Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

futurshox wrote:
The FAA were overturned on a fine they laid on a commercial operator, just recently. I suppose we will see how this all pans out in due course.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/03/07/faa-drone-fine-ntsb-judge-overturned/6167759/


However, the FAA has appealed that decision which stays everything so it's still "as was" in regards to commercial use.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

I'm sure our Texas will get a kick out of this:
http://www.klll.com/pages/18144181.php?pid=392809



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4082
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote


Thanks Mark, but "speaking" to the FAA is kind of like speaking to the IRS, to be avoided at all costs.


Truer words were never spoken. I am in the third month of dealing with the FAA over my new airplane and all I can tell you is that we're not done yet.

Meanwhile, Marcia and I are in NZ for three weeks. The patch of blue sky that we saw when we landed at dawn on Tuesday in Auckland was replaced by drizzle before our onward flight to Blenheim. Here in the Marlborough wine district said rain and accompanying low clouds/fog are, apparently, home to roost for the winter. The locals tell me it hadn't rained since time out of mind, so they're all wandering around with smiles on their faces and letting the rain fall on their uncovered heads, as if to replenish their personal supply of moisture. The forecast for the entire South Island offers no relief from the gloom even ten days out. We denizens of the high inter-montane desert are not used to this.

Today, just up the road four miles at Omaka the young Royal couple, William and Kate are expected to tour the Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson, and they're supposed to put on a public flying display of the WWI fighter replicas (and presumably the resident Yak-3 and FW-190). But I just saw a Super Cub with tundra tires fly by at about 400' AGL, scud running, so that's probably not on. With the forecast as it stands I have to wonder how much flying will get done over Easter weekend at Warbirds Over Wanaka, where I've signed on as a book photographer along with Phil McKanna, Wayne Cook and Gavin Conroy.

On the plus side, the grass in front of our accommodations in a Pinot noir vineyard here in Blenheim has gone from brown and crispy to a lush green; and our skin is soft and smooth, not to say prune-like, at least not yet.



carrg1954
Registered: Jan 31, 2008
Total Posts: 1262
Country: Australia

Steve
lets hope Easter provides some clear skies, but like NZ its raining here with similar forecast at least for the next few days.



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2012
Country: Canada



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19265
Country: United States

Have a great trip Zim. I'm certain that you will "bloom where you are planted". BTW, those other photographers you mentioned are in good company



OzGeoff
Registered: Mar 24, 2014
Total Posts: 7
Country: Australia

Hi Steve,
NZ is not called the "Land of the Long White Cloud" just to sound poetic....



strada001
Registered: Mar 17, 2014
Total Posts: 17
Country: United States

wow, amazed by such nice airplanes and such nice shots!



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2012
Country: Canada

Fully loaded F-16 cruising the JRB



Razor17
Registered: Oct 08, 2012
Total Posts: 465
Country: United States

Jan-Arie wrote:
So many photo's taken and only a handful of keepers I think the warm weather was the fault :-P

Skip Steward
Class in session Lightpainting


Really nice shooting there, did you get any of the Skyraider by chance??

Lynn



Razor17
Registered: Oct 08, 2012
Total Posts: 465
Country: United States

FlyingPhotog wrote:
Jeff, your "vision" never ceases to amaze...

Sold this and another RV A2A to an aviation-themed hotel in Port Aransas, TX.

They have an "RV Room" and at 16x24, on metal, these should anchor the room nicely!




Congrats, I finally have the two Mustangs prints back that I purchased from you after fixing the 1st framing attempt.
They really stand out in my office, thank you...

Lynn



Colin Giersberg
Registered: Jun 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2264
Country: United States

Ignaz, welcome to MA2A. You have found the best aviation thread on the world wide web. Stick around and enjoy the discussions and the images. Please do participate in the discussions and when you get a chance, post an image.

Regards, Colin



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4094
Country: Netherlands

Razor17 wrote:
Jan-Arie wrote:
So many photo's taken and only a handful of keepers I think the warm weather was the fault :-P

Skip Steward
Class in session Lightpainting


Really nice shooting there, did you get any of the Skyraider by chance??

