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Aviation ramble of the afternoon. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Aviation ramble of the afternoon.
I had lunch with Mike today, and he was telling me about this Star Wars book he was reading. Seems it described a scene where Anikin (sp?) and his siblings were flying through an asteroid field, and he used the Force to allow all of them to see what the other was seeing.

I suggested this would come in handy for formation flying, especially with a novice. I tend to spend to much time turning around to see where they are in relation to me, which makes my heading wander, which makes them get out of position, so I turn around to look at them...

But, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. So this got me thinking: Maybe the solution would be one of those little X10 wireless video cameras in the trail plane, and a little receiver/screen on my panel.

I wonder if it would work.

Current Mood: nerdy nerdy

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i think i heard that X10 went out of business. but if they can mount little video cameras on the rear bumpers of expensive SUVs, so you can see where you're backing up, you ought to be able to apply the same principle to an aircraft - give yourself "eyes in the back of your head", at any rate.
jeffjustin From: jeffjustin Date: April 9th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but wouldn't all the pop-up and pop-under windows that seem to be permanently tied to the X10 be distracting??

Just wondering.
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: April 12th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Why don't you just use the Force? Duh.

(Why is it always *my* job to point out the obvious?)

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 13th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Because it's what you do best. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the person up front should NEVER look back, just like the people behind the leader should never take his/her eyes off the mark on the plane they're following.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 15th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not wrong. I shouldn't do it.
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