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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by WannFly, Jan 5, 2021.
for VFR pilots out here
sorry mods for the click bait
Some IFR pilots, too.
Bro do you even lift? (Seriously, stay home and play some space invaders or some crap like that)
Right now Whidbey Island is experiencing 35G to 50, the ground is fully Saturated and lot of trees will be down..
Here on the Oregon coast we just call it Wednesday.
Here's what the winds have already looked like this week:
Ya, this afternoon I was looking at the numbers for one of the coastal airports and it showed gusts to 46 kts. Yikes!
It seems like it has calmed down. 10 to G16
I took advantage of the calm winds and clear skies across the midwest today. Gotta get it while you can this time of year.
Just noticed that Mount Baker got 6 feet of snow in 4 days.
Wonderfull skiing, but road closed.
That's why helicopters were invented
We had a few hours of that. The rest of the day was freezing fog. Been that way for about 4 days straight. Went VFR to LIFR in a blink yesterday.
You can't land in 6 feet of snow. have you ever skied 6 feet of powder ? can you say "white out"
Why does a helicopter need to land in order to drop off skiers?
It's sunny and 52*, and still getting warmer, here in Atlanta. We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow afternoon, but none of that four letter s-word stuff.
When do you move to Atlanta?
Because of white out. when they can't see neither can you.
It's 46 now and clear.
It's terrible here also. Temp is only 64 with howling winds from the east at 1 knot.
You're right, today is not ending well.
It's been kind of nice today, but it will be below freezing overnight. I guess it's time to get ready to batten down the hatches.
grr.... as soon as i can .. during the TS season
honestly its been a warm winter here too, think about 35 degrees outside (yes when you live in Fargo, 35 degrees in January is fantastic)
My favorite is when its IFR or MVFR all weekend, and the moment I go back to work on Mondays its severe clear. Fridays and Thursdays are wayyyy easier for me to take off of work, Mondays are difficult. Somehow the weather controlling lizards know this...
I have noticed the exact same trend.
It could drop them from 500 ft AGL without stirring up a whiteout with its rotorwash, but I'm guessing part of the contract requires the skiers to survive the drop.
Yeah, folks are funny that way...
Yup, really bad day.
Most businesses need repeat customers to thrive. Funeral homes are one of the few I can think that don't
I had a customer in the race fuel business that owned a chain of funeral homes. His unofficial slogan was ''People are dying to keep me racing''...
but the same contract does not apply to jump planes....
I remember hearing a story years ago (before I started training) about a skydive plane that had an engine failure shortly after takeoff, at around 1,000 ft AGL. The person telling me (a skydiver) said that all the jumpers immediately exited the plane. I remember wondering even then — before I was a pilot — why someone would risk jumping out of a plane close to minimum-chute-opening/deceleration altitude when there were nothing but flat, open fields ahead for an easy landing. Then again, I'm not sure why anyone would jump out of a plane, period, unless it lost a wing or was on fire.
thats too low to jump out...eek. i am with you. i would rather stay in the plane than jump out.
I wonder how big was the deposit the operator asked for on this ski drop?
I've often wondered why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane. One of my skydiving friends (he did it, not me!) said that there was no such thing as a perfectly good airplane. After looking at the planes they beat to death jumping out of I saw where he got that opinion. But, I wouldn't fly one of those.
Then there was the statement made by our Sgt Major when I was in ROTC. "Two things fall from the sky. Birds&*t and fools!"
Part 135 in the king Air 200, we often dropped skiers at Valemount and Golden to helicopter ski.......out of Seattle.
Touring the mountains, often the ridges where the helicopters land are completely clear of snow due to the high winds.
Pull the cord when you jump out, you don't really have a lot of downward force yet. It takes 7 seconds to fall 1000'. How long does it take a chute to open?
I have landed a helicopter on deep snow in whiteout conditions. It takes training, though. And bravery.
No idea, but I vaguely remember before a tandem jump others were discussing about an accident where someone pulled at 800 AGL and the chute didn’t have enough time to fully open to arrest the descent. I heard that story and went up hoping the dude on my back would open it higher than that lol
Joke: What occurs after two days of storms and bad weather end? Monday.
I love that too. Then I can get some approaches in actual without worrying about my work schedule.
The US and UK dropped paratroopers from 500 ft AGL during the Second World War, but a certain "attrition rate" was accepted in war time (both among the jumpers, and among the C-47s and other jump planes that were easy targets for ground fire).
The most active BASE jumping site in the world is 485 feet high (the Perrine Bridge in Idaho). The New Year's day BASE jumpers in Nashville leapt from the 320 foot tall Grand Hyatt hotel. So the low elevation isn't necessarily a problem, but of course the BASE jumpers are equipped for and planning for such jumps--different scenario than the one David recounted where recreational skydivers had to make an unplanned jump from 1000'.