Lynn


Sure Lynn



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19265
Country: United States

All of a sudden that whopping check I wrote for my homeowners policy earlier this year seems like a really good deal. They determined that our roof is toast, which means we get a picture perfect (my roofing crew that followed me all over the country for 30 years as I photographed for ELK/GAF will be doing the re-roof) 45K roof for a 90% discount.



Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2939
Country: United States

Living on the Texas coast, we were forced to purchase Texas Windstorm Insurance, a state bureaucracy . After hurricane Rita, their funds were mostly exhausted. Rates went up and then Ike hit. Several months after Ike, I found I had a bad roof due to the wind. I called TWI and they sent out an adjuster. He said it was toast. Took photos, wrote his report and TWI rejected their own adjuster and told me it is a $5000 repair (less than my deductible). He came back out to get more evidence (he knew it was bad and they were screwing me, he told me that). Again, TWI said it was a repair, less than my deductible. In the process of investigating a law suit, a company came to me and said for $3k they can get TWI to replace the roof. OK, I agreed, after all, it was over $22k to replace. They came out with a different TWI adjuster, spent 15 minutes, they all slapped each other on the back and left. On the way down the sidewalk to their vehicles, one of my 'hit men' turned back to me and gave a 'thumbs up' for a new roof. Sure enough, TWI agreed to replace the roof. My mind saw the 3 of them sharing that $3K over a pitcher of beer at their favorite pub. This was when I decided having any government involved with any insurance was a pile of crap and would be a disaster. Appears my thought continues to be proven correct. These government insurance programs have nothing to do with providing peace of mind and everything to do with selfish greed. I better stop here.



david russell
Registered: Jan 06, 2008
Total Posts: 754
Country: United States

As I was leaving Texas, we had a hail of a hail storm....much of the hail was baseball+ sized. It destroyed my roof. My well-known insurance company sent an adjuster out and gave me the settlement. For the life of me, I couldn't find a well reviewed roofer who would do the work for any amount even marginally close to the settlement. After a few rounds of trying to solve the issue without success, I called up my agent and asked for some help:

"Sure Mr. Russell, what can I do for you?"
"I'm filling out a complaint form with the Texas Department of
Insurance and don't know how to answer a couple of the
questions. First, what is your full name and business address...."


The insurance company changed their tone instantly and I had an appropriate settlement that afternoon. Never did have to send that form in.



Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2939
Country: United States

TWI does not have an anti lawsuit policy, FEMA's National Flood Insurance does. My wife's uncle lived in Galveston during Ike. Most of the homes in his neighborhood had at least 12" of water. The National Flood Insurance told the neighborhood home owners their policies were cancelled a month before the storm...and never sent them a cancellation letter or refund. They could not sue NFI. Put your hands in the care of the gov't and you are giving up many rights as a citizen.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4082
Country: United States

I'm sitting here in Blenheim, NZ, in the fog and drizzle again, working on my meager haul of photos from yesterday. First, the airplanes: a Chipmunk and a RNZAF C-130. They have no particular merit as photos, but are interesting in a peripheral sort of way because the Chipmunk carries a US N-number and the Herc carried the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as William and Kate). Traveling by Herc must be slumming it for the royal couple, who were in Blenheim to lay a wreath at a W.W.I memorial and visit Sir Peter Jackson's nifty museum commemorating the aviators and flying machines of W.W.I.

Then there is a shot of an isolated coastal sheep station in the Marlborough Sound complex of islands and fjords, complete with orange tree and graveyard.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4082
Country: United States

This is a stereo-X pair of an overhanging cliff face sculpted by the pounding surf rolling in off the Pacific Ocean near Cloudy Bay.



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

What a gorgeous county Steve. Poor weather notwithstanding, your landscape images are typically excellent Zim. Any chance there will be another great camera come available after you get back? I recall benefiting greatly from you last trip to NZ

Take a few minutes to watch this video. An amazing story of aircraft recovery.



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