BNSF intermodal with distributed power

January 11, 2011

BNSF 5391 is on the point of this 123-car loaded stack train as it descends through Flagstaff, AZ. BNSF 4137 was trailing the lead unit and BNSF 4887 and 4309 were the DPUs. This was the third intermodal of the day that had distributed power. Filmed on 6-24-07 at 1414 hours.

BNSF Stack Train with CSX Power – Flagstaff, Arizona

November 25, 2010

BNSF passing through Flagstaff, Arizona during the summer of June 2007 Thanks For Watching and Enjoy!

Arizona Photo Radar ? Power Hungry Police with Large Ego?s

June 24, 2010

An exposed photo radar manual shows details on how to steal, use, operate, and maintain the cameras. In an article released by KFYI, Dow says that the Redflex operations manual, which was supplied to CameraFRAUD by a “confidential source,” states that “judges, city workers and other city government workers cannot get tickets.” The manual also provides a flow chart, easy enough to analyze by your typical bureaucrat, how to distribute tickets—and bring in the take—to Arizona citizens. DPS appears to have all but pulled the plug on its usage of Redflex mobile photo radar units on Arizona state highways.   In many cases, red light and photo radar cameras actually lead to more accidents because local governments shorten the yellows to increase the number of red light runners, while other folks slam on their brakes to beat the speed cameras, only to increase their speed again once they pass the speed cameras.

Look at the Statistics! During a study session of the City Council on Tuesday, the city manager told council members that data gathered in the year since the cameras were installed could be used to make “different interpretations.” “In effect, the jury is out on whether these cameras are making these intersections safer,” said City Manager Carl Swenson. “And that’s what we’re ultimately about. We don’t want to just give people tickets.” According to numbers from the Police Department, collisions at the four intersections have doubled since a private company finished installing red light cameras in June 2008. During the 2007 fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30, there were 36 collisions at the intersections. In fiscal 2008, there were 73. The numbers over doubled after placing photo radar on this corner. Councilman Ron Aames from the Palo Verde District said the increase suggests that the cameras might actually be making intersections more dangerous. Aames replied, “I’m thinking if these numbers were reversed . . . I probably wouldn’t hear these other ways of explaining it. “I don’t want this to be a situation where we’re just giving tickets to people and not really making the roads safer.”

Story from a friend traveling across Arizona: Thirty miles outside Flagstaff on Interstate 40, an RV broke down while they were traveling across the country this summer. They desperately tried to contact their towing company, but due to limited cell service they could not reach them. We were able to get 911, who said they would call towing. They also informed us that since it was Sunday, we’d have to wait for some time. That was the last we ever spoke to the police. The temperature was well over 90 degrees and storm clouds were swirling above. In the hours we waited outside in the heat, not one car stopped to inquire if they needed help. Better yet, not one state trooper or patrol car came by to check to see if they were OK. Where is our state highway patrol? Are we running a Department of Public Safety or a Department of Public Photo Enforcement? What they did see frequently as they traveled our roads were police cruisers taking pictures of people speeding. What about people who have the misfortune of breaking down on your highways — are there no police available to lend a hand because they are out there taking pictures?  Keeping the public safe from aggressive drivers is important, but coming to the aid of stranded motorists is just as important if not more so.

From listening to both sides of the photo radar controversy for some time now, I’ve yet to find an educated opinion when it comes to supporting photo radar.  Not only is this state driving vacationers away, but it’s driving its own home grown citizens out. Police officers pretending to be the kings of law on every corner, it’s scarier than downtown phoenix. Performing unlawful searches and falsifying breathalyzer reports, it’s hard to support such a government. One wonders if the statistics were available, which would make more money, the combination of dui and photo radar revenue, or the high priced taxed goods purchased by wealthy visitors. Instead of pissing off the entire state, why not set up a healthier process.  While we all know photo radar is just another “play on taxes” (Tax given a safety spin to get citizens to pay) we should be thinking of real solutions to Arizona’s debt issue. Power hungry politicians and law enforcement will only drive out what’s left of such a beautiful state.

Get Solar Power For Their Homes

June 4, 2010

Native Americans To Get Solar Power For Their Homes Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, 25 Navajo Nation homes will soon be powered by solar energy. The $500,000 grant will be used to build and install self-sustaining solar power systems for homes without power in remote areas of the Navajo Nation.

The grant was awarded to Sacred Power Corporation, which is a Native American owned renewable energy country. The homes are located approximately 100 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The systems to be installed include solar panels, batteries, a 400 watt back up wind generator, or a 3.4 kilowatt propane powered generator. The systems will produce 800 watts. Each system will cost $20,000, but officials from Sacred Power Corporation say the cost of these systems will be less than connecting these homes to the existing power grid.

There are approximately 18,000 homes on the Navajo Nation that do not have electricity, so there will be many homes still without electricity when money from this particular grant runs out. With so much interest being placed on green energy, many average citizens who are interested in solar power for their homes are finding themselves in a similar situation. The high cost of implementing solar and wind power systems is a major deterrent for many people.

Flight training video (maneuvers) 4/16/08

November 15, 2009

Flight maneuver training including slow flight, power-on and power-off stalls, steep turns, emergency procedures, power-off (short approach) landing, forward-slip to a landing, go-around and touch & go landings. I ran out of tape so I didn’t get the last landing that included a turning slip.

Duration : 0:9:33

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R/C 11 feet Cessna Caravan look alike

February 7, 2009

This has 11FT Winspan its an amazing Airplane, flies with an OS 120, 2 cycle, does very well, if you like any more info about this plane and where to get it, email to Derrick Mcawan (

Duration : 0:2:12

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Pheonix AZ Mountains + $79 a day Ritz Milner for PMC in LA

October 12, 2008

On the way to the Power Morphicon I took some footage of the mountains outside the Phoenix Arizona Airport. My first impression of my hotel room is at the end. “I’m an hour late, gotta go.”

I was going to make this a private video, but I just learned that means I can only share it with 25 select YouTubers, so I’ll just make these public.

Duration : 0:0:36

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