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2/7/2013 - I am not aviation expert but ... (Qaher 313)


Iran unveiled their 4th generation fighter jet, (or maybe 5th), of their stealth fighter, Qaher-313 and almost immediately observers around the world raised some concern over the aircraft. The website, theaviationist.com​, did a great detailed analysis of the few clues given and I have to agree with most of what they say. Basically it looks suspect.

But from my very untrained eyes, what jumped at me first was, when the pilot sat in the cockpit, it does not look like he is sitting in properly at all, almost as if he is too tall for the aircraft.
The second thing I noticed, was that the one or two cables sticking out behind the front panel. Surely those cables should be protected/hidden behind some sort of cover, furthermore the cables in question look a bit 'flimsy' to me, I would have expected something a bit more solid/thicker.

The one thing I don't really agree with is the assumption that the aircraft in the video is nothing more than a radio controlled miniature, if we give Iran the benefit of the doubt then it is very possible that the new aircraft does fly slightly differently than a 'normal' bird. They also mentioned that Iran military should have released some images of take-off and landing, but again I don't think they really had to, especially if, (and that's a big if), the aircraft is as secret as they would want it to be. 

What do you think? real or fake?

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12/27/2012 - Plane spotters almost crushed in Germany!


Watch this Transall C-160 in final approach at a German airport, almost crushes some plane spotters standing on the road.

Now that's what you call REAL plane spotting!

A crowd of airplane enthusiast had gathered at Ballenstedt airfield in Saxony-Anhalt, central Germany to watch a military C-160 do a final approach as it is due to be decommissioned. But for some reason the pilot could not see the start of the runway, (on the video it looks like the runway is bellow the road). In any case, he hit the road before making it safely onto the runway.

The problem is that he almost decapitated a bunch of plane spotters that were standing on the road, according to the report, it looks like there won't be any investigation as the aircraft is been decommissioned anyway. It is just a sad end for what is otherwise a beautiful military bird.

(You can see the close landing after ~1:30 minute).

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12/10/2012 - World's scariest plane landings


Watch this show about some pretty scary landings, it is a bit boring at times and they go on and on a bit, but you can always fast forward over the various 'reconstruction'.

There are some interesting challenges/airports to watch.

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11/13/2012 - O Captain Dave, Captain Dave, wherefore art thou Captain Dave?


The other day I decided to wander over to Captain Dave's blog only to be greeted by a 'closed' notification.

So I did a bit of digging around to see what might have happened to it, (I even wandered over to his 'facebook fan' page), but alas, no one seems to know where he has moved on to.

So, as Juliet asked many, many years ago. Captain Dave, Captain Dave, why are you Captain Dave?

The internet been what it is, the amount of conspiracy theories is nothing short of mind blowing...

Did the blog get closed because his airline found out about him and asked him to stop? (and if that's the case then they need to take a serious look at their policies, because he wasn't really saying anything bad most of the time).

Did he close his blog because he was about to reveal some top secret information about Boeing/Airbus?

Did he close his blog because he was about to reveal who killed JFK?

Me, I'd like to believe that maybe he just had enough of blogging for a while, that he decided to close his blog to concentrate on something else, or maybe he is planning to make a movie and wants to keep all his juicy secrets until release time.

Or maybe it is something as simple as having a new website and wanting a clean break from the old one.

Captain Dave, I hope you are well, I for one will miss your blogs sad

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4/24/2012 - Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands in the UK.


The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed in the UK for the first time, it is part of some world tour to promote the aircraft.

Boeing 787 DreamlinerBritish airways and Virgin ordered a few of those, so I guess they will start been common sight in the coming months.

I am more a fan of the bigger Airbus A380, but I think that both aircrafts serve a diferent market. The airbus is more suited to the long haul, and I am a fan of that.

The 787 is lighter and therefore a lot more fuel efficient, this is why they call it a 'green' aircraft.

I saw an interview this morning on Sky News regarding the design process of the aircraft, they had no problem admitting that they actively looked at ways of safeguarding the bottom line of airlines. They realise that most passengers couldn't care less about the bigger or faster aircraft, what they want, above all else, is a cheaper aircraft.

I just find it amusing how Boeing is trying to make it sound as if the environment mattered.

Have a look at the boeing site for some more pictures.

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4/6/2012 - Another time laps video of BA repaint for the London 2012 Olympics


In preparation for the 2012 Olympics British Airways has repainted 9 of their A319s, watch how they explain the process 
Personally I think that the 'Dove' design is a bit ugly, but I guess it is just a personal choice. 

