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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

UFO! Cap'n Aux Investigates the "Phoenix Lights"

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UFO! Cap'n Aux Investigates the "Phoenix Lights"
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Nope, we're not alone!
But our "mysterious visiting neighbors" are much closer than you think.



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There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective character, Sherlock Holmes 


People often ask me, 

“Do you believe in UFO’s?”

My answer: “Of course! Any unidentified object that is flying is a UFO.”

Now, a UFO could be a flying saucer from the Pleides come to harvest your innards. But, by the very definition of the phrase—and far more commonly—a UFO could also be an airplane you’re not familiar with, swamp gas, a kite, top secret Air Force contraption, a weather balloon, a kid’s balloon . . . or the balloons strapped to Uncle Bob's lawnchair, who’s sitting in his wife-beater shirt and tighty whities, throwing back a six pack and enjoying the grand view from the nosebleed section.

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a UFO!
Oh, it's just Uncle Bob in a lawnchair!

Of course, when someone asks that question, what they really mean is, “Dude, do you believe in flying saucers from outer space?”

My answer: “Umm . . . yeah, about that . . .”


The late astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” (Called the Sagan Standard.) He also said, Billions and billions, about a billion times.

So, by that standard, if Gort and Klaatu landed on the White House lawn, I might be inclined to lean toward beginning to believe. (For the uninitiated, here's the original trailer from one of the best sci fi movies of all time, "The Day the Earth Stood Still"):

Direct Link: http://youtu.be/OfpSXI8_UpY

But I digress . . .

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So, about those “Phoenix lights,” viewed by hundreds, if not thousands (but not billions and billions), on the evening of March 13, 1997.

I was home in Phoenix that night, but didn’t personally see them. Nor did I hear about them till the next day. But the moment I saw pics and vids shot by many . . . I knew exactly what they were.
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"The moment I saw them, I knew exactly what they were."
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And, I’m sorry to say, folks, it’s something far closer to home than the nearest Class M planet. In fact, I’ve seen the very same image many times from my cockpit over the years.

Therefore, the "Mysterious Phoenix Lights" are no mystery at all. And, by our definition, they can't even be considered a “UFO.”

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So many crackpots...so few UFOs
But that doesn't keep goofballs from insisting there were little green men flying around PHX TRACON airspace without a clearance that night.


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"SHADO HQ reports UFO in Sector 2, Blue, Kangaroo.
All Interceptors launch and destroy."
(a pic from 
"UFO!," my favorite TV show when I was 8.
Hey, it may be corny, but they nailed the purple "Hit Girl" Manga hairdoos!)
Hit girl, replete with requisite purple Manga hairdo.
But I digress. Again.
So, let me play military spokesman for the next few minutes and explain. Better yet, let’s take a quote from a YouTube video called, The UFO Phoenix Lights Explained . . . 

Here's the 90 minute vid, if you can stomach it:

Video: "The UFO Phoenix Lights Explained."
Uh, yeah, right. Trust Cap'n Aux on this, not these whack jobs!
Direct Link: http://youtu.be/YC5vrZBb8zk

“Military personnel claim that the lights were created by high intensity flares from an Air Force A-10 aircraft . . .”

Oh, those pesky Air Force spokesman, raining on our space alien parade with some cockamamie B.S. about flares from an aircraft! (I especially love how the video uses the loaded word, “claim,” as if to say, “Yeah, right, we know you’re B.S.‘ing us, you nefarious government lackies!”)

Except, in this case, our “nefarious government lackies” are dead on correct.


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A-10 Warthog flares—although NOT the type of parachute flares ejected that evening.

The video goes on to say, “but many Phoenix residents found the government’s explanation difficult to swallow.”

Well, this Phoenix resident “swallowed” it. Why? Because I've seen the exact same flares dozens of times from the air!

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"The 'Mysterious Phoenix Lights' can't even be called 'UFO's'"
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One “witness,” supposedly a doctor of some kind (the video implying, Here’s a smart person. Believe her!), claimed to have seen the same lights several years earlier, and then again in the same place on the fabled night of March 13, 1977. Well, I completely believe her: she did see the same thing. She just doesn’t know what she saw.


