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boys and their toys*...
years ago i had the opportunity to fly the mighty hog (ie the type of aircraft in this vid...actually for the company in this vid) in the maldives and arctic but chose to get into corporate flying based here in the big smoke. i can clap my ship on the sod and have it stopped in 800' but this shit is fucked up. seeing them in action makes me wish i took that job driving twotters in the dark corners of the world. this is just utterly fucked.

a spoof from some ozzie improv show

a short clip from my halcyon days when my summers were one long 4 month beer commercial... ferrying cottagers around the muskokas. take off on the water in the ole spamcan (caravan), i manage to roll a float (the one pontoon salute), miss a couple of boats i didn't even see coming and head for our home base on muskoka

when i worked there, our office usually got an avg of one noise complaint per day...probably because we used to bomb around at 100' instead of climbing up to more civilized altitudes. what can i say, a lot of us were afraid of heights...

the approach into the old hong kong intl (kai tak) was the most challenging airline approach in the world. you basically flew straight at a checkerboard on a mountain, cranked the airplane over until the right wing was pointed at a soccer field and spun the ship around the wingtip until you lined up with the runway with a couple of seconds to touchdown. the checkerboard approach in 3 parts...

korean airlines was infamous for sending inexperienced crews there and frequently made a gong show out of it...

and this is pretty much what it looks like when i dream

*nb- girls like their toys too


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The one of the Korean Airlines landing scares the crap out of me. My girlfreinds brothers work for them, I'm going to have to share this!


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Yeah, hell of a headwind for that landing, plus a nice mud puddle, plus putting those PT6's in reverse!

You post on avcanada?
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i too dream of "mapping the earth" at 600knts+ with a wingman at my 7, wow that was cool!!!

thanks for sharing


there is one of an airplane landing at st marten






or one taking off, watch the peeps inthe engine wake




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PF9K said:
You post on avcanada?

lurk every now and then but in the main i find that place is full of bottom feeders too busy whining and bitching when they should be out flying (or spending their energy finding a job)

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As black as ink: a night instrument approach and landing aboard an aircraft carrier at sea. One of the most challenging procedures in aviation. Pilot's voice was wired directly from the oxygen mask. Dimly lit ship is barely a speck beginning inside four miles, yet the camera is on the ship the entire time. Warning tones are radar altimeter (set to 1200' and 375') plus a reliability warning from the altimeter because of a generator failure. LSO calls for "wing lights" because the electrical malfunction caused the aircraft external lights to extinguish (malfunction unknown to LSO). Pilot expeditiously performs emergency procedures for electrical failure to regain some of the electrical buses, all while performing demanding tasks involved in landing a jet aboard the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night

shit hot, nice job by this guy to get 'er on deck.



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If you frequently travel with Air Canada you will notice some drastic improvements over the next year.

Project XM-(extreme makeover) will see the overhaul of Air Canada's domestic and International fleets. Most notably new seats with individual touch-screen entertainment systems will be installed on all of AC's Airbus narrow body fleet and the B767 and A330s.
The brand new Emb-170/190s and the B777s coming into the fleet will already have the new seats installed.

executive first cabin on a B767


economy cabin-B767
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I used to always have dreams that I would die in plane crashes, but I LOVE flying. Wierd.

Anyway, thanks for the vids. They are passing lots of time at work!


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HUD view of a low approach of a training flight ("viking 6")....and apparently the instructor isn't a big fan of the snowbirds lol

water bombers doing their thing (not entirely sure how the music is appropriate but whatever)

ride along on a blue angels f18
(with requisite blackout and vomiting)

airshow routine practice- HUD view in an f16
comments are classic "crappy graphics!" lol

and finally this is what it looks like when the weather is shitty and you're coming in on instruments. one crew member has their head down on the needles and the other is looking outside for the lead-in lights (aka- spotting the white rabbit)

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did anyone else read about the airbus 300 they built to test the advantages of surgery in zero gravity? the thing is a high tech hospital/school in a plane and they basically did 360 loops the entire time. it was a succes.


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djglobalkiller said:
there is one of an airplane landing at st marten

i was just going to post some pics of this beach and airport. i was doing a random google for shots and couldn't believe how close they come to the beach.


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Yo pilots, I was watching "Mayday" or "Airplane Disasters" on Discovery last night, it was the episode where the crew of a DHL cargo plane in Baghdad had to land their jet with propulsion only after being hit by a ground to air missile severing hydraulic lines. The crew incredibly landed the jet with no serious injuries to anyone.
So after a few of these "no hydraulics" incidents (where over 600 people had lost their lives) NASA developed a computer program (P.A.T) that lets an airplane land itself successfully on jet propulsion only. On the show they mentioned that in the USA the P.A.T. system had not been implemented because a decision was made that the system was not necessary.

My question is: Do Canadian commercial airplanes have this system on board?


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natureboy said:
My question is: Do Canadian commercial airplanes have this system on board?

nope, but there are usually up to four independent layers of redundancy. other than that if you get hit by a fucking missle and it severs the hydraulic lines then you can use a combination of differential thrust and trim surfaces to try and get things sorted out like the sioux city incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_232

when i was driving amphibs they were notoriously bad handling on the water when it was windy in that if there was more than 15knots of wind the water rudders were ineffective in keeping the nose pointed where you wanted (the weathervaning tendancy of the airplane would cause it to point into the wind) so sometimes you had to shut the engine down and "sail" the airplane backwards to get to the dock/beach you were aiming for by using certain control deflections to get the plane to turn a certain way while it was being blown backwards through the water. when you really cocked things up and needed even more deflection out of the wind you'd have to open the doors on one side of the plane so between it all your limbs were flailing all over the place trying to get the thing pointed where you needed it to but looking back it must have looked like you had no control over the situation whatsoever haha (which isn't so far from the truth most of the time i guess)

anyow, here is a cool condensation effect in the engine inlet of the singapore 777 around the 3:21 mark...
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