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    Hi Brent, About 20+ yrs ago, I was reading an article about Saudi oil production. In the article, the then Saudi Oil Minister said that the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of rocks. Jerry Baumchen
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    I have jumped at more than a dozen small airports where gliders, power planes, skydivers, etc. all gracefully shared the field. Separating gliders and skydivers starts with understanding each other's flight patterns. Since jump planes rarely carry more than 2 hours worth of fuel, they need to refuel after every 3 or 4 flights. Skydiving flights vary between 5 and 30 minutes depending upon how high they climb and how fast they climb. Minimum jump altitude is usually 3,000 feet with the top end being 12,000 to 14,000 feet or before they need to start breathing supplemental oxygen. Dependence on supplemental oxygen depends upon how many minutes they fly above 10,000 feet MSL. Jump pilots report their intentions two or three times per flight. First as they roll onto the active runway for take-off. Then a 2 minute warning. "Jumpers away!" And some jump-pilots report after the last jumper has landed. All these reports are broadcast on the local airport frequency, plus calls to appropriate air traffic controllers. Skydivers exit directly over the target or upwind. If upper winds are strong, they may exit two or three miles upwind. Exiting down wind of the target is silly since few parachutes can fly back to the target when surface winds exceed 15 miles per hour. Since modern jump pilots use GPs to navigate to the exit "spot", spotting errors are are these days. Jump runs are typically flown facing into winds aloft, but might be modified depending upon local ATC patterns or to avoid over-flying hazards like lakes or mountains. Jumpers are still responsible for "looking before they leap" to confirm that no airplanes are flying underneath them. Typical freefalls last 30 seconds or a minute, though wing-suiters may fall up to 5 minutes before opening their parachutes. Standard opening altitudes are between 5,000 and 3,000 feet AGL. Once open, parachutes are just low-performance gliders with a rate of descent about 1,000 feet per minute and lift to drag ratios around 3 to 1. Parachute rides last 3 to 6 minutes from opening to landing. Standard parachute landing patterns are just smaller versions of rectangular power plane landing patterns. Patterns start at 1,000 or 1,500 feet above the target and conclude with landing into the wind. Skydiving targets are marked with cloth panels, etc. that are visible from 3,000 feet or higher. Targets are usually on the same side of the runway as the skydiving school and only a short walk from the boarding area. Skydivers often board the plane near fuel pumps. Smoking is strictly forbidden near fuel pumps and airplanes. Like glider tow-planes, piston-pounding Cessna jump planes have to be careful to avoid shock-cooling their air-cooled engines. For example, when a skydiving school opened at Dunnville, Ontario, they modified the traffic pattern so that all airplanes flew their landing patterns on the north side of the airport, while parachutes flew on the south side of the airport. Skydivers were told not to cross the runway below 1,500 feet. Better skydiving schools post maps/aerial photos beside the reception desk with cleanly marked traffic patterns. Visiting jumpers are briefed about local patterns before jumping at a new airport. If skydivers land on the wrong side of the runway, they are told to look both ways before walking across the runway. Skydiving school management will warn offending skydivers once or twice. The third offence includes encouragement to "jump elsewhere." Skydivers tend to be more social than private/glider pilots and many devote their evenings to drinking and bragging about their last skydive. Open alcohol is strictly forbidden before the jump plane takes-off for the last flight of the day (aka. the sunset load). If your airport, neighbours or town have a noise curfew, explain the curfew during your first meeting. Better behaved skydivers clean up their pizza boxes, beer cans, cigarette butts, etc. before the next morning's class arrives. Skydiving school management is responsible for keeping their operation clean and neat and reminding skydivers of traffic rules, curfews, etc.
