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by vikkyvik
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020

sorry folks. didn't mean to spam this thread. Just cant remove duplicate posts somehow. Whoa man, you alright there? :biggrin: I did get pictures of it though but not nearly as good as what you got. What lens did you use for the Jupiter and Moon shots? For the wider comet shot showing part of the h...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Non-Av Pic Thread - 2020

Let's see what I got.... Comet Neowise: https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-July-2020/i-66PSt86/0/a6fa3e2d/XL/IMG_1368PS-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-July-2020/i-LTVhDT6/0/cdc8a249/XL/IMG_1383PS-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Skyscapes/Comet-Neowise-Jul...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service

Looking at the A380 technical data doc that I found here: https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/backgrounders/techdata/aircraft_characteristics/Airbus-Aircraft-AC-A380.pdf If I read it correctly, it looks like the max weight variant has an MTOW of 575000 kg (1,267,658 lbs)...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post-screening questions
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Re: Post-screening questions

All 4 images look perfectly acceptable to me.

UA 777 just looks like a late afternoon sun giving the airplane a slight color cast.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Email Etiquette
Replies: 36
Views: 1681

Re: Email Etiquette

fr8mech wrote:Just something light to chew on.If we are going to comment on grammar checking, can we mention that a sentence shouldn’t end with a preposition? More importantly, it's not even a complete sentence. :biggrin: The obvious thing that bugs me, and just about everyone else I know, is the &...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What makes a high quality photo?
Replies: 32
Views: 1285

Re: What makes a high quality photo?

So why are screeners more strict with photos taken in perfect daylight than with photos taken at night? Because photos taken in daylight are, by and large, much easier to get right. If you're going to judge an ISO 12800 photo to the same standards as an ISO 200 photo, then the ISO 12800 photo will ...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What makes a high quality photo?
Replies: 32
Views: 1285

Re: What makes a high quality photo?

So if you imagine three photos of a particular regular/common aircraft, one taken in grey, dull weather conditions, one taken in bright sunshine and one taken with bright sunshine but (partial) backlight, a person wouldn't be able to objectively compare these three photos? I really was referring mo...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity names: who is right?
Replies: 28
Views: 1187

Re: Identity names: who is right?

To the extent of telling an entire other group what to call themselves?It is ok to have an opinion about something, but the expectation that a people cannot call themselves a thing because another unrelated party does not like that is surplus to the issue. I suppose that depends. I'm sure there wou...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What makes a high quality photo?
Replies: 32
Views: 1285

Re: What makes a high quality photo?

but would you say that pound for pound the quality is on par with photos taken in perfect weather/lighting? It doesn't make any sense to objectively compare shots taken in completely different conditions. but do those photos belong on a high quality aviation photo website like A.net They've been on...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity names: who is right?
Replies: 28
Views: 1187

Re: Identity names: who is right?

einsteinboricua wrote: Back to the story, my friend said that she has Indian friends (as in, from India) who are offended by it, They need to deal. Well, no, we don't just need to deal. Indian (country) and Indian-American people are allowed to have a voice too. Long story short, I use Native Ameri...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What makes a high quality photo?
Replies: 32
Views: 1285

Re: What makes a high quality photo?

All I will say is the following: A.net looks for high-quality images , not high-quality photos. So essentially, as long as the image meets the site criteria, it doesn't really matter how you arrived there. This isn't some new thing - it's been that way for over a decade; probably ever since the site...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

As it happens, I'll see Tom on Saturday - a few of us Seattle area av-geeks are getting together at a park for a socially distanced happy hour. I'll tell him a few folks fondly remember him Tell him I say hi, if you would. He is missed over in Tech/Ops. The second member I met is Falstaff. Unfortun...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

It was an odd situation. A lot of weird childishness. I remember some of these so-called purged members were actually celebrating the man's death. It's an internet forum, and if you're that hurt about being banned, you've got some pretty big issues.That other site was indeed created, then it turned...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city
Replies: 329
Views: 35174

Re: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city

Got the email from B6 an hour ago. Cried a bit. :cry2: I wonder with B6 moving to LAX if they lose their appeal that they had with LGB. Speaking for myself and my wife, a LOT of the appeal is lost. I love flying B6, and I love flying out of LGB, in approximately equal measure. So now the question is...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

www.airwhiners.net, but that site never really took of. That site wasn't new at the time of the Great Purge. It had been around for years. It was actually pretty funny back in the day, before it got more....I dunno, vitriolic, I guess. That wasn't the one I was on, I can't for the life of me rememb...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

Probably one of the ones I miss the most. A rare combination of insight and, for lack of better jargon, user friendliness. No question, he was great. It really was a thing. The people who bought the site from the original programmer got rid of A BUNCH of regular posters, some clearly controversial,...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

Speaking of Tech/Ops, who was the guy who used to organize and post the "Identify This Aircraft" threads? He was a cool guy despite his dubious fascination with VWs and unless I'm much mistaken was a mod for a while too. 2H4, I think. He was a Database Editor. He disappeared from the foru...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2906

Re: Trying to locate members

he might be a casualty of the "Great Purge" like so many others Doubtful - he wasn't really controversial. Just stopped posting at some point I think. Pihero ? A lot of the people who used to post in Tech/Ops regularly are gone. B747Skipper, Slamclick, Pihero, etc. But there are others wh...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Corrupt image
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Corrupt image

My goodness, how did the screeners miss all that cloning???!!

