It seems that "hero" is applied to far too many people thses days.* However, this guy gets my vote as an authentic hero. From Slashdot.org:
It seems that "hero" is applied to far too many people thses days.* However, this guy gets my vote as an authentic hero. From Slashdot.org:
In the comments section of this morning's The Wichita Eagle appear a few nuggets concerning the errant landing of the Dreamlifter, Thursday.
In their Excerpts from our Blog column, a couple of Tweets from Thursday's "Jabara Dreamlifter" Twitter account:
"Help, I've landed and I can't take off!"
"If this isn't an air force base, then why is it named after a colonel?"
Anonymous entries in the Opinion Line column:
A huge cargo plane landed at the wrong airport in Wichita. Was their Garmin broke [sic]? As much as mine chews my tail for a wrong turn, I can't even imagine what theirs had to say. Maybe "Recalculating, you're getting a new job."
I would like to thank the wayward pilots for landing at our little airport safely. They did not end up on [highway] K-96 [at the departure end of the runway]. From now on, Jabara will be known as the "little airport that could" -- handle a 747. Great job, guys. Visit again soon.
As to the naming of the Colonel James Jabara Airport:
Colonel James Jabara Airport (ICAO: KAAO, FAA LID: AAO) is a public airport located nine miles (14 km) northeast of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. It is named in honor of World War II and Korean War flying ace James Jabara, an American of Lebanese descent who has the distinction of being the first American jet ace.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Colonel James Jabara Airport is assigned AAO by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned AAO to Anaco, Venezuela). The airport's ICAO identifier is KAAO.  
I love the headline of the article in this morning's local newspaper:
Please follow the link to read the (to me) interesting, well-written article and see some videos, one of which is the above-embedded video that includes the audio of the exchange between McConnell tower and the Dreamlifter pilot. (Let me know if you have troubles with the link. As a subscriber to the paper, I may have access that you do not.) For anyone who is puzzled: Wichita is the Air Capital of the world - or - used to be when all of our aircraft plants were in full production!
An aside: I spent yesterday afternoon at the Sedgwick County Emergency Operations Center (SC EOC) for a meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (which I usually attend six times/year). When I arrived, I logged into the online log (notification to all that I was in the SC EOC). I noted that the previous entry was official notification that the Dreamliner had safely left Jabara and that SC EOC was standing down from partial activation.
This is the "public" log entry from SC Emergency Management:
|11-21-2013 13:17:31||EOC||SCEM 303||
The jet has lifted without incident. All roadways have been re-opened. The EOC is standing down.
Addition of four hours later:
Here are a couple of approach plates that may be of interest. The first is the approach that the Dreamliner pilot was supposedly following. I should previously have explained to the bewildered (more bewildered?) that RNAV is "Area Navigation" which, until GPS, relied upon radio receivers that could identify position relative to radio omni-directional beacons. Certain intersections of signals from two radio omni-directional beacons are chosen as points (fixes) in airspace at which a pilot/navigator may identify their positions in talking with the air space controllers. Presumeably, GPS replaces the actual receipt of the radio omni-directional beacons with GPS-determined latitude/longitude values that correspond to the fix(es) of interest. (Feel free to correct me on this. It's been a while since I've used RNAV, and I've never used GPS.)
Here is the analogous approach into Jabara.
From Boeing's website: "The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. It is the primary means of transporting major assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to the 787 final assembly site in Everett, Wash. This reduces delivery times to as little as one day from as many as 30 days today."
The photo, below, is from Wikipedia.
Just before leaving the house this morning to go swim, I checked my email and found one from Stu.
PS You going there to take a photo and blog about it?
How far is it from Derby?
Sheesh! The Dreamlifter is supposed to use McConnell AFB’s 12,000-foot runways (also used by Boeing and Spirit which are on the western edge of the AFB). I had noticed, yesterday, that the Dreamlifter wasn’t parked at its usual spot at Boeing – about 300 meters from Oliver Street that I use several times per week (I’ll be going by it in about 15 minutes – to swim); but, that isn’t unusual. Obviously, this landing took place several hours later. (It did not make the 10:00pm, local, news.) Hard to imagine anyone’s mistaking Jabara for McConnell AFB. There are two other airfields between the two (see http://www.airnav.com/airport/KIAB and http://flightaware.com/resources/airport/KAAO/sectional) – a small one just north of the fence from McConnell that Cessna maintains, and a larger one farther north and east that Beechcraft maintains. McConnell’s ramps are surrounded by floodlighting! (Beechcraft has a bit of floodlighting; and I’m not sure of the night lighting that is maintained at Jabara.)
The East entry to McConnell AFB and the only [west - may not be "only"] entry to Jabara are both on Rock Road, (which is 1 mile east of Oliver) which is 1/3 mile west of our house (we use Rock Road to go anywhere!) The distance from where our street intersects with Rock Road to the entry to Jabara Airport is just under 15 miles.
I used to use Jabara (previously, Comatara, and something else before that) back in my flying days. It has grown since then – but – not enough for a 747!
Thanks for the tip!
P.S. I’ve a full day, today; but, when I get home this afternoon, I’ll see about blogging the event.
