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Old 06-16-2012, 06:47 PM   #3151
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I dunno, I don't want to pee on the camp fire but there's a couple issues here. I don't see how this is going to be a big shot in the arm for general aviation. 1: A 3rd class medical costs $60-$80. A gallon of avgas costs $6, mo-gas, $5. So yeah, you're saving a few pennies on that medical. 2: If you fly a 180 hp airplane, one that is capable of reaching 10,000-12,000 feet, and you're 50+, a smoker, over weight and who knows what else. You're doing yourself a disservice relying on self reporting and carrying a on-line health assessment in your pocket rather than having a objective outside source of health certification. But its OK, if they have a on-line A320 type rating I can get so I can make $160,000 a year in China.
Have you spent much time at any general aviation airport hangar in say, the last 10 years? Have you flown much at all? How are the physical requirements of flying an airplane different than riding a motorcycle?

If you have some practical experiences that you can give as examples I am quite willing to listen to them with an open mind, but my experiences with many both commercial and general aviation are quite different than what your notions seem to be.

Anyway, this is not JM and it is not my intention to turn it into a thread of that ilk, so that is all I have to say on the matter.


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Old 06-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #3152
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Getting back on track here.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:51 PM   #3153
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I dunno, I don't want to pee on the camp fire but there's a couple issues here. I don't see how this is going to be a big shot in the arm for general aviation. 1: A 3rd class medical costs $60-$80. A gallon of avgas costs $6, mo-gas, $5. So yeah, you're saving a few pennies on that medical. 2: If you fly a 180 hp airplane, one that is capable of reaching 10,000-12,000 feet, and you're 50+, a smoker, over weight and who knows what else. You're doing yourself a disservice relying on self reporting and carrying a on-line health assessment in your pocket rather than having a objective outside source of health certification
I'm less concerned about the small number of those than I am about the large number of them that are piloting 2-ton land yachts on our highways.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #3154
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I apologize if it seems I am not supporting GA. In most respects its the most fun flying out there, and I don't like over regulating it either. Many people come to the US and fly and are amazed how much freedom they have flying here (or Canada) compared to anywhere else.

But, in my opinion, saving $60-$80 every two years doesn't seem to be a stimulus that will help GA. To me, its a small price to pay. There are several accidents a year when the pilot has not renewed their physical, were on a host of not approved medications for disqualifying conditions and meet with grief under what often appear to be incapacitating conditions. Would this increase with the softening of the rules? I don't know. It seems like there might be a larger number of diligent pilots who don't pass a physical who keep out of planes but when there is no physical (even for a limited scope of flying) who knows?

I too think there are similarities to flying a light GA airplane in day VFR to riding a motorcycle, but there are additional physical components in flying.

Again, I apologize for any perceived slights I may have unintentionally proffered.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #3155
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Seems that both sides have valid reasons. I think what it comes down to is that the LSA crowd have gotten by fine without medicals, and that is what they are wanting to implement with another group of pilots.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #3156
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My knee-jerk reaction is, we need that medical check, small though it may be... Our GA population is aging, and without that little bit of checkup, will they realize something before it causes an accident?
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:58 PM   #3157
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So do you guys think the USA should require mandatory medical exams every other year for drivers licenses too?

Anyway, getting back on track here-

some airshow in the midwest (I believe it was Aurora, Illinois), circa 1980:
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #3158
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:44 PM   #3159
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Hey that is cool! Thanks for posting that!
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:58 AM   #3160
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #3161
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:43 PM   #3162
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My wife and I went to Reno on Wednesday to spectate at the Pylon Racing Seminar.






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Old 06-17-2012, 01:40 PM   #3163
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:13 PM   #3164
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:46 PM   #3165
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I just love looking at radial engines.!

OK, dumb question. Looks like the spark plugs are connected to a common rail. How is the spark timing done in radial engines? I never see a distributor, so do they fire all the cylinders at the same time, just more than once every two revolutions as in most 4 stroke engines.?
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