- May 25, 2006
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What does being a public figure or not have to do with it?So to our lawyer friends out there, does being a self-appointed youtube celebrity make a person a public figure? Or in other words, if we were to have a 'which youtube pilot is most likely to crash an aircraft because of their lack of skill or judgement' poll, would that be a bad thing? Not to be mean, or even funny, but a bit educational. Ok, perhaps satirical and educational at the same time.
Gee, I never heard that. Any good references?
Yes, but it has to qualify as defamation (factual statements that are not just opinion) not simply satiric "poking fun" to be a problem. Jerry is his own satire. And he has already been described numerous times online as the pilot most likely to crash an airplane.ok, probably it runs more into defamation rather than just "poking fun" - but the applicable post talking about "...if we were to have a 'which youtube pilot is most likely to crash an aircraft because of their lack of skill or judgement' poll," could easily cross over into possible defamation claims...
lots and lots of stuff if you google "making fun of public figures vs private"
#6 is more in the tips and tricks category but can be useful in a number of diversion situations.OK, gauntlet thrown, and I believe I’d lose.
The latest video says they got a new right engine. So ...I'm not a big youtube consumer. A few days ago I was driving home from the hangar, and noticed a 421 taxiing out in the row behind mine. Didn't think much of it, exited the ramp area, headed home.
On the road leaving the airport, I see same 421 climbing out, poorly. I assumed the plane had lost its RHE -- he is maybe 150-200 high (at this point in the road, I'm basically at the far end of the 5500' runway we commonly use, so the altitude makes no sense). I pulled over, and was expecting to witness a crash or cheer an ME success story. This was neither. He was in a 20ish degree bank with a fair yaw component to things and maybe 0.5 degree nose up.
Then he got over the water, rolled wings level, and continued his anemic climb to the east.
I searched up the N number, and was like "a-ha"
Actually he has, but the overall problem I see is his experience. I have no idea what he did aviation-wise before YouTube, but the main thing I see is the experience of 100 hours of the same flight rather than 100 hours in different situations. AUN-OAK-AUN. I've been watching him for a while and the biggest IFR problems seem to occur when there's anything different than what he is used to. Even a difference as minor as the winds changing from the prevailing northwest to the southeast so he has to fly the approach to 10L rather than 28R throws him. There was one of these this past year. He's up there with Robert guessing where ATC is going to send him and setting up his GPS based on his guess. When ATC does something different he screws it up. The scary part is, even to me who has never flown into OAK, it was pretty obvious what ATC was going to do.The video is down but I'm pretty sure I know who it is. For a guy that flies in IMC as much as he does, his skills don't seem to improve.