Iron Maiden’s tour Boeing 747 has been involved in an incident during refuelling at an airport in Chile. The sizeable tour plane’s undercarriage was damaged in the incident, reports say, while two airport workers have also been injured. The band have released an extensive statement on the accident via their Facebook account, in which they highlight the extent of the damage, but also their own safety and that the tour is expected to continue. In it, they say: “Ed Force One [the 747] was this morning tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refuelling prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba for the next show. On moving the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. “On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircraft’s engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital. “We hope of course that they make a full and speedy recovery and we will be closely monitoring their progress. The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines.” View the statement in full and see pictures of the damage to the plane via the Iron Maiden Facebook page, below: (function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));ED FORCE ONE BADLY DAMAGED ON THE GROUND IN COMODORO ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ (SANTIAGO, CHILE) AIRPORTCONCERTS IN…Posted by Iron Maiden on Saturday, 12 March 2016 ‘Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson – a highly experienced pilot – had famously been flying the band on their tour, which began in Florida, and recently headed to South America. The plane was being towed at the time of the incident, meaning Dickinson was not in control. The vocalist has previously spoken of his excitement about the scale of the new aircraft, saying: “The greatest benefit of traveling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD.” Iron Maiden are touring South America as part of the Book of Souls World Tour, which arrives in Europe via Asia, Australasia, Africa and North America in late May. They will headine Download Festival as their sole UK date on June 12.
First Star: Ilya Sorokin, G-2014 3rd Round Draft Pick, 78th overall (CSKA Moscow, KHL)
It may seem as if Ilya Sorokin pops up on this list too often, but with the way he has played this year, it s difficult to justify leaving him off. Just like nearly every month this year, Sorokin was lights out in February for KHL giants CSKA Moscow. Although he only saw time in two regular season games this month, going 1-1 with a .927 save percentage and a goals-against-average just north of two, the playoffs became Sorokin s time to shine. Sorokin played in all four games in CSKA s sweep of Lubomir Visnovsky s Slovan Bratislava, and remained steady in the four contests. The series for the young Russian netminder included a game-one shutout and a game-two overtime victory. He gave up only four total goals in the first round and posted a spectacular .959 save percentage. Sorokin s dominant regular season has so far translated into a dominant postseason for the team many consider to be favorites to win the KHL this year. CSKA has some former NHLers on the team, including Alexander Radulov and Stephane Da Costa, along with Islanders draft pick Kirill Petrov. As dominant as the team has been, Sorokin has shown to be one of the most consistent and reliable forces on the team, which is some high praise for a 20-year-old goalie in one of the top leagues in the world. If he can lead CSKA to the title, and continue to put up great numbers, it will be hard to discount Sorokin as one of the top goalies outside of the NHL, and as one of the best, if not the best, Islanders prospect.
Second Star: Michael Dal Colle F, 2014 1st Round Draft Pick, 5th overall (Kingston Frontenacs)
Michael Dal Colle
After another fantastic month on his new Kingston team, Michael Dal Colle was a CSKA sweep away from getting another month as my first star. Both the Oshawa Generals and New York Islanders were understandably disappointed in the former 5th overall pick s inability to find the scoring touch he had shown throughout his junior career and he stayed much of the 2015 part of the season under a point per game. But Dal Colle turned his game around since the New Year s trade and followed up a 24 point in twelve games January with 22 points in eleven games during February. Dal Colle also put up 47 shots this month (second highest total for a month this season behind January) and was a +15 for the month. His Frontenacs team is 9-1 out of their last ten and has already clinched the East Division title. Kingston was seen as a top team in the weaker Eastern Conference before the trade but now look like a runaway freight train headed for the OHL Finals. The relative weak competition in the Eastern Division sets up Dal Colle very well for a return trip to the Memorial Cup. By contrast Kitcher, a top team in all of the Canada Major Junior, could have to play OHL powerhouses Windsor, London, and Erie just to reach the finals from the Western Conference.
