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  1. Hey Big, Your comments reminds me of a gig I was on a few decades ago hauling venomous snakes from South America to a medical research joint in S. Florida. We had to overnight Merida Mexico and on those days in order to over fly Cuba I had to file a international flight plan thru the embassy of Norway because the USA had no formal relationship with Cuba .... As I was filing the flight plan à missionary pilot ask of I would perhaps help him file as well and perhaps he could have me help him transition Cuba airspace..... After helping him get filed we walked out the the aircraft and he had signs in the windows that said "Aircraft Carries NO DRUGS" I suggested perhaps he might NOT want those signs in the windows when he pulls into Customs at Key West ....he said oh no I love those signs..... I led into Cuban airspace and then Cuban control ask us to separate 20 miles so I dropped back..... Due to my drop back he landed ABOUT 20 minutes ahead of me in Key West ......I cleared Customs in 30 minutes and when I was taxinging out all of the seats and most of the interior panels of the missionary aircraft was scattered across the Customs ramp .... I wonder if indeed they did NOT find any drugs..... As for my cargo... . The customs guys did NOT want to pet the venomous snakes and sent me on the way..... Drive (fly)......on......be careful who reads your signs
  2. Was hatched in Oregon some moons ago and seems like been on every paved road and 99% of the unpaved roads and have flown aerial natural resources survey over every sq. mile of Oregon more than a few times. ODOT if you ask deep into the agency will mutter that once a RV operator exits the ONLY two freeways (I-5 / I-84) then the roads tend to get fairly narrow and often twisty and steep. Now a bunch of folks here on the forum will say so what .....heck Kalifornia has some steep and twisty roads and so does other Western states as well..... What tends to make things a bit dicey in Oregon is........POWER POLES........Ouch......these are .......POWER POLES but in most states the power poles are poked into a hole in the ground and stand upright with wires strung between the poles........in Oregon many of these ONE HUNDRED TEN FOOT poles are loaded onto bunks on the back of a log truck and it makes for a .......Oh Crap moment when ever you meet one of these rigs coming around a corner and the tractor is in his lane and his trailer is in your lane on a twisty secondary lane........ Sometimes a flag-car will flag you down before the corner but some roads just have warning signs about pole trucks and then if a RV meets the pole truck in the corner then the Law of the LUG-NUTS is applied (the rig with the most lug nuts move forward and the RV gets to back up)...... You see asking the average triple-tow RV operator to back up a narrow twisty road is going to get ugly in no time so Oregon with good reason just does not allow triple-tow RV operations. Some highways in Oregon don't even allow commercial B trains. For the most part Oregon loves RV's but many of the highways are not very well suited for RV's and especially large RV's Drive on.........Keep your eyes peeled for .......Pole Trucks
  3. Teach, Tons (pun intended) rock and mine guys in the Arizona use IRONMAN tires and they contend that NO other brand at any price even come close when you are pulling out of hard rock mines over rocky roads out to I-10 then running 79MPH on 119f days with BIG load. Maybe you don't need 18 ply tough tires but I paid $300 per tire in Pahrump mounted so it might pay for you come on over the pass to save some $$$$$ We replaced some 5 yr Michs on the motorhome last year and even though are a HEAVY DUTY tire 18 ply they ride very nice and are very low noise. I checked the runout before installing them and they were VERY VERY true, I was amazed. I checked balance on the rig and they ALL were very well in natural balance as well........very well crafted tires. Trust me rock haulers know a LOT about tires and tire prices...... Drive on............Keep those tires ......round
  4. Interesting.......... Kirk in the OP ask about 2020 travel plans and wondered how the Covid-19 situation might change folks travel plans / patterns...... Wonder why this thread is headed for the padlock.........help me out here .....being a geezer i tend to drool in my oatmeal a bit...... Linda, You bring up a fairly good public example with the Sully pilot example. The less known information that the public has not been privy to but is somewhat addressed in the movie is the huge amount of controversy that the accident investigation brought to question many of the Situational Awareness decisions made by Capt. Sully AND the Crew...... Having considerable "Party-Of-Interest" NTSB, Insurance, and Legal Firm accident investigation "experience" I will state as a matter of fact that NO MATTER how well a Pilot OR Crew performs in a emergency, once the investigation starts GOD would be hard pressed to escape the "investigation" with a passing grade. Now of course the movie Sully is......a movie.....however having been in s few equally grim situations in aircraft I will say that the movie does a fair job of bringing some of the better features of Professional Situational Awareness to light of day for the public IF the public pays attention and grasps the S A features as the events of the situation unfolds. In the start of my "Aerospace-life" I was dirt poor.......I could not afford a aircraft with a ........engine......so........I scrounged up a........WWII wrecked training GLIDER......I repaired the GLIDER and then a couple of