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Boeing 747-8’s One Million Pound Takeoff

Story and video source / credit Boeing website found here:

By Bernard Choi

BOEING/BOB SCHNEIDER Before the flight, Boeing Flight Test pilot Capt. Paul Stemer inspects one of the tires supporting the 747-8 Freighter.

The airplane starts accelerating down the runway. In the flight deck, Captain Paul Stemer feels the weight of the situation.
“It’s a lot of mass, a lot of energy. I have to stay ahead of it.”
It’s up to Capt. Stemer to command RC521, the second 747-8 Freighter, into defying gravity and lifting more than 1 million pounds into the air. It’s a feat neither he nor any Boeing Flight Test pilot before him has ever attempted.

While the airplane gathers speed, 100 knots, 120, 140, now 160 knots, the amount of available runway quickly evaporates.
RC521 still needs to go faster before Capt. Stemer can command the elevator to rotate the airplane, increasing the wing’s angle of attack and generating lift.
“With only 7,000 feet (2,133 m) of a 15,000-foot (4,572 m) runway remaining, it’s obvious the margin of error is small,” says Capt. Stemer.


The Hudson River midair collision NTSB Report

It’s been more than a year since the tragic midair collision over the Hudson River that claimed the lives of 9 people and it has been on my mind ever since. I for one love the scenic flight up the Hudson River. It was my first destination in a small airplane back in the spring of 2001 and I even flew down the Hudson during my introductory flight a few weeks later. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight with my son: Morristown NJ to Georgetown DE with the North East Flyers

Flight log 8/21/2010

I had originally planned to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend but when I started receiving emails from the FAA regarding upcoming TFRs for President Obama’s planned vacation I figured I should make other plans.

Earlier in the week Gary from the Northeast Flyers had invited me to his lunch run at Georgetown DE. As always it would give me one more chance to meet some fellow pilots and explore a new airport so I made the call to go for it. All I had to do now was figure out who I was going to take. My wife isn’t much of a flyer, so unless we were going on a real trip I wasn’t even going to try. Her friend expressed interest but at the time I was still waiting on responses from some of my fellow pilot friends. As I got the answers back it started to look more and more like this trip was going to be with my son. After all Steven loves to fly with his daddy so all in all not a bad deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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