  3. 2 points
    Holy dishonest reporting batman! Actual WHO quotes/timeline: Dec 31 - China reports first case to WHO. Jan. 7 — China identifies novel coronavirus as cause of the outbreak. Jan 15 - WHO: "According to the latest information we have, there is no clear evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission and there are no infections reported among health care workers. The fact that some cases do not seem to be linked with the Huanan seafood market means we cannot exclude the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission." Jan 15 - WHO: "It is not surprising that there are cases outside of China, and it is possible that there will be cases in other countries in the future. @WHO encourages all countries to continue preparedness activities. We have issued interim guidance on how to do this." Jan 20 - WHO: "it is now very clear from the latest information that there is at least some human-to-human transmission of #nCoV2019. Infections among health care workers strengthen the evidence for this." The US administration was encouraged to prepare for this on Jan 15th - the same day the WHO said they "cannot exclude" the possibility it is contagious. By Jan 20 they were clear - it was contagious. Trump on Mar 10th, almost 2 months later: "It will go away."
  4. 2 points
    Yes we are. But making money is not the pre-eminenent motivation for many of us, and I doubt it is for you. Donald Trump, OTOH, seems 100% motivated by making money for Trump.
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    In Georgia, it would be chiggers for sure. Right now, you need to be careful about ticks, unless you like Corona with Lyme.
  6. 2 points
    There were a whole bunch of posts about the stupid spring breakers and other people going to the beaches. I'm not quite sure how you figured that criticising them means being ok with it.
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    You are right, sorry, I thought you meant that we would be in recession by Q2. Because of COVID19 looks like you will be right.
  8. 2 points
    Oh look, you make the same mistake in two places. See if you can go for three?
  9. 2 points
    Spanish built ships have been sinking in those waters for 400 years. This one likely didn't contain gold. Especially after being fired on by 3" guns.
  10. 2 points
    IMO the road to Hell should be paved WITH Evangelicals.
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    Last I knew, and I haven't been able to attend PIA meeting for 2 years, PIA decided NOT to try to recommend service life limits based on calendar time. We mostly all agreed that time was not an indication of airworthiness. And as a group of individual manufacturers they didn't want anyone else to tell them how to run their business or take positions that might impact their business. Can't.much blame them.
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    I'm sure we can work out an equitable arrangement, no need to get all legal. As a show of good faith on your part maybe pitch me a half dozen likes?
  13. 2 points
    They will all be only children, nobody with little kids at home right now is looking to add to them...
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    We pretty much already know that. Flu has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 per year in the USA for the last few years. Part of the goal is to get this new virus down to that level in the future. We probably will have to live with that as a minimum, but we don't know. By perspective, I guess you mean how does that compare with the current situation. This new virus is "novel" meaning none of us have any immunity to it right now. If we allow it to just have its way with us the estimates are that about 60% of the population will get sick. 330 million Americans equals 198 million illnesses. They think 20% of those will need hospital care, that is 39 million. Maybe 20% of those will need intensive care including ventilators is about 7.8 million. 20 % of those people will die, or 1.56 million. So to give the perspective you are looking for, how does 61,000 compare to 1.56 million? Of course all these numbers are estimates and not proven. They also do not say anything about the effect of the healthcare system being completely overwhelmed for an unknown period of time. Anyone else getting sick or injured and needing treatment will have to compete with the needs of all these victims. How would you feel as a nurse working in a New York hospital right now and seeing some of your co-workers dying as well as knowing that you are likely bringing the virus home to you family? Perspective? This is a magnitude of order more serious that the flu.
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    A man took his wife to the Rodeo and one of the exhibits is that of breeding bulls. They went up to the first pen and there was a sign that said, "This bull mated 50 times last year." The wife poked her husband in the ribs and said, "He mated 50 times last year!" They walked a little further and saw another pen with a sign that said, "This bull mated 120 times last year!" The wife hit her husband and said, "That's more than twice a week! You could learn a lot from him." They walked further and a third pen had a bull with a sign saying, "This bull mated 365 times last year!!" The wife got really excited and said, "That's once a day. You could REALLY learn something from this one." The husband looked at her and said, "Go up and ask him if it was with the same cow." The husband is expected to recover
  16. 2 points
    Jim, Many other countries have legally mandated service life limits. That how Eric in the classifieds has so many 15 and 20 year old reserves from Europe to sell. Some are through Associations like APF and BPA that have been delegated the force of law for their regulations by the government. But after APF banned the Argus the legislature overruled them.
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    Flatten where? In the US? You are absolutely dreaming if you think thats going to happen within the next month.
