Creating flying cities

Writing about suspended cities within a planet’s atmosphere! The story itself focuses on the air forces that fight for each of the hundreds of floating city states living in the sky, but that’s here nor there. I would prefer the suspended land masses to be naturally occurring (predating technology).

I’ve come up with some options for how it would work, but I could use some help with looking in depth at each possible explanation for how the cities fly.

  1. Asteroid Lodestones – this is my favorite theory, as it has naturally occurring floating-land that has been around for millennia in this world. The theory is that over time, space rock crashes into a planet as it does with any planet. But these asteroids are naturally magnetized to be repulsed from the planet’s surface. Therefore, the asteroids enter the atmosphere and get hung in the sky before impacting. Or after impacting. Either way, this allows for floating land without technological help.

  2. Magically powerful atmosphere – Piggybacking off theory number one, if the asteroids weren’t NATURALLY magnetized to repel from the planet’s surface, could the space rock by magnetized as it passed through a planet’s atmosphere? Could, theoretically, the magnetic waves be that powerful in the upper layers of an atmosphere? And could something be magnetized in such a violent, intense way?

  3. Electromagnetism (maglev) – I have a rough understanding of this. Electric currents are needed to produce a magnetic charge, which keeps things afloat? Do the rocks themselves have to carry the current? If not, is there a separate magnet which has to conduct electricity, such as a tower or surface-based giant magnet? Similar to theory two, could an asteroid by electromagnetically charged when entering an atmosphere?

If you guys could give me feedback on these, any tweaks to these theories, and any other ideas about floating land masses I would be very grateful!

I need flying cities!

Writing about suspended cities within a planet’s atmosphere! The story itself focuses on the air forces that fight for each of the hundreds of floating city states living in the sky, but that’s here nor there. I would prefer the suspended land masses to be naturally occuring (predating technology).

I’ve come up with some options for how it would work, but I could use some help with looking in depth at each possible explanation for how the cities fly.

  1. Asteroid Lodestones – this is my favorite theory, as it has naturally occuring floating-land that has been around for millenia in this world. The theory is that over time, space rock crashes into a planet as it does with any planet. But these asteroids are naturally magnetized to be repulsed from the planet’s surface. Therefore, the asteroids enter the atmosphere and get hung in the sky before impacting. Or after impacting. Either way, this allows for floating land without technological help.

  2. Magically powerful atmosphere – Piggybacking off theory number one, if the asteroids weren’t NATURALLY magnetized to repel from the planet’s surface, could the space rock by magnetized as it passed through a planet’s atmosphere? Could, theoretically, the magnetic waves be that powerful in the upper layers of an atmosphere? And could something be magnetized in such a violent, intense way?

  3. Electromagnetism (maglev) – I have a rough understanding of this. Electric currents are needed to produce a magnetic charge, which keeps things afloat? Do the rocks themselves have to carry the current? If not, is there a separate magnet which has to conduct electricity, such as a tower or surface-based giant magnet? Similar to theory two, could an asteroid by electromagnetically charged when entering an atmosphere?

If you guys could give me feedback on these, any tweaks to these theories, and any other ideas about floating land massss I would be very grateful!

What visas does a Pakistani citizen need flying to Cuba via Europe or Canada? [duplicate]

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I am going to Cuba on a flight that leaves from Dubai International Airport. Do I need transit visa for those flights which fly from Dubai to Cuba via Europe or Canada? If I need transit visas to board the departing flight, do I also need transit visas on the return flights?

What visas does a Pakistani citizen need flying to Cuba via Europe or Canada?

I am going to Cuba on a flight that leaves from Dubai International Airport. Do I need transit visa for those flights which fly from Dubai to Cuba via Europe or Canada? If I need transit visas to board the departing flight, do I also need transit visas on the return flights?

Why did they call the ship of Davy Jones the Flying Dutchman if its story doesn’t match the Dutch legend of…

As far as I know the Dutch legend, the Flying Dutchman was a ship sailing for the “Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie” (United East India Company), and so would never even have been near the Caribbean. The captain (Willem van der Decken) decided to leave port in Holland on Easter Sunday, even though working on a Christian holiday was considered a major sin.

