Ouch!

This happened a few months ago, but I’ve only just seen the report.  I found myself wincing as I watched, and crossing my legs, too! I’m glad he’s recovered from his injury. I had to laugh at the young man’s comment that he’d never been closer to his father than when he stitched up the injury! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,060

Today’s award goes to the pilot of a Airbus A330 airliner of Thai Airways.  It clipped a Gulfstream IV corporate aircraft with its wing at the airport in Vientiane, Laos the other day.  The results were catastrophic for the smaller plane. The much larger airliner suffered only minor damage to its wing, and will be repaired before resuming scheduled flights;  but with damage like that, I daresay the Gulfstream is a write-off.  It certainly can’t be flown anywhere for repairs, and I doubt that a minor third-world airport can handle what’s needed, even if parts and equipment were flown in. Used Gulfstream IV aircraft appear to

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Performance art with a real twist to it!

I had to laugh at the sad (?) news of an injury to a member of an Australian comedy team known as “Puppetry of the (male organ)“.  The actual word used has been censored due to the family-friendly nature of this blog. A member of the Puppetry of the ***** duo has suffered a testicle injury with a corkscrew during a performance. David Friend is the creator of the naked comedy group and hurt himself at a show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on Wednesday night. Friend was doing an act known as ‘The Bulldog’ when he sat on a woman’s lap in

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About that “open container law” for Airbus aircraft .

. it looks like I wasn’t far wrong! Last week I wrote about electrical issues with three different Airbus aircraft after liquids were spilled on control panels in the cockpit, including uncommanded engine shutdowns.  I asked whether an “open container law” might be needed for Airbus cockpits. What’s the old saying about “There’s many a true word spoken in jest”?  Flight Global reports: Airbus A350 operators have been ordered to define a “liquid prohibited” zone in the cockpit, after two incidents in which beverage spillages on the centre pedestal led to in-flight shutdown of a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. . . . In

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Feet on the dashboard = pelvis in pieces

I’ve seen many passengers in cars, light trucks or SUV’s – almost always women in my experience – put their feet up on top of the dashboard, lean back in their seats, and drive along like that.  I’ve always regarded it as extremely dangerous, because in the event of an accident, they won’t be able to stop their bodies from sliding forward, underneath their seatbelt.  Also, the airbags may slam their feet and legs into other parts of the vehicle, inflicting injury. A recent accident in England produced this horrifying X-ray. Metro UK reports: Police have released a picture showing the

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Snow, ice, and off-road excursions

Last weekend Miss D. and I drove to a seminar held at a lakeside resort east of Gainesville, TX.  Unfortunately, that coincided with the arrival of a rare snowstorm.  Our normally safe roads were suddenly covered with 2-3 inches of snow, with patches of ice forming beneath the snow, invisible until you hit it. This was US Highway 82 near Gainesville at about 8 AM on Saturday morning.  The photograph looks clearer than conditions actually were, and doesn’t capture the snow falling fairly thickly.  The car was distinctly “twitchy” over the slush in the tire ruts. A drive that normally takes 2 hours took

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Boeing’s answer to the 737 Max problems: more automation?

In all the hype about the problems surrounding Boeing’s 737 Max airliner, particularly the two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, I couldn’t help noticing one thing.  Airlines and pilots in First World countries appear to have had few similar problems with the aircraft.  It’s those in Third World countries that did – and not all of them, either.  The Lion Air 737 Max that crashed had experienced control problems just the day before the accident – but a third pilot on board, who knew what he was doing, told the flight crew what to do (as was pointed out in the aircraft manual), and the problem

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Sound and fury from Iran, but what does it signify?

Iran reportedly launched “ballistic missiles” of some sort against US installations in Iraq yesterday, in apparent retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani over the weekend.  However, to my surprise, the missiles apparently hit nothing of importance, and didn’t inflict a single casualty. Contrast that with the precision strike against the Saudi Aramco oil refining facility a few months ago, where Iranian “drones” proved combat-accurate and struck the targets they were aiming for with considerable precision.  There’s no doubt Iran possesses weapons that are capable of inflicting a lot of damage and casualties . . . so why weren’t they used against American forces

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