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Comment Re:And yet (Score 4, Informative) 409

She will sleep comfortably while you are begging for help to save your life

You're likely just echoing conservative dogma about "Benghazigate". Do you get you get your news from any sources other that Fox? Not to diminish the tragedy, but the Obama administration's errors here (in actuality, lower level security personnel in the State Dept. rather than Clinton directly though she accepted responsibility as Sec.) was in its flawed strategic decisions regarding the size of the ambassadorial mission there and what actions to take in light of the decreasing stability. To portray Clinton as slumbering comfortably while her charges were begging for help is patently false. Further, conservative efforts to discredit Clinton through endless Benghazi hearings are disingenuous, unceasing and utterly wasteful, but shows them as the true exploiters of the tragedy. Ronald Reagan's Benghazi was not politicized at all and it happened six months after the embassy there was bombed.

If there is a rule or a law, she will break it without a moments hesitation if she perceives the benefit in added power, money or prestige outweighs the risks.

Opinion stated as fact. Please support with evidence... BTW, factually speaking, Trump has boasted of sexual assault and is busy right now planting the seeds of insurrection by absurdly claiming the election is"rigged"- sounds like treason (the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government) to me. Tell me who's lawless again.

ask yourself what would it be like if she had the powers of Presidential Pardon and Executive Privilege?

Sorry, too busy pondering what would happen if Trump were CIC. Didn't he say he would carpet bomb ISIS and steal the oil? He knows more about ISIS than "tha generals". K then, Like I said,: too busy pondering Armageddon under Trump....

Comment Re: Whoopty Doo (Score 1) 843

Something he might be familiar with having an education in economics from one of the worlds best schools for that stuff.

Like he says: "...because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things..." and: "Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault" (from a midnight Tweet?)

I'm a YUGE fan, very bigly convinced, in total admiration of his smartableness.

Comment Re:Whoopty Doo (Score 3, Insightful) 843

Obama had a Democrat controlled congress and he used it to ram a shitty health care bill down everyone's throat.

You didn't elaborate on what made it so shitty, so I'll suggest why (don't blame Obama): The only way this (health care for the masses) was ever going to come to reality was if those who stood the most to lose (insurers and providers of healthcare and medicine) had a say in its conceptual design. IOW, those who had the most to lose from changing the status quo limited the degree to which the status quo changed- naturally by lobbying the democrats as not a single republican voted for passage- they continue to this day to undermine the basic right of healthcare. As it turns out, this lead to insurance policies that are still too expensive for the intended recipients and insurers who resent having to cover those who most need it because it makes it hard for them to profit. The right thing to do was create a single payer system and congress (not Obama) totally half-assed the entire thing. Half a solution in this case was not a solution IMHO. OTOH, a few good things did come of it: coverage of preventive medicine, age increase of dependents, medicare improvements, pre-existing coverage, and more.

He got what he wanted but pissed off enough people to destroy the Democrats majority in both houses.

By that I take it you mean he drove state district gerrymandering to a new level of absurd. The resulting ideological makeup of congress is in no way reflective of the populations they purport to represent, nor the country as a whole.

Comment Re:complicated (Score 1) 84

Luck doesn't land planes with degraded flight controls.

Luck allows a crew that followed one error and multiple omissions with another even more grievous error in an attempt to correct the first (when they certainly should have known better) to have a suitable divert, VMC on top, and capable air traffic controllers sufficient to effect a successful landing.

With the benefit of hindsight all solutions are simple.

Hindsight for this crew would show they executed the wrong checklist and did it incorrectly to boot. To wit: rather than turn off ADRs as called for, the F/O turned off the ADIRS. Hindsight would not show they handled it the best they could.

Comment Re:Our robotic overlords (Score 1) 84

What it actually said was "The aircraft's systems would not allow the plane to be flown in instrument conditions".

From the report: "The FO stated that, in the absence of any ECAM or STATUS messages his initial reaction was to reference the UNRELIABLE AIRSPEED INDICATION checklist in the quick reference handbook (QRH).

Turns out they did to themselves. The aircraft was fine, just positionally lost. There was no failure of aircraft systems, rather a series of procedural errors that led to the loss of aircraft capabilities.

Comment Re:Complicated systems need user-friendly confirma (Score 1) 84

You plug in all the numbers for your flight path. It should then display a world map with your flight path overlaid

This in fact was accomplished but the process only displays the route in map mode that does not include a aircraft symbol. The route wasn't the problem, the initial position was. One crosscheck they missed was route distance which would have been off considerably.

This is one of the reasons I still advocate doing navigation in nautical miles instead of km.

In aviation, nautical miles are the only standard. Kilometers are never used. Unfortunately, meters are still used in some parts of the world for altitude assignments.