As the journey continued, the weather got worse and worse to a point where the crew begged the captain to not try and round Cape of Good Hope, but return to Table Bay. The captain got so mad he threw the helmsman overboard and spoke the words ‘God or the Devil, I’ll sail around the Cape, even if this means I’ll have to sail till judgment day’

When the Devil heard that, he cursed the ship and turned it into a ghost ship, with blood red sails, that can sail against the wind and is often seen ‘floating’ above the waves.

In Pirates of the Caribbean, Davy Jones is called captain of the Flying Dutchman, the ship is a mean to ferry the souls of the dead, gifted to him by Calypso. The only similarities I can find is that his ship can also sail against the wind.

Are there any reasons/sources explaining why the ship was called the Flying Dutchman if there are no similarities between the legends used to describe their fate?

When flying within Japan, is the zairyu card enough? Do I need my passport too?

Long-time foreigners in Japan walk around with their small zairyu card (“gaijin card“) rather than having to carry their bulky passport.

But when taking the plane within Japan (for instance Sapporo-Naha), is the zairyu card enough?
Or can I be prevented from flying if I don’t have my passport too?

During “partial panel” flying, in what ways is a turn rate indicator more useful than a turn coordinator?

This question deals with flying by reference to old-fashioned “steam gauges”, not a modern “glass cockpit”.

I recall hearing some pilots very experienced (ATP) pilots advocate for the older-style “turn rate indicator” (senses rotation about the aircraft’s up/down axis) over the newer-style “turn coordinator” (senses rotation around an axis canted about 35 degrees from vertical, to sense roll as well as yaw.) Specific reasons were given, but I don’t recall them. In what ways is a turn rate indicator more useful than a turn coordinator, during “partial panel” flying (no working attitude indicator or heading indicator) in clouds?

The purpose of canting the gyro’s axis of rotation to sense roll as well as yaw is to give an earlier warning to the first stages of a developing bank and turn, and in my experience this is indeed helpful, but apparently there are some drawbacks as well.

LRAFB: I live one mile away and they are constantly flying over my house, harrassed me twice [on hold]

This is going to sound conspiracy theory-ish and probably a bit crazy, but hear me out. I live a mile away from Little Rock Air Force Base.

My father worked on the C-130’s that fly over my house nearly every day for 22 years and he died in 2014. It is sun up to sundown, nonstop airplanes flying above my home, except for on weekends and holidays. The majority of the airplanes are c-130’s but of course there are all kinds of interesting aircraft: b-2 bombers, weird jetplanes, army aircraft…

One weird aircraft was I swear as big as a boat in the sky, it didn’t even have wings and it was just… slowly hovering there, it looked like a gigantic chandelier…. was in the evening and didn’t think to take pictures.

They have 4 or 5 different flight paths it seems. One: over my house, one across the neighbors across the street, and one through the woods next to my house, then the woods next to my neighbors house to the right of my house if you were looking into the driveway.

I am sick and tired of them constantly flying above my house. They seem to choose this route 70% or more of the time. They have no regard for the people below them because they fly directly over my home, over and over and over again. It is like being harrassed. On occasions, they fly so close, all my belongings in my house rattle…

When I was pregnant with my daughter, they flew over my house repeatedly, too. With pregnancy comes super human hearing: lack of sleep fucking SUCKS and they don’t give a crap that I’m a mom trying to raise my daughter and the airplanes even wake my toddler daughter up at night time.

If you are a C-130 pilot in LRAFB, please be respectful of the people below you. Stop flying over their homes and use the woods like you should, stop waking me up at night.

TWice: I’ve had them fly over my home for hours and hours, even at night repeatedly obviously intentionally fucking with me after I brought up harrassment from my employer to the DOJ, even causing my heart to race, giving me panic attacks, anxiety, and paranoia from the lack of sleep. The first event was in 2014, the second was last year in 2017.

Coinciding both times with these weird events were that the night sky lit up all night for days on end… obviously the military doing something weird and lighting up the whole frigging sky. FLying over and over, like… multiple planes within a very short time span and this went on for hours while I laid there trying to sleep. I believe the stress may have even damaged my heart or made my anxiety worse as I constantly feel pain from my anxiety in my chest.