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    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. A Yankee, a Mexican, and a Texan. They go together with a White House official to examine the fence. The Yankee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Mexican contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Texan contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700." The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure!?!?" The Texan contractor whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the Mexican to fix the fence." "Done!" replies the government official.
  19. 1 point
    Seriously, even *if* the WHO was completely a puppet of China, doesn't excuse the US failing so hard compared to countries like Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and even Vietnam. They had access to the same information the US did. Vietnam shares a border with China. Stop crying "victim", make your leaders perform better and hold them responsible. Funny how you don't hear much blaming going on in the countries fighting the virus successfully.
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    Yup, Trump will appoint nothing but sycophants as IG so he can fully control the money. Every step is about making money. Yet the crowd who were upset about speaking fees after a presidency are entirely silent.
  21. 1 point
    Yes, it’s done all the time. We even had that exact combination setup at our DZ for this month (before COVID-19).
  22. 1 point
    I wonder if SC would benefit from an annual decimation.
  23. 1 point
    If only. One of the very first things to happen when the outbreak started accelerating here was fake good samaritans going door to door to the elderly and vulnerable offering to get their shopping so they didn't have to be exposed to infection in the supermarkets, and instead stealing the cash or card details they were given. That's why the current stream of glossy movies and TV shows about conmen who exemplify cool and are like Robin Hood types taking from nasty guys who totally dserve it really annoys me. Real life scammers and grifters are the lowest of the low exemplifying nothing but cowardice, gaping abcesses of anti-morality targeting those who can least afford to lose.
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    Cosmic. 80 degrees centigrade is 176 degrees Farenheight (sp). I agree. Cooking nylon at 176 degrees for a year and a half can't be good for it. Not realistic. You will laugh at this one: I actually put a pilot on speakerphone with a rep of one company with the 20 year (based upon age alone) service life. He asked if his parachute would fail if it was over 20 years old. The rep said that t wouldn't, then went into a (seemed desperate to me) explanation that amounted to nothing. We hung up and kinda laughed at the baloney throwing we had heard. (Recall the "Swoop Kerwin" tandem video where he explained the 'rarified air molecules' bs excuse for his passenger-surfing landing?) Even so, I told him to buy a new one, because of the factory policy of putting increased liability on the field rigger.
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    Hi Ken, As a proud veteran, it damn sure is. Jerry Baumchen
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    Sorry to hear that Professor. Best of luck to you and him.
  28. 1 point
    Good luck John, I hope he fully recovers. Best wishes to you and yours.
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    So in other words - they are just like us. From the Union of Concerned Scientists: Coronavirus Data Is Being Concealed by the Trump Administration ANITA DESIKAN, RESEARCH ANALYST | MARCH 12, 2020, 9:06 AM EDT This post is a part of a series on COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic Just yesterday, we learned that the White House has held dozens of meetings on coronavirus that were considered “classified,” meaning that federal health officials, including experts, were unable to enter the room. Without experts in the room, how can we expect our government to follow the best available science on this rapidly developing issue and enact science-based policies that protect our health and safety during this pandemic? When it comes to the novel coronavirus, it is imperative that the US government report robust scientific information about where the disease is spreading, how to control the spread of the disease, and who is most at risk of serious illness. People’s lives are literally on the line. And yet when dealing with the impact of COVID-19 – a disease that will likely reach thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands, of people in the US alone – government officials are sometimes choosing to suppress or distort health data for political purposes. Let’s take a look at the ways that the Trump administration is trying to hoodwink the public, by trying to convince us that the escalating number of cases of COVID-19 is simply not occurring. https://blog.ucsusa.org/anita-desikan/coronavirus-data-being-concealed-by-trump-administration
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    From: avweb.com "Any pilot whose medical expires after March 30 can continue to fly until June 30 without renewing in light of the novel coronavirus crisis. The FAA announced on Friday it will not be enforcing medical expirations during that period so that medical personnel can focus on dealing with the pandemic. “The Notice states that from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020, the FAA will not take legal enforcement action against any person serving as a required pilot flight crew member or flight engineer who holds a medical certificate that expires within this time period,” AOPA quoted an email from FAA staff as reporting."
