Sea Turtle Extinction!   Leave a comment

The claim by those involved in preventing sea turtle extinction is that they have ‘helped’ them. While this may partly seem like a matter of symantecs, the truth is that only human ‘non-intervention’ could rightly be called ‘help’, be it for sea turtles or the hundreds if not thousands of other forms of life on planet earth.

When will it be acknowledged that, in fact, it is human interference and ignorance that is the fundamental reason why all life on earth is threatened! This is not just a matter of symantecs, but a basic reality that needs to be very humbly admitted. Only then will it be possible for us to accept our supreme Creator as the guide to full and complete restoration of planet earth as it was in the very beginning.

That restoration is coming, in spite of human opposition and arrogance, very soon. So we can either submit to the Creator’s purpose, or continue to ignore it, that is the choice he has given us. For more info please visit JW.org

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Parksville air folly!   Leave a comment

Not sure when I had noticed the (approximately) 1500′ unused roadway at Parksville beach park. It extended from beach straight in to a ditch, perhaps purposely created to prevent driving from street to beach.?

In any case it appeared to me as a perfect short field aircraft runway…so after visiting with aviator friends at the Parksville/Qualicum airport. They departed for a short trip to the sunshine coast in their Cessna 172, I planned to rendesvous with them there.

For some reason which I don’t recall now I had taken on board the father of one of those other pilot’s who lived near the Parkville beach park. So as we flew over Parksville I rather impulsively decided to land on that unused roadway at the park.

I turned towards the beach and landed on that roadway with no difficulty at all in my Mooney M20 holding the nose up in order to reduce landing speed and distance. I delighted to land on short runways anywhere, but this was not an ‘approved’ landing site by any means!  My elderly passenger was not traumatized, and he lived quite close by so simply walked home from there, perhaps shaking his head – as did his pilot son when he heard about it.

This took place in the 70’s and his son who is still with us and would confirm this really took place. And for no particular reason other than the airplanes nearly silent gliding approach no one appeared to witness it either, even though there were quite a few people on the beach and in the park at the time. Of course my fairly expeditious takeoff (before authorities might be advised) was a lot more noisy, but then again the beach activity and slight on-shore breeze probably mitigated the noise somewhat.

I can’t say it was a wise decision, all in all, but it was done safely and without incident. Just one more event to reflect on in my flying experiences.

Posted August 20, 2019 by New2view in adventure, flying experience, life, Uncategorized

Tri-Pacer hi-jinks   Leave a comment

My real estate employer had a passion for betting on horse racing and traveled to Vancouver from Victoria from time to time for that purpose.  So on one occasion I boldly offered to transport him in my venerable, newly re-covered Piper Tri-Pacer to YVR. It had droop wingtips and a modest 135 h.p. Lycoming engine, the first airplane I owned.

I was a fairly inexperienced pilot, but had become familiar with the Piper.  However I didn’t always adhere to standard pilot procedure, in particular W&D, namely calculating weight and balance before a flight.

This omission was never so obvious as we rolled down the approximately 1800′ grass Butler-Howroyd airstrip in central Saanich where I kept the plane.

I had offered to deliver my heavy-weight employer, (of approximately 300lbs), plus another 160 lb realtor friend, about my size, to Vancouver airport, even with significant fuel on board to boot!

As we accelerated down the airfield I began to realize this was not going to be an easy takeoff. For those who are familiar with the Tri-Pacer (also known as a flying milk-stool owing to its fairly high tri-gear wheels, it has a unique ability under normal conditions to actually leap off the runway when full flaps are timely applied.

As we gained speed perhaps 2/3 of the way down the field I applied full flaps but was shocked there as no response!  Now recognizing the fact I had not properly calculated the W&D, I withdrew the flap handle and continued to accelerate, albeit slowly, never doubting we would get airborne. It was not a rational thought.

Now we were rapidly running out of airfield and facing a line of large trees.  Again I applied full flaps, this time gratified with a few feet of elevation.  I forcibly maintained a level or even a slightly nose down attitude little more than a dozen feet off the ground in order to gain as much speed as possible before pulling back on the wheel to just barely clear the trees.

Even then I still had to maintain full flaps in order to gain a modest climb attitude before reducing it to half-flaps as we cleared Victoria airport and headed over Gulf Islands and Georgia Strait to Vancouver airport.

Later we discussed the flight. My employer had a very vivid memory of seeing a robin abandoning her nest as we cleared the trees on takeoff!

Indeed it was a very close call, yet somehow it never occurred to me wouldn’t make it.

Posted March 17, 2019 by New2view in Uncategorized

Black Cat   Leave a comment

It doesn’t know me, and I don’t know it, male or female. But it has been a local feral cat entity for years.  I only know its black bob-tailed butt. It may or may not be the same one that came up on my back railing and peered at me in a kitchen window when I first moved in 8 years ago.

Indeed that cat peered into my kitchen, and me, as if inspecting who had moved in.  And not many weeks afterwards as I was sitting on my very private rear sundeck, the same cat came struggling past with a dead rabbit in its jaws that was equal in size to the feline itself  to my amazement!  It was no-less similar to an African leopard carrying a recently killed gazelle to tree storage!

