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Airport Update

The clean-up is moving along. Rocks on a taxiway. When I got to the airport this morning those rocks were still on the taxiway centerline. It was nice that they put the blue drum next to them to help mark the hazard. By about 2 pm they had been removed, so I now have a clear route to the runway.  Now if I could only wrap up this instrument panel rearranging maybe I could take advantage of the clear route. While I was working in the hangar I heard a big-engine something departing. It must have been Dreadnought because when I headed home the plane wasn’t on the ramp.

For some reason, possibly maintenance, C-17 still on the ramp at Reno-Stead.the C-17 is still sitting on the ramp. It has now moved to the area in front of the main grandstands. It looks like both thrust reversers on this side are deployed and later in the day there was a maintenance stand raised up the the outboard engine. You can see that an F-15 is also still in residence. The C-17 was moved from the military display areao it’s current position so that resident general aviation planes can return to their tie-downs near the fuel island. Those people who tie down on the ramp and do not want to relocate their planes to other airports during the races can have them towed to tie down locations in the center of the field. The photo of the rocks on the taxiway shows a large plane in the background. That is out in the parking area.

When they started bringing the planes back to the ramp they found that some had been vandalized while they were out in center field. Fuel had been drained from the fuel tanks of at least one aircraft. Taxiway lights were also vandalized in the area. What is it with some people?

I also received an update on the Staggerwing crash I mentioned yesterday. The FAA’s preliminary determination is that the crash was a result of fuel starvation. Really unfortunate… and unnecessary.

Airline Trip Report

I’ve taken a few photos on my last three airline trips and haven’t had time to post them, so I’ll combine them into a long post today. There are 18 photos and a map excerpt from Google Earth. I’ll make each one a link to a larger version of the photo so you can look at more detail if you like. Preparing to de-ice the plane.De-icing in progress.

As usual for this time of year, the trip started out with a de-icing session. The ground crew pushed us back from the gate about ten feet to allow better access to the aircraft and then the de-ice crew went to work, first spraying a hot mixture of Type I fluid to remove the snow from the plane and then spraying a coat of Type IV fluid over the wings and tail to prevent any additional accumulation before takeoff. One of the trips started in the eastern United States and flew non-stop to Osaka, Japan, a flight of about 14 hours.

Western Russia from 35,000 ft.Western Russia from 35,000 ft.The great circle route that day took us north of Alaska, as far north as 73 degrees latitude, over the Beaufort Sea. We crossed into western Russia and flew south crossing over the Sea of Okhotsk just to the east of Magadan. From there we paralleled the eastern coast of Sakhalin Island and entered Japanese airspace on the north coast of Hokkaido near Sapporo and continued south across the Japanese islands to our destination.

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