(Originally posted Aug 1, 2015 on as /archives/10506)
Here’s a video about becoming the fastest woman on Earth
I dig land speed record videos.
What’s with the fighter-pilot-oxygen-mask?
Is it for cooling (not oxygen) like on a racing helmet?
Pilots use oxygen to fly unpressurized planes at high altitudes. Why do that? If there’s a stronger tailwind up there, then they can save time and fuel. I read a story about a check-delivery-pilot that did this, but became oxygen-deprived by mistake. Most military flying requires oxygen masks too.
A commercial pilot is not what many people think it is.
(The rest of this post is USA-centric.)
The people that fly for the airlines, need an Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). The ATPL requires 750 to 1500 hours (depending on your training) of flying. The people that we usually call “commercial pilots”, are actually ATPs. The commercial pilots license is different.
Where will our future pilots come from?
That check-delivery-story reminded me of my concerns about where the USA will get its future pilots.
How does a pilot get 750 to 1500 hours of experience, which is just one of the requirements for the ATPL?
How much to turn? Which way to turn? Opposite lock: really? The point of this post is to provide a simple 100% accurate answer. My child is now learning how to drive, so this is timely information in my life.
What do you do if your car skids out (ice, water, mud)? You simply point your tires where you want to go. (In non-ABS cars, you also release your brake.)
At 1:30 minutes into this video Doc Hudson shows how to steer in a skid. This is on dirt, but ice is the same thing, both are low traction oversteer conditions. Notice how he points his tires where he wants to go. Simple.
If this bigotry had occurred in [insert arbitrary name of state here], then I wouldn’t think twice about posting it without an explanation, but it occurred in Oklahoma, and I used to live there. I met some good people in Oklahoma. Have no doubt that I respect them.
When people say things like, “This is a Christian nation. 92% of Americans believe in God, so atheists should be quiet” they are saying a hateful thing. If you don’t recognize that as hate speech, then try this version on for size: “This is a [insert arbitrary skin color here] nation…”
“Now the argument that America is a ‘Christian nation’, created by Christians for Christians and traditionally, therefore rightly, dominated by a Christian majority, could just as easily be extended to calling America a ‘white male nation’ and a demand to once again disenfranchise women and minorities. I’m sure we could find a biblical basis for that, as was done in the past, as well as plenty of precedent in law, so long as we went back before the 20th century for our rhetoric” … “No difference in the basic bigoted impulse, or the structure of the argument.” – Bruce Springsteen, Lawrence KS,
SOMA listserv, 2007-08-06
My interest in this video is not religious; if it inspires anyone to recognize and confront their own prejudices, then that is a very good thing.
So, with all that out of the way, “enjoy” the film.