Favourite Aircraft

Sopwith Camel   0 votes - 0 %
de Havilland Beaver   1 vote - 12 %
de Havilland Otter   1 vote - 12 %
Cessna 152   0 votes - 0 %
Cessna 172   1 vote - 12 %
Cessna Caravan   0 votes - 0 %
Boeing 737   0 votes - 0 %
Boeing 747   0 votes - 0 %
Airbus 319   0 votes - 0 %
Airbus 380   0 votes - 0 %
Piper Warrior III   0 votes - 0 %
Piper Seminole   0 votes - 0 %
Mooney Bravo   1 vote - 12 %
Mooney Li'l bitty (FlightTest option)   1 vote - 12 %
theantix   1 vote - 12 %
WIPO   2 votes - 25 %
 
8 Total Votes
Congrats by cam (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 07:56:07 PM EST
WIPO by komet (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 04:01:13 AM EST
De Havilland Comet, of course.

And as for:

I booked a "Fam" flight for janra and I

I wouldn't trust a pilot who thought "I booked a flight for I" was good English.

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dude by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 08:05:08 AM EST
if that's the best you can come up with, I think I'm doing pretty well :-)

-mh
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Lucky dog. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 04:20:06 AM EST
The closest I've gotten to that was sitting in the co-pilot's seat of a T-37.

Mind you, I had a lot of fun flipping the plane on it's back and letting the pilot straighten it out again...

:-P

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I've flown in the jumpseat of a commercial 767 by Greener (4.00 / 2) #10 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 10:58:27 AM EST
I wasn't allowed to flip the plane on it's back.

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I heard a rumour by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:11:41 PM EST
that at one event in Vancouver years back (Expo 86, maybe?), they had a formation flyby of the whole Boeing family. Reputedly during the flyby, they all did a barrel roll, in formation.

The formation flyby I could see, I'm somewhat more skeptical of the barrel roll part, and have never been able to find any "solid" basis for it, other than a verbal account.

Anyways, getting to ride jumpseater in a 767 would be way cool. How did you pull that off?

-mh
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The 707 test pilots barrel rolled it one day by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #19 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 05:15:44 PM EST
in front of a boatload of managers and executives and other bigwigs. I'm sure you can google it.

My degreed opinion is any big passenger jet can barrel roll, a loop is a lot more iffy.


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Flight to Sydney 5 years ago by Greener (2.00 / 0) #20 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 07:46:38 PM EST
My uncle was a pilot for Air Canada and just happened to be flying that route at the time I was going down to Australia so I got takeoffs and landings in Vancouver, Honolulu and Sydney in the cockpit.

Landings in the cockpit of a big jet are just as unnerving as Janra described about her flight in her K5 diary.

I can remember some of Expo 86 but not the Boeing flyby. I was 5 at the time though.

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WIPO by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 07:00:03 AM EST
EA-18G, but I might be a bit biased. 

in this case bias is ok :-) (n/t) by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 08:09:16 AM EST
neat toy you have there...
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i'd have to say by garlic (4.00 / 1) #13 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:13:46 PM EST
f-16 for now, but b-52 may take it's place when we do flight test in august.


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Bah. by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #18 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 04:12:20 PM EST
Stupid lawn dart.

B-52 I'll give you.

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you know what by garlic (2.00 / 0) #22 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 09:10:16 PM EST
after reading up on it, that is a pretty freaking cool plane. Working on the ALQ-218 would be pretty cool.


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Indeed by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 06:24:22 AM EST
I haven't worked a whole lot with the 218 yet.  I'm shifting over to cover all the avionics for flight test.  Up until now, I've been the avionics lead on the comms countermeasures set, so I haven't done a lot on the radar side. 

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do you have by garlic (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 07:53:51 AM EST
do you have an comms countermeasures link? I'd be interested in reading about those techniques.


