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Old 05-06-2012, 06:49 AM   #21
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Boy, talk about having a bad day. Hope the rider's okay; it'll be one of a story to tell over beers for the rest of their life!
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #22
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They call that "formation flying".

I saw [probably] the same two planes on Friday near downtown and I've met a few guys who fly banner planes. Those guys are no dummies, they have tons of experience and know exactly what they're doing.
I understand this, I just say it's dumb because the risk is absolutely unnecessary and most likely the guy stalled a bit instead of his story of engine trouble.

Over a largely populated area near surface dragging huge banners is not the situation to be formation flying in.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #23
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I understand this, I just say it's dumb because the risk is absolutely unnecessary and most likely the guy stalled a bit instead of his story of engine trouble.

Over a largely populated area near surface dragging huge banners is not the situation to be formation flying in.
I guess everyone's entitled to their opinion. I'm not sure if your risk evaluation is more accurate than that of a couple of commerical pilots with thousands of hours who have their flying careers at stake.

I can tell you without doubt that dropping the banner is not the first step in stall recovery. Those banners produce lots of drag. If you're having engine problems and cannot produce adequate power then you drop the banner to reduce drag.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #24
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i would say that this doesn't happen very often at all. no use getting all worked up over a freak event. I mean, , any plane can fall out of the sky(and have) maybe we should stop flying over major cities... , we should stop flying period. the risk is too great.
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I understand this, I just say it's dumb because the risk is absolutely unnecessary and most likely the guy stalled a bit instead of his story of engine trouble.

Over a largely populated area near surface dragging huge banners is not the situation to be formation flying in.
Just ignore the reports of people at the baseball fields commenting that the engine didn't sound right either.

...after seeing the news report, can't help but wonder if he chose it thinking/hoping the sign would snag on something there and if it didn't release or he could recover after ditching the sign he could land it safely.
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i bet the two planes were eggin' each other on. "betcha cant hit him! bet you wont. BET YOU WONT."
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They do say they cover more motorcyclists than other company.
That's just wrong... Funny... But wrong.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:42 PM   #28
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I am pretty sure that Geico has riders on their policies, not sure about passengers though
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i would say that this doesn't happen very often at all. no use getting all worked up over a freak event. I mean, , any plane can fall out of the sky(and have) maybe we should stop flying over major cities... , we should stop flying period. the risk is too great.
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Unfortunantly any aviation incident usually follows with a knee-jerk response and we end up with MORE rules for no good reason. The media loves it though because it's a topic that most people know nothing about and they can easily work up emotions over it to sell their story. This news story is case in point - OH NO! Airplanes are dropping things on kids playing baseball!!! Everyone PANIC! Let's BAN AIRPLANES so we'll be safe!!
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:45 PM   #30
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Aerial advertising has been around for about 90 years. I wonder how many motorcycles have been hit by falling signs in that time.
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I hope the motorcyclist and his passenger are ok.
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Aerial advertising has been around for about 90 years. I wonder how many motorcycles have been hit by falling signs in that time.

I'm betting debris from land based vehicles have taken out considerably more...
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:38 AM   #33
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Crazy shot haha

I could see a car possibly getting nailed by this, but you would think a motorcyclist would be a bit more observant.
So, how often do YOU look around for banners falling out of the sky about to hit you as you are riding?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:01 AM   #34
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So, how often do YOU look around for banners falling out of the sky about to hit you as you are riding?
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actually I think it is progressive that claims to be the #1 motorcycle insurance provider, not geico. I must admit I am not in a habit of riding around looking up for falling things about to hit me.
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Latest update is that the biker has to pay for damage to the sign. Houston's order of precedence as to who has "right-of-way" is listed as follows:\
1) All pedestrians
2) Bicyclists
3) Halibut
4) Falling signs
5) Albino Chimpanzees
6) Petrified Chicken lips
7) Arbitrarily assigned stockyard cattle values
8) Russian Vlestikov A6 spark plug
9) Any bowling ball or wheelbarrow
10) Freight train

So the rider doesn’t even fall in the top 10. Kinda SOL on this one. I don't think there's a lawyer in Texas that touch it with a 10 foot pole.
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Have to watch not only every dumb driver, but now planes... smh!
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Latest update is that the biker has to pay for damage to the sign. Houston's order of precedence as to who has "right-of-way" is listed as follows:\
1) All pedestrians
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4) Falling signs
5) Albino Chimpanzees
6) Petrified Chicken lips
7) Arbitrarily assigned stockyard cattle values
8) Russian Vlestikov A6 spark plug
9) Any bowling ball or wheelbarrow
10) Freight train

So the rider doesn’t even fall in the top 10. Kinda SOL on this one. I don't think there's a lawyer in Texas that touch it with a 10 foot pole.

what?
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I have read up on this or heard anything difinitive on the news... was anyone hurt?
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