Comment Re:"Initial Position" Error (Score 1) 84

In this case, the crew erroneously turned off ADIRS 1 and 3 while trying to troubleshoot which rendered the aircraft VMC only and in alternate law. They made it much worse for themselves. Had they not done that they could have used standby nav to manually tune and fly ground based navaids.

From the report: "Once ADIRUs 1 and 3 were selected OFF, the captain's primary flight display (PFD) lost all information except accurate airspeed and vertical speed, and the captains ND displayed the GPS PRIMARY LOST, HDG and MAP NOT AVAILABLE warning flags. In addition to the information remaining on the captain's PFD, the FO's PFD continued to display accurate airspeed, vertical speed and attitude information, but the displayed heading information was incorrect. The FO's ND also displayed incorrect heading information and there was no usable map, waypoint or tracking information. The autopilot and autothrust systems were also unavailable, and the aircraft had reverted from normal law to alternate law."

Comment Re:"Initial Position" Error (Score 1) 84

every INS and FMS designed in the last 20 years features automated initialization. I wonder if they were having GPS issues.

The automated part would not include aligning the inertial, only origin/destination, route and winds. The aircraft has GPS and it should have given them several warnings but the short taxi out may not have given enough time for them to display.

From the report: "The aircraft-generated post-flight report indicated that faults associated with failure of GPS integrity checks occurred 14 and 9 minutes prior to take-off. These failures were the result of the positional error and occurred while the aircraft was being taxied for take-off. Both of these faults are designed to have an associated single chime master caution aural alert, and the respective GPS NAV (1, 2) FAULT should appear on the engine/warning display. There were no associated ECAM messages indicating faults to either GPS."

Comment Re:complicated (Score 1) 84

I disagree. The crew seemed determined to fail. The inertial init procedure was the first error, followed by the crews' failure to recognize this in multiple crosschecks before getting airborne, and the final critical error was executing a procedure once airborne to correct unreliable airspeed which was not present. Turning off 2 air data inertial reference systems degraded the flight controls to alternate law and rendered a perfectly capable but positionally confused aircraft VMC only. The only "successes" were a properly functioning ATC system and luck. The resolution, once airborne, was a simple one- update the inertial position to actual position- this can be done manually.

Comment Re:anyone on fly the 747? (Score 2) 59

Never flew "rope starts" (747-100/200's, so named because they had an engineer), but I have flown the -400 model. It's just like any other Boeing, just bigger. I've no stories to share but the following are some notable events: Lost engines 3 and 4, 8 deaths. High aerodynamic loads resulted from the unusual attitude and transonic airspeed and caused major structural damage, but it held together and landed in SFO.

Korean Airlines has 3 unfortunate events involving the 747 KAL 007, KAL 801, and KAL 902. Two of those were shootdowns by the Soviet Union!

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 623

Go ask a pilot if they sleep while autopilot is on.

K. I'll answer that as a pilot. Yes I sleep while on autopilot but not while manning a seat- only while on break in the bunk (aka the crypt as its cold and dark). We have more that 2 pilots on "long" flights.

In all seriousness, many have advocated, and I believe the FAA has studied the efficacy of "cat naps" taken one at a time while at the controls during cruise to combat fatigue during approach and landing phases. While not legal or encouraged, it does happen. There is anecdotal evidence that on more than one occasion, both pilots have fallen asleep while at the controls allowing the aircraft to deviate from its intended flight path, or become unresponsive to controllers. Most commercial aircraft, but not all, are equipped with an alerting system that will sound a series of alarms of increasing urgency if there has been no pilot interaction after a set amount of time.

Comment Re:Lucky you're not in Australia (Score 1) 623

Can't think of another country with a more stringent enforcement of traffic laws. Add to that the omnipresent photo enforcement and generally 50% premium on the price of any car relative to the rest of the world and this would make living there very difficult for me as a lover of driving and cars. Makes me wonder if the term "hooning" grew from lax enforcement of yesteryears or from the likelihood that by pulling out of your driveway, you've already broken 10 traffic laws in Oz.

Having driven on that continent a few times (my POV is as an American), I find that folks are generally better drivers than in the US, but one interesting failure we share in common is the inability to keep left (or right in America), and allow faster traffic to pass- only over here I find that the right lane is so often vacant, it is now the new left lane. Nobody in Australia is willing to move over and at the same time nobody is willing to pass on the left.

Comment Brings up an old saying... (Score 1) 365

"Rumor versus fact"

In modern aircraft (that is to say from dawn of glass cockpits), pilots have been taught to reference FMAs (flight mode annunciators) as depicted on the PFD rather than switch positions. As to what mode is selected, a button push is a rumor, an FMA is a fact. Classic example: most Airbus have an electric switch that selects the parking brake and a triple gauge that shows brake pressure. There have been numerous occasions where pilots set the switch to "on" but failed to check the gauge resulting in unintended aircraft movement. Just as in this case, injuries or death can result.

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