us.......fools took the repaired wreck out to a remote part of the desert and using the Army Air Corps Glider Manual sorta muddled into the basics of flying and landing the GLIDER .......WITHOUT a instructor........NOT a great IDEA ...... Obviously we were NOT disadvantaged with a marginal instructor that might impart bad habits or marginal opinions upon us unwashed-bird-boys (poor instructors would appear later in my professional-pilot life)...... Anyhow the WWII manual was a wealth of Situational Awareness information as only a war-time manual could impart on a couple of fools that were stupid enough to try to teach themselves to fly without formal instruction....... A few features of our poverty likely saved our hides from the get-go and the number #1 item was the fact that since we did NOT know how to FLY we had no use for a tow airplane so ……..by the “Manual” we used the auto-tow Loooog-cable method to launch the glider into flight….. It is a sad fact of Aerospace-life that the closer you get to a aircraft the more potential danger you are exposed to and IF said aircraft is moving or recently moving sometimes the danger moves off the far right side of the chart….. Anyhow, somehow we survived the self-taught GLIDER “School-of-hard-knocks….and landings” and eventually did get more than our fair share of formal instruction. Obviously I wold NEVER EVER advise ANYONE to try to teach themselves to fly……...However IF anyone has the overwhelming urge to learn to fly I ALWAYS recommend that they first learn to fly Gliders / Sailplanes FIRST. You see in flying a Glider / Sailplane EVERY flight has a “engine-failure” so a power plant failure in a Glider is NOT an emergency at all…...likewise a aborted landing and go around is not a option in a glider as well so the Situational Awareness in a glider tends to have different factors than in powered aircraft…..under way with normal power. You see Sully, Crew and passengers took off in a very state of the art airliner and in just a few minutes found themselves in a …….marginal GLIDER…….with vastly limited options for landing areas….. A modern airliner has HUGE resources of information (and misinformation) available to the pilot and crew however in the Sully-flight the emergency check lists had no real information for a power-off landing in the Hudson River so……..Capt. Sully and crew utilized Situational Awareness and EXPERIENCE to craft a viable solution to a Very Grave situation. Once in a while in my “checkered-past-aerospace-life” I have been in as bad and a couple worse situations that Capt. Sully was in on the day of the Hudson incident. Situational Awareness has saved my hide many times. While I seem to have hit a few nerves here with …...Situational Awareness, it should NOT be construed as a TOTAL SOLUTION to the pesky life critical situations…….actually Situational Awareness is a powerful tool that can be very HELPFUL IF……..IF…..properly utilized within it’s …..LIMITATIONS. Often when humans are confronted with situations that are LIFE THREATENING it IS COMMON that humans may DENY the or downplay the threat. IF one does NOT be truthful about the KNOWN and KNOWN UNKNOWN’s of factors of a given situation then Situational Awareness as a tool is vastly degraded and may become “Infected with misinformation” to the extent that I may become a threat factor instead of a useful tool. IF you are unable to rigorously practice truth when confronting a LIFE THREATENING SITUATION it is unlikely that Situational Awareness will be useful in assisting you in dealing with the situation(s). Perhaps in a future post I might comment on a few parts of the Capt. Sully incident that the movie was unable to address. Drive on……..Best to stay truthfully …...Aware…...of your …….Situation
  5. Doc, Good examples of S A can be utilized to lessen a probable risk profile and for the most part once you become conditioned to critical thinking S A can be a major tool to filter the Known / Known's..........Known / Unknown's .....and to some extent Unknown / Unknown's........whew. Here is a odd thing that has come back to me since the Covid-19 virus was called out to me by my old Doc client.....and the odd thing is, that since I retired from flying I have NOT had any recurrent S A training for years (used to have recurrent simulator and actual aircraft training EVER 6 months or less) so the odd thing is that the instant Doc called.......the old S A training kicked in suddenly and in many ways life became somewhat less complicated since I was able to vastly simplify the tasks needed from the tasks NOT needed in the near term...... For the most part formal S A training is often required for people with high-risk job profiles however as Covid-19 unfolds it seems that S A could very likely be a concept that could help many people obtain some of the critical thought skills needed to make informed personal decisions....... Maybe a bit later I might write up a few examples of how S A has helped obtain favorable outcomes from what at first seemed un- survivable situations....... Stay tuned...... Drive on..........Before driving......please ponder.....S A
  6. Good morning Doc...... Nice word-crafting with "obtuse"......likely sad but true that S A seems "above the pay-grade" for too many folks around the country today. Having spending much of my adult life involved in sometimes Insanely Dangerous endeavors I will tell anyone who will listen that Situational Awareness is a Priceless resource to practice when dealing with the VAST Unknowns of Covid-19.....Priceless.... Drive on..........However......before Driving On........give Situational Awareness a good honest effort.....
