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Comment Re: License Plates and registrations ... (Score 2) 223

FAR Part 103.7: Certification and registration.

        (a) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to certification of
                aircraft or their parts or equipment, ultralight vehicles and their
                component parts and equipment are not required to meet the airworthiness
                certification standards specified for aircraft or to have certificates
                of airworthiness.
        (b) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to airman certification,
                operators of ultralight vehicles are not required to meet any aeronautical
                knowledge, age, or experience requirements to operate those vehicles or to
                have airman or medical certificates.
        (c) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to registration and
                marking of aircraft, ultralight vehicles are not required to be registered
                or to bear markings of any type.

Comment FiOS (Score 1) 199

I have fiber on the pole next to the house. Haven't meaured it, but going off a rough eye... 30 feet away from the house. When they were working on the line, I walked up to the Verizon lineman and asked him if it was fiber optic. He acknowledged it, then stated he wouldn't be able to tell me what it was for. GE has two facilities nearby, as well as Environmental One and SI's headquarters.

VZ still won't gives us FiOS here. I'm not bitter, really I'm not.

Comment Re: Seriously? (Score 1) 110

The poster above was able to link to AC 91-57, which does "outline, and encourage voluntary compliance with" some safety guidelines. I'd hardly consider that to be regulations and rules worthy of files and punishment should they be broken.

That said, those rules you mentioned are a good practice; but they are not codified as such.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Informative) 110

The only "rules" I've ever heard of are the safety guidelines put in place by the Academy of Model Aeronautics: Better follow those guiidelines if you're a member, so you'll be covered by their liability insurance: Then it's "not your ass".

Even your referenced link points to "Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012)": Did you catch the date on that? Unless you're ten, I would call three years a "very long time." The majority of points listed in your post are not contained within SEC. 336. The only one that is valid is flying a model aircraft within five miles of an airport... and even that can be done, when " the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation"

You're spreading incorrect information.

Comment Re:Play hardball (Score 1) 181

That'd be true if we all had choice.

'Round here (Upstate NY), we're realistically limited to two ISPs. Verizon and Time Warner. Most of the area doesn't have access to FIOS, either... I'm talking about Verizon DSL. Neither seems to be looking to change the status quo. Sure, I'd be pissed if one or both were dropped by Netflix, but I can't switch to anyone else.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 351

I've been diagnosed Type 1 Brugada's Syndrome ( , ). In my case, the trigger is a high fever, which was brought on by the flu.

I don't have much sympathy for the rest of the world if I get sick and become feverish. I'll take my aspirin and avoid cardiac arrest, thank you very much. Selfish, maybe. I'm not quite ready to find out what's on the other side of that line.

Those poor folk that have the spontaneously triggered type of Brugada's have my sympathy instead. Just dropping dead spontaneously isn't my preferred way to go.

Comment Re: self-flying planes (Score 1) 270

Not according to the FAA (I hear that CASA in Australia is updating the reg's regarding "dark night flying", so things might be different outside the US).

There is no requirement for a visible horizon when flying VFR at night. Please reference VFR Weather Minimums. Flying anywhere near those minimums is crazy as far as I care, as it's really easy to progress into IFR conditions.

Regardless of whether it's legally VFR or not, I'd feel much more comfortable being IFR rated in those conditions. I'd want the option to call in for a pop-up IFR clearance if the weather deteriorated. The limits I place personally are much more stringent than the FAA reg's, seein' as I'm a low hour "strictly for the hobby and love of flying" pilot.

Comment Re: self-flying planes (Score 4, Informative) 270

What ^ he said.

I've flown VFR on a dark night with no visible horizon. It's an unsettling feeling when there's a lit road in the distance, at an angle to the real horizon. Your eyes naturally attune to the road, and tell your brain the aircraft is banking. Your inner ear says you're level. After a few moments, that part of your brain that handles balance starts to freak out and throw its hands up in disgust with the conflicting information.

It takes willpower to trust that the artificial horizon on the attitude indicator is indeed correct, despite that voice in the back of your head whispering that it could be broken and you should trust your eyes instead.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania