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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:08 PM

Has anyone else seen the news of the TransAsia crash that just happened in Taiwan? ATR-72 just went down with 58 people onboard. 

 

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This isn't going to get any news time because of whats going on in Ukraine with MH 17. It's a shame to see another plane go down with a loss of life.


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:57 AM

I know, it's just significant to me because I regularly fly on TransAsia ATR-72s for commuter routes

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 04:59 AM

This came in the mail today, ordered two weeks ago;

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Next to my B-2 Spirit

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:20 AM

It has quite simply been a horrific week for aviation. First it was MH17, then it was TNA222 and now the wreckage of AH5017 has been found. 

 

R.I.P to all that have perished. 

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 02:51 PM Edited by zyonig, 31 July 2014 - 03:59 PM.

This is going to be a big post with quite a lot of pictures, might split it up into more than one.

 

So anyways, took G-BEHV up for a spin on sunday afternoon. Cessna F-172N. Location is Perth Aerodrome, Scotland. Flight time was approximately 75 minutes from 15:03 on a local flight. There were 3 onboard and I took the co-pilot seat and flew for about half of the air time. Conditions were great, sunny with scattered showers, temp 24c.

 

 

Perth (Scone) General Aviation Airport. Control tower. 20140727_164248_zps94cf5f71.jpg

 

Preflight checks, (i.e is there enough beer and do the ashtrays need emptied)

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The flight "Captain" (that's not me). I took the farside controls.

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In the skies

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Pretty low level zooming over one of the resevoirs (Loch Turret).

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We spent quite a lot of the time with scenery above us....

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Looking straight down during a banked turn

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Avoiding rainclouds (or trying to, we hit a few)

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Rejoining the circuit. Looking to Perth. 2 fixed wing and one ultralight in circuit.

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Overhead join. Deadside run.

We are coming in on the right hand runway (21R), looping all the way around in descent.

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On finals

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Aeronautical flight map, showing (roughly) our route.

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Flying in the triangle between Perth/Killin/Pitlochry. We made a close pass of Ben Chronzie (931m), flew low over the resevoirs and dams of Loch Turret and Loch Lednock. Buzzed up and down a lot of the valleys in the area. Flew part of Loch Tay and over Tay Forest park. Passed over the Aberfeldy windfarm, then back to base. Tally ho.

 

 

Some other pictures taken from the back of the plane. In the first one thats me in the right side seat at the controls.

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More to come....

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 04:54 PM

Right, heres a few more of various aircraft.

We had a good poke about the hanger after the flight. I have identified the planes that I can. If anyone can fill in any of the blanks, let me know.

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Cessna 208 Seaplane on the left, part of the Loch Lomond Seaplanes fleet. Apparently they were part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games.

Right is a Pitts S2-A Special. Cool little stuntplane.

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Robin DR400

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Blurry selection of Microlites, Aircraft Europa on the right.

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Piper PA150 Supercub

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Another Pitts

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Interesting one, a Supermarine Spitfire mk26 (3/4)

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One of the helicopters, Robinson R44. funny little choppers, not the safest things in the sky.

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Sirrus SR22, odd one here as it has U.S. tailsign. Means someone might have flown this across the atlantic. A long way for a single prop aircraft.

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And a final wider shot of the last section of the hangar.

Spitfire in the centre. A few Pipers around the sides. I think theres a Hurricane in the back corner but I didn't get a good picture as someone was working on it.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:53 PM

That looks like an absolute blast man! Do you fly often?


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 04:24 AM

Absolute blast yes!, fly often, no, unfortunately not as much as I would like. I have missed a few good flying opportunities recently. However the fellow in pic3 is ex RAF, a professional pilot for a major UK airline, a qualified instructor and one of my best mates for more than 22 years. So hopefully I will have more flying pictures soon.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:58 PM

I was doing a bit of digging through the annals of Wikipedia and discovered an awesome French prototype from the 80s:

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Dassault Mirage 4000. Basically a Mirage 2000 scaled up by 70% to about the same sized as an F-15. Was supposed to compete with it as a long range strike aircraft and interceptor for counties already operating Dassault aircraft. Lots of tech used in the Rafale.

Awesome looking thing.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:28 AM

I'm not too big on military aviation but I always thought it was a shame that such a beautiful piece of aeronautic technology had to be operated by the French.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:43 AM

I've always found it odd how the French can design such beautiful prototype aircraft and then put into service utter munters like the Rafale instead.

