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HossHarris

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  1. HossHarris

    Dollar Ride Ideas

    Dollars have porn, period. It's tradition. It doesn't have to be covered in snatch or un-inspiring ... but there has to be some porn somewhere.
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    Dollar Ride Ideas

    Good dollars have PORN. YOu don't have to make it obvious ... sammich it dollar, porn, dollar. Obviously temper that with some knowledge of the IP. (leans back in old man rocking chair) There will be many occasions through your LPA career where the "management" will tell you absolutely no porn/booze/dancing girls/shenanigans/fun/etc. It's up to you to decide when it's only mildly inappropriate (do it) versus a bad idea (do it) versus taboo (do it) versus the beginnings of an international incident (do it). You'll only be an LT once ... enjoy it.
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    Finance Problems

    I disagree ... There are people better than you. There are people better than me. There is stratification. Some people can't, in fact, cut it. We are not all warriors. This is not a child's tee-ball game where they don't keep score and everyone gets a trophy at the end.
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    SOS/ACSC information

    Well, there's good and there's bad ... but overall I like it. To be clear, we're talking about the correspondence, get a masters and ACSC program. There are 11 or 12 classes to take. Each one is 8 weeks long. You can double up (or more) and take several classes at the same time after you've shown your ability to succeed in the first 3 or 4 classes. Each class usually has a forum style discussion question every week and an 1800 word (6-8 page) essay at the end. The Bad: It's long. You can't bear down and knock it out in 3-4 weeks like ACSC correspondence. It will take at least 14 months or so. There's no Gouge ... and there won't be any (see the good) It's a constant, slow level of involvement. You can't push for a week and then coast for a month like ACSC correspondence. The Good: There are no tests! It's a constant, slow level of involvement. You don't have to lock yourself away for a weekend to prep for a test. 2 birds with one stone. Sure it's a useless, square filling master's degree. But so is Embry-Ridiculous. And it's not that much more work than regular ACSC correspondence it's just spread out. And it takes less time overall than doing both seperately. There is a lot of "opinion" and "sociological" and "soft-science" type questions and essays ... so there's no right or wrong answer. Operational experience is highly desired and rewarded in the discussions and essays .. you can be a flying retard and still score big points by relating things to your experience in the sand box. Grading is generally fairly generous. There is a lot of writing, but it can be accomplished fairly formulaicly (is that a word?) and you can write to an undergrad type level and do fine. That's for essays ... forum style discussion questions are much more informal. 90+% of the course material is downloadable PDF files. So if you don't really want to read everything, you can search the contents of the course material and easily find references for nearly any point or stance you want to take in your essays, discussions, etc. You actually learn something. You're not cramming for a singular exam. If you have more questions ... ask!
  5. Well that's how I roll ... but you really have to get the bandana (blue ONLY) and hairnet showing under the hemmet for full effect. YMMV
  6. F-16: The NWS button is an on/off toggle on the stick (and used for many other things) NWS off: No NWS (duh), front wheel castors and you have differential braking. Not usually used. NWS On: Rudders coupled to nose wheel, good steering as you can pretty much pivot on a main. NWS+Differential braking: Bad idea, can roll the rubber (tire) off the nose gear and tends to chew things up ... so slow down, then turn.
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    Cost of UPT?

    Or you could go large, pony up an extra couple of hundred each, buy a class bus and party like rock stars. You would, of course, have to paint it flat black with flames. Just like this only shorter:
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    Challenger Explosion

    Talk to your safety shop guys to get the report from safety school. IIRC, a few of the astronauts actually drowned.
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    F-16 Down at Luke

    http://www.azcentral.com/community/westval...ash0314-ON.html http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?Content...cb-fc43482e14b4
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    Gun Talk

    I'd avoid a .380. They're ok for putting holes in paper but don't have much stopping power. Save up and get a 1911 in .45 ... at the very least get a gun in any caliber that starts with 4.
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    A question for you physics gurus

    If you're out of gas and doing 250 you would not make it as far before you hit the ground, you're glide ratio would be worse and combined with the higher airspeed you'd have a higher VVI and hit the ground sooner as well. T-38s also have some interesting efficiencies at high airspeeds, around 400-450 for gas mileage. There isn't much difference in gas mileage between the -1 most efficient cruise speed and just parking it in MIL. Check it out sometime when gas isn't critical ... The same range in half the time.
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    A question for you physics gurus

