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About 80% of general aviation aircraft fly using Lycoming engines. Clearing the trees at the end of the runway. Leaving 4500ft for 6500ft. Maintaining airflow and generating lift across the wings. All are impossible without a reliable engine. Lycoming powers my training aircraft and so fuels my quest for a private pilot certificate. This blog is a record of my thoughts and experiences on life, flight, and learning.

27 September 2005


I flew last Wednesday, logged 1.4hrs and 5 landings. It was extremely smooth air, great visibility, and there was an awesome sunset to boot. Wish I'd had my camera with me, but it probably wouldn't have done it justice, taking a photo through the crazed translucent plexiglass that is the pilots side window on 6-Golf. I practiced some S-turns, changing speeds and maintaining altitude, some point turns, and entering the pattern from different angles. It was very relaxing and helped me to get my mind off work for at least two hours:).

I did get to enjoy chatting over the vacant UNICOM frequency with one of my friends from church who is an aspiring missionary pilot/mechanic. He was practicing short field landings on some of the grass strips in the area, getting ready for that jungle flying. After we landed, I talked at length with him about his upcoming interviews with missions organization and his hopes to be serving in the mission field early next year. Right now, he is with Missionary Maintenance. It's really a great ministry, preparing and maintaining the mechanics and aircraft that missionaries depend upon to spread God's word around the world.

26 September 2005


Just thinking about this incident....if Airbus had designed the A320 to jettison fuel, this A320 wouldn't have had to circle LA for 2+ hours, trying to burn fuel off to reduce the landing weight from a Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of 73.5 metric tonnes (162,040lbs) to Max Landing Weight (MLW) of 64.5 metric tonnes (142,200lbs). This would've meant no press, no fuss, no video, and no questions regarding the "safety of Airbus A320s" or other drivel. This is not a new incident. It has happened before -
a jetBlue A320 landed in JFK in 2002

...and a United Airlines A319 landed at O'Hare in 2002

Something to think about when executing your designs...

The additional weight of the fuel jettison pumps, the hassle in designing the piping to fit around the flight controls, the endless meetings about location and specifications and seals and so on......just adding that one subsystem could've spared so much work and time and resources from explaining and analyzing and talking about the failure of the nose gear on the evening news....where everything is objective:).

It did make for some cool photos. Think that nosewheel can be rebuilt?

EDIT!!!!--------------------------------------------(27 Sep 05)

Check out Joe Podcaster > for a downloadable MP3 of the discussion between the pilot of the jetBlue A320 and the dispatcher. I want THAT guy flying my plane.