Wednesday, 4 May 2016

7 Things Every Pilot Learns During Instrument Training | Boldmethod

7 Things Every Pilot Learns During Instrument Training | Boldmethod

There's nothing like popping out of the clouds, at minimums, right above the runway. Training toward your instrument rating not only makes you a safer, more confident pilot, but lets you use the full capability of the national airspace system.

Here are 7 things that you'll learn during instrument training...
1) Planning a descent, briefing an approach, and communicating with ATC, all at once, while flying partial-panel is something you'll end up getting pretty good at...


Monday, 25 April 2016

Obesity is the new smoking - soon governments will be forced to tackle it in the same way | Irish Examiner

Obesity is the new smoking - soon governments will be forced to tackle it in the same way | Irish Examiner

News that the global food company will advise consumers to eat certain products only “occasionally” plays havoc with the jingle that has earned its spot in the advertising slogan Hall of Fame. (Hands up all of you who can still hum the “Mars a day helps you work, rest, and play” tune that brought TV ads to life from 1959 to 1995?) Though – and here’s the unsettling bit — Mars Food isn’t telling us to eat Mars bars or indeed its Snickers bars, M&Ms, or Maltesers occasionally. It is, in fact, admitting that its pasta products and sauces — food we are likely to put on our daily dinner tables — should carry what amounts to a health warning. There’s been a rush to laud the food giant for the move, but I must be missing the point. Doesn’t anybody find it astounding that a food manufacturer is actually warning us about eating its food? You might expect to hear that its confectionery is high in sugar, salt and fat but the fact that Mars is admitting that Dolmio — “When’s your Dolmio day”, indeed? — and other sauces should be eaten, at most, once a week is hair-raising.

How did we end up here, in a world where our daily bread, so to speak, has to come with a label telling us not to eat it too often?...

Monday, 11 April 2016

How To Make An Awesome Soft Field Landing | Boldmethod

How To Make An Awesome Soft Field Landing | Boldmethod


Spring is officially here. Are you ready to start landing on soft fields again? If you're planning to touch down on a grass or dirt strip soon, it's time to brush up on your soft-field landing skills. Here's what you need to be thinking about.
How Soft Field Landings Are Different

Soft field landings are pretty much the same as normal landings until you cross the runway threshold. That's where you need to put your soft field landing technique to work...

The Democracy Activist Who Became a Suicide Bomber - WSJ

The Democracy Activist Who Became a Suicide Bomber - WSJThousands of Egyptians held up their nation’s flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 4, 2011.
"Five years ago, Ahmad Darrawi was one of the idealistic young Egyptians whose bravery stirred world-wide admiration. In 2011, he stood among the protest vanguard in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and in the months afterward he often appeared on TV, outlining reforms for Egypt’s brutal and corrupt police. In the fall of 2011, he ran for parliament as an independent. His campaign ads showed a smiling, clean-shaven man in a gray suit under the slogan “Dignity and Security.” He was 32.

Three years later, Darrawi blew himself up on the battlefields of Iraq, where he was fighting as a loyal soldier of Islamic State, according to the terrorist group.

How did it happen? How did a hopeful, principled young man from a middle-class family turn into a coldblooded suicide bomber? It is hard to separate that question from the Arab world’s broader descent over the past five years: from nonviolence to mass murder, from proclamations of tolerance and civic idealism to the savagery of Islamic State.

The gap between those ideals is so vast that any attempt to link them can seem like madness. But for Darrawi and others like him—in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia and more—the road from democracy to Islamic State wasn’t so strange..."

Monday, 28 March 2016

Texting while walking in N.J. could mean jail, fine - NY Daily News

Texting while walking in N.J. could mean jail, fine - NY Daily News
Here’s a smartphone plan that would really cost you.Crossing the street in New Jersey with your eyes glued to your smartphone could mean spending 15 days in jail, paying a $50 fine, or both, in a “distracted walking” bill introduced by state assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.

“Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road,” Lampitt said. “An individual crossing the road distracted by their smartphone presents just as much danger to motorists as someone jaywalking and should be held, at minimum, to the same penalty.”The proposed measure would ban walking while texting and prohibit pedestrians on public roads from using their smartphones unless they’re hands-free.Half of the $50 fine would go to safety education about the dangers of walking and texting, the lawmaker said.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

How Contrails Form | Boldmethod

How Contrails Form | Boldmethod
"Contrails come in two varieties: aerodynamic and exhaust contrails.
Aerodynamic Contrails

Aerodynamic contrails occur when moist air cools due to lowered pressure, condensing humidity in the air and forming a contrail cloud.

What causes an aerodynamic contrail? It can come from any surface which lowers the air pressure - but it's commonly caused by your propellor or wings. When an airfoil decreases air pressure, it also decreases the air's temperature. If the humidity's high, the drop in temperature and pressure can lower the air's temperature past the dew point and form a contrail cloud.

The more your wings decrease pressure, the greater the temperature drop. So, an aircraft with high wing loading can generate large aerodynamic contrails. An F-15 pulling G's and a 737 at a high angle of attack are great examples of this effect.
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Aerodynamic contrails don't last long. As soon as the aerodynamically cooled air comes back up to ambient temperature, the contrails dissipate. That's why aerodynamic contrails are so short lived.
Exhaust Contrails

Exhaust contrails are more common, and they're usually seen behind aircraft cruising in the flight levels. They form when hot, moist air exiting an engine mixes with extremely cold air - condensing the exhaust's moisture.

How cold does the air need to be? It varies. The ambient air temperature has to drop below -24 degrees Celsius at sea level, and reach below -45 degrees Celsius at FL500 for exhaust contrails to form. A cirrus cloud layer can indicate that conditions are right for exhaust contrails." / Flickr

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Ivory Coast attack: Beyond the targets - Al Jazeera English

Ivory Coast attack: Beyond the targets - Al Jazeera English

"Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the Grand-Bassam attack in Ivory Coast that left at least 16 people dead on Sunday. This latest attack indicates a strategic shift by the terrorist group: spreading fear and instability further south and destabilising the capitals of the countries involved in fighting against its Sahel bastions. After smearing the streets of Ouagadougou and Bamako with blood over the past six months, the terrorists have added a new country on their list of targets.

In all three cases, such attacks have been intended to derail a steady process of institution building. The objective of these attacks is to fuel hatred and xenophobia while impeding the economic development of societies where fundamentalists hope to recruit more zealots..."

Sunday, 13 March 2016

11 Reasons You Should Be A Pilot | Boldmethod

11 Reasons You Should Be A Pilot | Boldmethod

Have you thought about becoming a pilot? Here are 11 reasons you should start right now.
11) Nothing can top your first solo flight.

The minute you lift off the ground, you realize you're the only person that can bring the plane back to the ground safely. And when you touch down, you realize you've accomplished something very few people have...