  7. Well I have sat back waiting a bit to chime into this group…...you see in my ….” declining years I seem to become a bit more of a wimpy than I was in my “Save-the-world-youth”…….this discussion seems to have a fairly “sharp edge” at times…….. So….. In late December last year I answered a call from a OLD doctor that I used to fly to VERY remote places where he would conduct medical research….. much of the time studying local infections and native populations. This doc minced no small talk and ask, “where are you”? I said “ I am at our winter camp at Last Chance Peak just East of Death Valley”. Doc said “Listen UP, there is a pandemic of likely epic portions that will NOT be mitigated easily so hunker down where you are and STAY AWAY FROM EVERYONE…….PERIOD…….I will call you when it makes sense to go out again” So……..we locked the gate and planted a large garden in one of the Hottest places on earth and geezer-nap in the shade in the heat of the day…… It seems that the news indicates that a LOT of folks are going crazy in the lock down and I could understand that to a point. IF by chance you are bored and want a challenge that will absolutely keep you VERY busy…...Try cobbling up a summer garden on the edge of Death Valley…...Trust me YOU WILL BE BUSY and not all of the seedlings will make it……….heck a guy down the road told us that the devil winters next door to him and the Devil left last Thursday at 101f muttering that hell was cooler…… Anyway, here we are, and it WILL get hotter for sure, and likely some more garden plants will get brown and blow away but hey that is farming right? So now I will hazard a bit of flack by making a few comments about……..Experts…..Opinions…..Facts….and Unknowns………and…...Situational Awareness……. “Experts” come in all kinds of sizes and flavors now that the internet has opened up the job of being a “Expert” to almost anyone with a internet connection. I must say I am stunned how many “Medical / Biological EXPERTS” have ALL of their “Training originating from the internet”……. Doc had to get by with years and years at Yale, Harvard, Stanford…….just imagine how inferior he must feel not having the internet to get him “elevated knowledge base’ that the average internet user has these days. You see many moons ago I WAS in Charge of saving the WORLD …….I was hot stuff…You see I WAS a EXPERT before the internet……..sorta. In the real world I was a fair pilot most of the time and good enough to retire from flying without killing myself or others and so upon retirement I can now claim to be a expert pilot in FACT. The other thing that the internet has “gifted” us with a LOT of FACTS that are actually OPINIONS dressed up to look like FACTS often thrown about by folks who may claim to be EXPERTS when they are NOT…. All this now leads up to …….. Situational Awareness & Unknowns…….. When a person first learns to fly often they seek a private pilots license or sport license with fairly limited training and limitations related to flight operations. If one decides to seek to become a professional pilot the training, testing, and skill levels tend to become more elevated as flight operations become more complex. One of the never ending professional pilot training subjects that is always stressed is the concept of Situational Awareness (S A) . The formal definition of SA is broken down into three segments: 1. Perception of the elements in the environment. 2. Comprehension of the situation. 3. Projection of future status. Inadequate Situation Awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error. You see Situational Awareness is NOT an exact science and it has to deal with a lot of unknowns but history has proven that Situational Awareness has a lot of merit. Flying Doc around was a SERIOUS job with plenty dangerous conditions that were VERY difficult to mitigate. In Docs mindset by FAR, the largest risk was that of PANDEMIC……. You see Doc KNEW for a FACT that NONE of the remote tribal members had ANY IMMUNITY to ANY of the conditions that he or I could INFECT these tribal members with, and that IF we were to pass an outside-world infection into the tribe it would ALMOST CERTAINLY RESULT IN EXTINCTION of the tribe…...Chilling……. Doc took intense precautions to limit the infection risks to tribe members