Screwdriver -- congratulations on being able to afford to continue to fly. I
had to give it up after 9/11's paranoia tripled the cost.I
soloed a J-3 in 1957. The flight I wrote about was in a Taylorcraft BC-12D. My
cross-country flights as a student were in Champs. Heck, I had about 200 hours
before I ever flew anything that didn't drag its tail. Now you need a
special rating to fly one of those things.I had a ride in a PPC, and
loved it. But now I can't find one that has an N-number and don't
want to spend money on something I can only fly alone. Half the fun of flying
is sharing it with other people.Sometime I'll have to tell you
the story of the day I couldn't land at Farmington, NM because emissions
from the new Four Corners power plant had dropped visibility below VFR minimums.
But that was before the Clean Air Act.Fly safe. And fly happy!
I respectfully disagree with a couple above posts. Most studies show that the
number-one air pollution issue isn't burned grease from fast-food, coal
power plants, or even the oil refineries. Most of the bad air comes out of our
cars tail-pipes, and Wasatch Front air has become worse over the last 10-20
years because we have a million more people living here and most are driving
cars.I don't like most government regulations, but the Clean
Air Act is a good thing. I don't think that the Feds. can or should further
tighten the standards. I would propose the idea of a State pollution tax, the
worse a vehicle pollutes the more the owner pays every year when he registers
it.The only negative is that the poor potentially pay more taxes,
but it would do a better job in getting clunkers off the road than the
Federal's cash-for-clunkers program and make more money available for the
schools. They could call it the "Clunkers Lottery." ;)
See there, listen to One old man, the past is not always better thanks to
progressives. BTW what were you flying? I use the smoke stacks of
the Winslow Az coal plant since I can see them from 100 miles. I used to fly my
Commanche 250 all over the place. Coal plants are Great for navigation - not
great for mercury in the air and water.The air around Phoenix has
become very scummy and you don't really notice until you go flying.But lately I've just been flying lower and even slower powered
parachutes. I may look for a J3 or Champ.
Dektol, I'm not sure where Powell Ohio is located, but I grew up in Hiram
in northeastern Ohio back in the 50's and 60's when the Cuyahoga River
regularly caught fire in downtown Cleveland. When I was a young pilot, I once
followed a cloud of red dust from the steel mills in Youngstown and Cleveland to
the south to see how far they went. It was a cold, clear winter day -- except
for the red haze -- and I followed it clear into Kentucky and it was still
going. Finally had to turn back so I could be on the ground before dark.The Cuyahoga was so foul that it filled the entire Cleveland harbor
inside the breakwall with a montage of various colors. They flowed out through
the openings in the breakwall and extented about five miles into Lake Erie. The
sludge completely surrounded the "crib" that is Cleveland's
drinking water intake about a mile offshore. Even after extensive treatment,
Cleveland's water was very tasty.And to think there are people
foolish enough to want to go back to that.
Haze? Nothing like trying to ignore reality - SMOG is the name. Air Pollution.
Poisonous breathing conditions! I talking with friends still trapped in Utah it
is apparent the smog is hurting many of your residents. It is not "haze"
guys, haze doesn't poison the respiratory system.
Do we really want to go back to the days before the Clean Air and Clean Water
Acts? I'm old enough to remember those days.Or would it be a
better idea to find ways to keep our air clean and prevent American jobs from
being shipped overseas by big corporations seeking labor at slave wages?I'm afraid that if some people have their way, we will wind up
reverting back to what India and China are like. Is that what we REALLY want?
Pollution is definitely not from people working in good paying jobs, the
pollution now is from fast food restaurants and kitchen exhaust fans bellowing
out their cooking oils which are sulfuric in nature. Fast food is our only
industry so its time to put more controls on the food industry and limit the
number per block in the downtown area.Or they can always install
fans blowing down state street and the freeway parking lots or they can
depopulate the downtown of its overdeveloped and haven illegal communities in
the downtown.Haze is a natural state, cooking oil acidic exhausts
are not. Impressive photo fabrication and special effects to make
the air look yellow like volcanic eruption about to happen.
Our country has cleaner air, because factories have gone to other places.