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p.4156 #1 · p.4156 #1 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


For the fast charges..
I have a Nissan Leaf. The dealer where I leased mine from has a fast charger that is free to use. Not sure about TX but here in GA they are giving huge incentives to get an electric vehicle and for business to install charging stations. My neighbors son in law has a Telsa S and it is gorgeous. After driving electric, my VW diesel wagon seems like a crude clacking rattle trap. Even the automatic transmission is annoying. I did a 2 year lease on the Leaf and have loved it so far.



May 06, 2014 at 07:09 PM
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p.4156 #2 · p.4156 #2 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jim,

I think the light in shot 1 looks more natural for a day time shot, however it makes the highlights look a tad overblown - the front edge of the bed cover, the ceiling lights and the exterior sky are the main areas.

Mark



May 06, 2014 at 07:14 PM
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p.4156 #3 · p.4156 #3 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Hey Jim, we had a VERY classy-looking private 777 (registration VP-CAL) on the FBO ramp at KPHX. Any chance it's one of your clients? I did not get a chance to photograph it, but it sure isn't a bad way to travel

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bycac/9330976920/



May 06, 2014 at 07:49 PM
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p.4156 #4 · p.4156 #4 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


that is quite the paint on that 777.

Barksdale turned away my camera bag, so I was stuck making a split second decision on what to leave in the trunk of my rental...I chose wrong. This is actually taken with my phone, but I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity.


B2 Barksdale by Steven Szabo, on Flickr



May 06, 2014 at 08:58 PM
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p.4156 #5 · p.4156 #5 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


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Hopefully you're bringing that badboy to Alliance Thursday Stevez? Looking forward to seeing it on the wing!


You betcha: Alliance is on my list of planned trips, in the program letter I file with the FAA every year in support of the Experimental airworthiness certificate. And KEIK to KTKI is a single 4-1/2 hour leg in the Pipistrel, too: no fuel stops required!

Here's a five-frame HDR cockpit interior of the Avro Anson mk1 at Wanaka. What a beautiful restoration! And it's a D800 file, so there is detail aplenty






Avro Anson mk 1







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May 06, 2014 at 10:35 PM
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I've been trudging along the DJI learning curve since my birthday party and have discovered several tips today. First, the prop guards introduce some instability , second, the preferred method (although the legal department would never let it out in print) for launch and recovery, is from and to your hand. Zim, you are exonerated! I see little chance, as stable as the Phantom is, that you would get your hands or arms into the props launching and recovering it by the lower portion of the gear legs. The third thing I discovered is that the wider/taller gear will render my super slick carrying case all but worthless. The parts are on their way, so I'll form my own opinions.

A fourth bit of knowledge is the fact that DJI is about to release a Movi like gimbal that will handle our cameras, for the price of a Movi5, and I'll be all over that!



May 06, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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I'm just loving shooting Harriers lately and especially the Marine aviators that fly these bad boys.




AVENGER DRIVER v.1




May 07, 2014 at 02:05 AM
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Qantas will upgrade their 747 flights to DFW to the A380 from 29 SEP.


May 07, 2014 at 06:07 AM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
I've been trudging along the DJI learning curve since my birthday party and have discovered several tips today. First, the prop guards introduce some instability , second, the preferred method (although the legal department would never let it out in print) for launch and recovery, is from and to your hand. Zim, you are exonerated! I see little chance, as stable as the Phantom is, that you would get your hands or arms into the props launching and recovering it by the lower portion of the gear legs. The third thing I discovered is that the wider/taller gear will render
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Interesting that the community has decided launching to and from the hand is the way to go, Jim. I had mine tip over on landing a couple of times (in the grass, thankfully, so no props were trashed); and I have seen it go unstable momentarily on takeoff, before righting itself. I bought the prop guards, but never flew with them: on installing the guards I saw that they would render my semi-slick carrying case useless and decided to forego them.



May 07, 2014 at 01:06 PM
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Me too Steve. I'm headed out to the hangar today to, among other things, spend some time getting familiar with the P2. Winds are 25G35 so I'll skip flight ops, but I'm going to update software and install new props, then get up to speed with the Black Pearl HD Monitor set up. I need to determine if my gimbal is defective too, the supplier suggested a reinstall and the update to see what is going on there.

I wouldn't have flown it on concrete, but the grassy areas were dark and everyone wanted to see it fly, so I took it out to the ramp area in front of the hangar.....in retrospect not a smooth move.



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That's a considerable investment when you consider the number of Telsa vehicles on the road today, impressive commitment.


Tesla's done some smart things along the way (and had some good luck, too), but the Supercharger network is one of the best: brilliantly conceived and cleverly executed. They had the foresight to realize that bootstrapping the charging infrastructure was the only way they were going to be able to attack one of the major roadblocks (you'll pardon the expression) to widespread adoption of EV's. So they hand-built and sold 2500 expensive roadsters to prove out their drivetrain and generate enough buzz and cash to bootstrap the launch of a factory to assemble the Model S, then had the foresight to reserve a reported $2K from the sale of each car to build out the Supercharger network. And then they had the brilliant marketing insight to make that network free to use for Model S owners (and all future Tesla models, presumably), forever. The rest of their Secret Master Plan (which is public: they also have a corporate sense of humor) involves releasing an affordable family sedan with at least 200 miles of range, with first deliveries likely in 2017 or 2018 (by my estimate). There were a number of spots along the way where this master plan nearly foundered and the future is never guaranteed, but the CEO bet his last personal penny on Tesla (and Space X, but that's a different story) and persevered. It's the great American success story, writ large: an immigrant with big ideas, big dreams, pluck, perseverance and luck goes out and does the impossible (according to everyone else) and is richly rewarded; and the rest of the country is better off for his tenacity and vision.



May 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM
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Hm; I always launch and land on the ground. But then perhaps I'm rendered simple, since I've always flown with the guards. I could see myself grabbing the gear to catch it, if needs be.

They look bad-ass in the dusk though; don't they? All those lights!



May 07, 2014 at 01:53 PM
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stevez wrote:
Tesla's done some smart things along the way (and had some good luck, too), but the Supercharger network is one of the best: brilliantly conceived and cleverly executed. They had the foresight to realize that bootstrapping the charging infrastructure was the only way they were going to be able to attack one of the major roadblocks (you'll pardon the expression) to widespread adoption of EV's. So they hand-built and sold 2500 expensive roadsters to prove out their drivetrain and generate enough buzz and cash to bootstrap the launch of a factory to assemble the Model S, then had the foresight
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I forgot to mention that Tesla is building a Supercharger station directly across from the main gate at MCAS Yuma. It appears to be nearly complete. I think these guys are getting it right and would be my choice for an EV.



May 07, 2014 at 01:55 PM
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Anyone who gets a $500 million contract from NASA and has the guts to tell them they don't need their "ex-NASA engineer" expertise, and then repeatedly launches successful missions to resupply the International Space Station has my respect! That would be the same Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX.


May 07, 2014 at 02:11 PM
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Jeff W. wrote:
I forgot to mention that Tesla is building a Supercharger station directly across from the main gate at MCAS Yuma. It appears to be nearly complete. I think these guys are getting it right and would be my choice for an EV.


Interesting, Jeff. Did you think to grab a photo? There's already a Tesla Supercharger in Yuma at the Hilton Garden Inn, south of the highway; I used it, twice, driving to and from El Centro in February. I wonder why Tesla thought another one so close by was needed, given that much of the country is not as yet served by even one Supercharger. My guess is that they've got a fleet deal with a buyer somewhere nearby; they did something similar in Las Vegas when the CEO of Zappos ordered 100 Model S cars.

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger



May 07, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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p.4156 #16 · p.4156 #16 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jo, have you found any airflow/prop efficiency problems using the guards?


May 07, 2014 at 03:34 PM
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p.4156 #17 · p.4156 #17 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jim, now you're getting technical ;-)
How would I even determine those?



May 07, 2014 at 04:20 PM
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stevez wrote:
Interesting, Jeff. Did you think to grab a photo? There's already a Tesla Supercharger in Yuma at the Hilton Garden Inn, south of the highway; I used it, twice, driving to and from El Centro in February. I wonder why Tesla thought another one so close by was needed, given that much of the country is not as yet served by even one Supercharger. My guess is that they've got a fleet deal with a buyer somewhere nearby; they did something similar in Las Vegas when the CEO of Zappos ordered 100 Model S cars.

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger


I did not get a photo Steve, but it is located on the back/east side of an existing Chevron Gas Station & Convenience Store at 3919 South Avenue 3 E. Here is a GoogleMap link:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/24+Hour+Chevron+Gas+Station+%26+Convenience+Store+Ave.+3E+@+MCAS+(Marine+Base)+Main+Gate,+Yuma,+AZ/@32.6565508,-114.5804889,100m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x55b56c69af07fdd6



May 07, 2014 at 04:42 PM
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futurshox wrote:
Jim, now you're getting technical ;-)
How would I even determine those?


Why, you just need to do your own test piloting, Jo: remove the prop guards and take copious notes on your kneeboard while flying the thing without 'em...



May 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM
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Jeff W. wrote:
I did not get a photo Steve, but it is located on the back/east side of an existing Chevron Gas Station & Convenience Store at 3919 South Avenue 3 E. Here is a GoogleMap link:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/24+Hour+Chevron+Gas+Station+%26+Convenience+Store+Ave.+3E+@+MCAS+(Marine+Base)+Main+Gate,+Yuma,+AZ/@32.6565508,-114.5804889,100m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x55b56c69af07fdd6


Way at the back, behind the strip mall? Or just along the back wall of the Chevron?



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