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Rich Pulman

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  1. Now you’ll have time to enjoy action packed webinars such as this: Moons and Loons (hold the Loons). Congratulations on your retirement Bill.
  2. A few weeks ago I was completely surprised to learn that the return half of a LHR-YYZ-LHR booking was eligible for a refund as the booking fell within those dates. I’d already used the first leg and cancelled the second, but figured the balance would be lost. Instead, I got a nice down payment towards a new propeller.
  3. I had to chuckle at this remark as I remembered the miracle I once witnessed in Amritsar back in 2008. I operated a LHR-ATQ flight and had a request for 50+ (!!!) wheelchairs on arrival, all carry-offs. There are no gates at ATQ, but we parked close enough to the terminal that passengers walked to/from the aircraft. After all able-body passengers deplaned, the first 10 WC passengers were taken off and wheeled into the terminal building to collect their luggage, clear customs, meet their families, and get taken out to the street. Meanwhile, when it was explained to the remaining WC passengers that there were only 10 wheelchairs avaible in the airport and that it could take hours to get them processed, they ALL got up and walked off the airplane, down the stairs, and into the terminal building. Amazing!
  4. From what I’ve read elsewhere, apparently the building has been sinking 2mm/year on average since the ‘90s. As with everything in the known Universe, eventually everything succumbs to gravity.
  5. Or perhaps that so many people living in Texas have already had the virus that there’s a degree of “herd immunity” that’s only amplified by the number of people vaccinated.
  6. This is why you should (now that it's possible to do so) be making e-copies of all training & checkride documents as soon as they are signed.
  7. This one might be fun too. And almost half the price of the F-16. What can go wrong??? MIG 29
  8. If you ask about the gas mileage, you can’t afford it.
  9. So if a drunk motorist, driving alone, makes it to their destination without happening to hurt/kill anyone, there wasn’t any risk and that makes it okay? What if Bob had an accident during his drive home? What if he needed medical attention for other reasons during his quarantine period? There are hundreds of reasons why Bob could be forced out of his quarantine quarters and into close contact with others despite his best efforts & intentions. So if Bob makes it through his quarantine period as planned, there wasn’t any risk and that makes it okay? Please tell me your question was rhetorical.
  10. Then there's those "exotic” cars... The “Wagon Queen Family Truckster”
  11. From where I'm sitting, your points are pretty clear. You want to go about your business as if there isn't a pandemic going on, and anything that slows you down from that is an infringment on your rights. I'm fairly certain I'm not the only one picking up what you're putting down, no matter how you wish to disguise it. I may not be as highly edumicated as some people here, but I'm not the dullest tack in the elevator either. Your "reward" for being vaccinated, as I'm sure you already know, is that you are FAR less likely to get ill and/or die from the virus. That said, I'm sure you also know that just because you are relatively immune to the virus now that you are fully vaccinated, you can still carry and spread the virus to others who are less fortunate. Selfish or sell fish; only one of them applies here.
  12. You would think the firefighters would have some training on how to deal with lithium fires. From Mr. Google... Because lithium reacts with water to create a flammable gas, pouring water on a lithium fire is often counterproductive and very, very dangerous. In the instance of a leaking lithium-ion battery, exposure to air or moisture can even produce hydrofluoric acid , which is highly toxic, and can severely irritate the eyes and lungs. https://cellblockfcs.com/why-is-a-lithium-fire-worse-than-a-regular-fire/#:~:text=Because lithium reacts with water to create a,and can severely irritate the eyes and lungs.
  13. There always seems to be some interest/fascination regarding ejection seats and how they work. While digging through an old T-33 AOI (Aircraft Operating Instructions) yesterday, I found some pages that may be of interest here. The T-33 seat is similar, but not identical, to the Tutor’s seat.
  14. Interesting stuff Dave. I’m reminded of a scene from the movie “A few good men” when the lawyer (played by Tom Cruise) hands a book (presumably the base Standing Orders) to the witness being cross examined and asks him to look up the section indicating where the mess hall can be found. Of course, it’s not in there, but everyone knows where to get their meals. We were taught from day one to use “EJECT, EJECT, EJECT” when it was time to depart the aircraft. I suppose everyone considers it to be ingrained in our thick skulls, perhaps even reflexive (as it should be). Your point that it should be written down somewhere is certainly valid. Perhaps it is written somewhere, but I don’t have much reference material left, and what I do have is all out of date anyway. Having it in the red pages may also be constructive for an on-the-ground review, however, we were always supposed to have those memorized as they were deemed “immediate action” checklists. Besides, in a low-level ejection, there isn’t enough time to refer to the checklist. I know you know all this, but some others might be interested in the minutiae. I’m just glad I never had to ride up the rails, although there were a couple of times when it was looking like a possibility.
  15. No, but when briefing a passenger it was made quite clear that we would say “EJECT, EJECT, EJECT” if it became necessary to abandon the aircraft and that we’d be pulling our own handles on the second “EJECT”. Of course, in the T-33, the back seat ALWAYS fired before the front seat, even if its safety pins were still in. The Tutor does not have command ejection; each occupant must initiate their own ejection sequence. Pictures attached for the curious.
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