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Forum: Tech Log
6th Aug 2011, 23:52
Replies: 1,998
Views: 414,182
Posted By MountainWest

Cockpit Confusion

Smiling Ed and Rudderrudderrat – you are patient and well spoken. I like your style.

I am a pilot, though just VFR, and wouldn’t presume to compare my piloting skills with yours or most of...
Forum: Tech Log
5th Aug 2011, 22:28
Replies: 1,998
Views: 414,182
Posted By MountainWest

TurboTed . . . Spirit Levels

Good thought, but unfortunately these are also driven by "G" forces. They are not accurate in a turn, during acceleration, etc.
Forum: Tech Log
4th Aug 2011, 21:36
Replies: 1,998
Views: 414,182
Posted By MountainWest

Old Engineer . . .

I don't think we can deduce much from the given fractional positions of the stick. It could just as well have been given as a percentage or in another base. The stick position will have been...
Forum: Tech Log
28th Jul 2011, 17:25
Replies: 1,998
Views: 414,182
Posted By MountainWest

Simultaneous Inputs

According to the 27 May 2011 BEA update:

"At 2 h 13 min 32, the PF said "we’re going to arrive at level one hundred". About fifteen seconds later, simultaneous inputs by both pilots on the...
Forum: Tech Log
12th Jun 2011, 16:30
Replies: 2,070
Views: 492,048
Posted By MountainWest

Historical Info

What is heartbreaking all the way around is the mode of failure. One moment all is fine, and the next the speed is unknown/unavailable/kaput. There was no opportunity to take note of the situation...
Forum: Tech Log
7th Jun 2011, 20:37
Replies: 2,070
Views: 492,048
Posted By MountainWest

Air France Salvage Mission Ends - BBC

BBC News - Air France crash salvage mission ends (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13690683)
Forum: Tech Log
30th May 2011, 20:03
Replies: 2,070
Views: 492,048
Posted By MountainWest

Machinbird . . .

Excellent example with the stick! That clarified much of the difficulty I was having in understanding the continual trim up. That, combined with the sudden mixed rules of operation in different...
Forum: Tech Log
29th May 2011, 18:08
Replies: 2,070
Views: 492,048
Posted By MountainWest

Suppose it is what it is . . .

1. Suppose BEA released what it considers to be an honest presentation of the salient portions from the CVR and what has not been released does not contribute to understanding the events.
2. ...
Forum: Tech Log
28th May 2011, 17:37
Replies: 2,070
Views: 492,048
Posted By MountainWest

Richard Feynman - "The Meaning of it All"

Feynman, the Nobel Prize winning quantum mechanics guru, wrote about a number of subjects besides physics. He was asked why some students had such difficulty learning to spell certain words. ...
Forum: Tech Log
19th May 2011, 23:32
Replies: 2,546
Views: 737,370
Posted By MountainWest

deSitter,

My piloting background is limited to Piper and Cessna, but I have 40+ years in all levels of computer software, hardware, testing, etc. on systems of various sizes. I agree with your take on giving...
Forum: Tech Log
1st May 2011, 23:46
Replies: 2,546
Views: 737,370
Posted By MountainWest

FDR Damage

The FDR appears to be damaged (IMHO) far more than can be explained by a 100g impact. It was designed and located in the aircraft in the best position to maximize survivability in a high-speed...
Forum: Tech Log
1st May 2011, 21:04
Replies: 2,546
Views: 737,370
Posted By MountainWest

Sample . . .

Swedishflyingkiwi,

Must be a sample. Note the paper in the container, under the unit. It would be kept in water if a recovered unit.
Forum: Tech Log
27th Apr 2011, 18:07
Replies: 2,546
Views: 737,370
Posted By MountainWest

Rear-View Analysts . . .

Now that AF447 has been located it is easy to ask: "Why didn't you just look there in the first place and save all that time, trouble and money?" Regardless of when or where or whether the...
Forum: Tech Log
26th Apr 2011, 16:50
Replies: 2,546
Views: 737,370
Posted By MountainWest

BEA Video

This is the video mentioned by auv-ee. It is 20+ meg, about 3+ minutes.

Sea Search Operations, phase 5 (http://www.bea.aero/en/enquetes/flight.af.447/sea.search.ops.phase.5.php)

Note the chart...
Forum: Tech Log
21st Jan 2011, 03:14
Replies: 3,893
Views: 1,264,889
Posted By MountainWest

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about...

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
Yogi Berra

The problem with obtaining information through interpreting tea leaves, divining sheep entrails, throwing darts,...
Forum: Tech Log
21st Dec 2010, 17:32
Replies: 3,893
Views: 1,264,889
Posted By MountainWest

New Pitot Warning

. . . . . . . Airbus has discovered that in some cases two Pitots can give matching, incorrect speed data, which could lead pilots to re-engage autopilot prematurely . . . .

Read more: CBC News...
Forum: Tech Log
23rd Jul 2010, 01:58
Replies: 3,893
Views: 1,264,889
Posted By MountainWest

Frequency Chart

Canada has a similar chart at:
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/spectallocation-08.pdf/$FILE/spectallocation-08.pdf
The Canadian chart is more colorful and seems to have been...
Forum: Tech Log
8th Jul 2010, 02:50
Replies: 3,893
Views: 1,264,889
Posted By MountainWest

Undocumented Software Features

kilomikedelta,

As another hardware / software / systems person with 40+ years experience I agree with your post #1707. I have yet to see a complex system that does not contain at least one...
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