Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Airbus A-330 information
Credit for this photo must go to Airliners.net, Gabriel Widyna
(According to reports, this is a picture of the accident aircraft)
Having said all of that, there was severe weather in the area. The closer you get to the equator the stronger and more developed these storms become. If you think Texas Thunderstorms are strong, you should see these over the Atlantic near the equator. 35,000 feet, the supposed cruising altitude of the Air France flight, would not have been high enough to go over these boomers.
I have heard references to the fact that the aircraft had only two engines, and that this reduced the margin of safety for the flight. I can assure you that this aircraft was certified for, and had adequate performance, to fly on only one engine for a very long way.
Some people have speculated that lighting strikes took down this airplane. I don't know. I have flown aircraft that have been struck by lightning, and I have been in aircraft while they have been struck by lighting. It has never caused more than minor issues and a required maintenance inspection, even on aircraft with some very advanced avionics.
The overall theme I am trying to impart here is be patient. Don't jump to conclusions until you have more data. It is a very sad situation, and an enormous tragedy, but we have no choice but to move forward and try to make sure nothing like this happens again.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Recently, however, my job has brought a new requirement. All of our training is being moved to an online format, requiring a little more than a PDA has to offer. I still didn't want to carry a big laptop around, but I needed the performance of a normal computer for web access and online training seminars. Enter the Dell Inspiron Mini-9, I'm typing with the tiny keyboard as we speak. I've been playing with mini for 5 days now, and I'm impressed. For what I need, its perfect, and perfectly sized. And it was the same price as that used beat up old laptop I had before. Now if I can keep it away from the wife and kids...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I looked at my training schedule last week, and alas, not Montreal. St. Louis. I've been to St. Louis. I've worked there, lived there, traveled there. Been there, done that. It's not Montreal.
So in the spirit of positive thinking, I will pronounce St. Louis with the thickest french-canadian accent I can manage, and then laugh-grunt that deep nasal french laugh three times. Maybe it'll help.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
But I've been to New York many times, and seen many different things. Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, and, yeah, the rest of it. It's all impressive, don't get me wrong, but it's all been plastered all over postcards, tv shows, movies, etc. I've seen it. I may not have been there but I've seen it.
Last week, while leaving LaGuardia, as I glance down at Yankee Stadium, my eye catches something along the shore of the Hudson. There was a football field. In the Hudson. Well, actually built out on the Hudson River in typical New York Concrete fashion. As I look closer I can see a little more, some b-ball courts, park area, a few buildings. It doesn't really look like a typical college football stadium, but then, nothing in New York is typical. I had to know.
For those of you who haven't figured it out yet. Riverbank State Park. The only State Park on the island of Manhattan. And all that fancy architecture and concrete coming out of the river...well that would be the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant. I'm probably not going to visit this one.