That was year’s ago, so I’m not sure if the current feline is the same one, or perhaps even the offspring of that highly efficient hunter.

In any case I only see it in fleeting moments, as I did tonight.  A ghostly image disappearing around my garden shed or garage. Leaving a remnant of canned salmon or sardines may be well appreciated but not acknowledged by my shadowy neighbor.

But how it has so-far managed to elude regular known predadores including coyotes, raccoons, and eagles, not to mention freezing nights, for years, is hard to image, perhaps a case study for military scientists.

In any case it will continue to have my deep admiration for its independent survival skills.

 

 

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Posted March 6, 2019 by New2view in Uncategorized

Artificial Intelligence concerns   Leave a comment

AI has become a highly debated topic. Not only has it been shown to have significant ability in learning and applying data from existing rules and parameters, but to some extent even extrapolating and extending actions beyond those limitations.

The real concerns are about the human bias’ and ethics upon which the AI algorithms have been based.  Since AI is clearly not the product of ‘evolution’ – as some misguided persons still believe human intelligence originated. Rather it is most certainly the construct of human intelligence per se. In other words mankind is its ‘creator’!  How elevating is that fact, or rather how revealing?

Consider this:  since we humans are the creators of AI, a significant but much more limited mechanical form of ability bound by human limitations. Compared to nearly limitless human intelligence, logically, only a far higher intelligence could have been ‘our’ Creator!

E.g. what about the inculcation (programming) AI in Biblical data?  Would it be possible for the ethics, lessons, and guidelines of scripture to be useable to AI?  I suggest that is far, far, away from any AI capability. Only human reasoning, emotions, and genuine humility can begin to absorb and apply the lessons therein, and even that with difficulty.

 

 

 

 

Posted January 27, 2019 by New2view in Uncategorized

Space Probe Accomplishment   Leave a comment

No doubt it is a significant accomplishment to send a probe that reached the Kuiper belt, which is apparently in the same area of Pluto, yet still not even the limits of our solar system.

Nevertheless we must realistically say this is a very small step for mankind when we consider that, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and earth’ as stated in the very first verse of the bible. No I’m not a religious fanatic, but hopefully providing thoughtful alternative consideration for the formation of the physical universe we are privileged to live in.

It may be difficult for us imperfect humans to envision a Creator, and actual person, of such glory and unlimited power, but very factual scientific evidence points in that direction, and by the way; ‘humility’ is well described in scripture as perhaps the most highly valued quality he looks for in each one of mankind, and understandably so!

Pilot misjudgment   Leave a comment

We had been visiting my parents with my youngest daughter Naomi in White Rock B.C., and were about to fly home to Victoria from the Blaine Washington airstrip, (now permanently taken out of service unfortunately).

It was dusk and visibility was restricted as we boarded my Mooney 20A airplane.  My parents were on hand to bid us good bye.

Taxing from an off runway parking area the front wheel went into a mud-hole, no doubt caused by a lot of rain in recent days.  The Mooney prop only had 8.5″ from tip to ground clearance.

There was no one else present at the airstrip at that time, but my dad had seen the problem and tried to get me to shut down the engine by waving his arms quite dramatically a few yards away in the landing light of the airplane.

However my youthful boldness prevailed. I gunned the engine to near full throttle to force the front wheel out of the mud-hole.  It succeeded in doing so, but not before the tip of the prop made contact with the ground!

I realized what had occurred but only observed some mud churned up in the air so concluded it wasn’t a serious issue. Continuing to the paved runway we took off for the fairly short return trip home.

Everything seemed normal as we flew over Georgia Strait waters  and Gulf Islands., although I did have some reservations, so reduced the (variable) prop speed and rpm slightly as we flew in a very dark night sky.

I don’t recall if it was when clearing customs, or after taxiing to a parking spot on Victoria airport that I made a shocking discovery; the prop tip was severely twisted!

Not much more can be said about this incident. The danger had been very real. No prop damage should be ignored. Prop failure had been a possibility, and yet the durability of said (Hartzell) propellers is considerable, to say the least.

Another good lesson for a very fortunate private pilot.

Posted December 8, 2018 by New2view in adventure, flying experience, life, philosophy, Uncategorized

Nature teaches us   Leave a comment

I was enjoying an afternoon in October sunshine on the promenade at White Rock B.C. today. Some fool was serving up food for throngs of seagulls and they screamed as they competed for each one.
Watching those seagulls reminded me of the Boeing ‘787 dream liner’, how? If you take a close look, the wings of that modern airliner bear a close resemblance to the wings of those gulls! Indeed the wings of the 787 not only flex 25 feet under test conditions but their design appears to mimic seagulls, at least visually. Until recently most commercial jets have employed (Burt Rutan’s) winglets at the end of their wings to reduce turbulance and improve performance.
But if you look closely the newer dream liner has a design similar to what the gulls have, namely a tapered shape that accomplishes the same thing more efficiently!
My point in writing about this is to simply compliment those who have learned from so-called ‘nature’, by that I mean the ‘Creator of nature’, our Father in heaven. Yes he is in fact the master designer of our blue marble, this planet with all its beauty and complexity that we may be only just be beginning to appreciate.