I have a friend who I would consider in the top 2% of programmers. But for a few changes he could have been another Steve Wozniak of Apple – having worked for Xerox about the same time as The Woz worked for HP – and trying to convince Xerox to make a small microprocessor-based computer. Like the Woz at HP (at the time) his efforts met with a similar fate, with the Woz and Steve Jobs going on to found Apple.
Anyway, your truly, having refused to subscribe to a cable network for 20 years (not wanting to subsidize a bunch of little-viewed programs just to get 3-5 that I want) – finally took the first step with streaming.
And with Netflix, I have discovered a whole new universe. Not only do have the choice of some of the best series from the 50s (The Twilight Zone) to the 90s (Frazier), but I can watch the entire series starting with episode 1. I’ve told Larry that I am always on the bleeding edge of technology.
One of the series I’m hooked on is Flying Wild Alaska. The Tweto Family runs a small regional air service, flying everything from Cessna 206s toBeech 1900s.
I’ve always admired bush pilots. They don’t fly the fastest planes, or the biggest, but they are always challenged – to the extreme – by weather, weight and balance, and landing conditions.
In one episode of Flying Alaska the pilot is being chased by a gale force storm, and to maximize his payload, he left 30 minutes of fuel in the plane after the destination – accounting for the weather. Talk about pressure. The payload – whether food for villages or people, pays the costs and fuel doesn’t.
I have flown as a passenger with these pilots in New Zealand and Alaska, and whether landing through a canyon, with trees 40′ from each side of the wings, or alongside a 4,000′ rock cliff along McKinley, their skills are – to me – razor sharp.
Since any Pilot’s Operating Handbook will – in the crosswind landing area – say “maximum demonstrated crosswind – xxx knots “- – all the test pilots could find during the time of certification- I’m sure these pilots in Alaska have on a regular basis found much higher winds.
And in rural Alaska with weather there are usually no alternates.
Anyway I just saw this segment.
3 responses to ““Flying On The Bleeding Edge”…and Crosswind Landings”
Just don’t go up with Ariel as your pilot.
She seems like she is “sorta there” and sorta in the clouds!
Just proof that flying is a learned skill, not an inherited one. I wouldn’t let her near a cockpit.
Remove the pit, and she could go anywhere she wants… Jus’ sayin’