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Not really by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #25 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 08:41:48 AM EST
NSGA is a lot tigther on comms security.  Everything is sensitive or classified as far as they're concerned.  Can't say I really blame them though.

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exactly why I asked for a link by garlic (2.00 / 0) #26 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 09:29:41 AM EST
instead of asking you. It's easier to make sure you aren't giving away too much info that way.


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Yeah, sorrry. by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #27 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 09:46:57 AM EST
All I know about comms countermeasures, I've learned from EW engineers, aircrew, some hands on training with the USQ-113 at one of the Navy labs and a week out at the EA Weapons School at Whidbey Island (which is an absolutely awesome Navy base, if you ever get to go). 

Hey, have I mentioned on here that I'm going to be spending a year at NAS Pax River and another year at NAS China Lake supporting flight test?

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WIPO: by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #7 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 08:12:36 AM EST
A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog"

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

The flying gun? by MostlyHarmless (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 08:23:59 AM EST
Great for when your neighbour's tanks keep parking on your lawn, not so practical for taking the family camping for the weekend.

-mh
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coolest. flying. tank. evar. by MillMan (4.00 / 2) #11 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 01:50:54 PM EST
WIPO by Herring (4.00 / 1) #9 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 09:48:30 AM EST
Either the BRITISH Harrier Jump Jet or the BRITISH and French Concorde.

Aside from the fucked-up Tupolev, there were only ever two production aircraft that could sustain supersonic cruise. In one of them, you had to wear a spacesuit, in the other, you could wear jeans and a t-shirt and drink champagne. Not knocking the SR-71 mind ...

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

how much did this cost? by garlic (4.00 / 1) #14 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:15:17 PM EST
how much will it cost to get to the point where you have a fly on your own license?


Well, I can only speak for Canadian licenses, but. by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:44:28 PM EST
In Canada we have a "Recreational Pilot Permit"  which will get you in the air on your own. It costs ~$4500 and is only valid in Canada. It also has a number of restrictions:
  1. only one passenger allowed
  2. daytime VFR only (Visual Flight Rules - you can see where you're going, basically)
  3. light aircraft only (4 seats max)
If you just want to get up and noodle around, this is a good start. Unfortunately, if you're outside Canada this probably isn't an option for you.

We're intending to go for the standard Private Pilot License, which costs ~$6500. However, the training is much more extensive and it allows you to pursue the 'extra' endorsements over an above the basic license: night flying, Instrument Flight Rules, Multi-engine aircraft and "VFR Over the Top".

Course, the cost of both of these vary depending on how much flight time you require to master the skills. These prices are based on the minimum required hours set down by Transport Canada; however, most people tend to need more time than that to actually become proficient and get the sign-off from their instructor.

-mh
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right, and... by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #17 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:48:44 PM EST
The 'Fam' flight itself was ~$45 each. The schools loss-lead this to entice prospective students.

Also, the Private Pilot License allows us to fly to the States as well.

-mh
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[Mostly Harmless]

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cost? by reza (4.00 / 1) #16 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:44:40 PM EST
Your left arm, 1 kidney, and a lung...

When I got my private way back in the day (1989) it cost me about $3200 from intro flight to certificate.  My brother did his about 2 years ago, it was about $5000.

YMMV, depending on a lot of variables, the most being how deep is your pocket.

:-)
Reza


" Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind!" Dr. Seuss

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not that bad. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #21 Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 08:36:45 PM EST
my master's degree is costing me ~$650 / credit hour * 32 credit hours 20800, and many of those courses have seemed less useful or fun than learning how to fly.


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cost by reza (2.00 / 0) #28 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 09:53:08 AM EST
No, not bad if that's all you're doing.  I was paying for flying lessons/classes/books on top of my degree (which was in aeronautics) and it felt like a whole lot more than it really was.  The private wasn't bad...the instrument and multi prices started kickin' my butt though.

Just my 2c.
:-)
Reza


" Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind!" Dr. Seuss

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In other news, by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #29 Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 09:57:29 AM EST