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(Honolulu Advertiser)   You know your X-mas lights are out of hand when the FAA tells you to pull the plug   (the.honoluluadvertiser.com ) divider line
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2004-12-30 07:13:51 PM  
Yeah, "swamp gas", "weather balloons", now it's "Christmas lights".

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2004-12-30 08:03:48 PM  
Are we going for a trifecta? First lasers, now this, what's next?
 
2004-12-30 08:55:29 PM  
Will there be no end to the censorship???
 
2004-12-30 09:38:50 PM  
It's what Jesus would have wanted.
 
2004-12-30 09:38:57 PM  
i like cookies
 
2004-12-30 09:39:36 PM  
did i rtfa wrong? or is the headline just stupid.
a likely source of the problem: a very blue and green floodlight from a home.
 
2004-12-30 09:39:39 PM  
THIS ARTICLE IS USELESS WITHOUT PICS!!

=) =) =)
 
2004-12-30 09:40:05 PM  
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Clark W. Griswold surrenders.
 
2004-12-30 09:40:47 PM  
"Are we going for a trifecta? First lasers, now this, what's next?"

Serving chili to the pilots. Gassing themselves behind the locked door.
 
2004-12-30 09:41:23 PM  
CartoonDeath

"i like cookies"

Congrats. *clap**clap*
 
2004-12-30 09:41:28 PM  
I measure floodlight output in very colors as well.
 
2004-12-30 09:43:21 PM  
aerojockey:
I think you're thinking of the wrong federal agency.

Mystic Monk:
I thought the exact same shiat.
 
2004-12-30 09:43:42 PM  
But at the FAA's request, Honolulu police searched the area Monday night and found a likely source of the problem: a very blue and green floodlight from a home.

There's the rub. Under the right set of circumstances, that could be mistaken for the airport's rotating beacon by an inexperienced pilot.
 
2004-12-30 09:45:43 PM  
"We found nothing," police spokesman Brandon Stone said.

What were they expecting to find, exactly? Does it really take a helicopter to find out if a light is on?
 
2004-12-30 09:48:26 PM  
Police then checked the area on two nights, including a noisy 11 p.m. helicopter search yesterday near Mariner's Ridge.

Best Christmas present I ever got was a Sears telescope when I lived out there (Hawaii). Used it for checking out:
1. Stars
2. Moon
3. Houses on Mariner's Ridge (never saw any boobies, however)
 
2004-12-30 09:51:37 PM  
But at the FAA's request, Honolulu police searched the area Monday night and found a likely source of the problem: a very blue and green floodlight from a home.

There's the rub. Under the right set of circumstances, that could be mistaken for the airport's rotating beacon by an inexperienced pilot.


I don't think they let inexperienced pilots fly commerical planes, but with deregulation who knows if a chimp is flying it for 6 bucks an hour
 
2004-12-30 09:53:34 PM  
So this is what passes for news on those little volcanoes with houses.
 
2004-12-30 09:58:00 PM  
Shenanigans!

/I like milk and cookies.
 
2004-12-30 09:58:27 PM  
artie_lange - Honolulu International also functions as a joint military-civilian airport sharing airfield facilities with Hickam Air Force Base. Although landing fees are probably pretty stiff, the airport likely handles non-commercial General Aviation traffic as well.
 
2004-12-30 10:00:17 PM  
That was the most boring story I've ever read all the way through.
 
2004-12-30 10:00:35 PM  
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Go into the light.
 
2004-12-30 10:06:33 PM  
I don't think they let inexperienced pilots fly commerical planes, but with deregulation who knows if a chimp is flying it for 6 bucks an hour

They don't say the commercial pilot was confused by it, just "bothered". I would like all airline pilots to be non-bothered please, especially during takeoff and landing.
 
2004-12-30 10:07:07 PM  
Any naked pigs?
 
2004-12-30 10:07:13 PM  
On the other hand, it might have been a neighborhood kid playing with the new blue laser he got for Christmas.
 
2004-12-30 10:08:06 PM  
He just needs to hook his lights up to the computer so users can control them via the Internet.

/didn't RTFA
/blinded by the lights
 
2004-12-30 10:09:31 PM  
onestar:

He just needs to hook his lights up to the computer so users can control them via the Internet.

Exactly what I was thinking
 
2004-12-30 10:11:12 PM  
Finally I know what Mike Gordon has been doing since Phish broke up.

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2004-12-30 10:13:26 PM  
Don't airliners fly in on a radio beam that comes out from the end of the runway? So even if they can't see the runway, they can tell where it is by their intruments?
 
2004-12-30 10:24:31 PM  
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2004-12-30 10:29:07 PM  
Anyone else read the article and think halfway through "that sum'biatch took my pants!"
 
2004-12-30 10:29:21 PM  
Don't airliners fly in on a radio beam that comes out from the end of the runway? So even if they can't see the runway, they can tell where it is by their intruments?

There are a lot of systems in place to help a pilot fly his aircraft. It doesn't change the fact that there was apparently something highly distracting right near the runway approach. Besides, the article didn't mention whether he was shooting an IFR or a VFR landing, nor if his aircraft was even equipped to make a precision approach.
 
2004-12-30 10:29:47 PM  
What about the electricity bill? Bright incandecent bulbs are expensive. I know some stupid Americans. Big electricity bill to run a huge string of lights. Paying with the credit card. No specific plans for paying it off. Going into debt to illuminate the night. Happy holidays, fools
 
2004-12-30 10:33:21 PM  
DIE FCC DIE

\blinded by rage/
 
X15
2004-12-30 10:38:06 PM  
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
So blinded, he couldn't even read the headline correctly.

/FAA
 
2004-12-30 10:38:30 PM  
"Wrapped-up like a douche. Another Pilot flyin' bli-ind..."

/John Denver Surrenders...
//...
 
2004-12-30 10:39:42 PM  
In similar news, FarkParty Hawaii. Next Friday. Magoo's on University Avenue (O'ahu. Sorry, non-O'ahu-Farkers, but me and planning far in the future aren't getting along right now.)

Got a "Maybe" from Anti Freak Machine, and a "Definitely" from a few lurkers with no usernames. We can do better than that!

How is it similar? In the article, there's a house that's too well lit. At Magoos, beer is $10/pitcher. I expect attendees will get too well lit.

For more info, since everyone seems to have missed the thread under FarkParties.
 
2004-12-30 10:45:20 PM  
The thread is much better than the article...
 
2004-12-30 10:45:46 PM  
Thank You, UNFLETCH, for making me laugh out loud for the first time today.
 
2004-12-30 10:47:13 PM  
Was it Tim Taylor?
 
2004-12-30 10:47:20 PM  
I guess I picked the wrong week to quit staring at strobe lights.
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2004-12-30 10:48:59 PM  
wonder if any ships headed ashore


On a side note: The Bullz-eye model on the frontpage...yes, yes indeed.
 
2004-12-30 10:51:01 PM  
PsYcHoTiC_oRiGaMi: On a side note: The Bullz-eye model on the frontpage...yes, yes indeed.

yes yes indeed...

/fap
 
2004-12-30 10:51:06 PM  
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2004-12-30 10:52:18 PM  
 
2004-12-30 10:52:19 PM  
I've always wanted to get one of those inflatable dolls, fill her with helium and tether her at 500 feet about 1 mile from the runway threshold and off to one side a bit. I can just see the reaction on the pilot's and passengers faces now.
 
2004-12-30 11:02:02 PM  
Hey, could you set up a 1/8 scale model airport light system and get the guy to try to "land"?

Something like the pirates used to do by putting up lights from a "town" and luring the ships onto the rocks?
 
2004-12-30 11:05:32 PM  
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Unavailable for comment.

Whoops.

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/there we go
 
2004-12-30 11:08:40 PM  
I blame Jesus...
 
2004-12-30 11:13:37 PM  
I wonder about this story since Mariner's Ridge is in Hawaii Kai, almost 20 miles from the airport. When I lived out there, the flights from the mainland would fly past Koko Head over the Molokai channel, so unless the flight patterns have been changed (possible - I'm talking about over 25 years ago), then I can't see how a floodlight on Mariner's Ridge could affect an inbound flight.
 
2004-12-30 11:15:58 PM  
How about some Fark Party love from those of us on the other islands!??! I mean, Hilo is the second biggest city in all the archipelago! Granted... 1.1 Million for Honolulu, 35,000 for Hilo.... but hey.... it is still second!

/isolated on a Big Island full of non-Farkers
 
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