joi, 11 ianuarie 2018

Birou Obor

Diferenţiale marca Gewiss de 25A foarte bune, se pot găsi la magazinul de electrice de pe Mihai Bravu.  Sunt modele foarte bune, noi nouţe, dar sunt o serie de fabricaţie mai veche care nu se mai regăseşte în magazinele mari gen Brico, Dedeman, etc. Se disting prin faptul că comutatoarele sunt de culoare portocalie şi nu neagră cum sunt modelele mai noi. Au tot ce trebuie în cutie, cu certificat de garanţie şi manual de utilizare, dar trebuie spus că manualul de utilizare este în limba italiană. Va fi nevoie sa faceţi o traducere a manualului ca să vă reuşească montajul corect. Bine, pentru manualul de utilizare mai există printre altele şi traducere franceză, asta dacă cunoaşteţi bine limba franceză. Pentru traduceri tehnice de calitate apelati cu incredere aici. Ca dimeniuni, diferenţialele sunt duble în lăţime faţă de siguranţele clasice automate, iar modelul respectiv despre care vorbesc este chiar mai bun decăt cele din seriile mai noi deoarece are capete ceramice şi prezintă mai multă siguranţă faţă de ce se produce în prezent, unde mai toate au terminaţiile de plastic. Merită o vizită în zona Obor şi cine este interesat ar trebui să se grăbească pentru că nu se ştie cât timp se va mai găsi acest model, având în vedere că nu se mai produce de ceva vreme şi că stocul este probabil pe final.

joi, 10 februarie 2011

LeAnn Rimes Supports the Troops

LeAnn Rimes hands the keys to a brand new Chevrolet to Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Reid on June 7, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. His wife, Michele Reid, right, and his full-time caregiver, Brian Kroen, look on. Chevrolet and Rimes teamed up at the Country Music Association Music Festival to present the vehicle to Reid, who was selected by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, a nonprofit organization providing assistance to wounded and disabled veterans from the war on terror. The Chevrolet Uplander was modified to accommodate Reid’s wheelchair. (Photo by Mychal Watts, courtesy of Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes)

LeAnn Rimes surprises special fan of hers:

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Reid and his wife, Michele, attended Rimes’ fan club breakfast, part of the Country Music Association’s annual Music Festival. Little did they suspect the award-winning singer had more than an autographed photo for them. “We were sitting by the table, and LeAnn Rimes walked up and introduced herself, like we didn’t know who she was,” Peter said. “She said she had a surprise for us outside.”...

The nautical blue vehicle has “all the goodies,” Peter said. A Chevrolet representative told the crowd and media gathered for the event that the vehicle had everything Peter needed to ride in comfort. Peter, a Seabee with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, was severely injured in May 2004 while serving in Anbar, Iraq. He suffered a severe brain injury, paralysis to the left side of his body and several blood clots caused by shrapnel lodged in his brain from the mortar attack, which killed five fellow Seabees and wounded 34 others...

“This is what (the coalition) is all about, reintegrating wounded (servicemembers) back into society when they come home,” Rimes said in an interview for Chevrolet after the event. “All they want is a chance at a normal life again. “I kind of feel like no matter where you stand politically, we need to support these men and women coming home from the war,” she added.

The Tegucigalpa approach

American Airlines Boeing 757 circles to land at the Tegucigalpa, Honduras airport. Nicely done, AA.

For pilots of large aircraft this is one of the most
challenging approaches in the world. Mountainous terrain in all directions and a small hill at the approach end of the runway (which can give pilots the desire to want to fly much higher than they should--that results in bad stuff--too fast approach speeds and longer touchdown points). Now, throw in some crosswinds. In addition, the runway is only 5,800 feet long and has a 1% downslope with a cliff at the end. Perfect.

The Pilot's Log Book

The pilot's log book. Perhaps no other endeavor or job requires an individual to track such oddities.

Not only do pilots have to log every flight from departure location to destination, but also account for the time it took us to get there...right down to the navigator's arse in accuracy--or .1 hours (six minutes for you non-math types).

We must also explain in our log books what exactly we were doing to contribute to that Orville and Wilbur Wright moment. Were we acting, and I do use that word loosely, as First Pilot--actively controlling the aircraft (to include auto pilot operation)--or really acting, as the Copilot who just occupies a front row seat with a set of controls, but isn't controlling the aircraft (usually the non-flying pilot works the radios/checklists and handles communication to Air Traffic Controllers). With multiple destinations the pilots will normally swap duties after each leg of the trip to allow the other pilot the chance to miss radio calls or blame mysterious crosswinds for bumpy landings.

Instructor pilots must log the time they provide instruction to a student pilot. Evaluator pilots who give pilots their annual check rides must also log that evaluator time in their log book. Both of these qualifications provide pilots with valuable log entries that represent their expertise and experience in flying.

Our log books entries must also reflect the conditions experienced during every flight. Any part of the flight that took place during night conditions is recorded. Ever wonder why newspapers and newscasts show the official sunset and sunrise times? For us pilots. The same occurs for flying in clouds or other external conditions requiring pilots to primarily reference flight instruments in order to maintain aircraft attitude. Gotta log that time too.

I always fill out my log book immediately after engine shutdown. Since I have to fill out a similar form in the aircraft maintenance log, I use this time to make sure my log book reflects the same information.

