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  1. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/business/2014/10/air-france-flight-447-crash/amp As a non-aviator, I found this article VERY unsettling. Read in the afternoon....spent the night in that cockpit. NOT a good sleep!
  2. Surprised no discussion of this recent incident when pilots on approach to CDG reported control issues and initiated go round. Turns out....nothing wrong with aircraft controls. The pilots were inputting conflicting commands!! There was nil verbal communication reported and the inconsistent commands continued during initiation of go around. Good to know aircraft not the issue. Bad to know the problem was the "human element".
  3. Somewhat along the same lines, at what point would one lose consciousness in a rapid and uncontrolled dive of 20,000 feet? If the aircraft levelled out at 9000, one assumes an element of control, however brief; that is at least one occupant of the cockpit was conscious. Again admittedly from a position of ignorance, I share the doubt regarding that brief pause in descent. However, I would expect an attempt to resume flight if crew was conscious and as stated, that effort would surely result in separation of the wings.
  4. Thanks for the response, JL. I think I misinterpreted your post to which I responded.
  5. Just wondering where you got the info as to the distance between the outer wing debris and main wreckage AND....what formula enables one to determine height of "failure" from that distance? Is it your opinion that "failure" occured at tod or at 9500 based on that calculation?
  6. From the sidelines.....if there was structural failure involving the tail assembly which would I understand result in uncontrolled rapid descent.....how could the aircraft level and even slightly climb at Fl 9500 (+/-) according to Flight Radar? After seconds, the rapid descent resumed.
  7. Damn!! You had to ask that question, didn't you? My hand is raised. We confirmed with our insurer....turn off the water and home inspections not required. So we turn off the water....but turning off the circuit breaker for the heater wasn't on the checklist. BUT....it IS on the list for the boat. Not made of money so therefore accept characterization of "dumb".
  8. I'm flying north on the 17th of this month. Any takers on a bet that the "suspension" of pre-arrival PCR testing will be after? Lol Just a quickie ...in Florida, at Walgreens, the NAAT test is called "ID Now". Results are emailed within 24 hours . If one requests "PCR", you get the "full Monty" and results usually take 2 days.
  9. Wolf..... Were you known for subtlety? First I confess that I am NOT a sailboater; I need "more power, Scottie!" I recommend a forum..."The Hull Truth" as a source of commentary on the "joys" of boating. Though we have done the Great Loop twice and gone up and down the East coast a few more times, our "blue water" experience....Lake Huron to Florida to Grenada and back to St.Maarten....was singular and really was an adventure. We were novices on a motor yacht that could (and should) have carried more pax. We were anchored at the north end of Guadeloupe trying to assess the likely path of an east-bound storm. We were scared. We went north...first to Nevis and cautioned to move on....arrived at St.Maarten two days before "Lenny"....a category 5. Not a pleasant experience and that was enough "adventuring" for me!! We're now on a small express cruiser.....sorry, only one berth....and the farthest we will venture is to the Exumas in the Bahamas once all of the Covid-related restrictions end.
  10. Tango.....I'm at a loss for words! That's not true....I lied. I ALWAYS have a word (or two) in the tank. But I have to clarify; I was only prevented from getting to the boat ( berthed in Florida) for March and April, 2020. The boat is in storage from June until November each year. Once launched and in the water, we travel back and forth to Ontario as time and circumstances permit. Last season, that meant longer periods up north to quarantine each trip or high premiums for extended medical insurance. Owning and enjoying a boat has been part of my life for 40 years. Whenever I think of stepping away, I am drawn back. And none of it would be of much pleasure but for my wife. And as an aside, you might be surprised by the dozens of commercial pilots we've met over the years who share the same pleasure.
  11. I tried for that "just because"....but my address was identified as a business address (marina) so no joy.
  12. JO....touch wood but no issues...so far. We most recently got our rapid tests at our local Shoppers in Ontario..$40 each.
  13. So what you do is get the negative rapid test in Canada and go to the US. On the first day of your two week vacation, get a free PCR test. We are assuming this traveller had Covid in the past so a positive result is generated. Now that traveller can return to Canada at the end of vacation.....no worries!! And....if they travel frequently cross-border, have your local MD provide a certificate of health and your positive pcr is good for the season....a "quasi-passport".
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