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Comment: Re:Rosner's Neat Trick (Score 1) 311

by throughwithit (#32065992) Attached to: Meet the Men Who Deploy Airstrikes
Yes, I am sure that is the case. The JTAC's screen probably contains the same images and telemetry the pilot is using to identify, track, and engage the targets in question + perhaps aircraft position, heading, altitude, and groundspeed. But the JTAC won't see the readouts the pilot is using to navigate, and otherwise fly the aircraft.

Comment: Re:From what I've heard, it really is that bad... (Score 1) 673

by throughwithit (#31975012) Attached to: Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

Not True.

If a multi-engine aircraft loses one engine during takeoff, it is still _required_ to maintain a certain rate of climb until it is clear of obstacles. Airline pilots must comply with this, and ensure that conditions exist so that aircraft performance, as well as gravity, will also comply.

In other words, if it is a hot day and you are at a high altitude, you may have to decrease your fuel, passengers, cargo, etc, or wait until it gets cooler before being able to legally take off.

For a given set of weights and temperatures, aircraft performance manuals will also include a OEI (One Engine Inoperative) Service Ceiling chart. If you lose an engine during cruise, this will tell you how high you will be able to remain. Yet another chart (OEI drift-down) will tell you what speed to decrease to before starting your descent to that altitude.

Rules are also in place to ensure your OEI airplane will be able to avoid running into any mountain ranges that exist between departure and destination. Either by turning around, being able to clear the terrain outright (even OEI), or by planning the flight's cruising altitude to be high enough for the aircraft to be able to "drift down" past the mountain range after it loses an engine.

Comment: Re:If I could do it, I would! (Score 1) 658

by throughwithit (#31722196) Attached to: What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

Go ahead, people, cheer for the corporations. None of them are doing anything for you.

Ummm, how about your job?

TFA is just one example of how higher tax rates does not equal higher tax revenue. As many state governments do: lower the tax rate to lure in big companies. They hire local citizens. Those locals pay taxes. Those locals buy from other businesses in the area...commerce and jobs breeds commerce and jobs. A lower tax rate with higher economic activity is much better, IMO, than high tax rates and less activity.

Comment: WITHIN the next 1.5M years... (Score 1, Informative) 135

by throughwithit (#31462826) Attached to: Nearby Star Forecast To Skirt Solar System, he isn't necessarily saying that it will be 1.5M years before this happens, or even in ~1.5M years, but sometime within that timeframe. We ought not deduce that we have such a long time to prepare, nor fail to account for the possibility of other intruding or impacting bodies headed our way even sooner.

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin