Saturday, October 1, 2011

Never been keen on planes and ferris wheels? I know why


Many MSM outlets are reporting it as an "ultralight aircraft", perhaps they should get their terminology correct. It's a light aircraft.
And  a bloody strong ferris wheel!


1735099 said...

Aircraft is, I'm pretty sure, a Tecnam Sierra, which can be registered either as an ultralight or under general aviation regulations as a certified light aircraft (Registration categories: RA-Aus Ultralight and LSA, CASA LSA and GA).

1735099 said...

Now reported by SMH as Cheetah S200. Comment above still applies.

RebeccaH said...


Anonymous said...

Love to fly - don't love ferris wheels. Durn thing probably jumped up in the way of the plane!

Skeeter said...

You might be right, prairiecat.
I heard the pilot say to a reporter that he had aimed for a gap between two trees and did not see the ferris wheel in the gap.
It was obviously lurking there, ready to spring.
I don't like the chances of that getting him off the hook, but it's marvellous what a good barrister can achieve.
In the 1950s a RAAF pilot stroked the belly of his DC-3 on the mast of a ship off Newcastle.
The mast struck first at the port propeller and put that engine out of action. It then bounced over towards the centreline of the aircaft and deflated the port mainwheel tyre on the way. Next it put this nasty gash down the belly before destroying the tail-wheel tyre. The pilot snuck into the fighter base — where I was stationed — and tried to pretend nothing had happened.
He hired a barrister to defend him at his court-martial. The barrister sought out the ship's first mate, who cheerfully gave evidence to the court, saying that the ship had been lifted by a large wave into the path of the DC-3.
The pilot was not convicted.

Minicapt said...

Pilots! How can we fix them?


Anonymous said...

Skeeter, I have NO doubts to the veracity of your story, thanks for reminding me! I'm pretty sure my dad told that one, too!