Watch it here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17589727.

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1/25/2012 - The sad story of Air France 447 - Some human nature questions.


I was reading some reports to what, (might have), happened to flight 447, (a doomed Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris).

I was reading an article about 'what really happened to flight 447', basically the aircraft got into some weather and the crew tried to climb out of it. The speed indicators got iced up, the crew then started the de-icing procedures, the autopilot disconnected because of the ice and they now had to fly the aircraft manually.

This started a chain of event that would cause a stall that the pilots did not get out of. 

The sad part in this story is that the aircraft was never in any real danger, there was nothing wrong with it to begin with. The ice that cause the AP to disengage was not something out of the ordinary, you could even argue that all they had to do was fly straight for a couple of minutes while the de-icing was happening, (they knew it would take a few minutes).

A few minutes before the crash the captain had gone to rest, while the copilot and the second copilot were flying the bird, for some time there was a bit of confusion as to who was in command of the aircraft, (the younger, less experienced, of the two pilots was trying to climb while the other pilot was confused as to what was happening).
Eventually, when the more experience co-pilot finally took control, he seems to have been confused for a while, (and he kept on trying to pull up), when they finally realised what was going on, it was too late, (and the other pilot was still trying to climb anyway).

I am sure everybody has their own explanation as to what happened, from 2 co-pilots and no captain to the airbus stick no giving input if the stick is been pulled by the other pilot.

Personally I think the issue  had more to do with the confusion as to who was in charge, who controlled the bird. You can try and blame Airbus as much as you want, but nothing was faulty, the plane was stalling and all the instruments clearly indicate that it was.

The more senior of the two pilot never knew that the other was pulling the nose into a stall, should the instruments display who is in command? Should there be an indication when the controls are been 'averaged'?

Amongst pilots it is often seen as taboo to point fingers at a fellow pilot, we often try to look for every technical reasons why there was a crash. But all the signs were there for them to see, maybe the training is what failed? Maybe they relied too much on the computers to fly them out of the problems? 

Did the junior co-pilot  panic and tried to climb against his better judgement/training? Did the more senior co-pilot forget some of his own basic training? Why did the captain, (when he finally arrived), not take control of the aircraft?

I guess we will never know what really happened, (or, to be more specific, why they did what they did), BEA has yet to finalise what actually happened on the flight, according to their interim report, they seem to be heavily leaning toward a human error, (given what I have read I tend to agree).

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11/21/2011 - Fully loaded IL-76 taking off with commentary


I remember seen this a couple of years ago, the IL-76 taking off in Australia, the pilot is leaving it 'till the very last minute to lift her up.

I can only assume that it was fully loaded, and the pilot knew all along what he was doing, it was a clear day, with no real obstruction at the end of the runway like a mountain or something,l so he could use all of it without too much worry.
But I just love the running commentary of air traffic control in the background.

Here is a slightly better shot of another IL-76(Ilyushin) taking off, better sound of the big bird.

Does anybody know if/where we can get that bird on FSX or X-Plane? 

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8/11/2011 - Do you want to fly in a real simulator?


Quantas is having a competition of some sort where you can fly in one of their simulator.
If you're a reader of the Australian Business Traveller then you might be in line for a ride of your life, (you have to join their facebook page or something).

The simulator in question is their 747, they even offer to fly you for free if you are outside sydney!
I have never even seen a simulator, (a real one that is), I would love to be able to go for a ride on one of those.
It must be a real blast. 

   

Read more about it on their site 

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6/6/2011 - Kulula funny flight announcements.


Many years ago when I was in South Africa I flew their low cost airline, Kalula, they were quite funny but nothing out of the ordinary, (They are, after all just a low cost airline).

While on board I was told that they are well known for having funny adverts on radio and TV, a fellow passenger even suggested that they have some funny cabin announcements.

I found those on youtube and I have every reason to believe that they are real, (as a quick Google search revealed).



    
   
If you listen to the departure announcement you will notice that she mentions everything she has to, (the location of the emergency exists, how to use the masks and so forth).
 


I wonder of any South Africans have flown that airline lately and can confirm if they still have those kind of on-board/in-flight announcements.

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5/16/2011 - SF to Paris in Two Minutes




This  is a time lapse of a flight between San Fransisco and Paris, France. It looks really nice. Have a look at the user descriptions on the Vineo page.

The take-off and landings are not real, by that I think he meant that the photos where taken manually, (if he hadn't said anything I wouldn't have known better myself).
I nust admit I am also a bit suprised at the clarity of the aurora, (halfway in the flight).

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