It would have solved so many problems, too. *sigh*
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Regardless of whether he's an idiot, an asshole, or both, I doubt he'll be flying jets for the Air Force any longer.
There are a few very basic rules about flying that you must observe, because they are for everyone's safety. One of those rules is that you must maintain five hundred feet of clearance from anything when flying in a rural area. If there is, for example, a series of wire poles, you must stay 500' away from them in any direction. If there's a high tension tower, you're 500' from its top, or you're violating FAA regulations. The reason for this is obvious. The wires he hit were sixty five feet off the ground.
The other rule is that below a certain altitude your airspeed must be below a certain figure subject to the performance envelope of your aircraft. Obviously if your Vs is 300 knots you're not going to be able to fly below that speed, but as long as you can remain safely in the air your speed must be below about 250 knots.
Reason: there are many light aircraft which can't go faster than 100 knots, and human reaction time is sorely limited. Light aircraft tend to remain at lower altitudes for a variety of reasons, and light aircraft tend to be much slower than anything with a jet engine in it. (There are plenty of light aircraft which are also high performance--aerobatic planes come to mind--but they too must obey the speed limit.) If you're hotdogging along at 500 knots and there happens to be a Piper Cub in your way, you'll ram into the thing before you know it's there, and then you're all dead.
"Why weren't the wires marked?"
There used to be an airport out on route 50, between Steunkel Road and the now-defunct strip mall at Sauk Trail. When we'd go out to Venture or Gee Lumber, I'd see the big orange spheres on one section of the ICG's commuter line, and ask my parents why those were there. They didn't know.
...they were line markers put there to alert aviators taking off or landing at the airport that there were wires there. You see, you put line markers on approaches to runways because airplanes are likely to be operating low enough that the wires are a collision hazard. What don't you do?
You don't mark every damned wire in case some damned fool who ought to know better is out hotdogging it in a borrowed jet. BECAUSE PILOTS ARE SUPPOSED TO OTHERWISE MAINTAIN A FIVE HUNDRED FOOT CLEARANCE.
If you ever have a chance to get a gander at an aircraft navigation sectional map, you'll see that they contain very accurate information about the locations of wires and towers, and they come with an expiration date. The pilot is expected to maintain an inventory of up-to-date sectional maps of places he is likely to fly; that's why you see airline pilots carrying around that blocky black case (or used to; maybe they're all on iPads now). This is the case because a pilot is responsible for his own navigation, and is expected to know something about where he's flying, or at least to have handy the map showing him THERE ARE WIRES HERE, DUMBASS.
In all cases--in every last damned case--it is the pilot's responsibility to ensure he is staying clear of obstacles and other aircraft. If he flies too close to the ground, too fast, clips a set of power lines and causes a multi-car wreck that easily could have killed someonly, it is his fault and he needs not to be flying any longer. Period.
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NOAA is just making shit up now. The data used to support their newest assertion that man-made global warmentating is going on comes from the temperature of seawater...taken by measuring the temperature of water inside ships' cooling water intakes.
At the link Karl Denninger explains the problem with that--the temperature of water inside the ship's cooling system is likely to be higher than the actual temperature of the ocean--but like me he's completely unsurprised at the deception.
It is certainly, however, not science.
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Well, it's now 3 PM, and the grass beckons. Actually it doesn't beckon so much as wave a big green sign saying THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE ARE LAZY. I guess I'd better get after it.