Archive for October, 2011

Jet Blue Passengers Stuck on Plane

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Jet Blue passengers were stuck on plane for 7 hours during Oct 2011 snow storm.

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Eastern Air Lines Flight 401

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 was a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar 1 jet that crashed into the Florida Everglades on the night of December 29, 1972, causing 101 fatalities (77 initial crash survivors, two died shortly afterward). The crash was a result of the flight crew’s failure to recognize a deactivation of the autopilot during their attempt to troubleshoot a malfunction of the landing gear position indicator system. It is believed that fatigue and poor crew resource management (CRM) contributed to the accident.

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AACA Meet at Hershey 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) held their annual car show and swap meet/flea market in Hershey, PA this past weekend.  For those of you that have not had a chance to go to this event it is something to put on your list of things to see.  There is so much to see, the size of it is overwhelming. Here are some highlights from this year’s event.

If you need to get indoors to get out of the cold or heat, or rain you can visit the museum.  On some evenings during the weeklong event you can even get food at the museum.  This year the museum had some of Peter Maier’s art work on displayFor more on Peter click here.  If its parts that you’re looking for the flea market is the place for you.  I believe that you could purchase a frame at the flea market and find enough parts to build a complete vehicle and drive it home.

The anti automotive folks may enjoy a tour of the Hershey Factory in Chocolate World.  Keep your eyes open for celebrities.  We spotted Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars.

In an earlier news letter I reported on the Lee Roy Hartung collection that is to be auctioned off in November.  We were able to see a sample of some of the vehicles.

If it is cars that you came to see then the car show on Saturday is the place to be.  For those wanting to purchase a car visit the car coral for hundreds of cars for sale.  If you like fire trucks you’ll find many nice examples at the show.

The big event on Saturday morning is the parade of cars entering the show grounds – see video below.

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Jerry White – Hinson’s New Forum

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

For all of the gear heads Jerry White has provided us with a new forum.  Check it out here.

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Biker Dog

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Here is a great video for all of you bikers that love dogs

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Gear Up Landing

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This is a gear up landing caught on video from inside the aircraft.  The aircraft is a single engine Cessna 172RG.  The beeping horn that you hear in the video is a warning to the pilots that the aircraft is in the landing configuration and the gear is NOT down and locked. These two pilots are having a wonderful social conversation instead of doing the pre-landing checklist.

The ending is a good look and sound of what a gear-up landing is like.

It is amazing that the two pilots were able to ignore the warning horn and continue with the landing. The fact that someone was in the back seat with video and audio recording this magnificent performance of cockpit stupidity makes this a rare video indeed.

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Plane Crashed into a Ferris Wheel

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia on Saturday, trapping two children on the ride and two adults in the aircraft for hours. There were no serious injuries.

The pilot, Paul Cox, said he did not see the Ferris wheel before his plane hit it.

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Today in Aviation History
March 24, 1949: The Bell XH-12 set a world speed record for helicopters by flying 134 mph over a measured course at Niagara Fall Airport. The previous record was 124 mph.