Monthly Archive for juli, 2010

Heart Attack Grill – skøre amerikanere

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Anflyvning til Nordpolen

Nu er det jo snart jul (!), så hvis nogen vil forbi julemanden, kan man jo kigge lidt på denne approach plate ;-)

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Bemærk især note 4 og de ikke så forskellige anflyvningsretninger!

Minimum Fuel vs. Fuel Emergency

Det nyeste nummer af NASA’s Call Back indeholder et par lærerige artikler om forskellen på minimum fuel vs. fuel emergency.

So you wanna become an airline pilot?

Here is a home study simulator course for those who still hunger for the romance and adventure of airline flying. That “Romance and Adventure” will all come back to you if you follow the steps of this “practice trip” at home:

1. Stay out of bed all night.

2. Sit in your most uncomfortable chair, in a closet, for nine or ten hours facing a four foot wide panoramic photo of a flight deck.

3. Have two or three noisy vacuum cleaners on high, out of sight but within hearing distance and operating throughout the night. If a vacuum cleaner fails, do the appropriate restart checklist.

4. Halfway through your nocturnal simulator course, arrange for a bright spotlight to shine directly into your face for two or three hours, simulating flying an eastbound flight into the sunrise.

5. Have bland overcooked food served on a tray midway through the night.

6. Have cold cups of coffee delivered from time to time. Ask your spouse to slam the door frequently.

7. At the time when you must heed nature’s call, force yourself to stand outside the bathroom door for at least ten minutes, transferring your weight from leg to leg, easing the discomfort. Don’t forget to wear your hat.

8. Leave the closet after the prescribed nine or ten hours, turn on your sprinklers and stand out in the cold and “rain” for twenty minutes, simulating the wait for the crew car.

9. Head for your bedroom, wet and with your suitcase and flight bag. Stand outside the door till your wife gets up and leaves, simulating the wait while the maid makes up the hotel room.

10. When your spouse inquires, “Just what in the hell have you been doing?” just say, “Recalling the allure of all night flying to romantic places.” as you collapse into bed.

11. If you are a purist, make this a two-day trip instead of a turn-around, and do this two nights in a row. Hope you enjoy your sim session.

ATC-humor

Faldt lige over denne side, hvor der er flere sjove historier og billeder – kig selv forbi ;-)

One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, “What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?” The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: “I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I’ll have enough for another one.”

Allegedly the German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They, it is alleged, not only expect one to know one’s gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: “Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway.”
Ground: “Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.” The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”
Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”
Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark,”¦ and I didn’t land.”

It seems that it was a very busy day and a “good ol’ boy” American (Texas-sounding) AF C-130 reserve pilot was in the instrument pattern for landing at Rhein-Main. The conversation went something like this”¦
Tower: “AF1733, You’re on an eight mile final for 27R. You have a UH-1 three miles ahead of you on final; reduce speed to 130 knots.”
AF1733: “Rog-O, Frankfurt. We’re bringin’ this big bird back to one-hundred and thirty knots fur ya.”
Tower (a few minutes later): “AF33, helicopter traffic at 90 knots now one-and-a-half miles ahead of you; reduce speed further to 110 knots.”
AF1733: “AF thirty-three reinin’ this here bird back further to 110 knots”
Tower: “AF33, you are three miles to touchdown, helicopter traffic now one mile ahead of you; reduce speed to 90 knots”
AF1733 ( sounding a little miffed): “Sir, do you know what the stall speed of this here C-130 is?!”
Tower (without the slightest hesitation): “No, but if you ask your co-pilot, he can probably tell you.”

Stor fugl i Paris

Så var det lige vi så denne fugl komme tøffende i LFPG (CDG) her til aften – den er godt nok stor!

A380

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Fantastisk take-away i Billund

Når man nu kun har en enkelt dag “fri” i sit aften-schedule i dette fem-dages-sling, så orker man næsten ikke at købe en masse varer til et enkelt måltid. Jeg var nærmest klar til en gang havregrød eller en hurtig pasta, men efter et par timer på mtb’en i mose og marsk efterfulgt af en time i det lokale fitness-center, så trængte jeg til lidt mere (især efter en uge med crew-meals, hvor vi pt. ikke bliver forkælet for at sige det mildt – checkede ind kl. 1530 i går og forgårs og ud igen 2359, hvor vi får et enkelt meal, der ikke kan mætte en voksen mand, men det bliver der heldigvis snart lavet om på).

Hotel Propellen var fået sig en take-away-afdeling, Propel’Away som det hedder, som ligger lige ved siden af fitness-centeret, så hvad var mere nærliggende end at prøve en af deres retter?

Jeg valgte stegt unghanebryst med risotto, årstidens grønsager, som viste sig at være friske asparges, og krydderurtesauce, og tænkte at det kunne give dem nogle udfordringer (brystet bliver hurtigt tørt og risottoen kedelig, når det skal stå hele dagen klart til take-away) – det viste sig dog ingenlunde at være tilfældet.

Jeg hoppede i fitness-tøjet og bestilte maden via telefonen på vejen (det skal man nemlig huske at gøre), og Louise smilede højlydt, da jeg som svar på hendes spørgsmål om, hvornår jeg kunne tænke mig at hente det, svarede “20:25”. Det er nok mig i en nødeskal. Jeg er der altid syv minutter i, otte minutter over eller noget lignende – aldrig ca.kl. otte eller “fem minutter over” (som eks-politi-, militærmand og pilot er man jo altid præcis ;-)

Jeg var der 20:24 efter en god gang træning, og fik min (store) portion risotto og skyndte mig hjem for at smage – det duftede i hvert fald godt og så meget friskt ud. Det smagte som en drøm, ungehanebrystet var stegt perfekt og stadig saftigt, risottoen var lækker cremet uden at være klistret og aspargesene var der netop det bid i, som der skal være. Alting var krydret perfekt og jeg tøver ikke med seks ud af fem kokkehuer (og glæder mig til at prøve de andre retter ;-)

Deres “hovedretter” koster kr. 98,- og de har også en kaptajnens favorit (dagens ret) til kr. 68,-, der skifter hver dag (og en børnemenu til kr. 49, hvis du ikke er så sulten ;-).

Indtil videre kan de varmt anbefales – og nej, jeg får ikke rabat ;-)

Er den ikke lækker?

BMW M-bike

Sidder lige og kigger efter en lækker gadecykel til supplering af mine to mountainbikes (en på Sjælland og en i Jylland), og så faldt jeg lige over denne BMW M-bike – er den ikke lækker (kommentarer modtages gerne)?