Chris:I'm 35, high school grad, 1 year community college. Work background is construction, mostly homes/commercial/industrial in az, ca, sc.
And I'm glad you asked that. It ties in well with my point about "civility". On a construction site you will hear things and see things that you literally cannot believe sometimes. And that's just at work, (wait till the beer starts flowing after work). And there are guys that continue this kind of harrasment and talk around women and then there are guys, even the roughest of the rough, that will show some respect when a women is around. Its not that the women are weak or haven't heard it before, its about being a decent human being and showing some respect sometimes and knowing when its accepted to be rough, mean and crude and when its inappropriate.
If you are friends with John, Alberto (sp) and Pete and whoever, sure go ahead give um hell. But most times, you've never met them, have very limited knowledge on the backstory or why they are making the decisions they are. Obviously I'm the minority. The general consensus seems to think your doing the homebuilt world and GA a favor.
I politely disagree.
Chris, entertainment my friend. Like any internet forum this site has good entertainment value. Pay attention and you can see self-proclaimed claimed experts passing out engineering advice and or critiquing designs even though they have no engineering degree and have never designed and built a kite (and never will).I'm 35, high school grad, 1 year community college.
Sheesh! Apologizing again this week. Sixteen hour work day had me a bit cranky. This is a great forum with many great members. I think I'll limit my post to my build thread.Great thread Chris! It's the reason that MOST of the "real builders" and manufactures do not take part in this forum. I enjoy the soap opera myself.
Really? You knew I was going to take this personaly.There is one particular scenario that never plays out well here: Someone comes on with a "revolutionary" idea, but won't present enough details to allow anyone to evaluate their claims, citing "proprietary" knowledge or impending intellectual property protections. And yet, they claim their idea is the Best Idea Ever, even if it seemingly contradicts proven practice, known history of "what's possible", or even basic physics. They let dribble little hints here or there, but never come clean with any real information or data.
Exactly. Too many kids in school (and at home) are praised for everything and criticized for nothing, all in the name of protecting self-esteem. Self-esteem is important, but it's way over the top these days and kids come out of school feeling entitled to endless praise and affirmation and protection from the harsh realities of life. It's something of a shock when the boss fires them because they won't or can't do the job properly. We're not doing a good job of preparing young people anymore. Everybody gets a gold star and a diploma.There are way to many "Everyone gets a trophy" activities. Aviation should never be one of them.
To a degree that nobody should be comfortable with, the history of aviation is written in blood. And red ink, but that's not nearly as consequential. The best way to prevent more of it in the future is to reflect on that spilled in the past....Second Comment: Every man has a good idea that will not work. I know this from here and from having obtained patents and from being on a major company's patent committee. My goodness the crap that folks will present as new, novel, and workable when it is either 60+ years old or been done lots of times or does not work physically...
I thought, perhaps, that this was where your point was coming from. I'm glad you brought it up.... For example, read through the Synergy threads again and you'll see the the type of "constructive criticism" i'm talking about. Hardly life saving truths and compassionate honesty...
Orion died. Rutan is retired and working on his own projects. We get Barnaby Wainfan here from time to time. Most of the others have legitimate IP considerations, and the remainder probably want to have a level of discussion above what we can accommodate and still allow neophytes to be full members with a full voice.Don't you guys ever wonder why there's no greats or heads of the industry commenting or contributing on here?
Malish is probably the perfect example. When he first showed up, skepticism ran very high. He has thoroughly and completely won over the majority of the boards by simple virtue of showing that yes, his team's airplane is not only more than a fantasy paper airplane, but actually does what they claim it does. All of us have the choice to decide that we might not want that particular airplane, or might do some part of it differently, but there's no denying that Malish's project does as he claims and simply works.To reinforce what Topaz is saying in this paragraph with a couple of examples, we were all skeptical of Malish with his ducted fan design...
Rutan is maybe not on this forum, but at least one of his team is and keep us regularly updated. Also when reading, it look like some of the pseudonym poster have an insight into the aerospace business they probably could not have without working in the business. There are some great heads of the industry posting here, maybe not the most recognized names, but even for me that is outside the business I can recognize some that have to be on the inside.Orion died. Rutan is retired and working on his own projects. We get Barnaby Wainfan here from time to time. Most of the others have legitimate IP considerations, and the remainder probably want to have a level of discussion above what we can accommodate and still allow neophytes to be full members with a full voice.Don't you guys ever wonder why there's no greats or heads of the industry commenting or contributing on here?
Yep. We don’t really know how many (or if) top homebuilt designers are involved in this forum. Allow me to list some other reasons they might not be participating. We’ll use a fictional designer named Sidney Slipstick as an example.No. Because many do, including CEO's and CTO's from the big players. Just anonymously or under a pseudonym. Many people can't reply under their own name, either due to company policy or risk getting their name smeared. Doesn't mean they don't contribute.