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  1. Rasputin22

    Need a rigger in RI

    BSI has most everything that Navtec had plus a lot of improved or new hardware. Rig Pro has a lot of ex Hall Spars people and between the two you should be able to do anything you or your wallet can imagine!
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    Random PicThread

    What else could they have used at those speeds? Before the A-12, titanium was used only in high-temperature exhaust fairings and other small parts directly related to supporting, cooling, or shaping high-temperature areas on aircraft like those subject to the greatest kinetic heating from the airstream, such as wing leading edges. The A-12, however, was constructed mainly of titanium. Titanium is quite rigid and difficult to machine, which made it difficult to form into curves given available techniques. This made the construction of the leading edges of the wing and similar surfaces difficult to form. The solution was found by machining only small "fillets" of the material with the required shape and then gluing them onto the underlying framework which was more linear. A good example is on the wing; the underlying framework of spars and stringers formed a grid, leaving triangular notches along the leading edge that were filled with fillets. With the move to the A-12, another improvement in RCS was made by replacing the fillets with new radar-absorbing composite materials made from iron ferrite and silicon laminate, both combined with asbestos to absorb radar returns and make the aircraft more stealthy.[11][12][13]
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    Kobe Bryant kicks the bucket

    Pretty pimped out ride! This was his loaner that he rented for years before stepping up to the Sikorsky S-76. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, also makes vehicles for the military. The company markets the Sikorsky S-76 to corporate executives for personal transportation, though it’s also used for search and rescue missions. It typically costs around $13 million, can carry up to 12 passengers, features twin turboshaft engines, and has a range of 472 miles. More than 178 corporate and VIP customers currently operate Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, as do various heads of state. A Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Canada in 2013, as did another in Turkey in 2017. The company’s website, though, notes that the helicopter has “more than 7.4 million hours of safe, successful flight.” According to Business Insider, the Sikorsky S-76 has a “sterling safety record.” Sounds like the Volvo of private choppers though. When things went wrong it looks like it was over in 15-20 seconds. RIP to all on board.
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    Random PicThread

    Let's go stand under this collapsing bridge...
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    Random PicThread

    Jeez! That has to be about 60% of all the titanium in the world at the time. How many of those birds did they build?
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    'Triple Jack' rebuild...FU Irma!

    I have a 3d cad model of that saildrive base that you could use perhaps to configure your longitudinals and such for now.
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    what's in a name?

    I know I posted that sailing aerial photo of RIPTIDE with all the gals lined up on the rail but can't seem to find it. I guess this will have to do for now, may or may not be one of Joel's crew as the red thong is a big (actually very small) clue. If it wasn't one of the STRIPTIDE girls then she might have been undergoing this treatment by the crew of another Olsen 40 from St Thomas named FASTIDIOTS. Now how is that for a name? This may have taken place on the Willie Thornton over in the BVI.
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    Who have you been mistaken for?

    When I played volleyball in high school I earned the name Lurch. When I played Ping-Pong in college, the black guys named me 'Stretch'.
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    Kobe Bryant kicks the bucket

    Sloop has a point here. Helos have higher crash rate that fixed wing but the survivability rate is better. Do helicopters really crash more often than planes? Yes. Helicopters crash at a slightly higher rate than aircraft overall, according to data collected by the National Transportation Safety Board. General aircraft—airplanes, helicopters, balloons, blimps, and everything else—average 7.28 crashes for every 100,000 hours of flight time. The crash rate for helicopters alone is 9.84 per 100,000 hours. That means helicopters crash about 35 percent more often per hour in the air than your average aircraft. (Of course, not all planes are created equal: Single-engine piston planes are 10 times more likely to crash than jets.) Helicopter crashes, however, are less likely to kill you: The fatality rate in helicopter crashes is 1.3 deaths per 100,000 flight hours versus 1.4 deaths for aircraft in general.
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    Kobe Bryant kicks the bucket

    So much for autorotation...
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    what's in a name?

    I couldn't find the sailing photo you mention stumbling but will keep looking. The 'Tits by Tat' shirt mentioned was for Doctor Tattersall of Tortola who was the preeminent Breast Augmentation surgeon of his day. He and Joel at the same party was always a hoot. On the race course too for that matter.
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    The 2020 AVIATION thread

    The test pilot who did the roll mentioned above got the same sort of grief about negative G's and such after that stunt. He just smiled and told the suits that what they had seen him do with the plane was a 1G roll and that you could have put a cup of coffee on the console between the seat in the cockpit and not a drop would be spilled. There was a stunt pilot that used to do that in his shows. I'll look for the video.
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    What happened to all the dump trucks?

