Tuesday, February 01, 2011




Here's the other ILS we did yesterday. This one was considerably less challenging from a technical perspective - the ceiling was 1200' and the visibility was 2 miles. The only notable thing was the direct crosswind from the left at 25 knots, and you can see a classic crosswind landing technique being applied here - drop a wing into the wind, keep aligned with the runway using rudder. Touch down on the left main gear first, then the right main gear, then the nose gear. Other than that, not much to it. Like yesterday's post, a few minutes of boring "solid IMC" was removed from the middle of the clip.

Now onto the gross stuff - I have two things that may cause you discomfort. They are both kinda gross, you have been warned!

The first one happened last night - I got back from supper and passed out on my hotel room couch while watching Oprah reruns, and woke up around 1am. I decided to reposition to my bed, but first I had to brush my fangs. I didn't want to turn the lights on and destroy my melatonin buildup, so I fumbled around in my overnight bag for my toothbrush.





Instead, I found my razor. If you look closely, you'll see that I actually peeled back a long thin strip nearly all the way to my first digit. Atomic hangnail! So much blood! I feel bad because the people will likely have to steam-clean the carpet before they can use the hotel room again.


Now for the other disturbing thing, and it's mostly because it showcases my bloated ego.





I found these at a pilot supply shop at my current airport. After chuckling and thinking "who on earth would buy these", I immediately bought them. Lots of people have what it takes to be a Captain, but only a certain few have what it takes to be a dictator! I'm officially a terrible person :)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I want some too!And the hat.

Paul Tomblin said...

In Canadian Armed Forces, 4 stripes is an Army Colonel or a Navy Captain, and a big thick stripe is an Army General or a Navy Admiral. 5 stripes would be something between, so how about "Super Captain"? "Captain++"?

ScurvyDog said...

I once saw a bellhop with those on his shoulders at a ritzy hotel in the city! I tipped him well also.

Anonymous said...

You'll have to start calling yourself "Commodore".

Chris said...

Oh man! I'd love a pair of these. Then head down to the flying club and mount up on a C152.

My question now is - where can I buy epaulettes with six bars? In fact, how many bars can you fit on an epaulette?

Chef. said...

I may need to get you to send me a set of those. I've always believed it's a massive oversight that Chef jackets don't have gold braid.

Merlin said...

Great landing!

Flying Donald said...

Was already laughing at your profile, this just makes it hurt. Twenty bucks (CAN) you wear them for a flight and get a pic in uniform wearing them...