It was Friday afternoon, at about 3:30 PM. I was bored and stressed after a school day full of standardized tests, and being treated like a lab rat. I got home, pulled my camera out, and went to PHL to see what I could snag at the airport. On my way, I stopped at my favorite hoagie place to grab something to eat while spotting.
After clicking away at a couple of American A321s, I noticed an unusual dry spell of traffic. This just so happened to be the day that I forgot my scanner at home. I took the opportunity to eat my hoagie. Yum, turkey and peppered ham. As soon as I bit in, I saw a Dash-8 on final to 27L. It wasn't just any ordinary US Airways Express -100. It looked fairly longer than a -100. I thought it was a -300, which are stationed out of Charlotte, but still make the occasional pilgrimage to PHL. Once it got closer, I realized that it didn't sound like a -300.
It sounded like a weak -400. Popping out of the trees, I noticed it was a United -400. An equipment sub for the usual ERJ-135s out of Washington-Dulles, I figured. It was still worth photographing. Zooming in, I noticed that the one prop was feathered and motionless.
"Oh my f***ing god, his engine is out." I exclaimed to everybody that I was with.
Now I'm no stranger to seeing Dash-8s moving around with engines out. US Airways Dash-8 pilots usually taxied with power from only one engine. But this guy wasn't taxiing. He was on final approach into Runway 27L!
I snapped as many pictures as I could with my T5, before the aircraft disappeared into my shade tree. Once it reappeared, I just sat there expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. The Dash-8 had a very smooth approach, and I'm assuming he had a great landing. Because, a great approach is the lead-up to a fantastic landing.
I rushed over to the UPS employee parking lot to try and get a vantage of the plane with the equipment around it. No luck! He stopped short of the parking lot, thankfully. That was a testament to how his landing was.
I figured that I should go to where I get 9L departure shots from. I was able to get a vantage point of it. It had a couple of local and airport fire trucks around it. Chopper 3, 6, 10, and 29 were soon on the scene to get air-to-ground shots of the plane.
Soon enough, the airport started using 27R for arrivals and departures. News vans were swarming over. A couple asking me for pictures.
That night, I submitted pictures to all 4 local news stations. The picture got featured on the nightly newscast of one, but all 3 others rejected it.
It wasn't for a month until I saw my picture on a news website, for an anti-airport editorial. I didn't give them any permission to use it in that purpose, so I sent a DMCA notice.
Within a few hours, the picture was deleted.
Hello fellow aviation enthusiasts,
I'm sure you all have probably noticed that this website has undergone a major makeover. I believed that my old theme was too restrictive in what it allowed me to post. The old theme didn't allow me to make other pages to keep my website organized, so it was a cluttered heap of garbage.
With this theme, I look forward to fill my pages with my great aviation photojournalism, flight training advice, and other random aviation things.
Keep the speed up on final,
Article Link: http://articles.sae.org/14535/ (Airbus looks to expand military product lines)
Problem to Be Solved: Airbus wants to keep building on their current designs of military transports to make them more versatile, more efficient, and ready to take on any task that a military will need out of a primary transport aircraft such as search and rescue, aerial firefighting, radar jamming, surface welfare, and aerial photography.
Proposed Solution: I think Airbus has a lot on their plate with this project to modify the C235, C295, and A400. They haven't come up with a solution for everything they plan on having the three planes do. However, they have come up with a plane that will be a longer-range version of the C295. The C295W Extended Range transport aircraft has winglets and enhanced engine performance. Winglets, for example help reduce the drag caused by the wingtip as a result of the generation of lift. According to Boeing's chief aerodynamicist, Robert Gregg, "adding winglets to their airlines have increased range by 5%". The C295W gets 8% increase in range with 4 tons of load, and also has a 5.5% advantage in the burning of fuel, due to the minimized drag that makes the plane not have to work that hard to fly. (Source for Boeing: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-simple-reason-planes-winglets-200237569.html)
Other Approaches: I honestly think that Airbus did an outstanding job with extending the range of the C295. The only ways to extend range in an airplane that I could think of are winglets and enhanced engines, or just plain old larger fuel tanks. Larger fuel tanks aren't the answer in my opinion because they add so much more weight, which minimizes performance, and makes planes work harder to fly farther.