    Ok, to answer the question a little more completely. The glide ratio (descent angle) will be set by the L/D max which is entirely SHAPE dependant and has nothing to do with weight. That L/D max will occur at a certain airspeed and the descent angle combined with airspeed will yield the VVI. So for this question, if you have two identical airframes, one heavier than the other, the L/D max stays the same. The heavier airframe will acheive this L/D max condition at a higher airspeed. L/D max is the same, so the descent angle is the same, so the higher airspeed will have the higher down VVI if both aircraft are operating at an optimal speed. If both aircraft cut power at the same point, they will hit the ground at the same point. The heavier aircraft will get there first. If they are flying at the same airspeed there is no way to tell which will descend faster, VVI wise. Again, assuming the same airframe, whichever aircraft is closer to it's L/Dmax airspeed will have the better glide ratio. Since the airspeed is the same between the two, the shallower glide of the aircraft closer to L/Dmax will have less VVI. A "slow" airspeed will favor the lighter aircraft. A "fast" airspeed will favor the heavier aircraft. You'd have to know which a/c is closer to L/Dmax at that given airspeed to make the call. In this scenario, the A/C farther from it's L/D max will hit the ground in the shortest range. You can't tell which one will hit the ground first (that's VVI dependant) and that get's into MAX Endurance, which is a whole 'nother ball of wax. For a less theoretical and more practical perspective, look to competition gliders. They will add balast to hit L/D max at a higher airspeed to cover more ground and dump balast to hit L/D max at a lower airspeed. Across a wide range of weight, the L/D max value and glide ratio is the same. Even though I don't fly heavies, fighters do see a significant change in weight, especially when you look at the change as a percentage. You can't just use the "in the C-130 this is true" analogy since the T.O.s don't always follow the most efficient path from an aero perspective since there are other considerations outside of pure aerodynamics. None of these aircraft mentioned require any distance to descend. I can certainly point 90 degrees down and overspeed everything (on a heavy). Now, if I'm descending in accordance with the -1 it's different ... but this question has nothing to do with -1 airspeeds does it? So your real-world, I've done this a thousand times examples don't apply do they? And in the end, Aero is Aero whether its a paper airplane or a C-5.
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    A question for you physics gurus

    Not to be a dick, but you are wrong. It's a static situation, lift will exactly equal weight or the A/C will be ACCELERATING up or down. Aero Engineer.
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    A question for you physics gurus

    Here's the answer ... weight is irrelevant. period. The only thing that will matter is the L/D for the airframe and that's based on wing geometry mostly. In a static, unaccelerated glide, weight is exactly countered by lift. A 100k pound "glider" made out of lead with the appropriate wing span and area will descend slower than a paper airplane. It's all L/D these days. edit: I re-read the question. If operating at L/Dmax airspeed weight is irrelevant. If operating at some random airspeed, see my post below.
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    Pilot Math

    The back of 11-217 is full of them ...
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    Phoenix and Luke AFB questions

    Don't waste your BAH on base housing ... read up on privatized housing if you don't know what I'm talking about. Phoenix has been particularly hard hit by the housing meltdown ... which is good for you. Prices skyrocketed a few years ago and are now falling. Still probably not a good time to buy, as they will continue to fall. The good part is the inventory on the market (there's plenty). Most folks trying to sell will lease to have some money coming in. There are also plenty of foreclosures that can be had on the cheap. Rent did not shoot up with house prices and is still reasonable. There is plenty of inventory on the rental market. Pick an area you want to live in, and there will be plenty of houses available. I live in surprise and there are easily 10% vacant houses with plenty more being built.
  17. I think those trailer limitations are if you are having the gov't ship your HHG (including the trailer). I don't think that applies to a trailer that you use to DITY your own stuff. "...that legally may be accepted and transported by an authorized commercial transporter ..." BTW, a boat counts as HHG. So buy one before you move and drag it along. The weight counts for your DITY and you'll pay for the boat in a move or two. And the going rate the gov't get charged to store 6-9 thousand pounds of HHG boat is gigantic, and you get 90% of that as well. And don't let the TMO monkeys tell you they don't have to pay for boat storage, or partial storage of HHG, or storage after you buy a house. That's all crap. Bust out a JFTR on them and elevate as necessary. Even if they are trying to "save money" becuase there's a "war on" by screwing you out of your congressionally mandated ENTITLEMENTS
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    Columbus AFB Information

