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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    Airspeed or groundspeed?
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    Yes!
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2014
     
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2014 edited
     
    Book with theory about flight 370 disappearance. Likely as any... whackjob pilot. Supposedly the book claims up to six other similar instances have happened. New cockpit reinforcement makes this easier if the pilot becomes nuts.


    A book is claiming that the passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 died after being deprived of oxygen when the pilot of the plane “deliberately” turned off the supply before he crashed the aircraft into the sea.

    The book–”Goodnight Malaysian 370″ written by air accident investigator Ewan Wilson and co-author Geoff Taylor–says that the passengers died hours before pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah crashed the aircraft in the Southern Indian Ocean on March 8.


    Caution: loud self starting video ads. Suggest sound off (assholes! the major news services on the net are becoming more and more degenerate and ad pushing).

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/903117-missing-plane-found-no-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-oxygen-turned-off-book-claims/

    Good reviews so far on amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Goodnight-Malaysian-370-behind-flight-ebook/product-reviews/B00MB938XE/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2014
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2014
     
    A publicity photo?

    Er...
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2014
     
    And one which drew the short straw and had ride outside the aircraft was....
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2014
     
    • CommentAuthorNick Hawk
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2014
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2014
     
    Pugachev's Cobra, with fly-by-wire. Beautiful in a ridiculously extravagant sort of way.

    This thing feels to me like it is massively overdesigned for any actual use it may be put to, other than airshows.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014 edited
     


    OOh.. it's got eleflaperons and ruddervators, how sexy is that?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014
     


    You call THOSE eleflaperons??
    And who the hell needs a ruddervator anyway?
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    That certainly is a large cuttlefish. Great camouflage too...
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    I can see it because it isn't in the room
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014
     
    It's a good thing it isn't because otherwise there'd be no room in the room.
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    Wasn't it Bertrand Russell who proved that a set always contains itself? Or perhaps the room of all rooms...
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2014 edited
     
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    The Human Factor

    I. Into the Night

    On the last day of May in 2009, as night enveloped the airport in Rio de Janeiro, the 216 passengers waiting to board a flight to Paris could not have suspected that they would never see daylight again, or that many would sit strapped to their seats for another two years before being found dead in the darkness, 13,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. But that is what happened. Air France Flight 447 carried a crew of nine flight attendants and three pilots — their numbers augmented because of duty-time limitations on a 5,700-mile trip that was expected to last nearly 11 hours. These were highly trained people, flying an immaculate wide-bodied Airbus A330 for one of the premier airlines of the world, an iconic company of which all of France is proud. Even today — with the flight recorders recovered from the sea floor, French technical reports in hand, and exhaustive inquests under way in French courts — it remains almost unimaginable that the airplane crashed. A small glitch took Flight 447 down, a brief loss of airspeed indications — the merest blip of an information problem during steady straight-and-level flight. It seems absurd, but the pilots were overwhelmed.

    To the question of why, the facile answer — that they happened to be three unusually incompetent men — has been widely dismissed. Other answers are more speculative, because the pilots can no longer explain themselves and had slid into a state of frantic incoherence before they died. But their incoherence tells us a lot. It seems to have been rooted in the very advances in piloting and aircraft design that have improved airline safety over the past 40 years. To put it briefly, automation has made it more and more unlikely that ordinary airline pilots will ever have to face a raw crisis in flight — but also more and more unlikely that they will be able to cope with such a crisis if one arises. Moreover, it is not clear that there is a way to resolve this paradox. That is why, to many observers, the loss of Air France 447 stands out as the most perplexing and significant airline accident of modern times.

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    More at
    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/10/air-france-flight-447-crash
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2014
     
    This sort of situation has come up before and it has always been the result of human error.
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