and I was allowed NOT ANY CONTACT WHATSOEVER with tribal members. Doc loved to fly and was cursed as a marginal pilot at best, but I would let him fly as much as he desired but here is the odd thing…….if the weather became a lit bit marginal or operations became complex he would simply say “You have the airplane”…...you see Doc’s intense medical training utilized Situation Awareness in EVERY action he took. Doc’s Perception told him that elements in the environment were changing. Doc Comprehended that the situation was approaching his limitations of flight operations. Doc KNEW that it was time to pass control of the aircraft back to me since his Projection of the near future status of the aircraft operation might exceed his flight limitations. The vast majority of the population of the U S A has NO Situational Awareness Training Whatsoever so the critical steps to understand the methods needed to be able to understand the fatal nature of this pandemic and the methods needed to deal with the pandemic are missing from the public national response to the pandemic. History does not treat populations well at all that ……...Ignore Situational Awareness……. Drive on………..Once your Situational Awareness PROVES with actual FACTS that it is safe…….
  8. Well I have sat back waiting a bit to chime into this group…...you see in my ….” declining years I seem to become a bit more of a wimpy than I was in my “Save-the-world-youth”…….this discussion seems to have a fairly “sharp edge” at times…….. So….. In late December last year I answered a call from a OLD doctor that I used to fly to VERY remote places where he would conduct medical research….. much of the time studying local infections and native populations. This doc minced no small talk and ask, “where are you”? I said “ I am at out winter camp at Last Chance Peak just East of Death Valley”. Doc said “Listen UP, there is a pandemic if epic portions that will NOT be mitigated easily so hunker down where you are and STAY AWAY FROM EVERYONE…….PERIOD…….I will call you when it makes sense to go out again” So……..we locked the gate and planted a large garden in one of the Hottest places on earth and staying in the shade in the heat of the day…… It seems that the news indicates that a LOT of folks are going crazy in the lock down and I could understand that to a point. IF by chance you are bored and want a challenge that will absolutely keep you VERY busy…...Try cobbling up a summer garden on the edge of Death Valley…...Trust me YOU WILL BE BUSY and not all of the seedlings will make it……….heck a guy down the road told us that the devil winters next door to him and the Devil left last Thursday at 101f muttering that hell was cooler…… Anyway, here we are and it WILL get hotter for sure and likely some more garden plants will get brown and blow away but hey that is farming right? So now I will hazard a bit of flack by making a few comments about……..Experts…..Opinions…..Facts….and Unknowns………and…...Situational Awareness……. “Experts” come in all kinds of sizes and flavors now that the internet has opened up the job of being a “Expert” to almost anyone with a internet connection. I must say I am stunned how many “Medical / Biological EXPERTS” have ALL of their “Training originating from the internet”……. Doc had to get by with years and years at Yale, Harvard, Stanford…….just imagine how inferior he must feel not having the internet to get him “elevated knowledge base’ that the average internet user has these days. You see many moons ago I WAS in Charge of saving the WORLD …….I was hot stuff…You see I WAS a EXPERT before the internet……..sorta. In the real world I was a fair pilot most of the time and good enough to retire from flying without killing myself or others and so upon retirement I can now claim to be a expert pilot in FACT. The other thing that the internet has “gifted” us with a LOT of FACTS that are actually OPINIONS dressed up to look like FACTS often thrown about by folks who may claim to be EXPERTS when they are NOT…. All this now leads up to …….. Situational Awareness & Unknowns…….. When a person first learns to fly often they seek a private pilots license or sport license with fairly limited training and limitations related to flight operations. If one decides to seek to become a professional pilot the training, testing, and skill levels tend to become more elevated as flight operations become more complex. One of the never ending professional pilot training subjects that is always stressed is the concept of Situational Awareness (S A) . The formal definition of SA is broken down into three segments: 1. Perception of the elements in the environment. 