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

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:47:06 +0000


Comment on About the Golf Ball Drops by Maria Langer

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:47:06 +0000

I can't say I've ever heard of a ball drop where the container was secured to the helicopter. Usually the person dropping the balls is responsible for holding onto the container. Since there shouldn't be anyone under the helicopter -- remember, it's a ball drop -- even if the container falls out, there shouldn't be any injury. The container isn't likely to get blown out while full -- those balls are heavy! Of course, it's always up to the pilot in command. If he/she wants the container secured, it must be secured to his/her satisfaction.

Comment on About the Golf Ball Drops by bill blair

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:17:25 +0000

What would be your take on dropping golf balls our of a tub like container which is free to fall out by accident because it has not been secured by a line to the helicopter.

Comment on “Incredibly Sad” by Pete Templin

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:34:18 +0000

A counterpoint: I'm sad that Arnold Palmer died. We all will die someday, and the older one gets, the higher the odds creep that tomorrow is the day. I'm not sad that a 24-year-old baseball player died - he took a risk by going boating after dark, just hours after his team played (game time was 7:10pm EDT, the Coast Guard found the accident scene around 3am). They had a scheduled Sunday game (that was cancelled). Who in their right mind thinks it's wise to go joyboating with minimal moonlight between games like that? I suspect that had he not died but was significantly injured, his contract might be voided for undue risks. As I've said for years, the safest speed is 0, and I suspect most pilots would consider the safest altitude is 0' AGL.

Comment on “Incredibly Sad” by Maria Langer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:24:33 +0000

The death of a child is always sadder than the death of a person at the natural end of life. That's my opinion anyway.

Comment on “Incredibly Sad” by Bob F.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:07:58 +0000

Spot on. Like you I have no faith but I appreciate our beautiful churches here, some 1,000 years old, and I help cut the grass around our local graveyard at weekends. My grass-cutting boss is about 82. He is ex-army 3 Para (think lean and still fit Special Forces) and he has three members of his family buried in this hillside plot. His first child, aged 4 months (was weak at birth), his son aged 12, who was electrocuted on the railway when his young friend urged him to touch the 25kv overhead power lines with a metal curtain rod they had found. The last burial is his wife. (Died recently) He could not enter this graveyard until she was buried here. Now he likes to spend his time there and for the first time he can start to make sense of his life. Her death, emotionally painful for him of course, followed some natural cycle. We make a special effort to get his three plots 'just right'; Army style.

Comment on A Note on Apple Stock by Bob F.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:35:05 +0000

Copy that, Mike Lima. Your airspace. But I'll be awake at 02.00 GMT listening to the first debate on the World Service.

Comment on “Incredibly Sad” by Maria Langer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:52:34 +0000

When older people die, we "celebrate their life." When young people die, we mourn their death.

Comment on “Incredibly Sad” by Greg Glockner (@gglockner)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:45:51 +0000

Big difference between a funeral for a someone who lived a long, full life and someone whose life ended in prime or - worse - in childhood.

Comment on A Note on Apple Stock by Maria Langer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:40:06 +0000

I'd really rather not. I know from experience that it'll attract all kinds of trolls. I just don't want to deal with it. But there's a chance I'll write about politics again within the next few days. I might try comments on the next post. Sorry.

Comment on Summer 2016 Road Trip, Day 2: Mazama to Colonial Creek by Maria Langer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:07:17 +0000

I'm pretty sure my kayak will fit inside my new truck camper. I've seen the fold-up type and the cost is really prohibitive for me. I simply don't go kayaking often enough to justify the expense. The problem with putting my kayak inside the RV is that every time I stop and want to spend the night somewhere, I'd to pull it out. I'll come up with some solution before my next trip. Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into the Oru.

Comment on Summer 2016 Road Trip, Day 2: Mazama to Colonial Creek by Colin Devroe

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:06:40 +0000

Re: kayak length and weight - I have a first generation Oru Kayak. It is 11' and just about 20 pounds. It can also fold up and fit inside your RV. You might want to look into them. Since my model was made they've made big improvements to the design and manufacturing. I can highly recommend as I've been using mine for three seasons and still love it.

Comment on A Note on Apple Stock by Bob F.

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:20:17 +0000

All true. Just wondered if you could re-open your 'comments' on the Democrat Dinner. I have a few comments and so many questions. Here in the UK we follow your politics with a mixture of interest and fear. ...

Comment on Mate: The Solution to a Problem by Maria Langer

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:28:06 +0000

The model I chose is about 50 pounds, including the battery. The other models are a bit lighter. You can learn more on Indiegogo.

Comment on Mate: The Solution to a Problem by Martina Schmidt

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:27:39 +0000

I was just wondering how heavy this bike is?

Comment on A Note on Apple Stock by Maria Langer

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:00:13 +0000

I don't believe any brokers are any good. That's why I do my own investing. Except my retirement funds, which are all managed. That's a different ball game, though. Steve Jobs was a complex man. He did deny his daughter was his -- at first. Before the end, he embraced her. As for cheap Chinese labor, Apple is just one of TOO MANY company's sending manufacturing abroad. We're to blame -- we want cheap goods and they want profits. One day the current system will break but I don't expect it to happen in my lifetime. And I'm not worried about who is looking at my photos. They're pretty tame. ;-)