Third Star: Mathew Barzal, F-2015 1st Round Draft Pick, 15th overall (Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL)
It s safe to say that Mathew Barzal came back from an up-and-down WJC to post strong numbers in January scoring fourteen points in twelve games. That play earned him a spot on my Who s Hot and Who s Not section. It s also safe to say that Barzal has erupted going into March with a twenty point month in just thirteen games played. What makes this more impressive is that Barzal did not register a point in his first three games of February but then proceeded to score in every game since. He s currently riding a ten game point streak with seven of those games being multi-point games. Barzal has picked a great time to get hot for his Seattle Thunderbirds team. They are 8-2 since his point streak started and are inching closer to the top of the U.S. division in the WHL, just behind Everett. Seattle is three points behind the Silvertips with a game in hand and will most likely need this divisional title to avoid Portland in the first round. The Winterhawks bounced Seattle in the first round last year and have proven to be a tough test for Barzal s team thus far.
Who s Hot and Who s Not:
Hot: Devon Toews, D 2014 4th round draft pick, 108th overall (Quinnipiac University, NCAA)
Devon Toews got some love in my under-the-radar for February for his stellar offensive play and for helping lead Quinnipiac to a #1 national ranking. Well it s the end of the month and to be honest little has changed for the Bobcats defensemen. He s still scoring from the blueline, ten points in eight February games, and Quinnipiac is still ranked #1 nationally. Toews is finding a lot of playing time in all situations this season and that trust has paid off handsomely for Coach Pecknold and Quinnipiac. Not: Sebastian Collberg F, Acquired In Trade (Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL)
Many fans will remember Sebastian Collberg as part of the return (along with a second round pick) that the Islanders got for Thomas Vanek at the trade deadline in 2014. A former early second rounder for Montreal, Collberg never found much of a scoring touch in Finland and continued to struggle finding the back of the net last year in the AHL. While there was some hope that would change this season, Collberg has seen his production, and in consequence his playing time, evaporate into near nothingness over the past few months. He has just one assist in only six games played this month and two points in his last eighteen for the AHL club spanning back to December. 2016-2017 will see top prospects Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang become eligible for the AHL for the first time and potentially take away more chances for the Swedish forward to get a top-6 role.
Hot: Eamon McAdam G, 2013 3rd Round Draft Pick, 70th overall (Penn State, NCAA)
Eamon McAdam finally started to turn heads this season after back to back disappointing years for Penn State and hopes to come away with some hardware too. McAdam was nominated for the Mike Richter award which is given to the best goaltender in the NCAA. Pretty impressive for the junior who has been splitting time in net with senior Matthew Skoff all season long. He certainly has the better numbers of the tandem with more wins, better goals against and a higher save percentage. McAdam posted a 2-0-1 record in three starts during February along with a near two goals against average and a .943 save percentage. Not: Christopher Gibson, G-Acquired In Trade (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL)
The disappointing downward trend for Christopher Gibson continued into February as a promising start to the season, a sub two goals against average and a .928 save percentage by the end of December, have all been nearly evaporated since 2016 started. In February, Gibson posted a 3.95 goals against and a sub .880 save percentage. His lowest moment may have been when he was pulled just over five minutes into the second in a February 10th game vs. Hershey where he gave up five goals on eighteen shots. Anyone who has perused my reports over the last few months, or just read through this one, will note that the Islanders have some goalie prospects that have been exceptional this year (McAdam, Sorokin, and Soderstrom). If Gibson wants to show he has a future on this team by the time next year comes around, he s going to need to find his game again and find it soon. Hot: Ryan Pulock, D-2013 draft pick 15th overall (Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL)
It s hard to not give recognition to any top prospect that gets his first taste of NHL experience as 2013 first rounder Ryan Pulock got against Edmonton in late February. His call-up is one part reward for his improving all around play this year and one part a response to injuries to Islanders defensemen Calvin De Haan and Adam Pelech. In February, Pulock put up five points in eight games for the Sound Tigers and registered a +4. He showed most of his best traits in his first NHL game, a booming slap shot, poise with the puck, and imposing frame, and looks to continue getting NHL ice time for as long as he can.
02-24-2016, 08:17 AM #1
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: NW, IL
Sub $500 winches
Looking for an entry level winch. Most of the reviews are for high end models. Looking for real world experiences. I have a few people i know who have had great luck with these low cost units. 8000-9500# with or without synthetic rope there are a lot of options out there.
02-24-2016, 08:51 AM #2
5-Year WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Haddonfield, NJ
a well-debated topic indeed!