    We had a small batch plant on St John when we were building the Virgin Grand Resort (Now the Hyatt or Westin or whatever). Big improvement over the time it took a concrete truck to pick up a load on St Thomas and catch a barge/vehicle ferry in Red Hook then unload and hightail it out of Cruz Bay to a construction site usually up a narrow steep mountain dirt road/trail. It was almost impossible to get a truck all the way out to Coral Bay or the East End before the load cooked off. You would see drums from trucks that had overturned that had just been unbolted from their journal bearings just off the side of the road. Some local artist started painting the forelorne drums to look like bright turquoise and blue Parrot Fish! Even with our own batch plant on the resort site we had a couple of drums between it and my cabinet shop that were rusting away in the gut (island term for deep gully). They must have been rollover victims and had big 4'x4' holes torch cut in the sides to facilitate jack hammer and chipping out the dried concrete. I think they kept the just to threaten the help with threats such as, "if you don't get off your ass and get your work done, I'll send you to the batch plant to chip out drums for a week!" I noticed one of the big Rasta groundskeepers coming across the road from the resort proper to the long abandoned construction area where my shop was and he would furtively head for the rusting drums which were nearly grown over by the bush by then. Groundsmen always wear their machetes in a scabbard and I would hear him chopping away for a bit and then silence for a while and he would slink back to the grounds building on the resort proper. He was a very likeable guy and I got along with him well and I couldn't help go take a look and see what he was up to. Two Love was his name (older brother was One Love and little sister was Baby Love...) and was about 6'10" and could crush you if you ever riled him but I snuck up to a drum that I had heard him landscaping and lo and behold he had an excellent garden of herb hidden inside! You had to jump up and pull yourself to the rim of the hole to even see the flowering buds at the tops so it was a pretty clever use of the ruined drums. I kind of wondered how the relatively small hole let in enough rain for his crop and then recalled having seen him coming out from behind my shop building. The shop was a quick and dirty tin roofed with partial walls and chainlink fencing that made it moderately thief proof. I had been allowed to keep the construction company cabinet shop up and running long after the last phase of construction had ended which was great for me. I went around to the back into the narrow gap between the bldg and the cut into the rock hillside and was surprised to see a row of Two Love's prize plants directly under the drip edge of the tin roof awaiting the nurturing rains. He also had run a gutter of sorts along the other edge of the shed and was filling jerry jugs with rainwater which he must have been hauling over to the thirsty drum plantation nearby. I really didn't have a problem with his endeavours other than not leaving me a baggie every harvest for 'rent' or hush money but I knew that if the construction company people still around or even the hotel management ever saw what he was up to I would be the first suspect. Next time he came over to do the water run and pinch some buds back I waited until he came out of the bush with the water cans and told him he was going to get us both busted. He told me he had started off small with his first crop behind the shop but things had expanded quickly and he was making a fortune selling to the tourist at the resort! He agreed to harvest the shop plants and not plant anymore there as the drums grew better product but he still needed the water source from the shop roof. We walked over to the drums and he have me the tour and the guy really knew his shit about his shit! I was pretty impressed and he was pretty generous with his 'sampler' and then I walked over to the batch plant itself and the manifold where the mix is controlled and spun a spigot valve and we both rejoiced to see that the plumbing was still hooked up to the resort R/O unit across the street! Fields of Plenty and unlimited sun and rain and you never saw a happier Rasta!
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    The 2020 AVIATION thread

    Good to see that beast in the air. I had an early flight out of SEATAC a couple of years ago and got to the airport way to early so drove down to the Boeing main gate before turning in the rental car. Too early to get in their museum but you can walk around the huge pavilion under which they have an incredible display of aircraft, including a mockup of that 777 engine. My main interest was to see an actual CONCORDE which was actually tiny looking next to the newer Boeing beasts and the GE9X made the CONCORDE look like a toy. Now for the flip (or flop?) side of the coin on the 777X. Much of the same footage at the start but gets into some of the teething problems for the new airplane.
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    The 2020 AVIATION thread

    Speed brake!