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[30 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on Can I have a DF steer? | 553 views]

The old DF steer came onto my radar today (if you’ll excuse the irony), so not having flown for far too many years I thought I’d look it up, just out of curiosity. Seems they are being or have been decommissioned in a lot of places.
But what really struck me in the few discussions I read about them was the incredibly narrow view of some of the pilots discussing them. Sure, as we all know, the USA is the centre of the universe in many ways, not the least of …

Aviation, Humour »

[15 Nov 2010 | Comments Off on A few flying jokes | 481 views]

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist, the parachute.
If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage helicopter fly-ins?
Death is just nature’s way of telling you to watch your airspeed.
Real planes use only a single stick to fly. This is why bulldozers and helicopters — in that order — need two.
There are only three things the copilot should ever say: 1. Nice landing, sir. 2. I’ll buy the first round. 3. I’ll take the fat one.
As a pilot only two bad …

Aviation, Featured »

[15 Nov 2010 | Comments Off on The Crash of United Flight 232, transcript of a talk by Captain Al Haynes | 868 views]
The Crash of United Flight 232, transcript of a talk by Captain Al Haynes

I’ve had this transcript available on my website since 1998, if the date stamps on the files are correct. It was a remarkable story in 1989, and it’s still a remarkable story today.
Perhaps I will, at some point, integrate the HTML version of the transcript into this site properly. In the meantime, it’s available in six different file formats below, some of which (especially the Envoy file) are pretty darn ancient:

Portable document format (PDF)
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
Plain text
WordPerfect
Microsoft Word
Envoy