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General / Re: What the hell are cops thaught in police academies?
« on: November 08, 2011, 02:57:33 PM »
A friend of mine is a probation officer here in Mississippi and he told me that at the police academy they had to do a driving scenario where you were driving along and saw one of your probationees (or whatever the hell they call them) smoking a joint in his car so you initiate a high-speed car chase. Absolute insanity if you ask me.

General / Re: Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:56:07 PM »
Most smaller airports are VERY close to the center of the town they are located in, and there's really no BS at all compared to commercial flying. You park, walk right up to the plane, crank up and fly off. Flight plans are not required, except for flying in instrument conditions. Hell, you don't even have to talk on the radio unless the field has a control tower. It's much faster than preparing for a commercial flight. No security at all to deal with.

As for when you arrive, many airports have free courtesy cars as well that can be used for an hour or so free of charge. Others can quickly link you up with a local taxi service. Maybe you could hook up with other Free Staters to provide some transportation.

General / Re: Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 27, 2010, 01:48:02 AM »
I like the concept, but the economics don't seem to work. My guess is that it would only be useful to people who want to sightsee, or would like to transit from point A to point B without the fear of being stopped by the Gestapo. You might want to consider this possibility as you might be liable for more than just bending the FAA rules if your passengers turn out to have something other than a bag lunch and paperwork in their briefcase....

Economically, it doesn't compete with a car or the airlines. I envision it as more of a "I have to be in X fast and I don't feel like driving 3 hours" kind of service or "I need to hop over to a neighboring state and dont want to spend all day driving". Your paying for time convenience.

General / Re: Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:04:41 PM »
Just for perspective, my grandfather's Cessna 172 that I fly burns roughly 7 gallons of fuel per hour, at around $4 per gallon at about 100-105 MPH. The rule of thumb I use is that the Cessna takes half as long as a car trip does. When I was going to school down in the delta, it was 2 hours to drive there and 45 min to fly there.

The longer the trip you want to make, the more the cost goes up, to the point that it will be substantially more than the price of an airline ticket. I think the best bet for this to work would be to market it as a 'get anywhere in New Hampshire' type of service, considering the short distances involved.

In all honesty I never meant to not pay their fees. This whole thing stems from an honest mistake that I made. If there was any compassion at all in this system I would think they could see that. Charge me a late fee or something. But holding a trial in my absence without contacting me and declaring that I plead guilty is just absurd.

General / Re: Is Google turning into big brother?
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:05:42 PM »
I love the concept of Startpage and their message, but like you said the search results leave a lot to be desired

General / Re: Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:04:53 PM »
Yea Gene, when I was at the government run flight school they drilled into our heads the notion that the FAA would bring the hammer down hard on us and tried to make it seem like that Mr. FAA Inspector could be at any airport waiting on you to break a rule.

In my personal experience, flying with my grandfather for 20 years or so, we have never, ever seen one of these FAA guys. When you do hear about them, they are at some busy airport, not your Podunk, MS local municipal airport. We even picked up crashed airplanes for insurance companies and never saw these guys in person. Unless something really bad happens, the FAA conducts accident investigations over the phone.

General / Re: Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 25, 2010, 12:12:29 PM »
Some of my friends at flight school were scared to death of the FAA catching them for accepting money, but I always figured that if you made sure everyone got their stories straight that it would be extremely difficult for the FAA to prove you broke their silly rule.

General / Private Air Taxi Service
« on: August 25, 2010, 12:03:13 PM »
I was thinking about this last night and thought I'd share this to see what people thought.

If I do move up to New Hampshire would anybody be interested in paying for an 'under-the-radar' air taxi? The hoops the FAA throws in your way to go the legitimate route are purposely in-place to prevent this sort of thing, but as long as the pilot and all passengers 'evenly split the cost of the flight', a pilot can accept payment for flying. So as long as you tell the nice FAA man 'sure, we split the cost', it seems like it would be hard to get in trouble for this (and the FAA is so short on manpower that you are never likely to run into them at small airports)

General / Re: Is Google turning into big brother?
« on: August 25, 2010, 11:59:15 AM »
Google might suck, but I tried Starpage.com's challenge and couldn't find what I wanted without going through a couple of pages of search results

The Show / Re: So, I'm a "drama queen"
« on: August 25, 2010, 11:52:20 AM »
ya'll bitch a lot

Ian is the worlds biggest bitcher


Well, I think this journey is close to over.

My attorney only charged me $50 to handle the case. He drafted a petition to expunge my record and mailed it to the judge, but I forgot to include the $50 'fee' for the judge to bless me. The court was kind enough to not contact me about this, and when I called them yesterday they told me they had been waiting for a week for me to mail them a check and when I asked about them contacting me that I forgot to pay them they said they had no way to contact me. Bullshit, they had a Next Day Air from UPS with my return address AND phone number on the shipping label.

 I hate the government.

scratch that

I FUCKING hate the government

General / Re: the creeping filth that is islam.....we better get ready
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:06:19 PM »
I disagree. But the idea of a suicide bomber showing up at the white house and citizens helping him/her over the fence made me laugh.

What about the idea of some crazed Muslim Jihadists steering a plane and crashing it straight into the pentagon? Does that make you laugh?

If the plane was empty besides jihadists and the cleaning crew was not at the Pentagon I would have to say yes this would make me chuckle for at least a week.  Many other Americans would not admit it out loud but they are thinking the same thing. See what you are up against here in the states Avshae? The majority of us are cheering for the bloody terrorists as long as no inocent people are hurt. We do love an underdog.

Stuff like this is going to end up in a news article slamming the freedom movement

General / Re: Just about to start reading "Atlas Shrugged"
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:57:26 PM »
I'm maybe 2/4th of the way through Atlas Shrugged and its still holding my interest. The first bit of the book concerning the (minor spoiler) building of the rail line was extremely interesting.

General / Re: Where's Julia?
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:55:09 PM »
It's been pleasant not having Julia on the show and not having to listen to some article about 11 year old getting high on crack and sucking each other off or whatever other drug induced sexual fetish article she had up her sleeve.

PS: can ya re-record the Porcupine Realtor ad too, now that shes gone?

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