My first entry in my log book describes my maiden voyage as "pre-flight, taxi, run-up, 4-basics, shutdown". The date is July 6, 1984 and I was in high school at the time. This introductory flight in Eugene, Oregon, lasted a whole .9 hours (54 minutes) and I'm sure my flight instructor moved the stick (or "yoke" as we call it) the entire time as I just hung on for dear life.

Most of the time I put the name of the other pilot I flew with in the "remarks" section of my log book. This gives me the opportunity to go back and double-check the fight records that the Air Force keeps on all it's pilots. It's also good to look back and remember all the guys and gals I've flown with over the years. The only time I didn't list the other pilots in my log book was when I was an instructor pilot at the C-130 schoolhouse. During those sorties, I could have 3 student pilots flying with me on one flight, all rotating into the other seat between takeoffs and landings. Without their grade books in my hand, they were called "hey, you're next in the seat. Get ready."

May 2, 1998. A flight from Aviano Air Base in Italy to Lajes Field, in the Azores, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic. Remarks say "tail swap", indicating we were swapping this Hercules with another C-130. The flight lasted 7.1 hours and additional remarks describe that night's dinner; "swordfish at the Pescador Restaurant". That was great swordfish. Highly recommend it.

The "Remarks" section also provides a glimpse into my flights that didn't go quite as planned and were cut short due to emergencies. A C-130 flight in 1996 that lasted only 18 minutes because of a "prop over speed on take-off". Just long enough to fly a radar approach and run the After Take-off, Prop Malfunction, Engine Shutdown Procedure (ESP), Descent, and Before Landing checklists. Other short flights that were the result of in-flight problems include "ESP #4 for RPM" (translation: Engine Shutdown Procedure for #4 propeller outside of allowable RPM limits), "fuel leak", "wheel well overheat", "ESP #2 for high oil temp", "decoupled prop", along with a dozen other aircraft problems.

A March 29, 1998 log entry only says "NASTY WX!" in the Remarks section. This C-130 flight originated at Minneapolis-St Paul Int'l Airport (MSP) and we were doing a local test flight in the northern section of Minnesota. I decided to cut the mission short and return early to MSP due to approaching thunderstorms. However, the thunderstorms were building up in several directions and air traffic controllers were stacking aircraft into holding patterns. I had a great navigator on-board and with his eyes on the radar scope we were able to skirt around these storms with his vectors. We were the first aircraft to get by the storms and actually land at MSP that afternoon.

There's my July 23, 1999 flight to the Cold Lake Airshow. Great trip!

Then there's good ol' Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 23, 2001. I'm instructing a brand new student copilot who's flying the C-130 on his 3rd flight ever. #1 prop decides to hang-up during our touch-n-go landing just as we're about to get back into the air and slip the surly bonds of Earth. Ugh.

I'm riding the controls with the student pilot like every instructor pilot should, but this aircraft immediately wants to kick my arse when 3 engines spooled up correctly towards full-power while the lone bad apple (#1 engine) doesn't want to play anymore. Perfect. Had a great instructor flight engineer who quickly spotted the offending engine and helped confirm and shut it down with the copilot while I did everything in my power to keep the C-130 on the runway using the rudder pedals, ailerons, brakes, and the power of cursing. There was a moment there when I thought for sure we'd be departing the runway. However, everyone performed exactly as our training had taught us, including the brand new copilot. Our number of takeoffs equalled our number of landings.

Log entries that are bare on specifics and listed as "local" flights to keep the real destinations unknown are either special forces missions or rapid-response flights for higher headquarters. Both of which don't need reminders written about in my log book in order for this pilot to remember them and where we were operating at.

Most pilots look to their log books for only the total hours they've accumulated over the years. When I approached 3,000 hours I thought is was a good milestone. However, as the flying hours have continued since then, I now look at my log book as a source of many great stories with many great people. We've travelled all over the world and seen great places, mostly on Uncle Sam's dime. Yes, there have been some interesting and perhaps stressful moments along the way, but the success of the missions and being able to take part in so many operations makes up for all the days sweat flowed from my David Clark covered head.

Take a look at your log book and see where life's journey has taken you. It may be a photo or scrap book, archives from a blog, or even letters from long ago...but all a memory book to you, logging your journey through life.

Mullah Omar Spokesman Surrenders

The former head of the Taliban regime’s radio station and spokesman for its leader, Mullah Mohamed Omar, has surrendered to the Afghan government. Apparently, Mullah Mohamed Is’haq Nizami (pictured above), returned to Afghanistan this week from Pakistan, but wasn't interested in telling reporters his story...yet:

“I’m not ready.” He headed and ran the Taliban government’s Shariat Shagh (Voice of Shariah) radio station before the US-led invasion that toppled the hardline regime in November 2001...
Nizami had been in Pakistan running an underground magazine called Sirek (Shine) for the Taliban, who are now waging an insurgency against the US-backed administration of President Hamid Karzai, a government spokesman said.
“He’s an important person because he was Mullah Omar’s spokesman and currently was actively running a paper for the Taliban and against the government,” Lutfullah Mashal said.

The fact the Taliban are downplaying this guy makes me think he might know the whereabouts of other, bigger, fish:

The Taliban confirmed that Nizami had surrendered but said he was not a significant figure. “He is mentally sick,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said. “He had some cultural relations to the Taliban but he was not an important person.”