"Great story, Doctor. We believe you! Now, smile for the camera..."
Why? Because, despite her implied intelligence, she has no frame of reference by which to identify them for what they really are. Nor does she have the experience of an "aerial perspective" by which to judge their correct size and distance. So, her brain conjures up the only "plausible" explanation that she can think of.

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Again, having no frame of reference nor perspective, some witnesses even played "connect the dots" and describe one gigantic boomerang ship. Artist renderings and computer generated simulations in this video and others attempt to back up what these people supposedly saw. These renderings jump to fantastic conclusions, such as enormous hulls miles long, or perfectly aligned triangles that the real footage doesn’t show.

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Based on these descriptions, One UFO “expert” in the video even concludes, “. . . it was evolving as a flying machine...it was able to make its wings bigger, smaller...it’s not flares, it’s not A-10 aircraft in formation...it’s an unknown.”

HELLO! EARTH TO WITNESSES! THIS IS YOUR COMMON SENSE CALLING! "EVOLVING," MILES-LONG SHIPS FROM OUTER SPACE ARE MORE "PLAUSIBLE" THAN PARACHUTE FLARES? WTF, OVER?!



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Psychologists have long known that the human mind fills in the blanks where it can’t comprehend what it is observing, and this is exactly the case with the witnesses who described the alleged “boomerang ship.”

We know this, because other witnesses flatly contradict the boomerang ship version. Police officer Dennis Monroe said, “I saw stars between the lights.”  Moreover, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Investigator Alan Morey, observing from Scottsdale, said, “They were five independent objects because we could see stars between them.”

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"Evolving, mile-long spaceships are more plausible than flares?
WTF, over!"
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So much for an "evolving flying machine." Thanks, Mr. UFO expert, but I prefer the raw, wobbly-formation footage to discern what actually happened.

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"Roger, Moonbase. Interceptor One launching now.
Umm...could somebody pull the strings on our plastic model, please?"

Occam’s Razor states that the simplest explanation tends to be the most likely. This has been one of science’s principle guiding maxims since the 14th Century. But, again, that doesn’t keep UFO “experts” from touting the lights as extraterrestrial.

It’s mind-boggling to me to think that (presumably) perfectly normal, semi intelligent people, when confronted with something they can’t immediately grasp, would jump to the most fantastic of conclusions, while an every day, mundane, boring explanation is far more likely to be true. Furthermore, the instant you try to explain the mundane, they get defensive and claim you’re covering up! This must be the frustration the Air Force feels when it explains a UFO as, say, Venus, or a weather balloon, or a rocket test.

The video expert supposedly “analyzes the data” (whatever that means, no explanation given), and concludes, quite emphatically: 

“Our contention is that there is no scientific data that they were flares! We came to conclusion that they were orbs!”

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"My response? Bwahahahahaha!"
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My response?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

ORBS? REALLY? That one just gets me!

I wouldn’t know the difference between a flare and an orb, but the expert’s implication is that it’s either some fantastic interstellar machine from the Andromeda galaxy, or some hyperdimensional cosmic vortex apparition.


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SHADO's Top Secret Moonbase!
A great use for recycled soccer balls.
Dude, I don’t care how emphatic you get, it’s like trying to tell a pilot, “That thing that just passed you was a pink elephant, not a Boeing 747. No, really!” If the pilot has seen a 747 in the past, he or she is damn well gonna know the difference!

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A prized possession: a UFO lunch pail!
Oh, I would have 
killed for this!



Let me further explain why I know it was flares:

  • The lights are the exact size, luminoscity and color that I've seen many times.
  • The vids depict a new light popping up once every 30 seconds or so—exactly the way I've seen them in the past.
  • The lights "bend" downward, the first lights being "lowest"—exactly the way parachute flares slowly descend over the battlefield.
  • The lights stay illuminated for several minutes before "disappearing, as if shooting off at a fantastic speed"—exactly the same length of time and way I've seen them fade out.
  • I've talked to PHX Air Traffic Controllers first hand who say there was nothing on the radar scopes that night, although they fielded dozens of calls reporting them (flares do not show up on ATC radar.)
  • I recently had a fellow company pilot on my jumpseat who was flying that night and saw them. He agreed, they were the same flares we've seen many times before.

