Did I mention?........ KING O' THE WEB!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Moblog: Crashed Plane On Truck

A small aviation mess

NTSB Identification: ERA09LA368
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 25, 2009 in Woodbine, NJ
Aircraft: PITTS AEROBATICS S-2B, registration: N300FA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On June 25, 2009 at 1815 eastern daylight time, a Pitts S-2B, N300FA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Woodbine, New Jersey. The certificated private pilot received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Laurence Hanscom Field (BED), Bedford, Massachusetts. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The accident airplane and another airplane (Extra 300L) were a flight of two, destined for Wildwood Airport (WWD), in Wildwood, New Jersey for an aerobatic competition.

The pilot of the Extra 300L departed from Lawrence (LWM), Massachusetts around 1500 and he thought the accident pilot departed Bedford around the same time. They met near Minuteman Airfield (6B6), Stow, Massachusetts at 3,000 feet, in "loose formation" for the flight to Wildwood. While en route, the aircraft climbed to 8,500 feet and flew direct toward Wildwood, at an airspeed of approximately 175 knots. When they were approximately 40 miles north of WWD, the aircraft initiated a descent to 3,000 feet. The pilot of the Extra 300L was flying in trail of the accident pilot and noticed something was wrong when the accident airplane slowed down, and he passed him. The accident airplane began to descend and fly toward the Woodbine Municipal Airport (OBI), Woodbine, New Jersey. The pilot of the Extra 300L called the accident pilot on the radio and asked him what the problem was; however, he did not respond. The pilot of the Extra 300L circled the accident airplane twice, as he continued to descend. When the airplane was approximately 1 mile from Woodbine Airport, the accident pilot stated over the radio, "I'm not going to make it," and subsequently impacted trees.

The pilot of the Extra 300L could no longer see the aircraft and decided to land at the Woodbine Airport. After landing, he drove to the accident site. When he arrived on scene he asked the accident pilot if he "ran out of fuel." The accident pilot responded, "I think so."

According to the pilot of the Extra 300L, they did not make any fuel stops enroute. He also stated that because his airplane had more fuel onboard than the accident airplane, he let the accident pilot take the lead position. He reported this would allow the accident pilot to land if he needed to refuel.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The upper wing fuel tank contained approximately 3-5 gallons of fuel, and no fuel was observed in the lower wing (main) fuel tank. The fuel lines from the fuel servo contained "residual fuel." The fuel selector was observed in the "on" position. The fuel transfer valve (which transferred fuel from the upper wing fuel tank to the lower wing (main) fuel tank) was in the "off" position.

Weather recorded at WWD, at 1755, included wind from 160 degrees at 8 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 23 degrees C, dew point 17 degrees, and altimeter 29.80 inches mercury.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Conversation On The Way To Work

John Lennon:
I can show you that when it starts to rain, everything's the same. I can show you, I can show you. Rain, I don't mind. Shine, the weather's fine. Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines, it's just a state of mind? Can you hear me, can you hear me?

Lex10: (misty epiphany shudder) Yes!

John Lennon: sdaeh rieht edih dna nur yeht semoc niar eht fI. niaR. enihsnuS.

Lex10: ?????

Monday, June 22, 2009

J. Proctor - Performing Splendidly

I received this email recently: "Hi lex10 sorry to be a pain (Oh no not more emails) but if you have a spare 30 seconds could you tell me what you think of this song (linked to youtube)
I have put a link on the video so that you can download and keep the screen capture software (as a thank you for watching) which can be used to record your screen and sound, I use it to create online lectures for the College where I work
kindest regards John Proctor.
PS if I am being a pain I am really sorry and just ignore this message"

Well, John, you're not being a pain, your rendition has the three airities: sincerity, clarity, and jocularity. you sing clearly as a friendly bell, with great confidence, and nice choice of song. well done.

Now how 'bout a nice repurposing of early punk hits?

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Via Pussyland via Bibliodyssey

Uncanny Nancy

Gary Lee-Nova, noted British Columbia artist ( works here, here, here and here)
sent me something wonderful and marginally eerie. Note date in lower left corner of panel:

Here's the entire strip for 9/11/57: (click to embiggen)

Professor Lee-Nova also points out, "FYI, an anagram of "Nancy And Sluggo" is Uncanny Old Gags !"

Sends chills down your Bushmiller, don't it?

"They shall not shave off the corner of their beard." - Leviticus

Lex11 (Steve) has done it again, first my Dad farting and now:
Producer of Life Behind Beards. A half hour documentary detailing one man's journey, along with a coterie of colorful (and hairy) companions in his quest to have the best beard competition NYC's money can buy. Humorous, but also insightful as to the attachment and emotion that serious beard growers develop. Available soon at the site, you can view the first trailer below: (More trailers soon.)

Life Behind Beards Trailer from Steve Hanulec on Vimeo.