Saturday, August 05, 2006


Very hazy day to fly today. My friend Gil and I flew to BHS this morning, but the ceiling was too low at BHS to fly sailplanes so we immediately returned to MB.

Prior to leaving this morning, we discovered that our rotating beacon was not working. A quick review of the FARs seemed to say that the rotating beacon was required equipment for VFR day flight, so we replaced the light prior to departing - probably delayed us for 45 minutes or so. I believe the FARs only allow a pilot to fly an aircraft with a non-functioning beacon to a facility for repairs.

Anyone know for sure whether the rotating beacon was required to be operational for our day VFR flight?

Thursday, August 03, 2006


This is a good article on Yale's rejection of Juan Cole. It seems hard to imagine that someone who holds the following views is worthy to teach at any school of higher education:

This was a mind that, in July 2005, claimed that the September 11 Commission report cited the "Israeli attack on the Jenin refugee camp" as a motivation for the terrorist attack, even though the Jenin attack didn't happen until seven months after 9/11. And in May of this year, Cole justified his notion that Iran is harmless by declaring, "We don't give a rat's ass what Ahmadinejad thinks about European history or what pissant speech the little sh*t gives."