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Web site and blog for Maria Langer, commercial helicopter pilot, freelance writer, beekeeper, and serious amateur photographer.

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Comment on Run-On Landing to Avoid Brown-Out? by Maria Langer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:21:08 +0000

Read the investigator’s reports. They have enough information to conclude a probable cause.

Comment on Run-On Landing to Avoid Brown-Out? by MOSES ALPHONSUS

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:07:54 +0000

i want to ask a question. A pilot of Mi 17 helicopter landed into a brown out with his pneumatic brakes not serviceable. The helicopter continued rolling forward after touch down. He puled his cyclic aft to stop the forward rolling. Then later the pilot impacted some shrubs trees. He then cut off the engine power and the helicopter stopped. he then noticed that his tail boom was dismembered. Please i want to know the probable cause of such mishap and the immediate cause? Thank you....

Comment on Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: The Blythe Intaglios by Maria Langer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:50:00 +0000

I agree. Drones were made for this kind of work. I never climbed more than 150 feet above the terrain. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is for me to go to the place that I think I could get very good aerial images and see a “no drones“ sign there. They are shutting down space in so many places and often with no good reason. It was refreshing to be able to take the drone to a place like this and get the shots I wanted to. The saddest thing about this place is the destruction caused by vehicles rolling over the Geoglyphs. It’s such a shame that fences are required to keep people out. Surely people should know better, but they don’t.

Comment on Snowbirding 2018 Postcards: The Blythe Intaglios by Bob F.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:38:24 +0000

This is what a Mavic was made for! Great images. These shots seem very old by my reckoning. In the UK we have the same problem dating these geoglyphs. (Long Man of Wilmington, Cerne Abbas Giant). I did the usual wiki search and came up with a range of dates from C19th CE to 900 to 1200 BCE. That is a big range! What these strange scratchings teach us is that we are not the first culture at this place, others (of whom we know nothing) had a sophisticated culture before us, and it is gone, without a trace. A humbling metaphor which should remind us of the extraordinary force of evolutionary time...

Comment on Another New Hobby: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry by Maria Langer

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:54:51 +0000

Thanks, Barbara. Don’t be so impressed! I get bored easily and am always interested in learning new things. I seem to have a lot of time on my hands — one of the benefits of not having to share my time with a greedy partner — and I’ve been spending it on more artistic endeavors lately. What I really should be doing is writing...

Comment on Another New Hobby: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry by Barbara Gavin

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:02:13 +0000

Agree about the bacon agate. And actually about the loops at the top as well. But, more importantly, I am so impressed by how you pursue things and how down to earth you are.

Comment on Another New Hobby: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry by Maria Langer

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:23:41 +0000

Thanks very much. The Bacon Agate piece is my favorite, too. And I do agree that I need work making the pieces look more finished. The two I did yesterday are better. More photos to come in the update.

Comment on Another New Hobby: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry by Bob F.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:49:05 +0000

I'm guessing that wiring 'cabs', like auto-rotations, or greaser landings, improve with experience.. I really like the bacon agate in the copper wire, it has a sort of Aztec feel and the stone has 'presence'. My only observation is that the top linkage of all the wires looks a little undefined and uncertain. An engineer would crimp these wandering wires off with a band of matching metal and resolve them with a single simple loop for a chain/ thread; that would concentrate the observer's mind on the decorative features of the piece... Good work.

Comment on The Real Cost of Helicopter Ownership by Maria Langer

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:00:47 +0000

Thanks very much. I'm just telling it like it is. Or was -- that post was pretty old. I should probably write an update one of these days.

Comment on Snowbirding 2018: Reader’s Oasis Books by Maria Langer

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:58:23 +0000

"Codpiece" is definitely a better term than "penis bag." He's actually quite a charming man. I think his style of dress (or undress) is a sort of gimmick that draws people into the shop. It's kind of hard to believe a 75-year-old man would run a business dressed like that, but there you go. As for books, well I don't particularly care for the old dusty kind. And your comment reminds me of an incident in my life. I once mentioned offhand to my wasband that I wanted to build up a collection of nice editions of some classic books for my library. I meant clean, nicely bound, uniformly produced versions by an outfit like Penguin or someone else. The classics are out of copyright and reproduced in many places. But he didn't understand what I meant and didn't ask for clarification. (Which pretty much sums up the last 10 years of our relationship.) Instead, he went out and bought expensive first editions of two Mark Twain books. These damn things are very old now and a bit fragile and although they have the original drawings that are quite interesting, they're too valuable and fragile to actually read. One of these days, I have to find a bookstore that'll take them off my hands. I should be able to get a few hundred bucks for them.