2. Comprehension of the situation. 3. Projection of future status. Inadequate Situation Awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error. You see Situational Awareness is NOT an exact science and it has to deal with a lot of unknowns but history has proven that Situational Awareness has a lot of merit. Flying Doc around was a SERIOUS job with plenty dangerous conditions that were VERY difficult to mitigate. In Docs mindset by FAR, the largest risk was that of PANDEMIC……. You see Doc KNEW for a FACT that NONE of the remote tribal members had ANY IMMUNITY to ANY of the conditions that he or I could INFECT these tribal members with, and that IF we were to pass an outside-world infection into the tribe it would ALMOST CERTAINLY RESULT IN EXTINCTION of the tribe…...Chilling……. Doc took intense precautions to limit the infection risks to tribe members and I was allowed NOT ANY CONTACT WHATSOEVER with tribal members. Doc loved to fly and was cursed as a marginal pilot at best, but I would let him fly as much as he desired but here is the odd thing…….if the weather became a lit bit marginal or operations became complex he would simply say “You have the airplane”…...you see Doc’s intense medical training utilized Situation Awareness in EVERY action he took. Doc’s Perception told him that elements in the environment were changing. Doc Comprehended that the situation was approaching his limitations of flight operations. Doc KNEW that it was time to pass control of the aircraft back to me since his Projection of the near future status of the aircraft operation might exceed his flight limitations. The vast majority of the population of the U S A has NO Situational Awareness Training Whatsoever so the critical steps to understand the methods needed to be able to understand the fatal nature of this pandemic and the methods needed to deal with the pandemic are missing from the public national response to the pandemic. History does not treat populations well at all that ……...Ignore Situational Awareness……. Drive on………..Once your Situational Awareness PROVES with actual FACTS that it is safe…….
  9. Scott... Until yesterday I felt like you that rural areas would be the "best" places to be and would recover fast if INFECTED.... Unfortunately..... Covid-19 does NOT think OR act like us..... Yesterday I called a friend from Idaho.... He was NOT in Idaho.... He was in his camper van 30 miles outside......Needles Kalifornia.....a location just about as remote as his home in a small town in Idaho.... So..... Wilber plans to start travel back home to Idaho so.....he calls his brother next door in Idaho.....no brother...brother can't talk on the phone while in vent-gizmo......uhoh.....not good..... NOT good... out of a few thousand locals, 89 are symptomatic and several hundred are almost certain INFECTED but shortage of testing prohibits actually KNOWING who IS or NOT INFECTED....OUCH Bottom line..... Wilbur is NOT welcome to go.... Home......he was born there has lived there his entire life (until now) and most of his family is there HOWEVER he is no longer welcome to go home.... In a quirk of the Laws of the science of Large Numbers Wilbur's home location in Idaho HAS more CONFIRMED infected Covid-19 cases than New York City.... OUCH Wibur is NOT going home...... OUCH Drive on..... To more remote location???
  10. Seems Henry got this thread into the ......out house.... Drive on...... maybe not put left hand on steering wheel......
  11. So far we seem to be a fairly ...."low-key bunch"......except for Henry...... Perhaps IF Dollymomma will give me a break from my stable-boy and snake ranch chores I might be able to spice things up a bit ......I might type out a few Grumps (and a few other family-outlaws) tales regarding ......"social distancing & isolation" .......... Stay tuned....... Drive on...........Just practice trailer backing .....with you mask on......