I failed to tell Stu that, "No", I had no interest in fighting the crowd that was undoubtedly already there to see the spectacle and take photos.
When I came home for lunch, I found a further reply from Stu. Some of the links that I sent him, and excerpts [with added bracketed clarifications that were not in my email to Stu] from my answer appear, below.
Here is the link to our local newspaper’s article that says they will take off this afternoon after off-loading fuel & stuff: “The runways at Jabara and McConnell both run north and south. The pilot landed the wayward plane coming in from the north. That’s also the direction the pilot would have taken at McConnell because the winds were from the south.”
A couple of comments from various online postings:
1) “According @LiveATC the DreamLifter was 25mile from field at 9:12pm -- cleared for the ARNAV GPS approach to 19L at IAB”
2) I[t]does look as though the AAO [Jabara] final [approach] is almost directly underneath the IAB [McConnell AFB] final [approach].
At the 09:05 mark on the 0300-0300Z "KICT [Wichita Mid-Continent] Approach (East)" archive, you can hear the flight checking on with approach. They get cleared direct to WITBA [an airspace "fix" used by military - northeast of Wichita], then at around the 12:10 mark they are 25 miles from the airport and cleared for the RNV GPS approach to runway 19L with the restriction to cross WITBA at 4000 feet.
WITBA is directly on the approach course to runway 18 at KAAO around 6.6nm from the threshold. It's interesting to note that the 4000 foot restriction at WITBA puts them well below a standard 3 degree glidepath for runway 19L at KIAB, but would be very close to the correct glidepath to runway 18 at KAAO.
So as they turned final over WITBA at 4000 feet they would have seen a runway directly in front of them with a PAPI showing them very close to a correct vertical profile. Also if WITBA was coded or entered at 4000 in the FMS their vertical deviation indicator on the Primary Flight Display would have shown them on the correct profile at that point.
Once they landed on runway 18 it appears they stayed on the runway and it also looks like one plane landed (Cessna Conquest) and one plane (Beach Baron) took off on the same runway, apparently before they figured out the B747 was even there !? Note the comment to Tower about a light twin aircraft that had just flown over top of us. The airport was then closed shortly after causing a Starcheck flight to divert.
Here is a link to photos (same newspaper): http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/21/3132737/dreamlifter-lands-at-jabara-airport.html
I would hate to be that poor pilot. It was a zoo, back in the day, when I routinely flew out of Cessna’s east field, the runway of which is offset only slightly from McConnell’s east runway.
CNN posted a video of the Dreamlifter taking off from Jabara at Cargo jet takes off from Wichita on short runway. I can vouch for its having arrived safely at McConnell. I drove by its normal parking place at Boeing on my way home. There it was, with its tail swung open. The only thing that looked unusual was that the aircraft was parked with its nose to the south. It usually sits with the nose to the west. Ho hum!
The photo, below, is from Wikipedia and shows the Dreamlifter with the tail swung open. (The photo appears to have been taken at Boeing Field in Seattle?)
From The Atlantic article How to Build a Happier Brain by Julie Beck Oct 23 2013, 9:15 AM ET, the following excerpt is taken. Ms Beck is interviewing "...Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist, a member of U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center's advisory board, and author of the book Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence...."
There’s a classic saying: "Neurons that fire together, wire together." What that means is that repeated patterns of mental activity build neural structure. This process occurs through a lot of different mechanisms, including sensitizing existing synapses and building new synapses, as well as bringing more blood to busy regions. The problem is that the brain is very good at building brain structure from negative experiences. We learn immediately from pain—you know, “once burned, twice shy.” Unfortunately, the brain is relatively poor at turning positive experiences into emotional learning neural structure.
On page one of the intro you said: “Positive thinking … is usually wasted on the brain.” Can you explain how positive thinking is different from taking in the good?
That’s a central, central question. First, positive thinking by definition is conceptual and generally verbal. And most conceptual or verbal material doesn’t have a lot of impact on how we actually feel or function over the course of the day. I know a lot of people who have this kind of positive, look on the bright side yappity yap, but deep down they’re very frightened, angry, sad, disappointed, hurt, or lonely. It hasn’t sunk in. Think of all the people who tell you why the world is a good place, but they’re still jerks.
I think positive thinking’s helpful, but in my view, it’s not so much  positive thinking as clear thinking. I think it’s important to be able to see the whole picture, the whole mosaic of reality. Both the tiles that are negative, as well as the tiles that are neutral and positive. Unfortunately, we have brains that are incentivized toward seeing the negative tiles, so if anything, deliberately looking for the positive tiles just kind of levels the playing field. But deep down, I’m a little leery of the term positive thinking because I think it could imply that we’re overlooking the negative, and I think it’s important to face the negative.
The second reason why I think most positive thinking is wasted on the brain goes to this fundamental distinction between activation and installation. When people are having positive thinking or even most positive experiences, the person is not taking the extra 10, 20 seconds to heighten the installation into neural structure. So it’s not just positive thinking that’s wasted on the brain; it’s most positive experiences that are wasted on the brain.
