Undertoad Tuesday Apr 30 12:31 PM
4/30/2002: Ominous stormfront
Griff Tuesday Apr 30 01:27 PM
Remember that line George C. Scott delivered in Patton about war... it kinda sums up the mixed feelings of guilt at being so attracted to a destructive power, like this thunderstorm. "God help me, I do love it so."
MaggieL Tuesday Apr 30 03:33 PM
One of the local gals has a quote in her .sig on the Skywarn list "Feast on a smorgasbord of atmosphereic violence.". :-)
I kind of enjoy violent weather myself...as long as I'm not flying a light plane at the time. Like this one:
CharlieG Tuesday Apr 30 03:59 PM
Each of these are Ham radio based services that provide information. Yes, some of the folks get off on this stuff, some are trying to provide a service.
Skywarn are weather spotters trained to report into the National Weather service - you do NOT have to be a ham for this
ARES - the Amateur Radio Emergency Service provide emergency communications for various agencies when the agencies equipment is not up to the task. Often they are the only people who can provide communications between agencies with incompatible radio. They were called out for the AutoTrain Crash, and were very active with the American Red Cross in NYC post 9/11 providing almost all the communication between shelters
RACES (Radio Amateur Communication Emergency Service) are a bunch of radio folks who work with FEMA - in case of war they would be the only folks allowed on the air. They are activated at the behest of the President, usually by FEMA - when the are activated, they can not talk with other people
There is also MARS - the Military Affiliated Radio Service - they provide radiophone calls back from overseas to the US
All of these programs are strictly volunteer
I am the Queens County NY Assistant Emergency Coordinator for NYC ARES
MaggieL Tuesday Apr 30 10:27 PM
And you're a shooter, too, I see. Coolness.
Torrere Tuesday Apr 30 11:45 PM
CharlieG Wednesday May 1 05:40 AM
The FEMA involvement is small in most cases - It's usually used as a credential to allow us into places we need to be
jaguar Wednesday May 1 06:04 AM
CharlieG he's refering to a game Called Dues Ex which had an organisation called FEMA.
CharlieG Wednesday May 1 08:25 AM
Dafydd Wynne-Evans Wednesday May 1 09:20 AM
Where do you fly out of? As I recall, you're in Minnesota... so am I, out of Crystal airport near Minneapolis.
dave Wednesday May 1 10:02 AM
MaggieL's in Pennsylvania, but you were almost sorta close You're probably thinking of warch, who is in Minn, if I recall correctly.
MaggieL Wednesday May 1 10:17 AM
Griff Wednesday May 1 10:30 AM
Mag, Is that a random plane or your usual ride?
MaggieL Wednesday May 1 02:37 PM
My usual ride, IOW.
russotto Wednesday May 1 05:17 PM
You fly out of Pottstown? Uhh, let me know what your plane looks like and I'll try to stop "accidentally" firing my rifle in the air when that one flies over :-)
dave Wednesday May 1 05:33 PM
MaggieL Wednesday May 1 08:13 PM
And I *do* have a 9mm sidearm on board. Problem is that the windows don't open, except for those little vent window gadgets. I'd have to shoot lefty and be careful not to hit the prop arc, too...:-)
We are talking about Pottstown Municipal (just off Route 100 at the Wal-Mart) as opposed to Pottstown Limmerick (next to the reactor cooling towers), right?
russotto Thursday May 2 10:02 AM
Some days, tons of planes will fly over going NE, making a left turn about a mile north of my house (in Trappe). I have no idea which airport they are out of; could be Pottstown, could be Limerick, could be Collegeville. But they'll keep coming around.
MaggieL Thursday May 2 11:31 AM
Most days their traffic pattern involves taking off to the west, with a left turn (to the south) just about directly over Trappe, by which time they should be about 800 feet abover ground level....another left turn puts them on a downwind leg that passes just to the south of the Superior Tube plant. The approach to landing is flown approximately over the Lower Skippack Church.
When the wind is from the east (not often, and usually when there's rainy weather) approaches are flown in the opposite direction, and you'll see planes flying a "base leg" south and roughly parallel to the creek, with a left turn to the east when they get to the runway centerline. At this point they will typically be about 500-600 feet above the ground.
I know these patterns very well, because I learned to fly at Perki. :-) I don't operate out of there much at all anymore, though.