Nanaimo Flying Club News
This upcoming meeting will be critical for those who have strong feelings about gas — of the 100LL variety that is. We will be reviewing the full report regarding our current fuel system and how we stand with respect to the new laws regarding fuel handling.
Don Crockett will be proposing a choice between four different options. If we wish to continue selling fuel, Environmental Insurance is just one of the hurdles we’ll have to address. Some quotes for this insurance come in at $12,000/year. Apparently we only earned about half this much from fuel sales last year. You do the math.
Another factor to consider is people-power. Properly maintaining and operating the fuel system requires several hours of volunteer effort each year. Volunteer hours seem to be in dwindling supply around our club. So, for those wishing to keep selling fuel please be prepared to deal with this topic. It’s not good enough to say that “thay” should do something. You is They.
Anyway, it promises to be an important meeting about the future shape of our club.
This Sunday, October 19 at 9 AM.
They come from everywhere for The Don’s famous burgers … well, with the cloudy weather today, what else is there to do?
This is certainly an unusual aircraft configuration, but knowing that Burt Rutan is behind it should tell us that this definitely wan’t an accidental design … Read about it here: http://airpigz.com/blog/2014/5/19/the-boomerang-burts-favorite-creation-and-the-oregon-aero-cu.html
From Vanity Fair, below is an excellent article on automation, human factors and Air France 447.
Vanity Fair Magazine
October, 2014 issue, Page 256
“The Human Factor”
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.
Willaim Langewiesche is a professional pilot and is currently the international correspondent for the magazine Vanity Fair, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, he was the national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine where he was nominated for eight consecutiveNational Magazine Awards. He has written articles covering a wide range of topics from shipbreaking, wine critics, the Columbia shuttle disaster, modern ocean piracy, nuclear proliferation, and the World Trade Center cleanup. Langewiesche is the son of Wolfgang Langewiesche, author of Stick and Rudder.
And now, a little equal-time beefcake …
Fly Safe and have a great weekend!