Monday, November 03, 2014

Quite a weekend.

Manning and the Broncos were pretty well schooled in football fundamentals by a superior team. Bet Payton wished for receivers like his team faced. Those studs had glue on their hands.

One writer, from Boston, wrote that Manning put up great numbers, but that was like saying the Titanic’s band played well (wish I could say something that neat).

And the ‘Skins slipped blocks and collapsed pockets. I’ve said about all I need yesterday.

The BBC carried a report o1n the Virgin accident. Seems the Co-Pilot activated the “feathers” at an inappropriate speed. The video clip said he deployed the handle that activated the feathers at 1.0 Mach, when they were not to be deployed below 1.4 Mach.

The feathers, being the tail section that rotates upwards and forces the nose of the craft to the correct re-entry attitude.

Why a pilot would activate a mechanism that forces the nose down, while under power and climbing, would need to be answered. It might be simply inadvertent, but seems to take more than one movement and deliberate effort to activate. More probable is the training error somewhere in their procedures.

A highly suspect thing known as Mach Tuck may have played a part, as well as the sudden pitch change in attitude would.

Mach tuck was described as approaching Mach the nose un-controllably pitching down and under with the results demonstrated by the Virgin re-entry vehicle and that claimed more than one pilot as the faster aircraft were introduced and we learned the bitter lessons.

Whether the feathers actuator should be locked out of the system while the engine is burning or running is an engineering call, and not being an engineer, I still think it a good idea. But then there is nothing keeping a normal pilot of an airline from putting the thrusters in reverse while in flight – other than training and an at tentative Co-Pilot.


From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

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User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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