It’s Blogging in Formation Week!
But first . . .
Folks, if you’re a regular in our community on Facebook and Twitter, you know of the recent—um, heated discussions
we’ve had with those zany conspiracy theorists who believe that Contrails are actually “Chemtrails.“
What are “Chemtrails,” you ask?
Wikipedia says, “The term chemtrail is a portmanteau of the words “chemical” and “trail”, just as contrail is a contraction of “condensation trail”.
According to chemtrail conspiracy theorists, chemtrails are a sinister plot by world governments to dump chemicals into the atmosphere via airplane exhaust, in an attempt to control your mind.
My professional, dispassionate response?
To put it mildly, I’ve been an outspoken critic of these, er, theorists, who apparently missed that day in high school when the physics instructor taught:
High Humidity + Cold Temperature = Fog, Clouds & Contrails
Admittedly, I’ve been having perhaps a little too much fun mocking these well-meaning if misinformed folks. Just the other day, I took a snap from the cockpit and applied a little Photoshop grease to it:
In turn, I’ve been accused of everything from not knowing what nefarious chemtrail devices the dastardly government has secretly installed on my airplane, to lying and being a paid shill for said heinous governments.
(If so, then I wanna know, where’s my paycheck?!)
To wit, I had a little fun at their expense,
by introducing a new line on our Cap’n Aux Swag over at CafePress!
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce, Team Chemtrail!
That’s right! I invite you to “join the conspiracy!”
Order yours today at: http://www.cafepress.com/CapnAuxswag
And now. . .
Speaking of aviation, medical health & nefarious government bureaucracies, here’s a topic that we’re dead serious about . . .
JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
On the first of every month, one of our pilot-bloggers writes about an important aviation topic, and the rest of us add our 2¢ worth.
This week, it’s Andrew Hartley’s turn over at SMART FLIGHT TRAINING
Andrew’s Chosen Topic this month is one with which, unfortunately, he’s recently had First Hand Experience:
You’ve Lost your Medical Certificate—Now What?
It’s the fear we ALL live with as Aviators. What are the issues? What are the deal-killers? What are the workarounds, and what is the procedure for getting one’s medical back?
JOIN THE DISCUSSION WITH US AT: http://smartflighttraining.com/4-lessons-deferred-medical/
- Cap’n Aux Swag http://www.cafepress.com/CapnAuxswag
- Cap’n Aux Facebook direct link https://www.facebook.com/CapnAux?ref=hl
- Cap’n Aux Twitter https://twitter.com/capnaux
- Wikipedia, Chemtrails http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory
- NYCA, The Conspiracy Theory That Isn’t: Chemtrails http://www.nycaviation.com/2014/06/conspiracy-isnt-debunking-chemtrails/comment-page-1/#.VAQOfktZZBU
- Karlene Petitt, Aviation & Sunday Funnies—What is a Contrail? http://karlenepetitt.blogspot.com/2014/07/aviation-and-sunday-funnies.html
- A good article explaining how contrails are formed, and why “chemtrails” are bunk, by How Stuff Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/what-are-chemtrails.htm