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As for the claims by witnesses and "experts":
  • The "downward bend" I described above is what is responsible for witnesses describing a "boomerang"-shaped object.
  • Since the winds and timing blow the flares in a less than perfectly symmetrical way, it appeared from certain viewpoints that one was "ahead" of the others, like the point of light at the nexus of a boomerang.
  • The witnesses' minds conjured up the lights as being "perfectly symmetrical," despite the vids and photos showing otherwise.
  • Some witnesses' minds conjured up the lights as being one giant ship, despite others reporting seeing stars between them.
  • "Experts" claim that flares don't fit the eyewitness accounts, because no parachutes nor smoke trails were observed; however, due to the vast distance between the flares and the eyewitnesses, they could only have seen the lights anyway—further convincing said witnesses that they were (cough cough) "orbs."

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The very pilot who ejected the flares, Lt. Col. Ed Jones, was tracked down years later. He said the lights were flares dropped during nighttime exercises at the Barry M. Goldwater Range. On the way back to Tucson, not far from Gila Bend, Jones says, he reminded pilots to eject their leftover parachute flares.  He went on to say that can't believe a decision to eject a few leftover flares turned into a UFO furor that continues to this day.

Jones says, "All this stuff just blew up."

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“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth.”
—Sherlock Holmes


If I could, I would say Sherlock's wise words to the witnesses of the "Mysterious Phoenix Lights." Except in this case, "what remains" is not only probable, but a ho-hum, every day occurrence.

Albeit one that has bamboozled millions around the world . . . .

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If you're a UFO buff, take heart: I never said there aren't any UFO's out there. I am merely debunking the Phoenix Lights as nothing special. In fact, I believe "flying saucers from outer space" may even exist!
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"While I've never seen a flying saucer from the cockpit, I did see one when I was a kid"
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CAP'N AUX'S UFO STORY



According to the Drake Equation, there could be up to 12,000 civilizations in our galaxy. If true, then it's plausible that some could be advanced enough to travel between the stars.



"Cap'n Aux, you have traffic 12 o'clock, type unknown, moving at Warp Factor 2!"

While I have never seen a "UFO" from the cockpit (in the flying saucer sense of the word, that is), I saw one—actually two—flying saucer UFO's when I was a kid.

I was at an outdoor public event, with thousands of people around. I happened look up into the Phoenix night sky. To my surprise, I saw two perfect yellow discs of light, flying in formation, across the sky. I was so shocked I didn't even point and shout out, "UFO!" Years later, I began to doubt my own eyes, until, sitting around a campfire telling UFO stories, a friend described seeing the exact same thing on the exact same night!

Now, how reliable is a kid as a witness to a UFO event? Not much, obviously. I have no idea how big nor small they were, as I had no "frame of reference" to discern dimensions or distance.

Like our bamboozled witnesses to the Phoenix Lights, I may not be able to comprehend what I witnessed, but "I know what I saw."

Sherlock Holmes may have something to say to all of us "witnesses" about that:


“You see, but you do not observe.” 
—Sherlock Holmes
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And that, My Dear Watson, is elementary.

PS—
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Just because it's so much fun, let's go "Back to the corny Future" and enjoy the opening sequence to our fabled TV series, UFO!:


  Link: http://youtu.be/US7IF31wDVM

Related Cap'n Aux Posts

  • Stranger Than Fiction!: http://capnaux.blogspot.com/2013/08/blogformation-stranger-than-fiction.html
  • The Life Aquatic and the Battle for Air Supremacy: http://capnaux.blogspot.com/2012/01/life-aquatic-and-battle-for-air.html

  • Related Links

  • Occam's Razor-Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
  • Drake's Equation-Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation
  • Pilot Debunks Phoenix Lights: http://rense.com/general75/flares.htm
  • The PHX Lights were flares. Deal with it: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4041
  • Deal with it, redux—Popular Mechanics weighs in: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/ufo/4304197
  • ..& one fun one: UFO! The TV Series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_(TV_series)



  • To be fair, here's a few links from "the other side" of the argument:

  • link from UFO Case Book: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/kiteiphoenixlights.html
  • Vid: "I know what I saw": http://youtu.be/qO0askRnqUA
  • PHX Lights a psych warfare experiment?: http://www.examiner.com/article/were-the-1997-arizona-lights-a-psychological-warfare-experiment-part-one
  • UFO Chronicles: http://www.theufochronicles.com/2008/05/phoenix-lights-project-snowbird-and.html
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    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    There I Wuz!—Case of the Missing NOTAM

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    Originally published in Plane & Pilot Magazine
    August, 1990 issue as "Flight I'll Never Forget: Listen Up!"

