sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Favorite STOL

If you don't like aircraft porn, move along.

Yes, I still love the Super Cub -- but.

Pilatus PC-6

The Pilatus Porter (PC-6) is a Swiss built aircraft that has a long history of amazing short take-offs and landings. The video below is from the feature film, Air America. Landing on the side of a hill, turning and taking off was one of the things that real Air America pilots did every day during the Secret War in Laos. They go for about a million dollars. And if I had a million bucks burning a hole in my pocket, I'd buy one and fly it to cool places --- because I could.

Bush Plane Take off and Landing

One of the more interesting STOL aircraft is the 8GCBC Scout built by American Champion Aircraft Co. The aircraft was subject to its share of accidents because pilots often over fly the airframe (wood and fabric over a metal tube frame). But they can do some amazing short runway work. All in all, I'd rather have the 10 passenger Porter.

Dornier 228 lands at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lulka, Nepal

Moody's Calls Obama a Liar

(The Washington Post) reports today that Moody's offers different view on debt limit.
One of the nation’s top credit-rating agencies says that the U.S. Treasury Department is likely to continue paying interest on the government’s debt even if Congress fails to lift the limit on borrowing next week, preserving the nation’s sterling AAA credit rating. 
In a memo being circulated on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Moody’s Investors Service offers “answers to frequently asked questions” about the government shutdown, now in its second week, and the federal debt limit. President Obama has said that, unless Congress acts to raise the $16.7 trillion limit by next Thursday, the nation will be at risk of default.
Not so, Moody’s says in the memo dated Oct. 7. 
"We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact,” the memo says. “The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default.
Some of you will be shocked that Obama and the Democratic Party are misleading the American people (yet again).  There is a real difference of opinion over the consequences of congressional inaction on the debt limit 

During a press conference at the White House Tuesday, Obama said missing the Oct. 17 deadline would invite “economic chaos.” If economic chaos means that the President won't get his narcissistic way, yes, then it would be chaos.

The president may direct his Treasury Department to default on payments. But it's not necessary now and it won't be in a week from now.