There are lots of threads here on the subject, here is the TLDR:
1) You may get lucky with a cheaper winch – some are broken out of the box
2) The more expensive winches are not free from failure
3) Someone will cite examples of how they got a “cheap winch” and it served them well for a long time
4) Someone will cite examples of how a cheap winch was rusted, broken, or missing components as soon as it was unboxed
Bottom line: get the best one you can afford, make sure there is a warranty, keep your receipt. Have a backup plan.
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02-24-2016, 08:55 AM #3
Join Date: Dec 2014
I went with the Rough Country RS9500. For my purposes, it should be fine.
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02-24-2016, 08:59 AM #4
Join Date: Jan 2016
I went with a Bad Land 12,000 lb winch from Harbor freight
I’m not a hardcore wheeler at all, figured anything is better then nothing, cost me $400 with the wireless remote
I’ll slowly save my pennies for a better one, but it will do for now
02-24-2016, 09:15 AM #5
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Norfolk, Va.
My “will do for now” badlands is used regularly, and has been for years. Like others have said they can be hit or miss. But I got lucky I guess.
02-24-2016, 10:17 AM #6
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Cheshire Oregon
You need more than an 8k winch for a jku
02-24-2016, 11:10 AM #7
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: lost causes nm
I would highly recommend signing up with Zoro.com: Industrial Supplies, Tools, MRO Products & More
They regularly give 25 – 30% coupon codes out that would allow you to get a far better winch for your money.
I.E. 11,500 lb Super Winch Tiger Shark $350. Shipped free
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02-24-2016, 02:56 PM #8
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lakewood, CO
Recon 10500# no issues for a couple years now and gets used pretty often during the winter. Think i paid just under $500 with synthetic line.
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02-24-2016, 07:24 PM #9
Join Date: Jul 2015
Look at engo or get a quote from some of the vendors. They’re priced pretty good and good reviews
02-24-2016, 08:03 PM #10
Join Date: Nov 2015
Engo has my vote. Had one on my 03 and it pulled like a beast every time I wanted it too.
02-25-2016, 12:52 AM #11
Join Date: Dec 2015
I found a Warn ceM8000 at a pawn shop for $350….works perfect
02-25-2016, 01:20 AM #12
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: OC in So Cal
Haven’t used it yet, haven’t even received it just yet. But I just ordered the Quatratec q11000. $399. The q9000 is $299. Read plenty of good reviews, vendor has good support track record and parts are available.
02-25-2016, 01:38 AM #13
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: NW, IL
There seems to be a lack of info as far as the specifications. Would be good to know things like amp draw and line speed for many of these winches to try and make a good comparison. For instance the Rugged Ridge Performance 10,500 has more info then there Spartacus 10,500
Is there any good comparisons of the winches that are out there today?
02-25-2016, 09:29 AM #14
Join Date: Jun 2013
I have a Rugged Ridge and it pulled a Ford F250 Diesel out of mud to its axles. I was anchored by two Jeeps behind me but I pulled that sucker out with my RR. So far so good.
2013 2 door Commando Green Sport, 2.5 Teraflex lift, Rancho 9000XL shocks, Teraflex Monster Track Bar, Teraflex Exhaust Spacers, Rancho Drop brackets, Northridge bolt kit, JKS Quicker Discos, 315-70R-17 Duratracs on Level 8 Strike 5’s. ACE rock sliders, Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper w/storage ends and RR synthetic line winch. Cobra 75 CB and 4′ firestick, LoD rear linked full width bumper.RR Snorkel, high, low and precleaner.
02-25-2016, 10:54 AM #15
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Slatersville RI
3.73’s, LSD, TnT Skids, RR LCA Skids, PS HD Crossmember, RH Evap Relocation Kit, Rubi Rails, JKS Steering Stabilizer Relo Bracket, Viair 450P OBA, JKS LCA Hardware Upgrade, Warrior Hood Lifts, Cobra 75 CB, Superwinch Bumper & TS9500 winch
02-25-2016, 11:06 AM #16
Join Date: Jun 2015
I’ve settled on getting a used Warn off Craigslist. It seems one will pop up every couple weeks. I’m currently debating a “New in Box” Warn 9.5cti. The guy bought it, but never installed it and it’s been so long that he can’t return it either. He’s asking $850 obo. I think it’s a good deal, but still above my $500 budget.
02-25-2016, 12:21 PM #17
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lakewood, CO
Theres a couple Warn M8000 in CO for $350-$500. Some Ramsey and Mile Markers for ~150. May be able to get them to ship..
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