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    THE CASE OF THE MISSING NOTAM

    I had been flying for a Phoenix-based charter company for about three months, had a few years' flight instructing and 1300 hours in my logbook, and had already settled into the company's bread-and-butter run: the Grand Canyon tour. Now, as an experienced tour pilot—or Ditch Driver, as we called ourselves—I could almost do it in my sleep. . .
    Perhaps that was what I was doing on this day.

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    I should have hired a Private Dick to find my head that day.

    The sun was just peeking through the office window shades when the Flight Service Specialist answered the phone. I absent-mindedly rattled off the flight plan, all the while crunching weight and balance numbers on a calculator. The weather brief was just that—brief—as I knew it would be: severe clear and not a cloud in the state. CAVU, as we called it, "Ceiling and visibility unlimited.
    Another boringly perfect fall day in Arizona.
    "All Navaids operational," the briefer continued, while I pondered a glitch in my weight and balance calculations, "NOTAM (Notices to Airman) out for 'temporary' landing runway three."

    "Psst, hey buddy, you seen this pilot's missing noggin?"
    "Runway three," I muttered, "thanks. Once we're airborne, we'll call you on one twenty two point six to activate." I hung up and finished writing the final c.g.
    On the way out to the plane, something in the back of my mind whispered, runway three...wonder why he bothered saying that. The tower doesn't even open for another hour....
    The thought slipped away as Debra, our office manager,introduced my passengers, four tourists from Japan. I smiled and led them to our Cessna Centurion.
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    I was an experienced, professional "Ditch Driver"...so why did I ditch my brain?
    The hour-and-a-half flight up was smooth and uneventful. But as the Canyon neared, my workload increased dramatically.
    Flying through the Canyon, the Ditch Driver switches into hyperdrive: fly the plane, narrate the tour, watch for Ditch traffic, radio checkpoints to others, and listen for other Ditch Drivers transmitting checkpoints.
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    "Cessna seven eight Victor, you are cleared to land . . ."
    I had my hands full, but continued with confidence—no,overconfidence.
    "On your right we have Confucius Temple," I sang into the intercom as we soared past that natural rock statue. I keyed the mike and annouced crisply, "Canyon traffic, Centurion seven eight victor, Confucius, eight point five, westbound."
    I punched the number two radio monitor button and a second voice spoke into my headphones, superimposed over the number one radio chatter:
    "...Grand Canyon airport information Mike, time..."
    "On your left," I continued, "is my favorite, the giant rock scorpion."
    "...altimeter two niner niner seven, temporary landing runway three...."


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    ". . . on TEMPORARY Runway 3."
    I set the altimeter and announced, "Centurion seven eight victor, Scorpion Ridge, eight point five, inbound for the airport."
    Again I had missed that single, subtle word, temporary.
    As we sailed past the south rim, I flipped to Grand Canyon Airport Tower frequency.
    "Canyon tower, Centurion seven eight victor, Cocopah Point,landing with Information Mike."
    "Centurion seven eight victor, enter on a right base for three."
    "Roger."
    "Centurion seven eight victor," came the call on final as I was glancing around the cabin to check my passengers' seatbelts, "cleared to land, temporary runway three."
    Turning back to the controls, I answered, "Cleared to land, roger."
    "Hey, Numbnuts!  Bogie at 12 o'clock!"