  12. Henry, So.........you took your temp and ........you are ........."stable".........at about 85f /29c.........hummm, and it looks in the picture like rigeeemortizess has set in.....please don't tell us what body parts you utilized to obtain the temp..... Forwarded the pic to a couple of OLD docs that I used to fly around in grim locations and they fired back a very short response.............they said " in average humans a 85f / 29c body temp would indicate death occurred about 3 hours prior, HOWEVER since ENGINEERZ are only distant species to humans ......a body of 85f / 29c is actually a fairly high fever condition for ENGINEERZ and IS NOT a fever brought on by over-work but most likely to occur when the ENGINEER falls asleep so long that the arc of the sun exposes the ENGINEER to direct sunlight........"treatment" ........suit-up with protective gloves and mask and firmly RELOCATE the ENGINEERZ chair into a shaded area so that the body temp drops to 70f temp range of most ENGINEERZ......." Being Docs even though retired they still know how to charge for services so..........just post the credit card numbers and security codes and valid dates of your THREE best credit cards here and I will forward back to you a bill mark paid as soon as the docs run your cards........ Drive on.........Henry is.......kool...
  13. Well folks here we are.... Where ever we are. The folks that contend to know most of what's known (not all that much is known at this point) about Covid-19 tell us old GEEZERS to get away from EVERYONE and stay AWAY from EVERYONE. So........IF like good GEEZERS mind the "Covid-19 experts" advice / orders.....we are where we are right now and likely to be wherever we are for a fairly long time maybe.... So.......since trading yarns at the campfire seems out of style for a while perhaps we might tell each other where we are and what we plan to do to thrive wherever we are apart.. Having coming from a fairly long of line of hermits, hillbillies, and outlaws we have been alone a LOT so in some ways this is not too new to us. Horse camping is often like we do (used to do) tends to often be done in remote locations with few if any folks around. So.....to get things started......here we are......and we are .....at our Winter camp at Last Chance Peak , Nevada about ten miles NW of Pahrump NV . Seems like the name Last Chance Peak might fit Covid-19 to a tee but what the heck they did not ask me before they named it. A half hour drive West gets one to Death Valley so what else can I say. Anyhow we have some changes to be done to hunker down to spend the spring AND summer (maybe) in a place hotter than hell. We actually have a small home at camp with good air-conditioning and a well with plenty of water so we have enough advantages to get by. We own a few other properties in the West but most of them are near Covid-19 hot spots and have more people close by so relocation to those properties seemed not appealing. About a month ago some doctors I used to fly around advised us to hunker down and prepare to be hermits for a while so we stocked up then before the rush and planted a large desert garden to keep us supplied in fruits and vegetables so here we are..... Where are you? What have you done to do what you plan to do? Cheers, Drive on.......well drive on a bit later....
  14. Old buch of doctors that I used to fly around third world locations are VERY VERY grumpy about EVERYONE staying AWAY from each other...... I complained that they were acting like a bunch grumpy old doctors...... They ALL told me that I was WRONG.....DEAD WRONG at our GEEZER age group.... How many of us geezers got to be GEEZERS proving the doctor WRONG??? Chances are the RV's might survive.... GEEZERS seem to be a limited supply and getting to be smaller inventory item. Gotta go tend the garden now......seems better than going to the store with third world empty shelves.... In the third world stores shelves they are empty because folks are dirt poor.... Here store shelves are empty because we HAVE unlimited credit.... . Hope doctors are wrong....... Drive on...... maybe later....
  15. Teach, i ass-usumed that you had been tossed into the....."Teacher-protection-program" and was wearing a mini-skirt and dreadlocks to work in Hells Kitchen......... Ok of course you need a second opinion.......boy oh boy this IS your lucky day......heck at this age I am chock-full of opinions shucks some days 10 to 39 opinions are just a good start...... Now of course being a geezer you likely think that I have forgotten that you have stiffed me out of a few lunches for previous opinions rendered in the past so......you better climb into the orange rattle trap a blast through the road-wreck-ever-construction at Mt. Springs and get over here and start buying me some lunches. Now just to get the game started........here is a couple of "Grumps-Laws" Grumps Law #1.......ANY noise a truck makes will eventually cost $$$$$ Grumps Law #2.......Any truck that makes NO noise will cost $$$$$$$ Ok teach listen up.......the trick with trucks is.......you gotta buy some great lunches to get......great opinions on any darn truck noise. Get over here.......I ain't aging too well......this is a limited offer..... Drive on..........( no truck-noise can be not so good......)
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