:duck:

:biggrin:

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Understanding Limits on Creative Shots
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: Understanding Limits on Creative Shots

airplanenut wrote:
I did appeal the rejection, and the rejection was upheld with the comment that the original screener's comment was correct.


Was blurry the only rejection reason? Due to the wing blur?

If so, seems like this should get a 2nd review, since clearly there are other shots accepted with similar.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Turning off auto-correct?
Replies: 22
Views: 1075

Re: Turning off auto-correct?

So your Autocorrect doesn't automatically correct? It's not really Autocorrect then, is it? :biggrin: I never have mine on, because I'm a pretty good speller, so more often than not it'll correct an accidentally misspelled word to something completely different. This happens a lot with texts my wife...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A400M / TP400 (down between the) engines questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: A400M / TP400 (down between the) engines questions

Wing flex isn't a factor when it comes to propeller direction. I don't know how big an effect there is, but by having counter-rotating props on the same wing, you're certainly reducing the induced bending moment on the wing from the rotating props. By having DBE instead of UBE you get more lift in ...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Racist incidents at Boeing
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: Racist incidents at Boeing

Also pretty surprising. I guess I expect better of people working in some pretty challenging roles. It would be surprising if there weren't racists employed at Boeing. That's not saying that Boeing is more prone to this than any other company. But with 65,000 employees, there are bound to be hundre...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

Dieuwer wrote:
Johnson & Johnson drops skin-whitening creams


Uh oh....what will Sammy Sosa do now?

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 197
Views: 33386

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Another HKT shot with some serious banding now TOTD. I thought this issue had been 'addressed with the photographer'? The banding was the least objectionable thing about that shot, but the staff apparently like them, so here we are. The first thing I noticed was how distant it was. You could crop a...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

einsteinboricua wrote:
I've found that the syrup is what makes or breaks a pancake.


Oh, no question. But I'm a staunch pure maple syrup user. I actually won't order pancakes somewhere if they only have table syrup.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

But I believe your thoughts on nannies needs some re-thinking. One could easily extend this line of thought to say that the profession of "nanny" is inherently racist, and should be eliminated. well, I'm flummoxed. You are welcome to be flummoxed, just as EinsteinBoricua is welcome to not...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: L1011, so many versions ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2521

Re: L1011, so many versions ?

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
whilst the DC-10 came with different wingspans.


Don't forget the center landing gear, which I think was only on the -30 and -40.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads

The real headache is when you DO crash and one of the prisoners goes on the run. Then you have the headache of the US Marshals getting involved. Plus you have to deal with the fact that he didn't actually kill his wife. What type of snow and ice conditions would it take to close schools and courts ...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4513

Re: Reparations

Speaking of mitigation - let's look at root cause, which is (largely at least). It is presence of communities with weak education, drugs, crime, etc. That's certainly not a root cause. That's probably Why #3 in a 5-Why about this issue. People don't just decide to live in communities with weak educ...

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by vikkyvik
Fri May 22, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?
Replies: 17
Views: 2401

Re: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?

But doesn't that mean you still have to turn around to see the nose gear? Yes. But the spots we used this type of push on...in the hangar area...was a quick turn to a straight back push for a hundred yards or so, then stop and drop the aircraft. Spent almost the entire push looking at the main gear...

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by vikkyvik
Fri May 22, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?
Replies: 17
Views: 2401

Re: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?

I've never seen this before....kinda crazy! I'm obviously no expert, but I'd imagine being able to see the nose gear and the airplane, without turning your head back and forth, would be one advantage of a pushback. That type of tug can be driven from either end. The way the guy on the video was is ...

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by vikkyvik
Fri May 22, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?
Replies: 17
Views: 2401

Re: Advantages of a pullback vs a pushback?

I've never seen this before....kinda crazy!

I'm obviously no expert, but I'd imagine being able to see the nose gear and the airplane, without turning your head back and forth, would be one advantage of a pushback.

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by vikkyvik
Thu May 14, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airworthiness Directive for the 777's GE GE90
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Re: Airworthiness Directive for the 777's GE GE90

I find it interesting that there are apparently zero US-registered airplanes that this affects. The FAA estimates that this AD affects 0 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. Does this somehow apply to international airlines flying to the US? Or are they only covered by their home country...

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by vikkyvik
Wed May 13, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 197
Views: 33386

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Yes, it appears 1 photographer is uploading many more than others though that will likely change. To be fair, that's probably because one photographer knew about the rule change (being a screener), and everyone else didn't. I don't particularly care either way about the rule change, but it's fair t...

