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  1. HerkPerfMan

    C-130 TOLD Calculator

    Most likely a home-cooked Excel solution from a Flight Engineer. I'm sure they would rather have an iPad solution. There are Software Maintenance Groups at Warner-Robins and Hill that have been trying to build iPad flight planning apps organically. They have big plans but I'm not sure they have delivered anything usable yet. Maybe KC-10 is on their list?
  2. HerkPerfMan

    C-130 TOLD Calculator

    It's certainly possible. We just need a copy of the latest tech pubs (-1-1)...and a paying customer. Do you use a KC-10 ETOLD app now? If so, which platform(s) (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.), who made it, and why is it inadequate?
  3. HerkPerfMan

    C-130 TOLD Calculator

    Thread bump. We finally broke through at AMC and our C-130J preTOLD app has been approved on the latest MAF EFB Baseline (v6.4). This means that the iOS app is approved for use on iPad EFBs and available through the USAF App Store. For now, app licenses can be purchased at the OG, Wing, or Squadron level and HQ AMC will deploy the app via Blackberry UEM. We cannot sell licenses to individuals - they must be purchased by an operator organization (OG, Wing, Squadron, etc.). Please send me a PM with any questions or visit our website to start the ordering process. Thanks for all the feedback on the app - we released v2.4.4 last month and are working to incorporate Block 8.1 configuration now.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    VB-21 Presidential Bomber. Um...what?
  5. HerkPerfMan

    Boeing unveils its T-38 replacement

    Working on a new-design supersonic jet? Hell yes. That's a very rare occurrence these days. But the engineers don't make the decisions anymore.
  6. HerkPerfMan

    The Congressman is back yo

    Track Trump. The First 100 Days. This is about as concise as it gets, with daily updates.
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    B-52 LOSES engine over North Dakota

    The C-130J has another solution, since the rudder size/effectiveness didn't increase from the H model. It's called Automatic Thrust Control System (ATCS) which automatically reduces power to about 50% on the opposing outboard engine and ramps it back up steadily until a "minimum power restoration speed" based on full power VMCA. I assume a B-52 re-engine would involve computer controls (FADEC) and Power Levers, so this could be done with software, using the J as a precedent. Then again, jets take longer to spool down, so it may not work as well as turboprops. It's only software...how much could it cost? /sarcasm
  8. HerkPerfMan

    The Next President is...

    I chuckled while reading this flashback to Andrew Jackson's inauguration in 1829 and the rager that followed at the White House. They draw some parallels to our current times, but my takeaway was simpler: Despite the feeling of uniqueness to our current times, there is little that is truly new. And party guests always follow the booze...always.
  9. HerkPerfMan

    Commercial Aviation air refueling

    +1. No one wants to sit in coach longer than the current long-haul flights. The big twin jets can fly almost half around the world non-stop - there is little need to go further than that. I think this is the only viable advantage of this concept - it could help larger aircraft or enable longer flights from smaller airports. Rather than trying to extend range/endurance, you could load up with passengers (or cargo) at a smaller airfield and enough fuel to get to AR rendezvous near departure then top off to reach your destination. There are several cities around the world with large, distant hubs and smaller airfields near the city center. This could make those smaller airfields more accessible and enable non-stop long-haul flights. But passengers would certainly pay a premium.
  10. HerkPerfMan

    The Next President is...

    I disagree. Senators should be accountable to their constituency, just like all other elected officials. States are still given equal weight in the Senate, and the Senators are chosen by the citizens on each state. Even in a Republic, I think layers of separation between a constituency and their representatives create opportunity for misplaced loyalty, entrenched interests, and corruption. Plus, I wouldn't trust my state legislature to choose qualified senators - hell, I don't trust them to do much of anything but bicker and waste my money. I'm no scholar of the 17th amendment so I won't comment on your assessment. But I wouldn't use the dirty word of Presentism to describe my view - more of "living" view with priority still placed on original meaning. The founding fathers were some smart guys and they created something new and comprehensive in the Constitution. But they also acknowledged that they didn't know everything, that they wouldn't get it right on the first try, and that the world was dynamic. One of the greatest and most insightful inclusions in the Constitution is Article 5 - the ability to amend it. It is an arduous process with a high barrier, as it should be. There have been 27 amendments since the Constitution was ratified, including 1 to repeal a previous amendment (Prohibition). I believe that the framers wanted future generations to apply their guiding principles to learn from experience and modify when necessary. The framers themselves learned that the original EC construct wasn't working and in 1804 the 12th amendment was ratified to solve their contemporary problem of deadlocked elections and opposing candidates potentially becoming President and Vice President. Amendments have been fairly regular until recently, when the Constitution has been viewed as some holy document passed down from on high. Originalism is one thing, but exulting the Constitution (and its creators) to religious status is something else. We need to learn from our history and experience, and adapt in a dynamic world using the very tools that the framers gave us - hence the American Experiment. Anyway, I veered off the topic a bit, but this will be my last post about it. To summarize my position : The Constitution is truly remarkable and I will defend it to my death; the framers wanted us to change it based on our experience; the EC could use an amendment to account for the national popular vote. I certainly appreciate the debate. And I bet they have big, goofy, bewildered smiles on their faces as they are dragged out in cuffs.
  11. HerkPerfMan

    The Next President is...

    This is exactly what happens now. Republican voters in CA, NY, and IL are not heard since all of their electoral votes go blue and it most likely depresses their turnout. With a national popular vote or proportional EC, every Republican vote in CA would actually count - so would every Dem vote in Alabama. Speaking of Alabama, which is a reliably red state and voted 62% for Trump, let's see how it stacks up on federal give-and-take: The Federal Government provides roughly $60 billion annually to AL (includes the same grants, services, and direct payments as your total for CA) and direct federal funds account for 36% of AL's state revenue (about $8 billion). And AL contributes only $19 billion back to the feds. While the dollar totals for CA are greater, it is also the most populous state in the union and it takes roughly the same as it gives. Look, I'm not trying to defend anything about CA - I've never lived there, never want to. My point is that we can look at these numbers for every state and find blue states that give more than they take and red states that take more than they give. And they all rely on federal money in their budgets no matter how much they like to bash the feds. This is a good point and highlights the role of states' right in the presidential election and EC - thanks for adding it to the discussion. I would counter that the 17th amendment was a clear move toward direct democracy, by instituting statewide direct election of senators. Wouldn't the next step on that path be direct election of the only federal office? And isn't "all votes are equal" a worthy goal? But where would that leave consent from the states? That's why I think keeping the EC and changing it to a proportional distribution of electors would maintain the state/fed mix while minimizing the chance of a disconnect between the EC and national popular vote results. I agree - changes to letter and spirit of the Constitution require an amendment. To be clear, I am not personally advocating for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. But it is certainly relevant to this discussion. My personal preference would be to keep the EC but award each states electors as percentages of the state's popular vote, rather than winner-take-all or apportioned by congressional district since we all know those are gerrymandered to hell nationwide. Absolutely it would change the way presidential campaigns are planned and executed. And I absolutely agree that voters in every state would be energized to participate, even in hard right and left states, because they will have an actual impact. That only happens in IL. We're proud that our cemeteries have the highest turnout in the nation.
  12. HerkPerfMan

    The Next President is...

    Be careful what you wish for - CA has the 6th largest economy in the world and contributes >$300 billion a year to the federal coffers (11%), which we all benefit from. 2008 and 2012 were not exactly close elections with Obama getting 7.2% and 3.9% victory margins, respectively, in the popular vote and hefty EC victories. No disagreement between popular and EC votes, which is the expected outcome and has been true for all but 5 of 58 presidential elections. So why spend political capital messing with it? But when a candidate wins the popular vote by a 2.1% margin and handily loses the EC, don't you think that disconnect disenfranchises voters and subverts the "will of the people"? I'm not disputing the outcome of the election - Trump won fair and square according to the Constitutional rules, period. But that wasn't who a plurality of our nation voted for. I would be making the same argument if the tables were turned. Of course voting trends, opinions, the number of states, and political parties themselves change over time. Democrats are disenfranchised by the EC right now. That could easily swing the other way but the key point is that VOTERS are disenfranchised over the long term. I did not wake up on November 9 and decide the EC was bad - I just had more substantiation for that opinion. My assertion that "all votes are not equal" is demonstrably true. See previous comment and outcome of 5 previous elections over the last 200 years. Yes, there are 51 separate elections in 50 states and DC, but the assignment of electors is based on House seats (population) plus 2 (for 2 senators per state) and they are winner-take-all except 2 states. Since the presidency is a NATIONAL office decided by a NATIONAL election, shouldn't the NATIONAL vote decide the outcome? I would also argue that the national popular vote would make our election process more resilient and prevent targeted tampering/influencing from swaying the overall outcome - something that I think will see more of in the future. An end-run around a constitutional amendment to abolish the EC is already underway: 10 states and DC have signed on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would allow each state to award their electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote, rather than the state's individual popular vote. I'm not sure I agree with that arrangement - it would make more sense to assign state electors based on the state's vote distribution rather than winner-take-all.
  13. HerkPerfMan

    The Next President is...

    Right, nothing new just an alternative perspective. The problem with the state (or county) election maps is that they exaggerate the gap between right and left based on physical geography, and completely overlook the large portion of "purple" voters. The "dead smurf" map also shows how disadvantaged Democrats are by the Electoral College since they are concentrated in a few geographies. The bottom line is that not all votes are equal - it depends where you live. 2,900,000 votes >> 80,000 votes 80,000 votes in MI, WI, and PA >> 2,900,000 votes anywhere else The best strategy for the Democrats in 2020 would be offer relocation packages for CA residents to move to swing states. No need to sway anyone or win hearts and minds - just change where you vote. Anyway, the Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality would be happy we're having this discussion.
  14. HerkPerfMan

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Yes, the Porkins Package is a factory option, but it cuts into the useful payload.
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    Commercial Aviation air refueling

    Airbus A330 MRTT has UARRSI installed as well.