Category Archives: Airplane

Denver airport to get commuter-rail stop in April 2016

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The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) will provide commuter-rail service from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport starting April 22, 2016, the transit agency announced yesterday.

The agency made the announcement after receiving an official notice from Denver Transit Partners, the concessionaire in the public-private partnership that’s building what will be called the University of Colorado A Line, according to an RTD press release.

The line is 23 miles of new electric commuter-rail service, which is part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation’s first public-private partnership for transit. The $2.2 billion project is being funded with local RTD taxes, a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners.

“The opening of the University of Colorado A Line is a historic milestone towards the completion of RTD’s FasTracks program and continues our success rate of opening major infrastructure projects,” said Dave Genova, RTD’s interim general…

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Schumer wants to keep drones way from airports, major events

Drone manufacturers would be forced to implement technology to keep the unmanned crafts away from airports and possibly events like parades and major sporting contests under a proposal Sen. Charles Schumer plans to introduce.

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Schumer said he would introduce an amendment to a bill that funds the Federal Aviation Administration requiring drones sold or operated in the U.S. to have geo-fencing technology that would prevent them from operating within two miles of an airport or above 500 feet.

The amendment would also encourage the FAA to enact policies forbidding drones in other “sensitive locations,” like sporting events, parades or near the Pentagon, Schumer told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“God forbid a drone was sucked into the engine of a passenger airline that was flying, it’d be a huge tragedy,” he said. “And it’s a matter of time before that happens.”

Under current regulations, drone pilots must get clearance to fly within 5 miles of a sizeable airport in most cases. The FAA also notified drone enthusiasts in October that the law does not allow them to fly the aircraft near Major League Baseball, NFL and NCAA Division I college football games and major auto races.

FAA officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Sunday.

Schumer said his amendment was an “elegant solution” to a rise in drone incidents at sporting events and parades across the country. He believed the proposal will pass this month with bipartisan support among legislators.

Schumer pointed to an incident earlier this month where a drone buzzed above a match at the U.S. Open before it crashed into empty seats in the stadium. A high school science teacher who had been flying the drone in a park surrounding the tennis center was arrested on a reckless endangerment charge.

“Somebody could attach weaponry to them, or explosives,” Schumer said. “No one has yet, but sooner or later someone will think of that.”

Happy Anniversary, Elsa

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Today’s happenings are certainly nothing to brag about. The only thing I managed to get done on the A-10’s is attaching the vertical stabilizers. That is about all I can accomplish and for great reason. Today is one of those milestone moments in my life. Ten years ago today, I married the most beautiful woman in the world. I think I fooled her and she had no clue that building models was on the docket in our future. Even I was clueless to that fact but here we are ten years later. I get a lot of compliments on my models but if it weren’t for her unrelenting support for my admiration of this great hobby, it would be worthless. Thank you Elsa and Happy Anniversary!

So to piggyback on that support aspect, I was able to recently check off a long awaited kit to my collection. For the past…

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P-38L Lightning & F-35A Lightning II

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Their first flights are seventy-one years apart and the airframes differ dramatically. The original Lightning cost $97,147.00 per unit ($1,301,476.00 in today’s market) compared to the Lightning II’s $85,000,000.00-$116,000,000.00 price tag. We have certainly come a long way since the iconic piston driven age and I’m sure in another seventy years, we will look back at the F-35 like it was a bargain.

The similarities are few and far between with the two kits. They are both airplanes at least. I thought it would be a neat photo op to get them both together. The builds themselves were both lengthy and detailed so they are the same in that regard. I think it’s a good family picture that shows a little history of American aviation.

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