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by vikkyvik
Mon May 04, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 197
Views: 33386

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Appreciate your input Jehan. Where I'm from, the image of a bundled up pilot wearing tall rubber boots and a life vest after returning from a flight in below-freezing weather is perfectly natural, and just as much a part of the local aviation story as the images we've seen from Phuket. In other wor...

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by vikkyvik
Fri May 01, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo issue
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Re: Photo issue

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitle ... XP/5938541
While the thumbnail looks normal, the large version of this particular photo looks very dark and high contrast. Does anybody else have the same experience?


Yes. Weird.
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dutchspotter1 wrote:
Ref. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitle ... XP/5938541
While the thumbnail looks normal, the large version of this particular photo looks very dark and high contrast. Does anybody else have the same experience?


Yes. Weird.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Best Phone Camera
Replies: 12
Views: 2023

Re: Best Phone Camera

seahawk wrote:
That does not make it better for aviation photography


Not sure if you were replying to me. I never said it would be better.

But the OP quite clearly asked about camera phones. No real point trying to recommend DSLRs.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?
Replies: 16
Views: 4163

Re: Does reverse thrust actually decrease stopping distance?

Is this all correct? Not exactly, autobrake has a time delay after touchdown before it activates, where reverse does not. So using reverse smartly after touchdown will result in slightly less landing distance. Can you actually get the reversers deployed and spooled up before the autobrakes have kic...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Best Phone Camera
Replies: 12
Views: 2023

Re: Best Phone Camera

How's the phone call audio quality on that thing? Why spend $1100 on a phone for photography? Could even pick up a refurb Nikon P900 with 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm) for $399. At least the images would be useable. Presumably, one would buy a phone for photography, texting, talking, surfing the web...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Best Phone Camera
Replies: 12
Views: 2023

Re: Best Phone Camera

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/cata ... m-4-56-iii

Not sure how great that lens is. You'll want to get acquainted with lightroom/photoshop.


How's the phone call audio quality on that thing?
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Dazed767 wrote:
For starters you could pick this up for $400;
https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/cata ... m-4-56-iii

Not sure how great that lens is. You'll want to get acquainted with lightroom/photoshop.


How's the phone call audio quality on that thing?

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by vikkyvik
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 310
Views: 123493

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

JakTrax wrote:
It's also worth noting that quite a few recent acceptances feature very obvious banding towards the top-right of the frame


Indeed they do. Are images judged less strictly if they are deemed "likely-to-be-popular" (or equivalently, "likely-to-be-promoted-on-social-media")?

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by vikkyvik
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guilt of job switch
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Guilt of job switch

Two things that my boss at my last company told me regarding employment, that have stuck with me: 1.) You have to take care of yourself, because no one else will. 2.) You're either an owner or a temp. My takeaway from #1: Don't pass up career opportunities, because someone else will snatch up that o...

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by vikkyvik
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Emergency Preparedness, Part Deux
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Emergency Preparedness, Part Deux

DarkSnowyNight wrote:
In any case, yes. Single Use means Single Use. It is not like a condom, where you can just turn it inside-out and use it again. . .


:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

That was hilarious.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Priority Screening Inconsistency
Replies: 12
Views: 2367

Re: Priority Screening Inconsistency

TUSAA wrote:
Interesting.....nobody from Airliners.net wants to answer our questions or emails....something to hide perhaps some sort of favoritism?


Well, the screener who used to respond to everyone's questions is no longer a screener, so...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Priority Screening Inconsistency
Replies: 12
Views: 2367

Re: Priority Screening Inconsistency

TUSAA wrote:
Interesting.....nobody from Airliners.net wants to answer our questions or emails....something to hide perhaps some sort of favoritism?


Well, the screener who used to respond to everyone's questions is no longer a screener, so...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Rejected
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Rejected

Kaphias wrote:
I'd appeal, nothing wrong with this crop in theory. If this was mine I would center the fuselage top/bottom and left/right but this should be fine for here.


Agreed. Crop is fine, it's a bit low but nothing terrible.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant's Widow Sues Over Crash
Replies: 32
Views: 3603

Re: Kobe Bryant's Widow Sues Over Crash

But from a litigation perspective, the helicopter did take off, proceeded northbound in contact with ATC, who knew what the weather was, got a special VFR clearance through two control zones, all of which was legal. Legal doesn't mean smart. This would be a civil trial, not a criminal one. You can ...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lens Help
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: Lens Help

It's also older, and is a bit on the soft side at 400mm. Well of course it's older, being the Mark 1. :biggrin: I never had an issue with softness on the Mark 1. Pretty consistent throughout the range. Actually, at 400mm, it's pretty much equal to my Mark 2, though the Mark 2 is sharper at shorter ...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Lens Help
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: Lens Help

jumbojettony wrote:
What about the Mk1 Canon 100-400? I know there is a Mk2 but they will cost me a kidney essentially.


I liked my 100-400 Mk1. Served me well for a few years.

It's "different", because of the push-pull style zoom, so beware of that.

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