes did have their panties in a wad over this one. It used to be that Barney only had one bullet and had to carry it in his pocket, but I suspect that most police forces are a little more capable these days, even in Mayberry. One hopes they are also a little more sensible. I think some of the other authorities mentioned may have been a little harsh too, but those guys are on a good day. I think they have their sense of humor surgically removed when they are hired. The fact that the pilot guy seemed to have a non-US accent probably added to their level of suspicion, though I'm sure he was perfectly legitimate. Having spent 28+ years working in a commercial nuclear plant, I can tell you for a fact that overflights and even the occasional buzz job are not uncommon. I don't recall any sailplanes, but in one case, an errant RC aircraft being flown from a model airplane airpark a few miles from the plant got out of radio range of the owner and continued on its merry way in a straight line until it encountered the high-bay part of our turbine building. It fell in pieces on one of the lower level roofs and did cycle the security force a bit for a while, but it really wasn't a big deal. If you've seen photos of the Kelly-green replica WWII Japanese torpedo bomber that's on the air show circuit these days, the one with a big honking torpedo hanging beneath it, he and some similarly warlike companions flew past our office building windows (right on the Lake Michigan shoreline) at pretty short range and about level with the top floor windows one day. It's only a 2-story building, so it's safe to say he was pretty low. All kinds of GA aircraft overflew us, but usually at 1,000' AGL or more. The Lake Michigan shoreline is pretty much a thoroughfare for GA aircraft flying VFR and a big ol' power plant with a couple of containment buildings is mighty prominent landmark for pilotage-type navigation. I often flew north out of our local airport to visit my wife's parents. Our plant was south but there was another nuclear plant about 30 miles north of the airport, also right on the lake shore, and I never went out of my way to avoid overflying them. I used a coal-fired plant, even further up the lakeshore, as a reporting point when contacting Muskegon approach. The stories about how heavily built nuclear plants are is both right and wrong. The containments are pretty much proof against anything non-military that can fly but there are other things clustered nearby that are important too. No, I'm not going to say what they are. It's not correct to say nuke plants can't be harmed by airborne terrorism or accidents, but it is a safe bet that barring something that strains credibility, e.g. military aircraft with ordnance, the nasty stuff will remain inside the containment building(s), pretty much per design. The Isrealis did punch a big hole in the containment at Osirik (Iraq) many years ago, but used some big, smart bombs, programmed to hit in exactly the same spot on the containment building. One wasn't enough and they knew that going in. That was between the era of the Tallboys and the current bunker busters and the MOAB, so they used what they had in their inventory and got the job done. In recent years, the beach in front of our plant, once open for free access to the public, has been closed off. On the beach you could get within about a hundred feet of some of the plant buildings, though they were the non-critical ones and there was a pretty high fence in between along with some means of surveillance. Also, a line of buoys has been installed beyond and around the plant intake and discharge structures on the lake bottom, requiring boats, mainly fishermen, to remain clear. That was not always the case. It's enforced by the Coast Guard and they're pretty serious about it. Almost everything about at a commercial nuclear plant is pretty much in the public domain if someone wants to dig deep enough, but there's one exception. Anything related to security, including design, hardware, systems, staffing, training, armament, policy and procedures, etc. is treated very much the same way the military treats classified information. John
  18. Have never seen anything like that. I agree that it almost has to be the Tac Pack. Look on their site or in forums to see if anyone else is talking about the same problem. John
  19. I don't think they really mean vertical and high speed for a Ju-52 isn't all that fast. I think the "...high-speed, high-angle..." terminology in this case is just meant to distinguish between a hard forced landing gone wrong and a collision with Mother Earth. This appears to have been the latter to the first investigators on the scene. Also, the Ju-52 fuselage is only a little less robust than a Sherman tank. John
  20. I've been following this on PPRUNE. Not too much known yet. It appears to be a relatively high-angle, high-speed (for a Ju-52) impact. The terrain was at a fairly high altitude and sloped with some big rocks around. It's been characterized as flat enough that a forced landing attempt might have been possible, but that doesn't seem to have been what happened. WX was VMC but wind may have been about 35 km/hr. There's some speculation about some kind of failure causing a stall or other loss of control. A photo taken sometime just before the crash shows what might be a smoke trail behind the AC and the relative angles of the AC and the smoke suggest the AC is stalled or very near it. On the other hand, it's not crystal clear that it is smoke - it could equally well be a feature of the mountain ridge behind it. Smoke, maybe, but no gun. There's also a mountain peak nearby, "Martins---" something or other with a famous rock "window" and it's thought that they might have been trying to get lined up to get their pax a view of it. Another thought that others have expressed is a "rotor" or "mountain" wave from a brisk wind over a ridge line causing an area of severe downdrafts on the downwind side. It's a well known phenomena of mountain flying but the crew were reportedly pretty experienced, both with the AC and the route. Oddly, I don't have a favored theory yet. RIP to all the pax and crew. This was supposedly the return leg of an overnight excursion to somewhere in Italy. John
  21. I love the Air Force, but sometimes they have their head in the sand. They never wanted the close air support role, nor did they want anyone else to have it. The go-fast crowd in the AF has been trying to kill off the A-10 almost from the moment it came off the drawing boards at Fairchild. It just doesn't fit the image they have of themselves and their role. There's no other mud-mover in our inventory that can match the utility of this thing. It's relatively low cost of operation and low-speed, low-altitude, long loiter time capability make it a pretty good card to have in our deck. It's even better at it than the Skyraider was, and that's saying something. There's a big difference between a tactical strike aircraft, which this isn't, and a close air support aircraft. This one fills the latter requirement as well as anything that's ever been built. It's better at it (and cheaper) than F-15s, F-16s, F/A 18s or even the vaunted F-35, which will be a pretty decent mud mover. The only thing that comes close for close air support is the AC-130 and it's less survivable and less able to take care of itself than the Hog. If it's daylight and the enemy has even minimal anti-aircraft capability, the Spectre needs to be somewhere else. John
  22. Well, at least they're not trying to do it with batteries. John
  23. The NTSB preliminary report is out... https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180721X41413 No evidence of control locks and the tailwheel was locked, as it's supposed to be. Transfer of control from co-pilot to pilot early in the take off run due to heading swings. Co-pilot was somewhat inexperienced and only had received his type rating in the DC-3 a month before. John
  24. ...I can still see his tracks.
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