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How Safe to take the Train? May 15, 2015

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So Now Its Up To You To Land The 737… March 17, 2013

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The good news is the plane will probably have a sophisticated autopilot that can take care of most of the flying for you.  The bad news is you will still probably have to land it, and every aircraft cockpit is going to be different, so it’s not like you’d know exactly where to look to find the things you need.

737aewc_3So, let’s take an example aircraft — (you guessed it) the 737.  The first thing you’re going to want to do is put on the pilot’s headset, and find the pilot’s audio controls. Click on the link for the step-by-step instructions.

(1) Tim Morgan’s answer to Aviation: What should I do if the pilot passes out and I (with no flight training) have to land the plane? – Quora.

Personal Flying Car February 5, 2013

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PAL VThe PAL-V ONE is a two seat hybrid car and gyroplane: a personal air and land vehicle. What makes the PAL-V ONE attractive is the convenience of fully integrated door-to-door transportation.

On the ground this slim, aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle has the comfort of a car with the agility of a motorcycle thanks to its patented, cutting-edge, ‘tilting’ system. It can be driven to the nearest airfield and take off just like any other airplane. The single rotor and propeller are unfolded to make the PAL-V ONE ready to fly.

When airborne, the PAL-V usually flies below 4,000 feet (1,200 m), the airspace available for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic; so there will be no interference from commercial air traffic. Furthermore, the PAL-V is powered by a very robust, flight certified aircraft engine. It runs on gasoline. It can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) both on land and in the air.

The PAL-V ONE has a very short take off and landing capability, making it possible to land practically anywhere. When not using controlled airspace, you can take off without filing a flight plan. Flying a PAL-V is like a standard gyrocopter. It is quieter than helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor. It takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and is very easy to control. The gyroplane technology means that it can be steered and landed safely even if the engine fails, because the rotor keeps auto rotating. Thanks to Randy Marks

PAL-V | Ultimate Freedom.

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