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TSA: Grope & Pillage (An Infographic)


TSA Waste

This pretty much says all.

Afterburn 1×01: The Pilot Episode


Here is the (not so) long-lost pilot episode of Afterburn, uploaded with pictures for your enjoyment!  As always, do us a solid and comment, rate, like, follow and/or subscribe!  Much appreciated!

In this episode of Afterburn, Drake imbibes alcohol, Hammy’s dad flies a B-1, and Atari still doesn’t have a job.

Check out more at http://afterburn.podbean.com/

Afterburn 2×02: Tusken Raiders Ride Zombie Ponies On A Battleship


To me, the image is really funny…I just picture them on horseback with their scimitar swords and their man dresses on…on a ship, out in the water.

Hammy, Afterburn

Today’s episode of Afterburn analyses Iran’s naval power (as well as the merits of Tusken Raiders having a navy).  In addition, Hammy and Drake argue about guns and whether helicopters or aeroplanes are better.  Meanwhile, special guest Blue reviews AMC’s orginal series The Walking Dead and Atari recounts an encounter he had in LA traffic.

Opening theme by Wixor.

Closing music by Jonathan Mann.

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Afterburn 2×01: A Brony’s Final Fantasy In Reno


I am going to love and tolerate the SHIT outta you!

Drake, Afterburn

Season two of Afterburn kicks off with an expose on the dark side of My Little Pony, initial reactions to Jimmy Leeward’s tragic crash at the Reno Air Races, and an argument on the merits of Final Fantasy VIII. Loki sits in for Atari who has moved to Los Angeles and taken the executive producer’s role on the show. New opening theme by Wixor.

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First Manned Electric-Powered Helicopter Flight Achieved


In case of crash I stand good chances to end up in kebab form.

Pascal Chretien, Aerospace Engineer

For some reason, the French have always been good at helicopter “firsts.”  This new milestone cuts another notch in their aeronautical belt as engineer Pascal Chretien went from drawing board to working prototype on an all-electric helicopter in less than twelve months.  Granted, the prototype is little more than a Helicycle, but it hovers and hasn’t disintegrated into a million pieces yet (as tends to be the case with a lot of early helicopter models).  Sikorsky is still working on a more traditional model that utilizes the familiar cyclic/collective/pedals combination rather than the weight-shift option Chretien has opted for (as well as one that can lift more than 180lbs one foot off the ground), but it’s interesting to see where this technology goes–especially in this era of skyrocketing fuel/carbon costs and increased noise-abatement requirements.

Read the full story here (via EAA News)

Helicopter vs. Airplane Midair Injures Two


via Aero-News

Best I can determine, from the limited information, is that either the T-6 didn’t clear his flight path before taking off or the R-22 crossed the departure end despite the radio call. The T-6 may have not even made a call. I’ve had an encounter from a similar situation with a Flightstar that didn’t announce its intentions and took off CBDR into my approach path!

For note, that wasn’t the only encounter that I–or anyone else–had with that particular Flightstar at that particular airport.

The Quest for the 300-m.p.h. Helicopter


via Wired

A sneak-peek at the experimental X-49 Speedhawk designed by the late Frank Piasecki along with links to other record-pushing helis. No, the V-22 Osprey (read: “Flying Death Trap”) doesn’t count.

More Tower Speak


Another fun quip heard over 124.55:

TOWER: “‘Copter One-Hotel-Gulf, cleared for the option. Use caution. Traffic is a golf cart chasing a stray dog northbound on runway two. Advise in sight.”

ATARI: “One-Hotel-Gulf has the traffic in sight. No factor.”

Tower Speak


This is the, no kidding, actual exchange when I was returning to Eastman today:

TOWER: Cessna Four-Hotel-Gulf, traffic is a helicopter approaching right downwind. Make LEFT close traffic. You are clear for takeoff.

CESSNA: Roger, left close traffic and clear for takeoff. I have the helicopter in sight. Four-Hotel-Gulf.

TOWER: Copter Two-Hotel-Gulf, use caution, you’ve got a bird off your left about 11’o-clock.

ATARI: Roger, tower. I have traffic in sight. ID is a crow at 12’o-clock. I have a shooting solution, permission to engage?

TOWER: Negative, Two-Hotel-Gulf, I think he got the message. Looks like he’s bugging out. Your orders are to return to base. Repeat, DO NOT ENGAGE.

ATARI: Wilco, Tower. Turning right base. Two-Hotel-Gulf.

TOWER: Two-Hotel-Gulf, clear to land

First Solo Cross-Country Flight


Well, I did it! I flew 86 nautical miles straight. All by my self.

I flew my first of three solo cross-country flights: Kennesaw to Cedartown to Cartersville to Canton and back to Kennesaw. Nice day, except that it was too damn hazy. Interestingly, though, it happened to be cool enough that I could cruise about 100 kts (very fast in an R-22) thanks to the denser air today.

Night flights coming soon!

Then Stage III Check and Private Practical Exam.