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    You're right. It sounds like something you'd buy at GNC for your knees.
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    Hi Keith, That reminds of the guy, back about 1961, who ran an ad in a NYC newspaper that said, 'Send $5 to [ some P O Box address ]'. The money started coming in. The Post Office went after him for fraud. His defense was that he had not promised anyone anything. The result: No charges against him. What was it Barnum said? Jerry Baumchen
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    I hereby request the court accept the petition for discovery including, but not limited to, the warrant for the posted contents of Facebook and Twitter for relative posts in order to cite the original source of the created and disputed intellectual property of the term "Coronials".
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    Several started to indicate that they were going to, but it looked like a game of chicken... If you do, I'll advertise mine have a longer life than yours. I _think_ (Councilman would know better) that its why some looked to PIA to set a standard... that way everyone is in it together, no one is the bad guy with inferior products and it comes from one authoritative source. And if they do, that helps going forward, but does little for the ones already out there with the FAA seemingly saying "once they're certified TSO, you can't add a life limit..." JW
  38. 1 point
    They'll be the Coronials Wendy P.
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    The other possibility is simply to get (or crowdfund) a patient hoist, already made for this. But an engine hoist with a sling would also work, if you have the materials. There are a lot of models of patient hoist that riggers or anyone else can copy. I'll bet your wife would love this! good luck. Wendy P.
  40. 1 point
    Pandemic cured. Who knew it would be so easy?
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    Councilman24, Hope to get my senior back in May but more probably June. Anyway, I'm in the process of getting seat and chest to have 1) to work toward my added ratings and 2) maintain currency once I have them. Ultimately getting my master. That could develop in to being the only master in MS and pretty close to the only master on the gulf coast. We'll see. I've already done the written and during my 20 packs did rounds too.
  42. 1 point
    Just like the laws regarding electrical outlets but we call it code.
  43. 1 point
    A positive from my world. Hubby took the past four days and today off from his "essential" job. So far we have installed irrigation for the garden and greenhouse, built a gate for the garden, tilled about 1/3 of the garden area, chopped down and processed a tree and some holly bushes, done a dump run, fixed a couple electrical issues, fixed the front gate and organized the garage pantry. Today we are doing as little as possible. As soon as I can talk him into taking a month or two off work so he doesn't bring anything home once this virus truly spikes next month as predicted... I can't even imagine all the stuff we can get done! Good luck with the hives!
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    Access to and devices they can use aren't the same thing. I can read and respond to emails all day long on my mobile device, but I can't begin to work from that platform. There are still efforts to build out internet access to rural areas around the planet, as well as efforts to provide devices for schools to use. Starlink looks to be doing a rather decent job of getting their infrastructure in place. We currently have 2 of our grandsons here in FL hiding from the virus issue. They live in the Atlanta metro area, and have some rather impressive virtual classroom access with solid content and active teachers.
  45. 1 point
    Rich, if I strike out with you, I know I am on the right track. That's like having Bernie Madoff call me a bad investor.
  46. 1 point
    Since moving to New England a few years ago, I understand that around here, they like it when the Patriots are in control Wendy P.
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    Are you going on about this again? Like I and several other people told you the last time you made this statement, links are canopy parts and are supplied with the canopy. This is the industry standard for new canopies. When you buy used all bets are off. No one is talking about legalities here, except you.
  48. 1 point
    People don't need a 6 ft tape measure. They just need to visualize a dead person laying on the ground.
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    I have experience doing CRW - canopy formation at several multi plane DZs. It may not be exactly the same as your situation but we still have to have a plan and procedures in place to keep everyone safe since our canopy formations are in the air for 10 plus minutes. Here's what we do: establish a "line of death" a land mark that we must stay outside of until a certain altitude before flying back to the landing area, We have the jump runs off set so the other planes aren't dropping people on top of us. The pilots also coordinate with radio so they know where the CRW formation(s) will be. You may be able to alter these to fit your situation. Or at least have a separate side or your air space for jumpers and gliders.
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    She would surprise us with random cards. She was so sweet to send them to us across the country, even though we had never had the opportunity to meet in person. She will be missed.