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    any images of the tail damage? In the video it is from far away and i would like a closer look if there are any photo's.

    Also what was the reason behind the damage anyways?

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    News:

    ABC News - Fugitive steals SkyWest plane; commits suicide

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    On July 17, 2012, a SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200, Delta Connection aircraft, was stolen by a SkyWest employee on leave, and substantially damaged at the airport. The terminal and a jetway also were damaged
    The report claims that the guy was wanted in connection with a murder in Colorado.
    The airport was closed at the time, he started up the CRJ and then taxied around hitting various parts of the airport.

    What his plan was will now probably never be known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercedes5CLR View Post
    any images of the tail damage? In the video it is from far away and i would like a closer look if there are any photo's.

    Also what was the reason behind the damage anyways?
    No better images that I could find. But from what I could gather from a few russian pages about the incident, the fly-by-wire system failed during a turn (at the start of the video; you can hear him count "6.. 7.. 8.. *unintelligible* 15... 16... *beep* fluctuations", which I guess is the g-force reading is the angle of attack reading, as further research has shown), the elevator got stuck at full upwards deflection, and the horizontal stabilizer partially disintegrated.
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    In other news...

    http://www.rferl.org/content/two-rus.../24648213.html

    The head of Russia's Long Range Air Force says two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers will fly to an air base in the United States next year under an agreement reached between U.S. and Russian military representatives.

    General Anatoly Zhikharev said two Russian bombers would land at Barksdale air base in Louisiana and that later that year two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers would visit Russia's Engels air base in the Saratov region.

    Zhikharev said he believed that this form of cooperation "will develop further."
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    Which reminded me of an aviation books answer, I saw on another forum.

    FAA - Aviation Handbooks & Manuals


    These are PDFs which work* in the UK and may be useful & interesting to some FG members.




    *The ones I looked at, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonof2000 View Post

    That's really interesting... I would really like to see a TU-95...

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    Here's a question for you guys.

    What can you tell me about private pilot licenses?

    How easy is it to get one? How much does it usually cost to go through all the training? What do I do when I get a license, do I get my own plane or can I rent one? How far can I fly with the basic license?

    I'm really interested in getting one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blayde View Post
    oh, i totally forgot to mention, i finished "acquiring and digitizing" Sled Driver, its now in clean ebook format if anyone wants PM me for a link, keep it with yourselves also, i did this only because of the ridiculous price tag and lack of ebook version, and its worth reading.
    Thanks a million for this! I'm about half way through the book, and the quality is really good, much better than many OCR'd ebooks I've read. Very nice pictures, too - a joy to read on a tablet.
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    It was a combination of OCR and editing, i rearranged the book a bit to fit a pdf/tablet layout, all of the formatting i tried to copy as much from the original but it was tedious and slow going
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    So, I live 2 miles from LAX. And on my way to work this morning, I got to see this taking off:



    Voodoo 1, which is a modified Boeing 727 that Raytheon uses to test their avionics equipment. Their Space and Airborne Systems facility is down the street from my work. (Coincidentally, I have a friend who ended up working there.)

    That fucker was LOUD. Being a plane geek and living next to the 8th busiest airport in the world has its advantages.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blayde View Post
    oh, i totally forgot to mention, i finished "acquiring and digitizing" Sled Driver, its now in clean ebook format if anyone wants PM me for a link, keep it with yourselves also, i did this only because of the ridiculous price tag and lack of ebook version, and its worth reading.
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    Happy Birthday flyinhawaiian.

    Quote Originally Posted by TerranCmdr View Post
    Here's a question for you guys.

    What can you tell me about private pilot licenses?

    I'm really interested in getting one.
    That's really good! It can be great fun, if expensive.

    I'll leave your questions to the US pilots as it is different over there, especially costs.

    You should be OK in California, availability-wise, there must be lots of good flight schools in the state and great weather too.

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    It's actually not that expensive at all. My co-worker nearly has his and just rents a Cessna by the hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper007Bond View Post
    It's actually not that expensive at all. My co-worker nearly has his and just rents a Cessna by the hour.


    My lack of clarity, I meant more expensive here in the UK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathrow View Post
    Happy Birthday flyinhawaiian.



    That's really good! It can be great fun, if expensive.

    I'll leave your questions to the US pilots as it is different over there, especially costs.

    You should be OK in California, availability-wise, there must be lots of good flight schools in the state and great weather too.

    Hey thanks bud!!

    As for getting your license in the US, there's a few options you can go. If you want to get your full Private Pilot's License, you're going to be looking at $8-10,000 when its all said and done. You're probably going to pay $100-125/hr for the aircraft rental, and probably in the neighborhood of $50/hr for the instructor (most of that goes to the flight school and insurance if (s)he's doing it on his/her own). It takes a minimum of 40 hours to get your license, but the national average is closer to 60. The more often you fly, the better you learn and the fewer hours you have to spend re-learning what you've forgotten since the last lesson. 2-3 lessons per week is a good goal to shoot for.

    You could also look into getting your Sport-Pilot license, which has quite a few more restrictions (mainly the type of aircraft and conditions you can fly in) on it, but is significantly cheaper. You can look to cut about 1/3 of the cost of the full license in that case...

    Your first place to look in signing in at www.aopa.org - they represent all the general aviation pilots in the US and are THE authority on where to get instruction closest to you. They also put out a few really amazing magazines on flight training and flying. I used to work for them and its an amazing organization.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinhawaiian View Post

    In other news, today is also the 10th anniversary of my first powered flight solo!


    Wait, what?

    You soloed on your 16th birthday?

    Well done for that, dude!


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    A huge Air Force cargo plane unexpectedly landed at a tiny island airport yesterday, screeching to halt within just 10 feet from the end of the runway.
    The 174-foot-long jet was supposed to land across Florida’s Hillsborough Bay at MacDill Air Force Base but instead touched down at the Peter O.Knight Airport.
    Although very different in size, the runways at the two locations are aligned in the same direction and it is not clear if the pilot landed at the civilian airport accidentally or whether there was a technical problem.




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