Are you in trouble? If so, eject!
Pilot error caused a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
F-16 to crash at an air show on Sept. 14 at
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the Air Force said on
Wednesday. (See below for in-cockpit video of the
crash.) The pilot incorrectly climbed to 1,670
feet AGL instead of 2,500 feet before initiating
the pull-down to the Split-S maneuver, according
to the Air Force news release. The pilot, Chris
Stricklin, 31, apparently flew by mistake to the
MSL altitude used when practicing the maneuver at
his home base, Nellis AFB in Nevada, which is
1,000 feet lower than the Idaho field elevation.
The pilot ejected just eight-tenths of a second
before impact, after reportedly making an effort
to steer the aircraft away from the crowd of about
85,000 ... and now works at the Pentagon, in
Washington, D.C. Stricklin suffered minor
injuries. The F-16, valued at $20.4 million, was
When Stricklin realized something was wrong, he
exerted maximum back stick pressure and rolled
slightly left to ensure the aircraft would impact
away from the crowd should he have to eject, the
Air Force said. He ejected when the aircraft was
140 feet above the ground. There was no other
damage to military or civilian property. Also, the
board determined other factors substantially
contributed to creating the opportunity for the
error to occur, including the requirement for
demonstration pilots to convert AGL elevations to
MSL altitudes, and performing a maneuver with a
limited margin of error. Instead of just zeroing
the altimeter to deck level as a result of the
crash, procedures have been changed to require
that Thunderbird pilots climb an extra 1,000 feet
before starting the Split-S maneuver. Pilots must
also call out their altitude to the ground safety
operator in MSL rather than AGL numbers.
Easier to use speed bar
Those of you that have WJ unit
equipped with foot speed bar will appreciate this
improvement. I have added another short loop to
the speed bar so it is easier to get your feet on.
The picture says it all.
you fly Walkerjet you just can't get rid of
through Marsh not COPA
Those of you inquiring about
liability insurance note that you will have to be
member of COPA
first before you can apply for liability insurance
Notice to all WJ owners.
I just finished extensive research on sealed lead
batteries and concluded that it would be better to
charge the batteries once a month overnight as
opposed to keeping the machine on charger all the
time. That is what I am going to do from now on
with my units and suggest that you do the same.
from Sky Paragliders available.
Cost 39 $ Cad + taxes +
field and Steve's forced landing...
...I fly around for while and then
decide to take my helmet off, pull my earplugs
out, turn off the engine off and fly over Steven
shouting "What is the problem? Can you get her
started again?" Steven yells back "Yes, but I need
screw driver!" Hmmm I wonder what for. Maybe he
needs his carburetor readjusted. I am very close
to the ground so I hit the start button and
.....nothing! Yikes. What is going on? If I can
not restart my machine in 5 sec I will have to get
ready for landing as well. Then we are
stranded...I push the start button again
...nothing.... Read more here.
4/04 Galleries updated.
March 3/04 TAF
who use the Aviation Digital Data Service at http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov/tafs/
note that the page now offers translated TAF.
This makes the forecasts much easier to
understand. In case you do not know the code
for your local airport click here.
First flight with new equipment - March
arrived, Brontes arrived. After flying PPG for
4 seasons I felt that I needed to upgrade to
performance glider as I often fly thermals and
it is tough to do with Lift, a standard
category glider. It is not impossible but you
need good thermal day to do so. With my new
glider also came new 2004 Simon RR with carbon
fiber 3 bladed prop. Oh... all these sweet
goodies.... Monday - good
weather forecast so I pack and go
Read more here.
26/04 I will
be out of St. Catharines until Saturday night.
flight in year 2004 - Feb 23/04
I woke up on Monday morning to a
great day. Sun was out, I peek out of
window...there is not even a trace of wind. I was
not checking weather at all thinking this whole
week will be write off so I was pleasantly
surprised. This may be that one day in Feb that
one can get out for a quick fix. Flight fix that
is. I got on the TAF website, forecast was
awesome. Calm and relatively warm... OK. Let's do
it. Off I go to Peaks to get the trailer and 20
min later I am checking the conditions at the field.
Perfect! No wind! It will be
forward... Read more here...
Pictures of 2004 Spider added. See here.
Feb 25/04 It
looks like we will have a nice weekend to
Anyone interested to get together
for flying or training?
Walkerjet wins the thrust test at Paratoys
2004. Read more here.
Brand/Model Prop Type (lb)
51” 3-blade comp. 160
46” 2-blade wood 138
Power Gold 130
51” 2-blade comp. 133
48” 2-blade wood 124
Paramotors arrived. Yupiiii. Inventory
updated. See here.
Dave, Jeff, Wayne your precious
babies are here... Contact me to schedule
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