They did the Mirage G8 too:
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Posted 29 August 2014 - 05:18 PM

just got my Cleveland Air Show tickets for tomorrow :3


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:49 PM

Some photos I took at this years Air Show in Cleveland Ohio!

This is my first time with a good camera at an air show

 

14907527748_6bceecb084_z.jpgSkip Stewart PROMETHEUS  PITTS S-2S N540S by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907526507_96c97fa359_z.jpgVans RV-8 N486JT by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

15094060915_50b9c879a8_z.jpgRoyal Canadian Air Force BAe Hawk 155213 by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

15091069911_5e3a7a91dd_z.jpgB-25D Mitchell N3774 9C 33634 "Yankee Warrior" by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907516618_a69786e23e_z.jpgB-17 Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady" N3193G 485829 by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907524668_f6e0577162_z.jpgMelissa Pemberton Zivko Edge 540 N540SG by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

15091076881_4ce7e5dee5_z.jpg1982 Aero L-39 Albatros by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907410619_25e24fecf8_z.jpgAerospatiale HH-65A Dolphin USCG #6589 by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907532078_a640956b99_z.jpgTinStix of Dynamite by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

15093750682_e29f7e1612_z.jpgBlue Angels F-18 #2 by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

14907423959_a40cea85f9_z.jpgBlue Angels F-18's Formation by Seluryar, on Flickr

 

More of my photos of this event can be found here: https://www.flickr.c...57647063497661/

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 01:39 AM

Call me weird, but my favorite airplanes ever have always been WWII German planes like the Me 163 or 262. Even the Amerikabomber looks cool as heck. I guess the reason I like them is how advanced they were to other planes, or really anything in the 40s. I think it's astounding how the 163 is the only rocket-powered fighter ever produced in significant numbers (probably because rocket-powered isn't the best engine in a fighter, but i digress).

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 02:15 AM Edited by Stinky12, 06 September 2014 - 02:18 AM.

3 different vids

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 07:46 PM

I went to the Scottish Airshow yesterday. Apart from a few no-shows (The BBMF and the Canadian Lancaster due to bad weather conditions down south), it was a great day out.
The undoubted highlight of the day was Vulcan XH558. The crowd almost fell silent when she flew along the beach for the first time. To be honest, I could hardly blame them:
 
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One of the most awesome things I've ever seen.
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Posted 18 September 2014 - 11:59 PM Edited by Seluryar, 18 September 2014 - 11:59 PM.

BA194 Successfully spotted flying right over my neighborhood(in Akron Ohio) before it got too dark to see her  (Boeing 747 @35k ft)


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:43 AM

What's everyone's opinion on this stealth fighter from Turkey? TAI TFX.

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To me, it looks entirely similar to an F-22. First it was PRC with their illegal J-20 then Russia with their illegal PAK FA, now Turkey. Who's next to steal the glorious F-22 design? France? Germany/Italy? :rol:

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:02 PM

Whats illegal about the J-20 and the PAK FA?


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:31 PM

Stolen stealth technology (J-20) & exact same design (T-50). They're not original. But that's debatable ;)

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:44 PM

You say that like it's a new thing. Almost every aircraft produced by the Soviet Union Russia or the PRC is either based on stolen technology or basically a clone of a Western aircraft. Military and civil.
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Posted 4 weeks ago

Maybe. But the Mig 31 eats Tomcats and the Tupolev 160 out flies the Lancer.

 

And the 144 flew before Concorde.

 

Say what you like about the Rafale, but the pilot's view is as cool as the Pyrenees. Twin side sticks (F*ck knows how they work) and a central magnified display seamless with the HUD.

 

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Posted 4 weeks ago

The MiG-31 would outrun a Tomcat, but yeah...not outmanoeuvre one. But the F-14 is an older design anyway and compromised to some degree by being carrier-borne. And has been retired for the best part of a decade.

The Tu-160 and B-1B are quite different in their roles. The Lances was designed as a heavyweight low-level strategic strike aircraft, the Tu-160 is really just a very big stand-off missile platform.

The Tu-144 did indeed fly and become operational before Concorde, but it was basically a copy.

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Posted 6 days ago Edited by Wolf of Badenoch, 6 days ago.

A good description of the English Electric Lightning would be: 'A rocket with wings attached':





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