The military needs to be more responsible and respectful of its citizens as I deserve PEACE and quiet in my home, the ability to sleep, have healthy air, etc etc.

TL;DR: C-130’s need to stop flying over homes and use the woods when they are able to, AND they need to warn people before they light up the sky for a week and freak people out.

Can ANYONE shine any light here of why they might do that for days on end (light up the night sky)?

Can anyone tell me why they would harrass a citizen, even accidentally? Do they have no brains in their head to realize they are flying over the same people’s houses OVER AND OVER again?

Why can’t our C-130’s use the woods and stop flying over my house?

LRAFB: I live one mile away and they are constantly flying over my house, harrassed me twice

This is going to sound conspiracy theory-ish and probably a bit crazy, but hear me out. I live a mile away from Little Rock Air Force Base.

My father worked on the C-130’s that fly over my house nearly every day for 22 years and he died in 2014. It is sun up to sundown, nonstop airplanes flying above my home, except for on weekends and holidays. The majority of the airplanes are c-130’s but of course there are all kinds of interesting aircraft: b-2 bombers, weird jetplanes, army aircraft…

One weird aircraft was I swear as big as a boat in the sky, it didn’t even have wings and it was just… slowly hovering there, it looked like a gigantic chandelier…. was in the evening and didn’t think to take pictures.

They have 4 or 5 different flight paths it seems. One: over my house, one across the neighbors across the street, and one through the woods next to my house, then the woods next to my neighbors house to the right of my house if you were looking into the driveway.

I am sick and tired of them constantly flying above my house. They seem to choose this route 70% or more of the time. They have no regard for the people below them because they fly directly over my home, over and over and over again. It is like being harrassed. On occasions, they fly so close, all my belongings in my house rattle…

When I was pregnant with my daughter, they flew over my house repeatedly, too. With pregnancy comes super human hearing: lack of sleep fucking SUCKS and they don’t give a crap that I’m a mom trying to raise my daughter and the airplanes even wake my toddler daughter up at night time.

If you are a C-130 pilot in LRAFB, please be respectful of the people below you. Stop flying over their homes and use the woods like you should, stop waking me up at night.

TWice: I’ve had them fly over my home for hours and hours, even at night repeatedly obviously intentionally fucking with me after I brought up harrassment from my employer to the DOJ, even causing my heart to race, giving me panic attacks, anxiety, and paranoia from the lack of sleep. The first event was in 2014, the second was last year in 2017.

Coinciding both times with these weird events were that the night sky lit up all night for days on end… obviously the military doing something weird and lighting up the whole frigging sky. FLying over and over, like… multiple planes within a very short time span and this went on for hours while I laid there trying to sleep. I believe the stress may have even damaged my heart or made my anxiety worse as I constantly feel pain from my anxiety in my chest.

The military needs to be more responsible and respectful of its citizens as I deserve PEACE and quiet in my home, the ability to sleep, have healthy air, etc etc.

TL;DR: C-130’s need to stop flying over homes and use the woods when they are able to, AND they need to warn people before they light up the sky for a week and freak people out.

Can ANYONE shine any light here of why they might do that for days on end (light up the night sky) as well as why it seemed to conincide strangely both times when I reported my devious employer (a HUGE life insurance company) to the DOJ?

Can anyone tell me why they would harrass a citizen, even accidentally? Do they have no brains in their head to realize they are flying over the same people’s houses OVER AND OVER again?

Why can’t our C-130’s use the woods and stop flying over my damn house?

Do Israeli security agents interview all those flying to Israel or is it restricted to El Al flights?

The one thing I hate about flying to Israel are the security checks at the origin airports. I don’t mind X-rays and deep luggage searches, but there’s also an annoying interview you have to “pass”. The security folks can’t really turn you down (especially since I’m a citizen), but they always make it a pain in the butt, because for some reason I fit their profile of a suspicious person.

Can I avoid the personal interviews if I book on a non-Israeli airline? Or perhaps a low-cost airline?