    No problem storing in your HOUSE on base, jsut not dorms. You can shoot rifles on the range on base, just get to know the sky-cops ... they used to moonlight as O'club bartenders. Find out the laws, when I was there you could shoot on public land as long as you weren't within a certain range of a structure (1/2 mile I think). The banks of the tombigbee have huge tracts of public land, as well as outside the fence on the back side of the base (I've shot both places). Get a Lowndes county hunting map and it'll show you the public lands.
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    The kidnapping of Mr. Bones

    If you ever find yourself in their bar, they keep all the "ransom details" from all the abductions ... you should be able to find the video, polaroids, and lovely poetry ... along with lots of other good stuff from Mr. Bones' previous trips.
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    The kidnapping of Mr. Bones

    Damn ... good times!
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    Hernia Information

    I've had 3 hernia repairs now ... one umbilical and one inguinal when I was young (12-18 mos) and the last inguinal when I was in the middle of T-38s. I guess I got the lucky genes. I ended up with a patch and plug on the most recent repair Here's what I took away from it all. (1) The flight docs will find out about it eventually, probably at the worst possible time (middle of 38s). Mine was also "small" and no pain at all. Still became a "must fix now" issue for the flight docs. (2) Manage your care. I let them send me from CBM to Maxwell so an AF doc could do the operation (I guess he needed the practice) and I was supposed to drive my own happy ass home a day or two later. Bad Idea. I could have had it done in a perfectly good and modern hospital no kidding 300 yards from my apartment. What the AF saved in the doctor bill they wasted in per diem and travel costs. I was young and didn't know much better, but I should have put up a huge stink BEFORE getting shipped off to MXF. Also not great if you have complications after the fact and your surgeon is 5 hours away. (3) You don't realize how much you use your abdominal muscles until someone cuts on them. It was fairly uncomfortable for a few days. I was walking normally in about a week and able to fly high-g (for the 38) in 2.5-3 weeks. Not a huge setback to the timeline and I was able to stay with my class. (4) Take it easy for a few days afterwards. If you do a little too much and something bleeds a little, guess where that blood drains? Think about a GIANT (in my case) pouch like appendage in your lap. Ever watch a bruise turn blue to green to black over time? It's more disconcerting when it's that appendage turning colors. Also a good risk for infection with pooling free blood. If that happens, see a doc. Also see a doc if you have any numbness after (shouldn't be a problem with an umbilical, but they displace nerves and such with an inguinal). (5) You notice and feel the patch or plug ... for a while. You get used to it, and it goes away. (6) Arthroscopic is an option for a quicker recovery ... do your research and talk to some surgeons. There are pros and cons. (7) It's a safe, simple surgery ... the highest risk is the general anesthetic.
  22. Another rule pertaining to DITY moves changed not too long ago. You are ENTITLED to 90 days of temporary storage for your DITY move weight. In the past, TMO just reimbursed the actual cost of this storage. The change is now TMO MUST reimburse you 90% (or whatever the standard DITY rate is) of what it would cost the AF to store that weight. It's a significant chunk o money. You have to actually have a paid storage area, but the difference in the rate b/w 3 months at the u-store-it joint and what the AF pays movers to warehouse stuff is HUGE.
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    Post solo ops

    I got some MX buds to sneak me off the flight line, then a bro at an electronics store boxed me up in a TV box and delivered me to the flight room. Round trip in less than an hour. Still got dunked, but drank for free that friday
  24. Your inner ear is now likely full of fluid. Not uncommon, but ripe for infection. Flight docs usually give prophylactic antibiotics to prevent a bad ear infection. Go see the doc.
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    Pilot watches

    If you're looking to buy a watch online ... I'd highly recommend princetonwatches.com. They are an authorized dealer for everything they sell and generally sell for 50-60% of the "jewelry store" list price. I've bought citizens and seikos from them and have been extremely satisfied (STS).
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