2019 - Jan to March 31st - Random Thoughts


This was such a close call for the pilot and the driver…


Flown into there many times… That airport is starting to get crowded out… when I was flying, there were small buildings and not so many roads… now the area is getting developed heavily and the buildings won’t have made the air any smoother… but prone to turbulence… I have to look at that in GE because it has been almost nine years since I drove by there in a car… barely looks like what it did then… my airport where I trained was further west and was closed and gone by the time I left Toronto area… Never did like the way the city eats up the smaller airfields… Buttonville grew up and expanded but was under pressure to close even in the late nineties… but has survived… Seneca College ran a commercial flying program out of there, and the Air Ambulance base was there… both helped save the operation… For a long time it was the busiest airport in Canada… in terms of takeoff / landings. Not sure these days… I seem to remember the encroaching development (homes) demanded restrictions on operations.

Edit: been doing some looking… the plane is north of the local road 73 / 16th ave I think…

This is the north end of runway 33… first guess is that they were losing power on take off and following the old rule for takeoff… power loss on takeoff, less than 500 ft… STRAIGHT Ahead…
It is not absolute though… small discrepancies are allowed… such as when really low and faced with a lamp standard which is straight inline with the runway center line… the fact that they were low enough to drag a wing on the road says he wasn’t very high to start with… I can see that the car driver saw it coming before it shows on the camera shot… he was already slowing down to clear it… the car ahead kept accelerating. I’ve been doing a GE shot showing the line of estimated positions. from the video.
Given a typical glide ratio for various GA aircraft… 7:1 is fairly average… more if the engine is helping.
but given he is almost on the ground, that ratio would say it was about 50 feet up as far back as the runway threshold marker… on the runway… but that is a rough calculation… but I don’t know why he was there in the first place… but it wasn’t a landing error I think… wrong direction… the plane came from the runway… direction… more later.

Edit again: It was a touch and go that went sour… do a landing and take off again without stopping.
Still waiting to see more detail, but both instructor and student walked away… I’m guessing the wingtip drag started to skew it around and bounced the wingtip up when it hit the curbing… big credit likely goes to the live brush it harvested at the end… off camera… That’s what happened to me when I crashed the Jimmy… drove through the two trees and ended up lifted up by some scrub brush I mowed down and it pushed back but upwards lifted the wheels off the ground. There will be a report.


My random thought is I have no random thought today. However, I do have a question about web pages.


England 38, Scotland 38. A fantastic come-back by Scotland, having been 31-7 down at half-time, helps them to retain the Rugby Union Calcutta Cup! YES!


@Thistle I’ll have to see if I can find an online replay… sounds like a good match.
I’ve started watching the local Sevens in Vancouver the last few years… but don’t really follow it.

But a good one is always worth watching. Thanks for the information.


Thank goodness April the giraffe had her baby - 105 lbs/47.6 kg, 5’11"/180 cm tall. Now Donna won’t be commandeering my laptop. She did watch the baby drop (born) on my laptop. Once the front legs and head came out… plop! The baby just dropped down to the ground. Oh… and it was a boy. I guess most everyone on Donna’s Facebook feed was hoping for a girl.
Now to buy Donna a new iPad battery since she wore her down so much and now it take forever to charge and discharges fairly rapidly. Unless that was because of her having that live feed running 18 hours a day. :rofl:


I watched the first one she had…that was enough! :giraffe:


I hope the laptop survived. :rofl:


@TerriB, Donna has watched every calf she had. She even watched April being born. (I think she likes giraffes.) I wonder how long it takes before her calves are old enough to have babies of their own. I know… look it up. But I’m not really that curious. Maybe I’ll ask Donna to see if she knows. But maybe not. Don’t really care. :laughing:

@Thistle, Smarty pants. :smiley:


This is Aprils’ (fourth) corrected “fifth”, but only two have been on live streaming.
It takes 15 months for the pregnancy.
Females are 4 - 5 years old when they start to have babies, but males don’t breed until after 7 years old.


Ah, you looked it up! Thanks. Actually, I didn’t even bother to ask Donna if she knew. Now I am - after dinner of course! Corned beef and cabbage for the wee bit o’ Irish in me! :yum:


I had to…I’m not the giraffe expert in our family…that would be my daughter! :wink:


It’s April’s 5th per this site:


:thinking: I’ve been wondering how this seems to keep on happening to me. The other day I got the lawn mower out to make sure it was tuned up and ready to go. I still have to mulch a lot of leaves that seemed to wait until just before the first good snow arrived. Got to get them up so the grass can grow and the birds can get at the worms and insects. :grinning: I tried a couple of times to start it - with my wife watching. Wouldn’t start. I bring the lawnmower into my workshop and tear it apart. I completely cleaned and re-gapped the spark plug, installed a new air filter and, using emery cloth, sanded a little rust off the magneto. Then I set the gap on the magneto. This afternoon I was raking a small section of our side yard which was making my arms and lower back ache. When I finished I took the lawnmower out and gave a couple of pulls on the cord. There had been no gas in the fuel line so I had to work it through to the carburetor. As soon as I smelled gas I opened the choke. I figured if I had a cup of coffee, by the time I finished it, the gas would have evaporated and it should start right up. As soon as I sat down on the porch with my coffee my wife comes outside and starts down the stairs and across the yard to the driveway. I asked her what she was doing and she said she was going to see if she could get the mower started. I told her I’d do it as soon as I finished my coffee. She went over to the mower anyway and gave it a pull. Of course it started right up. She looks up at me and says, “See? It started right up for me. I don’t know why you couldn’t get it started for two days. I had no problem.” :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Edit: I wonder if I get all the parts out to replace the “guts” in the toilet tank - a new fill valve (that’s getting plugged with fine rust from all the water main breaks we’ve had), and a new flap valve and arm - and just leave them sitting for a day or two if my wife will shut off the water supply and change them herself. Then she can always tell me she had no problem changing them - just like she started the lawnmower. Nah… I know she won’t do that. That’s too easy! :grinning:


But you didn’t tape the “bill” to the lawnmower for the work you did. :wink:


I don’t think that would have been a good idea. She’d probably start billing me for my meals… and coffee (about 20 cups a day (I cut back from 30))… and ice cream. :grimacing: And she did surprise me with another 1-1/2 quarts of mint ice cream.

Donna and I were talking while sitting on the porch this evening. I don’t know how we got on the subject, but we were talking about what we would do for our 50th anniversary (a few years away yet). She told me she already knows what she’s going to get me for my silver anniversary gift… a 5-gallon bucket of ice cream. Without even the slightest hesitation I asked, “What flavor?” :grin: Now I supposed I’ll have to get her something too. :face_with_raised_eyebrow: :roll_eyes: :rofl: All kidding aside, I told her it’s hard to think of a gift for her - a woman who has everything. She just :roll_eyes: and went inside without a word. :laughing:


Just wondering… if Tomnod taggers are called “nodders,” are people who tweet on Twitter called “twits”? :smiley:


I think it is Twitterers.


I like “twits” better. :laughing: