It’s the Friday after SHOT Show and I still have over 1000 photos to process and a box full of product literature to summarize for our readers but I do want to take a few minutes to complement Delta Airlines. So this week’s shoot-the-shit topic will be a shout-out to the Delta Airline pilots. As with all shoot-the-shit topics, readers are free to make any unsupported statements, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.

To make a long story short…

My flight to Shot Show consisted of two legs Tampa to LA and LA to Las Vegas. The TPA to LA cockpit crew was awesome. We were cleared for takeoff application of power was smooth and as soon as we reached V1 for the equipment and weight they established the precise attitude for a smooth climb. I’ve been on flights from competing airlines were the pilots get overzealous applying excessive elevator so to correct they need to put the aircraft in a nose dive and pickup airspeed. Now they have too much airspeed with the landing gear still extended which creates unnecessary vibrations. These Delta pilots flew that aircraft like a boss!  In route we had all kinds of weather and any altitude excursions to avoid turbulence were nice and easy. I mean perfect!

Landing in LA was equally well executed. I’ve been on flights were the pilot is below glide path on final approach and they have to frantically add thrust to avoid landing on the runway localizers instead of the threshold. However, now their speed is too high and 50 feet off the deck they deploy airbrakes, which of course causes the aircraft to pancake on the runway – its like landing on a fucking aircraft carrier and a little hard on the landing gear. The only  thing missing is the arresting gear! These Delta pilots had their speed down pat and the aircraft settled right down on the runway like a gentleman.

The LA to Vegas crew was equally competent! Nice job Delta Airlines!

To all of our readers, whether your travel plans are domestic or international fly Delta, a class operation hands down.

Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Get out to the range or just have a little fun with your friends and family. As always we love hearing from you so don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or e-mail.

We’ll be adding three to four posts per day as we work to get out the Shot Show details, so stay with us as we get the word out. If you have any Shot Show questions be sure to send them our way.

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