The article referenced above was linked by Slashdot.org:
The swim was a long-awaited triumph for Nyad, who was making her fifth attempt since 1978 and her fourth since turning 60.
The first four tries were marked by gut-wrenching setbacks; if the rough, strength-sapping seas didn't force her to quit, an hours-long asthma attack or paralyzing and excruciating jellyfish stings did.
But for this swim, besides donning a suit meant to protect her against her jellyfish nemesis, she wore a special mask to prevent jellyfish stings to her tongue, a key factor in her failed attempt last year.
Nyad, who was 29 when she first tried the swim, said last week that she wanted to show that "you can dream at any age."
"This time, I am 64. So, the years of my life are shorter to the end," she said at a news conference in Havana on Friday. "So this time I am, all the way across ... going to think about all those life lessons that came up during the swim."
But...that wasn't the end of Ms Nyad's story. She recently completed a 48-hour, 96-mile pool swim in New York to benefit the victims of last year's Hurricane Sandy hit to the upper east coast of the contiguous 48 states of the USA. According to Reuter's, in an article by Luke Swiderski, NEW YORK | Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:26pm EDT:
Her [Nyad's] 48-hour continuous charity swim in New York City raised more than $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy recovery, and came little more a month after the 64-year-old made her historic swim across the Straits of Florida. At 96 miles, her pool swim was shorter than her 110-mile (177-km) swim in the sea.
The fundraising total, still growing from online donations, was destined for AmeriCares, a humanitarian relief organization, which said it will use the funds to address the health needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.
With more than 25,000 people still displaced from the storm, many survivors need help for basic healthcare access. Others face anxiety, depression and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), said Lindsay O'Brien, who manages the organization's Hurricane Sandy Relief program.
Color me impressed. My hat is off to the intrepid Ms Nyad! I doubt that we have seen/read/heard the last from Ms Nyad.
I would be remiss were I to fail to credit Frazz by Jef Mallett for the idea behind this posting.
All I can say is, "Wow!"
Video found at Bloomberg Business Week: Technology in an article, Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson's Comeback Odyssey, By Ashlee Vance September 26, 2013.
I assume that I'm not different from the majority of people; thus, I assume that the dreaming that I've experienced over the past 75 years is, in general, in line with the dreaming of others. You might see how we compare.
As a child, I dreamed rather mundane dreams that no longer respond to my recollection, for the most part. I did dream one dream that resulted from my having stolen a piece of bubble gum (priced at one cent, which I obviously did not have, in those days) at age six. (My parents did a good job of instilling a sense of right vs wrong, and guilt, into my subconscience.) In that dream, Dad had pulled the family car into a filling station with the passenger side of the car (I was seated behind my mother who was the front-seat passenger) toward the towering pumps. As happened, there were actually two pumps (one for gasoline, one for kerosene) that stood about four feet tall in that dream - and - an angel stood abeam of me, where a third pump would have stood. The angel pointed its whole arm and pointy-finger at me, saying, "God is not pleased with you!!!!" Message received. (In reality, when I had started to chew the gum, I could not - I was choked up with guilt and discarded the gum shortly into my walk homeward.)
One other childhood dream that I recall involved a fountain pen (no ballpoints in those days) that I had lost at my grandmother's house. My dream told me where the pen was.
Moving along, I don't recall teen-aged dreams, at all; but, I know that when our children were young, most of my dreams were nightmares involving their being in danger and my being unable to save them from whatever the danger of the current dream might be. (I was always running toward them, interminably, never reaching them, for one thing.)
Aging on, while in my mid-30s, I had a dream in which I was being chased by a bad guy - a spy of some sort. Eventually, he chased me into a motel room. Boy! Did he ever get a surprise. I turned on him and killed the SOB! After killing him, I stuffed him up into the space over the dropped ceiling in the bathroom of the hotel room. That was the end of my nightmares! Message received. I now knew, in real life, that I was in charge of my life. Delicious!
Last night, for the second time in my life, I dreamed that I killed a man. I should have made notes on it. At this point (it's been a busy, busy day), I no longer recall the dream. All I know is that I killed a man who needed killing. Ah, me. How can I say, "message received" when I don't even recall the message?
If anyone was in tune with my brain, last night, please help me out with this. Tell me the content of the dream!
P.S. Before you ask, the man in my dream of 40 years ago was armed with a gun. I was not armed with anything but my wits and body. The man in my dream of last night was not armed - nor was I.
P.P.S. Bogie & Dudette--In deference to your sensibilities, I'll omit all reference to dreams of passion - lol! ; )
I do not interact with Facebook, Twitter or any of the other social networking platforms. My reasoning is simple. Why in the world would I want to share my private thoughts and feelings with the world at large? What good could possibly come from me having a convenient outlet to express myself to millions of people? The more likely outcome is that in a misguided attempt to be funny or cute, I'd say something stupid and wind up getting publicly raked over the proverbial coals. Which is why I think the wiser path is to keep my opinions to myself. For example, if I were to feel moral outrage over an organization riddled with pedophiles expressing their moral outrage over contraception, I certainly wouldn't tweet about it. And the photographs I've taken of myself wearing nothing but oven mitts and a tiara will never be shared on a Facebook page.
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