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22nd Jan 2015, 00:53
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Posted By island_airphoto

FYI - if ice plugs the pitot tube quick enough to...

FYI - if ice plugs the pitot tube quick enough to trap the air in there, the speed may not go down. If the airplane gains altitude the "speed" goes UP because the difference between the trapped pitot...
14th Jan 2015, 20:36
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Posted By island_airphoto

Boomntown - doubt it. You would need a failure...

Boomntown - doubt it. You would need a failure that left the pilots flying, but all radios disabled.
13th Jan 2015, 20:09
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Posted By island_airphoto

Anyone who wants to see radar freq. vs. rain can...

Anyone who wants to see radar freq. vs. rain can take a look here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvTkVj5-uv0
This isn't POWER, it is FREQUENCY.
13th Jan 2015, 11:25
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Posted By island_airphoto

Why do you all think the floating beacon/CVR/FDR...

Why do you all think the floating beacon/CVR/FDR would be a literal duplicate of the one currently in the airplane with a huge float tied to it :confused:
You need duplicate DATA, not a duplicate...
Forum: Tech Log
12th Jan 2015, 20:48
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

The Air Force lost some F-16s early in the...

The Air Force lost some F-16s early in the program when HAL would not let the pilots pull up hard enough to avoid solid ground.
Autothrottles are a prime example of where automation fails us by...
12th Jan 2015, 18:00
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Posted By island_airphoto

Algol - we used to try and get a ground return on...

Algol - we used to try and get a ground return on the far side of the storm to see if it was a hole or heavy rain and then tilt up to get an idea how hight the tops were. It was far from foolproof...
12th Jan 2015, 17:27
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Posted By island_airphoto

Do any airliners fit stormscopes or equivalent...

Do any airliners fit stormscopes or equivalent technology? One of their selling points was that lightning was found in turbulent air, heavy rain or not. I liked the one I had way back when. Not as...
12th Jan 2015, 17:03
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Posted By island_airphoto

Large ships and some boats will fit S band radar...

Large ships and some boats will fit S band radar that can burn through heavy rain, but the antennas would never fit anything but an AWACS airplane.
12th Jan 2015, 16:47
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Posted By island_airphoto

Are you sure the super-cell would not be black on...

Are you sure the super-cell would not be black on a new radar too? Very early on with the monochrome digital radar we had back in the day, we learne the black blobs in the middle of the green returns...
12th Jan 2015, 16:08
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Posted By island_airphoto

I would not bet on that. Diver and sailor here -...

I would not bet on that. Diver and sailor here - the amount of force 6 knots of current exerts on a large and light metal object is immense.
Forum: Tech Log
11th Jan 2015, 16:56
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

Hey - now the thread is cleaned up we can...

Hey - now the thread is cleaned up we can continue on.
Basic Problem:
If you make the plane able to overrule the pilot, you can prevent many accidents. You can also cause them when the HAL gets...
Forum: Tech Log
10th Jan 2015, 15:34
Replies: 4
Views: 1,179
Posted By island_airphoto

The fluxgate for the aircraft compass might not...

The fluxgate for the aircraft compass might not be happy with this plan.
Forum: Tech Log
9th Jan 2015, 09:15
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

It is relevant. If you have never had to fight...

It is relevant. If you have never had to fight weather AND some crazy autopilot at the same time, you have no frame of reference for what we are talking about. Kind of like how a a GPS map coupled to...
Forum: Tech Log
9th Jan 2015, 08:06
Forum: Tech Log
9th Jan 2015, 06:13
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

The better analogy would be drivers so used to...

The better analogy would be drivers so used to lane assist and adaptive cruise control they hit the car ahead of them or drive right off the road if the system goes offline.
(having grown up with an...
8th Jan 2015, 21:16
Replies: 3,924
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Posted By island_airphoto

Propduffer: What I was taught for thunderstorms...

Propduffer:
What I was taught for thunderstorms by an old time airline pilot was what he called "soft ride". Autopilot in wing leveler mode - all heading and altitude controls off - power for Va,...
Forum: Tech Log
8th Jan 2015, 20:23
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

I am more worried about pilots not realizing the...

I am more worried about pilots not realizing the auto throttle is not working and totally ignoring airspeed trending to zero than the FBW totally failing into a super-emergency mode. Speaking of...
Forum: Tech Log
8th Jan 2015, 19:48
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

The pilot of course. The autopilot will fly right...

The pilot of course. The autopilot will fly right into the side of a mountain and kill everyone aboard without a care in the world. The pilot at least WANTS to survive the flight, EgyptAir excepted....
Forum: Tech Log
8th Jan 2015, 19:19
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

Jockey69 - bull. Have you ever flown an...

Jockey69 - bull.
Have you ever flown an airplane?
Emergency half-arse flying is what you get when you recruit passengers from the back to have a go, not the guys up front presumably getting paid to...
8th Jan 2015, 18:29
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Posted By island_airphoto

Leightman 957: Since no one knows what happened...

Leightman 957:
Since no one knows what happened to this airplane yet, I can't see how anyone could say "I could do better than that" since we don't know what THAT even is yet other than the generic...
8th Jan 2015, 15:58
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Posted By island_airphoto

It is entirely possible to have a surface current...

It is entirely possible to have a surface current of 5 knots and 0 knots near the bottom. If that is the case, the easiest thing to do is grab the anchor line of the boat you are diving from and...
8th Jan 2015, 15:38
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Posted By island_airphoto

I am a diver. 3-5 knots is a TON of current. In 3...

I am a diver. 3-5 knots is a TON of current. In 3 knots you would have to swim very hard just to hold position. 3 knots is actually over Vne for most divers with all the gear on. I have done a dive...
Forum: Tech Log
8th Jan 2015, 15:32
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

FCeng84 - I do not think unstable aircraft not...

FCeng84 - I do not think unstable aircraft not flyable by humans are the problem. I know such airplanes exist, but your post is the first time I have ever heard that anyone would approve one for...
Forum: Tech Log
7th Jan 2015, 16:08
Replies: 58
Views: 8,665
Posted By island_airphoto

Computers are great - until they aren't. Then...

Computers are great - until they aren't.
Then killing yourself and maybe somewhere between 1 and a few hundred passengers because you either never could fly or forgot how is not really a good thing....
Forum: Tech Log
6th Jan 2015, 15:52
Replies: 48
Views: 8,101
Posted By island_airphoto

I must be totally missing something. ATTITUDE...

I must be totally missing something.
ATTITUDE is displayed by gyroscopic instruments.There is no need at all to put a GPS at each corner of an airplane.
Here are some examples of fine and dandy...
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