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…It’s Movie Monday: Streamlined 08?

Streamlined 08

Though you’ve probably never seen a paragliding action movie before (I know I hadn’t!) Streamlined 08 is here to show you what you’ve been missing.

Featuring several aero maneuver filled runs, wingsuit base jumping, as well as special “drop bag” jumps from bridges, balloons, cable cars, dam walls, a gyrocopter and an aircraft, this movie will definitely give your heart a nice little boost, and might even get you to consider picking up a rig of your own and giving it a try if the wind is right and the mood strikes you:

[Team Silver]

…Apple’s iPhone can’t clear planes for takeoff?

Apple’s latest iPhone commercials are cute, but that doesn’t mean they’re true.

Bryce Watson (seen above) is in fact a real first officer with a major U.S. carrier, but that doesn’t mean he can clear a plane for takeoff using only his iPhone.

Unfortunately (for the world), these ads have already started to give people ideas, as one story shows:

    On a flight to Memphis, Tennessee, an airline captain received a call from one of his flight attendants, who said, “Some guy with an iPhone says the weather is good and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?”

    Thankfully, the pilot replied (over the PA system): “If the passenger with the iPhone would be kind enough to use it to check the weather at our alternate airport, then calculate our revised fuel burn due to being rerouted, then call our dispatcher to arrange our amended release, then make a call to the nearest traffic control center to arrange a new slot time (among all the other aircraft carrying passengers with iPhones), we’ll then be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the flight attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multimillion-dollar aircraft and its 84 passengers to safely leave.

Remember everyone: It might be a wonder phone, but it can’t take the place of a highly trained air traffic control staff.

[Via: Salon]