As for the in development firefighting variant, I'm not really sure what they could do. I've only seen firefighting aircraft have either an internal water tank with a bombay-like door that drops the load of water and fire retardant chemical. I've also seen a tank in the form of a boat hull like tank with some firefighting aircraft, such as SuperTanker 10. The internal tanks add weight to the aircraft which like before, decrease range. However, looking at the airplane, I don't think an external boathull tank will work because the plane is low to the ground, and there is just way too much engineering to be done for a short-term replacement. They are going to have to redo all wind tunnel tests, reengineer the landing gear, and find a way to make the hull aerodynamic. I think internal tanks are better in this case.
Next Step In Research: I think the next step in research is to find a way to make a light water tank that could hold a bunch of water and chemical. Those are pretty proven, as Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules has a similar modification to it with the internal tanks. Once done, they should load an A400M or C295 with the tank and do some flight testing with it. Easier said than done, but I think it will work later on.
I first want to offer a sincere apology for not posting anything for 3 months. I've just had so much on my agenda with school, flight lessons, plane spotting, and other things. I know that you guys will appreciate me not posting anything as much as did. I hated not posting anything. Oh well, I think I might resume my post schedule now that my schedule is getting less packed.
- EAA Chapter 216 Newsletter Editor: So in late December, EAA Chapter 216's newsletter editor handed down the position to me in favor of being the chapter's Young Eagles Coordinator! I had an amazing time typing up the January newsletter, and am currently working on the February newsletter.
- JFK Spotting Trip (January 2016): My friends and I went plane spotting at JFK for MLK Day Weekend. Our intention was to get pictures of the Finnair A350, as well as some random airport ops. Turns out, the spotting trip got cut short by an unexpected snow shower. Expect some pictures in a bit...
- Speaking of the A350...: My plane spotting friends and I went to catch the A350's first scheduled voyage to the USA on New Years Day. Qatar Airways started service from DOH-PHL. I had a rather interesting arrival picture that qualifies as a night shot, as well as a spectacular day departure shot.
- Drill Weekend at Wilmington, Delaware: I went to Wilmington last weekend to do some military aviation spotting. I managed to get pictures of two 166th Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules aircraft landing.
- New Scanner/Transceiver: I picked up an ICOM A5 for an incredibly low price, which I plan on using as a scanner for plane spotting, as well as a back up transceiver for flying.
- All A's and one B on my report card: I did it again. Only thing I have a beef with is my drama grade.
- Flight Simulation stuff: I upgraded to FSX: Steam Edition during the sale, and I must say I love it. It runs all of my complex stuff like FSX Blue Angels F/A-18, Milviz F-4, all of my airliners, and my A2A stuff at 30+ frames!
- Clean photo equipment, finally: After pestering with my lenses, as I thought they were dusty for months, I decided to check my mirrors. Turns out, I had dusty mirrors. I cleaned them up, did a test shoot, and they came out as clear as water.
I am sorry that I haven't really been posting much in the past couple of days. The purpose of this post is to make sure none of you all forgot about my blog. I am pretty sure I have loyal readers and that none of you guys forgot about me.
Sappiness aside, I would like to wish you all a belated Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all did fun things like fly, have fun, relax, and most of all, eat a nice dinner with your families.
Personally, my Thanksgiving holiday weekend was fabulous. On Thursday, I started my day out to catch the jetBlue inaugural with a friend of mine. I then went back home and had a delicious meal of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, salad, and pumpkin pie.
On Black Friday, I just decided to go deal hunting for FSX add-ons. I didn't really find anything that I wanted. I then went out to Cross Keys (17N) with a friend of mine. The weekend then brought me a miserably rainy day on Saturday and a spotting day at Philadelphia International Airport. I caught stuff like the jetBlue 10th Anniversary, Qatar Airways OneWorld 777-300ER, and a fresh new Frontier A321!
Stuff on my agenda for December
- First weekend: Flight lesson on Saturday and a fly-in hangar party at Massey on Sunday
- Second weekend: Army-Navy Week at PHL (possible visit from Blue Angels, Golden Knights, and Leap Frogs)
- Third Wednesday- EAA 216 Christmas Party
- Third Weekend: The start of the Christmas Rush at PHL
I don't know the rest. Just keep updated and I will bring on some content.
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