    On short final, I noticed something strange on the runway.  An object of some kind. As we neared, the object grew to the shape of a man, two men, three men on the runway!
    The Twin Otter behind me calmly asked over the radio, "Hey, isn't that guy lined up on the wrong runway?"
    Suddenly, the word TEMPORARY flashed through my thick head.
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    "Seven eight victor, go around! Men and equipment on the runway!"
    I was ramming the throttle in as the tower called, "Seven eight victor, go around! Go around, men and equipment on the runway!"
    The workers, alerted by the sudden surge of power, scattered. As we aborted the landing and climbed back out, I frowned at my startled passengers, pointing to the workers on the runway as if it were their fault.
    The Japanese watched in amazement the frenzied rout of escapees.
    I continued around the pattern and landed—this time, on the parallel taxiway, the temporary runway 3. During the slow taxi to the ramp, I mentally cowered from the reproachful eyes of the controller, construction workers, and the other professional pilots who surely must have seen my blunder.
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    This story is now filed away in the There I Wuz arsenal of cocktail party stories. But down inside, when I tell it with a wink and a smile to a captive (and, I make sure, nonflying) audience, deep down inside I know it was nothing to be laughed at. It is an embarassing reminder of my own stupidity, when I almost let complacency get the upper hand.
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    Now, when I find myself tracing the same old route from point A to point B, I remember: always pay attention. . . .
    For if you write off a flight as just another routine, one day, your plane might write you off.


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    "The Best Office View—GoPro Version!"

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    Having a little fun while sitting in the KOAK penalty box...

    As you all know, I got a new toy for Christmas (well, Tax Return season, anyway):  a GoPro!


    But First . . .

    A special shout-out to blog friend Karim, who's zany vid clip in my surprise birthday video back in June inspired the following Photoshop pic . . .


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    Hey, kids, be sure to eat up your bowl of Cap'n Aux cereal,
    so you too can grow up to be big, strong Cap'ns!


    Now, as for that GoPro thingy . . .
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    "How's this gizmo work, anyway?"
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    "Ah! Now I've got it!  I think..."

    My very first day shooting happened to be the day of the Phoenix 2013 Scottish Highland games.  So, being part Scotish, I strapped on me kilt and headed down for some fun!
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    A lovely day for tanning . . . .
    Just remember: if I was wearing undies it'd be called a SKIRT!

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    Visiting my distant cousins at the Clan Kincaid tent! 

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     The Scottish punk rock bagpipe band Celtica.  How cool is that?!

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    My first GoPro Gif, made of the "caber toss."
    I may be semi Scot but I wouldn't touch that sport with a 10-meter caber!

    (Note: all of the GIF's are super lo-res, to keep the size down...)
    Speaking of Gifs, if you didn't see it, here's one from my 1st GoPro vid,
    "The Flight Gathers and now my Watch Begins":

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    And if you happened to miss it, here's the vid!




    OK, how about some lovely views from the office?

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    Descending into KSLC
    I love the slight fish eye lens look of the GoPro. It catches a lot!
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    Climbing outta KLAX—Long Beach and the SoCal Coast
    ...and it exaggerates the earth's curvature for a nice "Low orbit" effect...
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    Cruisin' over the Rockies
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    climbing outta MPVR (Puerta Vallarta) 
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    Descending into KTPA (umm I think!)
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    climbin' outta—um, just climbin'! 

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    Skimmin' the cloud tops
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    How's about a little Grand Canyon Tour!

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    OK, enough funnin' around.
    Time for some serious GoPro—the Best Of!

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    PHX Sky Harbor from the ground.

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    And finally...
    My vote for GoPro pic of the Year!

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    This is the GoPro version of my "DFW molten sunset" pic from "Office View Part 1." This, after 9.6 hours flying, including a 200 nm diversion around a mega-t'storm and an ILS missed approach in a rain squall.  It was worth the effort!

    Made a little meme with this great quote:



    And another similar meme:

    Had some fun with my FO's pic.
    I flipped it around so he got "promoted to Captain," and wrote this fairy tale for him...
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    ...and let's touch down with one more Gif.  Can you guess where this is?*
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    I've got a couple more great GoPro vids in the works, but theyr'e gonna take some time, 
    so stand by . . .
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    For now, it's time to go home.
    And I'm taking my new toy with me!


    *Don't quote me, but I think it's either KJFK or KCLT!

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