Sunday, January 23, 2022

Khatia Buniatishvili - Live at iTunes Festival 30/09/2014 - ხატია ბუნიათიშვილი



Little white bird in full torpedo mode.


Whale bones near Brazil’s Commandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, located in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica, on November 25, 2008.


A pilot's view of the 5G problem

Full story here.

Any system that relies on a radio altimeter to function will be impacted. Both the equipment and the pilot’s operating it must be certified to land in low visibility conditions. We are essentially taking the certification of the equipment away. For example, in the Q400 our HGS (heads up guidance system) will be impacted, this is required for any Category 3 approach. The autonomous flare cue may indicate improper flare symbology or no symbology at all. 

Other systems in the Q400 that are affected that rely on radio altimeter are configuration systems (warnings for improper gear or flap settings), our TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) system could give us a “descend” command while at low altitude whereas before that would be inhibited, and most worrisome is the stall protection equipment, which includes the stick pusher, could be triggered at low altitude when normally inhibited by the radio altimeter. I have spoken with other pilots and on the Embraer E175, the auto land system will be unavailable in addition to similar TCAS warnings, configuration warnings, and autothrottle issues. Although I can’t comment for certain, I have heard that Airbus aircraft rely on the radio altimeter for many functions and will be impacted more than Boeing.

Uncertainty is the one word that describes it the best. Those of us not scheduled to fly on the 18th are glad because we honestly don’t know what’s going to happen from a flight deck point of view.  We understand the operational aspects (i.e. canceled flights and diversions) but in regard to how the plane will react, we have only been provided cursory guidance.

Your Warm Smile of the Morning




The aliens laugh. The Hoo-manz are so easily fooled.


I may need a copy if I can get it in hardback


I want one


Wah - wah - wah - Wipeout!


A metaphor for the US right now


Nope, but points for thinking outside the box




So he was....John Malkovich?


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Automotive Sculpture


Khatia Buniatishvili - Rhapsody in Blue

Aït Yazza bride, Imilchil. Morocco, photo by Irving Penn, 1950s


1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible in triple white, including a shaker and Magnum 500 wheels


Ah-nold ist nicht ein robot (I said in Germlish)




The Hemingway Daiquiri is tasty


Daigo-ji Temple, Kyoto


Thank You, Chris

 Mucho thanks to Chris for joining as a patron.  

A new current events essay just published for pizza level patrons.  

A mechanic totaled a $3.4 million Ferrari when he smashed into a tree stump on a test drive. The bright red Enzo sports car, one of only 400 made, had two wheels ripped off and may be irreparable.


Your Playful Smile of the Morning


Snow Pup


The instant before the elephant steps on you


Several leagues under the sea


First she'll kick you, then she'll cut you


Fish Gulp






Yum, Breakfast, Shark Style


Cool Tool